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Expression of Interest – Call for Facilitators to Support the OGP Support Unit and OGP Country Reformers in the Design and Implementation of Action Plans

***OGP is soliciting interest from experienced process facilitators to work with the OGP Support Unit in supporting country reformers to design and implement better action plans and commitments. Facilitators should please reach out to web@opengovpartnership.org to express interest and availability. For details please read the following carefully.***

About the assignment

Government and civil society actors working in OGP often tackle big public policy challenges like corruption or unresponsive public services that are complex, systemic and multidimensional. Designing ambitious policies to address these challenges, and then implementing them can be an uphill battle.

Since OGP launched in 2011, over 4000 commitments to open government have been made through OGP action plans. Since the IRM began assessing implementation and ambition of commitments in 2015, on average, one-in-five commitments in OGP action plans are ambitious and credibly implemented and/or demonstrate a major change in practice.

Progress is often hindered as much by a lack of technical capacity and financial resources, as it is by collective action problems and political resistance from vested interests. As we encourage OGP reformers to run better quality consultation processes, design more ambitious action plans, and implement them – we also need to deepen and broaden the support we provide to them in achieving these goals. Going forward, our goal is to work with experienced process facilitators to develop a structured and sustained program of support and learning for reformers to design and implement better action plans and commitments.

Description of the consultancy

Each facilitator will be expected to provide services in one or more countries working in partnership with the OGP Country Support (CS) team and Learning & Innovation (L&I) Team to identify needs of country level reformers during an OGP co-creation process or implementation of specific commitments. Over a period of four-six months, they will advise the Country Support Team in providing guidance to reformers on process design and  help design, facilitate and deliver workshops for reformers from within and outside government to identify and prioritize problems, find the appropriate solutions, build coalitions,and achieve results.

Scope of Work and Deliverables

The assignment could include all or some of these phases depending on the country context and needs of stakeholders:

  • Phase 1: Learn and scope: In this phase the facilitator would work with OGP Country Support Team and Learning and Innovation Team to develop a solid understanding of the context in the country, and identify readiness and needs of country reformers as it relates to the OGP co-creation process or implementation of specific commitments. Following this, relevant country reformers will be contacted to validate the needs, and the facilitator would work to establish effective working relationships with the reformers, agree on the challenges, prioritize actions, and create a shared sense of ownership for the work ahead.
  • Phase 2: Implement Actions: During this phase, the facilitator, CS and L&I team will design and deliver workshops that convene the OGP government – civil society joint team. Some activities could include: support the teams with problem identification, roadmapping, establishing rapid cycles of learning and doing, measure and analyze processes and outcomes, and adjust approach as required.
  • Phase 3: Monitor Progress and Galvanize Team for Results: During this phase, the facilitator, CS and L&I teams will create periodic check points with the reform teams to motivate them, take stock of what was achieved and create visibility for progress achieved thus far. Some activities envisioned here include: Analyze the effectiveness of the approaches taken in achieving the goals, assess potential to scale and sustain what worked, and agree a plan for the way forward, including any modifications to the approach or additional skills and capacities needed.
  • Phase 4: Capture results & learning: The facilitator would be expected to document the design, tools, and methodologies of the services provided to the teams, including the conditions that allowed the service to be provided in the first place. They would identify lessons learned, and refine the design/tools/methodologies for future use by reformers who are not present but would benefit from replicating the approach in similar context and problem areas.

Terms of the Consultancy

  • The facilitator will be compensated based on output-related milestones that will be agreed with the facilitator once specific projects are identified
  • The facilitator can be based anywhere, as long as they are able and willing to travel to countries to deliver the service
  • The consultancy maybe extended for a second phase given the needs of reformers and the nature of support required
  • The facilitator will report jointly to members of the L&I and CS team and will be expected to maintain regular communication while designing and delivering the aforementioned support to country level reformers

Qualifications, Requirements & Skills

The facilitator will be expected to have the following skills, and the experience of working with civil servants and civil society members:

  • Proven expertise in visioning, strategic design, and context analysis
  • Proven expertise in key areas such as political economy analysis, collaborative leadership, strategic communication, results based management
  • Monitoring, course-correction, and evaluation (including development of tools and methods to track and assess progress – from different stakeholder perspectives).
  • Significant experience in working on the ground with complex challenges in multiple countries, particularly with government and non-government stakeholders
  • Experience with World Bank Group operations and/or OGP is a plus.

Examples of Facilitation Support in OGP

Prospective list of countries where facilitation support may be needed

Armenia, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Senegal, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Uruguay.

*** Interested facilitators, please send a CV and short email response about your interest, availability, and daily rate to web@opengovpartnership.org . Please highlight if you have specific country and regional expertise, and relevant language skills. Shortlisted facilitators will be contacted to discuss specific countries and services needed. Upon a mutually satisfactory agreement on the nature of assignment, OGP and the facilitator will sign a contract.***

This Expression of Interest will be open until April 7, 2020.

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