Review of the Global Corruption Barometer survey
Application Closing Date - 02 Dec 2019
Job Start Date - 15 Jan, 2020
Duration - 15th January to 25th February 2020 (a maximum of 20 working days)
Location - Remote, possible travel to Berlin
Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through almost 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.
A key element of TI’s work is diagnosing corruption by measuring its occurrence and people’s views about it through surveys and indices. Based on its findings, TI raises awareness of particular types of corruption and the effectiveness of anti-corruption programs; monitors trends in the incidence of corruption and in the implementation of anti-corruption measures; and advocates for reforms in laws, policies and practices.
TI publications and indices have been a source of informed reference for many individuals and organisations, be it academically, or as tools for advocacy for change. The Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) is one of the most important and publicly recognizable TI indices.
Transparency International has been conducted the GCB since 2002. The original objective of the survey was to raise awareness of corruption at national level. The first 8 editions of the survey were published as single global comparative reports. As awareness of corruption increased and in response to stakeholder feedback, new questions were added to the survey to capture strategic issues for different geographical regions. Because of this change, TI published the 9th edition of the survey as a series of regional reports (between 2015 and 2017). The 10th edition of the GCB, which is currently in progress, adopted the same approach. To date two regions have been surveyed and the respective reports published.
The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin is looking for a highly qualified consultant to review the GCB.
The main aim is to extract the historical learning and have a clear understanding of what areas can be improved. The specific objectives are to:
- Assess the effectiveness and relevance of the GCB’s current uses.
- Assess the GCB’s potential to support the relevance of anti-corruption work at country and global levels, and to contribute to impactful anti-corruption programmes.
- Provide concrete recommendations on potential improvements and ways forward.
The evaluator is ultimately responsible for the overall methodological approach and design of this learning review and is expected to propose methods that they consider most appropriate to achieve its aims. The evaluator is expected to refine the scope and methodology of this review during the inception phase in cooperation with TI-S and provide a detailed review plan then.
Expected deliverables and timeline
The evaluator or team is expected to deliver:
- A concept note outlining the proposed methodology, timeframe of planned actions including scheduled country visits (if any) for approval by TI-S.
- A draft review report, including case studies, for review and comments by TI-S including annexes covering conducted interviews, questionnaires and list of reviewed documents.
- A validation workshop (possibly remotely) with the team in Berlin, chapters and key staff to discuss the draft report.
- A final review report, including lessons-learned and action-oriented recommendations.
The final report should not be longer than 30 pages, excluding the annexes and the executive summary. Annexes 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.
All evaluation deliverables are to be submitted in English, in electronic form, in accordance with the agreed deadlines. The consultant is responsible for editing and quality control of language.
Applicants should have the following competencies and experience:
People skills: be able to mediate the different expectations of the different internal stakeholders, and to communicate clearly and transparently across different teams.
Work style: organised even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative with competent analytical and problem solving skills.
Language: excellent command of English to a native speaker’s level. Spanish and French an asset.
Applicants should have the following skills and experience:
- University degree in social sciences or related field.
- Strong methodological knowledge, namely of quantitative methodologies.
- Good knowledge of existing governance and corruption-related surveys and measurement tools and advantage.
- Considerable experience in participatory approaches to MEL in NGOs.
- Sound knowledge of and first-hand experience with advocacy initiatives that use evidence/ data to substantiate its demands.
- Experience working in complex, multi-stakeholder programmes that involve a large number of implementing partners across world regions.
- Experience in working across cultures, with acute sensitivity to working with partners whose 1st language is not English.
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.
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The consultant is expected to work closely with the TI-S Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning and with the Knowledge and Research teams.
Please email your application documents by 02th of December 2019, 23:59 CET indicating “GCB review [SURNAME]’’ in the subject line to GCB_review@transparency.org
The application documents should include the following:
- a cover letter that outline the consultant’s qualifications for the assignment;
- a concept note that briefly presents the idea and overall approach to the assignment, envisaged challenges this assignment poses, and a work plan;
- CV(s), incl. two references with contact information only and applicants will be previously consulted if references are to be contacted;
- links, references to work samples related to the topic;
- and indicative time/ cost estimate broken down by daily fee, number of days, other costs;
- indication of availability to conduct the assignment within the given timeframe.
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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