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Consulting, HIV surveillance systems (WHO) - DEADLINE EXTENSION

United Nations (UN) | Published January 1, 1970  -  Deadline March 20, 2031
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Consulting, evaluation of a malaria vaccination program

United Nations (UN); WHO | Published January 1, 1970  -  Deadline June 20, 2029
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Consulting, Social Protection / HIV Prevention (UNICEF)

United Nations (UN); UNICEF | Published December 12, 2017  -  Deadline December 20, 2028
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Consulting, financing offers for the agricultural sector

Weltbankgruppe Weltbank /International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD/Weltbank-Gruppe) | Published December 3, 2018  -  Deadline March 20, 2021
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Procurement consulting, construction of a power transmission line

Weltbankgruppe Weltbank /International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD/Weltbank-Gruppe) | Published June 3, 2018  -  Deadline March 20, 2021
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Consultancy Contract to Conduct an Evaluation of UN/Ministry of Gender Joint Annual Work Plans 2015-2017

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published June 24, 2018  -  Deadline July 9, 2018
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The Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare (MoGCDSW) and the United Nations (UN) in Malawi has since 2015 been developing and implementing Gender Joint Annual Work Plans aimed to enhance collaboration to effectively formulate prioritized Joint Work Plans. The first Joint Annual Work Plan was developed in 2015. The plans are based on the identified priorities within the framework of Ministry of Gender Strategic frameworks namely: The Ministry of Gender Strategic Plan, Joint Sector Strategic Plan, Institutional Strengthening Framework and White Paper on the National Gender Machinery. The Integrated Work Plan builds upon the previous process of mapping of all UN-supported gender interventions in Malawi and covers all interventions in which UN Agencies are supporting the MoGCDSW. The Joint Work Plan covers output activities of all departments under the MoGCDSW, setting out specific activities to be implemented and clearly indicating the resources and responsibilities associated with each of the output areas. This is a mechanism for joint programming on gender equality and women’s empowerment under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). UN Women has been coordinating the UN Gender Technical Working Group in the implementation of activities of the Joint Annual Work Plan.The process of developing the Joint Annual Work Plan aim to achieve the following objectives:To enhance collaboration between the UN in Malawi and the MoGCDSW to effectively formulate prioritised Joint Annual Work Plans;To support the MoGCDSW to identify main priorities within the framework of Ministry of Gender Strategic Plan, Joint Sector Strategic Plan, Institutional Strengthening Framework and White Paper on the National Gender Machinery;To facilitate better coordination of activities of MoGCDSW and UN interventions and advance achievement of targeted development results.The MoGCDSW is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Joint Annual Work Plans, in collaboration with ministries, departments and agencies, parastatals, the private sector, development partners, media, civil society and faith-based organizations, and other relevant stakeholders. This coordination is specifically aimed at minimizing duplication of efforts, resources and fostering greater coherence of approaches and programmes in line with principles of working as one UN. To enable effective implementation of the JAWP, the MoGCDSW and participating UN agencies will strengthen existing partnerships and create strategic new ones, particularly with stakeholders who have relevant expertise and experience. Collaboration with media, traditional authorities and faith-based organizations will be undertaken to raise public awareness and promote changes in attitudes towards gender roles and relations. The Ministry will also continue to strengthen collaboration with international development partners.

Consultancy to formulate the 2018 Malawi Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Annual Report

UNDP Malawi - MALAWI | Published June 8, 2018  -  Deadline June 21, 2018
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BackgroundFollowing the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, the United Nations in collaboration with Heads of States and Governments of the 193 Member Nations, launched a new global development blueprint, Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. This development agenda comprises of 17 SDGs which are accompanied by 169 targets and 232 indicators. Malawi being one of the countries that ratified and adopted the Agenda for implementation in September 2015, has a commitment to implement and regularly report on the progress and achievements of the SDGs up to 2030 as part and parcel to its medium-term and long-term development agenda. To this end, the country recently domesticated the SDGs in its National Development Plan, the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy 2017-2022 (MGDSIII) to facilitate implementation, monitoring, and reporting on the SDGs.The Agenda 2030 recognizes that a country-led strong inclusive and participatory review process is fundamental in achieving the ambitious agenda and therefore, includes a strong integrated follow-up and review framework covering national, regional and global levels. The national SDG review and follow up processes will be guided by the following principles:Voluntary and country-ledFocused on universal goals and targets, including means of implementationLong-term orientationOpen, inclusive, participatory and transparentPeople- centred, gender sensitive and respectful of human rightsBuilt on existing platforms, processes and methodologiesRigorous and evidence-based

