The International Open Data Charter (ODC) sets out six core principles for governments to commit to in moving to make data ‘open by default’, including principle four on data interoperability.
The Charter, launched at UN and Open Government Partnership meetings in autumn 2015, has a growing number of government, NGO and private sector signatories. Over 2016, a number of resources will be developed to support governments to put the Charter into practice in specific domains - connecting open data and impact.
Sponsored by the Government of Mexico and the Government of the United Kingdom and supported by the Open Data for Development programme (OD4D) and the Omidyar Network, the Technical Working Group of the ODC, in partnership with the Open Contracting Partnership, is seeking a consultant to act as coordinating author for the first full draft of a ‘Sector Package’ publication on open data for anti-corruption.
The full terms of reference are displayed below. Applicants should read the Terms of Reference carefully before submitting an expression of interest.
About the sector package
This resource, developed through desk research and stakeholder engagement will identify and detail:
Clear use cases for open data to be used in anti-corruption work around the world;
Priority datasets that governments should release and requirements for these;
Available domain-specific open data standards for data publication;
Case studies and worked examples detailing clear tools and methods for use of specific open data for anti-corruption;
An additional accompanying report will identify how the open datasets outlined in the package can be used specifically to address corruption in public procurement focussing on the relationship between key data elements and corruption prevention and detection methods. This report should support the development of guidance on potential actions that can be taken to pilot the sector package for anti-corruption in procurement in 2 - 3 specific countries.
The deliverables will be targeted at government officials and NGOs looking to implement open data initiatives for anti-corruption.
The draft sector package report will be between 15 and 30 pages with additional supporting resources. Concise, technically accurate and accessible writing is vital to the production of this report. It must be relevant for a global audience, including countries at all levels of development.
The consultant coordinating author will be supported by a small group of domain-specific co-editors, and a series editor to develop the full draft by mid-April 2016.
This will be the first Sector Package developed as part of the IODC process, and, as such, will involve some work on refining the templates and formats for the draft. Appropriate time and space should be factored in to consult widely on findings and be prepared to share drafts for fine tuning and feedback.
The consultant will be responsible for:
Agreeing the final structure of the deliverables with the series editor;
Managing regular engagement with a small group (2 - 3) of co-editors;
Desk research, including telephone interviews with key stakeholders, to identify and document relevant use cases, tools, datasets and data standards;
Participating in one or more consultation workshops on the draft;
Editing full draft versions of each deliverable by the deadlines;
You will report on a day-to-day basis to the Sector Packages series editor (Tim Davies with specific input and consultation with Lindsey Marchessault (Open Contracting Partnership) on public procurement user needs and use cases). Overall review of the final draft will be undertaken by the Technical Working Group of the Open Data Charter.
Contributions to public outreach, such as blog posts and newsletter contents: Ongoing throughout project It will be important to develop this work in the open.
Anti Corruption Sector Package - first draft: March 23rd 2016 Setting out an initial set of proposed use cases, priority datasets and standards. Approximately 10 - 15 pages.
Anti-Corruption in Contracting Guide - first draft, incorporating draft country recommendations: April 4th 2016 Providing a concise overview of tools and methodologies for using the identified datasets in addressing corruption in public contracting, with reference to a range of brief country case studies and incorporating proposed actions for 2 - 3 specific countries (identified in partnership with the Open Contracting Partnership) to take forward relevant implementation actions. This deliverable offers an opportunity to test the draft framework.
Anti Corruption Sector Package & Worked Examples - Final Drafts: 29th April 2016 Final drafts are due in advance of the UK Anti-Corruption Summit, scheduled for May 2016.
Required knowledge, skills and experience:
This role requires:
In-depth technical and political understanding of open data;
Strong qualitative research skills;
Ability to write concise, accessible and accurate reports in English: writing should be technically sound but not overly technical sounding;
Ability to independently manage complex projects to a tight deadline;
Ability to work with a team of contributors;
Experience engaging technical and non-technical stakeholders;
An understanding of open data use for transparency, accountability and anti-corruption work;
An understanding of data issues relating to public procurement, company registers and fiscal data will be an advantage.
We will arrange and provide:
The team of co-editors;
The outcomes of an initial consultation on the resource (available here);
Initial templates for the resource;
Key contacts for desk research;
Initial start points for public procurement research
Logistical support for face-to-face meetings;
Expressions of Interest are due by 28th January 2016. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by 2nd February, and final appointment by made by 12th February, with work commencing shortly thereafter.
The final deliverables are due by the end of April 2016.
A fee of up to $25,000 is available for this work.
Travel expenses for participation in face-to-face workshops will be paid directly.
Due to the importance of the deadlines for this work, should the contractor fail to meet the scheduled deadlines then the final payment shall be reduced by $100.00 per calendar day that the contractor is late on delivery.