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

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

September 20th, 2021

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 Taiwan, GEP programming will be led by WFD and will focus on ensuring that government actors and other political influencers have greater evidence on the costs and impact of discriminatory regulations and have stronger capacities and incentives to enhance legislation and its implementation. Additionally, interventions will work to strengthen civil society’s policy development and advocacy capacities, in order to create a more conducive environment for positive change in laws and social norms.

To better understand the political, economic and sociocultural factors that affect women, girls and LGBT+ rights and political participation in Taiwan, 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. This gender-sensitive PEA will also feed into a wider PEA being conducted by
WFD on democratic resilience in Taiwan as part of separate but complementary programming.

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 in 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 Taiwan 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; and
  • 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.
  • 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
    Taiwan, with thorough knowledge of the recent and ongoing democratic transition
    and political situation;
  • Have worked in Taiwan, 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 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.
  • Working professional fluency in English and Mandarin or Taiwanese Hokkien.

Timeframe 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 on PEA process.
  • Rate of up to GBP £500 per day will be applied depending on academic background
    and experience.

The timeframe 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 studyw/c 18 October
Submission of general structure and description of structurew/c 25 October
Submission of first draft for review 22 November 
Submission of final version29 November 
Promotion of report and briefing TBC December 2021/ Janauary 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 processes 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 reviewer(s) meet the above requirements
  • Enclose one sample of previous work in this area conducted by the consultant
  • Submit curriculum vitae for the consultant
  • 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 BST Tuesday 12 October 2021

Photo by Thomas Tucker on Unsplash.

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