Freedom House (FH) is a nongovernmental human rights organisation based in Washington DC, with a regional office for Southern Africa based in Johannesburg. Freedom House works to defend human rights and promote democratic change, with a focus on political rights and civil liberties. We act as a catalyst for freedom through a combination of analysis, advocacy and action.
Freedom House is co-implementing a project aimed at deepening democratic values and practices of political parties to operate in an inclusive, professional, transparent and peaceful manner. Political parties will be supported to develop participatory policies on sustainable water and clean energy management. The project will contribute to strengthened democratic structures and institutions of political parties in Botswana, Lesotho Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia so as to realise improved capacity to be responsive to their constituents’ imperatives for efficient natural resources management.
The project will use evidence based knowledge to instill a political culture that supports the meaningful participation of women, the youth and persons living with disabilities within political party and leadership structures. This approach will contribute to the progressive realisation of political, economic, social and cultural rights of constituent members of parties and guarantee effective political participation of marginalised groups at a policy making level within political parties. It is the project’s objective to enhance the political parties’ competitiveness in local and national elections by supporting them to use information communication technology optimally and to participate constructively in government. The project will involve interaction with parliamentarians, political parties and civil society to ensure that public representatives play an informed and active role in promoting robust debate and dialogue around sustainable natural resource management in SADC.
Freedom House thus invites Expressions of Interests from suitably qualified candidates to provide consultancy services to develop an engagement approach for political parties that ensure that they respond to the needs of their constituents, in preparation for elections and for the period subsequent thereto.
The Regional Curriculum Developer will design a curriculum suitable for political parties, based on established needs, identify proper messaging techniques for political parties’ policy outreaches, to ensure that they are more responsive to their constituents’ expressed needs, isolate strategic entry point issues for engaging with political parties and identify areas for political party development and recommend practical techniques for political party development programs.
The consultant will contribute his or her expertise to a series of planned training activities and will develop learning material for face-to-face and virtual trainings platforms such as online courses, webinars, and podcasts to share knowledge on best political party practices with targeted trainees. The curriculum content developed will be utilised at the Training of Trainer (ToTs) and Workshop forums to encourage political party leaders to better respond to concerns of their membership on water and energy policies and practices. The curriculum developed will also cover broad issues of; election preparation and accountability; internal operational and structural development; inter- party collaboration, political parties in parliament; and the legal frameworks for party and electoral operations.
The successful candidate will be expected to perform detailed functions, including the following:
- Liaise with the consultant conducting a baseline assessment to identify issues that political parties need capacity building support with, prior to developing the curriculum;
- Research, write and present a proposed curriculum and module for each aspect of the trainings to be conducted, having assessed the level and nature of political participation of select political parties in program countries;
- Maintain regular communication with Freedom House contact persons and its associates, keeping them regularly updated on developments related to the curriculum development process.
Desired consultant’s profile
The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:
- Demonstrated expertise in curriculum development;
- Hold a university degree in political science, social sciences or a related field. A Master’s degree will be considered an advantage;
- Minimum of four years’ experience working with governmental, international, non-governmental or parliamentary organisation(s) in one or more of the following areas: public administration reform, public outreach and advocacy campaigns, good governance; media and communications; legal reform and human rights education;
- Expertise on political party strengthening and knowledge of working with the national assembly in any or all countries concerned will be considered an advantage;
- Good understanding of the political systems in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia; Experience working with principal tools and techniques for political party development;
- Strong research and writing experience and excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
- Expertise to address the participation of women, youth, persons living with disabilities in programming;
- Experience working with civil society or political parties on energy and water policy campaigns;
- Demonstrable work experience with political parties, preferably in Southern Africa is desired;
- Fluency in written and spoken English essential. Knowledge of other SADC languages desirable;
- Ability to work independently and on his or her own initiative and is able to meet deadlines;
- Candidate is based in South Africa and is in a position to legally hold employment within the country.
These Terms of Reference describe the general scope of the project and its basic requirements. Interested candidates with adequate experience in developing curricular for online use are encouraged to contact us directly for specific and full details of the consultancy, including the expected outputs.
Methodology for the consultancy
Consultants are requested to outline a preferred methodology as part of this request for proposals, based on the background information provided. Candidates interested in applying for this consultancy may contact Freedom House for more detailed information on the scope of work.
The total number of days to be worked in the 1st phase of the consultancy is between 20-25 days. The first phase of the consultancy will run from May 2018 and is expected to conclude in September 2018.
Consultancy fees will be discussed with shortlisted candidates who have sent a detailed financial proposal.
Candidates must submit an application to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 30th April 2018 consisting of:
- A five paged CV detailing relevant experience and suitability for provision of the services required;
- A motivation letter detailing suitability for the consultancy and contact details of references;
- A proposed work breaks down structure with clearly articulated outputs and a financial proposal;
- Daily remuneration rate desired and evidence of previous day rates.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applications will be evaluated on their responsiveness to the scope of work, relevance, demonstrated experience, and cost effectiveness. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For more about Freedom House, please visit www.freedomhouse.org
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