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Call for Consultancy: Research into impact of Covid-19 on corruption in mining license approval processes



Corruption Watch (CW) is a non-profit organisation launched in January 2012. The organisation uses the reports of corruption from the public as an important source of information to fight corruption and hold leaders accountable for their actions. CW exposes corruption through communications platforms and mobilises the public to take a stand against corruption and the abuse of public funds. An important area of CW’s work is in the extractives sector with a focus on examining the risks and vulnerabilities in mining licensing processes – when mining licenses, contracts and permits are awarded – which give rise to corruption.

CW as a Transparency International (TI) chapter is part of TI’s Accountable Mining programme, which aims to strengthen transparency and accountability in the first stage of mining operations across various mineral rich jurisdictions, and to positively influence best practices in the mining sector.

Through this programme, CW has produced a research report on the risks and vulnerabilities in the South African mining application process using the Mining Awards Corruption Risk Assessment tool (MACRA).

CW is keen to take a deep dive into the identified risks and vulnerabilities by assessing the impacts of Covid-19 on mining approval processes. Therefore, CW is seeking a consultant to design, research, and deliver a research report analysing the current and future impacts of Covid-19 on the South African mining approvals process.

The project focuses specifically on corruption risks at the approvals stage of the mining value chain, as well as issues of corruption affecting compliance with conditions imposed or guarantees given at the approvals stage throughout the project lifecycle. CW engages with a wide range of actors to create an enabling environment for change, and to positively influence improvements in government and business practices in the mining sector.

Therefore, this research will enhance CW’s contribution to mining for sustainable economic and human development through a focus on greater transparency and accountability in awarding mining-related permits, licences and contracts. We want to understand the impact of Covid-19, and associated regulatory responses and business practices on the mining approval process across the country and to understand emerging trends or issues.

Specific Terms of Reference

The specific terms of reference of the consultancy are to research, interrogate, review and analyse:

  • the impact of Covid-19 on the mining approvals process, both in terms of the legal framework and its implementation, as well as likely future trends;
  • the corruption risks emerging in mining approvals and their consequences – now due to Covid-19, and in the post-Covid recovery phase and likely future trends. The focus should be on both the approvals stage and on compliance with conditions imposed or guarantees given through the mine lifecycle;
  • the governance processes placed to respond to the corruption risks and related challenges that Covid-19 is posing to mining approvals processes;
  • the political and legislative response to Covid-19 and associated economic recovery affecting the corruption risks and related challenges to mining approvals;
  • comparative analysis on corruption risks and vulnerabilities in other mineral rich jurisdictions arising from the Covid-19 crisis; and
  • implementation of community consultation or engagement during the Covid-19 pandemic both locally and internationally.
Key Deliverables
  • Produce a comprehensive research report that will explore current impact of Covid-19 on corruption in the process and awarding of mineral rights, contracts and permits; identify future or emerging trends that give rise to new risks and vulnerabilities or mitigate existing corruption risks; and include case studies and a comparative analysis of mineral-rich jurisdictions.
  • Produce a high-level presentation to policy-makers that proposes policy and legal recommendations to guide good governance and management of mineral approval processes in the time of crisis and future black swan events.
  • Produce a briefing note of no more than five pages, specific to the opportunities and risks that arise in community consultation and/engagement during the crisis.
Availability and Timeline:

The consultant will start work by 1 March 2021 and will have completed the consultancy by 1 June 2021. No travel is expected as part of this consultancy. The consultant will complete this assignment from their primary place of work.

Selection Criteria

The consultant must have:

  • a graduate degree in Law, Political Science, Economics and/ or any other relevant similar disciplines. Postgraduate tertiary qualification advantageous;
  • at least eight years’ experience in national work in the following fields; mineral resource governance, civil society, fiscal transparency, Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) principles, anti-corruption and good governance, human rights and constitutional democracy, body of work in mine-affected communities and any other related field;
  • understanding of corruption risks and challenges, transparency, good governance, and accountability in the extractives sector;
  • proven research background including highly developed analytical skills, with a track record of undertaking both primary and secondary research including through remote interviews;
  • demonstrated written skills;
  • attention to detail;
  • ability to meet deadlines;
  • responsiveness to inquiries and excellent communication skills;
  • independence from government and extractive companies.
CLOSING DATE: 5 February 2021

If you are interested in applying, please send your expression of interest to: admin@corruptionwatch.org.za with the subject line “Covid-19 Impact on Mining Consultancy”. State clearly your qualifications, interest in the research, methodology to be used, and cost of the consultancy.


Legal interns and externs – please note that the positions below are being offered on a rolling basis, meaning that while there is no closing date, we will select from the applications as and when required.


As part of CW’s mandate, we are committed to strengthening the criminal justice system, including efforts to address financial crime; the refinement of our planning and procurement systems; and supporting and strengthening the ability of private and public bodies to better detect and address corruption in their spheres of operation.

CW is looking for interns to work in our offices in Johannesburg, South Africa. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but applicants are encouraged to get their application in as soon as possible, indicating dates of availability. Interns will work at CW ’s offices under the supervision of one of our legal and investigations unit members.

Responsibilities may include legal research and writing, including international and comparative law research; factual research on specific legal cases and fact-checking legal filings; assisting in ongoing investigations into reports of corruption; and assisting staff in organising conferences and seminars.

Please note that the position is unpaid.


  • Interest in human rights issues;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Excellent research skills including online sources;
  • Well-organised, self-motivated and reliable.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a detailed CV and an unedited writing sample to admin@corruptionwatch.org.za, with the subject line “Legal Internship”.


CW is looking for externs – full time students who can dedicate approximately 10 hours per week to research and general assistance to CW. Externs will generally work from home, with occasional meetings with the CW legal and investigations unit. This work may include legal research and writing, including international and comparative law research; and factual research on specific legal cases.

Externships are designed to give students practical experience of working in litigation, without the time and financial difficulties full-time internships create. Working with CW ’s legal and investigations unit provides students with exposure to litigation at domestic courts as well as to regional and international human rights mechanisms, and will help broaden your understanding of the strategies lawyers involved in such cases adopt. However, our externships require dedication and hard work, and we expect high standards of work from our externs.

Preferred applicants:

  • All law students who already have an undergraduate degree;
  • Interest in corruption, political and human rights issues;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Excellent research skills including online sources;
  • Well-organised, self-motivated and reliable.

Interested applicants should send a one-page letter of interest, a detailed CV, an unedited writing sample and a two-page answer to the research question to admin@corruptionwatch.org.za, with the subject line “Legal Externship”.

Research question: In your opinion how does corruption impact on human rights and how can the law be used to mitigate and/or combat these impacts?

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