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MID TERM REVIEW OF THE NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION STRATEGY (NACS) 2008-2013
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Jul 29, 2010, 17:04
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ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION

CATHEDRAL HOUSE

3 GLOUCESTER STREET

FREETOWN

SIERRA LEONE, WEST AFRICA

 

MID TERM REVIEW OF THE NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION STRATEGY (NACS) 2008-2013

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSULTANT SERVICES

 

 

BACKGROUND:

 

The National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2008-2013 is Sierra Leones national plan to orchestrate anti-corruption efforts. It seeks to bring on board the various pillars of integrity in the fight against corruption with the main objectives of improving the delivery of social services in terms of quality, quantity and process, and a public service that is effective in preventing and confronting corruption without compromising the peace and security of the state.


Since the adoption of the NACS by the government of Sierra Leone in 2008 and the appointment of a Steering Committee to spearhead the implementation process, work on the roll out of the recommendations contained in both the narrative and strategic policy matrix commenced, focusing on the public sector and other pillars of integrity. A coordinating secretariat was also set up in the Commission to provide support and technical backstopping on the implementation process, facilitate scheduled reviews of the strategy and support the coordination of linkages with donors for the implementation process. Civil Society on the other hand have been involved in the monitoring of the action plans developed by the respective entities and reports to stakeholders on progress made in the implementation process. 


PURPOSE OF THE MID TERM REVIEW:


The current strategy has a life span of five years (2008-2013) and as part of the broad implementation plan of the NACS, a mid-term review of the strategy in 2010 to assess the progress made in order to redirect its focus on the strategic action matrix was considered necessary. The review will assess the status of implementation of the NACS and make recommendations for improvement of the pace and quality of implementation. It will also address the mechanisms put in place for institutional and strategic arrangements; progress of implementation so far; identify significant gaps and provide lessons learned and recommendations to further strengthen the implementation of the strategic recommendations. It will also provide key stakeholders with an independent assessment of implementation of the NACS 2008-2013, focusing on the kick-start phase and roll-out phase. Finally it will build on existing progress and linkages with the current strategic plan of the ACC.


OBJECTIVES:


The meeting of the Steering Committee of 28th May 2010 agreed on the need for the mid-term review of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2008-2013 in line with action # 16 of Annex 2-National Anti-Corruption Strategy Broad Implementation Plan 2008-2013.

Consequently, the objectives of the mid-term review are to;

1. Review the present state of the implementation of the NACS 2008-2013 against the goals, objectives and strategic outputs as set forth in the strategy

2. Assess the level of achievement on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the narrative and strategic actions matrix and make recommendations thereon

3. Assess the alignment of the programme portfolio of the NACS Unit towards the implementation of the NACS including monitoring and make recommendations for improvement

4. Assess the alignment of the ACC Strategic plan towards the NACS implementation with a view to identifying the nexus between both strategies and make recommendations as a feed forward to the ACC Strategic plan review

5. Recommend a prioritization of the remaining period of the NACS 2008-2013 taking into account the emerging opportunities and challenges on corruption issues within the various entities under the pillars of integrity mentioned in the strategy


REVIEW PROCESS:


The mid-term review will capture and integrate the lessons learnt during the first phase of the implementation of the NACS. Specifically, the consultant(s) will;

Review existing documentations including the narrative and strategic actions matrix of the current NACS, ongoing programmes, entities of focus action plans, monitoring reports and tools in line with the strategy implementation mechanism.

Hold discussions with key stakeholders in the review and formulation of emerging key corruption issues as well as recommendations for corrective action in the strategic action matrix taking into consideration the ongoing decentralization process

With the involvement and participation of the Steering Committee and senior management of the ACC, the consultant will draft a road map for the second phase of the NACS implementation

On the basis of the road map, a retreat will be organized in which key stakeholders would participate. This process will be facilitated by the Consultant(s).


DELIVERABLES:


Workshop/retreat report on mid-term review of the NACS

Second phase NACS strategic plan document covering 2011-2013

Activity plan for the second phase of the NACS implementation

Monitoring framework for the implementation process

Review and update synergies with both the NACS and ACC Strategic Plan


TIME FRAME:


The time frame for this consultancy will be 45 days divided as follows;

Assessment of relevant documentation: 7 days

Stakeholder consultation at national level : 14 days including travel days

Preparation/facilitation for workshop and development of first draft of mid-term review document: 18 days

Editing/fine tuning of final report and presentation to management: 6 days


MANAGEMENT:


The consultant(s) will be supervised by the Deputy Commissioner/Acting Commissioner. Regular consultation and result tracking meetings will be held throughout the period, at least on a weekly basis. The Director of NACS will schedule the meetings and serve as the focal person for the Commission on the review process. A development and reporting schedule will be agreed between ACC and the consultant(s) that will set out targets for reporting and feedback on both sides.


The ACC will pay the consultant(s) a fee that will be agreed upon by both parties subject to the government of Sierra Leone withholding tax law. The ACC will also cater for the consultant(s) road transportation costs out of Freetown related to the assignment at terms and conditions set out in the detailed contract that forms part of this TOR. The Commission will also facilitate and organise for interviews and contacts, working space and facilities i.e. access to telephone, stationery, photocopy, and printer.


The consultant on the other hand will liaise with the Deputy Commissioner/Acting Commissioner and the Director of NACS on a regular basis at least once a week and provide a work plan to be agreed upon and endorsed by both parties. The consultant(s) shall carry out the tasks and specific activities outlined in this TOR and will deliver the specific output and deliverables professionally as stated above.


QUALIFICATION/PROFILE OF CONSULTANT(S):


1. Strong background in organizational development, strategic planning or related field (A firm is highly recommended)

2. Academic qualification at Master level with over 8 years professional experience or an advanced degree in a related field

3. A firm/Consortium with a similar previous experience in strategic planning and review is recommended

4. Excellent writing and analytical skills; intuitive, thorough, creative, innovative, articulate and objective

Excellent interviewing and reporting skills Expressions of interest must be delivered in sealed envelops to the address below by 12:00 noon on 13 August 2010.


The Procurement Manager

Anti-corruption Commission

3rd Floor, Cathedral House

3 Gloucester Street 

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Tel: 033 199 065

Email: ejusufu@anticorruption.gov.sl


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