Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working with partners and local communities in over 90 countries.
Oxfam has worked in Iraq since the 1990s with both a growing and shrinking presence. In 2014, Oxfam established its first office in Mosul when the conflict with the Islamic State erupted and the country was plunged into a new humanitarian crisis, in an already fragile context. In 2021, Oxfam is among the largest NGOs operating in the country. With nine offices and nearly 200 employees.
Oxfam’s strategy in Iraq is built around 3 key pillars 1) Humanitarian response 2) Governance and 3) Equality. Within each of these pillars, the intervention covers the following sectors: emergency food security and vulnerable livelihoods, water and sanitation and hygiene, gender and protection, emergency life-saving assistance and local humanitarian leadership.
As part of this, Oxfam in Iraq recently launched a new project, Masarouna, aimed at supporting young people’s advocacy to achieve their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The program is implemented in six countries/territories in the MENA region. Masarouna identifies two main interrelated pathways to achieve the desired change. Path 1 focuses on directly influencing policy makers and society to address inadequate legislation and harmful traditional social and cultural norms through enhanced youth engagement. Pathway 2 focuses on strengthening civil society, reclaiming civic space, and forming 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 factual information on SRHR, limited access to information, lack of SRHR services adapted to JP, discrimination, etc.
In this context, the Masarouna project in Iraq helps YP to access comprehensive information on SRHR, with a specific geographical focus on the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Through increased knowledge and building alliances and solidarity, Masarouna in Iraq will equip JP individuals to demand their SRHR and create an enabling environment to enjoy it.
- Influencing within the framework of the Masarouna project
Under the Masarouna project, Oxfam Iraq and project partners will work with Young People (YP) to influence policy makers and different actors in society to address legislation and transform social norms. In addition to creating lasting systemic and behavioral change while addressing the root causes and barriers preventing YPs from claiming their SRHRs. In addition, he will strive to mobilize, engage and build relationships with the communities we work with, from the design process through to the implementation of the project’s influencing strategy. The project’s influencing work will also include knowledge sharing, creating spaces for engagement and dialogue, and building networks and alliances.
Overall, 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 the 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.
· Changing narratives on SRHR issues affecting young people in the MENA region to open space for policy change through communications, media networks and the use of influence.
· Transform public and official attitudes, social norms and behaviors of the public and officials that deny SRHR and impede policy implementation.
· Link youth-led activities at the national level to relevant regional and global influencing activities in the area of gender justice and SRHR.
The consultancy’s overall objective is to develop an Iraq-contextualized SRHR influencing strategy for the Masarouna Project to support the design and implementation of influencing interventions under the project. This will include activities implemented by the Oxfam team and project partners.
The consultant is expected to develop the strategy through the following methodology:
– Study the literature already available on SRHR in the context of Iraq and KRI. The documentation consists of Masarouna’s core documents, Masarouna’s overall influencing strategy.
– Conduct an additional comprehensive and in-depth desk study on SRHR in the context of Iraq and KRI. This should include specification of background, gaps and opportunities. The context analysis should provide solid information about the social, cultural, religious and legal environment in which SRHR exists in Iraq and KRI. It will also provide a comprehensive analysis of stakeholders and YPs’ perception, understanding and capacity to advocate for their SRHR rights.
– Conduct consultation meetings, which will guide the development of the Strategy, with different stakeholders, including:
members of national civil society,
members of the international community,
different and diverse groups in the community, including JP,
The Oxfam team includes the project team in Iraq, regional teams and relevant members of Oxfam affiliates,
the representatives of the competent authorities,
– Organize 2-3 workshops with identified stakeholders, mainly the Oxfam team, Oxfam and YP partners, as well as relevant members of national civil society and the international community, as appropriate, to develop the objective and framework of the strategy. The number of workshops can be adjusted according to the consultant’s work plan.
– Develop an overall influencing strategy with, but not limited to, clear objectives, stakeholder analysis, messaging and metrics, and risk analysis.
– The Consultant will present the draft strategy through a validation work plan with the representatives of the groups that participated in the consultation meetings.
Oxfam will provide all relevant documents under the Masarouna project, including the project proposal, baseline assessment and in-depth analysis by implementing partners.
The consultant must commit to the following deliverables:
· Inception report describing the methodological approach and detailed understanding of the assignment (max. 10 pages).
· Global and comprehensive influence strategy. The structure and content of the strategy should be agreed in advance with the Oxfam team.
At least 3 consultation sessions/meetings with stakeholders, partners and JP representatives
· At least 1 validation workshop.
· Debriefing session with the Oxfam team.
· A final report indicating the summary of activities, achievements, challenges and lessons learned.
- Monitoring and management
Project manager Masarouna in coordination with the policy, advocacy and communication manager, who will provide technical and practical supervision of the mission.
- Logistics and Constraints
Oxfam will be responsible for covering the following costs:
· Venue, meals and other requirements for the implementation of consultation meetings and workshops.
· Media and photos, etc.
· Monitoring of action plans developed and scaling status.
The consultant will be responsible for covering the following costs:
· All transport and logistics costs for the Consultant and the team if applicable.
· Accommodation throughout.
· Fixed support and other equipment needed during training.
· In the case of an international consultant, visa and tickets.
The consultant will be paid at the agreed rate upon satisfactory completion of the assignment, including submission of deliverables and reports according to the schedule below:
· 40% will be paid upon signing the contract.
· 40% will be paid upon delivery of the training.
· 20% will be paid after submission and approval of final reports.
- Time limit
The consultation should be completed within 30 days. The deadline can be extended and the number of working days can be refined according to the work plan of the consultant, nevertheless, an early delivery is considered a plus.
The Consultant must submit a complete financial plan, taking into account the financial elements mentioned in point 7.
- Knowledge and experience
The following main technical requirements will be taken into consideration when evaluating the technical skills of the consultants:
· University degree in journalism, community development and communication studies, sociology or other relevant fields.
· The consultant should have proven previous experience in conducting similar trainings and working with similar groups.
· Proven skills and experience in developing influencing strategies.
· Strong understanding of the Iraqi context, SRHR and its influence.
· Familiarity with the constraints and challenges encountered when working on similar topics.
· Strong English, Kurdish and Arabic skills are recommended as policy documents and other government documents may be available in Kurdish or Arabic.
11. Scoring Criteria for Selection of Service Provider/Consultant
SN Criteria Weight % Evaluation method
1 Technical proposal 70% Technical proposal review
2 Financial proposal 30% Review of financial proposal
How to register
HOW TO REGISTER:
Interested individuals or consulting firms with relevant experience and skills based on the Terms of Reference can submit their Expression of Interest (EOI), including the following:
Cover letter a maximum of one page presenting the consultant/company and the intention to deliver the mission. The cover letter should also indicate the availability of consultants for the proposed period.
Technical proposition must provide details of the proposed methodology meeting the terms of reference and deliverables in accordance with the skills required for the assignment, including references to experience from similar assignments; a work plan detailing the timetable for undertaking the assignment and finalizing the deliverables, clearly indicating the delivery dates; CVs of consultants/teams of consultants directly involved in the assignment, including their specific roles; and three professional referees. A technical proposal should not exceed 10 pages, excluding annexes.
Financial proposal includes a comprehensive bid budget, covering all major anticipated costs.
Statement of willingness to follow Oxfam’s code of conduct and guidance on safe programming.
Please submit the expression of interest and other documents by midnight Iraqi time on the August 16 [email protected] with Developing a Contextualized SRHR Influencing Strategy in Iraq in the subject line. No expressions of interest will be accepted after the deadline.