Background & Description

Women’s Voice and Leadership-Pakistan (WVL-Pakistan), is a five-year, $8 million project funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and implemented by Oxfam Canada, in collaboration with Oxfam in Pakistan. The project is part of GAC’s Women’s Voice and Leadership (WVL) Program, a global initiative to support the capacity and activities of local and regional women’s organizations and movements seeking to empower women and girls, advance the protection of women’s and girls’ rights, and achieve gender equality. The project seeks to increase Pakistani women’s and girls’ enjoyment of human rights and to advance gender equality in Pakistan by strengthening the individual and collective capacity of women’s rights organizations (WROs), women’s rights activists, and coalitions within the women’s movement.

The long history of women's organizing in Pakistan, like women's movements globally, has ebbed and flowed in relation to wider political, economic and social changes. The modern women rights movement has its roots in the 1980 opposition to the controversial implementation of Hudood Ordinance. It reached the height of its influence in the 2000s, during which time 80 percent of existing women rights related legislation and supportive measures were enacted. However, since the announcement of the NGO policy in November 2013, Pakistan’s women rights movement has deteriorated. The current state of women’s rights organizations (WROs) and autonomous women's movements in the country is fragmented, lacks collective vision or shared strategies, and offers few mentorship opportunities for younger generations of women to carry the work forward. Individual WROs and NGOs are doing important issue-specific work across the country and some consultation or networking happens among organizations working on similar issues, but concrete actions to move forward the women’s rights agenda are missing. Within this context, a project such as WVL-Pakistan becomes critically significant.

WVL-Pakistan is built on three pillars that correspond to its three intermediate outcomes:

  1. Improved management, programming and sustainability of local WROs in Pakistan, particularly those representing vulnerable and marginalized women and girls
  2. Enhanced delivery of campaigns and programming by WROs to advance gender equality in Pakistan
  3. Increased effectiveness of national and sub-national[1] women’s rights platforms, networks and alliances to effect gender-sensitive policy change and implementation in Pakistan


Over the course of five years (2019 to 2024), the project will work with 10-12 core WROs that represent the country’s geographic and demographic diversity, that are inclusive of ethnic, religious, and linguistic minority groups, and that possess gender expertise in different thematic areas. Using a strategic combination of funding mechanisms and capacity strengthening support, WVL-Pakistan will strengthen these organizations to be better managed and self-sustaining and to deliver programming that better meets the needs of the women and girls they serve. It will also improve the ability of WROs and activists to work together more effectively to better influence gender-transformative policy.

WVL-Pakistan is moving into its implementation phase, of which a key component is a baseline study of the current capacity levels of the core 10-12 WROs. In order to supplement this baseline information on organizational capacities, a mapping of existing WROs, women’s rights networks and alliances, as well as the current funding landscape for WROs will be critical in order to identify opportunities for capacity strengthening, peer-to-peer learning, advocacy and campaigning, and resource mobilization. The mapping should include local and national WROs and women’s rights networks and alliances of various sizes from across Pakistan, including Gilgit Baltistan, and take an inclusive and intersectional approach to the target populations and programming within these WROs. The mapping of the funding landscape should include national, regional, and international opportunities for resources (monetary, in-kind, capacity strengthening, or other resources).


The goal of this assignment, therefore, is to conduct a mapping of existing WROs, women’s rights networks and alliances, and their funding landscape in order to provide a broader contextual understanding and situational analysis of the context within which the core 10-12 WROs operate, supplement baseline data on organizational capacity levels of these 10-12 core WROs, and guide WVL-Pakistan activities. Findings from this assignment will be shared at an upcoming Co-Creation Workshop with the core 10-12 WROs that will inform how we measure progress and set project targets.


WROs supported under WVL-Pakistan will be typically led by women (for example, senior leadership/management must have women and the board must also have significant female representation), and will have a vision, mission and objectives that clearly articulate a women’s empowerment agenda. This could include specific sectors and/or themes such as violence against women and girls, sexual health and reproductive rights, women’s economic empowerment, and women’s political participation/education, among others.


