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Request for Quotation

Research and Analysis

GPEA, stakeholder analysis, and organisational capacity assessments

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)


The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) is recruiting for an organisation/company with background and expertise in research and the MENA region to conduct research and analysis specifically focusing on Freedom of Expression (FOE) in each of a total of 3 target countries.

About IWPR

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) is a non-governmental organization that gives voice to people at the frontlines of conflict and transition to help them drive change. Founded in 1992, IWPR now works in more than two dozen countries and territories in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWPR supports activists, human and women’s rights defenders, reporters, and citizen journalists in many countries in conflict, crisis, and transition around the world. We contribute to peace and good governance by strengthening the ability of media and civil society to speak out.

About the Program

With a generous fund from Her Majesty’s Government through The Department for International Development and UK AID CONNECT, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) in consortium partnerships with Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) will be implementing the Co-Creation phase of the Aswat Horra project over a 9-months period starting from May 2019 and ending by January 2020.

Primary Scope of Services

The aim of the Co-Creation phase is to develop evidence and learning for effective approaches to expanding freedom of expression in challenging contexts.

IWPR seeks to contract an organisation with expertise in research, organisational capacity, and freedom of expression to conduct a stakeholder mapping and gender, political/economic analysis of 3 countries in the MENA region as well as producing in-depth capacity assessments of 30 local partners.

Description of Services/Scope of Work

  • Lead on the research, data synthesis, and writing for the gender, political/economic analysis for the three target countries, with consortium partners providing input based on their areas of expertise.
    • Issues to be examined include analysis of the country context and how civil society navigates complex, fragile environments; key challenges faced by CSOs, infomediaries and the media; an overview of CSO leaders and their level of access to those in authority; identification of areas where CSOs can influence, thrive and serve as effective change agents; and recommendations for strengthening the capacity and impact of local CSOs and infomediaries.
  • Map FOE stakeholders in each country, including CSOs, women’s groups, infomediaries, independent media, legal defence groups, media freedom advocates, human rights defenders, as well as reform-minded public officials, parliamentarians, and community leaders. These stakeholders will be analysed based on areas of expertise, level of influence, geographic coverage, and gender considerations.
  • Researching, reporting, editing, and drafting 30 organisational capacity assessments for CSO partners working on a range of freedom of expression-related issues examining institutional strengths/gaps. Specifically, analysing organisational capacity, such as internal systems; strategic planning and operational ability; and networking, coalition-building and advocacy capacity. This will include both established and emerging CSOs
  • Engage local and international researchers and expert consultants to support on the ground and remote research efforts.
  • Design data collection methodology and design research instruments. Lead on data collection and analysis for GPEA, stakeholder analysis, and 30 individual capacity assessments.
  • Produce a summary report providing a comparative regional-level analysis for an overall view of capacities and needs among FOE stakeholders.

Additional Duties & Responsibilities

  • Attend a consortium meeting with IWPR and consortium partners to finalise roles and responsibilities, activity planning, and timeline development (travel and accommodation covered by IWPR)
  • Support the consortium’s efforts with local partner selection – providing input on selection criteria and taking part in selection committee review panel.
  • As requested by IWPR, coordinate with consortium partners, ensuring their input is included in all deliverables.
  • Take part in remote coordination and check-in meetings throughout the GPEA and partner assessment process – this will include bi-monthly calls with consortium.
  • Selected organisation will be put in direct coordination with partner CSOs under IWPR supervision
  • Attend co-creation wrap up conference in Tunis (travel and accommodation covered by IWPR)


The selected organisation will closely work with IWPR and its two consortium partners, RSF & MLDI, to:

  • Produce a Gender, Political and Economic Analysis for each country
  • Produce a stakeholder mapping & analysis for each country
  • Produce 30 individual capacity assessments of partner organisations (these organisations will be selected through an open-bid process by IWPR)
  • Report analyzing the programmatic and operational challenges faced by organisations working on freedom of expression in each of the three target countries

Remuneration and Duration

The selection of the creative/production company will be determined based on the financial, technical proposal and previous experience.

The contract will be for a maximum of 7 months and a maximum total of GBP 205,000.


Interested organisations are kindly requested to send technical and financial proposals by 5 PM Tunis time on June 17, 2019 to adminna@iwpr.net.