About the Nigeria Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund (NACCJF)
In its first term, President Buhari’s government demonstrated strong political will in tackling corruption. This offered a window of opportunity to invest and contribute towards driving much needed reforms around accountability through improved anti-corruption and criminal justice administration processes in Nigeria. For this purpose, the Open Society, MacArthur and Ford Foundations came together and established the Nigeria Anticorruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund (NACCJF) with an investment of 5 million USD. The Fund was established to support system strengthening, performance enhancing and coordination of anticorruption and criminal justice agencies in Nigeria. Riding on the available political will, the goal of the Fund is to enable the government of Nigeria to realize the following objectives:
- Increasing the cost of corruption to perpetrators by increasing the effectiveness of anti-corruption agencies and enhancing the enforcement and sanctions regime;
- Improving the effectiveness of the criminal justice system to foster rule of law;
- Diminishing public and stakeholder apathy to the campaign against corruption by decreasing tolerance for corruption by citizens.
The Fund was structured as a multilevel collaboration between government, civil society and the donor community. TrustAfrica was appointed as fiscal manager for the Fund. An Advisory Committee comprised of the donors, TrustAfrica and representatives of the government (Office of the Vice President, PACAC and the Federal Attorney General) provided strategic oversight and programmatic leadership for the fund’s implementing partners in Nigeria.
Part of the funds were dedicated to assisting government driven initiatives while some parts were for support to civil society organizations. The Fund’s strategy was designed to address both the supply and demand sides of the anti-corruption spectrum, to facilitate a complementary relationship between government and civil society engagements on anti-corruption and lastly, where necessary, to enable civil society to interrogate the actions and commitment of the government and its representatives in the fight against corruption.
This evaluation seeks to assess the extent to which the objectives of the Fund have been achieved during the period of operation and document the impact made by the Fund. The review will also take stock of lessons that will inform future efforts of similar joint donor funding of thematic issues as corruption and justice sector reform in collaboration with the government and civil society. It would also afford an opportunity to document results, progress made and tell the story of the intervention and how it has affected the landscape. The assessment findings would provide a model of engagement for the donors, TrustAfrica and partners in Nigeria. More specifically, the evaluation is required to address the following main issues:
- Fund Management: Appraise the role of the Fund Advisory Committee and the effectiveness of their oversight functions. Appraise the role of TrustAfrica as fiscal agent and technical support under the project.
- Program Content: Review the nature of support provided to CSOs and government agencies under the fund, appraise their levels of colloboration and the activities carried out by them to determine its relevance to the objectives of the Fund. Also appraise the level of appreciation by various stakeholders on the activities of the Fund and the capacity of the Fund to attract the interest of other heavy Funders to the anti-corruption work of government.
- Critically evaluate the impact of the NACCJF on the fight against corruption in Nigeria and examine the effects of the NACCJF initiative on the government’s anti-corruption agenda. Assess both the positive and negative influence NACCJF has had on prevailing anti-corruption work by NACCJF partners and civil society at large. Collect proof of the intended and unintended consequences of the NACCJF initiative on the accountability landscape in Nigeria and the role of civil society, media, citizen participation in these regards.
- The relevance of the NACCJF intervention: against the current context of Nigeria anti-corruption effort, review the relevance of the Fund programs to this context and to what extent the objectives of the Fund were met. The extent to which the NACCJF structure, approach and strategy was suited to the NACCJF partners, the broader civil society community, the media, relevant authorities and other important stakeholders. Evaluate whether as a result of the NACCJF initiative citizens felt they were more engaged in the fight against corruption. Lastly, document the views of key anti-corruptions stakeholders on NACCJF and their perceptions of how NACCJF contributed to enhancing the credibility of the campaign against
- Assess the effectiveness of funding interventions under the project and how they contributed towards attaining the set objectives of the Fund.
- Sustainability: Provide broad and specific recommendations on the sustainability of this approach to addressing challenges around corruption and justice sector reform. In conjunction with this, propose recommendations on how the gains made from this funding model can be sustained over time.
- Strategic direction: Provide recommendations and lessons learned to inform future programming for this model of funding collaboration between donors, government and civil society.
- Longer-term impact: Reflecting and examining some of the lessons learned after the adoption of the funding Highlight the sustainable change in the anti-corruption and criminal justice landscape which should be sustained going forward.
The Consultant shall develop a suitable methodology for this evaluation. The evaluation is expected to be inclusive and participatory involving all stakeholders. The Consultant is expected to design the best suited approach for collection of data, stakeholder interviews, validation and design of relevant tools to support the evaluation. The stakeholder dialogues are expected to be the main tool for collection of data (mainly primary data) upon which the evaluation will be based.
The review assignment is expected to last for 20 days and report submitted within one month after the completion of the review.
The Consultant would quote for the cost of the assignment in their financial proposal.
The consultant is expected at the beginning of the project to submit a work-plan along the lines of the project scope and timeline. At the end of the project, the Consultant will
- deliver a comprehensive report detailing a review of the Fund along the lines of the specific activities listed above
Structure of the Report
The final evaluation report will include but not limited to:
- An executive summary
- A main report assessing the operations of the Fund, the relevance, effectiveness and impact of the interventions; the attainment of the broad project objectives and
- Key observation from the evaluation, including the utility of this model of donor collaboration
- Lesson learned and options for future multi-donor collaboration with government and civil society.
Competencies, technical experience requirements
This consultancy is targeted towards M&E firms, however, individuals with relevant skills may apply. Key competencies and skills for the review team include:
- Extensive experience in the field of governance and demonstrable track record in conducting reviews of strategic plans and offering high quality results.
- Demonstrable experience in research related to corruption, and familiarity with measuring corruption and its co-relations with various variables.
- Proven experience in strategic approaches for program monitoring, evaluation and assessment of best practices and lessons learned.
- Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation methodologies including quantitative and qualitative approaches.
- Facilitated learning-oriented analysis and presentation sessions of M&E data with multiple stakeholders.
- Excellent and provable writing skills
- Verifiable references of previous work of similar nature
- Motivated, committed, responsible, and able to work independently with limited direct supervision
- The consultants understanding of the Terms of Reference.
- A detailed methodology, tools and approaches on how the review will be conducted
- Proposed implementation time frame based on this TOR
- Profiles of the bidding team/person (send CVs as attachments)
- Contacts of three organizations that will act as professional referees.
- Lists of relevant work undertaken in the last 2 years.
- An itemized line by line budget proposal for consultancy fees as well as administrative costs such as travel, accommodation, meals and stationery.
- Proposed terms and schedule of payment (including tax deductions).
The assignment will be carried out under the overall guidance of the NACCJF Project Director. The Project Director and his team will help in identifying potential contacts, making accessible all required documentation to the Consultant and input into the evaluation draft report. The data and findings of this evaluation will feed into the impact communication and documentation of results of the project.