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Research Consultant

Research Consultant

Job Description

  • Work in consultation with the NNNGO team in designing, developing, and implementing research project.
  • Produce inception report to include stakeholder consultation with NNNGO and USAID-SCALE, finalization of research methodology, literature review and outline of final report.
  • Implementation of research project
  • Data analysis and reporting
  • Data validation (virtual)
  • Final report

Requirements

  • Postgraduate degree in law, social sciences, political science, international relations, development studies or other.
  • Experience in legal analysis and civil society regulatory framework
  • Proven knowledge and experience in implementing research methodology
  • Demonstrable networks within civil society.
  • Proven publication record
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely

Send CV and Cover Letter to nnngo@nnngo.org with subject “Application for Research consultant”
Duration of Engagement: 3 Months
Deadline: October 22, 2021

 

Terms of Reference for Research

The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) in partnership with Palladium and USAID-SCALE are collaborating on a policy- relevant research to review the regulatory frameworks affecting CSOs’ operations, citizen participation, access to government data, and engagement in policy and governance processes to understand the relevant policies, barriers, and facilitators, with variation by states.

 

This research activity has multiple objectives: to contribute to knowledge creation, institutional learning and will serve for the evidence-based planning for advocacy to

 

improve the policy and regulatory enabling environment for Civil Society. This exercise will support the refinement of regulatory approaches to the activities of nonprofits in Nigeria.

 

NNNGO is responsible for conceptualisation and management of the research project. It will build on other assessments already done in this area of work and informed by their findings

Nigerian nonprofits enrich lives across communities, regions, and ethnicity, playing an essential role in our society and economy. Through their work they have created a wide spectrum of benefits to disadvantaged communities in areas such as health, education, nutrition, environment, civil rights, democracy, good governance, water and sanitation, women, and youth development amongst others.  With individuals, corporations, foundations, multilaterals, and donor organisations supporting the work that nonprofits do, it is important to protect the time, resources and funds entrusted in our care. Doing this requires strengthening public confidence in the integrity, quality, effectiveness and delivery of our programmes and services.

 

There have been lots of debates within and outside the nonprofit sector on regulations. Every year the sector has witnessed increased interest in strengthening and improving regulatory compliance, yet there is the need to find the balance between statutory regulation and self-regulation for the operations of nonprofits. Important values that have served as a foundation for many nonprofits, in recent years, are those around transparency and accountability. In recent years, critical stakeholders from government, private sector, media, academia, and citizens amongst others have challenged the sector’s integrity and its ability to self-regulate without strict regulations from government.

 

NNNGO’s program is launched in response to the risks, challenges and needs presented by passage of the CAMA Act and the outcry around some of its provisions and previous attempts to develop laws to regulate the sector which confirms the need for a multistakeholder consultation and approach to civil society regulatory frameworks. While civil society have always reacted to efforts to regulate the sector, it is now time for civil society to be proactive in setting the agenda and shaping public policy around regulations for the sector. There is need to engage and support initiatives that will strengthen and improve the enabling environment for CSOs to operate effectively, with a focus on review of legal and institutional framework of CSO regulatory policies that affect citizen participation and engagement, political economy analysis and identification/response to windows of opportunity, the legislative space, innovation, and new technologies as a driver of change.

 

In looking at the regulatory environment for civil society in Nigeria, three issues are of primary concern: mitigating the risk of closing civic space through regulations, right-sizing statutory regulation in ways that inspires public trust and enables civil society operations, and development of a self-regulatory mechanism on issues not covered by statutory regulations. The focus of this research is on understanding existing regulatory frameworks including self-regulatory initiatives that currently exists with a focus on the promotion of effective and efficient regulatory environment.

 

These terms of reference find its justification in the context of the implementation of activity 1 to attain the project objective of expanding opportunities for CSOs participation in review of legal and institutional framework of CSO regulatory policies that affect citizen participation and engagement, political economy analysis and identification/response to windows of opportunity, the legislative space, innovation, and new technologies as a driver of change through a multi-stakeholder approach aimed at improving legal and policy frameworks for civil society to thrive.

The research has multiple objectives to contribute to and bring knowledge to national conversations on civil society regulations and to examine best practices and tools for self-regulation.

More specifically it aims to:

  • advance knowledge and understanding of the legal and institutional regulatory frameworks affecting CSOs’ operations, citizen participation, access to government data, and engagement in policy and governance processes.
  • advance knowledge and understanding of relevant regulatory policies, barriers, and facilitators, with variation by states.

The research proposes to undertake country-level, state-context-specific assessment to examine the regulatory environment for civil society and to establish a baseline data on the challenges and opportunities, barriers, and incentives (facilitators) civil society face on issues of regulations. The result of this assessment will inform relevant members of the civil society, government, and donors on existing regulations and how to better improve on them.

NNNGO will commission research on the review of regulatory frameworks Including synthesis of tools for civil society organisations self-regulation. The research will analyse existing regulations at the national and sub-national level providing information on the general law and policies. In order to evolve a self-regulatory framework, this research will also provide data on existing self-regulation initiatives in the country and best practices. The research will formulate recommendations in terms of regulations (statutory and self-regulation).

The research will answer the following key questions:

  • What are the civil society regulatory frameworks (laws and policies) that exist at the national and sub-national level?
  • What self-regulatory initiatives exists among civil society organisations, associations, coalitions, and networks in Nigeria?
  • What are the barriers and facilitators (incentives of civil society regulations?
  • What are the current opportunities, challenges, and risks to civil society regulation?
  • Utilisation of secondary data gathered through desk review that includes the following components:

– short summary of the main findings of existing studies on civil society regulations.

– Legal assessment, covering laws and policies, directly or indirectly aimed at regulating the civil society across 5 states.

– the desk review should consider research dome by different organisations such as EU-ACT, NNNGO, ICNL, PLAC, CDD, Spaces for Change, SESOR, CLEEN Foundation, OSIWA, YIAGA etc

  • Focus group discussions and key informant interviews to gather primary data where secondary data does not already exist. For example, in states where information on regulatory policies is not in existence.

– identification of target population (CSOs) to be interviewed.

– draft questionnaire for semi-structured interviews

– summary of results in the research report.

The research consultant will have the opportunity of determining other methods of data collection and tools, however this will be reviewed by the project team at NNNGO and USAID SCALE.  Due to the scope of this research (including time constraints), flexibility will be retained with respect to realities on the ground around data gathering and evidence. It is however expected that the results of this research will provide important indication of the range of laws, policies and types of regulatory frameworks that has informed civil society regulations in the country.

The Research Consultant is expected to work in consultation with the NNNGO team in designing, developing, and implementing the research project. The following key components are envisioned within the scope of work:

  • Inception report to include stakeholder consultation with NNNGO and USAID-SCALE, finalization of research methodology, literature review and outline of final report.
  • Implementation of research project itself
  • Data analysis and reporting
  • Data validation (virtual)
  • Final report

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  • Postgraduate degree in law, social sciences, political science, international relations, development studies or other.
  • Experience in legal analysis and civil society regulatory framework
  • Proven knowledge and experience in implementing research methodology
  • Demonstrable networks within civil society.
  • Proven publication record
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely

Duration: October to December 2021

 

Estimated number of days: Up to 20 days.

 

Duty station: Remote work

 

Expected Places to travel: None required.

 

The consultant will report to the project officer for the USAID SACLE project, based in NNNGO in Ibadan, Nigeria, who will provide oversight and technical assistance for this project. Throughout the process, the consultant will liaise closely with and develop the activities in consultation with the NNNGO and USAID SCALE project team.

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