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The assignments outlined below demonstrate Michael's progression from providing training to local staff and advice to senior officials to becoming a trusted advisor supporting Deputy Ministers, Minsters and Heads of Parliamentary Committees. The roles also evidence his progress from front-line delivery through team leadership to in-field program management.
2012 - 2013
2011 - 2012
2006 - 2008
1998 - 2003
Team Leader, Tax Committee structural reform project, PDP Australia for the Asian Development Bank program: “Strengthening Public Resource Management”, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
The team's principal achievements were gaining acceptance by the Government of Tajikistan of a new functional line organisational structure for the Tax Committee (tax collection agency), and supporting the launch of the change program in the Headquarters and Regional Offices.
Under Michael's guidance, the team also produced a medium-term IT strategy plan, covering the functional requirements for the proposed Tax Administration and Management Information System (TAMIS) based upon introducing modern business processes, and recommended a Computer-off-the-Shelf (COTS) based implementation strategy.
Component Lead, Economic Policy, Deloitte Consulting LLP (US), for a USAID funded program: “Economic Growth and Governance Initiative” (EGGI), Kabul, Afghanistan
This was a complex program with eight main work streams, reducing to four over the term of Michael's assignment, owing to changes in USAID priorities.
Michael was responsible for program managament, developing the program performamce indicators and coordinating the production for USAID of weekly updates and monthly, quarterly and annual reports against objectives for all work streams.
Michael led the Fiscal Analysis and Tax Policy work streams, coordinated the Budget Process Reform and Tax Administration Reform through other Managers, and managed other work streams through Senior Advisers, assisted by 75 local national consultants.
Senior Adviser, Macro-Economic, Fiscal and Tax Policy, BearingPoint LLC (US), for USAID funded project: “Economic Governance II”, Baghdad, Iraq
For nearly three years Michael worked with Heads of Departments, Deputy Ministers and the Minister of Finance to provide direction in the development of tax policy and tax administration reform. His achievements included developing and obtaining Ministerial agreement on a plan for the reform of the Iraqi tax system in the medium term, required under the IMF support program.
Michael also established and mentored staff of a fiscal analysis unit to support the Committee on Financial Affairs of the Iraqi House of Representatives, and empowered the Committee to challenge some decisons of Ministers, including Budget fund allocations.
Resource Economist, Maxwell Stamp PLC (UK), for UK DFID funded program: “Macroeconomic Reform”, Baghdad, Iraq
Michael advised Ministers and Deputies of four ministries and Head of the State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO), Along with his colleagues he developed and co-presented a two week course in Public Financial Management for Iraqi ministry staff.
Michael also worked with the Committee on Statsitics to run a pilot Household Economic Survey, as part of a Poverty and Social Impact Analysis exercise. He used the findings to advise on the impact of a reduction of petroleum fuel price subsidies.
Principal Tax Policy Advisor, Adam Smith International (UK), for UK DFID funded program: “Capacity Building: Ministry of Finance”, Kabul, Afghanistan
IMichael was the designated team leader for the winning bid for this project, but took the role of Principal Advisor to allow a more experienced adviser to coordianate the project. He reviewed and modernised some of the tax laws to make them more effective.
Michael also produced the first-ever detailed maps of revenue collections by revenue type, ministry and province and used these to support Minister of Finance Dr. Ashraf Ghani (recently elected President of Afghanistan) in his decison of where to locate new revenue offices. This led to changes in project prorities.
Fiscal and Tax Policy Advisor, Barents Group LLC, KPMG Consulting International, and BearingPoint, for USAID funded Fiscal Reform projects, and the UN Mission in Kosovo
Michael undertook periodic short-term assignments as an economic and fiscal adviser for USAID funded Fiscal Reform projects, advising Ministry of Finance and Tax Administration officials and Parliamentary Committees in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Kosovo (11 trips in total, ranging from 1 to 3 months, while on leave of absence from IRD NZ). During this time Michael also produced and presented several training progams in fiscal management.