The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is seeking interested researchers/consultants for a three-month research engagement investigating the impact of COVID-19 in anticorruption efforts in Malaysia and Indonesia and develop effect interventions to address identified challenges. This project aims to improve the understanding of how COVID-19 affects business integrity and the business climate in emerging markets. Participating researchers will gather interview data from corruption specialists and small- and medium-sized businesses impacted by COVID-19 addressing the following key questions:
· What experiences with bribery and corruption risks does business face during the COVID-19 pandemic;
· What experiences with bribery and corruption risks do managers face in execution of their jobs during the pandemic;
· Which agencies and government actors are involved in the corruption risks;
· How have corruption regulations impacted the ability to conduct business during the pandemic
The researchers will collaborate with CIPE staff, local corruption experts, private sector stakeholders, and local governments to obtain data and interview key subjects. The data and interview materials will be drafted into a report which lays out how COVID-19 affects several dimensions of compliance risk, which may include safety and health, workforce labor challenges, privacy and surveillance, and security. The researchers will also work with CIPE to develop policy solutions tailored to address challenges identified in the study and provide real time feedback to adjust the interventions and ensure the effectiveness of the interventions.
Minimum qualifications include:
· Demonstrated experience in conducting interviews for research and ability to develop rapport with interview subjects;
· Commitment to free market principles and the ideals of Freedom, Equality, Inclusion, Participation, Prosperity and Growth;
· Commitment to ethical and professional standards of research and evaluation, including work with potentially vulnerable populations;
· Extensive knowledge of Malaysian and Indonesian business landscape;
· Proficiency in written and spoken Bahasa Indonesia and/or Malay
Other desired qualifications include:
· Experience monitoring corruption issues or regulatory compliance;
· Knowledge of issues in the region and the nuances of Malaysian and Indonesian politics;
· Knowledge of regional political and economic dynamics in Southeast Asia;
· Excellence in writing, reporting and English composition;
· Demonstrated competency in standard Windows-based office software
Immediate start; completion in March 2021.
Interested parties should submit applicants to Program Officer Michele Crymes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and earlier applications will be prioritized. Later applications may be considered based upon quality. Specialists should send a CV, a short narrative describing relevant experience and a cost proposal.
About the Organization
The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.