TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CAPACITY BUILDING DIAKONIA STAFF AND IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS ON ELECTORAL ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP MANAGEMENT
Diakonia is a Swedish international development organization working in 24 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia supporting local partners. Diakonia’s vision is a world where all people live in dignified circumstances in a just and sustainable world free from poverty. Our mission is to change unfair political, economic, social, and cultural structures that hinder women and men from living their lives in dignified circumstances.
The Somalia Country Office has three programmes within its current strategy plan (2020 to 2025), which focus on democratic governance, human rights, and building resilience of youth and agropastoral communities. Diakonia works with 10 local CSOs as implementing partners (8 in Puntland and 2 in the Southwest States). The portfolio of partners includes organizations that Diakonia has worked with over a long period of time and others who are new. Besides, Diakonia is directly working with three government institutions in Puntland and Southwest states, including the Puntland Office of Human Rights Defenders.
Diakonia is calling for interested bidders to carry out the comprehensive capacity Building of Diakonia and its implementing partners’ staff on leadership and electoral administration.
Democracy, Human Rights and Resilience Program is 4 years program that aims to improve democratic participation and governance, improve respect for human rights and enhance disaster risk management in Puntland and the Southwest States of Somalia. With the 10 implementing partners, including government institutions. The program targets a total of 15 districts in Puntland and Southwest states to contribute to democratic state-building and disaster resilience in Somalia. The program has a component that aims to provide capacity development for the country office and partners to understand the thematic focus of the programme including democratization principles and electoral administration.
- Purpose of the Assignment
The main purpose of the assignment is to strengthen the capacity of the country office and partners’ staff on electoral administration and leadership to contribute to democratic governance. This entails evaluating their understanding and knowledge of the electoral processes and ensuring all staff have competency and election procedures accurately based on the identified gap. Integrating leadership and electoral administration is also an integral part of building the capacity of the country and partners’ staff. Diakonia sees this as a key strategic issue that needs to be strengthened for the partner’s staff capacity to operationalize and institutionalize democratic principles.
- Scope of the Assignment
- Develop detailed leadership and electoral process and administration training modules for capacity development. Develop Conceptual clarity on leadership management.
- Provide contextual knowledge and training courses based on democratic transitions in Puntland.
- Key Results/Deliverables Expected
The expert will work closely with Diakonia and partner designated staff. All deliverables will be submitted to Diakonia and partners on dates mutually agreed upon during the inception meeting. The consultant(s)/ firm should submit the following key deliverables,
- Capacity building plan and manuals.
- A comprehensive report of the whole capacity-building process, including feedback collected from the participants (Diakonia and partners), the relevance and effectiveness of the training, and a proposal to address areas where additional capacity-building or follow-up may be needed.
The methodology can be proposed by the consultant. However, the consultant(s)/ firm will closely work with Diakonia and partners to discuss and design the appropriate methodologies for the capacity development process. The inception report/proposal will present the proposed methodology of the assignment in which Diakonia, and the consultant(s)/ firm will discuss the realization of the achievement of the capacity development methodology.
The total duration of the consultancy/task is expected to be 15 calendar days from the start date of the capacity building.
The consultant(s)/ firm will report to the Diakonia programme officer with the coordination of the Country Director.
Skills and Qualifications
Diakonia Somalia Country Office seeks to engage the services of qualified and experienced experts to undertake this exercise. The experts must have the following qualifications and experience:
- University degree in political science, international development, or related field
- Minimum of 5 years of Professional experience at least in the area related to electoral reforms or good governance in the context of Somalia
- Sound knowledge and understanding of politics and the specific and development of the electoral process and administration.
- Previous knowledge and experience working on democracy-related
- Fluency in English and Somalia strong ability to write both in English and Somali
- Demonstrated expertise in successful electoral process and administration.
- Knowledge and/or experience in Rights-Based Approach (RBA)
- Demonstrated experience in developing electoral policies and sharing experience with other countries in Africa
How to apply
Based on the above, Diakonia Somalia Country Office is inviting interested individuals and/or firms to submit applications that shall include the following:
- Experts’ profile and Capability Statement describing the technical capacity and experience of the firm or group of individuals.
- Curriculum Vitae of the applicant.
- Testimonials and 3 sample reports of similar assignments taken in the recent past.
- Interpretation of the above Terms of Reference.
- Detailed implementation plan and timeframes.
- A budget proposal, including breakdown and justification.
The applications shall be sent in soft copy to firstname.lastname@example.org – The deadline for application submission is 31st January 2023.