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Consultancy- Transparency International Zimbabwe (TI Z)

Consultancy- Transparency International Zimbabwe (TI Z)

Corruption Risk Assessment in the Management of Social Protection Initiatives and Humanitarian Aid in Zimbabwe: Transparency International Zimbabwe (TI Z)
Deadline: 27 August 2019 (COB)

Introduction and background
Social protection is the set of public actions that address the deprivation and vulnerabilities of the poorest, and the need of the currently non-poor for security in the face of shocks and the particular demands of different stages of the life cycle. Humanitarian aid on the other hand is a generic term used to describe the aid and action designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies. It involves material or logistical assistance given to assist those affected by natural catastrophes, human conflict or other forms of severe political, economic or social breakdowns. When resources are transferred to households to enable them to meet basic needs, the tools used for humanitarian assistance are often similar to those used in social protection initiatives. more often than not the same frameworks, platforms and systems are utilized in such programmes. However, while these initiatives are noble, they are not immune from corrupt abuse (Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Assistance, 2008). Commonly the countries in which the majority of humanitarian aid is delivered already suffer from high levels of corruption prior to an emergency (ibid). Food assistance programming, from resource allocation, to procurement and shipment, to local warehousing and secondary transportation, to targeting, registration and distribution, and post-distribution dynamics, are open to significant risks of diversion and corruption (Maxwell et al 2011). Notwithstanding the high likelihood of corruption in social protection initiatives and humanitarian aid distribution and its impact, corruption in those areas remains an under researched issue in Zimbabwe.

In the Zimbabwean context there have many reported cases of corruption in the distribution of humanitarian aid and social protection initiatives. Examples of corruption in the humanitarian aid were brought to the fore during the cholera crisis of 2018 and the Cyclone Idai disaster of 2019. It is against this backdrop that TI Z seeks the services of an expert to undertake a study Corruption Risk Assessment in the management and distribution of Social Protection Initiatives and Humanitarian Aid In Zimbabwe.

Objective
To conduct a study that identifies and map corruption risks and vulnerabilities in the management of Social Protection Initiatives and Humanitarian Aid In Zimbabwe.

Expectations
In consultation with the organization’s research team, develop a detailed and precise research methodology and conceptual framework; Conduct a thorough literature review on Anti-Corruption Frameworks for Social Protection Initiatives and Humanitarian Aid management globally, regionally and locally; Develop data collection tools relevant to the research study; Present his / her approach to the study during the Consultative Workshop on the study; Incorporate comments and suggestions from stakeholders from the Consultative Workshop into his/ her methodological approach; Collect and analyse data relevant to the study; Produce a well-written and comprehensive research report based on the outcomes of the study. The report should also present an objective analysis of the findings, considering comments and inputs from the organization and other relevant experts. Further, the report should provide sound and solid recommendations considering the research findings; Present the research findings and recommendations at the Validation Workshop and Final Launch of the Report.

Deliverables
Submission of periodic progress reports as agreed in the contract; A well-written and comprehensive research report on Corruption Risk Assessment in the management of Social Protection Initiatives and Humanitarian Aid In Zimbabwe; The consultant is also expected to present the research findings and recommendations at the Validation Workshop and Final Launch of the Report.

Payment
Payments by the organization are delivery-based. Any deliverable not meeting the required specifications will have to be reworked and resubmitted at no additional cost to the organization. The proposed payment schedule for this assignment is upon submission of progress reports on completed tasks, outlined against planned outputs. Based on the report and satisfactory performance, payments will be approved by the Executive Director.

Role of Transparency International Zimbabwe
The organization through its research team will work together with the consultant on this assignment. The organization will also avail all the necessary documentation and information required for the execution of the assignment and review the draft report.

Qualifications and Experience
Advanced university degree (MA or PhD) in social sciences preferably Social Work, Administration, Sociology, Psychology, Governance, Project Management or any other relevant subjects; Minimum five years of work experience in the areas of humanitarian issues or aid, social welfare, and anti-corruption related issues; Demonstrated knowledge and experience in undertaking research studies, both quantitative and qualitative, especially in the areas of governance; Knowledge of Zimbabwe’s socio-political and cultural contexts is an added advantage; Excellent English language skills and ability to write clear and compelling content for a wide variety of audiences; Ability to work with minimum supervision and deliver the outputs with high quality.

To apply
Interested applicants with the experience and expertise should send a cover letter responding to the Terms of Reference that includes a CV/s, a proposed work plan including a timeline and a budget, sample of previous work done and at least three (3) contactable professional references to [email protected] and copy [email protected]

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