Public Finance Management Capacity Building Centre (PFMCBC), in collaboration with the National Directorate for Financial Deconcentration (NDFD), of Ministry of Finance, held a Diagnostic Test for the municipal public financial management (PFM) officers on the morning of the 4th of May 2016 in Dili Convention Centre. The test aimed at assessing the capacities of the PFM officers who will be appointed as the PFM officers in their respective municipality. The result of the test will also serve as baseline for establishing training in the PFM areas as part of the financial deconcentration program for this year.
Approximately 360 people from different municipalities including Aileu, Ainaro, Baucau, Bobonaro, Covalima, Ermera, Lautem, Liquica, Manatuto, Manufahi, and Viqueque were tested. They were nominated from each municipality from different line ministries as potential candidates for PFM professional. The participants were initially tested on their basic numeracy skills. Later on they will be tested on specialised technical areas such as payment, procurement, and asset management, planning, and budgeting after six months working in the PFM areas.
Prior to the test, they attended an information session on the PFM Competency Standards and Diagnostic Testing, on Monday, 2nd of May 2016, with presentations made by the PFMCBC coordinator, Mr. Alberto Piedade, and his co-panellist, Mrs. Lidia Guterres, National Director for Financial Deconcentration. The half-day session covered PFM areas, PFM professionals and the legal basis for the PFMCBC to conduct an assessment for all public servants working in the PFM areas. Other information shared included the results from past PFM diagnostic tests and their implication for future training in PFM areas and preparation for PFM accreditation. The participants were informed that the results from their test will be sent to the Ministry of State Administration for deconcentration planning purposes. When the deconcentration process is taking place, the PFMCBC, working closely with NDFD, will contact the municipal PFM officers to undertake further diagnostic tests on their respective specialised technical areas. The PFMCBC will provide training to the PFM officers and will certify those qualify to be accredited as PFM professionals.