The Government of Albania recognizes that good governance underpins in a significant manner sustainable social and economic growth, human development and the country’s ambition for EU accession.
Albania has taken serious steps to make public administration more robust. The public administration is stabilizing and becoming more focused. At the same time, work remains to increase transparency and accountability. Introduction of a ‘one-stop-shop’ for business registration and licensing, electronic procurement, expansion of point-of-sale for more and more businesses, tax reforms, etc. will all contribute in this direction.
The Albanian Government has considered ICT for Development as an important tool that can help increase public sector transparency and accountability, strengthen the engagement and participation of citizens in national and local decision-making processes, and improve delivery of public services. The ‘Digital Albania’ Program was launched in line with the i2010 EU initiative and is likely to achieve good results by 2015. Meanwhile, in terms of overall e-governance as measured in a recent UN global survey of 183 countries, Albania ranked 85th in 2010, and there still remains ample room for improvement in this area.
Illicit financial flows are harmful in both directions — outflows represent a near-permanent loss of scarce capital while inflows stimulate growth of the underground economy.
The IMF has concluded that “for many developing countries, tariff revenue will continue to be a core component of government finances for many years to come”. As a priority related to this, the Government of Albania has initiated a series of tax reforms – with the technical advice of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – in order to introduce a number of major elements of a modern tax administration. IMF has advised that implementing these reform priorities without replacing or significantly enhancing the current IT system would be difficult if not impossible.
Software systems exist to monitor the accuracy of transactions in real time. With such systems, the values and quantities declared can be monitored and compared to the “norm” for a specific item.
In the framework of fighting against informality of economy, the Ministry of Finance has initiated a process of reorganizing the gambling sector in Albania by introducing more market regulation and ensuring fair competition among the operators through improvements in the organization of the whole sector, law enforcement, permission, licensing, and supervision. The Ministry of Finance has identified that an online monitoring system for the whole gambling sector would make possible transmission of real time data to a data processing center at the Gambling Oversight Unit (NjMLF).
The Ministry of Finance has recognized the need to offer a concession to a company for management of this process.
United Nations development Programme (UNDP) in Albania has been requested to provide technical assistance in the course of preparations for establishing such a concession.
Gambling sector in Albania
The Gambling sector in Albania is regulated with a Law No. 10033, Date 11.12.2008, which has been amended with Law Nr. 10149, Date 28.09.2009; Law Nr. 10200, Date 17.12.2009, and Law Nr.10351, Date 11.11.2010. As stated by law, the categories of gambling in Albania are:
The oversight authority of gambling sector in Albania is the Gambling Oversight Unit (Njesia e Mbikeqyrjes se Lojrave te Fatit).
All these operators have employed around 2000 people.
The consultancy has three specific objectives:
a. Review, analyze and assess the existing situation of the gambling sector in Albania, legislation, regulations, etc. with regard to the functioning of this sector;
b. Propose and provide necessary recommendations with regard to improvements in the legal framework and administrative procedures that can lead towards establishing international standards in the operation and management of the gambling sector in Albania;
c. Provide support and assist the Albanian counterpart (Ministry of Finance and the Gambling Oversight Unit (NjMLF) in drafting the specifications for establishing a system for monitoring and oversight of the gambling sector, and prepare the contracting of a consultancy firm which will prepare all the documentation required for a concession process.
During the first phase of the project an international consultant will address a number of issues such as screening the existing situation and legal framework which serves as a basis for governing this sector. In this framework, a consultant will also look into finding in line with the best international practices an appropriate model to propose for adaption.
The results of this first phase of the project will be materialized with a baseline report which will highlight the problems and existing gaps that need to be addressed together with recommendations for addressing them. A roadmap for the implementation of the recommendations will be prepared. Clear suggestions will be made during this phase on all the improvements that will need to be adopted. Legal and sub/legal enactment, procedures, and all necessary changes will be described and specified.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will carry out the following tasks:
i. Identify, examine and analyze the situation and the existing legal framework governing the functioning of the gambling sector in Albania
ii. Identify and prioritize the relevant issues, problems and barriers faced by the Ministry of Finance and the Gambling Oversight Unit (NjMLF) in the management of this sector
iii. Identify, summarize and analyze the main features of existing advanced international models of management of this sector and offer them to the Ministry of Finance in the form of options to be reviewed
iv. Develop and provide a list of recommendations for solutions, and interventions that need to be adopted and implemented based on the existing advanced international models of management of this sector mentioned above
v. Provide policy advice, strategic technical guidance as well as technical assistance to the Ministry of Finance and the Gambling Oversight Unit (NjMLF) to develop a reform plan in the gambling sector
vi. Provide support and assistance to the Ministry of Finance and the Gambling Oversight Unit (NjMLF) on drafting TORs and RFP for contracting a consultancy firm which will prepare the specifications for establishing a monitoring and data transmission system in the gambling sector
vii. Prepare a report containing the results of the mission. This report must get the approval of the Deputy Minister of Finance and the Director of the Gambling Oversight Unit (NjMLF). The report must identify in detail the gap problems and barriers in the present legal, administrative, and functioning of this sector and the necessary steps to be undertaken for reforming it.
Main outputs and deliverables expected by this consultancy
a) A report of situational analysis on the existing legal framework and procedures identifying actual gaps, problems and barriers.
b) A list of recommended solutions and an appropriate roadmap of implementation, taking into account the specifics of Albania.
c) Draft the Terms of Reference and the tender documents for contracting a consultancy firm which will be in charge of the design and drafting of specifications for establishment of a monitoring and data transmission system that will enable the Gambling Oversight Unit (NjMLF) to oversee the activities of operators in this sector.
The consultant will report to the Director of the Gambling Oversight Unit (NjMLF) on daily basis, and he/she will rely on the strategic direction of the Deputy Minister of Finance.
UNDP will provide quality assurance and management control on the achievement of results, and finalization of deliverables.
Required Skills and Experience
Application Evaluation Process
Individual consultants are evaluated based on the Cumulative Analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
· Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation
Technical Criteria weight [70%]
Financial Criteria weight [30%]
The following criteria will be used in Technical Evaluation:
· Demonstrate proven achievements in the area of public sector reforms with specific experience in fiscal reforms of central government institutions;
· Proven ability and experience in guiding government/s in organizational change reform processes.
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 70% of the obtainable points of 100 points in technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation. UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that would take into account both the technical qualification of Individual Consultants as well as their financial proposals. The contract will be awarded to the candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores. UNDP retains the right to contact references directly. Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:
· Cover letter stating your interest in and qualifications for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application.
· Financial Proposal (USD daily fee). Please add in the "Resume and Motivation" sect.
· Filled P11 form (blank form can be downloaded from http://www.undp.org.al/index.php?page=bus_center/vacancies); please upload the P11 instead of your CV.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
International Consultant for introducing international standards to monitoring the gambling sector in Albania