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Research Consultant – CSO Solidarity Playbook

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Position: Research Consultant – CSO Solidarity Playbook

Starting date: As soon as possible

How to apply: If you are interested in this consultancy, please submit a resume, cover letter, two references to Miriam Niehaus (mniehaus@icscentre.org) by 29 July 2019 COB. Please include your consultancy rate and outline how many working days you expect to need for which task. We expect the overall consultancy to encompass no more than 15 working days.

Application deadline: 29 July 2019

The Centre

The International Civil Society Centre helps the leading international civil society organisations (ICSOs) maximise their impact for a sustainable and more equitable world.

The Centre works with ICSOs to successfully navigate change. We scan the horizon for opportunities and threats; enable learning and cooperation among ICSOs and their stakeholders; support ICSOs in developing effective leadership; and promote robust accountability to strengthen ICSOs’ legitimacy. The Centre is a not-for-profit organisation fully owned by the organisations it serves. We strive to set high standards in management, governance and strategy for ICSOs and the wider sector.

Resilient Civil Society in Times of Scrutiny

Over the next 18 months, the International Civil Society Centre aims to strengthen ICSO and CSO resilience mechanisms in the face of undue attacks on CSOs globally. A Solidarity Playbook will collect learnings and strategies from internal ICSO response mechanisms (specifically International CSOs in this instance) and coalition responses on attacks against organised civil society. The International Civic Forum (ICF), to be convened on 29 October 2019 in Addis Ababa, see concept, will be the starting point to build a working group of ICSO and CSO professionals to work on this Solidarity Playbook.

As a basis for the discussions at the ICF and the working group, the Centre is commissioning a consultant to research organisation-internal and inter-organisational coalition mechanisms, and analyse how these work and which patterns of functionality and effects can be detected.

The Centre will guide the consultant’s to work and connect them with key partners in the sector.

Deliverables:

  • Develop a research framework with advisory input from the Centre to guide/structure the process and interviews
  • Research a minimum of three ICSO-internal mechanisms (existing protocols, procedures or guidelines etc.) that have been set up to better respond to attacks on the organisation (e.g. smear or disinformation campaigns, operational attacks like the freezing of bank accounts, threats/harassment of staff, etc.)
  • Desk review/analysis of any written documentation
  • Interviews with respective ICSO staff members
  • Research a minimum of three coalition mechanisms from different parts of the world that have been set up in an effort to collectively respond to attacks on civil society
  • Desk review/analysis of any written documentation
  • Interview with coordinator of coalition
  • Interview with at least one other coalition member who has been involved with any recent activity of the coalition
  • Analyse common patterns and factors for success or failure
  • Prepare all examples to be presented by Centre staff and discussed at the ICF

The research and analysis will have to be completed by 01 October 2019.

Qualification

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Extensive knowledge of civil society in multiple regions and experience with clampdown on civil society and its various dimensions
  • Direct experience from working with (I)CSOs on response mechanisms is a huge asset
  • Experience with political or social science research and writing preferred
  • Excellent written English and presentational skills

How to Apply

If you are interested in this consultancy, please submit a resume, cover letter, two references to Miriam Niehaus (mniehaus@icscentre.org) by 29 July 2019 COB. Please include your consultancy rate and outline how many working days you expect to need for which task. We expect the overall consultancy to encompass no more than 15 working days.