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Procurement Notice :2019-2023 Proramme Design of the “Multi donor Parliamentary Support Programme for Parliament (PSP) and the Office of the Auditor General”

                                                                                        


 

The Parliament of Zimbabwe in partnership with UNDP intend to carry out a Programme Design of the 2019-2023 Five Year Rolling Parliamentary Support Programme for Parliament (PSP) and the Office of the Auditor General. The Programme design should be in line with the recommendations of Mid-Term Review and the Evaluation report of the Institutional Strategic Plan (2014-2018) of Parliament, and in accordance with the Parliament of Zimbabwe Institutional Strategic Plan (2019-2023, the ZUNDAF and UNDP CPAP 2016-2020, the Constitution of Zimbabwe (2013) as well as the findings of Eleven Baseline Surveys on Members of Parliament carried out in 2011 and 2017.

The Parliament of Zimbabwe in partnership with UNDP are inviting applications from interested Individual consultants with knowledge and experience of designing of Democratic Governance Programmes in general and Parliamentary Support Programmes in particular, to assist in the facilitation and design of the new Programme.  The design of the 2019-2023 Programme should be completed by mid-April 2019.

Interested consultants should access the consultancy terms of reference on the; Parliament of Zimbabwe website: http://www.parlzim.gov.zw/ and UNDP website: www.zw.undp.org.

Potential consultants should submit three copies (3) each separate technical and financial proposals, sealed and clearly labelled with the description of the tender, to: The Clerk of Parliament, Corner Kwame Nkrumah Avenue/3rd Street, P.O. Box CY 298, Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe on or before 11 March 2019 not later than 1600hrs (local Time).

 

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Terms of Reference for the Design of the Fifth Five Year Rolling Multi Donor Parliamentary Support Programme: January 2019 to December 2023

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1.      Background

 

1.1 In October 1996 the Parliament of Zimbabwe embarked on a Parliamentary Reform Program in response to public demands for a more responsive and effective Parliament capable of representing the people and exercising effective oversight of the Executive branch of Government. A Parliamentary Reform Committee was set up to provide leadership on the reforms. In May 1999, the Parliamentary Reform Committee (PRC) submitted a report recommending urgent reforms in the following area:

 

v  The Legislative Process

v  Representation of the people

v  Executive Oversight

v  Administration Support Services

 

In order to implement the reforms, Parliament set itself the following broad objectives:

 

v  Strengthening capacity of Members and staff of Parliament to assume greater policy formulation tasks.

v  Equipping staff with skills in areas of Policy Research Support, Gender Management, Report Writing and Presentation and Project Management.

v  Raising the visibility and profile of the Legislature as a development policy formulation and implementation institution.

v  Establishing Parliament Constituency Information Centers (PCICs) to serve as meeting places for MPs and their constituents and as centers for information dissemination.

 

To support these objectives, two Projects namely Technical Support for Parliamentary and Technical Support to Strengthen Parliament Constituents Relations were launched in January 1999 and July 2002, respectively.

 

 

In June 2002, Parliament, with technical and financial assistance form the UNDP, appointed a Capacity Assessment Team (CAT) to review progress made in realizing the objectives of the PRC and to make proposals for the next phase of the reform process.  The CAT submitted its report in May 2003 noting the substantial achievements made.  The Committee also identified the following critical success factors for the next phase of the reforms:

 

v  Continued political and administrative leadership and commitment.

v  Firm ownership of the reforms by Parliament, with the Liaison and Coordination Committee (LCC) - successor to the PRC - acting as the main custodian.

v  The ability to retain professional staff.

v  Effective collaboration with development partners and other key stakeholders.

v  Efficient programme management arrangements.

 

The second phase of the reform process covering to period January 2005 to December 2007 was formulated in 2004 following consultation between Parliament and the UNDP.  These consultations were based on a strategic review of recommendations of the CAT which were later rationalized by the LCC.  Out of 72 recommendations, strategic challenges were identified and incorporated into those of the Administration of Parliament’s Strategic Plan, 2005-2010.  This phase also sought to build upon the achievements of the first phase and to address ongoing challenges as well as new emerging opportunities.  To this end, the above mentioned Projects launched in 1999 and 2002 were closed and succeeded by then Three Year Rolling Multi Donor Parliamentary Support Programme.

 

In 2005 the 1st Three Year Multi Donor Parliamentary Program was rolled out and then evaluated in October 2008. The main findings of the evaluation are given below.

 

·         That Parliamentarians had participated in trainings on a variety of issues and subjects, ranging from human rights, gender issues and budgeting

·          That the Portfolio Committee System initiated during the early stages of the reforms was now firmly entrenched, operational.

·         That Standing Rules and Orders had been reviewed and printed

·         That training of Staff of the Parliamentary Constituency Information Centres was completed

·         That relevant training had been conducted for staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

In May 2010 the 2nd Three Multi Donor Parliamentary Support Program was reduced to Two Year Support Program in line with the Zimbabwe United Nations Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF 2007 - 2011). The Two Year Multi Donor Support Program was signed in May and implementation commenced thereafter. The Program ended on 31 December 2011 and was extended to December 2012 to allow for end of project evaluation and design of a new programme.

