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REVIEWING TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL’S BUSINESS INTEGRITY COUNTRY AGENDA (BICA) METHODOLOGY

Application Closing Date - 06 Aug 2018

Job Start Date - 18 Aug, 2018

Duration - 25 working days

Location - n/a

GENERAL INFORMATION

Job Title: Consultant(s) to review Transparency International’s BICA methodology

Application Closing Date: 06 August 2018

Job Start Date: 18 August 2018

 

  1. BACKGROUND

Transparency International (TI) is a 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.

Assessing and tackling corruption risks in the business sector and engaging with businesses to improve corporate practices is an important part of Transparency International’s Strategy 2020, which outlines the areas of work on which the movement will focus over a five-year period. As we enter our mid-term review of this Strategy, the organisation would like to assess key tools to ensure that they are fit for purpose and will have maximum impact in achieving their advocacy objectives.

As part of our ongoing work on business integrity, in 2014, TI developed a new research and advocacy tool, the Business Integrity Country Agenda (BICA). The objective of the BICA is to create a relevant body of evidence related to business integrity in a given country and from this, develop a shared agenda for reform and collective momentum for action at the national level. Through this collective action approach, BICA seeks to improve the business integrity environment in the country and ultimately reduce corruption in the country’s business sector.

To achieve this, BICAs assess not only the regulatory and societal environment in which companies are operating, but also the way in which companies themselves contribute to doing business with integrity. BICAs therefore offer a comprehensive and unique approach for gathering all the relevant information to provide a credible foundation for action.

In short, BICAs aim to:

  • identify the major challenges of business integrity within a country and thus provide credible information for a reform agenda and targeted advocacy activities;
  • engage stakeholders (TI national chapter, government, regulatory and law enforcement bodies, investors, business associations, other civil society organisations, and the businesses themselves) in a shared diagnosis of the situation;
  • instigate a reform agenda with relevant stakeholders to improve business integrity practices in the country;
  • build national chapter capacity on business integrity issues;
  • position TI as a credible partner when it comes to improving business integrity in a country and leveraging companies in the fight against corruption;
  • act as a baseline against which progress can be subsequently measured.

To achieve these objectives, BICA is divided into two major stages: Assessment (Stage 1) and Collective Action (Stage 2). Stage 1 includes the establishment of a National Advisory Group (NAG), comprising various stakeholders who provide their input into the BICA assessment. The NAG members are envisioned as multipliers of the message and reliable partners for implementing or advocating for the implementation of selected recommendations.

The assessment phase culminates in the launch of a BICA Assessment Report, publishing the assessment of efforts by all three stakeholder groups to promote business integrity, narratives on the country’s overall economic and corruption profile, and recommendations for action (the reform agenda). Stage 2 is the collective action phase where key recommendations are operationalised into concrete reform steps to be implemented by relevant stakeholders in the medium to long term.

The BICA was piloted in Mozambique in 2015/2016 and has since been implemented in 7 other countries [Brazil (2018), Cambodia (2017), Italy (2017), Kenya (2018), Malaysia (2018), Mongolia (2018) and Turkey (2017)]. It is important to note that almost all countries have recently completed Stage 1 (assessment) of the BICA process and are in the early stages of Stage 2 (collective action).

  1. OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY

In order to inform and support future plans for the BICA, TI would like to commission a consultant to conduct an evaluation of the BICA methodology and an initial assessment of its strength as an advocacy and reform tool. The output will be used to inform revisions to the methodology and approach, in collaboration with Transparency International’s national chapters.

The consultant will evaluate the implementation of BICA in the 8 countries, identify challenges faced and areas of success. The evaluation should also identity examples of where the implementation of the BICA has been successful in achieving its objectives, where it has been unsuccessful, and make suggestions for improving the methodology and approach for it to have greater impact in future. 

