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EOI for Strategic Plan 2025 2028 AIPP

Call For Expression Of Interest for Development of The Strategic Plan (2025-2028) Of AIPP

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Call For Expression Of Interest (EOI)
Development of the Strategic Plan (2025-2028) of
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
Deadline for Submission of EoI: 10th July 2024

BACKGROUND:

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization formed in 1988 and the Secretariat was established in 1992 by Indigenous Peoples’ movements across Asia.  It acts as the forum and mechanism for building and strengthening the solidarity and cooperation of indigenous peoples in Asia for the promotion and protection of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, particularly their right to self-determination, promoting and defending the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Asia, including protection of bio-diversity and the environment and promotion of intersectionality and sustainable development.   Through the years, AIPP has developed its programmes to address the key issues of indigenous peoples in Asia through capacity building, lobby and advocacy, organizational strengthening, movement building and networking.

AIPP has 46 member organisations (MO) and 1 candidate member across fourteen countries from four sub-regions (South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Mekong) in Asia. There are sixteen ethnic-based organisations, six indigenous women’s organisations, four Indigenous youths’ organisations, and one organisation of indigenous persons with disability. Further, AIPP also works beyond member countries and organisations through indigenous-led regional networks like – Asia Indigenous Youth Platform (AIYP), Indigenous Women Network in Asia (NIWA), Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD), Indigenous Voices in Asia Network (IVAN), and Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples in Asia (IKPA). AIPP serves as the Regional Secretariat of these networks

AIPP has been continuously engaging, campaigning and advocating for Indigenous Peoples rights and recognition in different human rights mechanisms, instruments, treaty bodies and processes including HRC, UPR, CERD, CEDAW, UNFCCC, CBD, IPBES, BHR, UNPFII, EMRIP and Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development. AIPP believes the inherent rights to self-determination and self-governance of Indigenous Peoples equal as all peoples, hence builds their skills, capacities and also advocates for the international human right standards compliance enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR), ILO Convention 169 and United Nation Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). AIPP critically observes, analyses and safeguards the rights of Indigenous Peoples and the intersectional groups through ensuring their voices, issues and concerns in all these mechanisms and forums.

An external evaluation of 2021-2024 AIPP Strategic duration will be conducted in June to July 2024. The findings and recommendations of the evaluation will guide the formulation of the strategic programme for 2025-2028 and long-term Strategy (2025 – 2041) of AIPP, which will be adopted by the AIPP members during its 9th General Assembly in March 2025.  This strategic programme and long-term strategy will provide the guidance to the formulation of the annual plans of AIPP. The   Executive Council is mandated to adopt the annual plan and budget, and the Regional Secretariat based in Chiang Mai, headed by the Secretary General, was mandated to carry out the annual plans, including fund-raising to support the implementation of the programmes.

AIPP is currently implementing the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan which defines the work of the organization for four years. The 2021-2024 Strategic Plan a consolidation of the country strategies developed by its member organizations in the respective countries, regional strategies focusing on specific thematic areas, External Evaluation report (2017-2020). The strategic plan 2025 – 2041 is planned to be endorsed by the General Assembly of AIPP in March 2025.

KEY ASPECT OF AIPP PROGRAMME 

The key Programmes of AIPP from 2021 to present are as follows:

  1. Organizational Strengthening and Movement Building (OSMB): The organizational strengthening and movement building (OSMB) activities of AIPP include the conduct of the sub-regional meetings of members, country level assessment and consultation, the regular meetings of the Executive Council, the strengthening and management of the secretariat in the day-to-day implementation and coordination of the AIPP programmes and activities, organizational strengthening of members. The OSMB program guides and provides coherence of the overall programs of AIPP at the Secretariat through streamlining, inter-program collaboration and integration, build inter-linkages of projects and thematic issues such as on women and youth, and movement building.
  2. Communication Programme (CP): This involves the regular sharing of information to members, contacts and partners on key developments and issues relating to indigenous peoples in Asia through different channels of media including e-media.  It also includes the translation of relevant documents, production of info-posters, animation, video documentaries and the operation of the Indigenous Voice Asia Network as a joint platform of journalists/media practitioners and indigenous activists in amplifying the voices of indigenous peoples.

The CP guides and support the communication strategy of all programs such as on campaign strategy and activities on thematic or human rights cases.

  1. Regional Capacity Building (RCB): AIPP, as a regional federation of indigenous peoples’ organizations representing the movements in Asia, believes in the self-organizing capacity of member-organizations (MOs) and indigenous communities and that they are the drivers of change in solidarity with vibrant democratic forces i.e. CSOs, institutions and individuals. It is for this reason that AIPP identifies capacity-building as its core program and focusses on empowerment of indigenous movements and communities and integrated dialogue with various state and non-state actors for change to come.

AIPP implements several capacity building activities under its six thematic programs. However, AIPP also has its specific program called “Regional Capacity Building Program” in response to its specific capacity building needs for community empowerment and movement building. The focus of RCB is also to direct its capacity-building efforts towards supporting vertical structures of AIPP from local organizations to the top-level of its governance structure and secretariat. The RCB program makes sure that members of the organization internalize this value such that their indigenous identity comes to the fore in all aspects of the organization’s activities and focus.

The regional capacity building program implements several training programs such as on community organizing, leadership, UNDRIP Advocacy and institutional building, etc. for grass roots leaders and organizations.

