Counterpart International is currently seeking a short-term Advocacy Consultant for the USAID/Timor-Leste NGO Advocacy for Good Governance Activity, a five-year initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Activity seeks to expand the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) enabling environment and strengthen the organizational, research, networking, and financial capacity for local advocacy NGOs in Timor-Leste to provide increased evidence-based, sustainable advocacy services on behalf of citizens.
One of the Activity’s objective is to Improve Advocacy, Research/Analysis, and Networking Capacity in Response to Constituents of its nine NGO partner organizations that work in sectors such as justice, human rights, education, disability rights, security, agriculture/livelihoods, youth, community empowerment. As part of its year one workplan, the Activity team is conducting a series of foundational activities to assess and then support the organization’s advocacy, research, and networking capacity. To that end, it seeks a short-term Advocacy Consultant to provide expertise for the assessment of the capacity of its nine NGO partners in the areas of research, analysis, and problem identification; constituent identification and engagement; and impact of current and past advocacy initiatives. After the capacity assessment is completed, the Advocacy Consultant will also support the development of constituent engagement and advocacy plans for each of the 9 NGO Partners and design and conducting advocacy training for these NGOs.
Under the supervision of the Activity’s leadership team, and with support from the team, the Advocacy consultant will undertake the following anticipated tasks under each activity:
1. Advocacy Impact Review and Research Gap Analysis: This activity seeks to evaluate 1) the impact of the nine partner NGOs previous advocacy efforts; and 2) their capacity in doing research and analysis and determining if and how they are using and applying evidence-based research and analysis in their advocacy efforts, and how they would/should improve their skills and use of research and analysis to inform and better impact their advocacy efforts in the future. The results of this effort will serve to inform the Activity’s support and technical assistance to help improve their advocacy skills, and ability to conduct evidence-based research and analysis to better advocate for its constituents.
Under this activity, the consultant will:
· Design a methodology and associated tools to conduct the Advocacy Impact Review and Research gap analysis ensuring that the tools are appropriate for the Timorese context and NGO partners. The consultant will incorporate feedback from Counterpart and USAID, as applicable.
· Carry-out the relevant desk research as needed.
· Collaborate with the Activity team to organize, coordinate, and carry out individual reviews with each NGO Partner.
· Prepare a comprehensive report which presents the results from each of these two components by partner NGO thoroughly assessing each NGO’s previous advocacy and research for advocacy efforts and their impact, research, identifying potential promising practices, identifying gaps and areas for improvement, and recommendations. The consultant will incorporate feedback from Counterpart and USAID and finalize the document.
· A summary report that synthesizes the findings, including similarities and divergences of the nine NGOs, which should include recommendations. The consultant will incorporate feedback from Counterpart and USAID and finalize the document.
· Conduct a presentation(s) of the findings and recommendations for Counterpart staff, USAID, and individual organizations, as applicable.
2. Development of constituent engagement plans: One challenge NGOs face in Timor-Leste is engaging the community in their advocacy efforts, as such, the Activity will support NGOs to develop engagement plans that helps them to define and identify the core constituencies and outline the strategies and approaches to involve their constituencies in the process of identifying, prioritizing and advocating for issues in each of the areas of expertise of each NGO to help them demand that the government deliver and conduct more impactful programs for their constituents.
Under this activity the consultant is expected to:
· Design and create a methodology to assist the nine NGOs to develop effective constituent engagement plans.
· Develop materials and tools to support the development of engagement plans.
· Facilitate, with the help of the Activity team, the development of the engagement plans with each of the nine organizations based on the designed methodology.
· Provide one-on-one support and expertise to the NGOs and Activity team as they create and finalize their constituent engagement plans.
· Review and provide quality control of the final product of each NGO.
· Provide technical assistance and support as organizations initiate implementation of the engagement plans developed.
3. Advocacy training and advocacy plan: The Activity will support each organizations advocacy specific training and advocacy plan development based on each organization’s prioritized issues to help improve the organizations advocacy skills and capacity.
· Design and create the methodology, tools, and materials to conduct advocacy training for the NGOs, which guides them through the different steps for effective advocacy.
· Facilitate the advocacy training for nine NGOs.
· Provide one-on-one support, virtually or in-person, as restrictions permit, for organizations to develop their advocacy plans.
If the selected consultant is not based in Timor-Leste, the work for the scope above will be implemented remotely.
· The final version of the design of the methodologies, tools and materials developed under each of the activities outlined above.
· Advocacy Impact Review for each NGO partner (nine total) and summary report.
· Research Gap Analysis for each of the NGO partners and summary report.
· Constituent engagement plans developed with each of the NGOs.
· Advocacy plans developed with each NGO.
· Presentations of findings and recommendations for the advocacy impact review and research gap analysis.
· Master’s degree in political science, public policy, international studies, statistics, or related field or Bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of experience.
· Minimum of eight (8) years related experience in advocacy in areas such as youth, people with disabilities, transparency and anti-corruption, justice, human rights, community development, education, and women empowerment in Timor-Leste.
· Experience participating in or supporting NGO advocacy efforts.
· Excellent research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills.
· Proven ability to engage constructively with a variety of stakeholders.
· Experience working on donor-funded development projects, preferably USAID.
· Excellent organizational, and written and oral communications skills.
· Ability to work both independently and in a group setting.
Note: Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview and to provide details on approach and cost, and discussions of timelines.
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