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The assignment is to assess the internal democracy and gender equality of the Palme Center’s partner organizations within the Palme Center’s Burma Country Program Promoting an Inclusive Democratic Transition and Sustainable Peace in Burma/Myanmar by Strengthening Civil Society, as well as to strengthen the partners capacity in gender awareness and internal democracy. The assignment is intended to systemize partner’s efforts to improve their gender equality and internal democracy, and the consultant will be responsible for initiating, designing and following up this process.

The Palme Center suggest that the consultant perform a participatory gender and internal democracy audit to assess the partners gender equality and internal democracy as well as simultaneously strengthening their capacity to work strategically with these issues. The assessment should be performed in a participatory way. The specific methodology of the assignment is not determined and can be adjusted by the consultant in dialogue with the Palme Center. The participatory audit should evaluate partner’s achievements, strategies, policies and aims, and provide lessons-learned and recommendations on how to increase partner’s gender equality and internal democracy practises. This should be documented in a written report.

The gender- and internal democracy consultant will initially be hired for a three-months period. During this time, the participatory gender and internal democracy audit will be conducted, and the efforts to follow up on the audit will be initiated. These include assisting partners in implementing the audit’s recommendations, supporting partner’s in developing a gender policy and action plan and planning and conducting capacity strengthening activities, such as Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) workshops. After the three months period, an extension is possible.

Moreover, while the focus lies on strengthening gender equality and internal democracy amongst partners, the consultant’s expertise could also add value to activities performed by the Palme Center’s partners. This, by strengthening partners capacity to conduct trainings on gender equality and internal democracy, or more concretely by taking part in the activities performed by the Palme Center’s partner organizations.

Partner organizations

The Palme Center implements the program in partnership with three main partner organizations/networks which in their turn work together with numerous civil society and community-based organizations and networks throughout the country.

Background

The Olof Palme International Center with 27 member organisations constitute an active hub of the Swedish labour movement’s international work articulated through trade union, political party and civil society organisations. These organisations represent more than one hundred years’ experience of promoting civic engagement, democratisation and poverty reduction. The Palme Center cooperates with people and organizations throughout the world, in countries such as Brazil, Burma, South Africa, Palestine, and Bolivia. Through our development partnerships, we seek to empower people to change their own lives. Women, youth, and grassroots activists are our main target groups. The Swedish Labour Movement’s extensive international network enables cooperation with global partners who share our values. The Palme Center has its main office in Stockholm as well as several local offices. The Operations and overall goal of the Palme Centre’s international development cooperation is that it shall “result in the Palme Centre’s partner organisations, and the people working for them, developing their ability to activate and organise people in their efforts to influence the societies in which they live, and thereby their own lives.” The overall goal of the Palme Center is “a world of peaceful societies founded on the ideals of democracy and equality of all people”. This vision of peace and human security, democracy and equality sets the direction for the operations and makes long-term efforts to strengthen these values and their actual implementation in the world. Sustainable frameworks and platforms for conflict resolution, dialog and communication especially with respect to viable democratic institutions constitute an organic part of the Palme Centre’s vision. In fact, the Palme Centre’s core activity to organise and empower people for change is about developing a viable set of institutions and rules to manage social conflicts without recourse to violence.

The aim of the Burma country program is to strengthen and democratize civil society in Burma in order to increase popular influence for a good democratic transition and sustainable peace in Burma. The program includes support for civil society organizations promoting democratically structured community development projects, public participation and education/development in peace, environment and human rights as well as health and media structures for various groups and include women at all levels. The overall goal of the program is:

“A strengthened civil society contributes to increased popular influence for a democratic transition and sustainable peace in Burma”.

The primary target groups are women and various minority groups. Included in these main target groups other marginalized groups such as young people, industrial workers, farmers, political activists, and people subjected to human rights violations, including those based in conflict-affected areas. These are reached through the partner organizations and their various networks. The program also aims at developing the capacity of partner organizations so that they can reach the target group more effectively and safely.

The assignment

The consultant is aimed to carry out:

Participatory Gender and Internal Democracy Audit of the partner organizations. The participatory gender and internal democracy audit is intended to assist partners to systemize and structure their efforts for gender equality and internal democracy. It includes revising the partner’s organizational structures, relevant statues and documents as well as their informal practices. As stated above, the methodology should be designed in dialogue with the Palme Center. It is important that the assessment is performed in a participatory way, enabling the partners to assess themselves.

