Thailand-Based Research Partner: Research on Barriers to Women’s Political Leadership and Participation in ASEAN

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Thailand-Based Research Partner: Research on Barriers to Women’s Political Leadership and Participation in ASEAN
WFD is looking for a Research Partner to collaborate with and develop research on the barriers to women’s political leadership and participation in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, situated within the context of ASEAN, particularly as manifest in violence against women in politics. The Research Partner will be Thailand-based, ideally working in consortia with partners/organisations in Indonesia and Malaysia to deliver this work.
  1. OVERVIEW

About WFD

Since 1992, the primary aim of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) has been to assist, support and encourage the peaceable establishment and development of pluralistic democratic practice and political institutions. We continue to believe that stronger democracy is the best way of safeguarding human rights and ensuring sustained prosperity and stability.  

 WFD (https://www.wfd.org) is the UK’s leading 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’s work on women’s political leadership[1] considers the social, cultural, economic, and political factors that stop women from fully participating in politics and governance. We work with partners to develop systems and strategies that challenge and transform them. Our programmes help to embed gender analysis throughout all aspects of parliamentary business, support women's political leadership and end violence against women in politics.

Background to Research

WFD has commenced a women’s political leadership programme funded by Global Affairs Canada, working across Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The objective of this 18-month programme is to advance equality in politics and wider society through creating a more enabling environment[2] for politically active women[3] to participate and exercise leadership in politics at national and local levels in these three countries and within the regional context of the Association of Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN).

As part of this programme, WFD aims to deepen knowledge and understanding of barriers to women’s political leadership and participation in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. This will include research exploring and analysing the barriers to women’s political participation and leadership in those three countries, particularly violence against women in politics (VAWP)[4]. The country-specific research is to be situated within the regional context of ASEAN.

This research will produce an enhanced evidence base that can inform wider gender equality work of local and regional decision-makers, civil society actors, and the international donor community in the three countries and the region. It will be complemented by (separately developed) country-specific political economy analyses. Together these will contribute to informing targeted country-level programmatic activity in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. These activities will include working with politically active women and their allies to address the specific barriers in each country, including VAWP[5], to progress women’s political leadership and participation.

WFD is looking for a Research Partner to collaborate with and develop research on the barriers to women’s political leadership and participation in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, situated within the context of ASEAN, particularly as manifest in violence against women in politics.

The Research Partner will be Thailand-based, ideally working in consortia with partners/organisations in Indonesia and Malaysia to deliver this work.

  1. RESESARCH SPECIFICS

Purpose:

To undertake contextualised and collaborative research and develop a reporting suite on the barriers to women’s political leadership and participation in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, within the context of ASEAN, particularly as manifest in violence against women in politics.

Deliverables:

  • A research outline and methodology, to be discussed in meetings with key WFD representatives and the Research Reference Group
  • Periodic engagement and meetings with the regional Research Reference Group

Reporting Suite

  • A research paper/report (~20-25 pages) on the barriers to women’s political leadership and participation in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, within the context of ASEAN, particularly as manifest in violence against women in politics.
  • An executive summary for communications purposes (maximum of 5 pages)
  • A powerpoint presentation of key findings to share with the Research Reference Group and other key stakeholders

Timeframe and Rate:

  • It is anticipated that this research will take place between May-June 2022 with a deadline for the final research reporting suite of 30 July 2022.
  • This research project has a total budget allocation of £12,000.

The timeframe below lists the key tentative dates for the research process. These will be agreed with the Research Partner(s) once secured. 

Activity 

Date 

Starting date of the consultancy (induction meeting with WFD)

w/c 30 May 2022

Research Outline / Methodology Meeting  

w/c 6 June 2022

Meetings with Reference Group  

TBC June + July 2022

First Draft Submission 

15 July 2022

Submission of final version 

30 July 2022

 

 The Research Partner(s) will:

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the gendered political and governance dynamics in the ASEAN region (particularly Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand), with thorough knowledge of women’s political leadership and participation and comprehension of Violence Against Women in Politics (VAWP)
  • Have worked in or have a demonstrated research track records in the ASEAN region (particularly Indonesia, Malaysia and/or Thailand), including experience and knowledge of civil society actors, organisations and dynamics, particularly relevant to women’s political participation
  • Hold post-graduate degrees in International Development, Political Science, Social Science, Gender Studies or relevant academic field OR demonstrate at least 12 years’ equivalent research-related experience
  • Experience in Indonesia, Malaysia or Thailand on democracy and governance programmes is desirable.
  • Have excellent research, analytical and writing skills and working professional fluency in English
  • Ability to collaborate with geographically dispersed teams.
  1. 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 requirements
  • A one-page methodology outline for this research project
  • Enclose one sample of previous work, written in English, in this area conducted by the researcher(s) 
  • Submit curriculum vitae(s) for the researcher(s) 
  • Proposed research budget

Please submit the above documents in English to Naomi Barnard, Senior Programme Manager, Southeast and East Asia: naomi.barnard@wfd.org  

Closing Date: 18 May 2022

Interviews: w/c 23 May 2022

 

[2] By enabling environment, we mean an environment in which there are more women in politics as well as in leadership positions, where women in politics are better protected from violence, and where women’s issues are better addressed in law and policy.

[3] In this programme, the term ‘politically active women’ means all women involved in political activities including women elected to offices at the national and sub-national levels, members and candidates of political parties, elected or appointed government officials at the local, national and international levels, as well as women involved in political life through engagement in civil society, campaigning, advocacy, or voting.

[4] Using Mona Lena Krook’s definition in “Violence Against Women in Politics” Oxford University Press (2020), VAWP is any act of violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological, economic and/or semiotic harm or suffering to politically active women.

[5] Specific areas for consideration on the specific barrier of VAWP in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand include: various forms of VAWP found, prevalence of understanding of VAWP, whether victims/survivors name it as such, any reporting mechanisms, any movement/s to raise attention to it, and sense of scale in informal and formal spaces.