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Oxfam

N/A Nongduang Village Sikhottabong District

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  • Laos Consultant– Voice Context Analysis 2020  Voice Context Analysis 2020Terms of Reference for Laos ConsultantAbout VoiceVoice[1] is a fund for diversity and inclusion facility to support rightsholder groups in their empowerment and efforts to exert influence in accessing productive and social services and political participation. Since its start in late 2016, Voice has been supporting over 300 grants globally, having allocated 80% of its initial 35 million grant fund.Voice operates in contexts where civic space and power is shifting at a fast pace, and often closing rather than opening. Where the narrative is negative and underlining marginalisation and vulnerability, rather than the dreams and successful steps made towards a better, more inclusive world. Voice aims to support these dreams and steps towards a more inclusive society. Prior to the start of the grant-making, the Voice programme took a close look at these contexts and published a description for each country as well as globally (https://voice.global/publications). The analyses guided the planning and Calls for Proposals. This exercise was repeated at a smaller scale in 2018.Thus far the context analysis supported the Voice team to get deeper insight into the issues at stake for different rightsholder groups and across geographical areas. And to ‘see’ the enormous diversity of issues among and within the countries Voice is working in. It also helps seeing shifts. For instance, over the past three years, in many countries the legal framework has become more discriminatory for LGBTI persons and less discriminatory for Persons with Disability and Elderly. Yet, all across the ten Voice countries, the implementation of existing legal frameworks and provisions is very weak. Many influencing projects supported by Voice therefore focus on implementation and enforcement of existing policies and laws.Job PurposeThe main purpose of the 2020 context analysis update is to do a “reality check” before we start new rounds of grant-making for the extension of Voice until 2024: are we working with the right groups? Those groups that are given less chances and opportunities by society to fully live their identity and their dreams? Are we using the right tools and language to support those whom we want to reach?It is also a moment to document what is shifting in society and what we learned about equality and the contexts we are working in. How has the situation changed since the last update? What shifting trends do we notice? Are power relations shifting? Are there regional and national shifts in poverty and vulnerability as well as in strengths and visibility?It is an opportunity for all Voice teams and as programme, to reflect with diverse stakeholders on our practices and achievements seen through the eyes of the rightsholders. To take some distance to see the bigger picture as well as zooming in there were we need more clarity.In line with this purpose, the Voice Laos team is looking for an experience and qualified consultant to update the Voice Laos context analysis for this fiscal year 2020.This consultancy will include gathering information and an in-depth analysis on the different areas covered by the context analysis including:Rightsholders[2] (all five rightsholder groups): Firstly, the context analysis needs to cover all five rightsholder groups as defined in the Voice programme. Also, there are many sub groups and variations within these five groups.Power: A key issue when touching upon exclusion and inclusion, equality, equity and inequality, marginalisation and discrimination by society, is POWER. All aspects and forms of power, like visible, legal and hidden power; power over, power to, power with and power within.Relation of the rightsholder groups to Society: The most important aspect here is to outline the relations between the five rightsholder groups and other actors and institutions in society. Like the state institutions, government, the private sector (formal and informal) and the broad pallet of civil society actors and organisations.Risk assessment: The aim here is to revisit the risk assessment made before and to review them and to document and explore new risks with all rightsholder groups as well as internal (in relation to the Voice Laos team).Important alliances (individuals and institutions): Collaboration among stakeholders and amplification of the messages and voices of the different rightsholders (themselves) have shown vital to influence some policies and behaviour.State of Affairs: We need to look at the State of Affairs with regard to key policies and regulations, relevant to the rightsholder groups and issues identified so far. How has the situation changed since the last update?Job ResponsibilitiesThe selected consultant will support the Voice Laos context analysis update to explore the shifts, changes, and/or non-changes in relation to the focus questions and themes as mention above. Prior to the commencement of the conducting context analysis update, the consultant will present the proposed methodology, a matrix and instruments that will be used for the purpose of gathering information for the entire process.This selected consultancy will require to do as below:Define relevant methodology and sampling for data collection;Gather information and consult with different rightsholder groups, civil society actors, private sector, media, I/NGOs staff and other institutions;Compile key findings based on an in-depth analysis in response to the guiding questions and theme of this context analysis update;Share the draft findings with the Voice Laos team and the technical working group; andFacilitate the validation workshop.The consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables: A context analysis update report (max 20 pages);A 2-pager summary on key issues, priorities and developments in Laos; andComprehensive supporting documentation, including field work records, minutes of meetings, summary of the Context Analysis process, and additional information to validate the studies’ findings.Creative visuals and storytelling materials, communicating the findings to a broader audience.The consultant will work closely with the Voice Laos team and the technical working group for the whole process of this context analysis update. The Voice Laos team will be the focal point for setting up meetings, exchanging information, providing documentation, organizing and facilitating coordination along with consultant. Therefore, the consultant is expected to work from within Vientiane Capital.TimelineThe assignment is expected to complete within 20 working days during a period of 7 weeks beginning as early as March 30th, 2020. The final report of the context analysis update must be submitted by May 15th, 2020.Due to the changing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the timeline could change with very short notice. We ask maximum flexibility and patience with the recruitment process as well as during the engagement period.Job RequirementsEssential:A locally-based consultant (individual or team) who has experiences working with or is a member of any of the rightsholder groups supported by Voice.Master’s degree in Social Welfare, Development Studies or other related fields with a focus on the rightsholder groups supported by Voice.Minimum 5-7 years of progressive professional experience in research, data collection and critical analysis on policy, economic and social issues that affect marginalized and discriminated groups.Be able to work well with senior experts from different fields and backgrounds, knowing how to contribute to building program quality and inclusiveness.Proven excellent communication and interpersonal skills, capability to foster networks and partnership, and good knowledge of information and computer technology.Previous experience in facilitating meetings and workshops online with large groups of participants.Demonstrated ability to handle confidential and political sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manners.Demonstrated openness to change and ability to manage complexities.Demonstrated capability to multitask under pressure and to meet strict deadlines.Excellent command of spoken and written English and Lao.Desirable:Capability to effectively communicate messages and ideas to people from different cultures and backgrounds.Capability to effectively engage people from diverse backgrounds and cultures to change their behaviour and attitude towards gender justice and women’s rights.Capability to attain and maintain the high standard of feminism and women’s rights under the complex situation of power dynamics.Furthermore, in line with the framework of Oxfam[3] in Laos:We are committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.Key Attributes:Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work.Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.Organisational Values:Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.Other:Eager and required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values (click here) as well as the promotion of gender justice and women's rights (click here).Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.How to applyApplicants are expected to submit:Detailed proposal profile with CVs of individual consultant and team (if any);Proof of experience, including a sample of previous work;A proposed content for the context analysis update, including brief outline of relevant literatures; andEstimated budget for this assignment, with the consultancy fee proposed as (gross) daily fee (if any);Interested individuals or teams are invited submit their application documents until April 6th, 2020 via Email to: recruitment.laos@oxfam.orgEarly submissions are strongly encouraged, as the Voice Laos team will review applications on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.[1] An initiative from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Voice is a partnership between Oxfam Novib and Hivos. For more information please visit: https://voice.global[2] The five rightsholder groups are: People with disabilities; Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people; Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence; Age-discriminated vulnerable groups, notably the young and the elderly; Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities.[3] Oxfam is an international confederation of 19 organizations networked together in 97 countries. As part of a global movement for change, Oxfam is working with thousands of partners around the world to end world poverty and injustice. Oxfam works directly with communities and at the policy level to enable the most marginalized to improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them. For more information, please visit: https://www.oxfam.org
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