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Sep 19 2019

Terms of Reference for Impact Communication Consultancy

Project: NIGERIA ANTI-CORRUPTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM FUND

About TrustAfrica

TrustAfrica is an African-led, pan-Africa foundation dedicated to fostering democratic governance and equitable development and works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. It is incorporated in the United States as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and has a location agreement with the government of Senegal. It also has offices in Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

About the Nigeria Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund (NACCJF)

In its first term, President Buhari’s government demonstrated strong political will in tackling corruption. This offered a window of opportunity to invest and contribute towards driving much needed reforms around accountability through improved anti-corruption and criminal justice administration processes in Nigeria. For this purpose, the Open Society, MacArthur and Ford Foundations came together and established the Nigeria Anticorruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund (NACCJF) with an investment of 5 million USD.  The Fund was established to support system strengthening, performance enhancing and coordination of anticorruption and criminal justice agencies in Nigeria. Riding on the available political will, the goal of the Fund is to enable the government of Nigeria to realize the following objectives: 

  1. Increase the cost of corruption to perpetrators by increasing the effectiveness of anti-corruption agencies and enhancing the enforcement and sanctions regime;
  2. Improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system to foster rule of law;
  3. Diminish public and stakeholder apathy to the campaign against corruption by decreasing tolerance for corruption by citizens.

The Fund was structured as a multilevel collaboration between government, civil society and the donor community. TrustAfrica was appointed as fiscal manager for the Fund. An Advisory Committee comprised of the donors, TrustAfrica and representatives of the government (Office of the Vice President, PACAC and the Federal Attorney General) provided strategic oversight and programmatic leadership for the fund’s implementing partners in Nigeria.

Part of the funds was dedicated to assisting government driven initiatives while some parts were for support to civil society organizations. The Fund’s strategy was designed to address both the supply and demand sides of the anti-corruption spectrum, to facilitate a complementary relationship between government and civil society engagements on anti-corruption and lastly, where necessary, to enable civil society to interrogate the actions and commitment of the government and its representatives in the fight against corruption.

Purpose

This consultancy seeks to assess, document and communicate the achievements and impact of the Fund. This impact communication will take stock of lessons learnt from various stakeholders under the project and help to frame the success and impact narrative of the project. The consultancy will also collate the outputs of the project and develop a documentary highlighting the results and impact of the project. The documentary will tell the story of the intervention and how it has affected the landscape. More specifically, the consultancy is required to cover the following main aspects: 

  1. Fund Management: Capture the perspective of the Fund Advisory Committee on the intervention, the unique opportunities it presented, and the lessons learnt in this unique donor, government and civil society collaboration. Also capture reflections on the role of TrustAfrica as fund manager and technical support.
  2. Program Content: Highlight the types of support provided to CSOs and government agencies under the fund, the diversity of the projects and the level of appreciation by various stakeholders of the activities of the Fund
  3. Document the impact of the NACCJF on the fight against corruption in Nigeria by examining the outcomes and effects of the initiative on the government’s anti-corruption agenda. Show the positive impact NACCJF has had on prevailing anti-corruption work by NACCJF partners and civil society at large. Collect proof of the intended and unintended consequences of the NACCJF initiative on the accountability landscape in Nigeria and the role of civil society, media and citizen participation in these regards.
  4. Highlight the relevance of the NACCJF intervention against the current context of Nigeria’s anti-corruption effort. To what extent was the NACCJF structure, approach and strategy suited to the NACCJF partners, the broader civil society community, the media, relevant authorities and other important stakeholders? Lastly, document the views of key anti-corruptions stakeholders on NACCJF and their perceptions of how NACCJF contributed to enhancing the credibility of the campaign against
  5. Show the eeffectiveness of funding interventions under the project and how they contributed towards attaining the set objectives of the Fund.
  6. Document stakeholder’s reflections of the lessons learned after the adoption of this funding Highlight the sustainable change in the anti-corruption and criminal justice landscape which should be sustained going forward.
  7. Document stakeholders’ recommendations and lessons learned to inform future programming for this model of funding collaboration between donors, government and civil society.

Methodology

The Consultant shall develop a suitable methodology for developing the documentary featuring all stakeholders. The Consultant is expected to design the best suited approach for collection of data, conducting stakeholder interviews, and documenting the stakeholder dialogues. Opportunities for meeting and interviewing people will also be scheduled.

Duration:

The consultancy is expected to last for 20 working days and deliverables submitted within one month after the completion of the review.

Consultancy Rate

The Consultant would quote for the cost of the assignment in their financial proposal.

Deliverable:

The consultant is expected at the beginning of the project to submit a work-plan along the lines of the project scope and timeline. At the end of the project, the Consultant will

  1. Impact assessment report, using infographics to reflect key findings.
  2. Brochure that highlights key achievements of NACCJF
  3. Two op-eds in national and or international main-stream media on the impact of the NACCJF
  4. Documentary highlighting the outputs of the initiative and lessons learnt.
  5. Multimedia messages (three 3-5 minute videos) distilling the impact of the fund.

Competencies, technical experience requirements 

This consultancy is targeted towards media firms, however, individuals with relevant skills may apply. Key competencies and skills include:

  1. Extensive experience in the media and development work and demonstrable track record in communicating impact and offering high quality results.
  2. Proven experience in strategic reviews, impact assessment and documentation of project results.
  3. Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills
  4. Excellent and provable writing skills
  5. Skilled in social media
  6. Verifiable references of previous work of similar nature
  7. Motivated, committed, responsible, and able to work independently with limited direct supervision

Application process   

Interested applicants should submit a technical and financial proposal (no more than 4 pages) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Friday, 27 September 2019 noting in their subject: NACCJF Impact Communication 2019. 

Technical proposal

  1. The consultants understanding of the Terms of Reference.
  2. A detailed methodology, tools and approaches on how the review will be conducted
  3. Proposed implementation time frame based on this TOR
  4. Profiles of the bidding team/person (send CVs as attachments)
  5. Contacts of three organizations that will act as professional referees.
  6. Lists of relevant work undertaken in the last 2 years.

Financial proposal

  1. An itemized line by line budget proposal for consultancy fees as well as administrative costs such as travel, accommodation, meals and stationery.
  2. Proposed terms and schedule of payment (including tax deductions).

Management/reporting lines

The assignment will be carried out under the overall guidance of the NACCJF Project Director. It will also link with and draw relevant data from the overall evaluation of the project. The Project Director and his team will help in identifying potential contacts, making accessible all required documentation to the Consultant and make input into the agreed deliverables.

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