Individual Consultant: Improve Protocols on Assessing Barriers of Women’s Participation in Political Parties

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 17 June 2020

Job Description


The International Republican Institute (IRI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, organization dedicated to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide. Since 1983, IRI has worked to develop democratic institutions and ideals, carrying out a variety of international programs to promote freedom, self-government and the rule of law worldwide. IRI provides technical assistance in the areas of political party strengthening, developing civic institutions and open elections, promoting democratic governance and advancing the rule of law.

For over a decade, the National Endowment for Democracy’s investment in WDN has built a platform to connect aspiring and experienced women leaders around the world, coalescing diverse, multi-sector groups of women and empowering them to meaningfully participate and take on leadership roles within the political process. WDN’s reach now extends to more than 5,000 members in more than 80 countries and over 22 longstanding partner organizations, including 15 Country Chapters. To-date, WDN has directly reached over 17,000 women through trainings, conferences and workshops.

In order to better understand the barriers and opportunities that exist for women within political parties, WDN will expand the scope of its SheVotes toolkit. The SheVotes toolkit includes interview protocols for key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and election day observations to assess the barriers and opportunities that exist for women as voters and candidates around elections.

Period of Performance

July 15, 2020 – September 30, 2020.

Statement of Work

  • Contractor will develop protocols for key informant interviews and focus group discussions that will be used to assess the barriers to women’s participation in political parties.


  • Interview protocols for different groups as necessary (e.g. political party members, party leadership, citizens)
  • Focus group discussion guides.

Technical Proposals

All proposals submitted to IRI must include:

1. Information addressing Bidder’s experience in providing each of the services identified in the above Statement of Work and Bidder’s proposed specific approach for providing those services to IRI under this contract, including sufficient information to determine a clear definition of services as it relates to other providers that may be involved.

2. The name, address, and telephone and facsimile numbers of the Bidder (and electronic address if available). If the Bidder is a firm, name(s) should be provided for individuals authorized to conduct business on behalf of the firm.

3. Bidders may provide a list of up to three references for work performed of a similar nature during the last three years, along with contact details. IRI may contact the references to evaluate past performance.

4. If the Bidder is a U.S. organization/resident, or a foreign organization/resident which has income effectively connected with the conduct of activities in the U.S. or has an office or a place of business or a fiscal paying agent in the U.S., the information submitted must contain Bidder’s Taxpayer Identification Number.

5. Proposals will not exceed 10 pages (not including cover page).

6. Proposals submitted by individuals must contain the attached Expert Service Rate Form and a CV/resume.

Submission Instructions

Bids must be submitted via email to Ashley Bruggemann, at with the subject line “WDN2019GLOBAL18o” on July 10, 2020.

About the Organization

IRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth.

More information

PR001216 WDN2019GLOBAL18o Final RFP.pdf

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