Consultancy Projects

  Project Internal Controls and the Management of Fiduciary Risk in the Health Sector in the Punjab (2010)
  Client Asian Development Bank / Government of the Punjab
Position Provided Team Leader / Public Financial Management Expert
  Brief Description This assignment required identification of existing systems of internal controls and associated risks in the health sector at the Department of Health (DoH) at the provincial level, Autonomous Medical Institutions and at the district level for primary & secondary health care facilities. The Drawing and Disbursing Officers at each of these levels were contacted for the needful. The gaps in the existing systems of internal controls were identified and recommendations were made to fill these gaps, additionally, an assessment was carried out of the staff available for enforcing internal controls and their professional level and capacity to handle the task. The need for training to augment the capacity of the existing staff was also assessed. The consultants identified risks those could be mitigated by short term measures such as issuance of notifications, undertaking of training etc. and other risks those required a long term, sustained approach to address them.
  Project Software Package for Resource Mapping at Primary & Secondary Healthcare Facilities in the Punjab (2010)
  Client Asian Development Bank / Government of the Punjab
Position Provided I.T. Specialist and Training Specialist (2 Positions)
  Brief Description The assignment was related to capacity building of health sector in the Punjab for stores and inventories of medicines, equipments and other categories. The medicines and equipments are important components of health care system. After procurement, these are stored, entries are made in various stock registers before supplied to the end users. In the present inventory system some shortcomings have been observed. The incharge officer of the health facility has busy schedule of administrative tasks and hardly finds time to visit the store himself. Thus the availability, quantity and expiry date of various medicines is not in his knowledge. The medicines near to expire become a problem to be dispensed. Similarly stock of some medicines is exhausted to extent that, till its next procurement it is not available in the facility. Similarly in case of equipments, their status whether functioning or non-functioning, serviceable unserviceable is difficult ascertain under present system of inventory.

Keeping in view these impediments PHSRP requested PDSSP to initiate a study for replacing the present manual inventory system by a software package so that all the information regarding medicine and equipments is quickly available at facility level at present. The study was funded by ADB under technical assistance and financial management of TAMA.

  Project Third Party Validation of School Upgradation Program & Teachers Incentive Program (2010)
  Client The World Bank
Position Provided Survey Design & Analysis Specialist
  Brief Description Survey Design & Analysis Specialist
The validation is focused at exploring following aspects of the School Upgradation Program & Teachers Incentive Program:

1) adherence to the agreed parameters of school selection criteria
2) assessment of school identification and selection mechanism
3) evaluation of various sources of information at both provincial and district levels to make the assessment of whether the criteria was followed including details of role played by various institutions.
4) outlining the processes used to implement the program
5) mapping and assessment of program implementation process
6) need assessment of the upgraded schools
7) evaluation of progress towards implementation
8) validation of commencement of civil works

  Project Wide Screening of a Documentary Developed under PDSSP (2010)
  Client Asian Development Bank / Government of the Punjab
  Brief Description The specific objectives of the assignment were:

a) Wide screening of documentary developed under PDSSP on social issues
b) Share success stories, create awareness, educate general public and to empower communities and society through Behavior Change Communication (BCC) Campaign
c) Establish a service seeking behavior
d) Induce responsible behavior by civil society
e) Promote openness and accountability
f) Make development efforts by the government transparent for public scrutiny

  Project Procurement Assessment in Punjab Education Sector (2009-10)
  Client The World Bank
Position Provided Procurement Specialist
  Brief Description The project was to analyze the procurement systems through which the major expenditures of the Punjab Education Department are made. Services include review of the procurement cycle and performance of the following activities:
1) Textbook printing, publication and distribution
2) Textbook development i.e. procurement of services for textbook authors
3) Civil Works for development as well as recurrent budget (new constructions and upgrade)
4) Procurement of goods including IT equipment and School Furniture
5) Expenditure made by School Councils – these are school based community committees.
6) Any other categories of expenditures involving use of GoPunjab’s prevailing procurement systems, include procurement of services to build district education capacity, capacity development of School Councils
7) Procurement of consulting services and goods under the PMIU’s budget.
  Project Setting up an Independent Health Commission for Quality Assurance and Hospital Management in Punjab (2009)
  Client Asian Development Bank / Government of the Punjab
Position Provided Finance Specialist
  Brief Description The overall objective of the assignment was to carry out the establishment of the Punjab Health Commission (PHC). The Commission was to be set up as an autonomous body involved in arms-length transaction with the Provincial Government and with a significant private sector representation. The effort was focused on creating an organizational structure that put in place a system elaborated enough to cope with issues i.e. better and improved hospital management (including Human Resource Management, Financial Management and Accounts, etc.) clinical practices, standard-setting, mechanisms to deal with medico-legal issues and medical malpractices and subsequent enforcement, assessment / reviews / performance audits leading towards a regime/system of hospital accreditation, capacity development and institutional strengthening. The Commission was expected to bring under regulation both public and private sector health institutions and medical education.
  Project Wide Screening of three Documentaries Developed under PDSSP (2009)
  Client Asian Development Bank / Government of the Punjab
  Brief Description The specific objectives of the assignment were:

