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#We too: PASAI's August newsletter is an all-female edition

Welcome to PASAI’s special August newsletter – an all-female issue which celebrates 125 years of women’s right to vote in New Zealand, and gender balance initiatives world-wide.

As NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, declared at the UN, “It seems surprising that in this modern age we have to recommit ourselves to gender equality, but we do. And I for one will never celebrate the gains we have made for women domestically, while internationally other women and girls experience a lack of the most basic of opportunity and dignity. Me Too must become We Too.”

Absolutely. Which is why we’re thrilled to announce that every article in this edition of our newsletter is either contributed by or features women from our SAIs and beyond.

As they lead change and positive shifts around the region and across each of PASAI’s strategic priorities, they are empowering other girls and women to follow in their footsteps. Read about some of the PASAI women showing us the way, not just in the Pacific region, but around the globe.

PASAI’s All-Female August Newsletter



A global focus on SAIs’ implementation of SDGs

A global focus on SAIs’ implementation of SDGs

PASAI's Tiofilusi Tiueti presenting UN/IDI SDGs conference July 2018

PASAI was honoured to present the region’s extensive experience in cooperative audits of preparedness for SDG implementation at last week’s IDI/UNDESA SAI Leadership and Stakeholder meeting on the Contributions of SAIs to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs (9-30 July 2018, UN Headquarters, New York). Around 150 participants attended from various INTOSAI Communities, UN agencies and other stakeholder organisations.

With a focus on how to strengthen SAI capacities for auditing SDGs, conference discussions included the challenges and opportunities for improving SAI capacity, strategic planning and performance to respond to governance changes related to SDG implementation.

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PASAI had the opportunity to share its experience on cooperative audits and the specific challenges that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face in the context of the 2030 agenda. Using examples across the member states involved and with particular reference to the Solomon Islands, PASAI Chief Executive Tiofilusi Tiueti shared the emerging findings and lessons learned from the audits of preparedness for SDG implementation in SIDS in the PASAI region, in what was agreed on social media to be a very useful insight into key factors for SIDS to consider.

In summing up, Mr. Tiueti stressed the importance of carrying out cooperative audits effectively, stating that ‘Individual SAI audit reports will identify gaps in national system preparedness and provide practical and achievable recommendations to their governments on how to improve their institutional arrangements to achieve the needed economic, social and environmental outcomes.’

You can see PASAI’s full presentation here.

 

 

 

 

 PASAI's Chief Executive, Tiofilusi Tiueti, presenting at UN/IDI conference on SDG implementation

PASAI's Chief Executive, Tiofilusi Tiueti, presenting at UN/IDI conference on SDG implementation

 UN/IDI on supporting SAIs to strengthen capacities for auditing SDGs

UN/IDI on supporting SAIs to strengthen capacities for auditing SDGs

 Tiofilusi Tiueti with PASAI's representatives from Fiji's SAI

Tiofilusi Tiueti with PASAI's representatives from Fiji's SAI

Award-winning reports from the Audit Office of New South Wales

Congratulations to the Audit Office of New South Wales who were recently recognised for excellence in annual reporting, winning in three categories for their 2016/17 annual report at the recent Australasian Reporting Awards in Sydney.

-        Gold award for reporting excellence

-        Award for best online annual report

-        Award for best governance reporting

Last year the Audit Office of New South Wales won the overall ‘Report of the Year’ category.

You can view the Audit Office of New South Wales 2016/17 Annual Report here.

 

 (From L-R) Trevor Tye and Renee O’Kane, members of the Communications team, Margaret Crawford, Auditor-General for New South Wales and Barry Underwood, Director, Office of the Auditor-General

(From L-R) Trevor Tye and Renee O’Kane, members of the Communications team, Margaret Crawford, Auditor-General for New South Wales and Barry Underwood, Director, Office of the Auditor-General

Congress is coming ... PASAI's Congress on 28 - 30 August, in Queensland, Australia

PASAI's 21st Congress is coming up soon, on 28 - 30 August 2018, hosted by the Australia National Audit Office (ANAO) at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, nestled in the world heritage listed Lamington National Park in Queensland, Australia.

The Congress is PASAI’s supreme authority and consists of all PASAI members and has been held annually since 2006, with a different theme underpinning the discussions at this meeting of all the member SAIs.

The theme of the 21st Congress is Embracing the Digital Future.

Advancing technology is changing the ways in which we communicate, as well as how we collect and analyse audit data. Congress discussions and workshops will share experiences, success stories and lessons learned about reliable and emerging technologies – and resources that support efficient, quality audit services and products.

