Call for Proposals | Mixed-method research consultancy in governance in Tanzania

Twaweza means “we can make it happen” in Swahili. Twaweza works on enabling children to learn, citizens to exercise agency and governments to be more open and responsive in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. 

Twaweza supports the Tanzanian national OGP plans and actions, as well as the Open Government sub-national Pilot currently under way in Kigoma Municipality. Twaweza’s support to this pilot is centered on the local civil society in Kigoma and their role vis-à-vis the local governments’ OGP plans. In line with our organizational belief in the central importance of research and learning.

Now Twaweza is seeking to support independent research around Kigoma’s approach to improving governance, including but not limited to the OGP pilot. This Request for Proposals is for the independent research centered on the hypotheses and possible short- to medium-term outcomes. 


The objective of this consultancy is to carry out a mixed-method (qualitative and quantitative) research and learning design that will allow Twaweza to understand the implementation of the OGP pilot, as well as to learn important insights into whether the overall approach to improving governance in Kigoma Municipality is yielding initial results at various levels (among the local government, community, among service providers, etc.).

 Specific tasks and outputs 

  • Develop a detailed work plan and timeline to carry out the various research activities, and a related budget. All formative/baseline activities must take place in 2017; follow-up activities ought to be planned for a reasonable period after the baseline. Follow up activities could include light-touch ongoing feedback, as well as a substantive follow up after a reasonable time period.
  • Develop and pre-test qualitative and quantitative tools for data collection
  • Carry out the research plan within the timeline, and provide a comprehensive field report, as well as package the highlights into accessible and concise communication pieces
  • Liaise with Twaweza (selected staff) to link the independent learning/research activities with internal monitoring
  • Transcribe and analyze the data using modern analytical methods for both quantitative and qualitative data; all transcripts, lists of codes, analysis plans shared with Twaweza
  • Pro-actively share insights with Twaweza, participate in learning events, as requested
  • Finalize the report taking Twaweza comments on board


The timeline for the initial work is September-December 2017 (including final baseline reports and outputs). A tentative timeline should be proposed for follow up activities.


  •  A relevant PhD degree
  • A proven track record of relevant mixed-methods research experience
  • Proven experience with rigorous qualitative as well as quantitative research analysis, excellent conceptual and synthesis skills for both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Proven excellent English writing skills, presentation & communication skills a plus
  • Fluency in Kiswahili (spoken)
  • Having access to qualified research team an advantage

Please submit an expression of interest together with a CV and proposed budget to and cc to with “Proposal for research of Kigoma governance for Twaweza Tanzania” in the subject line.

Deadline for proposals is Thursday 31 August. 

Click here for further details, including the full Call for Proposals.

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