- Time Commitment: The Consultant(s) must commence the Services no later than 15 January 2024 and complete the Services by 31 March 2024
- Budget: Up to AUD50,000 (includes travel)
- Location: Home-based, with travel to Fiji, as well as potential travel to Papua New Guinea, Samoa and/or Vanuatu – to be agreed with selected consultant(s)
WHO ARE WE?
IWDA is an Australia based organisation, resourcing diverse women’s rights organisations, primarily in Asia and the Pacific, and contributing to global feminist movements to advance our vision of gender equality for all.
VISION Gender equality for all
PURPOSE To defend and advance the rights of diverse women and girls
VALUES Feminist, Accountable, Collaborative, Transformative
The We Rise Coalition is made up of six feminist organisations from the Pacific region. It was first established in 2012 as a partnership between the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) in Australia, and the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) in Fiji. In the second phase of the program (We Rise 2, 2016-2019), the partnership expanded to include two additional Fiji-based organisations, femLINKpacific and DIVA for Equality, to support feminist movement building and gender equality in Fiji. Now in the third phase of the program (We Rise 3, 2020-2023), the Coalition expanded its membership base to regional partners Brown Girl Woke in Samoa, Sista in Vanuatu, and Voice for Change in Papua New Guinea, to strengthen feminist movement building and gender equality in the Pacific.
The work of the We Rise Coalition is supported by the We Rise Program, which is now in its third phase (We Rise 3), funded by DFAT currently through Pacific Women Lead. We Rise 3 funds the core and activity costs of Coalition members, as well as partnership processes of the Coalition, to support the Coalition to pursue its ambitious agenda for the Pacific feminist movement.
The We Rise Coalition works to amplify diverse Pacific women’s voice and advance gender equality and the human rights of women in the Pacific, through organisational strengthening, movement building, and policy and institutional reform. The goal for We Rise 3 is: Diverse Pacific women’s voice and agency contributes to transformative change through a vibrant and resilient feminist movement.
At the centre of the We Rise Coalition is a commitment to building and sustaining women’s collective voice and power through feminist movements. Since its establishment in 2012, We Rise has grown from two to six partners and expanded its networks and collaboration with organisations and activists across the Oceanic Pacific. The Coalition works together to create dedicated movement spaces, like the National Feminist Forums and Pacific Feminist Forum, and support and engaging regional and global movement opportunities, including Women Deliver and CSW, to deepen solidarity and collaboration between activists and allies working across the region and into the global spaces.
The We Rise Coalition has contributed to progress for Pacific feminist movement building through the following key activities: holding a secretariat function (hosted by FWRM) for National Feminist Forums implemented across 11 Pacific countries; implementation of a regional Pacific Feminist Forum that gathered 150+ Pacific feminists and amplified feminist voices from the National Feminist Forums; strategic planning of, and participation in, Women Deliver Pacific in Fiji and Oceanic-Pacific in Australia as well as participation in Women Deliver global convening in Rwanda. We Rise has also advocated for Pacific women’s rights at the Commission on the Status of Women, held a regional workshop on gender analysis and developed advocacy tools on anti-sexual harassment in the workplace that aimed to strengthened capacity amongst regional participants who are part of the feminist movement; and built capacity among emerging feminist organisations.
The purpose of this consultancy is to carry out an end-of-program evaluation for We Rise 3 to enable the We Rise Coalition in its work to amplify diverse Pacific women’s voice and advance gender equality and the human rights of women in the Pacific.
Outputs from the consultancy will be used to support the design of the fourth phase of the We Rise Program (We Rise 4, anticipated 2023-2028), to address the goal developed by the We Rise Coalition for this fourth phase: ‘Ambitious diverse Pacific women working together with a common vision for transformative change, through evolving, visible and sustainable Pacific feminist movements.
To achieve this, the consultant(s) will engage with members of the We Rise Coalition and external stakeholders, to assess:
- the effectiveness and impact of We Rise 3 in the areas of organisational strengthening, movement building, and policy, structural and institutional reform; and
- the relevance and coherence of We Rise’s coalition model and movement-strengthening work.
The consultant, or team of consultants, should be able to demonstrate the skills and experience listed below:
- Experience working in one or more countries in the Pacific, preferably engaging with local women’s rights and feminist organisations;
- Demonstrated competence in cross-cultural communication;
- Capabilities and demonstrated strong experience in program evaluation, as well as strategic or organisational evaluation;
- Experience evaluating program results at local and national levels, as well as regional and/or global levels;
- Expertise in assessing complex programs that involve multiple partners, and experience in assessing partnerships;
- Experience in conducting interviews and desk reviews;
- Experience in designing and facilitating participatory research and workshops; and
- Understanding of feminist and decolonial evaluation principles.
- Experience working in Fiji, preferably engaging with local women’s rights and feminist organisations;
- Understanding of movement-strengthening principles and approaches;
- Experience in gender analysis; and
- Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline, such as social science or international development.
Preference will be given to a consultant, or team of consultants, who have cultural competence (the ability to participate ethically and effectively in personal and professional interactions) in one or more countries in the Pacific. Additionally, preference will be given to a diverse team of consultants who are from the Majority World, and can meaningfully engage in the diverse contexts in which the We Rise Coalition works.
 IWDA chooses to use the term ‘Majority World’ in place of ‘global south’, ‘developing world’ or ‘third world’, and ‘Minority World’ in place of ‘global north’, ‘developed world’ or ‘first world’. This is a political choice, as using this language demonstrates that ‘global south’ populations and cultures are in the global majority, thereby challenging the problematic hierarchies implied by other commonly-utilised terminology.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates are invited to submit expressions of interest providing the following:
- A cover letter that addresses the criteria as set out in the Requirements above (maximum 1 page);
- CV (maximum 2 pages per person);
- An outline of the proposed process and timeline to complete all outputs (maximum 2 pages), including an explanation of how the proposed process aligns with decolonial and feminist principles; and
- Daily rate and an outline of anticipated additional costs, to a maximum total of AUD50,000 including travel (including GST for Australia-based consultants)
If a team of consultants is proposed, the cover letter must specify the roles and responsibilities of each member and who will be the lead and responsible for production of outputs. The cover letter must also describe working relationships within the team and how power dynamics within the team will be navigated.
Expressions of interest that do not cover these requirements will not be considered.
Expressions of interest are required by 11:59 pm AEST, Sunday, December 10 2023, and should be sent to [email protected] with the subject ‘EOI – End of Program Evaluation of We Rise 3’. Any queries relating to this consultancy should be emailed to [email protected]
Find the full Terms of Reference here.
International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) has an Equal Opportunity exemption (H69/2022) and requests applications from women only (including trans women) .
All IWDA consultants are required to
- Act at all times in accordance with IWDA’s Code of Conduct and Policies
- Comply with IWDA’s Occupational, Health, Safety & Wellbeing Policy and practices
- Support a child safe organisation and undertake a police check prior to commencement