Political Economy Analysis (APEA) Consultancies (Suriname and Guyana)

  • Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 23 January 2019
  • Suriname | Guyana
  • Closing on 22 February 2019
  • Current

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Consultant is expected to collect information in a manner that is consistent with do-no-harm principles. In addition, consultants should be mindful of not creating unrealistic expectations of participation in the project among IPOs they engage during the APEA process as the APEA is only meant to inform the project’s selection process. This is particularly important when engaging with indigenous communities where there might be trust deficits between these communities and outsiders.

  • Work with Pact’s Regional Capacity Development Activity Manager and Governance team to establish a research plan and begin research activities
  • Complete brief analysis of Suriname/ Guyana’s legal and policy framework, including norms, governing rules of engagement between IPOs and large-scale infrastructure and extractive activities
  • Complete an extensive analysis of current trends and challenges that shape the priorities/ agenda of IPOs in Suriname/Guyana
  • Conduct consultations with a range of key stakeholders, including national, regional and local IPOs and other IP community groups, government agencies and institutions, stakeholders in large-scale infrastructure and extractives sectors, traditionally disadvantaged IP groups, USAID Missions in Eastern and Southern Caribbean, and other stakeholders with direct or indirect interests in large-scale infrastructure and extractive initiatives in the country and in the Amazon region
  • Complete rapid stakeholder mapping and analysis, analyzing the discrete interests of key actors related to the infrastructure and extractive sector in Suriname/ Guyana’s Amazon region
  • As part of the above-listed analysis, identify potential “champions” and “spoilers” of efforts to 1) effectively advocate for indigenous peoples’ governance of the Amazon, particularly in relation to significant infrastructure and extractive activities; 2) ensure that indigenous peoples’ rights to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) are respected; and 3) mitigate the negative environmental, social, and economic impacts of these development projects on Suriname/ Guyana’s Amazon region
  • Conduct a social inclusion analysis, focusing on the participation of historically disadvantaged groups (e.g., women, youth) in IPO advocacy efforts.
  • Document key findings and recommendations in a final report to Pact and USAID/Peru
  • Debrief Pact project staff and, as requested, participate in dissemination events with USAID/Peru and other stakeholders

Key Responsibilities

Key Deliverables

  • Contextual and policy analysis (including key trends and challenges faced by IPOs in Suriname/ Guyana) (draft submitted Day 10, final draft included as part of final report)
  • Rapid stakeholder mapping analysis that identifies key actors, their incentives and activities relevant to the IPO’s context, as it relates to infrastructure and extractive activities (draft submitted Day 20, final draft included as part of final report)
  • Social inclusion analysis and recommendations (draft submitted Day 25, final draft included as part of final report)
  • Comprehensive final report presenting APEA findings, including:
  1. Responses to Core Question and prioritized corollary research questions
  2. Contextual and policy analysis
  3. Stakeholder mapping, including identification of champions and spoilers, as well as an extensive review of explicit and implicit factors which influence the behaviors/decisions of key actors
  4. Social inclusion analysis
  5. Recommended actions for:
  • Selection of IPOs well-positioned for participation in the project, including those best-suited for peer mentorship and South-to-South (S2S) programming
  • Engagement strategy for proposed IPOs (i.e. directly or indirectly through regional networks) for participation in project
  • As relevant, proposed NGOs or consultants that could provide capacity development support to the IPOs
  • Ensuring effective strategies for the unique circumstances of IPOs and communities in Suriname/ Guyana’s Amazon region
  • Context-specific approaches and considerations for the project’s social inclusion strategy rooted in an understanding of the social context, dynamics of power and influence, and local perceptions regarding social inclusion.
  1. Annexes including, full list of interviews and focus groups conducted with name, title/ affiliation, location, date and contact information, if available.

Draft report submitted Day 35, final draft due Day 40. Final report should be in English, and not exceed 20 pages, double-spaced, excluding annexes.

NOTE: The structure of the final report, based on the findings of the consultancy, will be agreed with Pact experts before finalization. Depending on discussions with Pact, Pact and the consultant may agree to present the findings of the APEA in a manner different from a detailed report (e.g. high-level takeaways summary, PowerPoint presentation, dissemination workshop).

Basic Requirements

Requirements for US/TCN Consultants

  • Individual cannot have been a Pact Employee (full time, part time, temporary) within the last years
  • If engagement is longer than 45 days, individual must provide services during the period of performance and/or previous year to at least 2 non-Pact organizations
  • If engagement is longer than 45 days and the individual is a US national individual must possess an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Individual cannot have been engaged by Pact as a consultant more than three times in the past 365 days

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong social science research skills
  • Strong understanding of IP context in Suriname/ Guyana’s Amazon region
  • Strong understanding of political, economic and legislative context of Suriname/ Guyana’s
  • Exceptional diplomacy
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English and/or Dutch
  • Availability and willingness to travel to Amazon region for primary data collection

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience conducting political economy research or similar political analysis
  • Demonstrated experience working with IPOs in Suriname/ Guyana
  • Fluent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of large-scale infrastructure/ extractives sector in Suriname/ Guyana’s Amazon and regionally

Required Documents for Submission

Standard Documentation:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter, which clearly indicates country of interest for the application (Suriname and/or Guyana)
  • Biodata Form
  • Do you possess an Employer Identification Number?

Additional Documentation:

  • Proposed work plan based on terms outlined in statement of duties and responsibilities and key deliverables (at minimum, at weekly level).
  • Detailed budget outlining estimated costs associated with carrying out work plan, including separate travel section outlining costs for proposed regional travel.
  • Any previous political economy analyses conducted, if applicable

Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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