Individual Consultant to carry out Climate Public Espenditure and Institutional Review (CPEIR)

Malawi Country Office - MALAWI | Published May 30, 2018  -  Deadline June 15, 2018
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The project is implemented by the Government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining with support from Global Environment Facility (GEF)-Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and United Nation Development Programme (UNDP). The project aims to establish and demonstrate the institutional framework required to mainstream adaptation into development planning at national and local levels, beginning with Ministries responsible for Agriculture, Water and Forestry and 3 pilot districts (Nkhatabay, Ntcheu and Zomba).Fiscal policy and public finance can be key drivers of a country’s transition to a green economy. There is growing interest in Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews (CPEIR) as these reviews offer a way of systematically assessing the equity, efficiency and effectiveness of public resources allocation, investment and spending on climate changed related activities. This review will involve the analysis of allocation and management of public expenditures and will focus on the Adapt Plan project’s priority sectors such as agriculture, water and forestry. Information obtained from CPEIR will be used to provide guidance to decentralized strategic planning and budget preparation and to identify ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of resource allocations to climate change adaptation at the district level. The expenditure analysis and recommendations are intended to demonstrate how GoM and donor resources are currently used, and to recommend how to improve resource utilization for the realization of climate resilience at district level while providing lessons for the overall country strategies.It is in this context that the project is looking for a qualified national consultant to carry out the CPEIR.

Individual Consultancy for Development of Training Manuals for the District Peace Committees

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published May 23, 2018  -  Deadline June 6, 2018
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Over the years, Malawi has benefitted from the use of traditional conflict management mechanisms and practices in resolving community and national conflicts. Government, Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders such as traditional leaders have also provided various forms of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. These institutions include the Judiciary, District Labour Offices, the Office of the Ombudsman, Malawi Human Rights Commission, Public Affairs Committee, National Institution for Civic Education, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, Multiparty Liaison Committees (MPLCs), etc. While some of these institutions have played a critical role in managing national conflicts, their efforts have been impeded by two main challenges, namely; lack of enabling legislation and absence of a national peace architecture that promotes pro-active rather than reactive conflict management in the country. As a result, their efforts were mostly being ad-hoc and unsustainable.In an effort to achieve more sustainable peace, the Government of Malawi is in the process of establishing a National Peace Architecture (NPA) to serve as the national pillar for peacebuilding, conflict prevention and transformation. The NPA will functionally be represented at national and district levels where these structures will engage in a collaborative manner with other key stakeholders in peacebuilding and transformative dialogues that foster national cohesion.In view of the above, as a first step and a test to roll out the NPA structures nationwide, three pilot District Peace Committees (DPCs) have been established in Karonga, Mangochi, and Kasungu. The lessons learnt from this exercise are the basis on which similar structures will be implemented in other districts across the country. Currently the process is underway to establish DPCs in six other districts including Rumphi, Nkatabay, Mulanje, Machinga, Nsanje, and Salima.The National Peace Policy which was approved by the government in 2017 provides a legal foundation and framework to the establishment of the NPA including DPCs. Enabling legislation for the implementation of the National Peace Policy will be developed and enacted in due course.Apart from DPCs, Women in Peacebuilding Forums and Youth Peace Forums have been established at national and regional levels as informal, civil society-based substructures under the NPA. These forums, in addition to other existing initiatives and structures on conflict prevention and resolution that are run by various other civil society organizations, also support the initiatives of conflict prevention, resolution and transformation on the ground.One of the expected objectives under the National Peace Policy is to conduct research on peace and conflict. For this purpose, the NPA is in the process of establishing a conflict data collection and management mechanism, and DPCs are given the responsibility to collect and compile conflict-related information at district level. The NPA will receive data from each DPC for further data compilation, management and analysis at national level.

