The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is calling for applications from distinguished African researchers/ research institutions to conduct a baseline study on advocacy and engagement strategies to enhance youth participation in elections and governance in Africa.
Purpose of study and research questions
The main objective of the baseline study is to provide an understanding of youth participation in elections and governance in Africa with the aim of clarifying the gaps to be filled or opportunities to be harnessed by MINDS in order to increase, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the meaningful participation of African youth in elections and governance. The findings of this study will provide information that can be used to re-design the MINDS Youth Program in Elections and Governance. This information will also be used as a base against which the effectiveness of the program can be monitored and assessed. It is expected that the study will address the following research questions:
Which socio-economic factors affect (enable or inhibit) meaningful youth participation in elections and governance in Africa?
Which stakeholders are working (at continental, regional and national levels) to enhance youth participation in elections and governance in Africa and what is the nature and scope of their work?
Which advocacy and engagement strategies have had a relatively high success rate in shifting the perceptions, attitudes and behavior of African youth in relation to participation in elections and governance, and why?
What high impact opportunities or gaps exist for increasing youth participation in elections and governance in Africa?
Which demographic categories would facilitate a focused approach for maximum impact in encouraging youth participation in elections and governance?
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Be a registered, compliant legal entity within at least one African country. (Applicable to organizations only not individual applicants).
Have at least five (5) years' individual or organizational experience conducting similar studies and/ or publishing academically acclaimed research on African youth, African elections and/or related fields.
Have access to a diverse team (including but not limited to age, gender and geographic location/ exposure to the African continent).
Be able to write and fluently present in English. The ability to collect data, write and present in other African languages especially French and/ or Arabic will be an advantage.
Have a demonstrated track record of applying both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
A demonstrated research track record or interest in governance in Africa, African youth or African economies will be an advantage.
Be flexible to travel, should that be necessary. An extensive, accessible network across Africa e.g. offices in different African countries will be an advantage.
The all-inclusive budget for this study is thirty six thousand US dollars (USD 36 000).
The engagement should take no longer than three (3) months.
Submission of interest
Applicants are required to submit an electronic expression of interest with the following documents:
A research proposal outlining how the applicant would approach such research and the research methodology to be applied. The proposal should not be longer than ten (10) pages including annexures, appendices and references.
A preliminary timeline AND budget estimate based on the information provided above. Applicants must state clearly any assumptions they make in arriving at a preliminary timeline and budget.
A detailed CV or organizational profile outlining leadership and ownership structures, values, research related awards/ achievements, any other work the individual/ organization is involved in, and contact details.
A list of African youth-related published research citing the title of the published work, the name of the publication, the date of publication and any partners that worked on and/ or sponsored the publication.
MINDS will contact shortlisted organizations and may request more information before making the final selection. To all applicants (excluding late applicants), MINDS will communicate the outcome of the selection process by Tuesday the 28th of February 2017. MINDS reserves the right not to explain the outcome of the selection process or provide any further detail to the applicant's outcome.
The full Terms of Reference (TORs) are available here: TORs_ Youth Program Baseline Study.
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