The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK’s democracy assistance agency, working in partnership with political parties, parliaments and civil society organisations around the world to create more inclusive, accountable and transparent democratic systems. WFD strengthens the capacity of these key democratic institutions, helping ensure they have the systems, knowledge and skills to perform effectively. WFD also fosters improved democratic processes, bringing together individuals and institutions and encouraging them to work together to solve concrete problems, applying democratic values and principles.
WFD is leading on supporting democratic stability in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) through a programme with the UK Conflict Stability Security Funding (CSSF) managed by the Foreign and Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO). Recognising the establishment of the Bangsamoro Organic Law 2018 (BOL) being a key entry point for locally owned institutions and processes to develop and adopt inclusive and accountable practices, the programme is designed with the overall aim of supporting the implementation of BOL. The programme will support the establishment of BOL by strengthening locally owned institutions to become increasingly accountable, inclusive, and pluralistic.
The programme combines:
- Strengthening the Bangsamoro parliament as an institution and developing the expertise of its members and staff.
- Supporting more inclusive and responsive policy making by creating more opportunities for engagement between parliament, government, and civil society.
- Supporting Bangsamoro women as political leaders and politically active citizens to coalesce around shared objectives and agenda and to be equipped with the right expertise to identify and influence key policy and legislative change.
- Supporting the development of existing and fledging Bangsamoro political parties and brokering dialogue between them around the emerging rules of the game within the new system of governance.
Outcomes 4 is about supporting the development of a political party system that fits the new parliamentary framework allowing for meaningful representation for all peoples of the Bangsamoro. WFD envisions to help bring about an equitable, transparent, and democratic electoral process in the Bangsamoro. To this end, an opportunity has risen to engage professional services of a local consultant to support this work.
This aim of this engagement is to:
- Augment the current political party work of WFD in the BARMM, creating linkages, building and connecting with key leaders of political parties identified by WFD.
- Conduct capacity assessment of selected political parties/entities using a pre-designed assessment tool with a view to; examine party organisation including composition and structure of the entity, decision-making and election preparedness, capacity for citizen outreach and communications, responsive policy development, extent of inclusion of women, youth and other minority groups.
Deliverables Roles and Responsibilities:
Working alongside WFD’s Program Coordinator, the Consultant will be responsible for following:
- Establishing contact with political parties/entities/actors based on the list provided by WFD.
- Arrange meetings with party leaders and key decision-makers (and other personalities as applicable) and facilitate the same based on agreed agenda.
- Develop organisational profile reports of each political party/entity based on a pre-determined format.
- Support WFD in communicating the program goals and objectives, and effectively engage the political parties (as applicable) around attainment of these goals.
- Represent/respect WFD values when engaging political parties/entities.
- Reportorial: The Consultant will work closely with WFD’s Programme Coordinator – specifically, they will meet formally during the Inception and after completion of deliverables. The consultant will submit a ‘End of Contract Report’ capturing summary of the results and accomplishments including key lessons and recommendations. The data and information gathered using the assessment tool will be attached to this report.
7 days between September and October. The final output should be delivered on or before October 22, 2021.
Required skills and experience
Relevant work experience:
- Education: The consultant should possess a post-graduate degree in development related disciplines or with specialization in political science, public policy, law, or other related social science fields OR with relevant years of experience in a similar field.
- Experience undertaking policy research, political or legal analysis, review of legislations, and familiarity with parliamentary and legal processes in the BARMM, particularly associated with elections and political party system.
- Experience working with or providing advice and recommendations to political parties or civil society organisations.
- Familiarity with the Bangsamoro Organic Law 2018 (BOL).
- Familiarity with advocacy strategies and techniques.
- Strong research and communication skills, and ability to liaise with various stakeholders, including government/parliament officials, political parties and civil society organisations.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
Technical and functional competencies:
- Excellent analytical, research and writing skills.
- Experience working collaborative and in teams.
- Excellent organisational skills.
Please submit updated CV and budget proposal, including a cover note detailing relevant experience and skills to Lisa.Moalong@wfd.org by September 30, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.