Deadline: Ongoing Opportunity
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks individuals or organizations to conduct research assessing examples of pandemic governance best practices with respect to civic freedoms and civil society collaboration.
Studies may focus on individual countries, such as New Zealand or South Korea, or may adopt a case study approach and examine multiple countries and examples throughout Asia. Priority will be given to individual or organizational consultants located in the region, and/or with significant civil society partner networks.
Scope of Work
- In order to promote best practices around pandemic governance and further explore how governments can protect public health while safeguarding human rights and civic freedoms, ICNL aims to commission research reports examining in-depth practices adopted by best practice jurisdictions including (but not limited to) New Zealand and South Korea, that facilitated public participation and protected civic freedoms during COVID-19. Example practices would include South Korea’s facilitation of online and remote voting during its elections, and New Zealand’s creation of an oversight committee to provide independent scrutiny of government measures.
- As part of this proposed research, the individual or organizational consultant may apply to complete one or more country studies (with priority given to in-country researchers) covering the following:
- In-depth research on enabling government policies related to COVID-19 that had a positive impact on civic space, or generally complied with international standards on free association, assembly, expression, or public participation.
- Examples of civil society – government cooperation on pandemic and humanitarian policies.
- The use of technology and digital tools in COVID-19 management, and examination of their impact on civic space.
- Assessment of any policies that raised human rights concerns, or failed to protect civic space.
- Overall assessment of the country response, analysis based on international standards around human rights and emergency measures, and recommendations based on the findings of the study, including good practices that could be replicated in other countries, and strategies for promoting rights-respecting approaches to pandemic governance.
The budget ceiling for the consultancy is $25,000. More than one consultancy may be awarded depending on proposed scope of work/country coverage.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following factors:
- Compliance with eligibility requirements and application procedures;
- Quality of proposal, including the proposed methodology/design and feasibility of the project (e.g., activities are targeted to achieve stated results, and anticipated results are realistic and attainable);
- Depth of experience with the subject matter of this research consultancy and experience researching and writing similar reports;
- Commitment to producing high quality reports in a timely manner; and
- Proposed budget and value for money.
For more information, visit Call for Proposals.