TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR A CONSULTANCY TO CONDUCT RESEARCH ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS INVESTIGATION, REPORTING AND ADVOCACY METHODOLOGY OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS IN ETHIOPIA

I.   BACKGROUND

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI), Lund University, is an academic and research institution based in Lund, Sweden. RWI has been engaged in human rights capacity development in Sub-Saharan Africa since 1991 through regional, sub-regional and bilateral cooperation programmes focusing on academic institutions, justice sector institutions and National Human Rights Institutions. With its office in Nairobi, the RWI manages an extensive network, knowledge and understanding in relation to human rights and human rights work in Sub-Saharan Africa and furthermore implements, with the Swedish government’s support, a regional Sub-Saharan Africa programme that aims to strengthen implementation of human rights commitments through cooperation with relevant regional and sub-regional actors.

The Center for Human Rights (CHR), one of the academic units at the College of Law and Governance Studies of Addis Ababa University, is an autonomous human rights institute engaged in teaching, research and community services in an interdisciplinary setting. It offers the MA and PhD programs in human rights – focusing on producing high-level professionals who will be qualified to work as academicians, researchers and practitioners in inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations. CHR is furthermore engaged in extensive community services – including the provision of legal aid services to the poor and vulnerable sections of the society with office presences in six cities in Ethiopia. 

The RWI and CHR are currently implementing a bilateral cooperation program running from 1 November 2018 – 31 December 2021, which aims at supporting, within the framework of strategic interventions and detailed activities identified by both partners, the effective implementation of certain components of the CHR’s Project to Support the Human Rights Teaching, Training, Research and Community Engagement financed by the Swedish Government.

The programmatic focus of the institutional partnership and assistance offered by the RWI are structured along three key themes, namely: ‘Multidisciplinary Human Rights Teaching and Training’;Policy and Practice Collaboration and Diffusion’; and ‘Learning, Partnerships and Capacity Development’.

 II.  OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

CHR aims to contribute to the enhanced capacity and strengthening of CSOs working with different human rights issues in Ethiopia and is looking to undertake capacity building measures including human rights training for such organizations in the first quarter of the year 2020. The intended training and this consultancy will be conducted under the bilateral cooperation with RWI. The objective of this assignment is to investigate the key gaps in human rights investigation, reporting (research, investigation, monitoring, etc reports), and advocacy methodology, methods, tools and mechanisms by CSOs in Ethiopia. The assignment is to be conducted with a keen awareness of the emergence, development, and situation of the CSOs in the country.

The findings of this research shall be used to develop a needs-based human rights training manual for the civil society organizations identified.

III.  SCOPE OF WORK

        a. Specific tasks

Under the overall supervision of RWI’s Ethiopia Programme Officer and the CHR’s Program Officer in the Bilateral Collaboration, the Consultant will do the following:

  • Develop a work plan;
  • Conduct desk review on standards, strategies, semantic approaches and other methodologies and best practices in human rights investigation and reports.
  • Provide a baseline analysis of Civil Society Organizations’ capacity in investigation and reporting methodologies and mechanism in human rights related issues, particularly focusing on;
    • Develop tools to conduct the baseline analysis
    • Review of relevant reports and documents (including those collected by CHR for this purpose) such as from the Ethiopian Human Rights Council;
    • Identify and interview stakeholders relevant for the task (in consultation with CHR);
    • Identify gaps in CSOs investigation and reporting methodology and mechanisms having due regard to the findings of the desk review;
    • Prepare draft report ( also ensuring that lessons learned, problems and good practices are documented throughout the assessment)
  • Based on the problems identified, develop a draft action plan towards the development of tools to address the identified capacity gaps and validate those;
  • Develop training tools and materials to address the identified gaps;

 

        b.  Deliverables

  • Workplan
  • Initial report on list/contact information of CSOs identified
  • Report of the desktop review and tools for actual investigation/review
  • Final Report of a baseline analysis of Civil Society Organizations’ capacity in human rights and related issues reporting/communications mechanisms and methodologies
  • Training tools and materials;

 

IV.  PROPOSED METHODOLOGY

The tasks for this consultancy will be administered in two phases.

Phase I

  • Developing work-plan and inception note,
  • Conducting desk review and developing the report thereof
  • Developing tools for the investigation and review
  • Preparing list of CSOs and relevant stakeholders

 

Phase II

  • Conducting the actual investigation and review
  • Developing report of the investigation and review
  • Develop draft action plan in response to the results of the investigation
  • Developing training tools
  • Delivering training

 

Phase I will run for duration of 13 working days between 31 October and 13 December 2019.

The assessment period for phase II will be in early 2020 (To be determined by RWI and CHR).

The second phase may rely on both quantitative i.e. surveys; and qualitative data collection methods such as semi structured interviews (for example with staff of civil society organizations, donor organizations etc.) as necessary. Questionnaires may also be administered accordingly; the format of which will be discussed with RWI’s Ethiopia Programme Officer and CHR.

The consultant will assist with the analysis of the findings in consultation with RWI and CHR and will conclude with the submission of a draft reportbased on the findings. These will be presented at a validation workshop towards the development of draft training tools. All deliverables will also be validated by CHR and RWI.

 

V.   REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

a. Advanced university degree in Law, or any of the Social Sciences; a Master’s degree on the aforementioned is desirable;

b. Expert knowledge on training and capacity building of non-governmental organizations as well as demonstrated knowledge of the human rights environment and civil space in Ethiopia.

c. Minimum of at least five (5) years of relevant experience including experience in conducting high-level research studies and conducting interviews with research informants;

d. Ability to write well and articulate issues in concise language; and

e. Produce high-quality outputs in a timely manner, while understanding and anticipating the evolving needs of the client;

f. Work independently and produce high-quality outputs;and also work in strong team spirit and collaboration with another expert that will be identified for the task.

g. Demonstrate integrity by modelling RWI’s values and ethical standards and promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of RWI.

h. Excellent written and spoken English.

i. Excellent understanding of written and spoken Amharic is a plus

 

VI.  APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Qualified candidates should submit their application by sending a Cover Letter, Resume and detailed proposal to conduct the research outlining their understanding of this task, proposed methodology, work plan and budget by  30 October 2019 at / before 12:00pm (noon) to dureti.fulas@gmail.com and copy nairobi@rwi.lu.se Please group all your documents into one PDF document, with the following asthe email subject line: CONSULTANCY TO CONDUCT RESEARCH ON THE TRAINING NEEDS OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS IN ETHIOPIA- (Your Name).