National Consultant - Research

  Integrity Watch Afghanistan
Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1070
Date Posted:Jul 29, 2020
Reference:040/2020
Closing Date:Aug 12, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:2
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Research/Survey
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:1 - 3 Years
Contract Duration:5 month(s)
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Integrity Watch Afghanistan:

Founded:  

Introduction


Integrity Watch is an Afghan civil society organization committed to increase transparency, accountability, and integrity in Afghanistan.


The mission of Integrity Watch is to put corruption under the spotlight through community monitoring, research, and advocacy. We mobilize and train communities to monitor infrastructure projects, public services, courts, and extractives industries. We develop community monitoring tools, provide policy-oriented research, facilitate policy dialogue, and advocate for integrity, transparency, and accountability in Afghanistan.


Integrity Watch was created in October 2005 and established itself as an independent civil society organization in 2006. It has approximately 50 staff members and 1400 volunteers. The head office of Integrity Watch is in Kabul with provincial programmatic outreach in Badakhshan, Balkh, Bamyan, Ghor, Herat, Kabul, Kapisa, Logar, Nangarhar, Parwan, Panjshir, Samangan, and Wardak.


Integrity Watch’s work has three major components: (1) Community Monitoring, (2) Research, and (3) Advocacy. Integrity Watch tries to encourage active citizenship and community mobilization through its programs. Our community monitoring work includes development of community monitoring tools, mobilizing and training communities to monitor infrastructure projects, public services, courts, and extractives industries.


Our research work is focused on policy-oriented research measuring trends, perceptions and experiences of corruption and covering wide range of corruption related issues including security and justice sectors, extractive industries, budget and public finance management, and aid effectiveness. The objective is to develop new, ground-breaking empirical research in order to set the agenda, influence decision-makers, and bring to the public attention non-documented and non-explored issues.


The aim of our advocacy work is to enhance Integrity Watch’s pioneering role in advocating for knowledgeable decision-making and informed public debate on corruption and integrity. Our advocacy work includes facilitation of policy dialogue on issues related to integrity, transparency, and accountability. We advocate for access to information; budget transparency, accountability, and participation; aid transparency and effectiveness; social accountability; and other issues related to anti-corruption.


Study Background:

 

Ever since Integrity Watch Afghanistan establishment, Integrity Watch has tried to encourage active citizenship and community mobilization through its programs. Our research work is focused on policy-oriented research measuring trends, perceptions and experiences of corruption and covers a wide range of corruption related issues including the security and justice sectors, the extractive industries, the budget and public finance management and aid effectiveness. The objective is to develop new, ground-breaking empirical research in order to set the agenda, influence decision-makers and bring to the public attention non-documented and non-explored issues.

 

The National Integrity System (NIS) assessment approach provides a framework to analyze the robustness and effectiveness of a country’s institutions in preventing and fighting corruption. NIS is an assessment toolkit developed by Transparency International (TI) and since its inception in the late 1990s, more than 70 NIS assessments have been conducted in dozens of countries. Many of these NIS assessments have contributed to civic advocacy campaigns, policy reform initiatives, and the overall awareness of the country’s governance deficits.

In 2015, Integrity Watch and Transparency International conducted the first National Integrity System Assessment. The research identified gaps at policy level for improving transparency, accountability, integrity and fighting corruption in Afghanistan. Integrity Watch in partnership with Transparency International (TI) proposes two interventions. Firstly, it plans to assess the national integrity system of Afghanistan.  It will be similar to the work which Transparency International and Integrity Watch carried out in 2015. The study would investigate the integrity system of Afghanistan and identify the policy gaps which need to be addressed to improve the transparency, accountability, and integrity in the government decision making process.

The research would produce policy knowledge for the decision-makers to address these loopholes. The production and submission of this research report would be one of the deliverables of this project.

The aim would be to examine the following institutions.

Pillar 1: Executive

Pillar 2: Legislature

Pillar 3: Judiciary

Pillar 4: Law Enforcement Agencies

Pillar 5: Anti-Corruption Agencies

Pillar 6: Supreme Audit Institution

Pillar 7: Electoral Management Body

Pillar 8: Political Parties (May be four parties)

Pillar 9: Public Sector

Pillar 10: Media

Pillar 11: Civil Society

Pillar 12: Business (Around 4 companies would be sample)

Pillar 13: Independent Human Rights Commission  

Pillar 14: High Peace Council (HPC)

Pillar 15: Da Afghanistan Bank (Central Bank of Afghanistan)

Pillar 16: Independent Directorate of Local Government (IDLG)

Pillar 17: Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA)

Pillar 18: Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC)


Job Summary:

The Researchers are responsible to conduct research with different organization and institutions. In coordination with other researchers, under the supervision of the Lead researcher to identify research participants, research plan, data collection tools, conduct and translate and transcribe all interviews and site visit reports. Researchers should deliver the research in an ethical and timely manner. 


Duties & Responsibilities:

Tasks:


·        Collaborate closely with the lead researcher and head of Research unit to identify the aim and areas of research.

·        Regularly coordinate with the research team to organize Key Informant Interview, In-depth Interview, Focus group discussion, workshops, and site visits.

·        Conduct high-quality data collection with different organizations, institutions and key informants.

·        Review the collected documents and materials to ensure if the interview is sufficient and appropriate

·        Document and manage the research findings – considering the research code of ethics and other concepts

·        Recording the finding including written notes and observation notes

·        Translate and transcribe interviews and discussions notes

·        Collect and write daily field reports;

·        Develop plan of action, and manage to completion – the project goal 

Job Requirement:

QUALIFICATIONS


The successful candidate will possess some or all of the following characteristics:


·        University degree in social and political science or other relevant fields

·        Minimum 3 years of experience in research in Afghanistan, preferably in anti-corruption research

·        Solid understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodology.

·        Substantial experience in conducting different type of interviews and/or survey

·        Ability to work autonomously but in direct cooperation with the team, and in a multi-cultural work environment;

·        Excellent speaking skills and ability to conceptualise and build arguments

·        Good representation and communication skills, and ability to correctly present the aims of the project

·        Proven interest in issues of justice, integrity and anti-corruptions in governance in Afghanistan.


Key Deliverables


·        Complete all activities within approved timeline of the project

·        Conduct interviews and site visits with different organizations, institutions - within the specific time period

·        Produce and deliver clearly transcripts of all interviews, focus group meetings and site visits and share them with the lead researcher in timely manner

·        Produce and share clear and well-written transcripts of all interviews and FGDs with the organisation. 


Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Submission Guideline:

Please apply by sending a CV and a cover letter that outlines how your experience and education relates to the skills and experience outlined in the Terms of Reference to: hr@integritywatch.org    In the e-mail subject line please write “Local Researcher and your name.


The deadline for applications is August 12, 2020. However, interviews of suitable candidates may begin as applications are received. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Submission Email:

  hr@integritywatch.org