Research consultant: Mapping and Benchmarking of Payment Methods - Afghanistan, Myanmar
Location: Global, Remote
Duration: Approx. 3 months (February to April 2022)
CIVICUS exists to defend people's power. As a growing global alliance of over 10,000 members in 175 countries, we work together to monitor violations of basic civic freedoms, call out the perpetrators of violations and strengthen the power of people to organize by supporting a more accountable, effective, and innovative civil society. We strive to promote excluded voices, especially from the Global South.
The Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (FoPA) Global Resource Hub Pilot initiative seeks to promote and protect the freedom of peaceful assembly. It also serves as a space to co-create and test collective assumptions and new solutions. One of the objectives of the Global Resource Hub pilot hub is to capture existing knowledge, approaches, models, and tools, and production of new resources and innovative practices on the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly. One of the key initiatives that had been identified is the scoping and analysis of payment methods that can be utilized as different options (bank transfers and other alternative payment modalities) in transferring funds to the members of civil society.
Purpose and Objectives
This consultancy specifically aims to:
- Examine the existing financial regulatory environment especially the regulations governing the transfer and receipt of funds to civil society organizations in particular, but not only, both from within the country and from abroad;
- Explore the money transfer options for neighboring countries (remittance corridors);
- Scope the different payment channels that are being used by the members of the civil society, the diaspora community, and the general public to receive and transfer funds including the information on fees, accessibility, coverage of services, transfer speed, and other relevant information;
- Evaluate these payment options against the current regulatory environment;
- Analyze the feasibility of the payment option against a set of given requirements provided by CIVICUS.
Tasks and responsibilities
The consultant(s) will be responsible for:
- Drafting the work plan for the consultancy;
- Lead the consultative discussions with CIVICUS and other relevant stakeholders to agree on the design, scope, and key content;
- Conducting relevant data-gathering activities;
- Contacting prospective respondents and prepping them;
- Reporting back to CIVICUS on the key developments and updates related to the consultancy;
- Lead in the development of the final report detailing the results of the scoping study based on the agreed structure and format.
The consultant will be expected to deliver the following outputs:
- A preliminary data analysis that can be shared with CIVICUS and other stakeholders;
- A proposal on the structure/format of the final report to be shared and agreed with CIVICUS and partner organizations;
- A full report detailing the results of the scoping study and recommendations;
- Facilitate an interactive discussion on the findings among CIVICUS and various stakeholders (e.g. Freedom of Peaceful Assembly partners and other interested CIVICUS members and partners).
- Knowledgeable of the different international and local payment methods and related country regulations;
- Direct country-specific knowledge and/or strong connections (minimum 3 years);
- Demonstrated knowledge and working experience related to international development aid, civil society, and human rights;
- Working knowledge and/or experience of working with civil society organizations and the diaspora community;
- Strong communication skills, both spoken and written, with proven ability to present complex issues in clear terms.
How to apply
The deadline for applications is the close of business of 3 January 2022. Interested candidates are welcome to email their applications to with the subject title: Application – Mapping and Benchmarking of Payment Methods. Your application should comprise:
- A full CV or company/organization profile;
- A two-page (max.) application letter introducing him/herself/them, describing his/her/their relevant skills and experience;
- A brief proposal describing his/her/their proposed approach, work plan, and budget.
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. CIVICUS can also organize a call with interested applicants who would need more information or clarity on the scope and objectives of the consultancy.