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Call for expression of interest Consultancy for developing the Indigenous Data Sovereignty (IDS) Framework Working Paper

I. Background

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) in partnership with Open Development Initiatives (ODI) is implementing a project partnership on “Indigenous Data Sovereignty (IDS)” from 2021- 2022. The project aims to build the capacity of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Knowledge Holders to control and own their data, as well as for strengthening advocacy to include the principles of Indigenous Data Sovereignty into the policy-making process across Asia. 

One of the project outputs is the development of regional principles and framework on IDS to guide Indigenous Peoples as right holders and other stakeholders engaging with the Indigenous Data for evidence-based policy advocacy. In this context, AIPP is looking for a consultant to develop the IDS Framework Working Paper.

II. Objective of the Consultancy

  • To formulate the IDS Framework Working Paper in Asia to guide the development of structured, responsibly developed, decentralized, and context-driven technology

III. The Scope of the Consultancy

  • Reviewing and analysis of existing policies and frameworks at national, regional, and global levels by Indigenous Peoples or other agencies working on Indigenous Peoples’ issues
  • Mapping of the current state and status of the Indigenous Knowledge in Asia and identification of the key actors including challenges and lessons learned from their work on Indigenous Knowledge 

IV. Methodology

The development of the IDS Framework Working Paper shall be done through the review of existing policies and frameworks, online consultations, online interviews, and online survey with Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples of Asia (IKPA) members, Indigenous knowledge Holders, and AIPP members, and partners from 14 Countries in Asia[1]. AIPP and its partner organization shall fully cooperate with the consultant for interviews and consultations and in providing requested information, documents, and materials.

The total working days allocated for the process of the development and finalization of the IDS Framework Working Paper is 20 days. The total number of working days is divided as follows:

  • 3 days for desk study
  • 6 days for organizing three regional consultations including online interviews, and surveys
  • 5 days for developing the first draft of the IDS Framework Working Paper
  • 3 days to finalize IDS framework working paper based on the comments and inputs received
  • 3 days for report writing of the whole process of the development, and finalization of the IDS Framework Working Paper (report should be a maximum of 5 pages excluding pictures)

The IDS Framework Working Paper and report shall be finalized in consultation with AIPP and its members and partners.

V. Deliverables

  • Facilitation of 3 regional consultations on IDS Framework
  • Report of the process of developing IDS framework including lessons learned and recommended approaches that can help to scale up the initiative
  • Asian IDS Framework Working Paper

VI. Qualification of the Consultant

The consultant shall have the following qualifications:

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples’ rights and issues 
  • Well networked within Indigenous communities and organizations across Asia and other regions
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding on Indigenous Knowledge, good practices, innovations, and technologies
  • Experienced in qualitative research, including conducting interviews, facilitating focus groups, and hosting consultative processes
  • Must be results orientated and be able to produce consolidated written outputs
  • At least 5 years of experiences on framework and policy development 
  • High level of independence to work autonomously as well as demonstrate experience in managing projects at a high level
  • High level of English literacy, both spoken and writing.  

VII. Timeframe of the IDS Framework Working Paper Development and Finalization: June–Sept 2021



12-16 July

Shortlisting and selection of the consultant

19-23 July

ToR Development and Signing

26-28 July

Desk Review

2 August

First Regional Online Consultation

11-13 August

Online Interviews and Survey

16-20 August

Development of the first draft of the IDS Framework Working Paper

27 August

Second Regional Online Consultation

30 August-3 Sept

AIPP members and partners to comment on the draft IDS Framework Working Paper

6-8 Sept

Updating the IDS Framework Working Paper based on the comments received

14 Sept

Third Regional Online Consultation to share the final draft of the working paper

15-17 Sept

Preparation of the report capturing the process of the development and finalization of the IDS Framework Working Paper

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to send an expression of Interest to Mr. Shree Kumar Maharjan at and Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa at no later than 31 June 2021. The expression of interest should include:

  • CV
  • Daily fee in USD
  • Brief technical proposal, indicating main methodological considerations
  • Three references, to whom AIPP Secretariat may contact

[1] Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Thailand, and Vietnam

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