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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Technical proposal should include:
ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION OF THE PROPOSALS
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:
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:
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.
AWARD OF CONTRACT
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.
 For this project, “sub-national” is understood to mean the provincial, district, and local level.
 Based on information from no earlier than 2015.
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:
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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
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.