March 16, 2017

Call for Application: Consultancy for Researchers (Short term)

Nigeria’s 36 States have been unable to fully develop their internal resources, due to constitutional barriers that curb their powers to explore natural resources (solid and liquid minerals), the appetite for easy oil rent, as well as poor visionary approaches and a literal term-based mindset to governance. Apart from Lagos State, which generates over 65% of its revenue from internally-generated taxes, other States depend on centrally collected revenues in varying degrees.

Since the sharp drop in the price of crude oil in 2014, States have persistently voiced their dire situations, seeking bailouts, with over N1tn so far allocated thus: N689.5bn disbursed as salary assistance loans and N310bn disbursed as Excess Crude Account-backed loans. There is poor accountability at State-level, matched by a glaring absence of coherent data with which to assess, monitor and project the fiscal direction and eventual viability of Nigeria’s States.

The work includes gathering and curating data related to States in Nigeria, which can be utilised for actionable intelligence, institutional improvement as well as to simultaneously enhance citizen engagement and service delivery. We aim to build an open-source web visualisation dashboard and website which compares States’ performance, identify opportunities that can be explored within the existing legal framework and also provides information on States’ key indices such as monthly expenditure commitment, the State’s’ Internally-generated revenues, and each State’s debt ranking and associated socio-economic data.
SCOPE OF WORK

The scope of the data gathering initiative/analysis will cover some of the following data sets and a narrative (approximately 1500 pages) depleting the state’s economic structure ( fiscal, development and others). The data-driven narrative should be in line with the following but not limited to:

  1. Collection of information including numbers of registered tax payers, number of markets (building) in the state, A general overview of condition and health of economy of the state and regulatory overview of the state economic structure
  2. A collection of information/interview to ascertain if the state’s civil servants are well paid, the timeliness of the payment, salary scale by levels ( when applicable) and the probable social-economic impact of the fiscal state of the state.
  3. Collection and cleaning of the fiscal related data ( 2015 & 2016*) including Revenue Numbers ( disaggregated Information), Expenditure Numbers ( Disaggregated), State of Assets and Liabilities of the State and Contingent Liabilities.
  4. Collection of relevant data on potentials within the states including ease of doing business metrics, trade, technology, manufacturing, solid minerals

SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES AND DELIVERABLES

The consultant is expected to provide the following deliverables:

  1. A detailed draft analytical report of not more than 2000 words  including an executive summary of revision and feedback
  2. A detailed finalised “CSV” data sheet   incorporating all information and data collected at the state

The consultant will work under the overall guidance of Olaniyi Olaleye and Ayomide Esther while quality assurance of the above deliverables will be provided by Atiku Samuel (Manager, Research)

This consultancy is expected to be completed within a period of 2 weeks from the signing of the contract.  The disbursement schedule for this consultancy will be as follows:

Stage                              Proportion of total payment

Signing of contract            50%

Deliverables 1-2           50%

 

SPECIFIC CRITERIA

The selected consultants must demonstrate a strong analytical background with experience in conducting similar assignments on sectoral budget analysis & economic analysis.

 

Send CV with the state of interest as the subject of mail to ayomide@budgit.co. Publications or proof of previous work could be an advantage. 

All enquiries can be directed to ayomide@budgit.co or call 08037276668.