Members already have their travel plans underway, and all are looking forward to a fruitful set of discussions at the three-day event. 

For more information, please email pasai2018@anao.gov.au or follow this link:

 

 

 

 Members at PASAI's 20th Congress in August 2017, Tuvalu

Members at PASAI's 20th Congress in August 2017, Tuvalu

'Greening' PASAI - ACAG/PASAI Regional Working Group on Environmental Auditing, May 2018

Working together to increase awareness, capability and knowledge-sharing in environmental auditing, the 10th meeting of the ACAG/PASAI Regional Working Group on Environmental Auditing (RWGEA) was hosted by the Queensland Audit Office in Brisbane, Australia, during May 2018. 

Read the findings of the meeting here ...

 Attendees of the RWGEA May 2018

Attendees of the RWGEA May 2018

A Success Factor for both International Capacity Development Programs and International Organization's Meetings

by Keisuke Kato
Deputy Director, Office of International Affairs
Board of Audit, Japan

When conducting international capacity development programs, we need to consider how to overcome differences in systems, languages and cultures between the participating countries. If I were in charge of such international programs, I would attach importance to the following principles:

When introducing a SAI’s audit methodology/case to the participants, it should be introduced objectively as an example. It should not be introduced as being better than any other SAI’s audit methodology/case. Also, we should not force the participating SAIs to adopt it.

Each country has its own distinctive system, which has been created through a unique process based on its unique historical background. We should respect each other’s systems and not see subjectively that the country A’s system is better than the country B’s system. For example, SAI Japan conducts a seminar where we simply introduce SAI Japan’s experience and methodology on public construction works audit, not intending to demand the participating SAIs to adopt our audit methodology. We fully understand that our audit methodology has been created under Japan’s unique environment, under which natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons etc. occur frequently, thus our public construction works system has been developed so that our infrastructure should withstand against such natural disasters. Our audit methodology would not work without Japan’s public construction works system. Thus, seminar participants would not understand our audit methodology/case correctly without understanding Japan’s unique environment. For these reasons, we explain Japan’s unique environment, our unique public construction works system and our unique history that have developed our audit methodology. Our seminar’s main purpose is to make the participants fully understand our public construction works audits. It depends entirely on the participants whether they would like to adopt our audit methodology or not. We do not force them to do so.

When conducting international seminars, our main focus is on how to provide a platform for the participants, where they all can understand other SAI’s experiences. In order to achieve this goal, we try to provide an environment in which all participants can join the discussion.

As SAI Japan is in charge of ASOSAI’s capacity development activities, I have had the opportunity to plan and organize knowledge sharing seminars for ASOSAI’s members. In this role I soon realized that the systems of ASOSAI’s members are very different from each other. For example, if the theme of a seminar is performance audit, the gap between each SAI’s experiences on performance audit is so big that it seems meaningless to discuss it with each other. Some SAIs may have experience from performance audit since over 20 years, while some SAIs have just introduced it, or other SAIs have not introduced it yet. Despite such huge differences, however, it is meaningful to discuss the same topic among the member SAIs. You will find out some SAIs may benefit from your SAI’s experience, while your SAI may also benefit from other SAIs’ experience in spite of huge differences.

To understand other SAIs’ situations, organizers need to create an environment where each participant can talk freely about his/her SAI’s system and audit situation, while other participants listen. In this regard, I would like to mention failures that I experienced in a seminar some years ago. In that seminar, since there were only about ten participants, I set a discussion session among all the participants in order to collect their thoughts and views and then finalize the seminar. At that instance, my colleague from another SAI who was invited to attend the seminar as instructor, gave me the following advice: “- The next time, you could divide the participants into small groups, ideally, each of which consists of only 3-4 people. It is better to discuss in the small group first, and then make all the participants gather in a discussion where the leader of each group presents his/her group’s comments/thoughts to all the participants.” Since then, I always make it a habit to introduce a small group work session, followed by a discussion by all the participants together. I have found that, if the discussion is done with many people from the start, only some people present their views while people who are shy or are non-native English speakers tend to be quiet, left without an opportunity to make their views heard. In recent seminars, I have been happy to find that participants who are shy or are non-native English speakers do present their views well in the small groups.

As I am also a non-native English speaker, I understand fully how difficult it can be to keep up with the discussion in international seminars where English is the official language. Therefore, when we are in charge of international programs, we make it a habit to provide sufficient preparatory time to the participants and give them the seminar’s documents well before the seminar starts. If we did not do that, the participants from non-English speaking countries would not be able to participate fully in the seminar because they would not be able to understand its contents, not being able to prepare before the seminar. If they were given the chance to read the documents well before the seminar, they would understand its contents.

