Research on Public Policy Development in sub-Saharan Africa
Terms of Reference
The deadline for project submissions has been extended to Friday 9th July, 2021, 23:59 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
1. The Consultancy
The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) wishes to identify and contract individual consultants or consultancy firms to carry out research on two separate projects, which address key topics of public policy development in sub-Saharan Africa. This call is to identify consultants for each project examining 1) Innovation in the Public Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa and 2) Emerging Women Leaders in Africa’s Public Sector. Informed by quantitative and qualitative data, researchers and teams will be required to develop a paper with findings comparable across Sub-Saharan Africa.
2.1 Canadian Bureau for International Education
The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes international education in Canada and abroad. CBIE is the national voice advancing Canadian international education by creating and mobilizing expertise, knowledge, opportunity and leadership. CBIE manages several international scholarship programs and projects, including the African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program.
2.2 African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program
The African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program (ALT) supported young African professionals to become leaders in public policy and administration. Between 2015 and 2019, the ALT Scholarship Program offered 114 full scholarships based on merit to women and men from 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to pursue a Master’s degree in public administration, public policy or public finance in Canada. Jointly funded by the Canadian government through Global Affairs Canada and the Mastercard Foundation, CBIE managed the program in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and in collaboration with the African Association of Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) and the Canadian Association for Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA). A series of initiatives as part of an extension program for 2021, including knowledge mobilization, intends to maximize the impact of the ALT program. To amplify the experience of the ALT program and contribute to the growing body of knowledge of public policy development on the African continent, CBIE is commissioning the following two studies to address issues that returning scholars have encountered in sub-Saharan Africa.
2.2.1 Innovation in the Public Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa
This paper will address the concerns of some alumni who feel that they are unable to innovate due to environments that do not fully foster and support innovation nor offer spaces to make tangible recommendations to African governments. The research will identify the drivers and barriers to innovation and include examples of innovation where civil society organizations engage with government in developing/ implementing policies.
2.2.2 Emerging Women Leaders in Africa’s Public Sector
As the ALT program strived for gender equality and mainstreaming in the public sector, this paper will gather qualitative and quantitative data about women’s leadership roles in the public sector in Africa, identify barriers and drivers to women’s engagement in the public sector and develop recommendations for supporting emerging women leaders in Africa’s public sector. The experiences of female ALT alumni will be brought into the study – both examples where women have been able to exercise their leadership role and examples where women have encountered barriers in taking on a leadership role.
3. Purpose and Scope
The purpose of these two research projects is to:
4. Research method
The scope of research requires the consultant to employ sound qualitative and quantitative research approaches that should include, but be not limited to:
The deliverables under each contract are as follows:
Consultant(s) are advised to ensure that their paper:
CBIE will provide the consultant(s) with data on the ALT community in support of the work.
6. Schedule and Timeline
The contract is expected to begin by July 30, 2021 and conclude by October 8, 2021.
|Work plan||By 13 August 2021|
|Draft report||By 13 September 2021|
|Final report||By 4 October 2021|
Each project will be funded for a maximum of $20,000 CAD (inclusive). The successful Consultant should develop a budget for completing the milestones as outlined in these Terms of Reference by clearly allocating expenses and daily rate.
Payments will be disbursed within 30 days upon receipt of an invoice and submission of related deliverables.
8. Application Process
Deadline (revised): Friday 9th July 2021, 23:59 EDT
Successful applicants for each project can expect to be notified within three weeks of the deadline.
Submissions of proposals should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject: ALT Research in sub-Saharan Africa
Submissions of no more than five pages, not including team CVs, (single spaced, 12 point font and 0.5” margins) should provide:
Proposals will be accepted in English or in French.
9. Evaluation of Research Proposals
Research proposals will be judged by a minimum of two external reviewers on the basis of set criteria that will include the:
Notes for applicants:
10. Intellectual Property
All documents produced and materials provided by CBIE (including alumni data) to the consultant, as part of the consultancy shall remain the property of CBIE. Ownership and copyright of all data, drafts and final products will be the sole and exclusive property of CBIE, subject to its contractual agreements with Global Affairs Canada and the MasterCard Foundation.
Questions can be directed to Catherine Wilde, CBIE at email@example.com