Parliamentary Support Expert – Freetown, Sierra Leone

Based in Freetown, Sierra Leone
The expected overall workload is at least 600 working days over 36 months (2018-2022)
Competitive remuneration available to be agreed at the offer stage

The Foundation
Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is an independent foundation sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom specialising in parliamentary strengthening and political party development.  It does this primarily by supporting the development of parliaments, political party structures and civil society organisations.

Established in 1992, WFD has supported transitions to democracy in central and Eastern Europe, strengthened multi-party democracies in Africa, and extended its work to Asia and Middle East and North Africa.  In 2017, the organization celebrates its 25th anniversary – a year in which it’s set to greatly increase its role and impact as a world leader in supporting the development of democracy.  For more information, please visit www.wfd.org

The Project
WFD is pursuing funding for the project Technical Assistance in Support to Civil Service Reform, Parliament and the electoral Cycle in Sierra Leone. The purpose of the programme is to support the beneficiary country, Sierra Leone, with technical assistance to deliver on the following specific objectives of the 11th EDF Action Document “Support to the governance sector in Sierra Leone”:
• Support to the electoral cycle: Consolidation of electoral and democratic reforms allowing for improved political dialogue, following elections foreseen for 2018.
• Parliamentary Support: Enhanced legislative process, institutional relevance and effectiveness of Parliament.
• Civil Service Reform: Civil Service institutional capacity is improved, human and financial resources of the civil service and are improved and public service delivery enhanced.

Through this programme, WFD would aim to enhance Parliament’s role and performance in the legislative process and operationalise  selected priorities of the Parliament’s Strategic Plan. The parliamentary component will provide day-to-day support to the Parliament’s administration and engage with relevant internal stakeholders in identifying and implementing selected strategic priorities.

Main Purpose of the Role
WFD is looking for a Parliamentary Support Expert, to serve as a Key Expert in the proposal and on the Programme if the bid is successful. The Parliamentary Support Expert will be embedded in Parliament, cooperating with the structures of existing implementing organisations.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualifications
• At least a Master degree or other post graduate degree in Law, Public Administration, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field or as an equivalent first university degree and 3 years more than the minimum years of general experience defined below
• Fluency in both written and spoken English
• Excellent communication and negotiation skills, diplomacy
• Excellent knowledge transfer skills (for capacity building activities).
• Ability to liaise and consult with experts on cross-sectoral work, such as infrastructure and ICT

And the following experience
General Professional Experience
• At least 8 years of relevant professional experience related to democratic governance in developing countries. Experience in Anglophone developing countries is an asset.
• Proven experience in capacity building in state institutions

Specific Professional Experience
• At least 5 years experience in planning, delivering, management and implementation of parliamentary support projects
• Proven experience in capacity building for parliaments in relation parliamentary administration, legislative processes, trainings to MPs, use of ICT.
• Good familiarity with gender issues related to parliamentary affairs.

The purpose of this call is to source potential experts to support WFD’s proposal for a project in Sierra Leone. The offer of any work to the successful candidate(s) will be subject to the proposal outcome. Therefore, at this stage it is an expression of interest and further details of the role will be provided at later stages, if the funding is acquired.

This role is suitable for international candidates. And since this is a locally based field role the successful candidate must be willing to relocate.

Expression of interest
If you are interested, please get in touch with Julia Teixeira (julia.teixeira@wfd.org) providing your CV (preferably in EU format).  Please quote: “SL/Legislative Expert/Long term” in the Subject line of your email. Deadline for the expression of interest is 28 November 2017. Candidates who make it past the first review will be requested to share evidence of their academic record and professional experience, per EU requirements.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.