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IN-COUNTRY RESEARCHERS:

SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL STUDY ON POLITICAL PARTIES AND PARTY SYSTEMS

Location: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia, Eswatini, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Background

Democracy Works Foundation (DWF) is a regional non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to build and promote resilient, inclusive, equitable and sustainable consensus democracies in Southern Africa through providing tools, platforms and content to strengthen democrats, democratic culture, democracy institutions and promoting inclusive development.

DWF will be undertaking a research under the theme: ‘Southern Africa Regional study on political parties and party systems’ which is funded by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA). The study seeks to understand political parties and party systems in Southern Africa. The research will be carried out in nine (9) Southern African countries which include Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia, Eswatini, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

DWF seeks to appoint In-country Researchers who will lead all research activities and processes on the ground.  Each Researcher shall be based in one of the above listed countries.

Application procedure

Interested candidates who meet the criteria are invited to submit their applications to recruitment@democracyworksfoundation.org by 15 September 2020 at 16h30 with the subject line “Researcher: xx country”.

The application should include the following:

  1. 3-page CV with a list of relevant previously undertaken assignments and contactable references
  2. 1-page cover letter detailing how you meet the requirements.
  3. A recent sample of a research report or relevant written material completed in the past

Democracy Works seeks to ensure that all qualified people have an equal opportunity to obtain a position.  DWF will consider all applications submitted prior the advertised close date.  Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for interviews.  If you have not heard from us within two (2) weeks after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

SCOPE OF WORK AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The study seeks to establish a baseline on the state of political parties and party systems both at regional and country specific levels. The In-country Researchers will assist with research design and planning and will primarily be responsible for all research operations on the ground from communication with respondents, data collection, validation to report writing. Based in countries, the In-country Researcher will be the focal project person on the ground working under the direct supervision of the Principal Researcher with support from the Reference Group. In-country Researchers will also receive support from DWF country teams in countries where the organisation is present.

The specific responsibilities of the In-country Researchers will include:

  • Assisting in the development of a research protocol detailing the study design, methodology and research plan
  • Participating in the development of interview schedules; communicating with respondents to introduce and explain study objectives and arranging for interviews
  • Carrying out data collection according to the study protocol and in adherence to principles of ethical research
  • Reviewing research data to ensure completeness and accuracy of information and following up with respondents to clarify collected data
  • Maintaining accurate records of interviews and safeguarding the confidentiality and privacy of research data
  • Providing periodic updates and briefings to the Principal Researcher and the Reference Group in line with reporting procedures
  • Participating in data analysis, writing of a country specific research report and coordinating validation of this with relevant stakeholders

Contributing to the drafting, validation, and finalisation of the draft strategy paper based on the research findings

OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES

  • Input into the research protocol and data collection tools
  • Participating in an orientation workshop on data collection tools
  • Country specific desk research and field work
  • Research data sets
  • Draft country report
  • Input into synthesis report
  • Input into strategy paper based on findings
  • Participating in a validation workshop
  • Participating in a reflection and learning session

TERMS OF THE CONSULTANCY

The research will be undertaken in the period between September 2020 and April 2021. Actual billable level of effort to be determined based on the Technical and Financial application but should not exceed USD2250 cumulatively per country and will have to take into account the following: preparation, data collection, data analysis, validation, reporting and close out activities. All research work and related activities must be completed within the stated timeframe according to a workplan to be finalised at contracting stage. The In-country Researchers will work under the direct supervision of the Principal Researcher with oversight from the Chief of Party supported by the Reference Group.

REQUIREMENTS

  • A Master’s degree in Political Sciences, Social Sciences, International Relations, Law, Research, or any other related field.
  • More than 7 years of experience of conducting or leading research particularly on areas related to politics, political party systems, or governance
  • Substantive and traceable prior experience in conducting field research and managing field work and data collection
  • Extensive knowledge of the political landscape and party systems in respective country applied for and in Southern Africa
  • Publication record on similar topics or related fields of study will be an added advantage
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and with tight deadlines.
  • Good facilitation, coordination, and communication skills
  • Strong data analysis skills and ability to produce high-quality reports

Proficiency in spoken and written English and as well as the official language in the country applied for (should English not be the official language)

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1. Call for Expression of Interest

Study to evaluate the Eswatini 2018 elections – Consultancy

Background

Democracy Works Foundation (DWF), in partnership with Freedom House Southern Africa is implementing a regional four-year (2017-2021) programme that covers Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, eSwatini, and Zambia. As part of the regional programme, in Eswatini, the consortium will implement an initiative called “Inclusive Policy Development and Dialogue Programme (IPDDP)” which will focus on electoral reforms. The goal of the IPDDP initiative is to improve the legal framework for elections, strengthen the capacity of the Election Boundaries Commission (EBC) in the management of elections and increase the political participation of women, youth and people living with disabilities ahead of the next national elections in 2023. In order to ensure implementation of an evidence-based programme that responds to real needs and gaps, the programme plans to carry out a study to evaluate the 2018 national elections and this will include a capacity assessment for the EBC. The study aims to examine the legal and operational frameworks for elections in Eswatini, assess the conduct of the 2018 national elections, identify good practices, challenges, gaps, and lessons. The findings of the study will inform the development of a national action plan for improving electoral laws and policies, election administration and management, reducing barriers to women and youth candidates and increasing greater accountability and transparency in elections.

