|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 towards policy development and skills knowledge to key institutions of democracy including the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), before, during and after the 2021 General Election.
Th need to undertake this activity came as sequel to the increasing realization of the importance of dialogue between elected leaders and the electors especially in the context of representative democracy an public accountability. The use of ICT in fostering such dialogue is critical for active and timely exchange of information between elected leaders and their constituencies. The proposed digital platform will be accessible to members of the public to raise issues of concern and interest to them with their MPs and to also access information and education on parliamentary proceedings as they happen and/or at any time of convenience to them. The platform will also be of immense benefit to academia and researchers on the parliamentary discourse especially here in Zambia. The platform will also host live events including parliamentary debates. The platform will be hosted and managed by the National Assembly of Zambia.
Against this background and based on the request of the National Assembly to UNDP’s DSZ, the latte wishes to recruit an IT Programmer to support the National Assembly (NA) to develop and roll out a digital platform for Parliament-Citizen interaction. DSZ will undertake this work in close collaboration with the EU-UNDP Joint Task Force on Electoral Assistance based in Brussels, Belgium.