Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is seeking to engage a national parliamentary and governance expert as a consultant. The consultant will support WFD’s work in Ethiopia, including supporting reviews on and around the Rules of Procedure and the Public Accounts (PAC) and Budget and Finance (BFC) Committees in the Ethiopian Parliament.
WFD is engaging in parliamentary strengthening activities as part of its Ethiopia Parliamentary Programme. Building on the ongoing institutional reform initiatives taking place within Ethiopia and areas identified within the House of Peoples’ Representatives’ (HPR) institutional capacity assessment, the overall objective of this initial phase of the programme is to support the HPR reform process to strengthen its legislative and oversight functions through technical expertise and knowledge sharing.
The assignment will include varied tasks, as agreed with WFD’s local consultant and London-based Senior Project Manager. Tasks will include: providing briefing and support to incoming delegations, providing technical review of documents; and ensuring that WFD’s reports and any recommendations are aligned and realistic within the Ethiopian context, taking into consideration Parliament’s structure, procedure and wider governance and institutional context. The Parliamentary and Governance Expert will work with WFD’s local consultant to ensure the analyses and reports are accurate and relevant, and properly localised. The resulting documents will be shared with the Ethiopian Parliament for their consideration and potential action.
Eligible candidates for this call are interested individuals (consultants, or individuals from think-tanks, CSOs, faculties, institutes, etc) with relevant experience in Ethiopia’s parliament and detailed understanding of Ethiopia’s institutional and legislative reforms and governance context. Comparative experience of other parliaments is desirable.
Key aspects of assignment
- Conduct preliminary desk-based research and document review of WFD reports and deliverables, where appropriate providing comments, feedback and suggestions for editing ahead of finalisation. These include documents relating to the HPR’s:
- Rules of Procedure
- Public Accounts and Budget and Finance Committees
- Post-Legislative Scrutiny
- Attend focus groups, meetings and interviews with HPR officials in Addis Ababa, likely 27-31 January 2020 (dates TBC) and subsequent training sessions on Post Legislative Scrutiny (TBC);
- Provide preliminary advice in a pre- and post-visit briefing to WFD/the Ethiopian Parliament on key findings and observations; and
4. Draft and submit detailed analysis and recommendation report to WFD to inform priority setting by 20 March 2020.
Project Timelines: Expected start date of 27 January 2020 with an anticipated 10 – 15 working days between January and 31 March 2020, with possibility of extension.
Submission of proposals:
Candidates are required to send a CV – with listed relevant experience (in English), and indication of daily rate via email to Olutobi Ayeni: email@example.com by 23:59 (GMT) on Monday 20 January 2020.