Our PFM Consortium

PFM Contract Vehicle

The USAID Public Financial Management indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracting vehicle promotes equitable economic growth in developing countries. It aims to strengthen human capacity, improve policy environments to promote efficiency and economic opportunity for all members of society, and promote sound institutional management and good governance. Nathan Associates has formed a powerhouse consortium to take on this work and is one of nine firms awarded the right to bid on PFM projects.

Technical Coverage

Nathan Associates and our subcontractors Cardno, DCID, and BankWorld have significant experience strengthening fiscal management, procurement, budgeting, revenue collection, expenditure control, accounting, auditing and fiscal discipline; developing and implementing sound credit management policies and processes; improving trade facilitation; strengthening trade and economic policy reform; assessing and improving legal frameworks, policies and institutional capacity; and facilitating growth. Checchi’s legal and governance expertise, JE Austin’s experience in competitiveness and private sector development, and FLAG’s experience in business development services solidify our consortium’s technical foundation.We also cover certain niche areas of competency unique to our consortium, giving us an innovative edge. Analytica specializes in IT solutions for economic growth and enterprise development, including GIS, DFMAS, and GFMIS software.Verdi brings to the Nathan consortium distinctive expertise in transparency and accountability—most pertinent to public financial management in developing economies. QED is a pioneer in knowledge management methodologies and monitoring and evaluation. IBI brings strong gender and local governance experience. The Asia Foundation has strong credentials in local governance, fiscal responsibility, and gender.

The Nathan Associates consortium’s technical capability is underpinned by its experience not just in PFM-relevant programs in individual countries, but also in regional trade and economic integration—in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific—and worldwide activities such as TCBoost and Country Analytical Support.

Proprietary Tools and Methodologies

Our consortium has a number of proprietary tools and methodologies that can be adapted for local application to meet PFM's mandate for economic governance,  trade and investment, agribusiness, and conflict management.

Trade and Customs. TCBaseline provides qualitative and quantitative assessments to show the impact of technical assistance and training. Fastpath is a transport logistics tool that consists of an audit methodology and a software application to assess logistics chain performance, pinpoint physical and procedural bottlenecks, and determine their impact on logistics in terms of time, cost, reliability and performance.

Private Sector Development. J.E. Austin developed MEASURE, which uses an interview-based survey methodology to determine the impact of changes in the business-enabling environment and how business leaders react to these changes. Nathan pioneered Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) under Accelerating Pro-Poor Growth through Support for the Private Sector Development: An Analytical Framework published by the OECD.

Labor Markets. BankWorld’s Workflow Automation is used in emerging-market public sector institutions to improve productivity for new staff. Nathan’s Labor Market Assessment Guide identifies a country’s primary labor sector issues and their relationship to foreign assistance goals and recommends a strategy for investing that will have the greatest impact.

Monitoring and Evaluation: QED’s services include results framework development, performance monitoring plan development, monitoring and evaluation system design, data quality assessments, data collection and monitoring, performance management system development.

Empirical Tools for Decision Making. Cost-benefit analysis has been a core Nathan discipline since our beginning. For the Country Analytical Support project Nathan developed a standard methodology for producing reports that provide a clear and concise evaluation of economic growth performance and are tailored to the needs of USAID missions and regional bureaus.

Food Security. Nathan’s Food Commodity Trend Production Model is a Microsoft Excel-based projection model that allows the user to modify parameters to make projections. It has been used to project demand and supply 21 food commodities in 11 countries in East Africa.

Contacts

Ms. Pooja Pokhrel, Deputy PFM Manageremail
(+1) 703.516.7719

or

PFM@nathaninc.com

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