TERMS OF REFERENCE
Short-term Consultant for
Research for Study Tour Opportunities

Introduction
The British Council in Bangladesh invites applications for the position of a short-term consultant to support organization of international study tours for government and civil society organizations on social accountability, transparency and accountability of government institutions.

This activity will support capacity building of Bangladeshi civils servants and civil society organizations to apply social accountability tools like Grievance Redress System, Citizen Charters, Right to Information, use strategic communication in policy reforms, promote government and civil society collaboration. This activity is part of Platforms for Dialogue (P4D): Strengthening Inclusion and Participation in Decision Making and Accountability Mechanism in Bangladesh project, which is a three-year programme funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the British Council, in partnership with the Cabinet Division of Bangladesh. P4D aim is to harness, promote and affect collaborative dialogue between civil society and Government of Bangladesh (GoB), ensuring the most marginalised groups in society participate.  

Background
Platforms for Dialogue (P4D) in Bangladesh is a three-year programme funded by the European Union (EU) and delivered by the British Council in partnership with the Cabinet Division of Bangladesh. Its aim is to harness, promote and affect collaborative dialogue between civil society and government of Bangladesh (GoB), ensuring the most marginalised groups in society participate. P4D programme has the following objectives:

Overall Objective of P4D is to strengthen democratic ownership and improve accountability mechanisms in Bangladesh.

Specific Objective of P4D is to promote a more enabling environment for the effective engagement and participation of the citizen and civil society in decision making and oversight.

In addition to building the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs), P4D works with the Cabinet Division of the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) on national and local levels to enhance the capacity of government agencies to respond to the needs of the public, including through proactive facilitation of policy input through various local and national policy platforms.

The Context
Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in economic and social development since independence in 1971. Now it recognizes the need to strengthen governance systems, to decentralize, and to increase citizens’ participation to promote both further inclusiveness in Bangladesh’s growth and to consolidate the democratic process. To support this policy, Platforms for Dialogue (P4D) has been established in partnership between the Cabinet Division of the Government of Bangladesh and the European Union Delegation (EUD) in Bangladesh and is being implemented through the British Council. P4D is a three-year programme running from February 2017 - January 2020, with a value of Euro 13 million.

P4D’s activities are divided across three Result Areas, which collectively enable it to engage, capacity build and convene citizens, civil society and government at the district, divisional and national level:

  • Result Area 1: CSO’s ability to influence government policy and practice raised through better accountability to - and more effective representation of - citizen’s interests;
  • Result Area 2: Accountability and responsiveness of government officials raised through enhanced capacity building of decision makers and engagement with CSOs; and
  • Result Area 3: New tools and policy platforms for more effective dialogue between citizens and government are developed and utilised.

Result area 2 of P4D project has a specific focus on strengthening government capacities and capabilities in the delivery of results based on implementation of the main social accountability policy documents: National Integrity Strategy (NIS); Implementing the Right to Information (RTI) Act; Citizen’s Charters (CC); Government Redress System (GRS) and Annual Performance Agreement (APA).

A series of trainings, consultations, and other sensitization and capacity building activities are designed to achieve this objective. These interventions are designed to strengthen state institutions tasked with building stronger relations with the civil society in the implementation of their mandate and policy commitments, to make these policy areas more functional and the involvement of the society in the implementation of these policies institutionalised. Learning interventions include a combination of formal trainings, study tours to learn from the international best practice, on the job coaching and mentorship, and follow up activities by the beneficiaries in their respective agencies/departments to improve social accountability, greater engagement with CSOs and improved quality of services to the public.

Objective of the Assignment
The objective of this assignment is to support identification of international learning opportunities for civil service training, government transparency and accountability through grievance redress system, promotion of citizen’s right to information, strategic policy communication, government and civil society collaboration and other mechanisms.

Specific Activities

  • Identify at least six international best practices in civil service training and curriculum deign, grievance redress systems and electronic governance, citizen’s charters, right to information, leadership and public management, government and civil society collaboration mechanisms (formal and informal) relevant to Bangladeshi context,
  • Find relevant organizations in host countries (2 to 3 organizations for each agenda) willing to host study programmes,
  • Propose learning program outlines and timelines
  • Prepare a report with recommendations in consultation with the Cabinet Division and P4D team. Proper justification of each case should be provided with each recommendation.

Methodology
The consultant expected to follow a participatory and consultative approach ensuring engagement of government counterparts, especially in the Cabinet Division (CD) and P4D team. The consultant needs to visit and meet with the CD as needed to discuss and agree the design and content of the training modules.

Timeline and Venue
The assignment will be implemented in Dhaka, Bangladesh between May – June 2019.

Workload
Estimated workload should not exceed 30 working days.

Management, Logistics & Payment
Responsibilities of the consultant:

  • The consultant will report to the P4D Government Engagement and Sustainability Lead.
  • The consultant will be responsible for organising meetings, follow ups, and communication with stakeholders.
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own equipment and other personal expenses under this activity.
  • Consultant is responsible for timely implementation of specific activities and the objective of the assignment.

Responsibilities of the P4D Project:

  • P4D will provide project documents and other support (guidance, coordination, office space, etc.) as agreed in advance.
  • Will pay agreed upon daily fee/lump sum upon completion of the assignment.

Required Skills and Experiences

  • Experience and skills of organization of international exchange and training programmes
  • Ability to work with senior government officials and representatives of international organizations

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for the next step of recruitment process. We will only shortlist applications submitted with detailed curriculum vitae (CV) or experience portfolio in case of organizations, along with a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and skills. No hard copies of applications will be accepted.

Application Process
To apply, please send a cover letter (including your total requested budget) and your most updated resume/organizational portfolio with 3 references  to Shariful.Haque@bd.britishcouncil.org

Please include “Study Tour Research Consultant” in the subject line of the email. No application will be accepted without proper subject and required documents.

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Closing date:18 May 2019 at 5:00 pm