RWI Seeking Consultant: Regional Knowledge Hub Program Evaluation 2013
Revenue Watch Institute is seeking the services of a program evaluation specialist to evaluate its Regional Knowledge Hub Program.
About Revenue Watch Institute
The Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) is a 501(c) (3) non-governmental organization that promotes responsible management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. Too often natural resource wealth results in corruption and poverty, instead of growth and development. With effective revenue management, citizen engagement and government accountability, natural resource wealth can drive economic growth and development. RWI provides the expertise, funding and technical assistance to help countries realize these benefits. Revenue Watch has projects in more than 30 countries, and 60 civil society grantees. For more information, please see: www.revenuewatch.org
About the Knowledge Hubs Program
In 2008 RWI embarked on a program to orientate and build the capacity of selected universities in their understanding of extractive sector management issues, and the role of oversight actors in the governance of the sector in their regions of activity (see revenuewatch.org/hubs). These institutions would in turn [with initial support and mentorship by RWI staff] deliver on-going, regionally relevant capacity building to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Members of Parliament (MPs) and Journalists in resource-rich countries. In the process of collaborating to deliver joint courses to our target audiences, RWI sought to transfer knowledge and approaches to partner universities and local experts.
RWI’s efforts to create capacity building mechanisms for accountability actors are driven by the recognition that (i) very few citizen groups engage with extractive governance issues because of the technical nature of the sector, and (ii) even those that are engaged often have severe capacity deficits that impede on their ability to make effective and meaningful contributions to the management of the sector.
For many years, oversight actors have depended on international NGOs, like RWI, to provide expert analysis of extractive industry policies, legislation and contracts; upon which they would develop advocacy and engagement strategies. They would also depend on international partners to provide training, which was often times provided in an ad hoc manner, for short periods (1-2 days), focused on partial aspects, and with little follow-up.
There was also acknowledgement that interventions by international agencies are time bound and do not always succeed at being relevant to the peculiar needs within each region.
Specialized centers or programs on extractive sector governance (regional hubs) are established within credible and reputable academic institutions to harness regional expertise, and to provide a sustainable effort of capacity building that is appropriate for oversight actors in each region.
The aim of the hub program is to leave a legacy of capable institutions in each region whose objectives are:
- To grow the number of accountability actors pushing for better management of extractive resources for the ultimate benefit of citizens in resource rich countries
- To equip members of this growing movement with the requisite knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution in the governance of the extractive sector in their countries
The hub program is characterized by the following tenets:
- An approach to build the capacity of regional institutions to build the capacity of our target audiences: i.e. build capacity to build capacity
- To strengthen the capacity of actors within their own regions to undertake the activities necessary to improve resource governance
- RWI to establish long-term institutional development relationships with each partner
- Hubs to be established within Tertiary Education institutions, with a regional outreach [In regions where suitable institutions cannot be identified, RWI may partner with Training Organisations or Think Tanks]
- To adopt a holistic capacity building approach, of which training is one among many mechanisms. Others include mentorship, research and technical assistance to oversight groups
Regional hubs have the primary mandate to serve the needs of CSOs, Media, Parliamentarians and Local Governments [including regional and state level governments]. Some hubs have however also provided capacity building support to Government officials and Company staff in their courses (e.g. Latin America and Eurasia hubs).
Please send applications containing a technical and financial proposal, detailed CV(s) (the main consultant and any associated persons) and an example of an evaluation report recently submitted by the consultant (this doesn’t have to be the full report but enough to demonstrate style and approach) to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 6th September. The technical proposal should include among others the evaluation approach proposed, and timeline. The financial proposal should include fees and any costs required to travel and stay in the locations of hubs (these are: Accra, Baku, Lima and Yaoundé)
Additional information is available on RWI’s website as follows:
- Full advert and application details
- Regional Hub Program factsheet
- Regional Hub Program web-page with news and updates from hubs
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