The Learning, Evidencing and Advocacy Partnership (LEAP) pillar of DFID’s Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) program is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:Job Title: ConsultantLocation: NigeriaDescriptionWe require Consultants for consultancy assignments in public sector reform researchBackgroundPartnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) is a five-year Public-Sector Reform (PSR) programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).PERL’s focus is to improve how governments make and implement policies for public goods and services to the citizenry how citizens engage with this process and to improve the accountability mechanisms in place to do this.The PERL programme is being delivered through three ‘pillars’ which plan and act together to support sustainable service delivery reforms:Pillar 1. Accountable, Responsive & Capable Government (ARC);Pillar 2. Engaged Citizens (ECP); andPillar 3. Learning, Evidencing and Advocacy Partnership (LEAP).The programme works at the Federal level, in the focal states of Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa, and through regional learning and reform hubs in the South West, South East and North-East areas of Nigeria.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, andInform broader public debates, policymakers and policy communities concerned with public sector reform.Duties and ResponsibilitiesThis 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.Open government: increasing transparency and accountability.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 delegationCapability 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.).