International and National Consultants, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, Cambodia

Location: Cambodia
Deadline: April 22, 2019

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

The Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and The Asia Foundation are collaborating on a three-year program, Ponlok Chomnes: Data and Dialogue for Development in Cambodia, to strengthen the capacity of Cambodian knowledge sector institutions to undertake quality research that informs public policy analysis and dialogue in Cambodia.

The goal of the program will be realized through mutually-reinforcing activities conducted under four program objectives:

Objective 1: Increase understanding of Cambodia’s knowledge sector;
Objective 2: Strengthen the capacity and networking of established knowledge sector institutions;
Objective 3: Support research by emerging knowledge sector actors through an Emerging Research Fund; and
Objective 4: Promote thoughtful and inclusive policy dialogue and analysis.

The Asia Foundation Cambodia is recruiting two international consultants and one national consultant to conduct a series of diagnostic assessments to map out key barriers/constraints to a functioning knowledge sector and what needs to happen to make the system work. The findings of the study will be used to inform intervention design/strategy for Objective 2, 3 and 4 as well as to serve as the baseline data for evaluation purposes.

The diagnostic assessment will comprise of three interlinked elements as described below:

  • Landscape of Knowledge Sector Organizations to take stock of knowledge producers that generate knowledge and evidence to directly or indirectly influence policy-making processes in Cambodia: what works, for whom, in what respects, to what extent, in what contexts, and how? Part of the assessment will examine how these knowledge producers sustain their operations or livelihoods and manage their organizations, key features of their relationships with their donors, users and network as well as their current sectoral focus and examples of particular issues studied.
  • Emerging Development Issues in Cambodia: While the program does not intend to dictate the sectors and issues on which partners and research grantees will focus their research, the Foundation believes a general understanding of the policy environment can be useful in informing partners’ and grantees’ research selections. Some questions to consider and assess include, illustratively: What is politically feasible in the current policy environment? What policy areas have associated champions of reform? What is the public most concerned about (considering especially how gender identity, age, and socioeconomic status might change the response)?
  • GESI Baseline: The Foundation will review knowledge sector organizations’ governance, staffing, knowledge products and research, and other considerations to assess their baseline levels of GESI integration at both the organizational and activity levels. Findings will inform the program’s strategic approach to GESI. Some questions that may be considered include: How are women, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and other marginalized groups represented within knowledge sector organizations?; and How is research conducted, shared, and used, and how is GESI integrated in these processes?

While the objective of these assessments is to generate evidence to inform the implementation strategy, as a learning program, the Foundation will devote equal efforts to ensure that meaningful learning will be generated from the process of the assessment, especially on how to increase intellectual leadership by Cambodians in conducting research about Cambodia’s knowledge. This will be achieved through both a customized assessment design and a specific arrangement on how the assessments will be conducted.

In additionally, this study will be managed with a “utilization-focused approach” to ensure ownership and utilization of the report through engagement of the real stakeholders – the “doers and the politically influential decision makers”.

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES

The consultants are accountable to the country representative and are responsible for the following:

Lead consultant (national)

  • With support from international consultant and GESI expert, lead the development of the grand assessment design, methodology and the operational plan.
  • Develop assessment protocol and mechanism coordinate the overall research team;
  • Develop data collection tools (guiding questions and questionnaire) as well as data management systems;
  • Develop sampling strategy and identify informants, respondents and resource persons
  • Conduct key informant interviews with NGOs, think tanks, donor community, and/or government agencies to understand the knowledge sector;
  • Co-author the assessment report in collaboration with other consultants;
  • Conduct dissemination workshop to share diagnostic assessment findings and engage relevant stakeholders.

International consultant

  • Support Lead consultant in development of research design, methodology and research instruments/tools;
  • Lead the literature review, especially international literature related to the study;
  • Develop quality assurance system to ensure that the assessment meets international good practice/standard;
  • Conduct interviews and data validation;
  • Develop data analysis plan with support from the Foundation;
  • Co-author of the report with National Consultant and GESI Consultant;
  • Conduct dissemination workshop to share diagnostic assessment findings and engage relevant stakeholders.

International Consultant on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)

  • Review knowledge sector organizations to assess their baseline levels of GESI integration at both the organizational and activity levels to understand how women, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups are represented within knowledge sector organizations, how research is conducted, shared and used, and how GESI is integrated in those processes;
  • Conduct key informant interviews with NGOs, think tanks, donor communities, and/or government agencies to understand the knowledge sector;
  • Co-author the assessment report and produce final analysis to inform the GESI baseline in knowledge sector;
  • Conduct dissemination workshop to share findings with relevant stakeholders.

Deliverables

All three consultants will work together to produce the following products:

  • One written research report in English covering the findings of the Landscape of Knowledge Sector assessment with a strong GESI integration;
  • One written research report in English covering the findings of the Emerging Development Issues assessment with a strong GESI integration;
  • One policy brief in English from the findings of both assessments intended to be shared with the Cambodian government;
  • Present the findings of both studies in a learning forum and the project inception workshop to share findings to different audiences.

The ideal candidates should meet the following criteria:

International and national consultants on Diagnostic Assessment of knowledge sector in Cambodia

  • Have advanced degree in the field of political science, public policy, public administration, international development, and other related fields;
  • At least eight years of experience on research;
  • At least eight years of research and/or program management experience working with think tanks, research institutions, government, civil society, and academia;
  • Have strong understanding of knowledge sector in Cambodia and/or ASEAN member states;
  • Have strong communication skills and ability to manage diverse stakeholders;
  • Be able to work with various actors on a multi-cultural team;
  • Be proficient in English.

International consultant on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)

  • Have advanced degree in the field of political science, public policy, public administration, international development, and other related fields;
  • At least eight years of experience on research and GESI;
  • At least eight years of experience working with think tanks, research institutions, government, civil society, academia and private sector;
  • Have strong understanding of local context;
  • Have strong communication skills and ability to manage diverse stakeholders;
  • Be able to work with various actors on a multi-cultural team;
  • Be proficient in English.

The length of the consultancy is between April and May 2019:

  • 20 days for International Consultant on Diagnostic Assessment of knowledge sector in Cambodia
  • 20 days for National Consultant on Diagnostic Assessment of knowledge sector in Cambodia
  • 15 days for International Consultant on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)

To apply for this consultancy, you are requested to submit the following;

  1. A Curriculum Vitae
  2. A concise cover letter explaining why you are qualified to do the work and your relevant experience against the requirements
  3. A sample of previous work that the applicant has produced

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by April 22, 2019 to recruitment.cambodia@asiafoundation.org with the position title listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.