a)  Wide screening of documentary developed under PDSSP on social issues
b)  Share success stories, create awareness, educate general public and to empower communities and society through Behavior Change Communication (BCC) Campaign
c)   Establish a service seeking behavior
d)  Induce responsible behavior by civil society
e)  Promote openness and accountability
f)  Make development efforts by the government transparent for public scrutiny

  Project Third Party Performance Evaluation of Autonomous Medical Institutes (AMIs) of the Punjab Province (2009)
  Client Asian Development Bank / Government of the Punjab
Position Provided Finance & Accounting Specialist
  Brief Description Independent management review and evaluation of AMIs was carried out.

The evaluation was conducted in two phases: In the first phase the team of consultants will undertake extensive dialogues, and consultations with the stakeholders viz. the provincial Department of Health (DoH), the HSRP, some eminent people in the field of Health having thorough understanding of the health issues in the province and also aware of the issues, problems, merits and demerits of autonomy granted to the AMIs in the Punjab (to be identified in consultation and with the approval of the DoH/PSU PDSSP), and some select members of the BoM and/or EC in some select AMIs. The preliminary findings will be presented to the DoH after this first Mission of about 7-10 days. The first phase will mainly focus on the achievements and pitfalls in terms of service delivery and hospital management, and recommendations on how the situation can be improved. In the second phase of about six weeks the evaluation is to be conducted in more detail (that is where the financial aspects will also be covered). In this phase; the consultants will be required to select three to five AMIs, in consultation with the DoH and HSRP for comprehensive management review and evaluation. As the pre-autonomy data on performance of these AMIs is not available therefore it would not be possible to compare the performance of AMIs in the pre and post autonomy period. Therefore the review/evaluation will be done in the light of the Punjab Medical Health Institutions Act, 2003 and the Rules made there under. However, the review/evaluation will be multi-pronged and must cover the compliance of the said Act and Rules. Additionally, 30 interviews per AMIs will also be conducted to evaluate the satisfaction of outpatients as well as inpatients with the services offered by the AMIs. It must be added that although financial audit is an important component of the evaluation, it is not the main objective of this evaluation.

  Project Third Party Evaluation of Contracts Procurement (2008)
  Client FutureTech Consultants, Pakistan
  Brief Description FutureTech Consultants is a consulting firm based in Lahore. The firm is working on a number of consulting projects for public and private sector organizations as well as Asian Development Bank in the areas of Information Technology, Education Sector, Business Management, Tax, Accounts, etc by sub-letting some of the tasks to various other consulting organizations. The firm assigned the assignment of third party evaluation of their sub-let contracts procurement.

The assignment also included Review of their procurement procedures, Assessment of the quality and competence of procurement staff, Identification of any flaws and offer appropriate remedial action(s) for future procurements.

  Project Devising Procurement Processes & Procedures (2007)
  Client Sayya Foundation (NGO), Pakistan
  Brief Description Sayya Foundation, is a Non-Government Organization, based in Rajanpur. The NGO is providing basic health and education facilities to the marginalized section of the society. The foundation has also launched Micro Credit Program to empower farmers and unskilled poor people in their income generating activities and empower women about their rights. So far the foundation has established 43 schools and around 200 adult literacy centers to facilitate community education in the area. Moreover, we have also established a hospital in District Rajanpur which is providing all basic health facilities alongwith free medicines to the poor especially the women and the children.

The assignment required preparation of transparent processes and procedures for procurement of health infrastructure including drugs and educational infrastructure including furniture & fixture and text books.

  Project Drafting Procurement Rules and Regulations for College of Management Sciences and Evaluation of Contracts for Service Provision (2005)
  Client College of Management Sciences affiliated with Al-Khair University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir
  Brief Description The College of Management Sciences is an affiliated Institute of Al-Khair University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The aim of the project was analysing the existing procurement rules and regulations and revising those in the light of best international practices and subsequently development of software for implementing and continuous monitoring of the newly developed rules and regulations.

The assignment also involved evaluation of the contracts made with various service providers including vendors, faculty members, etc.

  Project Establishment of Call Centre
  Client California Computer Company
  Project Establishment of a Mother and Childcare Hospital
  Client Fatima Medicare