Inclusive Legislatures for Gender-Responsive Policies
National Consultant (Ghana)
Terms of Reference
Enhancing the Capacity of Female MPs on Debating Skills and Effectiveness of Women’s Caucus
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday 18th September 2023
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Debating Skills and Running Effective Parliamentary Women’s Caucuses
Global Affairs Canada funded Inclusive Legislatures for Gender-Responsive Policies (ILGRP) project implemented in Ghana, Kenya and Togo aims at improving development outcomes and human rights. The project supports three partner parliaments and parliamentarians to consider the differential impacts of policies, laws, and budgets on the poorest and most marginalized populations, particularly women and girls. This project is a pioneer effort in providing support towards the strengthening of Parliaments on inclusiveness and gender equality issues. The implementing organizations are the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA) and Parliamentary Centre (PC).
As part of the implementation of the project in Ghana and in partnership with the Parliament of Ghana, a set of initiatives and activities have been planned with the aim of increasing capacities of Parliamentary Staff, Members of Parliament and the legislature to be inclusive, gender sensitive and responsive in the law-making, budgeting processes and in the performance of its mandate.
To facilitate this, ILGRP project seeks a consultant in Ghana who would like to work in close collaboration with an International/Canadian consultant and with the ILGRP Team in Ghana and Canada to provide capacity enhancement sessions for women MPs from the Parliament of Ghana, aimed at strengthening their parliamentary debating skills as well as the effectiveness of the women’s caucus.
Objective and Description of the Assignment:
The objective of the assignment is to further enhance the capacity of women MPs on practical parliamentary debating skills especially during the lawmaking process as well as provide training and practical sessions and support to promote the effectiveness of the women's caucus of the Parliament of Ghana. Specifically, the successful consultant will:
- Provide training sessions to the women’s caucus on debating techniques/tools aimed at skills development.
- Hold practice sessions to enhance their debating skills - using current draft laws.
- Design, conduct and facilitate peer exchange sessions (virtual/face-to-face) with other women’s caucuses including Canadian counterparts on effective women’s caucuses.
Scope of Work:
Working in collaboration with a Canadian/International consultant(s), the ILGRP Team in Ghana and Canada and in partnership with the Parliament of Ghana the successful consultant will provide specific services/tasks/deliverables as described below:
A] Training and Practice: Provide introductory and follow-up trainings/sessions on debating techniques/tools and skills development - using current draft laws. (Activities 1211.2a and 1211.2b)
The consultant is expected to:
- Produce a work plan and a draft table of contents for the report(s) on the trainings/sessions, to be submitted no later than two days following the signature of the contract
- Provide the Ghanaian context in the development/preparation of materials such as PPT with notes and other training materials for training the women’s caucus on debating techniques/tools and skills development
- Lead in the design and conduct training and practice sessions for the women’s caucus on debating techniques/tools and skills development using current draft laws
- Conduct activity evaluations
- Lead in producing a report on the training on debating techniques/tools and skills development - per activity
B] Design and conduct peer exchange sessions on effective parliamentary women's caucuses (Activity 1211.2 c)
The consultant is expected to:
- Collaboratively design peer exchange sessions - virtual/face-to-face with other women caucuses- such as Togo/Kenya women’s caucuses and Canadian Parliamentary Women’s caucuses
- Collaboratively conduct and facilitate peer exchange sessions - virtual/face-to-face with other women caucuses- such as Togo/Kenya women’s caucuses and Canadian women’s caucuses
- Conduct activity evaluations
- Produce a report on the peer exchange sessions
Outputs and Deliverables:
- Work Plan and draft table of contents of reports
- Training materials (PPT with notes and related documentation for training) – for each training
- Training/practice sessions for the women’s caucus
- Peer exchange sessions for the women’s caucus
- Reports - Training/peer exchange sessions reports including activity evaluations per activity
Duration of Assignment:
The consultant is expected to provide short term services for a few days/hours at a time not more than 4.5 days (33.75 Hours) between September and December 2023.
Required qualifications and experience:
- University degree, Masters/and or a doctorate in social sciences, law, Public Affairs or Politics or related fields.
- Demonstrate a solid knowledge of gender and inclusion issues in Ghana;
- Demonstrate knowledge and experience in parliamentary caucuses management;
- Have expertise and skills in coaching/ training in debating skills;
- Have analytical skills and good ability to dialogue;
- Demonstrate a strong capacity for team management, workshop facilitation/training and work in a multi-stakeholder and multicultural context;
- Have proven communication skills (oral and written);
- Experience working with the Parliament would be an asset.
- Have very good writing and communication skills;
- Ability to analyze and synthesize;
- Meet commitments;
- Capacity for innovation;
- Good team spirit;
- Sense of responsibility;
- Assume all responsibilities and honor commitments;
- Compliance with professional technical standards and quality;
- Be immediately available.
Application file: Applications must include:
- A letter of application addressed to ACEPA;
- An updated copy of curriculum vitae (CV);
- A financial offer (daily rate);
Note: The National Consultant will work closely and collaboratively with the International/Canadian consultant, leveraging their respective expertise and experiences to achieve the project objectives. Regular communication, coordination, and knowledge-sharing between the consultants are essential for the successful implementation of the project.
Applications must be sent by email with the mention "Debating Skills and Running Effective Parliamentary Women’s Caucuses” The application file must be sent no later than 18th September 2023 at 17:00 GMT to the following address:
NB: Females are strongly encouraged to apply
 ILGRP Y2 GHANA – Debating Skills and Running Effective Parliamentary Women’s Caucuses
- Activity 1211.2