Seeking expert on whistleblowing and witness protection

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Seeking expert on whistleblowing and witness protection

November 30th, 2020

WFD is seeking an international expert to produce a comparative review of good international practices regarding whistle-blower and witness protection for National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia.  

Terms of reference

Based in: remote work

Contract type: International Consultancy Agreement

Duration: November – December 2020

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is an independent foundation sponsored by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. WFD specialises in parliamentary strengthening and political party development, while also supporting electoral processes and civil society strengthening. It does this by assisting in the development of parliaments, political parties and civil society organisations. It is uniquely placed to draw directly on the expertise of the Westminster political parties, members of parliament (MPs) and devolved assemblies, and British civil society and technical experts in all its work 

The programme

WFD is a consortium partner under the UNDP-led Modern Parliament for a Modern Armenia programme, co- implemented with the OxYGen Foundation, the International Center for Human Development, in cooperation with the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. The project is funded by the United Kingdom’s Good Governance Fund and the Government of Sweden. 

Purpose of the role

The International Expert will conduct a comparative review of different models of international practices regarding to whistle-blower and witness protection regulations and legislation related to parliaments and connected bodies including independent institutions reporting to parliament. The comparative review will focus on how parliaments protect witness and whistle-blowers who are involved in parliamentary proceedings. S/he is expected to prepare a comparative review of 3-4 countriesalongside international organisations, as examples of good practices. 

The comparative review will:  

  1. Include a detailed comparative overview of good international practices in other countries as well as of COE, UN (UNODC, UNDP, etc) focusing on whistle-blower and witness protection as part of parliamentary proceedings. The expert will focus on the formal functions, reviewing the role and findings of the Anti-corruption Commissions as a parliamentary watchdogs, Ombudsman, Public Procurement authorities, CSOs and Transparency International.  S/he will also focus on reviewing international and legal framework broke down according to the countries. 
  2. Elaborate on key documents produced by parliament and compared countries regarding whistle-blower and witness protection. 
  3. Review of the roles and functions of parliament in regards of whistle-blower and witness protection. 
  4. Compare and contrast the parliaments’ role in whistle-blower and witness protection as well as elaborate on recent trends and mechanism that enable the parliaments to assure whistle-blower and witness protection.  
  5. Comparative review of good international practices regarding whistle-blower and witness protection to be presented with National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia upon their availability.  

It is intended this comparative overview will improve the approach regarding whistle-blower and witness protection in Armenia and inform the National Assembly of the best practices existing internationally. 

Deliverables and timeline 

Inception Deliverable 

Task description 

Deadline 

1. 

Submission of the 1st draft report on comparative review with a pre-agreed (at inception of the assignment) structure and content.  

Note: the draft to be cleared by WFD and the UNDP MAP Project team before submitting to the RA NA 

30 November (up to 6 days) 

2. 

Submission of the 2nd draft report on comparative review including comments and additions by the NA, within 5 working days from receiving a feedback from the NA 

Note: the draft to be cleared by WFD and the UNDP MAP Project team before submitting to the RA NA 

Around  

December 2020 (up to 5 days) 

3. 

Submission of the Final report on comparative review including comments and additions by the NA, within 5 working days from receiving a feedback from the NA 

Note: the draft to be cleared by WFD and the UNDP MAP Project team before submitting to the RA NA 

Final report to be translated into Armenian by WFD 

15 December 2020 (up to 3 days) 

4. 

Presentation of the report findings to the NA stakeholders. 

TBC January 2020 

(up to 1 day) 

Working days and billing

The list below shows the maximum number of working days allocated for the assignment.

  • Deliverable 1: 6 days
  • Deliverable 2: 5 Days
  • Deliverable 3: 3 Days
  • Deliverable 4: 1 Day
  • Total: 15 Days

Note: it is expected that the number of days will be adjusted per deliverable as required by the tasks. The total number of days will remain unchanged. 

Requirements

The expert commissioned for this assignment will extensive experience in working on   whistle-blower and witness protection and have experience of producing reports for public institutions more generally and ideally for parliaments specifically. Minimum of 10 year experience of working in parliament or government/agency would be an asset.  S/he will be able to demonstrate a track record of similar assignments. Ideally, the candidate would be familiar with political developments in Armenia.  

The expert commissioned for this role is expected to provide services up to 15 days between November 2020 and December 2020. The expert is expected to work closely with WFD’s programme team during the programme implementation. 

It is hoped that meetings with relevant stakeholders will be possible ahead of the desk research, subject to the political developments in the country. 

All written deliverables will be reviewed and agreed with WFD and UNDP MAP Project. 

All services and activities will be delivered remotely and no travel or in-person meetings are envisaged. 

What to include in your submission

  • CV 
  • Examples of similar roles with information of results achieved 
  • A list of countries suggested for the comparative analysis with a brief justification 
  • Financial proposal clearly outlining a daily fee 

Application deadline and how to apply

9 December 2020

Please submit your application to Magdalena Randall-Schab, Senior Programme Manager, Eurasia at magdalena.randall-schab@wfd.org 

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