Application deadline: 17 October, 2021
Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). With over 25 years of experience supporting democracy around the world, WFD’s strategic plan elaborates our expertise and approach to supporting political parties, parliaments, civil society, and electoral processes.
WFD is currently implementing a three-year CSSF funded project that operates in five countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia and is coordinated through a regional Western Balkans office based in Belgrade.
The regional programme titled: “Western Balkans Democracy Initiative” focused on three components of work:
- Strengthening Political Parties
- Strengthening Parliamentary Practice
- Strengthening Democratic Institutions and Culture
Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is organizing a Woman Leadership Academy seeking to engage political parties and woman politicians in order to encourage and strengthen women’s leadership potential in Montenegro. It has been evident that the activism in the civil sector has led to the empowerment of women and the improvement of conditions that eventually create equal opportunities, but there is a big discrepancy between the activism of women in NGOs, civic movements, and their participation in political parties (and therefore in decision making positions). Also, it is evident that today NGO sector performs many more roles than it did in the past, and the positive thing is that women now can make their impact through civil activism.
However, the fact that there is a perceptual discrepancy – a lot more women are active in the civil sector than in politics. Therefore, our program aims to enable tools and knowledge for women to reach the same level of success in the field of active politics – becoming a member of political parties and being in the leading position. A model to attain this goal is an Academy that will use e-learning modules accessible primarily for women in political parties who plan to enter the elections, but also a variety of stakeholders in order to foster women to be more politically active offering them tools and knowledge to improve their capabilities.
For that purpose, WFD is looking for a company/organization to develop e-learning modules suitable for the use on Moodle platform.
Research target groups and questions to be covered in the e-modules
After identifying the limitations and obstacles Montenegrin women politicians are faced with (through a baseline study and assessment), the e-modules will be developed with the main goal to address different aspects of political participation of women. The modules will cover the basic issues, such as the gender roles, the importance of equal representation of men and women in all spheres of public life, political and legal framework, to more complex issues of existing and-or new mechanisms that could positively impact the participation of women in political life.
E-modules are aimed to serve participants of WFD Woman Leadership Academy in order to offer them experts’ opinions, knowledge on the topics further agreed by WFD and the chosen company.
This curriculum will be further developed in cooperation with WFD and experts that will work on the content. The e-learning modules are designed for members of the women forums within political parties and WFD will develop need assessment in cooperation with parties. Therefore, the target group are politically active women involved in political parties, with special attention to women coming from cities that will have local elections in the following year.
Deadlines listed in the table below assume contracting is completed by October 25th . If contracting with the vendor/consultant/organization is concluded after this date, the deadlines will be adjusted accordingly. The modules should be delivered and presented to WFD by the following deadlines:
|Draft e-modules||The draft of e-learning modules sent to WFD for comments||5 November, 2021|
|Final e-modules||After receiving comments from WFD, finalize the modules||17 November, 2021|
|E-modules with content||The draft e-modules sent with content in the English language were delivered to WFD|
20 December, 2021
(English version of a document to be provided to
|WFD respond to comments and provides feedback on draft research ||WFD will respond and provide comments to the draft e-modules||30 December, 2021|
|Finalisation of the e-modules||Final e-learning modules with fully imbedded content and feedback from WFD||20 January, 2021 |
The selected company/organization is expected to prepare and deliver 5 e – learning modules that will be uploaded to the Moodle platform. The duration of single module should not be longer than 60 minutes, and it will be based on the content provided by WFD and experts contracted for the topic of women’s political participation in Montenegro as follows:
- E-learning modules developed in close co-operation with WFD;
- Uploading to the Moodle platform
- Imbedding of curriculum and content on e-learning modules;
- Subtitles in English or Montenegrin language
- PowerPoint presentation for the purpose of presentation of the project goals.
The company/organization is expected to present the e-learning modules to a relevant audience agreed with the WFD country office in Montenegro at a time agreed with WFD Country Representative.
Offer and payment terms
The offer-proposal for the creation of e-learning modules, the embedding of content, and the budget for preparation of the e-learning modules should be inclusive of the development of modules, software creation, the embedding of the content, organization of all relevant meetings, proofreading costs to English translation and interpretation costs inclusive of VAT.
- Any travel expenses, meeting organization costs, accommodation and boarding costs, draft report preparation, meal allowances, and any incidentals for preparing the e-learning modules are the sole responsibility of the company/consultant. WFD will not be covering any of the above expenses and the budget provided is inclusive of these costs.
- 30% of the approved budget will be provided upon signing the contract to ensure effective execution of the tasks. The rest of 70% will be paid in two instalments, with the final 20% upon successful completion of the project.
Interested organizations should provide a detailed methodological explanation of software and e-learning module creation and a budget proposal. For organizations/companies, a one-page document listing the experience of the organization/company relevant to this work should be prepared.
A track record of previous work with WFD under similar methodology and quick turnaround in delivering the task will be considered an additional asset. An email with your expression of interest and an offer with a proposed budget should be sent at: email@example.com by 17 October, 2021.