  1. Human Rights Campaign Policy Advocacy Programme (HRCPA): The Human Rights programme of AIPP includes the building and the strengthening of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRDs) through trainings and documentation and regional and international lobby and advocacy using UN mechanisms, bodies and procedures, ASEAN, international financial institutions, the guiding principles regarding business and human rights, and the SDGs. The program is involved in campaign and community mobilization for responding to human rights issues and violations relating to extractive industries, large-scale development projects, economic land concessions, eviction and displacement issues, etc.
  2. Environment Programme (ENV): This programme addresses the issues relating to climate change, biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge promotion and protection. In particular, forest conservation under the Reducing Emissions on Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) and climate change adaptation at the community level, and sustained advocacy with REDD+ and climate change related bodies such as the UNFCCC and CBD are the focus of this programme in partnership with member-organizations and network. The program has also taken issues relating to Indigenous Knowledge and coordinates the recently established Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples of Asia (IKPA).
  3. Indigenous Women Programme (IWP): This programme provides capacity building to indigenous women organizations and network and their increased participation and engagement in different levels of advocacy work.  It also includes the enhancement of the roles and contribution of indigenous women in climate change, sustainable resource management among others. AIPP has adopted its Gender Policy and has produced a gender main-streaming Manual as a guide to the regional secretariat and its members. The program also coordinates the Network of Indigenous Women in Asia (NIWA) that was recently established which has prioritized land rights and governance.

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY SERVICE

  1. Purpose: The main purpose of this consultancy service is to analyze the country strategies and regional strategies of AIPP and develop the organizational strategic document 2025-2041 within a given timeframe.
  2. Objectives: The specific objectives are:
    1. Provide support to AIPP in developing the Strategic Plan through integrating the results of the External Evaluation Report (2021-2024), Country Strategies and other related regional strategies and relevant documents of AIPP;
    2. Develop Theory of Change (TOC)
    3. Integrate the Indicators and Monitoring and Learning framework in the new Strategic Plan;
    4. Develop estimated budget for 2025-2028 (4-Year Strategic Plan) based on the Strategic Plan; and
    5. Provide orientation/training the AIPP staffs on the strategic linkages between programme goals, objectives with organizational visions, missions, goals and objectives.

SCOPE OF WORKS

  1. Review and integrate key outcomes and recommendations of External Evaluation report (2021-2024)
  2. Review and integrate of the country strategies submitted by AIPP members, and outcomes of country and sub-regional processes
  3. Review and analyze regional network strategies –Network of Indigenous Women in Asia (NIWA), Priority areas of Asia Indigenous Youth Platform (AIYP), Indigenous Voice in Asia Network (IVAN), Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples of Asia (IKPA), Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRDs), and AIPP Secretariat Structure;
  4. Develop draft strategic plan with organizational vision, mission, goals, objectives for 2025-2028 programmatic focuses including, TOC, indicator framework for effective monitoring and evaluation of the plan and Budget;
  5. Provide orientation to the secretariat for effective execution of the plan and monitoring based on the indicator framework.

TENTATIVE TIMEFRAME AND WORKING SCHEDULES

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Tasks & Deliverables

Timeline

No. of Days

1

Review current AIPP Strategic Plan (2021-2024), M&E Framework, and AIPP Organizational System

June 2024

4 days

2

Analyze the key results/outcomes of Country Strategies, Reports of External Evaluation, AIPP Secretariat Structure, regional meetings including Regional Strategies of AIPP and other relevant documents

July 2024

5 days

3

Consultation with Programme and Management Team for overall reflects of the implementing 2021-2024 Strategic Plan

July 2024

1 Day

4

Develop a Strategic Planning framework in consultation with AIPP Management Team

August – September 2024

15 Days

5

Submit Draft Strategic Plan to AIPP

September 2024

 

6

Consolidating inputs and addressing comments and feedback from AIPP Secretariat, AIPP EC Members, and AIPP MOs

September – October 2024

2 Days

7

Finalize the SP and include the TOC, M&E section and Budget

October 2024

5 Days

8

Provide orientation to the secretariat for effective execution of the plan and monitoring based on the indicator framework

November 2024

3 Days

Total Consultancy Days

35 Days

OUTPUT/DELIVERABLES:

  1. Organizational Theory of Change (ToC)
  2. AIPP Strategic (2025-2028)
  3. Draft MEAL Plan
  4. Orientation and Training Report with key recommendations (Max: 3 pages)

 COMPOSITION OF THE TEAM:

The consultant team should comprise at two members (team Leader and a team member) of which one shall be an Indigenous person and at least one of the evaluators should be based in Asia. Their combined qualifications shall include in depth knowledge and understanding of Indigenous issues including activities of Indigenous organizations in Asia; and practical experience in developing strategic plan and M&E.

Additionally, the team should have the following qualification and combined expertise:

  • Knowledge and familiarity on Indigenous Peoples’ issues and movement in Asia
  • At least a master’s degree in related fields and/or equivalent work experiences.
  • Policy and institutional knowledge in the subject matter.
  • Experience in, and a thorough understanding of, national, regional and/or international best practices in the subject areas.
  • Solid analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think creatively.
  • Good knowledge of local context (culture, politics, and geography); familiarity with the situations in Asia will be added asset.
  • Pro-active, independent and responsible personality.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

APPLICATION

Interested and qualified candidates can submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) with detailed work plan and consultancy fee. EoI can be submitted to hr-aipp@aippnet.org on or before 10 July 2024. The application should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Brief technical proposal, indicating main methodological considerations and financial proposal in USD
  • Three references, to whom AIPP Secretariat may contact.
  • Indicate who will be the lead consultant in the EoI

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for the interviews.

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