Political Economy Analysis, Taiwan – Supporting Democratic Resilience in Taiwan

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Political Economy Analysis, Taiwan – Supporting Democratic Resilience in Taiwan

November 05th, 2021

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is delivering a project to foster long-term partnerships for exchange of ideas and advice, and to develop a common understanding of relevant opportunities and interventions to support enhanced democratic resilience in Taiwan.  

Between November 2021 and March 2022, through adopting an adaptive approach, WFD aims to find and realise opportunities for bilateral and multi-lateral knowledge-exchange and develop learning partnerships towards longer-term programming interventions to strengthen Taiwan’s democratic resilience.

To better understand the political, economic and sociocultural factors that affect and influence democratic resilience in Taiwan, WFD is commissioning an in-depth, gender- and conflict-sensitive political economy analysis (PEA) to assess the country context and identify concrete opportunities to inform and design interventions.

WFD has developed a gender- and conflict-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; and behaviour drivers. This analytical framework actively seeks voices of marginalised and vulnerable communities who whose contributions inherently improve the quality of the democratic 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 undertake a comprehensive contextualised PEA that can reflect interconnected power relations of politics, economic and social factors which can inform the 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; and
  • To develop a comprehensive PEA report (15 to 20 pages) 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 a briefing on the PEA to the programme’s Strategic Advisory Forum stakeholders in UK and Taiwan.

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 relevant to democracy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the political and governance dynamics in the UK
  • 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/Taiwanese Hokkien.

Timeframe and Rate:

A maximum of 37 working days:

  • PEA: splitting approximately into 5 for design, 20 for analysis support, and 10 for write-up of the report and the briefing. The working days will be up to the WFD timeline on PEA process.
  • Further to conducting the PEA, the Consultant will be invited to feed into an Initiative and Activity Design Workshop with the WFD Team for one day, date to be confirmed.
  • The Consultant will also be required to present their PEA findings and recommendations at the inaugural Strategic Advisory Forum for the programme for one day, date to be confirmed.

Rate of up to GBP £400 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.




Starting date of the consultancy

4 January 2022

Submission of consultant’s workplan, including the general structure and description of main themes of the PEA report, main interlocutors for consultation / interviews, and literature for desk review.

12 January 2022

Submission of first draft for review

11 February 2022

WFD feedback to the first draft

17 February 2022

Submission of final version

4 March 2022

Initiative and Activity Design Workshop

TBC – between 11-17 January 2022

Presentation at Strategic Advisory Forum

TBC – February 2022

Expected output:

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


  • PEA discussion, Design, Data Collection, Data Analysis and Reporting
  • All process in the methodology will include working closely with WFD’s 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 requirement
  • 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 in English to Naomi Barnard, Senior Programme Manager Southeast and East Asia: naomi.barnard@wfd.org

Closing Date: 19 December 2021

Interviews: 22/23 December 2021

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