Call for Proposals: Political Economy Analysis for Policy Forum

Policy Forum

1. Background

The Policy Forum (PF) is a network of 76 Tanzanian civil society organizations established in 2003 and drawn together by their specific interest in augmenting the voice of ordinary citizens to influence policy processes that help in poverty reduction, equity and democratization with a specific focus on public money accountability at both central and local levels. The overall goal is to contribute to the evolution of democratic governance in Tanzania through enhanced capacity of various actors involved with holding their government to account. Policy Forum envisions improved quality of life for the Tanzania people (vision). Policy Forum will work together to influence policy processes that improve the lives of all Tanzanians through enhanced governance and accountable use of public resources and effective protection for human rights (mission).

In early 2019, Policy Forum with the purpose of assessing the extent to which the objectives of the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan have been achieved in the period between 2017 to June 2019 initiated an external mid-term review. The review focused on Effectiveness of our advocacy on governance and accountable use of public resources, Convening role of the Policy Forum secretariat and the Strategic direction towards its primary goal. To reach to a conclusion, the review adopted both participatory and non-participatory approaches. While the non-participatory part based on a desk review, participatory approaches used were not limited to interviews and group discussions to members, partners including Donors and other key respondents at the national and subnational levels. Since the inception of the fifth strategic plan, evidence shows that there is a notable improvement in PF members’ capacity enhancement to influence and monitor the implementation of policies relating to public resources from 79% recorded during the baseline to over 90% as reported from the MTR report which goes in line with a growing support from the policy makers on the PF agenda related to transparent, equitable use of public money and increased Domestic Resource Mobilization.

Despite promising progresses being observed, there are recommendations the review team identified if worked upon may increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the network interventions in the coming strategic period such as to expand our engagements beyond members and traditional stakeholders and include other non-state partners in policy analysis, budget analysis and advocacy in various sectors that contribute to the revenue generation, and improvement of GDP. While planning for the next Strategic Plan, the review team has urged for PF to take into considerations the government priorities in areas of accountability and transparency that reflects the public needs and priorities within the five-year development plan in order to increase critical mass for policy impact.

To this end, PF seeks to engage a consultant to produce a Political Economy Analysis (PEA) of Tanzania detailing the context in which civil societies operate in fulfilling their mandates which will help inform the network on how to best position itself given its role as a convener of NGOs working to strengthen governance and public money accountability.

2. Objectives of Assignment

            2.1 Main Objective

To undertake a macro-level Political Economy Analysis (PEA) to gain an understanding of the context in which Policy Forum, other civil society organizations operate in fulfilling their mandates. This includes examining the opportunities and obstacles for policy reform.

    1. Specific Objectives
  1. To undertake power analysis of parliamentarians and executive technocrats to shed light on the abilities of such actors to improve their domains’ responsiveness to PF’s agenda.
  2. To identify the drivers for success in executive advocacy and the existing disincentives for reform within the administration.
  3. Examine the specific support local government actors need to enhance public money accountability at the subnational level and in responding to the specific needs of the vulnerable including women and youth.
  4. Map out opportunities for enhancing a business-friendly Domestic Resource Mobilization especially during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. To identify relevant skills that civil society organizations need to improve in engaging with policy processes including formulation, implementation and monitoring as well as to document the gender and power asymmetry and opportunities that exist to prevent or support women and youth in policy advocacy.

3. Scope of Assignment

This will include designing a suitable methodology; identifying key issues that need the attention of civil society organisations working in the governance and accountability field; and identifying suitable and accessible platforms to engage parliamentarians and technocrats after the general elections of October 2020. More specifically, the PEA seeks to answer the following questions:

  1. What power do parliamentarians and technocrats within the executive hold to result in their domains buying into the good governance agenda from civil society?
  2. What are drivers to successful executive advocacy and what disincentives exist to block policy reform in the current administration at the national and subnational level?
  3. What are the key opportunities and barriers preventing improvement of a business-friendly Domestic Resource Mobilization environment during and after the COVID-19 pandemic?
  4. How are Civil Society Organizations contributing to reform and what skills do they need to advance the quality of their engagements throughout policy processes?
  5. What opportunities exist to support women and youth in policy advocacy and what barriers prevent them from partaking in policy spaces due to gender and power asymmetry issues?

PF will provide any internal materials deemed necessary for Political Economy Analysis (PEA).

4. Deliverables

The consultant will be required to prepare and submit the following;

  1. An Inception report together with a methodology and workplan.
  2. A draft report with key findings and recommendations presented to PF for inputs
  3. A final report of the study

5. Work Plan

The study intends to not take more than a month to timely inform the network and other key stakeholders during the planning period.





Initial consultations



Develop and Finalize Inception Report



Presentation of the Inception Report



Fieldwork/Data collection



Submission of Draft Report



Study report validation



Final report, including recommendations

on way forward



Total number of days


6. Mode of payment

Payment will be done in two phases; a half of the total agreed amount shall be paid upon the submission of an inception report and the rest after completion of the task.

Payment Date


% of completion

Day 1

Initial consultation and signing of a contract


Day 6

Submission of an Inception Report


3rd Day of

presentation of final report



Expiration Date: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

7. Consultants Profile requirements

Interested consultants should attach a brief study proposal with a background or problem setting, theoretical review, the methodology and budget. Additionally, Consultants should attach a CV and a sample of previous similar studies conducted. All documents should be sent to  by 30th  June 2020

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