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Call For Expression Of Interest For Consultancy Service For The Development Of Strategic Plan Of NIWA (2025-2029)

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Call For Expression Of Interest (EOI) For Consultancy Service For The Development Of Strategic Plan Of NIWA (2025-2029)

A. Introduction

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation (AIPP) was founded in 1988 and established its Secretariat Office in Thailand with the conduct of its first General Assembly in 1992. At present, AIPP is described as an organization of Indigenous Peoples’ movements in Asia with 46 member organizations and 1 candidate member organization from 14 countries. It is primarily set up to build solidarity on common issues and concerns as well as to create shared vision of Indigenous Peoples in the region. The steady growth of AIPP over the years reflects not only the growing recognition of AIPP as an organization addressing Indigenous Peoples’ needs and aspirations, but the growing self-identification of marginalized groups in Asia as Indigenous Peoples, which they see as a way to overcome discrimination and counter the violation of their individual and collective human rights and to realize their right to self-determination.

In addition, AIPP also coordinates and directly supports the following networks from several countries of Asia region:

  • Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders (IPHRD)
  • Network of Indigenous Women in Asia (NIWA)
  • Asia Indigenous Youth Platform (AIYP)
  • Indigenous Voices of Asia Network (IVAN)
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples of Asia (IKPA)

Network of Indigenous Women in Asia (NIWA), established in 2019, is a member-based network of Indigenous Women’s Organizations and Networks across Asia. It covers 14 Asian Countries with four sub regions namely East Asia, South East Asia, Mekong and South Asia. The secretariat for the NIWA is currently hosted by AIPP’s Indigenous Women Programme (IWP).

NIWA envisions ‘Indigenous women are empowered, capable, and self-reliant, fully enjoying their rights and fostering inclusive and sustainable development in Asia’. The key strategies and approaches of NIWA are capacity building, strengthening Indigenous Women-led institutions and networks, conducting research and publications, advocating and lobbying at various levels for the full realization of Indigenous Women’s rights, and collaborating with like-minded organizations at different levels with a participatory bottom-up approach.

Its key thematic focuses include:

  • Building and strengthening the Indigenous Women’s Movement
  • Advocacy for Indigenous Women’s rights to Land, Territories, and resources (including climate change, Indigenous Knowledge and biodiversity conservation)
  • Promoting Indigenous Women in Decision-Making Roles
  • Emphasizing the rights to self-determination as a critical cross cutting issue.

B. Objective/ Purpose of the Work

The consultancy aims to develop NIWA’s strategic plan for 2025-2029, reaffirming its mission, vision, and goals, and establishing a process for effective implementation of its mandate over the next five years. The consultant will assess NIWA’s direction, review previous strategic plan, and evaluate its progress since its inception. The objective is to facilitate a collaborative planning process, ensuring active engagement and ownership among NIWA member organizations and key stakeholders.

C. Scope of the Work & Deliverables

The consultant(s) will work in close collaboration with AIPP’s Indigenous Women Program and representatives from NIWA member organization to design, develop and facilitate a participatory and inclusive process for strategic planning, ultimately developing NIWA’s strategic plan for 2025-2029. This collaborative method aims to establish a common understanding of NIWA strategies, ensuring that both the process and the final strategic plan align with the overarching mission, vision and goal of NIWA.

Based on the given objective and scope of the work, the tasks of the consultants will include:

  • Develop a participatory and inclusive planning process, and work plan for the inception, formulation and validation phases;
  • Guide and facilitate the process, including participatory input;
  • Conduct an initial assessment and direction analysis of NIWA, including an evaluation of its progress since its inception.
  • Perform a SWOT analysis to identify NIWA’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in terms of strategic positioning.
  • Review and analyze past strategic engagements plan of NIWA to assess their effectiveness and outcomes, identifying gaps and areas for improvement.
  • Draft the strategic plan of NIWA for 2025-2029, ensuring it aligns with NIWA’s mission, vision, and goals. The plan should detail measurable and realistic goals and strategic objectives, initiatives, and action plans for effective implementation and include a framework for monitoring and evaluating progress over the five-year period.
  • To review and recommend institutional relationship between NIWA and AIPP.
  • Facilitate in-person and online strategic planning meetings with the representatives from AIPP and NIWA member organizations, as required
  • Present the draft strategic plan to NIWA’s members and key stakeholders to validate.
  • Finalize the strategic plan based on feedback from NIWA members and stakeholders.
  • Prepare detailed reports on findings, analyses, and recommendations.
  • Ensure the adoption of cultural sensitivity, inclusion, and intersectionality in the strategic planning process and documentation.
  • Ensure all deliverables are completed within the agreed timeframe.

D. Key deliverables:

Based on the above, the key deliverables are as follows:

  • A five-year strategy for NIWA outlining specific objectives, key milestones, and an implementation action plan to realize NIWA’s mission and vision.
  • Report summarizing assessment findings and SWOT analysis outcomes, along with recommendations.
  • Facilitate an in-person strategic planning workshop in Chiang Mai.
  • Facilitate an online workshop to validate and finalize the strategic plan.

E. Reporting

The consultant will report to AIPP’s Indigenous Women Programme Coordinator for technical guidance, quality assurance, and finalization of deliverables.

F. Qualifications/Competencies/ Experience

AIPP is seeking for the services of a professional or a consultancy firm to develop a five-year strategic plan of NIWA. The firm or consultant should possess the following qualifications:

  • Proven expertise, skills, and experience in developing organizational strategic plans.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with Indigenous Peoples Organizations, particularly Indigenous Women Organizations and Networks, and familiarity with Indigenous knowledge, values, and practices.
  • Knowledgeable about the Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Women’s movements in Asia and beyond.
  • Relevant work experience, expertise and knowledge in Gender Equality, Diversity, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) with an Intersectionality approach.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills, capable of prioritizing tasks and work with minimum supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders, including AIPP EC members, Secretariat staff and representatives from the 14 NIWA member organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate and deliver well-structured strategic plans and reports in proficient English.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Research or Gender Studies. (Master’s degree in the above will be an added advantage.)

G. Location

This is a remote-based assignment with mandatory travel in July for an in-person strategic planning workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

H. Duration

The duration of the consultancy agreement will be 60 days from the date of signing the contract.

I. Payment

The renumeration and payment terms will be subject to negotiation. Full payment will be made within 30 days upon satisfactory completio of the agreed-upon deliverables outlined in the contract. AIPP will cover all work-related travel expenses incurred by the consultant (s).

J. How to Apply

To apply for the consultancy position, interested parties should send the following documents to hr-aipp@aippnet.org by June 24, 2024:

  • An expression of interest/proposal including a cover letter, an understanding of the scope of work, the proposed methodology and approach, and a financial proposal.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).

In the email subject line, please mention: AIPP/NIWA Strategic Planning Consultancy.

Only shortlisted Consultant(s) will be notified.

Click here to download the application form for EOI for consultancy for the development of strategic plan for NIWA

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