|Overview : |
Democracy Strengthening in Zambia (DSZ) is a three-year multi-donor project based on the recommendations of the Needs Assessment Mission (NAM) conducted by the United Nations in 2018 and is aligned and supportive of Zambia’s Sustainable Development Partnership Framework, UNDP Strategic Plan and Country Programme and the 7th National Development Plan 2017-2021 (7th NDP); the latter, in which the government pledges to “promote transparency, accountability, citizen participation as well as strengthen governance institutions". Indeed, the 7th NDP recognizes that practice of good governance and promotion of a stable political framework are the foundation of sustainable development. The outcomes, outputs and activities are in response to and the result of detailed discussions with the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), cooperating partners and other national stakeholders
In line with the recommendations of past evaluations of electoral assistance by among others UNDP, and also the NAM recommendations, DSZ will aim at providing support to long-term institutional strengthening via interventions such as technical assistance to key project partners to deliver on their election-related mandates. These include the National Assembly of Zambia, Electoral Commission of Zambia, Judiciary, Zambia Police Service, media, political parties and civil society organizations.
Against this background, UNDP wishes to recruit an Individual Consultant to support capacity and training needs assessment of selected Parliamentary Committees and staff of the National Assembly in electoral reform. The results of the consultancy are expected trigger and facilitate electoral reforms and related work.
The results of the needs assessment will also help tailor the capacity building activities to specific needs and gaps in knowledge, skills and understanding of electoral processes and reforms by Members of Parliament and Staff.