Vacancies & Calls


 Regional Level Political Economy Analysis of Energy and Water Resources Management

in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Eswatini and Zambia

  1. Background

Democracy Works Foundation (DWF) is implementing a five-year (2017-2022), USAID funded Southern Africa Political Parties and Dialogue (SAPP&D) Programme. The programme seeks to strengthen the democratic structures and institutions of political parties in Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Lesotho and Zambia as well as facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue in Eswatini to better respond to, reflect and represent the needs of the citizenry, particularly in the areas of water and energy resources management.

Specifically, the programme aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To strengthen participatory policy and platform development that accurately reflects citizen-identified needs to explicitly include access to clean water and energy and management of these resources;
  2. To develop sustainable approaches to building the capacity of internal party structures and institutions that emphasize democracy, transparency, accountability and inclusiveness;
  3. To enhance a democratic political culture within parties that supports meaningful participation of women, youth and marginalized individuals in policy-making and policy implementation processes;
  4. To establish a regional network of political parties to share and support best practices, lessons learned and knowledge on strengthening democratic party structures.

As part of the inception phase of the programme, DWF undertook Political Economy Analyses/ Situational Analysis of energy and water resources management as baseline studies in five of the programme countries namely Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Eswatini and Zambia. The focus was on understanding the water and energy situation, analysing the management of energy and water resources; desired future state and how to get to that state, and roles of political parties and other relevant actors (in the case of Eswatini) in energy and water resources management.

Pursuant to its objective of facilitating regional level learning and sharing of experiences, the programme seeks to engage a Political Economy expert to conduct a regional level Political Economy Analysis (PEA) of the governance and management of energy and water resources in the targeted programme countries. The regional level PEA will partly be informed by and build on the country specific PEAs that were conducted at the inception phase of the programme.

The regional PEA will inform the programme’s regional learning event on energy and water as well as serve as a resource material for capacity building interventions both at regional and country levels.

DWF seeks to appoint a Consultant to conduct a political economy analysis of energy and water resources management.


The regional level PEA will largely be a desk research, complemented by telephonic/online interviews where necessary. Apart from the consultant’s own research, the programme will provide other relevant documents including reports from country level studies that the programme has previously conducted.

The consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Unpack the various governance regulatory frameworks that impact on the provision of energy and water resources and management of these resources, at regional level and country level
  • Examine how political actors, particularly political parties engage in the areas of water and energy and what impedes their engagement. This will partly be informed by PEA and other relevant reports.
  • Understand and identify comparative best practices and lessons, with regard to the various governance and regulatory frameworks in the region. This will require examination of how the resources are governed in a particular country and if there are countries doing better than others from a policy regulatory point of view
  • Identify and analyse the incentive frameworks that exist or can be facilitated with respect to engagement of political actors, particularly in the areas of energy and water at a regional level


  • Inception report
  • A detailed draft regional level PEA report that will be presented to the programme’s reference group on this study
  • A final report with an executive summary
  • Present the final report at a virtual regional learning event organised by the programme


The assignment is expected to be undertaken within the month of July until mid-August 2021 at the very latest.


  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant field

The consultant should possess the following requirements:

  • Strong and traceable experience in conducting PEA particularly in the areas of water/ energy resource management in Southern Africa.
  • Knowledge about politics and political parties in Southern Africa in general.
  • Proficiency in written and oral English.

Experience in the NGO sector around governance and democracy.

  1. Application procedure

Interested candidates who meet the criteria are invited to submit their applications (either as a team or individually) to on or before 17h00 on 31 July 2021 with the subject line “Regional PEA on water and energy”.

The application should contain the following:

  1. A technical proposal with a brief description of why the individual(s) is suitable for the assignment, approach for the task and proposed methodology
  2. A 3-page CV, indicating educational background/professional qualifications, previous experience and contact details (email and telephone number) for 3 references and clearly specifying who the team leader is
  • Financial proposal or budget that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs.

DWF will consider all applications submitted prior the advertised close date.  If you have not heard from us within two (2) weeks after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.