DWF seeks to engage a regional and a local consultant to conduct a study to evaluate the 2018 national elections in Eswatini in the framework outlined below.

Application procedure

Interested candidates who meet the criteria are invited to submit their applications to recruitment@democracyworksfoundation.org  by Tuesday, 15 September 2020 at 17:00 with the subject line “Study for evaluating the Eswatini 2018 elections”.

The application should contain the following:

  • A technical proposal with a brief description of why the individual is suitable for the assignment, approach for the task, proposed methodology, and focus areas or questions to guide the assessment.
  • A 3-page CV, indicating educational background/professional qualifications, previous experience and contact details (email and telephone number) for 3 references.
  • Financial proposal or budget that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs.
  • Clearly indicate as to whether you are expressing your interest as a national or regional expert (Please note that both the regional and national experts will work as one team, with the regional expert taking up the team leadership role).

Preferred candidates for the local consultancy must be citizens of Eswatini or have permanent residency.  Candidates for the regional consultancy must be a citizen of any country in Southern Africa. Must be in possession of a driver’s license valid for Southern Africa, and preferably own vehicle.

Democracy Works seeks to ensure that all qualified people have an equal opportunity to obtain a position.  DWF will consider all applications submitted prior to the advertised close date.  Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for interviews.  If you have not heard from us within two (2) weeks after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Scope of Work:

The study will analyze the legal and operational frameworks for elections and how the 2018 elections were managed. Further, the study will analyze the Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s composition and assess its capacity with the view of identifying potential improvements and training opportunities for Commissioners and staff.  The proposed scope of work will thus include a desk review of electoral laws and policies, desk review of the EBC 2018 elections report, election results data, reports of observer missions and independent observers, consultations with election officials, election stakeholders, candidates, Members of Parliament and voters as well as an institutional/organizational assessment of the EBC.

Specific Tasks:

The consultants will carry out the following specific tasks:

  • Analyze the electoral legislative and regulatory framework, particularly related to procedures for handling election law violations, grievances, and appeals
  • Analyze the operational framework and election administration during nominations, primary elections, campaigning, and secondary elections
  • Evaluate the 2018 election results data (and 2013 reports for more insight), reports from independent observers, and information gathered from elections officials, candidates, and voters.
  • Identify and analyse best practices during the conduct of the 2018 national elections
  • Identify challenges in the preparation and delivery of the 2018 national elections
  • Analyze the Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s composition and capacity and identify potential improvements and training opportunities for commissioners and staff.
  • Assess the relationship between the EBC and key election stakeholders
  • Benchmark against ratified international conventions (like the UNDHR, ICCPR, ICESCR, ACHPR, CEDAW, SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections etc.) the operational capacity of EBC and management of the 2018 national elections and isolate lessons.
  • Make recommendations for efficient and effective election management in accordance with the existing Eswatini constitutional framework, as well as other areas in need of improvement based on the findings of this study

Deliverables and Timelines:

The consultancy will be undertaken between August 2020 and September 2020 with a total of 20 billable days for each of the consultants (regional and local). The regional and local consultant will work in collaboration to undertake this study.

The consultants are expected to meet the following deliverables:

  • Inception report within 3 days of signing the contract detailing the methodology, work plan and data collection tools to be used. This will be presented during an inception meeting
  • A draft report for review and validation
  • Facilitating a validation exercise
  • Final report incorporating comments and input including a summary of the same
  • Copies of study materials (data sets, photos, filled data collection tools)
  • Summary of the study

Qualifications / Experience:

The consultant should possess the following requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Political Science, Law, International Relations, Social Sciences, Public Administration or any other related field. A PhD will be an added advantage
  • A minimum of 8 years of traceable experience in conducting research and evaluative studies
  • Sound knowledge and experience with a track record in conducting election-related studies and research or similar studies will be preferred
  • Have a good understanding of politics and election administration/management in Eswatini or Southern Africa region
  • Strong analytical background and ability to write high-quality standard reports.
  • Excellent verbal and written in English and SiSwati for the local consultant; and excellent English for the regional consultant.

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