Terms of Reference for Research Consultancy
Consultation concerning constitutional reform-revision and assessment of citizen knowledge on constitutional rights in Jamaica for improved research advocacy
The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC) coalition, in collaboration with the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition (JCSC), is seeking an experienced consultant to conduct research on constitutional reform-revision of the current governance system. This will include an assessment of citizen knowledge on the constitution, citizen rights, and identifying areas of concern.
Timeline: 3 months
The United Nation Commission on Human Rights in its resolution 2000/64 identified the key attributes of good governance as transparency, responsibility, accountability, participation and responsiveness. The same resolution expressly linked good governance to an enabling environment conducive to the enjoyment of human rights and prompting growth and sustainable human development.
Good governance and human rights are mutually reinforcing. Human rights principles provide a set of values to guide the work of governments, political, and social actors. On the other hand, without good governance human rights cannot be respected and protected in a sustainable manner. Initiatives such as advocacy for legal reform, raising public awareness (on legal framework, capacity-building, and reform of institutions) support good governance that is human rights based. Combatting corruption is often a long-term process requiring profound societal changes, involving a country’s institutions, laws and culture.
Constitutional reform can be a vital tool to promote good governance by changing the rules to promote more accountability, transparency, participation, and predictability. The empirical evidence emerging (Greenberg et al. 1993, Sunstein 2001) suggests a two-fold nexus between constitutional reform and good governance. The first lies in the very process of drafting the constitutional document. The more inclusive, participatory, and transparent that process is, the more likely the political order will be seen as legitimate; and a political culture will emerge that fosters the four good governance criteria. The other is through constitutional choices. Constitutional reform demands that critical institutional choices be made in such broad areas as the form of government, electoral law, degree of centralization, and judicial and quasi-judicial agencies, to name only a few.
This research is in line with objective #3 of the project: support to democracy. Actions under this objective will:
It is expected that this research will result in a greater understanding of issues studied and will provide findings that are well documented and support the development of position papers, policy briefs, and targeted advocacy interventions. This research will inform evidence based advocacy and provide direction for improved democratic governance.
Objective and Strategy
Goal of Project
Conduct research on constitutional reform-revision
The Consultant is expected to possess the following experience, skills, and personal characteristics:
Expression of Interest
Interested individuals should submit the following documents:
Submissions should be sent to email@example.com no later than Friday July 22, 2016
For further information contact:
Marlon Thompson/Andrea Chin See
Funding for this consultancy is made possible through support from the European Instrument of Democracy and Human Rights
 United Nations Human Rights (n.d.) Human Rights and Anti-corruption. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Development/GoodGovernance/Pages/AntiCorr...
 Greenberg, D., S. N. Katz, M. B. Oliviero, and S. C. Wheatley. 1993. Constitutionalism and Democracy: Transitions in the Contemporary World. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press