Almaty: International Advocacy Expert - Regional Advocacy Workshop Facilitator

Details

  • Job Type: Consultant
  • Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Anticipated Period of Performance: 08 - 21 April 2020
  • Application Deadline: 30 March 2020

Summary

Eurasia Foundation (EF) is seeking an International Advocacy Expert, to co-facilitate a two-day workshop for approximately 40 researchers, think tank representatives and transparency advocates in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The consultant must be based outside of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. This consultant will work closely with the Regional Advocacy Expert.

This workshop will be part of the Policy Research School (PRS), a series of capacity-building activities to assist transparency advocacy organizations and think tanks strengthen their capacity to conduct rigorous monitoring of the public sector, improve their performance as watchdogs and serve as policy participants offering constructive recommendations based on citizen input and sound data. PRS is an activity of the Civil Society Support Program in Central Asia, a five-year initiative, funded by USAID and implemented by Eurasia Foundation, to cultivate a vibrant and responsive citizen-oriented civil society in Central Asia.

The Policy Research School will focus this year on three categories of the state budget process:

  1. Budget Data: open access to budget data and datasets.
  2. Citizen Budgets: involvement of citizens in the budget process
  3. Reuse of Budget Data: creation of budget advocacy networks for budget analysis consisting of expert groups, NGOs, open data enthusiasts, civil society activists and journalists

The new PRS cohort will commence with a Regional Advocacy Workshop. The main objectives of the two-day workshop are to:

  1. Build a community of practitioners from the region who will share knowledge, experiences and practices both during the workshop and beyond;
  2. Engage participants in understanding the broader ecosystem of their respective countries and of the region, understanding what works and what are the emerging opportunities when it comes to transparency, anti-corruption (particularly around budgeting), open budgeting, and citizen-engagement through advocacy campaigns; and
  3. Support participants in preparing draft outlines of collaborative policy research papers they will focus on throughout PRS

Duties

This activity is budgeted for up to eight (8) working days in total as detailed below:

  • April 08 - 11, 2020 (4 days) - Workshop Design
  • April 13 - 14, 2020 (2 days) - Workshop Facilitation
  • April 20 - 21, 2020 (2 days) - Workshop Report

Workshop Design

  • Develop the workshop agenda, sessions, contents, practices based on the profile of participants selected for the workshop as well as desk analysis of the situation. Workshops should highlight best practices and case studies based on methodologies and criteria of international organizations such as Social Accountability International (SAI), Open Government Partnership (OGP), Transparency International and Open Knowledge Foundation.  
    • It is expected that there will be about four (4) sessions each day, for eight (8) total sessions for the entire workshop.
    • Each session should have at least one content-related presentation per session and presentation materials should be delivered to Eurasia Foundation prior to the workshop for approval.
  • Work in close collaboration with the regional or local co-facilitator to validate the proposed approaches;
  • Define the methodology for the workshop, taking into consideration the regional peculiarities, and ensuring it is based on participatory training methodology, and present to Eurasia Foundation for approval.

Workshop Facilitation

  • Act as lead facilitator, ensuring smooth transition from one session to another; and ensuring the key objectives for the event are being achieved;
  • Co-facilitate, with partner trainer whenever required;
  • Ensure that trainer, experts, and participants engaged in the workshop act as a team to support each other and build on each other’s knowledge and experience;
  • Engage all participants in active workshop discussions;
  • Conduct debriefs for the sessions whenever necessary and create space for reflection and sharing;
  • Develop a list of draft outlines for policy research and advocacy initiatives that can be designed and implemented collaboratively by participants in the months following the workshop; and
  • Conduct daily evaluations and build on participants’ feedback.

Workshop Report

  • Prepare a report within one week of the workshop with a list of recommendations for the program to build on, including the results of the workshop evaluations into the Report.

Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline, such as Political Science, International Relations, Law, Public Policy and Administration, Communication, etc.
  • At least 7 years of relevant work experience in capacity building;
  • Strong experience in open government and decision-making processes;
  • Strong experience in civil society development;
  • Previous experience working in Central Asia or similar contexts in developing Eurasian countries preferred;
  • Extensive knowledge of governance processes at the local and central and government
  • Extensive knowledge of global and national platforms and initiatives in open government, good governance; and
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Russian are required.

Apply

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and Technical Proposal with list of eight proposed workshop sessions (Title and one to two-sentence description each) to CSSPconsultants@eurasia.org with “PRS International Advocacy Expert” in the subject line.

Please, no calls.

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