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Consultant WEE Papers , Terms of Reference(TOR)

Oxfam Canada

 

 

Title: Consultant WEE papers 

Location: flexible, Ottawa preferred 

Immediate Supervisor: Women’s Rights Policy and Advocacy Specialist

Travel: attendance at the event in Ottawa, Canada on June21-22, 2018 strongly preferred 

                

                                          

 

This Terms of Reference is for a consultancy for the development (research and writing) of two papers on feminist approaches to women’s economic empowerment

for

Oxfam Canada

 

Deadline for applications: May 9, 2018

 

 

    Introduction

     

    Oxfam Canada is part of a global movement for change made up of 20 Oxfam affiliate organizations working in more than 90 countries to mobilize the power of people against poverty. Oxfam Canada’s mission is to build lasting solutions to poverty and injustice with a focus on improving the lives and promoting the rights of women and girls. Oxfam Canada adopted women’s rights and gender justice as a strategic focus in 2006 and since that time have worked to bring feminist analysis and principles to our policy, campaigning and programming work.

     

    The goal of the consultancy is to support the Policy and Campaigns team’s Feminist Foreign Policy Series, by drafting two papers on women’s economic empowerment in the lead up to, and following, an event titled “A Feminist Approach to Women’s Economic Empowerment: Identifying Opportunities for Action”, cohosted by Oxfam Canada and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

 

Scope of Work

 

We are seeking research and writing support in the lead up to, and following, an event on a feminist approach to women’s economic empowerment to take place in Ottawa, Canada on June 21 and 22, 2018. The event is a collaboration workshop, cohosted by Oxfam Canada and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to identify opportunities for taking a feminist approach to, and scaled action on, women’s economic empowerment. Drawing on the complementary experience of Oxfam and IDRC, as well as the deep experience and expertise of Canadian and international government and CSO participants, our ambition is to take stock of best practice and start to identify opportunities for scaled action for robust programming and Canadian leadership on women’s economic empowerment. The objectives for the workshop include:

 

 

  • Develop a shared understanding of what a feminist approach to women’s economic empowerment is;
  • Identify latest research and best practice on taking a feminist approach to women’s economic empowerment;
  • Understand Canada’s approach to women’s economic empowerment programming and identify global gaps and Canada’s value-added globally;
  • Start to identify entry points, partnerships and opportunities for scaled action, investment and global leadership by the Canadian government on women’s economic empowerment and how to work together to move this agenda forward.

 

To help us achieve these objectives, we are seeking research and writing support for 2 papers, one in the lead up to, and one following the event.

The first paper will be a 6-8 page discussion paper that will be completed prior to the event and disseminated to event participants.

The second will be a 18-20 page policy brief that will be completed after the event as part of Oxfam Canada’s Feminist Aid and Foreign Policy Paper Series.

 

 

The first paper, a joint Oxfam Canada and IDRC Discussion Paper, will frame our assessment of what priority areas require attention in order to take a feminist approach to programming on women’s economic empowerment. The paper will identify dominant approaches to programming on women’s economic empowerment, provide a feminist critique of those approaches and provide a rationale for highlighting neglected areas of programming on WEE including:

 

1. Economic rights, finance and decision making,

2. Decent work and segregation.

3. The care economy,

4. Social norms and women’s agency and

5. Gender-based violence and women’s economic empowerment.

 

The paper will draw on feminist WEE experts and literature, Oxfam’s literature and framework on WEE, findings from IDRC’s Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program and the outcomes of the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

 

 

The second paper will be an Oxfam Canada policy brief, the third in a series of papers on Feminist Aid and Foreign Policy that seek explore how a feminist approach would change Canada’s aid and foreign policies and approaches, and how Canada can use its global influence to advance a feminist agenda. This will be the third paper in the FFP series and will focus on feminist approaches to programming in women’s economic empowerment. It will draw on expertise from the literature on women’s economic empowerment, feminist critiques, Canada’s approach to programming on WEE, and the ideas and proposed actions generated at the event in Ottawa. It will detail practical examples of feminist work that can be replicated or scaled up, drawn from the experience from Oxfam and its partners, the Government of Canada, and other countries and donor agencies, and make recommendations for ways in which Canada can adopt policies and programming to support a feminist approach to women’s economic empowerment.

 

 

 

    Deliverables

     

    • 6-8 page event discussion paper (joint Oxfam Canada and IDRC)

     

    • 18-20 page policy brief (Oxfam Canada branded)

     

     

    Timeframe

     

    A maximum of 20 working days, expected to commence as soon as possible, or by May 21st, 2018 at the latest and to be finalized by July 31st 2018.

     

     

    Additional Information

     

    Location: flexible, Ottawa preferred

     

    Travel: attendance at the event in Ottawa, Canada on June 21-22, 2018 strongly preferred

 

  • Required skills and competencies:
    • A minimum of 5-8 years of experience in policy research and writing, ideally in areas related to economic policy and/or women’s rights
    • Experience in research and writing position papers and policy papers for international organizations
    • Outstanding writing skills in English
    • Knowledge of feminist approaches and critiques of policy and programming in international cooperation (government or CSO)
    • Knowledge of policy and programming on women’s economic empowerment an asset
    • Knowledge of Global Affairs Canada and Canada’s approach to women’s economic empowerment an asset

 

If interested, please send the following to dana.stefov@oxfam.org with “WEE consultancy” in the subject line:

 

  • A Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae outlining previous experience in policy research and writing, including , and including two recent references;
  • A writing sample(s) of similar work;
  • Technical and financial proposal (including justification of daily rate).

 

Deadline for applications: 9 May 2018

 

 

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