Gender equality work opportunity



WISE Development are looking for suitably qualified candidates who would be prepared to do  institutional gender equality work.


Anyone interested is invited to look at the  information below  and, if interested, get in touch with the organisation’s Director, Dinah Bennett on


  1. There will be three strands to this work:
  • Firstly, to carry out an institutional and political economy analysis of provincial councils in six regions across Afghanistan. This will update our analysis of the environment in which women provincial councillors operate, helping us to understand any institutional reforms needed to increase the effectiveness of Provincial Councils and help Provincial Councillors better perform their duties.
  • Secondly, to carry out a scoping study of elected women provincial councilors that identify the constraints they specifically face to improving their effectiveness (both individual constraints and constraints created by the institutional environment) and what support is needed to develop an enabling environment that allows, promotes and recognizes women’s participation in politics in a sustainable manner. This should help define sustainable follow-on support that targets the most important unmet needs of women provincial councilors.
  • Thirdly, using the outcome of strands 1 and 2, draft a set of terms of reference to contract a service provider through a tender process to deliver a proposed program of support that addresses and targets the most important unmet needs in both instances.

For both elements of the study, the supplier is expected to be able to travel to the six provinces of Afghanistan identified in order to conduct research.


  1. The supplier will interview stakeholders and programme beneficiaries in six regions. The interviewees will be a mix of elected men and women provincial councillors, women political candidates, Independent Directorate of Local Government (IDLG) personnel, Ministry of Interior personnel, other donor organisations supporting this sector, and other stakeholders identified during analysis.


  1.    Areas of analysis and research questions for exploration during the scoping study include, but are not limited to:

Strand I: Institutional and political economy analysis of Provincial Councils

  1. an analysis of provincial councils’ current functions and structures, including their ability to effectively play an oversight and accountability role;
  2. a full capacity needs assessment of each provincial council;
  3. a political economy analysis of each provincial council;
  4. analysis of provincial councils’ constituent relations;
  5. a review of existing and planned support to the provincial councils (in particular the USAID-funded Initiative to Strengthen Local Administrations (ISLA) project) and an assessment of potential delivery mechanisms for any further support;
  6. recommendations on how provincial councils’ capacity, functions, and structures could be strengthened to better enable women provincial councillors to better perform their duties.

Strand II: Scoping study for elected women provincial councillors

Suggested research questions:

  1. What challenges do women provincial councilors face while performing their mandated duties?
  2. What political support have women provincial councilors received to date? How effective has this support been?
  3. What capacity building support have provincial councilors in general, and specifically women provincial councilors, received to date (including before the 2014 elections) from donors and government? How comprehensive and effective has this support been and how should it be modified for future election  campaigns?
  4. Do women provincial councillors require extra support to fulfill their duties beyond the existing support provided to all provincial councilors? If not, what are the identified gaps and how can the government positively intervene to fill in this gap?
  5. How, if at all, do factors such as ethnic / tribal identity, geographic location, and socio-economic status affect the support women provincial councilors require?
  6. Is there a risk thattargeting women provincial councilors with specific support will do harm? If so, how can this risk be mitigated?
  7. What wider interventions could help to build a more enabling environment for women provincial councilors?
  1. Strand III: provide information as required to enable client to develop the terms of reference to deliver a prioritized, focused and realistic proposed program of support.


  1. The supplier will produce a short Inception Report including: a final list of research questions, a work plan, a document register, a stakeholder list, a risk assessment and a structure for the final report.
  1. During the Implementation Phase the supplier is expected to undertake a desk-based document review, conduct provincial councils’ institutional and political economy assessment, and consult with a purposive sample of key stakeholders in Afghanistan. The supplier will interview stakeholders including but not limited to the following key persons:
  2. A regional sample of women and men provincial councilors from Kabul, Nangahar, Kandahar, Balkh, Bamyan and Herat.
  3. A regional sample of unsuccessful women provincial council candidates of 2014 election from Kabul, Nangahar, Kandahar, Balkh, Bamyan and Herat.

iii.     A regional sample of religious scholars who support women’s participation in politics from Kabul, Nangahar, Kandahar, Balkh, Bamyan and Herat.

