Freedom House: Call for Expressions of Interest - Six Technical Consultants For a social Inclusion Audit

Freedom House
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 15 November, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Location: Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi and Zambia, South Africa or SADC Region

Freedom House seeks suitably qualified experts to develop context - appropriate Social Inclusion Audit Toolkits  to effectively mainstream gender, disability and youth issues within political party structures in Botswana, Lesotho, eSwatini, Malawi and Zambia


In partnership with Democracy Works Foundation (DWF), Freedom House seeks consultants to contribute expertise to develop a social inclusion strategy for a political parties strengthening program, by conducting a comprehensive Social Inclusion Audit (SIA) with political parties in Botswana, Lesotho, eSwatini, Malawi and Zambia. Freedom House (FH) is a non-governmental human rights organization headquartered in Washington DC, with a Regional Office for Southern Africa in Johannesburg. FH works to defend human rights and promote democratic change, with a focus on political rights and civil liberties.

Democracy Works Foundation (DWF) is a regional non-profit, non-partisan organization that is committed to empowering citizens with the tools to make democracy work, by implementing innovative interventions to foster inclusive development. DWF and FH (the DWF Consortium members) are implementing a four year USAID supported political party strengthening program - the Southern African Political Parties Program (SAPP&D) Program, which is designed to strengthen the democratic structures and institutions of political parties in the five focus countries. SAPP&D seeks to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues to better respond to, reflect and represent the needs of the citizenry, particularly in the areas of water and energy resources management.  
The Social Inclusion Audit

One of the key objectives of the SAPP&D Program is to inculcate a political culture and behaviour within society at large and within political parties that support meaningful participation of women, youth and marginalized individuals in identifying policy and leadership structures. The Program’s social inclusion strategy assists political parties formulate organizational policy that promotes an inclusive working culture, and encourages the participation of women, youth and marginalised or vulnerable individuals, particularly Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in policy-making and policy implementation processes. The consultants will develop toolkits for each of the five focus countries to support political parties to mainstream gender, disability and youth inclusion in developing organizational strategy, budgeting, programming and various internal policy making processes.
Objectives of the Call

The Social Inclusion Consultants will assist the DWF Consortium members to; i. Conduct social inclusion audits of political parties’ procedures, policies and processes in one of the five countries of; Botswana, Lesotho, eSwatini, Malawi and Zambia ii. Work with political parties to develop indicators to monitor inclusion of women, youth and marginalized groups according to relevant policies; and iii. Develop workshops for women, youth and PWDs for political parties to strengthen the ability of these groups to lead in party structures and participate in party formulation, as well as to advocate for greater inclusivity within their political parties.
Expressions of interests from suitably qualified candidates to provide consultancy services to develop the social inclusion audit tools, reports and related materials for political parties are hereby invited. The country level social inclusion experts will be coordinated by a regional social inclusion expert who will provide training and tools for local experts to use to capture data from political parties.
Consultants’ Profiles

  • Essential attributes
    • A Bachelor’s Degree in gender or development studies, political or social science, international development/ law.  
    • At least five years' experience working in a relevant field internationally, preferably with organizations based in the Southern Africa or as a gender and social inclusion specialist.
    • Demonstrable ability to conduct credible research and author relevant reports on gender and social inclusion and political participation of vulnerable groups.
    • Ability to design research frameworks and design tools for interviews and focus groups.
    • Ability to conduct desk based literature reviews, data collection and analysis.
    • Experience working with principal tools and techniques for promoting social inclusion and diversity.
    • Good understanding of the political systems of any one of these countries: Botswana, Lesotho, eSwatini, Malawi and Zambia.
    • Strong research and writing experience and good communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Work experience with political parties or Parliamentary policy makers, preferably in Southern Africa.
    • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of other African languages is an advantage.
    • Experience in capacity building, including designing and facilitating trainings for political parties.
    • Ability to review detailed documents and provide actionable feedback.
  •  Desirable
    • A Master’s Degree and at least three years’ experience of working for governmental, non-governmental or parliamentary organizations in any of the following areas: gender, PWDs, youth, good governance, legal reform and human rights.
    • Familiarity with SADC initiatives in addressing political participation of women, youth and PWDs.
    • Willingness to support the Program on monitoring and learning efforts relating to social inclusion activities.
    • Experience working with civil society or political parties on energy and water management policy development.
    • Expertise in political party reform or knowledge of working with Parliament in any of the focus countries.
    • Experience working in water and or energy projects in some of the five countries of focus.
    • Strong work ethic, ability to meet deadlines and project management experience.


  • Consultants will be paid a daily rate, negotiable within Freedom House accepted consultancy rates. All other costs required for the successful completion of the consultancy, such as material and travel expenses are to be identified in consultation with and provided by Freedom House.


  • These Terms of Reference describe the general scope of the project and its basic requirements. Interested candidates with adequate experience are encouraged to contact us directly for specific and full details of the consultancy, including the expected outputs.

Assignment Timeframe

  • The proposed timeframe will be discussed between Freedom House and the shortlisted candidates.

Application Guidelines

Skilled candidates must submit an application to by 15 November 2019 consisting of:

  • A Curriculum Vitae of a maximum length of six pages detailing relevant experience for the services required.
  • A Motivation Letter explaining how your qualifications/experience make you an ideal candidate for the consultancy.
  • Desired daily rate for consulting, an estimated number of days to carry out the work and a projected total budget in US$ to carry out key activities. Consulting rates must be justified in the proposal by reference to previous work, including examples to previous work delivered. Candidates may also attach recent relevant writing samples.
  • Full contact details of at least two references in respect of work conducted in the last eighteen months.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applications will be evaluated on their responsiveness to the scope of work, relevant and demonstrated experience and cost-effectiveness. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Freedom House will accept proposals from individuals and not-for-profit companies only.
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