Developing an African mutual accountability Standard: Individual consultancy terms of reference

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Publication Date: 
08 July 2014

The Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev), through a multi-agency partnership, is developing an African standard for mutual accountability frameworks, building on the conclusions of existing research, surveys and case studies on this topic and on further consultations with African governments.

APDevs aim for these standards is to:

  • Reach a collective and shared in-depth understanding and pan-African agreement on what mutual accountability at the country level requires in Africa;
  • Provide an assessment framework for mutual accountability systems, drawing on African experiences and from mechanisms such as the APRM as basis;
  • Facilitate the development of capacities for mutual accountability in Africa, supporting countries to reach the agreed standards and share experiences on successful cases;
  • Advocate internationally on the contextual specifics of mutual accountability in Africa and what African countries need from their international partners in this regard.

The consultant will be based at the NEPAD Agency in Midrand, South Africa with several missions (5-7 envisioned as required).

Building on the:

  • Concept Note on African mutual accountability standards developed under phase I of this project;
  • AU/Nepad Capacity Development Strategic Framework
  • Africa Action Plan on Development Effectiveness
  • AU/NEPAD Domestic Resource Mobilisation Study
  • Further consultations with African stakeholders to be held through missions, electronic and telephonic communication, workshops and country pilot exercises

The consultant will be expected to develop, in continuous dialogue with the APDev team, the following deliverables:

  1. A capacity assessment tool which will serve to evaluate institutional capacity strengths and growth opportunities for Mutual Accountability (MA) in the field of Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) focusing most particularly on illicit transfers/financial flows, as well as, the Domestic Private sector (Agro-processing and extractive industries). This tool should consider institutional capacities for MA, as reflected through established systems and processes that serve to facilitate and ensure effective domestic accountability, as well as, in relation to external partners.
  2. A guidance note on requisite MA institutional architecture including key system and process capacities. These guidelines will emanate from region-wide consultations – with a general and several country-specific baselines used as basis in order to strengthen the ability of countries to improve their domestic systems of MA.
  3. Roll-out and Implementation of Plan towards strengthening capacities for mutual accountability in African countries.

Target audience will be development practitioners and government officials across the African continent. To this end, UNDP will contract a capacity development consultant with extensive experience in the development of assessment tools and capacity development methodologies.