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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 Consultancy:

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

Background:

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.[1] 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[2].

This research is in line with objective #3 of the project: support to democracy. Actions under this objective will:

  • Provide support to democratic governance and, in particular, the development of the oversight capacity of CSOs towards state actors and policies to improve accountability and transparency, election monitoring, and educational campaigns.
  • Address all aspects of democratisation, including the rule of law and the promotion and protection of civil and political rights such as freedom of expression online and offline, as well as freedom of assembly and association. This includes active participation in the evolving methodological debate in the area of democracy support.

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

  • To conduct research to assess previous work done around constitutional reform, determining knowledge and concerns of Jamaican citizens about the constitution and to contribute to the discourse around constitutional reform

Tasks:

Conduct research on constitutional reform-revision

  • Conduct a desk review on the body of work previously done around Jamaican constitution reform.
  • Establish the extent to which Jamaican citizens are knowledgeable about the constitution
  • Establish citizen concerns with the current constitution
  • Document challenges to previous attempts at constitutional reform
  • Produce a report on findings
  • Research and identify recommendations for areas of constitutional reform-revision
    • Recommendations for improved advocacy around constitutional reform-revision
  • Produce report on the findings

 

Outputs/Deliverables:

  • Workplan and methodology
  • Report on previous attempts at constitutional reform and challenges to the process
  • Report on findings of current citizen knowledge of the constitution including areas of concern
  • Report outlining recommendations for constitutional reform-revision and improved advocacy concerning the constitution

Desired Qualifications/Experience:

The Consultant is expected to possess the following experience, skills, and personal characteristics:

  • Proven track record in research (preferably participatory research)
  • Strong analytical skills and in-depth understanding of evaluation and research approaches
  • Experience of work with civil society
  • Ability to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders
  • In-depth understanding of and affinity with the Jamaican constitution and laws

Expression of Interest

Interested individuals should submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae outlining specific relevant experience
  • Supporting documents (research papers conducted by applicant)
  • Samples of related investigative report
  • Concept note (proposed activities and outcomes)

 

 

Submissions should be sent to marlon.thompson.cvc@gmail.com no later than Friday July 22, 2016

 

 

For further information contact:

Marlon Thompson/Andrea Chin See

Phone: 876-631-7219

E-mail: marlon.thompson.cvc@gmail.com

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Funding for this consultancy is made possible through support from the European Instrument of Democracy and Human Rights

 


[1]   United Nations Human Rights (n.d.) Human Rights and Anti-corruption. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Development/GoodGovernance/Pages/AntiCorr...

[2] 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

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