Having experiences from attending both international capacity development programs and international organization’s meetings such as ASOSAI/INTOSAI Governing Board meetings, I have found that the key factor for the success of these events is the same. It is to create an environment where all members feel that they are provided equal opportunities, that they can express their views freely and that their opinions are treated as important input. This way the efforts made in both capacity development activities and international organization’s meetings would reach further and make a difference to many more SAIs.

 

PASAI Audit Institutions Develop Strategic Plans

The audit institutions in the Pacific region attended a workshop in Nuku’alofa, Tonga on 23 - 27 April 2018 to develop their strategic plans and related operational plans. The plans were based on the results of the evaluation of their offices through the INTOSAI performance measurement framework (SAI PMF). The workshop covered the whole strategic planning process which is part of the INTOSAI global programme on Strategy, Performance Measurement and Reporting (SPMR). The SPMR programme not only focuses on the strategic planning cycle but on the strategic management cycle, including performance measurement and reporting.
Twenty-six participants from 11 government audit offices (or SAIs) attended the workshop from Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia – National Office and the state audit offices of Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Guam, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Tuvalu. All but two of the audit institutions were also represented by their Auditors-General or Public Auditors.
The workshop was facilitated by Freddy Yves Ndjemba, Dafina Dimitrova, and Shofiqul Islam from the INTOSAI Development Intiative (IDI), assisted by Sarah Markley from the New Zealand Office of the Auditor-General, and Tiofilusi Tiueti, Sinaroseta Palamo-Iosefo and Eroni Vatuloka from the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI).
Photo: The Strategic management workshop participants from SAIs of the pacific region with the facilitators.
The Pacific is one of the two INTOSAI regions piloting this global programme whose objective is to ensure audit institutions develop and maintain a strategic planning and management process, that enables them to achieve strategic outcomes and deliver value and benefits to the citizens.
Participants appreciated the importance of a strategically managed SAI in its mission to lead by example and add value to society, making a difference to the lives of citizens.
The participants will meet again in October 2018 to evaluate their draft strategic plans to ensure development outcomes are realistic and can be supported by their governments and development partners.
PASAI acknowledges the financial support by the IDI, Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to conduct this strategic management programme for SAIs in the Pacific region.
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For more information contact:
Mr. Tiofilusi

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PASAI is seeking Parttime Communications Advisor/Editor 20 hours/week

Job Description

Communications Advisor/Editor, 20 hours a week

Applications close Monday, 2 April 2018.

The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) is the official association of 26 Supreme Audit Institutions (government audit offices and similar organisations, known as SAIs) in the Pacific region.

PASAI has an Auckland-based Secretariat, and operates through a New Zealand-registered incorporated society. Its budget is about NZ$3 million each year, although this is expected to increase. Its work is funded by several development partners, including the Asian Development Bank, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the World Bank.

We're recruiting for a quick-thinking, audience-focused wordsmith, who is cheerful, clever, composed, and capable.

For the past four years PASAI's communications advice and editorial support has been provided by external contractors, but with PASAI's current focus, it is now our preference to recruit a part-time local Communications Advisor/Editor to be based in the Secretariat office in Parnell, Auckland. A well-qualified and experienced communications professional is needed to ensure the quality of PASAI's materials and reports and prepare them for publication and distribution.

We need someone with an above-average grasp of written English, a sharp eye for detail, and a commitment to plain English. As well as seeing ambiguity, a lack of clarity, or a misplaced comma (and knowing how to fix them), you also need the ability to see when the structure or story is not quite right – and suggest how it could work better.

This role is part-time, although at peak times, additional hours may be required. This role reports directly to the Chief Executive, and provides communication advice and support to the Secretariat Team and also to PASAI members. To find out more about us, see our website: www.pasai.org

For more information on this role, please contact Jen Broster on 04 917 1500 or recruitment@oag.govt.nz.

You must apply online through www.jobs.govt.nz (and you'll find the position description there, too).

 

 

 

 

 

 

PASAI is seeking applications to conduct Mid-Term Review of PASAI's implementation of its Strategic Plan 2014 to 2024

CLOSING DATE TO RECEIVE APPLICATIONS: 16TH APRIL 2018

Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) is seeking application from an individual or firm to conduct a mid-term review of the implementation of its Long-term Strategic Plan 2014-2024.  The Mid-Term review Terms of Reference (TOR) which provides details on the objective and scope of the review can be accessed here (TOR) or requested from Ms. Natalie Price (PASAI Office Coordinator) at natalie.price@pasai.org.

