WFD is looking for a consultant experienced in Political Economy Analysis to support its Global Equality Project in Seychelles

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WFD is looking for a consultant experienced in Political Economy Analysis to support its Global Equality Project in Seychelles

September 16th, 2021

About WFD

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK public body dedicated to supporting democracy around the world. Operating directly in 33 countries, WFD works with parliaments, political parties, and civil society groups as well as on elections to help make countries’ political systems fairer, more inclusive and accountable.

Context

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is delivering the Global Equality Project (GEP), in collaboration with the Kaleidoscope Trust (KT), an eight-month programme funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), to work with decision-makers and civic actors to make progress towards advancing gender equality and LGBT+ inclusion. The programme will be delivered across 18 countries and territories in Africa, Asia and the Pacific that retain laws and policies that discriminate against women, girls and LGBT+ people.

In Seychelles, GEP programming will be led by WFD and will develop greater evidence on the costs and impact of discriminatory legislation, improve collaborative relationships and the flow of reliable information between CSOs and political decision-makers and strengthen civil society advocacy capacities to ensure women, girls and LGBT+ communities are more included in political and societal decision-making.

To better understand the political, economic and sociocultural factors that affect women, girls and LGBT+ rights and political participation in Seychelles, WFD is commissioning an in-depth, gender-sensitive political economy analysis (PEA) to assess the country context and identify concrete opportunities for programming around the inclusion of women, girls and LGBT+ persons.

WFD has developed a gender-sensitive PEA framework that is designed to identify problems without assuming solutions and is informed by probing systems and processes; key players including those that are left out of decision-making processes; behaviour drivers; and asks who is missing from the political process. This analytical framework actively seeks voices of marginalised and vulnerable communities who are seeking to interact with the political process. The consultant will be briefed on WFD’s PEA framework and encouraged to use this to inform the analysis.

Purpose of the consultancy:

  • To support in undertaking a gender-responsive, contextualised PEA that can reflect interconnected power relations of politics, economic and social factors which can inform the current and future WFD country programme;
  • To assist in designing the methodology of PEA that is feasible and conceptualised;
  • To undertake data collection and analysis on the lines of enquiry established in the PEA;
  • To assist in analysis of data collected and its implications for programme implementation; 
  • To develop a comprehensive PEA report to inform WFD’s programming and assist in the development of a summary version of the team’s finding for external use; and
  • To participate in an external briefing on the PEA to relevant stakeholders.

The consultant(s) will:

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the political and governance dynamics in Seychelles, with thorough knowledge of the recent and ongoing democratic transition and political situation;
  • Have worked in Seychelles, including experience and knowledge of civil society actors, organisations and dynamics, particularly that around women, girls and LGBT+ rights;
  • Bring a thorough understanding of the political economy analysis (PEA) framework and methodology, past experience leading a PEA or as a member of a PEA team highly desired;
  • Have excellent research, analytical and writing skills;
  • Have at least a Master’s degree in political science, development or related field; and
  • Working professional fluency in English and Seychellois Creole/French.

Time frame and Rate:

  • Maximum of 15 working days, splitting approximately into 2 for design, 10 for analysis support, and 3 for write-up of the report and the briefing. The working days will be up to the WFD timeline for PEA processes.
  • Rate of GBP £400 per day will be applied, depending on academic background and experience.

The time frame below lists the key tentative dates for the research process. These will be agreed with the consultant, once secured.

Activity

Date

Final ToR and agreement on PEA study

W/c 25 October

Submission of general structure and description of structure

W/c 1 November

Submission of first draft for review

W/c 29 November

Submission of final version

TBC December 2021

Promotion of report and briefing

TBC December 2021 /January 2022

 

 Expected output:

  • Report of PEA for internal use (WFD/FCDO)
  • PEA summary for external use

Methodology:

  • PEA discussion, Design, Data Collection, Data Analysis and Reporting
  • All process in the methodology will include working closely with WFD’s GEP team in London

How to apply and Submission of Expression of Interest:

  • A cover letter of not more than 2 pages stipulating how the experience, skills and competencies of the consultant(s) meet the above requirement
  • Enclose one sample of previous work in this area conducted by the consultant(s)
  • Submit curriculum vitae for the consultant(s)
  • Expected consultancy fee per day

Please submit the above documents to Charlotte Egan, Director, Global Equality Project, Charlotte.Egan@wfd.org and Sophia Fernandes, Senior Adviser Political Inclusion WFD, Sophia.Fernandes@wfd.org.

Closing Date: 00:00 Sunday 24 October 2021

Interviews: W/c 25 October 2021 (TBC)

Photo by Fabio Calamosca.

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