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ToR- NICSA Researcher

ToR- NICSA Researcher

Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 90 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.

TI-Bangladesh has secured a grant from AusAID to conduct the NICSA project in Bangladesh during 2012- 2014. The research component of this project is set to take place from July 2012 to June 2014.

A National Integrity Systems and Context Analysis (NICSA) is a research and advocacy tool which provides a comprehensive overview of the functioning of the main governance institutions in a country. It provides a holistic picture of how well the entire governance system in a country is working, as well as identifies specific flaws in the system and gives evidence-based recommendations which can be used to advocate for reform. Conducting an NIS Assessment involves a comprehensive qualitative analysis of the institutions, or pillars of integrity, which make up the national integrity system. These pillars include public institutions such as the legislature, the executive and the judiciary; watchdog institutions such the anti-corruption commission, the ombudsman and the supreme audit institution; and non-state institutions such as political parties, private business and civil society. The research will also comprise a new component which looks at the political economy of a country through a context analysis tool. The lead researcher is responsible for delivery of the key research component of the NIS – the NIS country report.

The NIS methodology envisages a consultative approach and therefore involves key stakeholders throughout the process through a multi-stakeholder advisory group, which provides ongoing validation of the research and through a National Integrity Workshop, held towards the end of the project to discuss and improve the draft report.

The researcher works closely with the national chapter, which coordinates the project, facilitates the advisory group meetings, validates the assessment findings and advises the researcher on presenting appropriate recommendations. The researcher also works with the Research and Knowledge department at the TI Secretariat, which provides ongoing technical assistance on applying the methodology in the given country.

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