Voice Context Analysis 2020
Terms of Reference for Laos Consultant
Voice 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.
The 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:
The 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:
The consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables:
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.
The 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.
Furthermore, in line with the framework of Oxfam 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.
How to apply
Applicants are expected to submit:
Interested individuals or teams are invited submit their application documents until April 6th, 2020 via Email to: email@example.com
Early submissions are strongly encouraged, as the Voice Laos team will review applications on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
 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.
 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
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in 94 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. Since 2009, the Oxfam confederation has accelerated its harmonisation process working towards ‘one voice and one programme’ in a single management structure. Oxfam has a presence in Laos since the late 1980s, and works to deliver the country strategy that focuses on sustainable livelihoods, humanitarian assistance, governance and civil society, and gender and diversity.