Framework Agreement for Data Training for Anti-Corruption Research and Advocacy
Application Closing Date - 26 Jul 2019
Job Start Date - October 2019
Duration - October 2019- December 2020
Location - Remote with a trip to Berlin
Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society movement leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 100 National Chapters worldwide, and an International Secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness about the devastating impact of corruption and works with partners in government, the private sector and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it. As part of its TI 2020 strategy “together against corruption”, Transparency International is committed to creating demand for accountability and empowering citizens’ action against corruption, including by harnessing the potential of open data to fight against corruption.
When information on government activities is limited, there are opportunities for the corrupt to take advantage of public resources for private gain. To build transparency, accountability and integrity in government, an international shift towards openness is vital. In recent years, governments around the world have increased the availability of their data, generating a growing amount of information that can be freely used, modified and shared by anyone for any purpose. This kind of information has great potential as an instrument to control corruption. However, for open data to be an effective anti-corruption tool, however, citizens need to have the necessary skills to understand and analyse it. For this reason, Transparency International is seeking to improve the level of data literacy of its national chapters to enable them to better exercise this control and monitoring function and serve as a basis for evidence-based anti-corruption advocacy.
Transparency international is looking for a partner organisation that can help provide trainings to strengthen the necessary technical skills of a number of Transparency International’s national chapters around the world to help them take advantage of their local sources of open data and apply them to their everyday work for anti-corruption research and advocacy purposes. The selected partner is expected to organise training courses that will serve as a second phase of the quantitative skill development plan for national chapters that began with the launch of TI’s e-learning course “How to use data to fight corruption across the SDGs”.
EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINE
The deliverables for this framework agreement will include:
- A training plan and syllabus detailing the goals of the different trainings, their pedagogical approach, the structure of the course and the content of each session, including a list of recommended materials/readings required.
- A number of 3- 5 day training workshops for groups of around 15-20 participants on the use of data for anti-corruption research and advocacy. The course should cover, the following topics: advantages and challenges of working with open data; overview of sources of open-data for anti-corruption research and advocacy; data extraction, cleaning, analysis and visualisation; triangulation of diverse data sources for research and advocacy purposes.
- A final report on the trainings.
All presentations and reports are to be submitted in English, in electronic form, in accordance with the deadlines stipulated above. The Vendor/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.
The first training is expected to be delivered in the last quarter of 2019.
The Consultant should have the following qualifications:
- Extensive experience in the use and analysis of open data for social impact and in the delivery of training courses.
- Proven teaching experience and ability to make complex topics accessible to a diverse audience.
- Good overview of the currently available open data sources relevant for the study of corruption and governance.
- Proven experience in development of new methodologies and research tools.
- Fluent oral and written English communication skills.
- Additional languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese) an advantage.
The proposal will be assessed against value for money of the overall proposal and the quality of the proposed approach and methodology.
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.
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The consultant is expected to work closely with the Research and Knowledge team at the TI Secretariat to deliver the deliver the training to interested national chapters. There will be planning and check-in meetings throughout the process as well as a kick-off conversation with national chapters to assess their needs and expectations.
Applicants should include a brief overview of their overall approach to this assignment in their submissions to the present call for proposal. After selection, this proposal will be further worked on with Transparency International staff members.
In the submission the consultant must include:
- a cover letter that outlines both their pedagogical and technical qualifications for the assignment.
- a concept note that briefly presents some ideas, overall approach and envisaged challenges for this assignment, including suggestions on how to make such a course as “user-friendly” as possible.
- links, reference to work samples and previous data-related trainings.
- a CV, including two references (contact information)
- an indicative time/cost estimate broken down by daily fee, number of days, other costs.
- a note regarding availability in the last quarter of the year.
- Completed VAT Form for Tenders (Only for Consultants based in the EU, EEA and Switzerland)
Please indicate “Data Training” in the subject line of your email application. Applications should be sent in English by email to Roberto Martinez B. Kukutschka at firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business of 26/07/2019.
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Guidelines for handling overhead and travel expenses
Regular overhead expenses associated with the Consultants maintaining their place of business, such as rent, telephone, utilities or stationary, are included in the Consultant’s professional fee, except where explicitly agreed otherwise in the contract.
Travel and accommodation expenses will as far as possible, and where applicable, be recovered from the institutions and companies hosting events or using the outputs provided by the Consultant.
Where such cost recovery is not possible, all travel is subject to prior approval by TI-S staff responsible for the financial management of the Project or TI Budget Line that will support the costs of travel. TI shall not issue travel advances to the Consultants. For accommodation or travel by air, rail or coach, they will instead have to contact TI-S that will make travel arrangements on the Consultant’s behalf.
All travel booked by TI-S will include travel health and accident insurance with worldwide coverage and Economy class only; accommodation will aim to achieve best value for money up to a 4-star category.
Consultants shall be entitled to invoice TI-S only for local transportation and visa cost (if applicable).
Subsistence allowance (per diems) and expenses for individual meals cannot be claimed. These are part of Consultant’s business expenses.
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