The specific parameters of what constitutes a WRO in this assignment will be clearly defined at the technical proposal stage (noting that a WRO could be a not-for-profit or be a profit oriented institution such as a social enterprise); however, the mapping will also provide insight into the scope of gender equality and women’s rights programming and how this programming is prioritized, or not, within WROs.




  • To provide a historical background to the current situation for WROs in Pakistan (all regions including Gilgit Baltistan), including a literature review synthesizing contemporary gender equality and women’s rights programming, networks and alliances, and the current funding landscape


  • To map existing small, medium, and large WROs (including nascent and unregistered WROs) across the country[2], including:
    • Developing a set of parameters for defining a WRO (for the purposes of the mapping)
    • Identifying the number, type and scale of WROs currently operating, both formally and informally, in Pakistan (including a province-wide picture)
    • Outlining the programming and interventions of these WROs related to gender equality and women’s rights, both thematically and/or mainstreamed across their portfolios
    • Outlining the different target groups, identity categories, and demographics engaged by WROs (youth/age, religions, ethnicity, sexuality orientation, etc. as much as is possible in the Pakistan context)
    • Providing an overview of the successes and challenges faced by these WROs
    • Outlining strategies for how WROs have adapted to the current context and outlining the relevance of their work in the context
    • Outlining how these WROs think the gender equality and women’s rights agenda in Pakistan could be strengthened


  • To map existing women’s rights alliances and networks, including:
    • Developing a set of parameters for defining a women’s rights alliances and networks (for the purposes of the mapping)
    • Identifying the number of women’s rights alliances and networks operating within Pakistan, which could include provincial, national, regional or international networks
    • Providing an understanding of the scope, scale, diversity, and impact of existing women’s rights alliances and networks, including target audiences, membership, how long the alliance has been established, priorities, resources and strategies for impact
    • Taking an intersectional lens to reflect on the diversity of stakeholders and members of the alliance, and any barriers to members that might exist
    • Outlining the different target groups, identity categories, and demographics engaged by networks and alliances (youth/age, religions, ethnicity, sexuality orientation, etc. as much as is possible in the Pakistan context)
    • Providing an overview of the successes and challenges faced by these alliances and networks, including highlighting best practices of effective influencing by the alliances on women’s rights agenda including the different audiences they engage (politicians, community leaders, men and boys, etc.) and how they engage (radio, policy briefs, theatre, public meetings, etc)
    • Outlining strategies for how networks and alliances have adapted to the current context
    • Outlining how networks and alliances think the gender equality and women’s rights agenda in Pakistan could be strengthened


  • To map the current funding landscape for WROs and women’s rights networks and alliances, including:
    • Developing a list of local, national, and regional donors who are currently funding (or have previously supported, or have potential to fund in the next 5-6 years) WROs in Pakistan (including local government, international donors, and non-government/private donors, such as associations, private sector, foundations/trusts)
    • Outlining the kind of support offered by donors, including the scope, scale, and diversity of resources available
    • Outlining the successes and challenges faced by WROs and alliances and networks in securing this support
    • Outlining how WROs and alliances and networks think funding mechanisms could be more accessible and/or more responsive to gender equality and women’s rights programming and interventions




In order to achieve the objectives of this assignment, a multi methods approach should be taken including a literature review, document review, and qualitative data, outlined below.


Data Collection Methods:

  1. Literature Review

The consultancy firm/consultant are expected to do an in-depth literature review that will provide historical background information, as well as current trends in the literature on WROs, women’s rights alliances and networks, and their funding landscape in Pakistan. In additional to providing historical background and current trends, this review should provide information on the local contexts within which WROs and networks and alliances operate. This literature review should also clearly identify gaps in the literature in terms of gender equality and women’s rights programming, interventions, and organizing.


