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Regional study on Access to Information (ATI) in the MENA Region

Application Closing Date - 07 Jun 2019

Job Start Date - 01 Jul, 2019

Duration - 1 July - 1 September 2019

Location - Remote (with the possibility of fieldwork and subject to approval by TI)

BACKGROUND

Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 100 chapters 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.

The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin is seeking a consultant to write a regional report on ATI in the MENA region focusing on four countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia. The report is intended to support TI’s ongoing project ‘Empowering Civil Society and Citizen Engagement for Transparency and Accountability 2018-2020’, which aims at creating budget transparency and enabling civil society and ordinary citizens to understand and question how and where public funds are spent in these countries. In order to achieve this, it is crucial for civil society organizations and citizens to access information. Whereas ATI laws were passed in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia, there is a need to understand how these laws are being enforced and implemented.

OBJECTIVES

The consultant shall conduct a desktop research as well as key informant interviews with an introduction on the right to ATI, its importance to anti-corruption work, and links between this right and the shrinking civil society space in the MENA region as a whole. It shall furthermore provide a survey on the quality of access to information laws adopted recently in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia. The report shall also feature in-depth case studies in the four countries. These include:

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINE

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.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The Consultant should have the following qualifications:

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

The application should include the following documents in English:

Please indicate “Regional study on Access to Information (ATI) in the MENA Region” in the subject line of your email application. Applications should be sent in English by email to Manuel Pirino at mpirino@transparency.org by close of business of 07 June 2019.

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Guidelines for handling overhead and travel expenses

Overhead

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

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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