TERMS OF REFERENCE
Workshop and training with women and gender advocates on campaigning for gender-transformative policy
The intervention entitled ‘Women and Girls Rebuilding New Iraq’ implemented by Oxfam in Iraq contributes to shaping policy, decision-making mechanisms and peacebuilding processes at multiple levels with the specific objective to ensure women and girls play a significant role in the new rehabilitation and development agenda. The initiative is working with women and girls in Kirkuk and Diyala governorates, both of which have endured a protracted conflict. The project seeks to engage 9,000 vulnerable women and girls in Iraq. Part of the project also takes place at the national level involving public policy and advocacy for women's and girls' rights.
The project is implemented in cooperation with Women Rights Organizations (WROs) promoting transformative leadership in formal and informal governance structures. In particular, the project includes a Leadership Programme dedicated to strengthening the capacity of WROs to advocate and campaign for, and policymakers to formulate and implement, gender-transformative policy.
Within the Leadership Programme, this consultancy is to provide capacity strengthening for selected women, representatives of WROs, youth and gender advocates in Federal Iraq to increase their competencies and engagement in campaigning, communication, media and digital campaigning.
Scope and methodology
Scope of the capacity strengthening programme:
- The capacity strengthening programme should be as much as possible an effort of facilitation rather than top-down knowledge-sharing. To that end, the consultancy will start with an assessment of participants’ existing capacity to serve as the basis to inform further training. Questions to address can include for instance the following:
- What are the ways participants are using to communicate and campaign for positive change?
- what differences do they make and apply in awareness-raising and campaigning?
- How effective are their current approaches, what gaps and opportunities can be identified?
- The capacity strengthening should then include tailored training for participating WROs on Policy, Advocacy, and Influencing.
- The development of the training outline, materials, and tools should be implemented based on assessed experiences and gaps, and according to an understanding of the Iraqi context and where the gaps and opportunities for change exist.
- The training itself should be as practical and hands-on as possible, building on the existing and aligned with the ideas and willingness of participants to join their forces in a common campaign (information will be shared from Oxfam and partners’ work in that regard).
- The capacity strengthening programme should also include in the end recommendations for follow up actions for the participants at the individual and institutional level as well as what Oxfam and other actors need to consider moving forward.
The capacity strengthening programme includes up to 60 participants.
The project envisions continuous learning and the process of engagement with the selected participants from Kirkuk, Diyala, Anbar, Mosul and Baghdad/Erbil.
Oxfam will select the participants through a call for the application currently rolled out in coordination with our partners. Applications will be assessed based on agreed criteria to settle for participants who demonstrate passion and dedication to the course. We anticipate having the selected applicants on board by early- June 2022.
Training should be done based on a blend of face-to-face methods of learning (in Erbil or Sulaymaniyah for instance), as well as utilising online tools. In compliance with Oxfam’s COVID19-related protocols, face-to-face events can have a maximum number of 15 participants (excluding the consultant staff, Oxfam’s and partner staff).
Guidance on the scope/content of the capacity strengthening:
The content of the capacity strengthening programme should be adjusted building on the existing and following the initial assessment, and tentatively cover the following topics (the consultant is encouraged to modify/add as needed):
- Difference between awareness-raising and advocacy, and increased knowledge of advocacy toolbox.
- Designing and developing campaign strategy and campaign communication strategy
- The different use of media, and social media for advocacy (can include Oxfam’s Digital Campaigning toolbox)
- Tailoring messages and tools for media and social media.
- Audience tracking, risk identification and mitigation, and engagement.
Phase 1 (June): Preliminary assessment.
Phase 2 (June-July): Trainings.
Phase 3 (July-August): Evaluation, documentation, and reporting.
The assignment seeks the following deliverables:
- Inception report in English outlining the methodological approach and detailed understanding of the assignment (max. 5 pages).
- Phase 1-Draft questionnaire (or other formats) for the capacity assessment reviewed by Oxfam and rolled out by the consultant. Upon review and conclusions, the materials will be translated into Arabic.