Review of the National Climate Change Training Manuals,Design Training Toolkit and conduct a Training of Trainers for Adapt plan Project

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published May 16, 2018  -  Deadline May 31, 2018
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This is Terms of Reference (ToR) for consultancy services to review national climate change training manuals, design training manual and conduct a training of trainers for UNDP-GEF full-sized project titled Implementing urgent adaptation priorities through strengthened decentralised and national development plans-ADAPT PLAN (PIMS#4958). The project is implemented by the Government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining with support from Global Environment Facility (GEF)-Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and United Nation Development Programme (UNDP). The project aims to establish and demonstrate the institutional framework required to mainstream adaptation into development planning at national and local levels, beginning with Ministries responsible for Agriculture, Water and Forestry and 3 pilot districts (Nkhatabay, Ntcheu and Zomba). The Government and NGOs through different projects and programmes have developed several training manuals on climate change issues in order to address the capacity gap in the country. ADAPT PLAN is also promoting capacity development that ensures Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Community Based Adaptation (CBA) are mainstreamed in capacity development process in the country. It is within this context that the project would like to engage the services of a competent consultant to review the climate change adaptation training manuals that exist and currently available in Malawi so as to come up with the most up-to-date CCA training manual. The Consultant is also expected to conduct 2-3 days training of trainers in CCA for selected district staff. This training should also test and address reliability and validity of the manual.

Development of National Guidelines to support implementation of community based early warning projects

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published May 18, 2018  -  Deadline May 31, 2018
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The Government of Malawi, with the support from UNDP, has secured funding from the Green Climate Fund to scale up the use of modernized early warning systems (EWS) and climate information in the country. The project will work with communities in disaster prone and food-insecure districts to co-develop tailored weather- and climate-based agricultural advisories to be disseminated through ICT/mobile, print and radio channels. The project will also scale up best practices in community readiness to respond to disasters and mitigate key risks. Community-based EWS will be scaled up in flood-prone areas and capacities to use and respond to warnings will be strengthened at the national, district and community levels.The project is being implemented in 21 districts by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), in collaboration with the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS), Department of Water Resources (DWR), Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES), Department of Fisheries (DoF), and the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM).The project has three expected outputs;Expansion of observation networks that generate climate-related data to save lives and safeguard livelihoods from extreme climate eventsDevelopment and dissemination of products and platforms for climate-related information/services for vulnerable communities and livelihoodsStrengthening communities’ capacities for use of EWS/CI in preparedness for response to climate related disastersOne of the objectives of the project is to scale-up community based early warning systems in flood-disaster prone areas of Karonga, Salima, Dedza, Nkhotakota, Nkhata Bay, Rumphi, Phalombe and Zomba through awareness raising on flood hazards and vulnerabilities, installation of automated rainfall and hydrological monitoring and telemetry system and implementation of flood risk reduction and management measures that includes community level vulnerability and risk assessments, development and implementation of local level flood risk management measures. Community based disaster risk management (CBDRM) is a process, which leads to locally appropriate and locally 'owned' strategies for disaster preparedness and risk reduction. The importance of this approach has been recognized widely to promote a culture of safety, reduce vulnerabilities and enhance local capacities. In Malawi, similar approaches have been practiced by national and international NGOs and government departments. Community based early warning systems (CBEWS) for flood forecasting and warning is one such CBDRM approaches being promoted in Malawi. Over the years, the number of agencies implementing CBEWS projects has increased significantly. However, their approach to CBEWS has remained inconsistent due to absence of national standards to guide implementation of such projects. Under the M-CLIMES project, DoDMA, in partnership with NGOs will be implementing CBEWS sub-projects in 33 flood prone communities in eight districts. Before the commencement of this initiative, DoDMA wishes to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the performance and effectiveness of similar projects in Malawi. The lessons learnt from this exercise will not only inform the implementation of the planned CBEWS sub-projects, but also lead to development of national guidelines to ensure a consistent approach to implementation of similar projects in Malawi. In the above context, UNDP Malawi Country Office currently seeks to hire a consultant to support DoDMA in assessing the existing CBEWS and develop national guidelines for Community Based Flood Early Warning Systems (CBEWS) under M-CLIMES project.

Consultancy to Support the Development of the Spotlight Initiative Country Programme in Malawi

