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Advocacy and Influencing training for youth-led organizations to advocate for SRHR
Oxfam is an international confederation counting 17 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries.
Oxfam has been working in Iraq since the 1990s with both an expanding and contracting presence. In 2014, Oxfam established its first office in Mosul when the conflict with ISIS began and the country was thrown into a new humanitarian crisis, in an already fragile context. In 2021, Oxfam is amongst the largest NGOs operating in the country. With nine offices and almost 200 employees.
Oxfam in Iraq's strategy is shaped around 3 key pillars 1) Humanitarian response 2) Governance and 3) Equality. Within each of these pillars, intervention covers the following sectors: Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods, Water and Sanitation and Hygiene, Gender and Protection, Emergency lifesaving support, and Local Humanitarian Leadership.
In this framework, Oxfam in Iraq has recently launched a new project, Masarouna, aiming at supporting young people’s advocacy to achieve their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
In a context where securing SRHR is challenging, the Masarouna “Our Pathway” program will mobilize the power of young people (YP), for collective action to support their fight for greater freedom of choice and respect for their SRHR.
The program is implemented in six countries/territories of the MENA region. Masarouna identifies two main interlinked pathways to achieve the desired change. Pathway 1 is focused on the direct influencing of decision-makers and society to address inadequate legislation and harmful traditional social and cultural norms through strengthened youth engagement. Pathway 2 is focused on strengthening civil society, reclaiming civic space, and formation of new partnerships and alliances.
In the specific context of Iraq, young people face a series of challenges that limit their full enjoyment of SRHR: lack of evidence-based information about SRHR, limited access to information, lack of YP-friendly SRHR services, discrimination etc...
In this context, the Masarouna project in Iraq supports YP in accessing comprehensive information about SRHR, with a specific geographical focus on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Through increased knowledge and the building of alliances and solidarity, Masarouna in Iraq will equip YP individuals to demand their SRHR and create a supportive environment to enjoy them.
- Influencing under the Masarouna project
Under the Masarouna project, Oxfam in Iraq and the project partners will be working with YP to influence decision-makers and different actors of society to address legislation and transform social norms. In addition to creating a lasting systemic and behavioral change while addressing root causes and barriers preventing YP from claiming their SRHR. Furthermore, it will work toward mobilizing, engaging, and building relationships with the communities we work with, starting from the designing process and up to the implementation of the project influencing Strategy. The project influencing work will also include knowledge sharing, creating spaces for engagement and dialogue, and building networks and alliances.
Overall, the influencing work with partners and allies under the project will aim to:
- Cultivate active citizenship by working with young people, underrepresented groups, and social movements to increase their participation in decision-making spaces and secure their rights.
- Provide young people with knowledge and skills to participate in decision-making spaces and work with citizens, partners, civil society, and duty bearers to better engage with young people.
- Shift narratives on SRHR issues that concern young people in MENA to open space for policy change through communications, media networking, and the use of influence.
- Transform public and official attitudes, social norms, and behaviors of the public and officials that deny SRHR and prevent policy implementation.
This consultancy aims to provide training on campaigning, advocacy and influencing, lobbying, and public speaking to advocate in favor of SRHR. The target group will be volunteers and activists from youth-led organizations and national CSOs, and members of the project organization. The total number of trainees will be 20, and it will be held in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.
The consultancy's Overall Objective is to support the YP and civil society members to advance their rights and advocate to enjoy their SRHR rights through developing their advocacy and influencing skills and knowledge.
This should be achieved through providing training on the following topics (the Consultant is encouraged to add to the topic as needed):
- Context and problems analysis, this can include:
- Conduct a comprehensive context and problem analysis on the situation of SRHR in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). This should include a primary analysis of the civic space's legal, political, and social aspects.
- Effectively identify problems, gaps, and opportunities for Advocacy opportunity and policy, behavioral and social change.
- Audience/targets analysis and identifying opportunities, this can include:
- Mapping and analysis of targets and audiences
- Conducting a power analysis linked to the mapping
- Campaigning, Advocacy, and influencing, this can include:
- Advocacy strategy development and implementation with clearly defined activities, approaches, and messages.
