Consultancy Team – Legacy Contribution Study CARICOM Caribbean Regional Development Program, Global Affairs Canada

Caribbean

This consultancy is open to all suitably qualified CARICOM and International firms.

Global Affairs Canada, through the Field Support Services Project Caribbean (FSSP-C), requires the services of a consultancy team to compile a summary record of Canada’s development contributions to CARICOM states from the years of independence to the present day.

BACKGROUND

Canada is the 3rd largest bilateral donor to CARICOM countries after the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union; the Caribbean region is the highest per capita recipient of Canadian bilateral international assistance outside of major humanitarian and crisis situations.  

International assistance is primarily channelled through Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) Caribbean Regional Development program (CRDP), which supports 13 CARICOM countries in the English-speaking Caribbean with a focus on the eight countries eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA). CRDP programming in 2022/23 was $46.5 million, with approximately 40 initiatives aligned to the Feminist International Assistance Policy in the areas of climate resilience, gender equality, inclusive governance, economic growth and health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Funding to CARICOM also flows through multilateral channels, such as the International Financial Institutions (e.g. World Bank, Caribbean Development Bank) and global climate funds (e.g. Global Environment Facility). Canada is currently Chair of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for 2023/24, represented by the Minister of International Development, and will host the CDB annual meeting in Canada in 2024. 

Following the 2017 hurricane season, Canada announced a 5-year, $100 million Pledge for Caribbean Reconstruction, Economic and Climate Resilience to support the region in reconstruction. This pledge was fulfilled in 2022 and included strengthened natural disaster planning and response through organizations such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

OBJECTIVE

GAC requires the services of a consultancy team to conduct a study of GAC’s long-standing development contributions in CARICOM countries. The consultancy team will gather information and compile a summary record of Canada’s development history in the region from the years of independence to present day. The study will assess the major focus areas of Canada’s interventions over time and highlight notable initiatives and results achieved in order to create a record of Canada’s development history in the region.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

The Legacy Contribution Study will gather information from a variety of sources (e.g. programming archives, interviews, public sources) to compile a summary report of Canada’s development in CARICOM countries. 

In the context of this assignment, the consultancy team will perform the following activities:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive desk review of Canada’s international development interventions in CARICOM countries using available archives from Global Affairs Canada along with public sources of information.
  2. Conduct key informant interviews to learn of Canada’s history in the region. The key informants and stakeholders could include GAC officials having worked in the Caribbean, existing and previous project partners, beneficiaries, local and regional government interlocutors, or members of civil society and businesses.
  3. Based on the document review, interviews and discussions, draft a factual report that identifies the major focus areas of Canada’s development programming over different periods and the drivers for that focus, and highlight significant initiatives and results that had high Canadian visibility.

CONSULTANCY FIRM PROFILE

The Contractor should be a registered firm and is required to provide a Legacy Review Team that includes the following competencies and experiences.

For the Team Leader specifically:

  • Demonstrated experience leading, managing and conducting reviews, studies or research of a similar size, complexity and scope to the one for this mandate; 
  • Demonstrated experience leading a team of professionals in a developing country, preferably in the Caribbean;
  • At least seven years’ experience in conducting research, reviews, studies or evaluations, specifically desk reviews;
  • Knowledge of and experience using quantitative and qualitative research methods;
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, however an advanced degree would be an asset, from an accredited, recognized institution in a relevant discipline such as International Development, Social Sciences, or other related fields
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to write high quality research reports.

For the Review Key Team members:

  • At least five years’ experience conducting research, reviews or evaluations;
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, however an advanced degree would be an asset, from an accredited, recognized institution in a relevant discipline such as International Development, Social Sciences, or other related fields;
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing project management in an international assistance context;
  • Demonstrated experience in governance;
  • Demonstrated experience working in developing countries;
  • Demonstrated experience in development communications;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational and analytical abilities;
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and the ability to work with multiple stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of the Caribbean is an advantage.

LANGUAGE OF WORK: English is the working language for this assignment. All deliverables must be provided in English and in MS Word.

DELIVERABLES AND EXPECTED LEVEL OF EFFORT

The final report should:

  • Contain an executive summary (mandatory) 
  • Provide a story/narrative of Canada’s engagement: present a factual narrative capturing Canada’s development involvement in the Caribbean. 
  • Encompass contextual information showcasing the progress of Canada’s international development interventions across various sectors in the context of Caribbean history and Canada’s policy drivers from the years of independence to present day, for example, include an analysis of international development paradigms, conducted in parallel with the historical overview of Canada’s investment in the region. The analysis should focus on specific key periods, such as the Paris Declaration, and provide a detailed examination of Canada’s actions during these periods, with the aims to identify the alignment of Canada’s programming initiatives with both domestic and international policy drivers.
  • Incorporate local Caribbean views of Canada’s international assistance; 
  • Include photos or graphic material where available and relevant; 
  • Reference Canada’s overall levels of funding during different periods;
  • Capture both multilateral and bilateral Canadian funding; 
  • Be descriptive in nature (both quantitative and qualitative);
  • Be structured around issues, sectors, and different periods of Canada’s interventions.
  • This assignment has an approximate level of effort of 50 days over a six-month period.
ItemDeliverableActivitiesEstimated LoE
Initial Meeting to review TORs and agree on deliverables0.5
1Inception/Detailed work planInitial reading and prepare a work plan to include approach, methodology, timetable of activities, planned outreach methods and indicative list of contacts.2.5
2Report OutlineComprehensive desk review of project documents 5
3Submission of Guide Questions for interviews/ focus groups with key stakeholdersIdentify initial list of key stakeholders from across the Caribbean/revise interview questions with input from GAC. Conduct key informant interviews with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) staff, and/or focus groups with key stakeholders, and, whenever feasible, include beneficiaries to better understand the context, existing interventions and help identify gaps.27
4Draft ReportDraft a factual report that identifies the major focus areas of Canada’s development programming over different periods and the drivers for that focus, and highlight significant initiatives and results that had high Canadian visibility.  The narrative style should be journalistic, accessible to a broad audience and not overly technical.10
5Revised and Final ReportFinalize report based on comments/ feedback from GAC.5
TOTAL50 Days

WORK LOCATION AND TRAVEL

The consultancy team will work remotely from their own facilities. Necessary travel may be proposed by the team after a desk review of necessary background documents and when developing the work plan. These should be approved by GAC prior to travel.

PROCUREMENT PROCESS

This consultancy is open to all suitably qualified CARICOM and International firms. Firms are invited to submit an expression of interest providing the following information at a minimum:

  • Cover letter on firm’s letterhead (to provide email addresses, telephone contacts, office location)
  • Copy of Certificate of incorporation/registration
  • Consultant’s Organization and Experience. 
  • Consultant’s Organization: provide company profile. 
  • Consultant’s Experience: provide examples of at least 3 previous but similar consultancies and references.
  • Description of the Approach, Methodology, and proposed Work Plan/Inception Report for performing the assignment
  • Team Composition: Team Leader and Key Experts’ Curriculum Vitae (CV) for evaluation

Only those firms that meet the Consultancy firm profile will be shortlisted and a financial proposal requested.

If you wish to apply for this consultancy, please send an expression of interest by February 23, 2024, to [email protected]

Please indicate “Legacy Contribution Study” as the subject line of your email.

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