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REVIEWING TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL’S TRANSPARENCY IN CORPORATE REPORTING (TRAC) 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 TRAC 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.

As an evidence-based advocacy anti-corruption organisation, measuring and assessing corruption risks is at the heart of TI’s work. Since 2009, Transparency International has been conducting research to look at transparency in corporate reporting on anti-corruption.

The research has been conducted via a series of assessments using the information which companies make publically available on their websites, using the predefined TRAC methodology.

The overall objective linked to the implementation of the TRAC methodology is to support global advocacy on corporate transparency. The specific objectives are:

  • Improve the level of anti-corruption reporting and transparency practices of companies through incentives and competition (ranking);
  • Increase awareness and understanding among companies of the benefits and necessary components of the anti-corruption and transparency standards as advocated by TI;
  • Provide an entry point and content basis to start a dialogue with companies on their practices with the goal of a longer term engagement;
  • Support Chapters’ capacity and expertise on corporate reporting and corporate engagement;
  • Create visibility for TI-S and Chapters and establish them as the go-to organisation on corporate reporting and transparency;
  • Increase awareness and understanding across a range of stakeholders including the media, the general public, government officials and civil society of the positive impact of greater corporate transparency.

Since the first study of this kind was conducted, Transparency International has produced two global TRAC reports, two reports on multinational companies in emerging market economies, one sectoral study on the telecommunications sector, and over 20 country TRAC studies conducted by Transparency International chapters.

Engaging with the businesses and tackling corruption risks in the business sector is an important part of Transparency International’s Strategy 2020, which outlines which areas of work the movement will work on over a four-year period. As we enter our mid-term review, 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.

  1. OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY

TI is looking to commission a consultant or team to assess the extent to which the TRAC methodology has been enabling impact along the objectives outlined above, both as a global tool, as well as a tool applied in the countries, and what are the unintended consequences and most relevant lessons learned.

The consultant will identify areas where the implementation of the TRAC has been successful in achieving its objectives (as defined above), areas where it has been unsuccessful, and make suggestions for improving the methodology, implementation of the tool, and the advocacy that follows.  More specifically, the consultant or team are expected to answer the following questions:

Methodology, research process and resources

  • To what extent is the global TRAC assessment framework and research methodology appropriate for the task of generating an accurate assessment of the state of corporate transparency?
  • Should there be any revisions to the areas which are assessed and/or the methodology (e.g. should the TRAC also include non-publicly available information and to what extent would this strengthen the findings and the tool overall)?
  • Is the application of the TRAC methodology fit for purpose at the national level? Should there be any revisions to the areas which are assessed and/or the methodology when implementing this at the national level?
  • To what extent does the TRAC assessment framework align with Transparency International's strategy for tackling corruption risks in the private sector?
  • Was the timeline, budget and resources sufficient for the implementation of TRACs?

Advocacy use and Impact

  • Has the programme been successful at improving the disclosure of corporate anti-corruption policies in all three dimensions measured by the TRAC among those companies assessed in the reports? Has it resulted in any companies improving their practices as a result of engagement via TRAC?
  • Has it been successful at achieving its advocacy objectives with companies?
  • Has it been successful at building chapter knowledge and awareness of corporate reporting transparency and how it can be used more holistically in the fight against corruption?
  • Have chapters developed further positive engagements with companies as a result? Do national chapters rate the tool as useful for improving their engagement with companies to reduce corruption risks?
  • 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 plus a power-point presentation given in person to the programme team, interested Chapters and key stakeholders.

 

  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 “TRAC Assessment” in the subject line of your email application. Applications should be sent in English by email to Research & Knowledge Team at trac@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.

 

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