The consultant will be asked to answer the following research questions:

Methodology, research process and resources

  • To what extent was the BICA assessment framework and research methodology appropriate for the task of generating an accurate baseline assessment of the state of the business integrity at national level? Should there be any revisions to the areas which are assessed and/or the methodology and suggested data sources?
  • To what extent is Stage 1 of the project producing relevant information in order to achieve the project objectives?
  • To what extent was the multi-stakeholder approach successful in building momentum for implementation of a reform agenda? Did the National Advisory Group add value to the Stage 1 and Stage 2[1] of the BICA?
  • To what extent does the BICA assessment framework align with Transparency International's strategy for tackling corruption risks in the private sector?
  • Were the allocated time and budget sufficient for the implementation of BICA?

Advocacy use and Impact

  • How successful has BICA been at building chapter knowledge and awareness of business integrity?
  • To what extent has BICA been successful in achieving its advocacy objectives with the relevant stakeholders? Of key consideration here are the overall quality of the reports and recommendations and how relevant they were deemed by anti-corruption stakeholders.
  • Has BICA been successful in increasing the degree of engagement of the TI chapters in public discourse on business integrity?
  • Has it helped to position TI as a credible partner when it comes to improving business integrity in a country and leveraging companies in the fight against corruption?
  • Has the BICA enabled the TI chapter to establish or intensify relationships or partnerships with key business integrity stakeholders: government, regulatory and law enforcement bodies, investors, business associations, other civil society organisations, and the businesses themselves?
  • Do national chapters rate the tool as useful for improving their engagement with companies to reduce corruption risks? Have there been any noted behavioural changes among the business community?
  • Have there been any policy and/or legislative changes to which the BICA has contributed?
  • Have there been any negative consequences? Have there been any unintended outcomes?

The selected consultant or team are required to outline a full methodological approach for how they will conduct this assessment in the timeframe available.

This will be agreed with what will be the consultant’s reference group for this assessment: the Strategy & Impact team manager, the Global Advocacy and Policy team manager, the Research & Knowledge team manager, and the business integrity manager. A contact point will be designated to support the consultant(s) with logistics and accessing the necessary documents.

  1. EXPECTED DELIVERABLES

The consultant or team are expected to submit a final report approximately between 20 pages and 30 pages in length including visuals.

 

  1. SELECTION CRITERIA

The consultant should have the following qualifications:

  • An advanced university degree in a relevant academic field (economics, political science, statistics, sociology or other related fields);
  • Substantial experience designing and conducting qualitative and quantitative evaluations on advocacy for development projects;
  • Extensive experience analysing qualitative and quantitative evaluation findings and writing the results in clear, easily understandable reports;
  • High attention to detail;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Ability to guarantee complete confidentiality;
  • Knowledge of anti-corruption, good governance and business sector compliance fields highly preferred and an advantage.
  1. TIMELINE

The consultant or team are expected to work up to 25 working days.

Guidance and quality insurance

  • The findings should be referenced.
  • Libel should be avoided.
  • The consultant’s approach should be guided by the Transparency International Impact matrix methodology (attached below)
  • The consultant should use the TI report template and style guide.
  • The research should abide by ethical protocols including participant confidentiality and privacy if they require that.  
  1. REMUNERATION

The Consultant should provide a detailed breakdown, before any VAT or other charges, of all their estimated costs, including but not limited to; total fee as a lump sum or standard daily or hourly rates, (if applicable) international travel, local transport, accommodation, work materials.

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 the 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.

  1. CONTACT INFORMATION

Please indicate “BICA Assessment” in the subject line of your email application. Applications should be sent in English by email to Research & Knowledge Team at bica@transparency.org by 6pm (Berlin) 06 August 2018.

In order to be considered for this impact assessment, consultants must provide the following (in English):

  • A detailed methodological approach.
  • A comprehensive ethics approach to the work.
  • A list of possible challenges and mitigation strategies.
  • A detailed timeframe.
  • An up to date CV.
  • An indicative budget.
  • A sample of previous similar work.
  • Two contacts of two people willing to be contacted for their reference.
  • Completed VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form (see below).

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

 

 

[1] Given that Stage 2 has recently begun in most cases, we will expect findings here to be preliminary and indicative, rather than conclusive. 

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