The participatory gender audit should result in a written report, in which all of the important aspects of the participatory gender audit are accounted for, including the methodology, working process and results. The report should also include recommendations on how partners can continue to improve their efforts for gender equality and internal democracy.

Support the partners in developing a gender policy and action plan. The consultant should support the partners in the process following upon the finalization of the report. This includes developing gender policies and action plans tailored for the organizations and its needs, as they have appeared in the participatory audit. The extent and character of this process will differ, depending on the partner and its needs and structures.

Supporting the partners to implement the recommendations of the audit, including giving capacity building trainings in gender equality and internal democracy. The consultant is responsible for providing partners with the capacity to meet the recommendations of the participatory gender and internal democracy audit. The specifics of this will depend on the results of the participatory audit, and adjusted to partners’ different and specific needs, but include planning and conducting capacity building trainings. Since the Palme Center’s partners all have partners of their own, it is essential that the consultant works actively to ensure that partners have a capacity to by themselves carry out trainings and activities about gender equality and internal democracy vis-à-vis their target groups.

Methodology

The evaluation will take place in Thailand and in Burma. The process will start with a dialogue between the Palme Center and the consultant, whereby the concrete methods of the assessment and the timeframe will be defined more specifically. The consultant should use a participatory methodology to fulfill the assignment and depart from a deep understanding of the context in which the Palme Center’s partner organizations carry out their activities.

A detailed inception report is expected from the consultant three weeks after the beginning of the assignment. The inception report should present concrete timeframe and methodology. The Palme Center shall approve the inception report.

The Palme Center suggest conducting the assessment as a participatory gender audit, or using an equivalent method ensuring the participatory aspects of the assessment of gender equality and internal democracy. The method should promote organizational learning at the individual, work unit and organizational levels about how to mainstream gender equality and internal democracy.

Timeframe and duration

The duration of the assignment is three months, during the period 1st of April – 30th of June 2018.

The Palme Center will request the final version of the assessment report on the 15th of June 2018.

Reporting

Presentation at a workshop/partners meeting.

The target groups for the assessment report are the Palme Center and the Burma Programme partners.

Reporting shall be made in the form of a written report in English, not exceeding 25 pages. The report shall describe facts, make analysis, draw conclusions and make recommendations.

The evaluation report shall at least contain;

  • Index
  • Summery
  • Background
  • The purpose of the assessment
  • The scoop of the assessment, methodology and limitations
  • Observations, analysis, conclusions and recommendations
  • Attachments (ToR, reference list, list conducted meetings and workshops, etc.)

The Palme Center will be the sole owner of the results of the assignment.

Requirements on the Consultant

The consultant shall have the following qualifications:

  • Documented theoretical and practical experience of gender equality and organizational development and internal democracy.
  • Documented experience in planning and conducting capacity building activities.
  • A good knowledge of the Burmese context and previous related working experience from the region.
  • Have an excellent knowledge of the Burmese as well as English languages, speaking and writing including a good capacity in analysing conflict-filled contexts and reporting results and conclusions.
  • Not having worked at one of the organisations in which this evaluation will be conducted.

Meriting

  • A good knowledge about participatory gender auditing.
  • A good knowledge about popular education and civil society.
  • A good knowledge of local languages.

Compensation

The estimated budget frame for the assignment is 120 000 Swedish Crowns including VAT. This should cover all costs, including trips inside Burma if necessary. The consultant is responsible for seeing to that taxes are payed in accordance to local law. The payment will be made as follows:

First payment: 10 percent at the start of the assignment after the agreement has been signed and upon receiving an invoice from the consultant.

Second payment: 40 percent of the budget after the approval of the inception report and upon receiving an invoice from the consultant.

50 percent of the budget after the approval of the report and upon receiving an invoice from the consultant.

Tenders
Tenders shall be submitted via email to john.runeson@palmecenter.se as soon as possible, and no later than 22nd of March 2017. The Palme Center will conduct interviews on an ongoing basis.

Apart from the requirements stated above, the bid must also include curriculum vitae and details of experience in the field as well as a suggested timeframe.

We reserve the right not to accept any of the bids received.

For questions, contact John Runeson, john.runeson@palmecenter.se, +46 73 946 83 47

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