- Phase 1-Analytical report of the assessment with the summary of the results and the recommendations (max. 5 pages).
- Phase 2-Tailored training plan, agenda and materials. The materials will be translated from English to Arabic.
- Phase 3-Monitoring tool measuring the effectiveness of the capacity strengthening plan.
- Phase 3-Final report and/or debriefing session with Oxfam.
Supervision and Management
Oxfam’s Project Manager (Women and Girls Rebuilding New Iraq) in coordination with the Gender Justice Programme Manager, the Gender and Policy Coordinator and the Policy, Advocacy and Communication team will provide technical and practical supervision of the assignment.
Logistics and Constraints
Considering the limitations of movements due to the COVID 19 pandemic and access challenges, international consultants may not be able to travel to Federal Iraq. Therefore, it is recommended to organize in-person event(s) in Erbil or Sulaymaniyah or to form a team including Iraq-based counterparts and adopt a flexible work approach.
The consultancy is expected to be carried out as soon as possible from June 2022 to August 2022 for 25-30 working days. The timeline will be refined based on the work plan submitted by the consultant.
A full financial plan should be submitted by the consultant for their fees using the template attached with a detailed breakdown of costs:
- Per cost category (e.g. daily fees, equipment, …);
- Per Phase: Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3.
Oxfam will be responsible to cover the following costs:
- Transportation & accommodation for the consultant to travel to the country (if not in the country).
- Transportation & accommodation for the consultant and participants while in the country.
- The venue, meals, and other needs for the implementation of the programme.
The consultant budget should include, but not be limited to, all projected costs for the assignment among them:
- The rates per day per individual in the teams with indicative LOE.
- The costs of translation of materials for the training (if needed).
- The costs of engaging local trainers (if needed) to support the delivery of sessions in Arabic.
Knowledge and Experience
The following key technical requirements will be taken into consideration when assessing consultants’ technical competencies:
- University degree in communication studies, sociology, or other relevant fields.
- Experience in campaigning and communication, media and social media campaigning.
- Experience in appraising and building the capacity of local partners and specialized civil society actors especially WROs, on matters of campaigning and communication.
- Demonstrated competencies in facilitation and participatory training. Previous experience in creating, conducting and evaluating communication training.
- High proficiency in understanding gender transformative and rights-based approaches.
- Experience in the context of Iraq and mentioned areas will be an asset.
- Familiarity with constraints and challenges encountered by civil society actors working on gender-transformative interventions in a conflict-prone and fragile context.
- Familiarity with issues affecting women’s participation in decision-making in a conflict-prone and fragile context.
- Full English proficiency by the lead consultant.
- Spoken Arabic in a team skill mix if not spoken by the lead consultant.
Interested individuals or consultancy firms, with relevant experience and skills based on the ToR, can submit their Expression of Interest (EOI), including the following:
- Cover letter of no more than 1 page introducing the consultant/company and intention to deliver the assignment. The cover letter should also indicate the consultants’ availability for the proposed period.
- The technical proposal should provide details on the proposed methodology responding to the ToR and the deliverables; capacity in line with the competencies required for the assignment, including references to experience with similar assignments; CVs of the consulting team directly involved in the assignment, including their specific roles; and three professional referees. A technical proposal should not be longer than 5 pages, excluding annexes.
- The financial proposal includes a one-page budget of the offer, covering all major anticipated costs. An accompanying work plan must be submitted too.
- Statement on the willingness to follow Oxfam’s Code of Conduct and guidance regarding safe programming.
Please submit as soon as possible the EOI and other documents to firstname.lastname@example.org with a Workshop and training with women and gender advocates on campaigning in the subject line. EOIs will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the consultant is selected.
All questions or clarifications of a technical nature are to be sent to: email@example.com. Interested applicants can collect the Terms of Reference (TOR) at Oxfam in Iraq Country Office, starting from 25th May 2022 (during working hours). Alternatively, the Oxfam Logistics team can send the ToR via email upon request.