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Capacity Needs Assessment of Women's Rights Organizations in Policy and Strategy Development

Iraq (Iraq)

  • Organization: Oxfam International
  • Location: Iraq (Iraq)
  • Grade: Consultancy - Both internationally and locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Legal - Broad
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-31

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Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.




This consultancy responds to Immediate Outcome: Increased skills of WROs to design and implement gender-transformative programming and advocacy to support women’s and girls’ voices; and Output: Technical support provided to decision and policymakers in gender-responsive policy formulation and making.

In line with these expected results, the project team is currently planning to provide capacity strengthening of selected WROs to increase their competencies in three aspects: 1) skills in gender-transformative policy development; 2) capabilities to design effective strategies how to hold public decision-makers accountable for existing policies and laws; and 3) WRO and networks skills to improve collective influencing and advocacy.

The consultancy is aiming to invest in the skills, knowledge, and competencies of WROs in Federal Iraq to enhance their abilities to promote women and girls rights at the global, regional, and national level,  and ensure accountability of state and non-state actors to meet their obligations and recognize violations of women’s human rights. It will also enhance WROs engagement with the different communities while enabling women and girls to act as leaders of change to shift social norms and attitudes that perpetuate gender inequality. Furthermore, it will contribute to strengthening WROs capacities to engage with government, parliamentarians and policymakers to work toward ensuring the existing and future policies are gender-sensitive and integrating women and girls’ essential needs and interests.


Technical Requirments; 


The following key technical requirements will be taken into consideration when assessing consultants’ technical competencies:

  • University degree in gender studies, community development and communication studies, sociology, or other relevant fields.
  • Experience in strategy development, policies reviews, appraising and capacity-building organizations and similar assignments in humanitarian and development interventions.
  • Expertise in influencing behavioural change through social media platforms and moderating content to minimize any risks to users.
  • Familiarity with the qualitative methodology used in social research.
  • High proficiency in understanding gender transformative and rights-based approaches and how these are relevant in evaluating civil society interventions.
  • Proven experience in conducting similar research to a diverse and similar audience
  • Proved experience in capacity building and advocacy tools, training modules and strategies targeting of WROs.
  • Knowledge in policy analysis, lobbying and influencing.
  • Experience in the context of Iraq and mentioned areas will be an asset.
  • Previous experience creating and conducting advocacy training
  • Familiarity with constraints and challenges encountered by civil society actors working on gender-transformative interventions in a conflict-prone and fragile context.
  • Familiarity with issues affecting women’s participation in decision-making in Iraq and the purpose of the 16 Days of Activism.
  • Full English proficiency by the lead consultant.
  • Spoken Arabic in the team skill mix.




We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you. We think this role would work particularly well as a partially home-based role or job share.


Our values and commitment to safeguarding


Oxfam is 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, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. 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.


The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.


All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.


We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.


How to apply 


Interested individuals or consultancy firms, with relevant experience and skills based on the ToR, can submit their Expression of Interest (EOI), including the following:


  1. Cover letter of no more than 1 page introducing the consultant/company and intention to deliver the assignment. The cover letter should also indicate the consultants’ availability for the proposed period.
  2. The technical proposal should provide details on proposed methodology responding to the ToR and the deliverables; capacity in line with the competencies required for the assignment, including references to experience with similar assignments; CVs of the consulting team directly involved in the assignment, including their specific roles; and three professional referees. A technical proposal should not be longer than 10 pages, excluding annexes.
  3. The financial proposal includes a one-page budget of the offer, covering all major anticipated costs. An accompanying work plan must be submitted too.
  4. Statement on the willingness to follow Oxfam’s Code of Conduct and guidance regarding safe programming.


Please submit the EOI and other documents by midnight Iraq time by 16 December 2021 to  [email protected] with WROs’ Capacity Assessment in the subject line. No EOIs will be accepted after the deadline.

All questions or clarifications of a technical nature are to be sent to: [email protected] no later than 16 December  2021, 5 pm. Interested applicants can collect the Terms of Reference (TOR) at Oxfam in Iraq Country Office, starting from 5 December 2021 (during working hours). Alternatively, the Oxfam Logistics team can send the ToR via email upon request.


This invitation to tender has been issued for the sole purpose of obtaining offers for the provision of the services requested against the TOR. Oxfam reserves the right not to enter in or award a contract as a result of this invitation to tender. Oxfam also reserves the right to terminate any contract issued as a result of this invitation to tender as set out in the contract terms and conditions.


About us


Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.


Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 21 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. 


A thriving diverse Oxfam:


It’s people power that brings about change. To play our part as a global organisation working to overcome poverty and inequality, we need equality, diversity and inclusion across our community of staff, partners and volunteers. Together, we’re committed to becoming a more diverse workforce, better able to tackle the global challenges that face our world today.


To do that:

  • We need to dismantle the unequal power structures that exist everywhere, this including Oxfam and the wider development and charity sectors.
  • We need an inclusive Oxfam where everyone can bring who they are to our work and feels celebrated for the differences they bring.
  • We want and need everyone, and that means we need you.


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