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Aug 2, 2017

Hivos Consultancy to Deliver Training on Lobbying and Advocacy Strategies in Naivasha, Kenya

Terms of Reference
Consultancy to Deliver Training on Lobbying and Advocacy Strategies

Training dates:
21st August to 24th August 2017
Training Location: Naivasha, Kenya
Number of Participants: 25

About Hivos: Hivos is an international non-governmental organization that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. 

With smart projects in the right places, Hivos opposes discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. 

Hivos seeks to contribute to both a counterbalance in power as well as structural change. 

Thus, Hivos cooperates with innovative and progressive citizens, businesses, civil society organizations and governments in order to foster sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

The [email protected] Campaign: The [email protected] Campaign anchors most of Hivos’ substantive work on Corporate Accountability. 

Founded in 2012, the [email protected] Campaign aims to contribute to decent work for women who earn their living through global production chains, most notably: flowers, fruits and vegetables, grown for the export market. 

The Campaign involves Southern partners spread over Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, enlisting both local and international partnerships (CSOs; Businesses; Governments, certification bodies, trade unions, the media and citizens), working together to improve work-place conditions for women.

The Campaign has adopted a number of core strategies, including: promoting an effective social certification regime; contributing to law and policy reform; building the capacities of workers and workers’ representatives; and, promoting engendered corporate social responsibility. 

It is supplemented by a consumer advocacy component in The Hague, aimed at promoting “ethical consumerism,” and proactive engagement with Northern governments.

Background: EA Partners Capacity Strengthening 
Under the policy framework “Dialogue and Dissent” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hivos is  implementing the “Decent Work for Women” Programme 2016-2020 in five Eastern Africa countries: Kenya; Uganda; Tanzania; Ethiopia; and, Rwanda. 

The “Decent Work for Women” programme builds on the [email protected] Campaign’s work from 2011 to 2015 in East Africa. 

The broad Objective of “Decent Work for Women” is: “the implementation of the right to decent work for women under poor conditions in global horticultural value chains (flowers and vegetables) by making global horticultural value chains gender inclusive.”

An explicit objective of the Decent Work for Women Programme under the ‘Dialogue and Dissent’ framework is to support strengthening of lobby & advocacy capacities of CSOs in the South. 

This relates to individual and collective partners lobby and advocacy capacities including strengthening their networks / and how to collaborate. Partner’s capacities will be enhanced through ‘by doing’ during implementation and through specific capacity building sessions such as the one suggested via the terms of reference herein. 

It is expected that strengthened partners capacities mold them to directly influence policy makers and business actors / market actor systems and indirectly strengthen capacities of women workers to influence business.

In the period 2016-2020, the Decent Work for Women Programme expanded sector-wise and in geographic focus.

In Eastern Africa, based on the scoping and baseline studies undertaken in 2016, the Programme now focuses on more product value chains, beyond the initial cut flower value chain; additional product value chains are fruits and vegetables.). 

In Eastern Africa, the Project now focuses on Rwanda, in addition to Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania. New partners include a projected 18 grantees who include regional and national Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), growers’ associations and trade unions. 

Consequently there is an increase in focus on more horticultural companies and a focus on a wider range of relevant government policies. There also exists a shift from previous strategic engagements with CSOs to current partner contracting, which spells a unique responsibility to Hivos. 

Whereas the partners have expertise on, among other issues, labour rights, women’s rights and horticulture value chains, internal reflections by Hivos and Partners point out some key capacity development priorities for optimal project delivery by Hivos and partners.

In 2016 and 2017, the partners engaged in a capacity [Capability to act and act and commit to longer term vision, deliver on campaign objectives, relate to external stakeholders, adapt and self-renew; and achieve coherence were assessed based on the 5C Framework developed by  ECDPM, see:]   self-assessment exercise to appraise their individual capacities to engage in lobby and advocacy, an exercise which has identified individual organization as well as shared capacity need areas. 

In February 2017, the initial capacity building session (for both the Eastern and Southern Africa Partners) was undertaken to respond to some of the capacity needs identified and sought to bring understanding on
a) Corporate accountability frameworks at regional and international level. This helped partners identify key frameworks to engage with (which has reflects in different proposals) and practical step by step processes in utilizing the mechanism; 
b) Horticultural value chains dynamics with specific focus on key actors, concepts, structure and chain of impacts fostered by power concentration on a few actors in the value Chains.

This planned training session seeks to respond to partners capacity needs aligned with designing effective advocacy campaigns and on media advocacy. 

On media advocacy, Hivos will closely work with African Women and Child Feature Services to deliver a session to respond to: use of media as a campaign tool in building evidence on sustainable practices; tactics of engaging media; how to develop compelling advocacy messages (including media messages); and on use of digital media among other aspects. 

Hivos seeks to engage a consultant to deliver the session on effective lobby and advocacy skills for its Eastern Africa [email protected] Partners.

Terms of Reference: Training Session on Use of Effective Lobby and Advocacy Strategies 

Training Session Objective: To equip and/or enhance [email protected] partners with key skills, strategies and methods to adopt in their lobby and advocacy campaigns at the national, regional and international levels. 

It is hoped that the skills / knowledge gained will position (individually and collectively) the partners as effective actors in accessing and influencing policy makers and business for better labour conditions and more receptive environment where they operate. 

The session will specifically explore both “Dialogue” and “Dissent” advocacy strategies to better position partners to be in line with the broader framework that the programme supports.

To deliver on this objective, the session’s trainer will in a simple and interactive manner and using local and on the ground experiences and case studies facilitate the session towards ensuring that Hivos’ partners: 
a) Gain understanding of the definition and scope of lobby and advocacy – and other related concepts; 
b) Develop an understanding of how to design an effective advocacy campaign strategy. This is to enhance partners’ knowledge of the advocacy cycle, steps in advocacy planning, understand concepts of problem analysis, stakeholder and power mapping, targets identification on different issues they are rallying about etc
c) Guide partners on how to undertake policy analysis and development of policy briefs (policy development skills) for use in their engagement in influencing different stakeholders groups, including government; 
d) Enhance their understanding and skills on coalition building strategies, how to form influential networks at regional and international levels, documentation/analysis for evidence based advocacy etc 

Specific Tasks and deliverables for the Successful Consultant include:
  1. A background paper on the session circulated 2 weeks prior the training;
  2. A training manual /PowerPoint presentation and handouts for participants on key session topics;
  3. Training programme collaboratively designed and developed with Hivos;
  4. Facilitate the training session (not more than 2 days) to 25 Hivos’ partners and staff to achieve the laid out objectives.
Attributes / Competencies expected of the Consultant:
The required attributes of the successful consultant, include:
  1. Technical capacity and experience in delivery of similar advocacy training session(s).
  2. Familiarity and understanding of the Horticulture sector dynamics, gender protection, labour rights and business compliance.
  3. Ability to use innovative and interactive training methodology for in-depth understanding.  
  4. Availability to deliver for the duration of the training.
  5. Ability to work as part of a team.
Submission Guidelines
Interested consultant(s) should submit their expression of interest via email by close of business on 3rd August 2017 to [email protected] with a copy to [email protected].

 The expression of interest should include: a statement of capability to execute the task; proof of delivery on similar related assignments; a draft program guide for the session; estimated number of consultancy days to deliver the task and the consultancy fee per day in USD. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Hivos will directly cater for the consultants logistical (travel and accommodation) costs during the assignment.

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