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Federal-Decentralized Governance Comparative Baseline Studies & Consultations

Monday, 06 April 2015 20:45


Four Consultants Required for Federal-Decentralized Governance Comparative Baseline Studies & Consultations

1.    South Sudan
2.    Somalia
3.    Kenya
4.    Ethiopia

Background and Purpose

The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) is working closely with the Forum of Federations to develop and establish an IGAD Region Practitioners’ Network on Federal-Devolved Governance. In June 2014 a workshop of experts from all of the member countries produced (i) comments for the final draft of a Concept Paper in establishing the network, and (ii) detailed recommendations for a one-year interim period to pave the way for detailed institutional design of the permanent network. During this interim period IGAD, with technical support from the Forum of Federations, plans to implement a set of activities that are aimed at gathering systematic input from experts and other stakeholders in the region that would produce valuable early-stage information as well as specific recommendations on the institutional design of the permanent IGAD network, which will be submitted to the relevant IGAD governing bodies for consideration.

One of the high-priority recommendations of the June workshop was to conduct country baseline studies that provide well-organized and user-friendly information on the status of federal/decentralized governance in each country. The reports (est. 20-25pp, TBC) are to be highly comparative; that is, all country studies will use the same guidelines for research methodology, including a common, mutually agreed study contents’ template for the issues to be covered and strictly adhered.

The baseline studies will be supplemented by a consultation strategy for each country that will engage additional stakeholders and provide their inputs on programming priorities and other institutional design issues for the permanent network that will be submitted to IGAD decision-making bodies. This is expected to include key informant interviews and focus groups conducted in the capital and in selected regional centers of each country.

Scope of work

  • Prepare for and participate in a one-day preparatory workshop with Forum of Federations and other regional researchers, currently planned for early May respectively, thereby contributing to the methodology’s final detailed design.
  • Coordinate with FOF team in developing detailed plan for research and consultations in consultant’s respective country.
  • Provide initial assessment about the availability of existing data and analysis required according to the template (as per agreed schedule).
  • Conduct desk-based review, interviews and other research as agreed in the preparatory workshop and in detailed plan agreed with FOF.
  • Conduct consultation interviews and focus groups as per agreed plan and guidelines; write up results accordingly.
  • Write first draft of country report strictly according to the template/guidelines.
  • Respond to edit requests from FOF and lead researcher in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate the organization of a national roundtable in respective national capital according to the guidelines agreed (re participation, format, reporting, etc.).
  • When necessary, manage funds advanced by FOF for related travel and meeting costs and report and account for the funds according to detailed instructions.
  • Provide draft of final country report, incorporating findings of the national roundtables and other feedback in a timely manner (i.e., as per agreed schedule).
  • Submit final edits as requested by the lead researcher and FOF.


“There will be one consultant selected for each of the four countries (South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia). Candidates who are nationals of these countries are highly preferred.” There will be one consultant selected for each of the four countries who must be a national of their selected country of study. 

  • Master’s of PhD degree or similar professional degree in related subject.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal-decentralized theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate an existing network of connections among key actors for federal-decentralized governance in his/her country (i.e., in different levels and branches of government, in academia and other non-state actors, etc).
  • Experience working independently in conducting and writing up similar research projects, including non-academic research and writing (e.g., public policy analysis).
  • Proven ability to write clearly and concisely (i.e., for non-academic and non-expert audiences).
  • Some experience organizing workshops, colloquialism etc.
  • Proven ability to meet time lines.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, including appropriate interpersonal skills and experience coordinating inputs with others in a timely manner.

Payment (amount and terms)

Consultancy fee for completing all the agreed outputs will be paid in lump sum. Applicants are required to quote (indicate) their total lump sum fee on their application letter. Terms of payment/modality will be determined on the consultancy agreement.


Applications should be submitted to Teshom Mekonen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Maeregu Habtemariam at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it including detailed CV along with names and contact details of three references. (Additional documentation may be required from short-listed candidates).

Applications must be submitted by 20th April, 2015.