  1. A regional sample of traditional community leaders (MALIKS) who support women’s participation in politics from Kabul, Nangahar, Kandahar, Balkh, Bamyan and Herat.
  2. Director General / Deputy Minister /Senior Advisers in IDLG’s GDLCA
  3. Ministry of Interior (MOI) officials involved in designing and managing security plans before, during and after elections and that provide security details to political candidates and elected provincial councilors;

vii.   Representatives from Embassies supporting this sector (e.g. Canadian Embassy; German Embassy; USAID)

viii. Representatives of organizations implementing projects supporting women politicians, especially provincial council candidates or councilors. (e.g. National Democratic Institute (NDI); The Asia Foundation; Others)

Constraints and Dependencies

  1. The following potential constraints and dependencies need to be kept in view before embarking on and during the delivery of this assignment:
  2. Final dates and time frames will depend upon the availability of the stakeholders and subject to change at short notice for a variety of reasons (e.g. uncertain security situation);
  3. Security considerations are critical for provincial visits (mentioned in the next section). These visits will need to be carefully planned with the required flexibility to respond to any unexpected developments.

iii.     Additional requests may be made on the review team on aspects and questions broadly within the scope of this assignment, but not specifically mentioned in these ToRs;

  1. Weather conditions may affect travel arrangements making it difficult to travel during winter or causing delays to activities in some locations.
  2. Any amendments to the outputs or timeframe for delivery must be discussed and agreed between the review team and client. If client considers that amendments to the level of input to the assignment are required, this will be agreed with the review team and notified in writing.

Implementation Requirements

  1. Ability to travel to specified provinces to carry out research. The supplier must be able to allocate team members to travel to the six named provinces in order to carry out research and interviews.
  1. Co-ordination with the Government. The Independent Directorate for Local Government (IDLG), GDLCA is the government agency responsible for provincial councils in Afghanistan. It is critical that the supplier integrates IDLG into the research process and that IDLG accepts the analysis presented in the final report. In addition, the supplier should meet with key staff at the Ministry of Interior that play vital roles in planning security before, during and after elections, to help the supplier better understand the type of security challenges women in politics (both candidates and elected) face in different parts of the country, from whom, when and why?
  1. Understanding of political economy issues. This study should outline the political economy issues involved; undertake a full needs assessment of the selected provincial councils; review existing and planned support to them; and assess the potential delivery mechanisms and partners that may be able to provide this support in a manner that enhances the transparency and accountability of provincial councilors and mitigates the risks of corruption and fraud.
  1. Consult directly with women provincial councilors. Client is interested in learning and better understanding how women provincial councilors perceive their own needs. The supplier should travel to and meet with a range of provincial councilors from different provinces that are also geographic centers for the regions.
  1. Enabling environment for Women Provincial Councilors. Consider how to address the constraints in the existing structures and functions of Provincial Councils so that women Provincial Councilors are better able to deliver in their roles.
  1. Institutional capacity building. Consider the pros and cons of a phased and longer term approach to institutional capacity building that moves beyond providing support in the run up to elections but additionally supports current incumbents to deepen participation in the provincial political process and supports candidates to prepare for the next provincial elections.
  1.  Assess how needs vary in different parts of the country. Ethnicity, tribal identity, socio-economic status and geographic location may all affect the nature and extent of support women provincial councilors require. The supplier should assess how factors including but not limited to the above affects the support they need.
  1. Work using English, Pashto and Dari. Several important stakeholders will not speak English. The supplier’s team should be capable of working in English, Pashto and Dari in order to gather quality information and report effectively to client in English.
  1. Conflict sensitivity: Consider in the analysis how a program of institutional reform would ensure it follows a “do no harm” approach, and how it could impact positively on conflict dynamics and increase the legitimacy of the state.

Many thanks for your time and hopefully we will be able to partner on this contract.


WISE DEVELOPMENT is an accomplished group of specialists who support international agencies, governments and NGOs to achieve progress in gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls.

WISE Development Worldwide: Since its establishment in 2000, it has  brought together people and organisations across the world who have the first rate experience and specialist knowledge to drive forward gender equality. By working in partnership, WISE DEVELOPMENT delivers services that make a tangible and sustainable difference to the lives of women and girls.

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