Project Director, Public Financial Management Reform Project
Ministry of Finance, Ghana
As the Director, I have been responsible for the overall management of Ghana’s PFM reforms implementation which, as you are aware, straddles the entire PFM cycle of: Fiscal Policy, Budget Formulation, Approval, Execution, Accountability, Reporting, Oversight and Control. Along this cycle, the Project has assisted in the development and deployment of Ghana’s Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (IFMIS) which comprises the budget module, Financials, Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS), and the Payroll Processing System. In addition to these four key Oracle-based ERP systems, the Project under my leadership is currently developing the Audit Management Information System (AMIS) for the Ghana Audit Service (GAS). Other PFM related reforms initiatives, I had currently been supervising included, but not limited to, (a) the development and deployment of Ghana’s Treasury Single Account; (c) the conduct of Ghana’s 2018 PEFA Assessment using the 2016 PEFA framework; (d) the implementation of Ghana’s IPSAS and (e) a key role in the drafting and eventual passage of the Public Financial Management Act 2016 (Act 921) for which he now here to give a presentation.
My day-to-day activities as a Project Director include:
- Maintain an up-to-date inventory of the project, complete with their components, activities, requisite resources, procurement plans, planned disbursements, and key milestones / deliverables.
- Monitor project activities and milestones on a daily basis based on the agreed Project Implementation Action Plans and the overall Annual Work Plans and Budgets (AWP&B).
- Make close follow up with the Implementing Agencies (IAs) for getting monthly and quarterly updates and reports, with a focus on both technical and financial utilization.
- Undertake technical oversight meant to accelerate implementation and disbursements, and draw attention to any major issue that requires immediate attention.
- Provide backstopping support to the IAs and Project Management Unit (PMU) in providing the required information/data for the completion of Project Implementation Progress Reports (IPR).
- Based on the monitoring and technical oversight, address any foreseeable changes, bottlenecks, and possible solutions/remedies to improve project performance.
- Facilitate desk and technical review of disbursement applications to ensure their completeness and accuracy prior to their submission to the World Bank.
- Review Status Reports of the project submitted by the Project's M&E officer and regularly brief the Minister and other Top Management of MoF and the World Bank on the Project's Progress.
- Undertake periodical Site visits to ascertain the actual status of project implementation and report on the financial versus physical achievements.
- Serve as technical counterparts to supervision /review missions from the World Bank.