The applicant must have a vast knowledge and experience on SAI capacity development and methods, Pacific policy and audit issues, and an understanding of effective international and regional approaches. The reviewers will have a strong understanding of Pacific context specifically operating environment of SAIs.

Those wishing to apply shall send detailed Curriculum Vitae, Project Proposal outlining key elements of their approach to the review, consultancy fee rates and confirming availability to reach Mr. Tiofilusi Tiueti, Chief Executive, PASAI Secretariat: tiofilusi.tiueti@pasai.org  or secretariat@pasai.org  by the 16th of April, 2018.

If you require further information or clarification please contact Ms. Natalie Price at the PASAI Secretariat at natalie.price@pasai.org or call +64 9 304 1275 during office hours.

 

VIDEO LAUNCH - PADDLING TOGETHER FOR A FRAUD FREE FSM

The Office of the Federated States of Micronesia Public Auditor and the Office of Pohnpei State Public Auditor combined forces to execute the Fraud Awareness Flexible Funding project. The project is coordinated through the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman (OCO), and funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as part of the Pacific Governance and Anti-Corruption program.  FSM's objective is to raise public awareness through their community outreach program by educating the entire community, inclusive of government departments, on the impact of fraud, corruption and suspicious activities. The OPAs aim is to empower the community to be able to identify and correctly report these activities supporting the prevention of fraud and corruption.

As part of their Flexible Funding Project by the Office of Commonwealth Ombudsman (OCO), FSM OPA's have worked together to produce a video to increase public awareness and education of the Public Auditor’s value and benefits. 

The video is called "Paddling together for a fraud free FSM" discusses the role of Auditors in matters relating to fraud, corruption and abuse of public resources, and provides a guideline on citizen’s responsibility to identify and report on the waste and mismanagement of public funds and related resources

You can access this excellent video below:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE2V1hALJK8

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FSM State of Chuuk appoints a new Public Auditor

PASAI welcome Mr. Manuel “Manny” L. San Jose Jr. to the PASAI Family as the newly appointed Public Auditor of Chuuk State, FSM.  Mr San Jose Jr is not new to PASAI as he was working for about nine years at the FSM National Public Auditor's Office prior to being appointed as the Chuuk State Public Auditor.  He started working as an Audit Supervisor and held the position of Audit Consultant/Audit Manager when he left FSM National Public Auditor's Office in 2017. Over the years he has participated in many PASAI activities, workshops and regional/global programmes and we look forward to working with him once again in his new capacity.

Mr. San Jose has 36 years working experience in the fields of auditing, finance and accounting, and information technology both in private and government sectors. In private sector, he worked for companies in various industries such as auditing, manufacturing, insurance and education (a university) where he held a number of key executive posts such as Audit Manager, Management Information Systems (MIS) Manager, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology, Senior Assistant Vice President for Audit, Vice President/Comptroller for Finance, and Chief Finance Officer (CFO).

Mr. San Jose, a cum laude graduate, earned a bachelor degree in commercial science major in accounting.  Furthermore, he earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and currently has earned six professional certifications as follows:  

1.     Certified Public Accountant (CPA-Phils)

2.     Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

3.     Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

4.     Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP)

5.     Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA)

6.     Certified Forensic Investigation Professional (CFIP)

PASAI look forward to working with Mr San Jose and his staff to make a difference to the lives of citizens in FSM State of Chuuk. 

Congratulations again on your new appointment!

 

 

 

INTOSAI DONOR CORPORATION NEWSLETTER - 3RD QTR 2017 UPDATE

We invite you to read the latest quarterly newsletter of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation!

It is produced in English, Arabic, French and Spanish, presenting updates on the IDI's projects over the previous quarter and cooperation activities across the region. 

Please copy the link below to access this newsletter.

http://www.idi.no/en/all-news/intosai-donor-cooperation-news/item/88-intosai-donor-cooperation-newsletter-3rd-quarterly-update-2017

 

 

Samoa SAI responds positively to Media

Read an article by the Samoa Controller and Auditor General, in response and clarification to the Samoa Observer Editorial (media) on the status of Samoa's Public Accounts and Audit Reports.

It is important for the public to understand and be very clear on the Audit Office or Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) mandate and the work they do.  This is not always clear and one way to achieve this and clarify the work of SAIs is to engage positively and collaboratively with the Media, also a key stakeholder. 

This is a good example of how Heads of SAI or Auditor General's can respond to the media and advocate the work they do.

 

Refer to this full article via the link below

http://sobserver.ws/en/12_12_2017/local/27729/Controller-and-Auditor-General-Fuimaono-Taimalelagi-explains.htm