TERMS OF REFERENCE CONSULTANT FOR CONDUCTING AN INFORMATIVE STUDY FOR CAMPAIGNING ON YOUNG PEOPLE’S SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS
Project: Masarouna/ Our pathway
Country: Iraq Duration of the consultancy: from mid October up to December 2021
Preferred typology of the consultancy: National
In a context where securing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is challenging, the Masarouna “Our Pathway” program will mobilize the power of young people (YP), for collective action to support their fight for greater freedom of choice and respect for their SRHR. The program is implemented in six countries/territories: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), and Tunisia. Masarouna identifies two main interlinked pathways to achieve the desired change. Pathway 1 is focused on the direct influencing of decision-makers and society to address inadequate legislation and harmful traditional social and cultural norms through strengthened youth engagement. Pathway 2 is focused on strengthening civil society, reclaiming civic space and formation of new partnerships and alliances. The objective of Masarouna in Iraq is to promote the access of YP to their SRHR, in an inclusive society where YP’s voices are listened to. The project is aligned with the Iraqi National Strategy development plan by promoting meaningful youth participation and development. The project focuses on raising awareness around SRHR and harmful practices, to promote a society where young people can develop healthily and safely. In Iraq, Masarouna is implemented by Oxfam in collaboration with 4 partners (3 CSOs and 1 social enterprise) and 2 youth organizations. Oxfam is now considering the possibility of launching a campaign on YP’s SRHR that could be led by a youth organization, or by a National/International NGO.
Objectives of the consultancy
The consultant will be in charge of conducting a comprehensive informative study on campaigning for young people’s SRHR in Iraq. Through this consultancy, Oxfam aims at obtaining relevant information on risks, threats, and opportunities of campaigning on young people’s SRHR in Iraq for campaigns that are either INGO-led, National NGO led or youth-led. The findings of this study will be used to direct the strategy and the approach of Masarouna to campaigning on this specific topic. The analysis should provide an answer to the following questions:
Stakeholders and actors mapping:
- What are the main actors and stakeholders, including youth organizations, involved on SRHR in Iraq at the national, regional, and international levels?
- What are the actors working on young people’s SRHR? - What is their level of interest and influence on SRHR and specifically on young people’s SRHR?
- Are they implementing, or did they implement influencing activities/projects?
- Is SRHR part of their focus of work or overall strategy?
- Are they part of any platform of working groups on SRHR?
Existing and implemented SRHR campaigns:
- What are the campaigns on SRHR that have been launched in Iraq, both in the Federal and Kurdistan Region in the last 7 years?
- What topics of SRHR were covered?
- Are there SRHR campaigns with a specific focus on young people? - Are there SRHR campaigns specifically youth-led?
- Are there existing campaigns, not necessarily focusing on SRHR, that are youth-led? What are/were their strengths what are/were their weaknesses? Risks, challenges, and gaps:
- Are there SRHR campaigns that faced specific challenges in terms of censorship from the authorities or opposition from society, or any other challenge?
- What are the risks that international NGOs might be facing when conducting a campaign on SRHR in Iraq? What are the risks for a national NGO? What are those for youth organizations?
- What are the specific risks for Oxfam and its partners? Opportunities:
- What are the opportunities for International NGOs and national NGOs to do campaigning on YP’s SRHR in Iraq?
- What are the specific opportunities for Oxfam and its partners? - Do youth-led organizations, specifically the 2 involved in the project, face opportunities when advocating on young people’s SRHRs? The analysis should include final recommendations to Oxfam including how to reduce those risks and threats specific to the context of Iraq when campaigning on YP’s SRHRs and the most appropriate way of conducting such campaigns.
The consultant will adopt a gender-sensitive approach, inclusive of all stakeholders, culturally sensitive and participatory, he/she will ensure the application of the “do no harm” principle. The methodology of the research shall include, but not be limited to, both the consultation of secondary data on the existing campaigns and primary data, including through key informant interviews (KIIs) and focus group discussions. A list of actors to be included in FGDs and KII should include, but not be limited to: Oxfam partners, Youth organizations, relevant national and international actors, community leaders, community members, relevant clusters and working groups, Government actors.
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Innovation Lab Manager and the direct supervision of the Masarouna Project Manager. He/She shall also work in strong coordination with the Policy Advocacy and Campaign Department of Oxfam Iraq.
Deliverables and timeframe
The consultancy shall start by mid-October and last up to the end of December 2021 maximum. The submission of deliverables within a shorter timeframe is an asset.
Skills and experiences:
- At least 5 years of prior similar working experience on campaigning
- Experience on young people’s SRHR campaigns is an asset
- Good knowledge of the Iraqi context and relevant network within the SRHR sector in Iraq
- Expertise in gender and human rights-based approaches in data analysis
- Good communication skills and ability to communicate with various stakeholders and to express concisely and clearly ideas and concepts
- Excellent writing skills
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic.
- Knowledge of Iraqi Kurdish is an asset.
As part of your online application, please upload on Oxfam website your up-to-date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the TOR. Kindly note that the selection process will be on a rolling basis. Due to the urgency of the position, Oxfam has reserved the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.