Request for Consultancy to Review the Constitutions, Regulations, Policies, Procedures and Practices of the top seven (7) Political Parties with Representation in the National Assembly
Political parties are critical to democratic governance, linking citizens and government and acting as a platform for citizens to influence government. Political parties can also promote public accountability, collective action, popular participation, inclusiveness and legitimacy by ensuring the inclusion and consideration of citizens’ principles, ideologies and goals in governance processes. However, parties’ internal weaknesses and challenges in the political system have limited their effectiveness on these points.
Women and youth have been greatly marginalized in the Nigerian political space. For instance, in the 2019 General Elections, men dominated women by a 12:1 ratio in the presidential elections. Women’s presidential candidature stands at eight per cent. At the National Assembly, women’s candidature is only 12 per cent of the total seats available, given that a total of 763 women vied for seats for the Senate and House of Representatives out of 6,563 places available. This is not withstanding that women constitute about 49% of the electoral population.
With Nigeria being a party system democracy, political parties remain the pivot for individuals who aspire to occupy political positions to realize their dreams. The system makes political parties critical institutions in Nigeria’s democracy, hence the need to promote inclusive operations of political parties to enable every group of persons including women and youth to aspire and attain political positions in the country.
To enable women participate favourably within the political parties, it is important to scrutinize the structures of the parties vis-a-viz the documents guiding their modus operandi such as their constitutions, bye-laws and other binding policies with a view to call for reforms that ensure women participation and attainment of political positions in Nigeria
Purpose of the Consultancy
To effectively reform the political parties in Nigeria, and position them institutionally to better promote women participation and representation in political positions in the country, there is the need to review the constitutions and other guiding principles of the parties, to identify gaps and proffer recommendations. It is in this regard that the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in implementation of a project titled: Supporting Political Parties’ Reforms and Increase in Women’s Representation in Public Office through Advocacy for Policy and Legal Reform under the Supporting Advancement of Gender Equality (SAGE) project and with support from the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is commissioning this consultancy to review the constitutions and other guiding documents of the top 7 political parties in Nigeria with the view to addressing gaps militating against women’s representation in political positions.
Scope of Work
The overall objective of the consultancy is to review the constitutions, regulations, policies, procedures and practices of the top seven (7) political parties with representation in the National Assembly and draft of recommendations for improvements in women’s participation.
- Identify the (seven) leading political parties in Nigeria with representation at the National Assembly
- Conduct review of the constitutions, regulations, policies, procedures and practices of the top seven (7) political parties with representation in the National Assembly
- Draft recommendations from findings for improvement in women’s participation and representation through the vehicle of the political parties.
- Submit summary report of review conducted
- Make power point presentations of review, findings and recommendations
- Preliminary report
- Draft Report
- Final Report
- Power Point Presentation of report
The consultancy fee is negotiable. Please note that withholding tax will be deducted from agreed amount in line with the country’s tax requirement.
The consultant shall be paid 20% on signing of the TOR, 40% on submission of draft report and 40% upon satisfactory completion of the tasks and submission of final report.
The consultant shall report to the Programme Manager – (Democratic Governance) Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC).
Submission of Final Report: The consultancy shall become effective upon agreement by both parties and run for a period not exceeding 21 days from the date of signing the contract.
Interested consultants with the requisite expertise should submit their CVs (max. 4 pages) and financial offer via email to firstname.lastname@example.org copying email@example.com not later than 21st October, 2020.
For further information about the assignment, please contact 07088830030.