Job Opening

Posting Title: Production of evidence by the State and control entities
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Duty Station: BRASILIA
Posting Period: 11 January 2022 - 18 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean-172275-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The results of the study should be used as subsidies for the improvement of governance structures and capacities of the Brazilian State, based on the collection and production of unpublished data about the capacity of the control bureaucracy.

Work Location


Expected duration

360 Days

Duties and Responsibilities

The project "What are the sources of information for federal public policies: utilization and non-utilization of evidence by the Brazilian federal bureaucracy" began in 2020 with the objective of contributing to the debate on what sources of information are utilized in Brazilian public policies and the level of adherence of public organizations to the paradigm of evidence-based public policy (PPBE)1. The products to be produced through this Term of Reference seek to generate subsidies for the next phases of the project in the form that we will discuss below.
Up to the moment, the findings of the project point to a plurality of sources of information utilized in the daily activities of the federal bureaucracy. Despite the growing presence of PPBE discourse in public debates, especially in the context of Covid-19, scientific sources were not among those most directly utilized by federal bureaucrats, according to the results of two surveys conducted in 2019 and 2021 within the scope of the project (Koga, Palotti, Gontyjo, Nascimento, Lins, 2020; Koga, Palotti, Gontyjo, Lins and Nascimento, 2021). The results are similar to those found in research in other countries, including those where the PPBE movement is strong and established, such as Canada and Australia (Cherney et al, 2015; Weiss, 1979).
The survey results also demonstrate that bureaucrats and federal leaders resort more intensely to sources produced by the State itself, such as regulations, technical notes, administrative records, control recommendations and legal opinions, as well as sources arising from the experience of bureaucrats and their colleagues. On the other hand, survey data referring to the level of education and training indicate a high individual analytical capacity of the federal bureaucracy, understood as an accumulated capacity to identify, produce and use knowledge about and for public policy (Koga et al., 2020; Koga et al., soon to be released).
In order to deepen analyzes on the production of sources of information by bureaucrats, the need for qualitative analyzes to understand the utilization and production of sources of information by bureaucrats was identified, taking into account their dynamics and the context of public organizations and areas of public policy where they operate. In summary, the products of this Term of Reference will contribute to answering the following research questions:
Would state-produced informational sources (such as control recommendations) be intermediaries or substitutes for scientific knowledge? Or from other sources of knowledge? What are the implications of any intermediation or replacement?
Furthermore, among bureaucrats, this consultancy seeks to analyze the context of a group with special attention, the analysts of control entities. This focus is justified by the results pointed out by the survey data regarding the frequent and increasing use of control recommendations as a source of information by federal policymakers, as well as the debate about the growing influence of control on public management (Grin, 2020) and on asymmetry of capacities between the two spheres (Medeiros, Goellner and Koga, in press).
The first phase of the project allowed the survey and organization of two original databases, which contains 1) the profile of the auditors of the Federal Comptroller General (CGU) and of the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) during the period from 2005 to 2020 and 2 ) full reports of TCU's operational audits during the last decade. At this stage of the project, we seek to analyze these bases to understand the epistemic community of control. This focus is justified by the survey results that indicate, not only the high incidence of the use of control recommendations by federal bureaucrats in general, but also demonstrate a strong association between the exercise of the analytical function and the activity of responding to control demands. In view of the analytical effort required by government agencies to attend to the control unit, the aim is to understand what types of knowledge are mobilized and recognized as valid by the aforementioned unit and how this understanding affects the production of information by public administration bureaucrats.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Master in the field of social sciences.
Experience: Minimum 2 years of research experience in the field of administration and public policy; database survey and construction
- publications in the area object of the consultancy
Language: - English - Desirable
- fluency in portuguese

Additional Information

Outputs/ Works Assignment;
Product 1. Study to define categories of analysis of Operational Audits . To be submitted 30 days after start
Product 2. Analysis of data from Operational Audits from the categories defined in step 1. To be submitted 120 days after start
Product 3. Conducting interviews with federal bureaucrats To be submitted 210 days after start
Product 4. Transcript of interviews with federal bureaucrats. To be submitted 270 days after start
Product 5. Construction of a database of interviews carried out. To be submitted 330 days after start
Product 6. Preliminary analysis of the interviews based on a pre-defined categorization by the project coordinators. To be submitted 360 days after start

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