Corruption Watch (RF) NPC:Call for Consultancy: Research into impact of COVID-19 on corruption in mining license approval processes.

Corruption Watch (RF) NPC
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Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 22 March, 2021

Corruption Watch (CW) is a non-profit organisation launched in January 2012. The organisation uses the reports of corruption from the public as an important source of information to fight corruption and hold leaders accountable for their actions. CW exposes corruption through communications platforms and mobilises the public to take a stand against corruption and the abuse of public funds. An important area of CW’s work is in the extractives sector with a focus on examining the risks and vulnerabilities in mining licensing processes – when mining licenses, contracts and permits are awarded – which give rise to corruption.

CW as a Transparency International (TI) chapter is part of TI’s Accountable Mining programme, which aims to strengthen transparency and accountability in the first stage of mining operations across various mineral rich jurisdictions, and to positively influence best practices in the mining sector.  

Through this programme, CW has produced a research report on the risks and vulnerabilities in the South African mining application process using the Mining Awards Corruption Risk Assessment tool (MACRA).
CW is keen to take a deep dive into the identified risks and vulnerabilities by assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on mining approval processes. Therefore, CW is seeking a consultant to design research and deliver a research report analysing the current and future impacts of COVID-19 on the South African mining approvals process.
The project focuses specifically on corruption risks at the approvals stage of the mining value chain, as well as issues of corruption affecting compliance with conditions imposed or guarantees given at the approvals stage throughout the project life cycle. CW engages with a wide range of actors to create an enabling environment for change, and to positively influence improvements in government and business practices in the mining sector. Therefore, this research will enhance CW’s contribution to mining for sustainable economic and human development through a focus on greater transparency and accountability in awarding mining-related permits, licences and contracts. We are keen to understand the impact of COVID-19, and associated regulatory responses and business practices on the mining approval process across the country and to understand emerging trends or issues.
Specific Terms of Reference:
The specific terms of reference of the consultancy are research, interrogate, review and analyse:

  • the impact of COVID-19 on the mining approvals process, both in terms of the legal framework and its implementation, as well as likely future trends;
  • the corruption risks emerging in mining approvals and their consequences – now due to COVID-19, and in the post-COVID recovery phase, and likely future trends. The focus should be on both the approvals stage and on compliance with conditions imposed or guarantees given through the mine life cycle;
  • the governance processes placed to respond to the corruption risks and related challenges that COVID-19 is posing to mining approvals processes;
  • the political and legislative response to COVID-19 and associated economic recovery  affecting the corruption risks and related challenges to mining approvals;
  • comparative analysis on corruption risks and vulnerabilities in other mineral rich jurisdictions arising from the COVID-19 crisis; and
  • implementation of community consultation or engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic both locally and internationally.

Key Deliverables: 

  • Produce a comprehensive research report that will explore current impact of COVID-19 on corruption in the process and awarding of mineral rights, contracts and permits; identify future or emerging trends that give rise to new risks and vulnerabilities or mitigate existing corruption risks; include case studies and a comparative analysis of mineral rich jurisdictions.
  • Produce a high-level presentation to policy makers that propose policy and legal recommendations that guide good governance and management of mineral approval processes in the time of crisis and future black swan events.
  • Produce briefing note no more than 5 pages specific to the opportunities and risks that arise in community consultation and/engagement during crisis

Availability and Timeline
The consultant will start work by the 5 April 2021 and will have completed the consultancy by 2 August 2021. No travel is expected as part of this consultancy. The consultant will complete this assignment from their primary place of work.
Selection Criteria 
The consultant must have:

  • a graduate degree in Law, Political Science, Economics and/ or any other relevant similar disciplines. Postgraduate tertiary qualification advantageous;
  • at least 8 years’ experience in national work in the following fields; mineral resource governance, civil society, fiscal transparency, Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) principles, anti-corruption and good governance, human rights and constitutional democracy, body of work in mine affected communities and any other related field;
  • understanding of corruption risks and challenges, transparency, good governance, and accountability in the extractives sector;
  • proven research background including highly developed analytical skills, with a track record of undertaking both primary and secondary research including through remote interviews;
  • demonstrated written skills;
  • attention to detail; ability to meet deadlines;
  • responsiveness to inquiries and excellent communication skills
  • independence from government and extractive companies

If you are interested in applying, please send your expression of interest clearly stating your qualifications, interest in the research, methodology to be used and cost of the consultancy to: with the subject line “COVID-19 Impact on Mining Consultancy”

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