CALL FOR APPLICATIONS -CAPACITY-BUILDING AND MENTORING FOR WOMEN MPs IN IRAQ

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

CAPACITY-BUILDING AND MENTORING FOR WOMEN MPs IN IRAQ

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR AN EXPERT TO

Conduct a training and provide tools on monitoring of the implementation of the Second NAP 1325 for Iraq

Background

After the government’s adoption of the Second National Action Plan (NAP) 1325 for Iraq on Women, Peace and Security in late December 2020, the Iraqi Parliament – and in particular the women’s committee – is now expected to play a key role in monitoring and evaluating its implementation.

The Iraq Foundation (IF), an independent NGO working in Iraq since 2003, is supporting the women’s committee and women MPs in a project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), which aims at making the policy and legislative process in Iraq more responsive to the needs and concerns of Iraqi citizens, and at improving gender equality in policies and enhancing women’s political leadership.[1] To provide that support for women MPs, IF provides training workshops on gender-sensitive legislation and political leadership skills. IF also supports the women’s committee to create and implement processes for monitoring Iraq’s international commitments that aim to promote women’s rights, including CEDAW and UNSCR 1325.

IF has been closely involved in monitoring the first and developing the second NAP 1325. In the context of the Sida project, we have already held a webinar-conference for women MPs on UNSCR 1325, and Second NAP for Iraq in September 2020. That virtual conference connected women MPs with specialized women civil society organizations, with UN Women and other UN organizations, and with the governmental Women Empowerment Department to discuss local, regional and international perspectives of implementation of UNSCR 1325. IF now plans to hold a training workshop with women MPs in February, 2021 in Erbil on monitoring and evaluating the Second NAP 1325 for Iraq. The one-day session on the Second NAP 1325 will be followed by a post-workshop Zoom-training (2 to 3 hours) in March, 2021.

The Iraq Foundation seeks to contract an Arabic-speaking Expert to develop a toolkit for parliamentarians to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Second NAP 1325 in Iraq and conduct the related training (in-person and with one Zoom-session). As an outcome of the training and the tools provided, women MPs must have the knowledge and capability to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Second NAP with focus on the work of the government, but also the work of civil society and other stakeholders.

Specific Terms of Reference

  1. Develop a toolkit for monitoring and evaluating the Second NAP (handbook/guide, complemented by forms for evaluation and reporting, other tools required for M&E), and submit them for prior review to IF.
  2. Create an agenda for the two-parts training on M&E of the NAP 1325 and submit for prior approval to IF.
  3. Hold the one-day training in Erbil in February 2021 (mid- or late February)
  4. Conduct the post-workshop Zoom-session in March 2021 (2 to 3 hours)

Scope of Work

  1. The training agenda should be designed to provide knowledge, methods and skills, include interactive elements, practical exercises and time for Q&A.
  2. The tools for monitoring the NAP, such as a handbook or guide complemented by forms for evaluation and reporting, and other tools required for M&E ,should allow participants to evaluate and report on the work of government, civil society and other stakeholders in implementing the NAP, with regards to WPS being a cross-cutting issue for different sectors of government and parliament.
  3. The post-workshop Zoom session would review the training held in Erbil, allow for Q&A and add more aspects and/or skills to the monitoring and evaluation program.

Specific Deliverables

  1. Agenda, learning material and toolkit (see above) for parliamentarians to monitor and evaluate the implementation of NAP 1325 in Iraq.
  2. One-day training in Erbil in February 2021.
  3. Post-workshop Zoom-session in March 2021 (2 to 3 hours).
  4. An evaluation report.


Required Skills and experience

  1. Proven track-record of projects related to gender equality and women’s rights in the MENA region. Please attach documentation of 2 projects.
  2. Previous experience in research and training on UNSCR 1325 and other international conventions on Women, Peace and Security.
  3. Proven knowledge and skills in Monitoring and Evaluation of international agreements or resolutions, preferably on women’s rights.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge and skills in providing training for policy-makers from the MENA region.
  5. Preferred: previous work with UN agencies or international NGOs.
  6. Fluency in Arabic.

Remuneration: $ 5,000 (Five thousands USD)

Any travel expenses associated with this ToR are included in the remuneration. Accommodation and per diem will be borne by IF.

Deadline for receiving applications: February 4, 2021.

Please respond to: dhefaf@iraqfoundation.org,  fakri.b@iraqfoundation.org, with a copy to iraq@iraqfoundation.org


[1] The activity is part of the project of the Iraq Foundation and its partner Global Partners Governance (GPG), “Improving Policy, Service Delivery, Gender Equality and Responsiveness to Iraqi Citizens” (2018-2021).

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