Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 15 August 2023
1. Introduction and background to assignment
The SADC Parliamentary Forum is the main inter-parliamentary organisation of Southern Africa which is mandated by its Plenary Assembly to develop and monitor the domestication of Model Laws, Minimum Standards and other related normative instruments. Over decades, the Model Laws developed by the Forum have become crucial legislative benchmarks for SADC national Parliaments, in particular to level up legal and administrative norms in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV, child marriage, public financial management etc. Model Laws are inspired from the relevant United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) human rights treaties and are additionally adapted and contextualised to befit the Southern African context. For the sake of completeness, each Model Law developed by the Forum has been arrived at pursuant to widespread consultations with stakeholders and interest groups emanating from the three arms of the State (Executive, Legislature, and the Judiciary).
- Introduction and background to assignment
The SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) is the main inter-parliamentary organisation of Southern Africa whose membership consists of 15 sovereign Member Parliaments. The SADC-PF operates on the robust bedrock of its Constitution, Rules of Procedure and Administrative Rules. In this respect, the overarching objective of the Forum is to pursue inter-parliamentary cooperation and diplomacy by the discussion of issues which are of regional interest. While the SADC-PF has been in existence for nearly three decades, the Plenary Assembly of the organisation has set out periodic strategic objectives in view of further guiding the activities of the Forum through a Vision, Mission Statement and objectives which need to be fulfilled by measurable indicators.
Since the 5-year Strategic Plan (2019-2023) of the Forum is about to come to an end on 31st December 2023, it is imperative that a new Strategic Plan of the Forum be devised to chart out the way for the next 5 years of the Forum’s operations. In this regard, a Consultant, or a group of Consultants within a partnership, will be hired on a short fixed-term performance contract to identify the strategic areas for intervention in consultation with Forum representatives, and to prepare a detailed strategic plan with measurable indicators, time frames and costed activities.