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published May 15, 2018  -  Deadline May 30, 2018
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Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world today. It is a major obstacle to the fulfillment of women’s and girls’ human rights and development and therefore a threat to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. While there have been efforts to address and eliminate Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and Harmful Practices (HP) in the African region, and improved access to, and exercise of, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), progress has remained slow and uneven, and the approaches have been fragmented. It is increasingly clear that the elimination of all forms of SGBV and HP is intrinsically connected to transformation of gender and socio-cultural norms including those related to women’s sexuality and reproduction; and to improving women’s access to comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health information and services.Malawi ranks 145/188 on the Gender Inequality Index, reflecting high levels of inequalities in reproductive health, women’s empowerment and economic activity. Women in Malawi generally fare worse than men on most social and economic indicators including wage equality, political participation, secondary and tertiary education enrolment and literacy. Additionally, violence against women and girls and harmful practices, including early and forced marriages, sexual assaults, including harmful sexual initiation, and domestic violence, remain serious issues. Nearly half of Malawi’s girls marry before turning 18 (47%), and the adolescent birth rate is very high, with 30% of babies born to mothers 19 years or younger. Early sexual initiation with limited access to sexual and reproductive health services, lead to early pregnancies, which prevent girls from finishing school, expose them to HIV/AIDS and is the leading cause of mortality among girls 15-19.In response to this, the European Union and the United Nations are embarking on a new multi-year program, entitled the Spotlight Initiative, focused on eliminating violence against women and girls and harmful practices. The initiative will deploy targeted, large-scale investments in a focused number of countries aimed at achieving significant impact in the lives of women and girls. It comes with the highest level of commitment globally and the initiative will be governed by the UN Deputy Secretary General and the Vice President of the EU Commission. Malawi has been selected as one of eight countries in Africa to receive a share of the global grant of €500 million after submission of a proposal earlier this year. The Initiative is built around six pillars after an extensive global theory of change exercise. The pillars are: 1) Laws and Policies; 2) Institutions; 3) Prevention and Social Norms; 4) Services; 5) Data; and 6) Women’s movement. The country programme will have interventions in all six pillars.The Spotlight team in Malawi, consisting of members from the UN, the EU and the Ministry of Gender has recently, after consultations with key stakeholders, submitted the Country Programme Outline (CPO) to the Spotlight Secretariat globally, outlining the areas of focus under each pillar. In Malawi emphasis has been put on pillar 3 (prevention and social norms) and 4 (services), with the other pillars creating a supporting framework to ensure the delivery of these.Malawi will start the development of the Country Programme on the 23 May, after receipt of the Guidance on the 22 May. As this is a large, multi-stakeholder, multi-year project on a deep-rooted issue in Malawi, a full-time expert is needed to coordinate and guide the team and assist in developing the CP, as well as engage with the EU and other key stakeholder.

Consultant Services to Support Communications for Private Sector Development

Malawi Country Office - MALAWI | Published April 20, 2018  -  Deadline May 2, 2018
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BACKGROUND:The Private Sector Development Project (PSDP) is a private sector-led and private sector driven initiative. It aims to incentivize the private sector to deliver sustained, rapid and inclusive growth in alignment with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDG), ensuring that value chains with strong potential, as identified by the National Export Strategy (NES), contribute to growth and poverty reduction. PSDP aims to better align business incentives with development objectives to promote innovation and inclusive business approaches that draw poor communities into markets more efficiently. The PSDP contributes to the achievement of SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 9 (Build Resilient Infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation).Specifically, the overall goal of the PSD project is to support poverty reduction and productive partnerships among businesses, local producers and entrepreneurs, especially smallholders. The project contributes to the transformation of the private sector into an engine of growth through economic diversification, job creation and greater economic opportunity for the poor.The Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF) was launched in April 2014 as a new approach to engage private sector businesses operating in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors of Malawi. The MICF is a competitive, transparent mechanism that provides co-finance for innovative, inclusive business projects proposed by the private sector active in Malawi. The fund is a quick, responsive mechanism to support the needs of the private sector, and has proven a pivotal operational tool in the delivery to the Government of Malawi’s Private Sector Development Project (PSDP). In 2018, the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF) grantees will continue implementation of projects based on the first round of competition (Agriculture and Manufacturing), the second round of competition (Agribusiness, Manufacturing & Logistics) , and the third round of competition (Irrigation). At policy level, continued support is provided for the roll out of the ‘Buy Malawi Strategy’, which aims to foster business growth and economic development through the promotion, production and consumption of Malawian products.The Project requires a short-term communications expert who will be hired on a performance-based contract to manage communications respecting the MICF project for the year 2018 and provide technical assistance in the continued rolling out of the Marketing and Communications Plan of the Buy Malawi Strategy (BMS). Communications activities will focus on communicating key impacts and achievements of MICF projects and documenting compelling stories of change in people’s lives. Working under the supervision of Portfolio Manager for Resilience and Sustainable Growth, the expert will be responsible for planning and executing stakeholder and public relations initiatives. He/She will design comprehensive strategies to ensure that the MICF and the roll out of the Buy Malawi Strategy gets support of and the buy-in from private sector actors, and ensure public awareness and engagement. The consultant will provide support to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism in expanding public awareness and confidence in the consumption of Malawian products and also building the confidence of the private sector in the Buy Malawi campaign.

