The USAID/Nepal Sajhedari - Support to Federalism (STF) project is a six-year technical assistance project that aims to support the Government of Nepal (GoN) in the transition from a unitary state to a three-tiered federal system. This support will be focused on achievement of the following objectives:
1: The GoN creates sound policies and legislation that empower, finance and regulate provincial and municipal governments;
2: Provincial and municipal governments are more responsive, accountable, transparent and effective; and
3: Citizens and civil society organizations in the target municipalities are more involved in local decision-making and oversight.
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Terms of Reference for Conducting an Inventory and Technical Analysis of Active Policy Research Related to Federalism
Number of Consultants: 1
Objective of the Assignment
To achieve objective 1 of the project, mapping of existing research and policy framework related to federalism is important. Therefore, this assignment is to create an initial inventory of recent policy research related to federalism and the actors working in the sector, as well as offering an analysis of priority research areas that can be undertaken by the project.
The consultant will work with relevant stakeholders to identify research topics of critical importance in federalism that can be supported through this project. He or she will ascertain the existing status of research and policy frameworks produced for federalism implementation conducted so far by different actors, including the Government of Nepal. This will also help the project avoid duplication of efforts regarding research in this space.
Specific Responsibilities of the Consultant
To achieve the objective of the assignment, the consultant is expected to:
Map stakeholders working in the field of policy research and who support to implement federalism in the country including major non-government, bilateral and multilateral actors
The consultant is expected to deliver the following products:
Level of Effort and Timeline
The expected level of effort to conduct the study is expected to be between 20-30 days starting from January 2020 to February 2020. Level of efforts (No. of days) will be negotiated after submission of inception report. The consultant is required to visit provincial headquarters and different Palikas of Sudur paschim and Province-5. The travel cost including for accommodation and food will be covered by the project as per the organizational rule.
Reporting and Coordination
The consultant will report to the Policy and Research Lead and liaise with project team members and Urban Institute to pursue the study.
Required Qualification and Skills
This study will be carried out simultaneously with Sajhedari- STF’s other researches on ‘Political Economic Analysis of Federalism Implementation Process’ and ‘GESI Assessment at Federal, provincial and Local Level’.
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