Seeking expert to work on Ethiopian parliamentary committee enquiries

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Seeking expert to work on Ethiopian parliamentary committee enquiries

February 05th, 2021

WFD has recently began the implementation of its project in Ethiopia. Spanning two months initially, with possibility to extend until November 2021, WFD is commissioning an international expert to support the delivery of inter-related activities under its parliamentary communications work stream.

Title: Ethiopia Parliamentary Strengthening

Project location: Ethiopia

Application deadline: 9th February 2021

Language(s) required: English

Start of contract: ASAP

End of contract: 31st March

Contract value: £4,500-5,500 VAT included

Purpose 

The overall objective of this programme is to support the HPR reform process to strengthen its oversight and scrutiny functions through targeted technical expertise and facilitated learning. Working with the HPR, the programme will focus on four streams of work including stream one which will focus on support to developing a pilot inquiry process. By the end of the initial project, the aim is that:

Output 1: Key Parliamentary committee members and staff are more knowledgeable and have the ability to conduct a topical inquiry process 

Scope of work

To address output 1, WFD will deliver a virtual training of MPs on comparative inquiry processes, which will expose MPs to practices in other Parliaments. To ensure the institutionalisation of learnings, WFD will also conduct trainings of committee staff on research and briefings. Members and staff will be coached through facilitating and guided sessions. To help us achieve this output, we are seeking the services of an international expert to work remotely with the WFD and HPR’s participating committees, to do the following:

  1. Participate in  preparation meetings with WFD and key stakeholders from the HoPR to agree approach on virtual training of committee staff on research and briefing
  2. Design training agenda  and training curriculum for virtual training of committee staff on research and briefing
  3. Facilitate and/or deliver remote training sessions for virtual training of committee staff on research and briefing
  4. Produce activity report after delivering virtual training of committee staff on research and briefing
  5. Participate in  preparation meetings with WFD and key stakeholders from the HPR to agree approach on virtual training of MPs on the comparative inquiry process
  6. Design training agenda  and training curriculum for virtual training of MPs on comparative inquiry process
  7. Facilitate and/or deliver remote training sessions for virtual training of MPs on comparative inquiry process
  8. Produce activity report after delivering training of MPs on comparative inquiry process
  9. Development of technical paper on inquiry process options for New Parliament. The paper will be informed by learnings and insights gained from both the training of MPs and staff respectively.

Deliverables, timeframe and levels of output

Deliverable

Due date

Estimated Time Commitment

1.     Participate in  preparation meetings with WFD and key stakeholders from the HoPR to agree approach on virtual training of MPs on comparative inquiry process

w/c 8th February

1 day

2.     Design training agenda  and training curriculum for virtual training of MPs on comparative inquiry process

w/c 22nd February

1.5 days

3.     Facilitate and/or deliver remote training sessions for virtual training of MPs on comparative inquiry process

w/c 8th March

1 day

4.     Produce activity report after delivering training of MPs on comparative inquiry process

w/c 8th March

0.5 day

5.     Participate in  preparation meetings with WFD and key stakeholders from the HoPR to agree approach on virtual training of committee staff on research and briefing

w/c 8th February

1 day

6.     Design training agenda  and training curriculum for virtual training of committee staff on research and briefing

w/c 15th February

1.5 day

7.     Facilitate and/or deliver remote training sessions for virtual training of committee staff on research and briefing

w/c 22nd February

1 day

8.     Produce activity report after delivering virtual training of committee staff on research and briefing

w/c 1st March

0.5 day

9.     Development of technical paper with staff on inquiry process options for New Parliament

w/c 15th March

2 – 5 Days

Maximum total days available

 

10 – 13 days

Notes

Although the anticipated key programme deliverables have been set out above, there may be some flexibility on these deliverables. We recognise that the meeting with the HPR may produce unexpected decisions that may need to be incorporated into our programming and WFD prides itself on its flexible and adaptive approach to programming and believes that allowing space for honest discussions about how programmes can develop is essential if truly adaptive programming can be achieved.

The level of input set out in the table above is an indication of what we believe will be required for each set of deliverables, but we would be keen to discuss this with the consultant and would be open to hearing their views on timescales / level of input needed to achieve each deliverable.

We recognise that this programme is asking the expert to develop a training methodology that will need to be innovative, inclusive and engaging, particularly as the workshop is likely to be fully delivered online. The programme has a limited timeframe in which to achieve a high level of impact and measurable progress. As such, WFD is seeking applications from experts well-versed in topical inquiries and Parliament procedure for supporting MPs and Parliament staff.

Required qualifications

Minimum requirements:  

Education: The specialist should possess a postgraduate university degree in development related disciplines, gender, politics or other social science fields. A PhD is desirable but not essential.

Relevant Work Experience:

Essential

  • A minimum of five years’ practical and/or professional experience in parliamentary capacity building, specifically on strengthening parliamentary communications;
  • Experience working for/in a Parliament, specifically in parliamentary communciations;
  • Experience delivering training online;
  • Experience in design and delivery of training with a focus on parliamentary procedure;
  • Strong communication skills, and the ability to liaise with various stakeholders, including government/parliament officials.

Languages: 

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Required competencies

Core values:

Respect

Equality

Diversity

Impartiality

Professionalism

Technical/Functional Competencies:

  • Strong understanding of and commitment to Parliament strengthening;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Familiarity with results-based programme management and human rights-based programming will be an asset.

Behavioural Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal and strong communication skills;
  • Ability to work in an international and multi-cultural environment;
  • Strong organisational and time management skills, ability to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to approach work with energy, commitment, and a positive, constructive attitude.

Bids

The selected contractor shall demonstrate proven experience in the areas outlined in the terms of reference. Knowledge and experience of Ethiopia is desirable although not essential. The proposals should include personal profiles, detailing academic and professional qualifications and specific experience/expertise. A clear  explanation as to how they meet the specification in the terms of reference, including  how the online training will be designed and delivered (ensuring participants are engaged, effective management of breakout rooms and good time management of sessions and outlining resources needed and whether the expectation is for WFD to conduct certain tasks. Proposals should also include a  transparent quotation of the charge for the good(s) or service(s), in GBP sterling (inclusive of taxes).

Please send a detailed CV and proposal for how the terms of reference will be delivered to WFD’s Senior Programme Manager, Olutobi.Ayeni@wfd.org cc. Pilar.Tejon@wfd.org

Recruitment Process

  • Consultancy Placement Advert
  • Shortlisting and Online Interviews w/c 8th Feb 2021

Questions / comments in respect of these terms of reference should be directed to: Pilar Tejon, Programme Manager Africa  

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