Project title: Technical Assistance for a Balochistan Community-led Development Policy Framework
Brief description of the project: The overall objective of the Programme is “to support the Government of Balochistan (GoB) in reducing the negative impact of economic deprivation, poverty and social inequality, environmental degradation and climate change, and to turn this into opportunities to build and empower resilient communities participating actively in identifying and implementing socio-economic development activities on a sustainable basis in partnership with local authorities”.
The specific objectives of the project are: 1) to empower citizens and communities and provide them with means enabling them to implement community-driven socio-economic development interventions, and increased voice and capacity to influence public policy decision making through active engagement with local authorities for quality, inclusive, and equitable service delivery, and civic-oversight, and 2) to foster an enabling environment for strengthening the capacities of local governments/authorities to manage and involve communities in the statutory processes of the local public sector planning, financing and implementation process.
Brief description of the assignment:
The objectives of the political economy and stakeholder analysis are to:
- Provide the context for Programme interventions, to clarify the power dynamics among Provincial, District and Union Council governments, civil society and the private sector which will inform Programme component strategies and approaches to achieving the Programme objectives; and,
- Facilitate the Programme in assisting GoB in formulating, adapting, and operationalising a community-led development policy framework, defining its optimal institutional arrangements, implementation strategy and roadmap.
The PEA should provide both quantitative and qualitative information, data and analysis on the political situation in Balochistan in order to clarify for the Programme component the political and socio-economic dynamics within which the Programme will be implemented and with which it needs to engage. To achieve this, the stakeholder and political economy analysis should at a minimum provide the following outputs from which the final report will be developed:
- Initial Planning and Stakeholder Mapping
- Undertake a process of identifying stakeholders in the public sector, civil society and the private sector, setting up initial meetings and collecting relevant documents from them. The consultant should meet with the BRDCEP Technical Assistance component staff in Islamabad and Quetta to validate the stakeholders identified before proceeding further with the assignment.
- Literature review. Draft a 5-10 page literature review consisting of academic research, applied research from projects and other interventions, donor reports, media reviews and other relevant material.
- Draft interview questionnaires: draft and help refine sets of questions to be used in interviews with individuals, based on stakeholder types, with questionnaires for each category of stakeholder. Questionnaires should be validated with the BRDCEP Technical Assistance (BRDCEP-TA) team prior to interviews being conducted.
- Arrange stakeholder interviews with public sector, civil society and private sector organizations identified in the stakeholder mapping.
- Conduct interviews with relevant stakeholders in the areas of: implementation of the national decentralization reforms, the continuing political role of federal institutions (particularly the military and related institutions), provincial public administration (taking account of PFM and other key public sector reforms), local governance (District and Union Councils), provincial and local government service delivery, the role of civil society organizations in governance within Balochistan (taking account of gender, ethnic, tribal and other significant factors), the role of the private sector and its key organizations in governance in the province.
- Compile interview data from each stakeholder group to be the basis of sections in the final report.
- Analyse and write up the findings from the interviews, integrating quantitative data and other information collected on stakeholders and or related political/economic issues as required to provide a comprehensive account of each stakeholder/stakeholder group within the political economy of the province.
- Draft the first draft of the report by synthesizing interview notes, identifying key observations, and propose conclusions and recommendations as part of drafting final report and presentation to Mission.
- Submit the draft report to the BRDCEP-TA component Team Leader for review and comment by the BRDCEP-TA team.
- Taking account of any feedback or comments from the BRDCEP-TA team, write the final draft of the report and submit to the BRDCEP-TA Team Leader
For more details on the assignment and the expected deliverables and deadlines, please see the attached Terms of Reference
Duration of the assignment: 60 working days (July-October 2018)
Location of the assignment: Quetta and Islamabad
Qualifications and skills:
- Master’s degree in social science, political science, economics, international development or other closely related fields, or equivalent experience. Academic or other professional experience in the fields of political science, governance, public sector reform, public administration or closely related fields
- Computer literacy (minimum MS Word, Excel)
- The ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with government and NGO counterparts and stakeholders
General professional experience:
- Preferably a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in political/political economy analysis for application to government policies, donor programs, strategies or policies or academic research.
- Demonstrated understanding of relevant political and socio-economic issues in Pakistan and Balochistan in particular
- Knowledge of Government of Pakistan and Government of Balochistan public administration systems and the political systems at national and provincial level
- Proven experience in report writing, editing, preparing power point presentations and presenting research findings
- Proven leadership, inter-personal, cross-cultural skills, attention to details, and ability to build and motivate diverse stakeholders
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including high level ability in researching and drafting concise papers and reports in English
Specific professional experience:
- Demonstrated technical research competency, leadership, and administrative skills and experience conducting research in political economy and related fields
- Significant work experience coordinating with diverse government, donor, political and social stakeholders, i.e. relevant ministries, NGOs, INGOs, donor community, academics and civil society leaders preferred
- Demonstrated experience in policy analysis and policy formulation in Pakistan related to national, provincial and local governments