  1. Document Review

The consultancy firm/consultant are expected to review key documents associated with the WROs and women’s rights alliances networks in order to provide/triangulate information to fulfill the objectives of the assignment. These key documents could include, for example, strategic plans, project evaluations, social media sites such as Facebook, organization websites, among others.


  1. Qualitative Data Collection

The consultancy firm/consultant will develop both key informant interview and focus group discussion guides to provide/triangulate information to fulfill the objectives of the assignment.


While these three methods must, at minimum, be included in the assignment, additional methods can be proposed, and the consultancy firm / consultant is expected to employ feminist approaches to research methods.


A detailed initial methodological plan, including rationale as to how the selected methods will meet the objectives of the assignment, inclusion and exclusion criteria, data triangulation, data analysis, a timeline for data collection, and how a feminist approach was employed must be included as part of the technical proposal. If selected, the successful consultancy firm/consultant will be responsible for expanding on this methodological plan, integrating inputs from Oxfam in Pakistan (OiP) and Oxfam Canada, and finalizing this methodological plan as part of the deliverables of the assignment (see below).



During the period of the consultancy, the consultancy firm/consultant will be responsible for:

  1. Providing a detailed overview of the work plan and timeline to achieve the four objectives of the assignment
  2. Providing a finalized methodological plan to achieve the four objectives of the assignment, including an overview of all methods to be used, rationale, selection criteria, timeline, and development of the full guides and tools to be used (subject to inputs, review, and approval by Oxfam in Pakistan and Oxfam Canada)
  3. A final report, including a literature review, that meets all three objectives of the assignment and clearly maps the WROs, women’s rights networks and alliances, and their funding landscape in Pakistan
  4. In addition to meeting the objectives of the assignment, this final report must also meet an acceptable level of research and written quality. Copy editing the final report in English is the responsibility of the consultancy firm/consultant
  5. Following ethical standards for conducting qualitative research and submitting all data collected during this assignment to Oxfam in Pakistan




The duration of the assignment will be 40 days starting date is 30 November, 2019. Actual working days of the consultant as per need, has to be provided by the consultant in the technical Proposal.



  • All domestic travel / logistics, boarding and lodging arrangements are to be made by the consultants themselves and must be costed in accordingly into their proposed budget.
  • OiP will provide the consultants access to the relevant documents
  • OiP will brief the consultants on the requirements, and will organize progress monitoring meetings, discussions and a debrief




  1. Consultant will be available for progress monitoring meetings, discussions and debriefs to key and relevant Oxfam staff in Pakistan.
  2. Tax will be deducted at source as per government laws of tax deduction.




The above assignment will have Oxfam’s sole ownership and copyright, but partner (s) can replicate the Tool with acknowledgment to Oxfam. The organization or consultant will have to get Oxfam’s written permission to use these reports, otherwise it would be illegal.



  • The selected consultants should be flexible to incorporate necessary changes in designing methodology to best suit the objectives.
  • Upon being selected, the consulting firm/ consultant (s) will sign a contract with the Oxfam in Pakistan to undertake the assignment
  • No additional support services or cost reimbursement will be provided outside of the amount agreed upon in the contract.


Technical proposal should include:

  • Detailed proposal with detailed initial methodological plan, along with detailed budget and work plans.
  • Relevant work experience of the individual/institution. Sample reports of previous similar work or verifiable weblinks or references of people who can verify with no ambiguities.
  • The selected firm/organization/ individuals will be responsible for submission of progress updates report to Oxfam in Pakistan.



The proposals for this assignment will include both technical and financial proposals, including a detailed initial methodological plan. The technical proposal should not include any financial information. Both proposals must be presented in English.



