Call for Consultants, Public Sector Reform Research


Call for Consultants, Public Sector Reform Research


The Learning, Evidencing and Advocacy Partnership (LEAP) pillar of the DFID Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) program is inviting qualified consultants to apply for consultancy assignments in public sector reform research.

LEAP seeks to:

  • Generate evidence on how PERL is contributing to governance reform and the improved delivery of public goods and services required for poverty reduction and growth.
  • Strengthen the evidence base on how Nigeria can bring about governance reform, and
  • Inform broader public debates, policymakers and policy communities concerned with public sector reform.


This call is open to consultants with relevant qualifications who are interested in conducting research on public sector reforms in the following thematic areas;

Efficiency in government: core systems and services (public finance management, human resource management, procurement, web-based operations, use of information technology), with a view to increasing government’s efficiency.

Organisation: structure and size of government; complementarities and boundaries between state, private and civil society delivery; between ministries and departments and quasi-governmental organisations; between federal and state and local government; organisation and coordination; centralisation and decentralisation, devolution and delegation

Open government: increasing transparency and accountability.

Capability and new business models:

  • Core skills for civil servants; policy (problem) management, including use of evidence, and economic analysis; change management, including issues based approaches; performance management, approaches for working with the private sector and civil society; redefining the role of government in public goods and services delivery (in areas such as health, education, agriculture, investment climate, etc.).


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Senior-level Consultants: Senior consultants, must be internationally rated, i.e. have worked internationally and/or on internationally-funded projects, must have led teams or else been self-managed with a distinct product such as sole or lead authorship of reports or publications, must at least have a relevant master’s degree or higher qualification with 15 to 25 years of relevant work experience.

Mid-level Consultants: should at least possess a postgraduate degree with 6 to 15 years of relevant work experience. In addition, they should have a strong record of written outputs,

Junior-level Consultants: should at least have a postgraduate degree with 3 to 5 years of experience in a high-pressure environment with tight deadlines. Must be a self-starter with excellent research skills; written and oral communication skills.


Applicants should apply on-line by sending their updated CV/resume and a cover letter to

Candidates should submit along with this application two writing samples of previous work (If co-authored, must show own distinct contribution)

Candidates are requested to mention their interested area of expertise (refer to thematic areas listed above) in subject line of their application.