The Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) is a public policy think tank that was established in 2012 to promote public understanding through research and education. Our role is to encourage and facilitate debate on social and economic policy issues critical to national development. PMRC’s vision is “Unlocking Zambia’s Potential” through evidence-based policy research analysis and reform proposals.

PMRC is a grant-aided institution under Gazette Notice No. 123 of 2021 within the Ministry of Finance and National Planning.

The institutions’ core analytical areas include; economic Development, Good Governance, Natural Resources & the Environment, and Social Development & Livelihoods.

Within these work areas, PMRC seeks to:

  • Promote public understanding through research and education;
  • Encourage debate on social and economic policy issues critical to national development;
  • Disseminate research-based policy reform proposals; and
  • Support the Government in recommending policies and procedures critical for national development.

To deliver its mandate PMRC works with, and leverages pragmatic information, communication, and outreach networks of various institutions. These include Government, Civil Society Organizations (CSO), Academia, International Organizations and Cooperating Partners, National Assembly, Private Sector, and the Media. This approach of collaboration has enhanced PMRC’s relevance to national development through awareness of public policy.

Organizations striving for best practices in corporate governance will have in place a Board Charter that all board members understand and formally commit to through selection, induction and annual review process. Whilst the development and documentation of a board charter is generally unique to each organization and reflects the specific nuances of the business, several core components should be included in every such document.

It is against this background that the Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) proposes to contract a legal/ corporate governance expert to develop a Board Charter that will form the basis for the operations of the PMRC Board of Governors as enshrined in the institutional constitution.


Objectives of the Assignment

The main objective of the assignment is to develop a Board Charter to set out the key values of the Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) Board of Governors. To provide a concise overview of the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Governors, power of the Board, various board committees and their roles, separation of roles between the board and management, and the policies and practices in respect of corporate governance matters.


Scope and Objectives of the Assignment

The consultant will develop a charter with the following;

  1. Terms of reference and person specification for board composition.
  2. Standard Operations Procedures/Manual (SOP) Meeting operations (No of meetings, quorum, notices, etc).
  3. Roles and responsibilities of the board and propose working committees.
  4. Code of conduct for board members.
  5. Board appraisal.
  6. Risk management.
  7. Reporting mechanisms.
  8. Legal implications and provisions.


Expected deliverables

  • Inception report.
  • Board Charter.



This assignment will be executed over 10-working days.


Consultant specifications

  • A Bachelor of Laws degree or any related field.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
  • A Legal Practicing Certificate is an added advantage.
  • At least 10 years of experience in legal practice.
  • At least seven (7) years of professional experience in the development of board charters.
  • Proven experience in the development of board documents as evidenced by at least two case studies.
  • Member of a corporate body.


Knowledge and skills

Working knowledge of Zambian laws is an added advantage.


Application procedure

Expressions of interest clearly marked “Expression of Interest for Consultancy to Provide Services for the Development of a Board Charter” must be submitted via email only to and copy

The closing date for the Expression of Interest is 22nd July 2022 at 17:00hrs Local Time. Late Expressions of interest will not be accepted.

Applications must be addressed to:

The Acting Executive Director

Policy Monitoring and Research Centre

Corner of John Mbita and Nationalist roads, Ridgeway

Private Bag, KL 10