Agencies/firms/ individual consultant(s) qualifying the best technical proposal must score 70% out of total scores of 100. Scores will be distributed by specific criteria. The criteria for selection of technical proposal include the following:


  • Clarity of the technical proposal
  • Adequacy and delineation of the proposed work plan in responding to the Terms of Reference
  • Specific experience of the organization related to the assignment that will include the total experience of the agency, as well experience in similar assignments.
  • Qualification and competency of the consultants/team members for completing the deliverables
  • Adequacy of detailed initial methodological plan submitted in responding to the Terms of Reference



Financial Proposal will be reviewed only for the agencies scoring 70 % out of 100 in the technical proposal. The financial proposal will be awarded on the lowest cost basis but in considering the following criteria:

  • The financial proposal should include a component wise budget.
  • Has relevance and consistency with the technical proposal.



From the time the bids are opened to the time the contract is awarded, if the selected organization wishes to contact Oxfam in Pakistan on any matter related to proposal, it should do so in writing. Any effort by the organization to influence Oxfam in Pakistan in the evaluation, proposal comparison or contract award decisions may result in the rejection of the proposal.

  • The evaluation committee appointed by Oxfam in Pakistan as a whole, and each of its members individually, will evaluate the proposals on the basis of their responsiveness to the Terms of Reference. Each responsive proposal will be given a technical score. Proposal(s) will be rejected at this stage if it does not respond to important aspects of the Terms of Reference or if it fails to achieve the minimum technical score indicated below.
  • Only agencies sending bids on time and receiving responsive marks (70 and above marks during evaluation of the technical proposal) will have their Financial Bids opened for evaluation.
  • The evaluation committee will determine whether the Financial Proposals are complete (i.e. whether they have budgeted all items of the corresponding Technical Proposals). The Evaluation Committee may invalidate any proposal if it is determined that significant budgetary mistakes or omissions undermine the integrity of the proposal.



The contract will be awarded to organizations following completion of the task including negotiations if necessary. The organization may be required to provide additional information and or amend their proposal. The aim is to reach agreement on all points for contracting. The selected organization/consultant (s) is expected to commence the assignment on the date and at the location as specified in the TOR.


Negotiations will include a discussion on the detailed initial methodological Plan (submitted with the Technical Proposal), staffing, costing, any suggestions made by the organization(s)/individuals to improve the Terms of Reference. Oxfam in Pakistan and the consultant(s)/organization(s) will then work out final terms of reference, staffing, logistics and reporting. The agreed work plan, cost and final terms of reference will then be incorporated in the contract paper.



Information related to evaluation of proposals and recommendations concerning awards shall not be disclosed to the organizations who submitted the proposals or to other persons not officially concerned with the process, until the winning organization has been awarded the contract.    



Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects 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.


Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

[1] For this project, “sub-national” is understood to mean the provincial, district, and local level.

[2] Based on information from no earlier than 2015.

Requirements and Skills


  • Extensive work experience and proven record in working to advance gender equality and women’s rights in the Pakistan context
  • Demonstrated awareness of the challenges to civil society organizing and advocacy, especially for WROs and the women’s rights movement in Pakistan
  • Extensive expertise in research tools and methods, especially conducting literature reviews, document analysis, and qualitative methods. Knowledge of feminist research tools and methodology would be considered an asset
  • Understanding of business development, donor context and donor portfolio within the country (and regionally)
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills
  • Excellent command of oral and written English
  • Other languages spoken in Pakistan (Urdu, etc) will be considered a strong asset.


How to Apply

Interested consultants and firms should submit their detailed financial and technical proposals in line with the above TORs by 01 Dec, 2019. The proposal should be addressed to:


Oxfam HR

Plot # 2, Street # 11A, Idrees Market, F-10/2, Islamabad


Note: Please mention consultancy title on the envelope ‘Mapping of Women’s Rights Organizations, Women’s rights networks/alliances, and Donor landscaping on women’s rights’. If we receive any anonymous (without mentioning title) envelop, we will not consider it for further evaluation


About Organization

Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty: a world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all human beings are valued and treated equally. Oxfam in Pakistan has been working in the country since 1973. In the Pakistan, our goal is to contribute to the eradication of poverty by supporting women and other vulnerable groups in saving lives and building livelihoods, enhancing their resilience to crises, shocks and stresses, and making their voices heard to hold duty-bearers accountable.