 

In June 2011 The End of Project Evaluation of the Two Year Rolling Multi Donor Parliamentary Support Program was conducted. There was a lull of two years.  In 2014 a Three Year Multi Donor Parliamentary Support Programme (January 2015-December 2017) was designed and implemented. The Programme was extended to December 2018, with a further no cost extension to March 2019 as a follow up to the Mid Term Review of the Programme carried out in 2017, which recommended a no cost extension of the Programme into the 9th Parliament to allow for orientation of the elected Members of Parliament. (MPs). The Mid Term Review of the Parliamentary Support Programme (January 2015-December 2017) was commissioned by the Project Steering Committee Meeting on 26 September 2016. The End of Project Evaluation is yet to be conducted and the Report is expected to be out by end of March 2019.

 

In line with the recommendations of Mid-Term Review and the Evaluation report of the Institutional Strategic Plan (2014-2018) of Parliament, the Parliament of Zimbabwe and UNDP intend to design the 2019-2023 Five Year  Parliamentary Support Program in accordance with the Parliament of Zimbabwe Institutional Strategic Plan (2019-2023, the ZUNDAF and UNDP CPAP 2016-2020, the Constitution of Zimbabwe (2013) as well as the findings of Eleven Baseline Surveys on Members of Parliament carried out in 2011 and 2017. The design of the 2019-2023 Project should be completed by 31 March 2019.

 

Parliament of Zimbabwe in partnership with UNDP seeks the services of a Consultant to assist in the facilitation and design of the new Programme.

 

 

2.Objectives of the Program Design Assignment:

 

Purpose

The objective of this assignment is to design the Fifth Multi Donor Parliamentary Support Programme for the Parliament of Zimbabwe. The design will be informed the by successes and challenges of  the 2014-2017 Three Year Rolling Parliamentary support Programme outlined in the Mid-Term Review Evaluation  Report,  the Parliament of Zimbabwe Institutional Strategic Plan (2019-2023), the Parliamentary Baselines on:  Capacity of MPs in; Human Rights and Rule of Law, Economic Literacy, Capacity of MPs in Legislative Analysis, Sector Specific Capacity Building, Energy Sector, Mining Sector, Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change,   Finance and Economic Development, Gender for Zimbabwe Women Parliamentary Caucus, Requirements for Committees as well as the Parliament of Zimbabwe Gender Policy Gender   The design will also be guided by the Constitution of Zimbabwe, The National Transitional Development Plan and other relevant regional documents.  The new programme will be designed   to include focused outcomes on the representative, legislative, and oversight roles of Parliament.

 

3. Specific Considerations

 

Specific consideration should be given to the Bulawayo Liaison and Coordination Committee Draft Institutional Strategic Plan report

Specific consideration should also be give to the Development and Technical partners’ consultations, which will   be facilitated by the consultant as part of this design assignment.

 

 

4. Scope of Work, Responsibilities and Description of the Consultancy

 

 

4.1   Methodology of the Programme Design

 

·         Desk review of key national planning frameworks such as the Transitional Stabilization Programme 2018-2020, MTP, ZUNDAF 2016-2020, Parliament’s Strategic Plan (2019-2023) as well as baseline studies undertaken in 2011 and 2017, all of which should inform programme design.

·         A review of international best practice in parliamentary programme design that may inform the new programme.

·         Stakeholder’s consultations, including all arms of Government, civil society, the private sector and development partners.

 

·         The consultant will consult key Development Partners, those who have traditionally supported the Basket Fund and those who have the potential to do so.

 

·         The Consultant will work closely with the Office of the Clerk of Parliament and the Governance Unit of UNDP.

 

 

 

4.2. Expected Outcome

 

A comprehensive five-year Parliamentary Support Programme design document for the Parliament of Zimbabwe with all the components of a programme including a Results and Resources Framework

 

5. Specific Expected Deliverables

 

It is expected that the programme design will be completed in 15days, with the following deliverables

 

                                                                    

v  Inception report                                   

v  Development and Technical Partners consultations register   

v   Five -Year Final Project Document                                                   

 

 

6.  Duration of Assignment

 

The assignment will be for 15 days over a duration of four weeks, starting in March 2019.

 

7.  Qualifications and Experience of Consultant

 

The ideal consultant should have:

 

v  Minimum qualification of a Masters Degree in Social studies or equivalent. A PhD qualification will be a distinct advantage.

v  The candidate should have at least seven years’ experience in the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of parliamentary development and governance related projects.

v  The candidate must have demonstrable design and facilitation skills.

v  Experience in result based programming

v  Regional and international experience will be an advantage

v  Skills in integrating cross cutting issues such as gender and conflict management are desirable.

 

9.  Terms of payment

 

  Payment of the consultancy fees will be made under terms and conditions stipulated by UNDP rules and regulations

           

10. Documents to be submitted with proposal.

 

Prospective consultants should submit both technical and financial proposals to the Clerk of Parliament whose address is given below:

 

 

The Clerk of Parliament

P.O. Box CY 298

Causeway

Harare, Zimbabwe

 

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