Transparency International

Consultant (Transparency International’s IMF Anti-corruption Engagement)

Transparency International

Job Description

Title of Consultancy: Impact Assessment – Transparency International’s IMF anti-corruption engagement Application Closing Date: 9th September 2020 Consultancy Start and End date: 28th September – 30th November 2020 Duration: Max. 25 working days Location of Consultancy: Remote BACKGROUND Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 100 National Chapters (NC) worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it. Starting in 2016, Transparency International has been engaged with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to advocate for more effective and consistent implementation of the IMF’s good governance framework. In 2018, the IMF published an updated and enhanced good governance framework, which sought to strengthen the Fund’s engagement with anti-corruption issues in its member countries. Since then, TI has been closely following the implementation of the Fund’s updated and enhanced good governance framework, mainly through its surveillance and lending programs. In addition to direct advocacy at the IMF, TI national chapters are increasingly monitoring the implementation of anti-corruption commitments made by governments in their loan agreements with the IMF. OBJECTIVES The overall objectives of the impact assessment are the following:
  • To provide an objective assessment of the impact of TI’s engagement with the IMF regarding anti-corruption since 2016. This includes advocacy around the implementation of the IMF’s enhanced good governance framework, and around the inclusion of anti-corruption measures in the IMF’s response to Covid-19 in 2020.

  • To test the underlying assumptions made by the Transparency International movement with regard to their advocacy approaches and anti-corruption changes and impacts.

  • To generate lessons learned and recommendations for further engagement at national, regional and global level for effective global good governance frameworks, including national-level monitoring of government commitments in IMF loan agreements.

METHODOLOGY The impact assessment will be planned and conducted in close consultation with the TI-S Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Unit and the Policy & Advocacy team. The impact assessment approach and methods will be agreed with the TI-S MEL Unit and the Policy & Advocacy team. The Policy & Advocacy team will provide the necessary substantive support, including submission of relevant documents for desk review, and providing relevant contacts with external and internal stakeholders for interviews. The impact assessment expert is ultimately responsible for the overall methodological approach and Design of the assessment, which should be adapted to the requirements of these Terms of Reference (TOR). The impact assessment should use a participatory and gender sensitive approach engaging relevant staff at TI-S and National Chapter levels, stakeholders and beneficiaries through structured methods. Both quantitative and qualitative data should be utilised in assessing the impact. The exact impact assessment methodology should be defined, discussed, and agreed with TI-S during the first days of the evaluation. The impact assessment should include but not necessarily be limited to the following methods:
  • Desk review of relevant TI and IMF documents

  • Individual and/or group interviews with internal and external stakeholders

TI-S encourages the consultant to suggest additional approaches and methods (e.g. specific case studies) that could further strengthen the quality of the assessment and resulting recommendations. The expert should present a detailed statement of the proposed review methods in the technical proposal. EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINE This impact assessment is expected to be mostly desk-based, drawing on documentation and interviews conducted remotely with a maximum allocation of 25 working days. The consultant or team of consultants are expected to submit a report that documents the assessment process and results following a clear structure. The report will contain the findings, conclusions and recommendations as well as a recording of the lessons learned. The report will be written by the evaluation expert. The consultant or team of consultants will initially prepare a draft report, which will be discussed with TI-S. While considering the comments provided on the draft, the impact assessment expert shall use their independent and impartial judgement in preparing the final report. The final report should not be longer than 30 pages, excluding the annexes and the executive summary. Annexes to the final report should be kept to an absolute minimum. Only those annexes that serve to demonstrate or clarify an issue related to a major finding should be included. Existing documents should be referenced but not necessarily annexed. In sum, the main expected deliverables are:
  • Detailed work plan, incl. approach, methodology, guiding questions, survey/interview questions, list of stakeholders and detailed timeline.

  • Draft report for internal fact checking.

  • Final impact assessment report.

Guidance and quality insurance:
  • The findings should be referenced.

  • The consultant’s approach should be guided by the Transparency International Impact Matrix methodology.

  • The consultant’s approach should abide by ethical protocols including participant confidentiality and privacy, if they require it.

All presentations and reports are to be submitted in English, in electronic form, in accordance with the deadlines stipulated above. The Consultant is responsible for editing and Quality Control of language. The TI Secretariat retains the sole rights with respect to all distribution, dissemination and publication of the deliverables. REQUIRED COMPETENCIES & QUALIFICATIONS The (team of) Consultant(s) should have the following qualifications: • Advanced university degree in social science/ Political Science methods, international development, sustainability or related field from a reputed institution. • Thorough knowledge of and proven experience in impact assessment, ideally with focus on not-for-profit sector and preferably on anti-corruption or governance issues. • Proven experience of at least 8 years in the fields of advocacy, governance, Sustainable and/or international development. Experience in the field of anti-corruption is desirable but not necessary. • Previous experience in successfully conducting similar assignments. • Excellent command of English at the native speaker’s level. • Outstanding communication skills with high attention to detail. • Innovative, open-minded, culturally sensitive personality. REMUNERATION AND COSTS The Consultants should provide their estimated total fee as a lump sum or as standard daily or hourly rates, before any VAT or other charges. For Consultants based in the EU, EEA and Switzerland Transparency International e.V. (Secretariat), (TI-S) is registered as a Business Entity in Germany with VAT identification number DE273612486. In order to determine the Value Added Tax (VAT) implications of this tender, we kindly request that Consultants fill out the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form (instructions inside the form) and submit the completed and duly signed form along with their email application. The link to the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form is available below. CONTACT INFORMATION Please email your application documents by 9th September 2020, 23:59 CEST indicating “Impact Assessment: IMF engagement” in the subject line to impactassessmentimf@transparency.org The application documents should include the following:
  • A letter of motivation, specifically focusing on concrete examples relating to what is requested in these TOR regarding the necessary skills and experience.

  • A detailed technical proposal of how the assignment will be approached.

  • An indicative budget and detailed timeline.

  • Curriculum Vitae, incl. links, references to work samples related to the topic (confidentiality will be guaranteed).

  • Contact details for at least two independent referees with in-depth and proven knowledge of the applicant’s expertise and relevant work experience relevant for this assignment.

  • Completed VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form (see below).

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Data Protection When you respond to this tender and submit your application, you provide consent that Transparency International e. V. keeps your application materials for the period of ten years according to German legal requirements. Afterwards Transparency International will delete your application and any personal data included in it. If you have any questions please reach out to dataprotection@transparency.org
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