Feasibility Study and Preliminary Designs for Stambuli Dam

UNDP Malawi Office - MALAWI | Published December 21, 2017  -  Deadline January 19, 2018
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The Government of Malawi, through the Environmental Affairs Department (EAD) in the Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining with support from Global Environment Facility (GEF)-Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) is implementing a project to support implementation of a climate resilience project namely ‘Climate Proofing Local Development Gains in Rural and Urban Areas of Machinga and Mangochi Districts.’ In Mangochi, the project targets three Traditional Authorities (TA) (Nankumba, Chimwala, and Mponda).As one way of promoting rain water harvesting in response to the current drought and inconsistent rainfall pattern the country is facing, Mangochi District Council plans to develop a dam to be used mainly for irrigation, water supply and flood control for the benefit of local communities. The dam is proposed to be constructed on Mtemankhokwe River. The GPS Coordinates for the proposed dam site are 36L 0722 406. 8394 827. It is approximately 30km from Mangochi Boma in the area of GVH Stambuli, TA Mponda, near Katema Trading Centre. In view of this, the Council intends to engage the services of a Consultant to carry out extensive feasibility study including field assessment, associated preliminary survey and design works. The feasibility study and construction works will be funded by GEF-LDCF through UNDP Country Office under Climate Proofing Project, a project being implemented in Mangochi and Machinga Districts.

Gender Specialist Consultancy

UNDP Malawi - MALAWI | Published January 3, 2018  -  Deadline January 19, 2018
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National Consultant - Terminal Evaluation of The Poverty and Environment Initiative Project

UNDP Malawi Office - MALAWI | Published December 18, 2017  -  Deadline January 5, 2018
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UNDP has continued to support the Malawi (GoM) through UNDAF outcomes focusing on environment and energy for sustainable economic development. The Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) II 2011/12-2015/16 is the overarching operational medium-term strategy for Malawi. Its main objective remains to reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is organized into six thematic areas: i) Sustainable Economic Growth; ii) Social Development iii) Social Support and Disaster Risk Management (DRM); iv) Infrastructure Development; v) Improved Governance and; vi) Cross-cutting issues of gender and capacity development. Under MGDS I, Malawi has achieved macro-economic stability, economic growth, unprecedented poverty reduction, national food security and a 50 % reduction in HIV prevalence rates.

Consultancy to Develop a Communication Strategy for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published December 4, 2017  -  Deadline December 22, 2017
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The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is a body created under Section 75 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi to supervise and direct the conduct of all elections in Malawi i.e. Parliamentary, Presidential, By-elections, Local Government and Referenda. The Commission conducts these elections in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act No.31 of 1993 (PPEA), Local Government Elections Act No.24 of 1996 and Electoral Commission Act No.11 of 1998 (ECA).The Commission is developing a new Strategic Plan (2018 to 2022) which is taking the electoral cycle approach to implementing election activities focusing on the Pre, During and Post elections. In view of the new strategic plan, the electoral cycle philosophy and the enactment of the Access to Information Act, the Commission is planning to review its communication strategy to develop a new one that will run from April 2018 to March 2022 to ensure strategic direction to its communication activities especially in preparation for the 2019 Tripartite Elections.The new communication strategy will also provide strategic direction on how the Commission will respond to requests for information in view of the Access to Information Act which was passed by Malawi Parliament on 14th December, 2016 and assented to by the State President on 15th February, 2017.The Commission, therefore, seeks to engage ONE local consultant who will work with the Commissioners and staff to review and develop a new communication strategy that will guide in the implementation of activities with a focus on the above-mentioned areas. This activity will be implemented under the Malawi Electoral Cycle Support (MECS) Programme 2017-2019 which is a basket fund pooling resources from various development partners and is managed by UNDP.The MECS Project contributes directly to the SDG 16 goal of ensuring responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels. The Project is structured around four outputs: (1) The MEC is trusted by the public and political parties as an impartial entity possessing the capacity to administer and manage elections in accordance with regional and international obligations; (2) Women’s political empowerment throughout the electoral cycle is strengthened; (3) Enhanced ability of key stakeholders, including political parties, to contribute to orderly and inclusive elections; and (4) Effective and efficient management, partnership formation and monitoring and evaluation of the Project.

