Consultancy Feminist Movement-Formative Research
Erbil | Baghdad
Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.
We are looking for a consultant to create a knowledge base for Oxfam’s programming and advocacy in support to the feminist or women’s movement in Iraq.
It aims in particular to assess the state of the movement, its characteristics – seen in a dynamic manner in its interactions with a complex context, its conditions of development, priorities, challenges, needs and expectations. While the research is to take place towards the end of Oxfam’s and partners’ “Women and Girls Rebuilding a New Iraq” project (funded by GAC), the research pursues a broader objective of knowledge and analysis development beyond the boundaries of one project and towards a longer-term, strategic effort.
It aims as well to establish key entry points and recommendations to improve Oxfam’s work to support the empowerment of the movement. The research will seek to do so with awareness of power relations between Oxfam as an international NGO (and the international community in general) and the movement in such an endeavor.
The research will explore the state of what may constitute the feminist or women’s movement in Iraq. It will do so, starting from an understanding that a “feminist” framing might not in itself necessarily be the most direct rallying concept or that there might be different, locally nurtured visions of feminism not necessarily anticipated by Oxfam in its current work. To that purpose the research will start by defining some criteria for identifying the feminist or women’s movement while remaining flexible to new learning.
The research will examine the diversity of the movement, not limiting itself to mapping established organizations or alliances. It will rather examine its dynamic composition and inclusive/exclusive trends, identifying the roles of e.g. activists, formal and informal groups, campaigns, WROs, WLOs, other actors of the civil society such as academia or the media.
The research will focus on the developments of the movement nowadays while understanding the impact of its progression and dynamics throughout history and in the recent context.
The research will focus on the movement in general across the country, with the understanding that the movement may be different or follow different trajectories in KRI and in Federal Iraq. In that view, the research will not necessarily delve into comparative analysis but rather outline the dynamic relations, challenges and perspectives for the movement across all lines.
Exploring the state of the feminist or women’s movement in Iraq, the research will in particular focus on the following questions:
- What is the current feminist or women’s movement in Iraq? In particular, tentatively:
- What is the composition of the movement? How diversified and inclusive is it – including with emerging feminist voices? What are the movement’s different relations to power?
- What are the various priorities and visions of feminism (how transformative etc.) pursued and developed in the movement?
- How networked, cohesive, visible, and rallying is the movement? What are the main trends and dynamics?
- What are the expectations, challenges, needs and opportunities of the feminist or women’s movement and its supporters in Iraq? In particular tentatively:
- How is the movement and its agenda(s) impacted by domestic and structural factors, by societal conservative trends or openings, by external factors linked to the action of the international community or others?
- How does the movement perceive its influence with international interlocutors?
- What risks and challenges, opportunities and openings do the movement see in the present and near future? What can international, feminist-leaning organizations do to support the feminist and women’s movement in Iraq and for an enabling environment.
What we are looking for
Our next consultant will require:
- Educational background: Educational background in gender or feminist studies, social or political sciences, or similar, relevant fields;
Overall expertise and experience, demonstrated through lists of similar assignments, projects or activities, lists of publications, samples of reports, …:
- Solid experience in research in a relevant field;
- Solid theoretical background and knowledge of the development of social and feminist movements;
- Direct experience of research and/or programming work in the Middle East, preferably in Iraq or in a similar conflict and fragile context;
- Direct experience of engagement at different levels of a feminist movement, from grassroots groups and activists to established Women’s Rights Organisations, formal and informal stakeholders, and diverse actors of civil society beyond NGOs; Capacity to reach out to and interact for research purposes with a variety of stakeholders in a flexible and ethical manner;
- Demonstrated capacity in both quantitative and qualitative research; practice of feminist research methods is an asset;
- Practice of developing and presenting research for an audience of practitioners, decision-makers and/or for programmatic purposes;
Other skills and commitments:
- Fluency in English and Arabic;
- Ability to travel to KRI and possibly Federal Iraq;
- Familiarity with Oxfam’s mission; adherence to the organizational code of conduct and safe programming principles.
This role will give you an opportunity to make a difference in career development, to act as a key contributor, to work with a group of passionate people that are specialists in their fields etc, training and development, offers fair pay and competitive benefits package.
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
Expression of Interest (EOI), including the following:
- Cover letter of no more than 1 page introducing the consultant and intention to deliver the assignment. The cover letter should also indicate the consultants’ availability for the proposed period.
The technical proposal should provide details on:
- The proposed methodology responding to the ToR and the deliverables;
- The evidence of capacity in line with the experience and expertise required for the assignment as described above, including references to experience with similar assignments and/or samples of previous, similar assignments completed;
- The CV of the individual(s) to be directly involved in the assignment, including their specific roles; and three professional referees.
A technical proposal should not be longer than 7 pages, excluding annexes.
- The financial proposal includes a one-page budget of the offer, with detailed breakdown of all major anticipated costs: per cost category (e.g. daily fees, equipment); and per task/deliverable. An accompanying work plan must be submitted too.
- Statement on the willingness to follow Oxfam’s Code of Conduct and guidance regarding safe programming.
Any incomplete offer, i.e. not including one or more of the above items will be considered ineligible and not evaluated.
Individual applications for work in the form of a CV (with or without a cover letter) will be considered ineligible and not evaluated.
Applications will be received and evaluated on a rolling basis every week until the consultant is selected in view of the indicated timeframe.
Interested consultants are invited to submit their offer as soon as possible.
Please submit the EOI : to: [email protected]
with [Feminist Movement-Formative Research Consultancy] in the subject line.
No EOIs will be accepted after the deadline-Close of publication.
All questions or clarifications of a technical nature are to be sent
with [ Feminist Movement-Formative Research Consultancy – clarifications] in the subject line.
no later than 25th September 2022, 5 pm.
This invitation to tender has been issued for the sole purpose of obtaining offers for the provision of the services requested in this 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.
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