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Research Consultant

Research Consultant

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a short-term consultant to undertake research through the Civic Space Initiative (CSI). Applications should be submitted directly to ICNL as specified below.

Background:
ICNL is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes an enabling legal environment for civil society, freedom of association, and public participation around the world. ICNL has provided technical and research assistance to support the reform of laws affecting CSOs in over 100 countries. We draw upon a worldwide network of partners and experts to produce innovative research and analysis on legal topics affecting civil society. Through the CSI, ICNL and partners ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and the World Movement for Democracy work at the global, regional, and national levels to promote the universal integration of civil society freedoms. Support for the CSI is provided by the Government of Sweden.

Content of Research:
Around the world, governments are shrinking the space for civil society through restrictive legislation. Some governments and international organizations are seeking to respond to this crackdown, with varying degrees of success. ICNL will support a consultant in preparing a research paper that analyzes the policies, infrastructure, and practices by which governments and international organizations seek to respond to the closing space for civil society around the world.  Specifically, the research study should compile and analyze:

  • Constructive examples of how governments and international organizations have embedded support for an enabling legal environment for civil society into their policies and official documents.  In the case of governments, for example, the study should determine which countries have integrated support for an enabling legal environment for civil society into their foreign policies and/or international development cooperation strategies, and it should extract lessons learned and present options for governments interested in enhancing their policies, strategies, and other official documents.
  • Constructive examples of how governments and international organizations have created the infrastructure to implement policies, strategies, and practices supporting an enabling legal environment for civil society. The study should extract lessons learned relating to the infrastructure required to engage on this issue and should present options for governments and international organizations seeking to enhance their infrastructure to support an enabling legal environment for civil society.
  • Practical lessons learned relating to the implementation of policies and the accompanying infrastructure by which governments and international organizations have responded to the closing space for civil society. The consultant is not expected to recreate or reiterate existing research, such as the Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy Development Support, but the consultant is encouraged to compile and present a brief summary of good practices identified during the course of the research.

Application Instructions:
Applicants must submit the following items in English:

  • Resume, Curriculum Vitae (CV), or other statement of work history and education (no more than 3 pages); and
  • Proposal (no more than 5 pages).

Interested applicants may apply by submitting all required documents in English to David Moore by emailing david@icnl.org.hu.

Content of Application:
In no more than 5 pages, please describe the following:

  • Your experience and expertise relating to policies, infrastructure, and practices by which governments and international organizations seek to respond to the closing space for civil society around the world;
  • Details of your research proposal, including:
    • Specific issues to be researched;
    • Research methodology (including how you would identify policies, structures, and practices not available in English);
    • Recommendations to promote practical impact from this research; and
    • The proposed timeline for submitting a detailed outline of the proposed research, a first draft of the research paper for ICNL's comments, and a final draft of the research paper.

Please also attach a line-item budget (which does not count toward the 5 page limit for the proposal), which should include the anticipated number of days to complete the research, your daily rate, and all other anticipated expenses. The budget ceiling for the research is $30,000 total, inclusive of all line items, and financial details will be negotiated with the selected candidate. The consultant will be an independent contractor responsible for any taxes and other financial obligations which may become due as a result.

The consultant is expected to strictly comply with submission deadlines. The research must be accomplished by April 30, 2015.

Selection Criteria:
Applications will be evaluated based on the following factors:

  • Experience and expertise relating to policies, infrastructure, and practices by which governments and international organizations seek to respond to the closing space for civil society around the world;
  • Experience researching and writing in the English language;
  • Quality of the research proposal, including the issues to be researched,  the proposed research methodology, feasibility of the research, and likely practical impact of the research;
  • Compliance with application procedures;
  • Commitment to complying with project submission deadlines; and
  • Proposed budget and apparent value for cost.

Deadline:
The deadline for applications is November 4, 2014.