Development of Electoral Complaints Handling Guidelines and Procedures for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published December 4, 2017  -  Deadline December 22, 2017
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The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is a body corporate created under Section 75 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi to administer, supervise and direct the conduct of elections in Malawi i.e. Parliamentary, Presidential, By-elections, Local Government and Referenda. The Commission conducts these elections in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act No.31 of 1993 (PPEA), Local Government Elections Act No.24 of 1996 and Electoral Commission Act No.11 of 1998 (ECA).The Commission has the constitutional mandate to determine electoral petitions and complaints related to the conduct of any election. It also has a legislative mandate to resolve complaints at every stage of the electoral process i.e. complaints relating to registration of voters, nomination process, campaign process and polling. In addition, before determination of the national result of an election, the Commission is required by law to decide on matters that are subject to any complaint. The legislative framework gives the Commission some quasi-juridical powers to determine election petitions and complaints subject to the right of appeal to the formal courts and this has been confirmed through judicial pronouncements both in the High Court and Supreme Court of Malawi. Despite having this mandate, the Commission does not have formal procedural guidelines to assist it in exercising its mandate as an electoral complaint handling tribunal.To comprehensively fulfil its mandate, the Commission, therefore, seeks to engage an Individual Consultant who will work with the Legal Directorate and other relevant MEC Staff members to develop guidelines and procedures for receipt, recording, investigation, resolving and communicating determinations of complaints at every stage of the electoral process i.e. registration, nomination, campaign, polling, and before the determination of results. The guidelines will also provide the relevant timelines of the complaints’ handling process.This activity will be implemented under the Malawi Electoral Cycle Support (MECS) Programme 2017-2019 which is a basket fund that has pooled resources from various development partners and is managed by UNDP. The MECS Project contributes directly to the SDG 16 goal of ensuring responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels. The Project is structured around four outputs:(1) The MEC is trusted by the public and political parties as an impartial entity possessing the capacity to administer and manage elections in accordance with regional and international obligations and standards; (2) Strengthened women’s political empowerment throughout the electoral cycle.; (3) Enhanced ability of key stakeholders, including political parties, to contribute to orderly and inclusive elections; and (4) Effective and efficient management, partnership formation and monitoring and evaluation of the Project.

Local Individual Consultant

Malawi Country Office - MALAWI | Published November 7, 2017  -  Deadline November 23, 2017
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The era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came to an end in 2015, and the newSustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by 193 member countries of the United Nations in New York on 25th September 2015, took over as a new global sustainable development agenda to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. In total, there are 17 SDGs, also known as the Agenda 2030. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.The Agenda 2030 is unique in that it calls for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income. It recognizes that ending poverty must go together with a plan that builds economic growth andaddresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while addressing climate change and environmental protection. It also covers issues such as inequality, infrastructure, energy, consumption, biodiversity, oceans and industrialization. This new universal agenda requires an integrated approach to sustainable development and collective action, at all levels, to address the challenges of our time, with an overarching imperative of ‘leaving no one behind’ and addressing inequalities and discrimination as the central defining feature.

Two Individual Consultants to Review the Civic and Voter Education Strategy

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published November 8, 2017  -  Deadline November 21, 2017
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The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is a body created under Section 75 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi to supervise and direct the conduct of all elections in Malawi i.e. Parliamentary, Presidential, By-elections, Local Government and Referenda. The Commission conducts these elections in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act No.31 of 1993 (PPEA), Local Government Elections Act No.24 of 1996 and Electoral Commission Act No.11 of 1998 (ECA).The Electoral Commission Act Section 8 (j) further mandates the Commission to “promote public awareness and other appropriate and effective means and to conduct civic and voter education on such matters.” The Commission’s role is to fulfil this mandate, comply with international standards of managing elections and delivery of civic and voter education. In addition, the various stakeholders that are involved in Civic and Voter Education (CVE) need guidance on the key areas that they need to concentrate on in imparting information to the grassroots. Stakeholders also need to be aware of issues that form the content of voter education and voter information and the specific periods when these two can be delivered to the electorate to achieve maximum output.Although the Commission’s main focus on the provision of voter information/education is aligned to the various electoral processes, it also ensures that it coordinates and provides adequate information to civic and voter education practitioners so that they in turn impart the same information in a timely and adequate manner to the public.Prior to each election and in liaison with the various stakeholders, the Commission develops a CVE strategy that provides a guide and direction on how to deliver civic and voter education programmes. The CVE strategy outlines the key areas of focus, target groups, delivery methodologies, media, roles of various stakeholders, accreditation process, codes of conduct, mapping and issues of monitoring and evaluation.This activity will be implemented under the Malawi Electoral Cycle support (MECs) programme 2017 – 2019 which is a basket fund pooling resources from various development partners and is managed by UNDP..