The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) is the official association of supreme audit institutions (SAIs) in the Pacific region. It has a total of 27 members in three sub-regions across the Pacific with its head office based in Auckland, New Zealand. PASAI promotes transparent, accountable, effective, and efficient use of public sector resources in the Pacific. It contributes to that goal by helping its member SAIs improve the quality of public sector auditing in the Pacific to recognised high standards.
PASAI would like to hire the services of an experienced contractor to provide advice on the independence and legal mandate of a SAI. The purpose is to consider the institutional legal structure available for the SAI’s operations so that an understanding can be developed on how effectively the SAI can perform as an organisation. For example, it is recognised that the SAI’s independence and legal framework are not directly under the control of the SAI itself and that the legal framework is decided by other state powers. The extent of independence granted through the established legal framework will determine the nature and extent of support a SAI requires to bring the SAI’s situation in line with the goals of ISSAI 12.
Additionally, where it has been established that a SAI does not have an independent mandate from the Parliament/Legislature, then the consultant is expected to liaise and engage with relevant stakeholders in order to facilitate discussions on the need for independence. These discussions and stakeholder sessions, engagement activities should result in the appropriate changes being made in legislation to allow the SAI to operate independently.
The successful applicants will be experienced individuals who have previously interpreted public sector legal mandates, reviewing the constitution, legislation, drafting amendments to constitution and legislation, leading public consultation on legislation and regulation amendments and its applicability in organisational settings. Such experience along with knowledge of the working environment in the Pacific region and in the context of SAIs will be an added advantage. Candidates must have a relevant qualification in law and be passionate about the continuous improvement of governance systems, with an eye to making governance affairs more transparent and more accessible to stakeholders and the general public.
Given the current Covid situation, all work will be done remotely from home while using digital communication mediums and platforms to connect with different SAI’s in the region.
Please note we are accepting applications according to a specific template that can be found by accessing the following link:
In case of any queries please feel free to get in touch by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org
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