- Persuading, influencing, lobbying, negotiation, and public speaking.
- Principles of evidence-based Advocacy and influencing decision-makers.
- Online vs. Offline and private vs. public Advocacy.
- Identifying risk and mitigation measures.
- Communication, media, and social media:
- The difference uses of media and social media for Advocacy.
- Tailoring messages and tools for media and social media.
- Communication strategies designing and development.
The Consultant is expected to provide a training methodology that considers the following:
- Developing the curricula based on the identified needs of the targeted group and the training goals. The curricula will have to be contextualized and tailored to KRI. It will further act as an influencing toolkit and guidance that will be used to implement the Masarouna project influencing activities.
- Training should be done on the base of face-to-face methods of learning and utilizing online tools if needed.
- Training should be tailored according to the needs and capacities of the target groups.
- Training should be interactive and build on capturing lessons learned and examples from similar influencing activities and contexts.
- Training should be conducted in Kurdish language as the target group will be composed by Kurdish speakers.
The Consultant is expected to commit to the following deliverables:
- Inception report outlining the methodological approach and detailed understanding of the assignment (max. 10 pages).
- Tailored training package identifying the training approach and tools.
- Training curricula as per the information provided in the ToR.
- Debriefing session with Oxfam team.
- A final report indicating the summary of the activities, achievements, challenges, and lessons learned.
- Supervision and Management
The Masarouna Project Manager in coordination with the Policy, Advocacy, and Communications Manager, who will provide technical and practical supervision of the assignment.
- Logistics and Constraints
Oxfam will be responsible for covering the following costs:
- The venue, meals, and other needs for the implementation of the training.
- Media & photos etc.
- Follow-up on action plans developed and status of scaling.
The Consultant will be responsible for covering the following costs:
- All transportation and logistics-related costs for the Consultant and the team if valid.
- Accommodation throughout the duration.
- In the case of international consultants, visa and ticket costs.
- Stationary and other material support is required during the training.
The Consultant will be paid the agreed rate upon satisfactory completion of the assignment, including submission of deliverables and reports as per the below schedule:
- 40% will be paid upon signing the contract.
- 40% will be paid upon delivering the training.
- 20% will be paid after the submission and approval of the final reports.
- Time Frame
The consultancy is expected to be carried out for approximately 25 working days. The timeline can change and the number of working days can be refined based on the Consultant's work plan and won't go beyond 15th of September 2022.
The Consultant should submit a full financial plan, considering the financial elements mentioned in point
Our next consultant will require:
- University degree in journalism, community development and communication studies, sociology, or other relevant fields.
- The Consultant should have proven previous experience in conducting similar training and working with similar groups.
- High proficiency in understanding Iraq's context, SRHR and influencing for it.
- Familiarity with constraints and challenges encountered while working on similar topics.
- Strong English and Kurdish skills.
Scoring criteria for selection of the service provider/consultant
Review of the technical proposal
Review of the financial proposal
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.
- Technical proposal should provide details on the proposed methodology responding to the ToR and the deliverables in line with the competencies required for the assignment, including references to experience with similar assignments; a work plan detailing the anticipated timeline to undertake the assignment and finalize the deliverables, clearly indicating the dates of delivery; CVs of the consultant/consulting team directly involved in the assignment, including their specific roles; and three professional referees. A technical proposal should not be longer than 10 pages, excluding annexes.
- Financial proposal includes a full budget of the offer, covering all major anticipated costs.
- Statement on the willingness to follow Oxfam's Code of Conduct and guidance regarding safe programming.
Please submit the EOI and other documents by midnight Iraq time on the 19th of July to email@example.com with Advocacy and Influencing training for youth-led organizations to advocate on SRHR in the subject line. No EOIs will be accepted after the deadline.
All questions or clarifications of a technical nature are to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the 12th of July, 5 pm.
This invitation to tender has been issued for the sole purpose of obtaining offers for the provision of the services requested against the TOR. Oxfam reserves the right not to enter in or award a contract as a result of this invitation to tender. Oxfam also reserves the right to terminate any contract issued as a result of this invitation to tender as set out in the contract terms and conditions.