Call for Proposals: Assessing the State of Democracy, Human Rights and Good Governance in Zimbabwe

SADC Lawyers' Association
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 1 February, 2013
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

The SADC Lawyers’ Association (SADC-LA) considers elections to be the bedrock of democracy and good governance. To this end, the SADC-LA supports and advocates for the holding of elections that are not only free and fair but also reflect the wishes of the local electorate. This can only be achieved in an environment where the electoral laws and institutions are functional and accessible to the electorate, international election standards are observed, and election observation and monitoring are allowed to be conducted without hindrances to allow for an independent assessment of the electoral processes.

The SADC-LA is convinced that this is possible by building the capacity of lawyers and other civil society actors to monitor, observe and advocate for democratic elections.  It is in this regard that the SADC-LA shall undertake election monitoring, observation and advocacy activities in the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Kingdom of Swaziland, which are expected to hold elections in 2013. The outcomes of these two elections will have an important effect on the way future elections will be held in the SADC region with equally important outcomes for peace, stability and economic development in the region.

The expected project outcomes are:

  • An increased understanding and demand for State compliance with the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections within the SADC region by lawyers and civil society;
  • An increased understanding of the electoral laws and institutions of Zimbabwe and the Kingdom of Swaziland by lawyers and civil society;
  • Enhanced capacity of the SADC-LA, its members and stakeholders to monitor and observe elections and produce reports, which inform on the observation and monitoring processes and make practical recommendations for strengthening democratic processes in the respective countries; and
  • Improved collaboration between SADC-LA and electoral institutions in Zimbabwe and Swaziland and in the SADC region as a whole.

The Consultancy

The Country Assessment of the Republic of Zimbabwe shall form the base-line from which the rest of the project, as it pertains to Zimbabwe, will be built upon and therefore, the document must be accurate, practical and of the highest quality.

The Consultant will be an expert (with a minimum of five years of progressive working experience) in law, or human rights and good governance, or development with a practical and theoretical understanding of the socio-economic, political, legal and electoral frameworks within Zimbabwe.

Building from their experience and practical and theoretical understanding of the socio-economic, political, legal and electoral frameworks within the country, the Consultant will be expected to conduct a desk study to include the following:

  • A study on the country’s electoral and political history;
  • Analysis of the country’s electoral laws and processes viz. regional and international best standards and practices;
  • Assessing the independence and efficiency of the Independent Electoral Commissions in the two countries and provide recommendations for their strengthening; and
  • A study on the independence and efficacy of the judiciary in determining election petitions.

Preference will be given to persons with in-country experience.

  • Desk study and first draft report in English within eight days of starting the assignment;
  • 2nd draft report in English with footnotes and/or bibliography within 12 days of starting the assignment;
  • Final draft in English within 15 days of starting the assignment; and
  • In-country report de-briefing in English within eight weeks of submitting the final report.    

Application Procedure
Interested persons must submit the following:

  • A covering letter expressing interest in undertaking the assignment, including a detailed description of the applicant’s understanding of the assignment;
  • Current CV;
  • A recent and/or relevant writing sample in English; and
  • A financial proposal in South African Rands.

Applications should be addressed to:

Programmes Director
SADC Lawyers Association
304 Brooks Street
Menlo Park
Pretoria, 0102
South Africa

Alternatively, you can e-mail applications to with a copy to no later than 1 February, 2013 at 16h00 South African time.

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