TOR to Develop Advocacy strategy for Somali Child Rights Coalition (SCRC)

  1. BACKGROUND:

Somalia Child Right Coalition is an independent multi-sectorial coalition of civil society organizations involved in and with child rights issues to largely advocate for making child rights a high priority in the Somalia government’s agenda and at national, regional and international levels. The overall aim of the CSO Coalition on Child Rights is to advocate, influence policy formulation, report on international legal treaties and be the voice of Somali children.

The Coalition also works to support implementation of the UN CRC and promote children’s rights in Somalia and engage in the process of demanding accountability in public and private investment in child rights, monitoring and influencing the implementation of child-related policies and laws by Federal Republic of Somalia.

Somalia Child Rights Coalition has operated in Somalia for over ten years, though not adequately guided by a formal plan or structure. The leaders of the consortium therefore decided to formally develop a strategic plan for the year 2022 to 2026, in order to organize its activities as well as giving Children’s rights its rightful recognition and respect in the social-economic platform of Somalia. Children are among the most vulnerable sections of the society owing to the level of their mental and physical maturity preventing them from protecting their own rights and interests. One of the most heinous act against children is rape which is aggravated due to poverty, physical inability of the child to defend themselves and sometimes cultural and traditions practices. Others include beatings, child labour, child trafficking, denial of education and health care among many other social and financial deprivations and injustices that children suffer in their daily lives.

As part of the implementation of the BMZ project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through Save the Children International, the Somalia Child Rights Coalition is hiring a consultancy firm to develop a concrete advocacy strategy for managing the advocacy activities of the Somali Child Rights Coalition at the federal and state levels. This advocacy strategy aims to provide guidance for the coalition’s engagement with the Federal Government, Federal Member States, civil society, grassroots communities, and international partners. Its objective is to ensure the effectiveness and implementation of policies, laws, and interventions related to the realization of child rights.

  • PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The purpose/objectives of the assignment are as follows :

  1. Develop a comprehensive advocacy strategy. The consultancy firm is tasked with creating a detailed advocacy strategy that will serve as a roadmap for the Somali Child Rights Coalition. This strategy should outline specific objectives, target audiences, and approaches for effective advocacy.
  2. Guide advocacy engagements with key stakeholders. The strategy should provide guidance on how the coalition can effectively engage with key stakeholders such as the Federal Government, Federal Member States, civil society organizations, grassroots communities, and international partners. It should outline approaches for collaboration, communication, and coordination to ensure the maximum impact of advocacy efforts.
  3. Ensure the implementation of policies and laws. The advocacy strategy should focus on promoting the implementation of existing policies and laws related to child rights in Somalia. It should identify ways to monitor and evaluate the progress of implementation and propose strategies to overcome any barriers or challenges.
  4. Enhance the effectiveness of interventions. The strategy should aim to improve the effectiveness of interventions aimed at promoting child rights in Somalia. This could include identifying gaps in existing interventions, proposing innovative approaches, and advocating for necessary resources and support.
  5. Foster collaboration and coordination. The consultancy firm should emphasize the importance of collaboration and coordination among stakeholders involved in child rights advocacy. The strategy should propose mechanisms for fostering partnerships, sharing best practices, and coordinating efforts to ensure a unified and impactful approach.
  6. Promote the realization of child rights. Ultimately, the objective of the assignment is to contribute to the realization of child rights in Somalia. The advocacy strategy should prioritize the well-being, protection, and empowerment of children, and outline specific actions to address key issues and challenges faced by children in the country.
  • SCOPE OF WORK 

The scope of work for this assignment includes the following:

  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment: The consultancy firm should conduct an in-depth assessment of the current child rights situation in Somalia. This assessment should include an analysis of existing policies, laws, and interventions, as well as an evaluation of the challenges and barriers to the realization of child rights. The assessment should also identify key stakeholders and their roles in child rights advocacy.
  • Develop an advocacy strategy: Based on the assessment findings, the consultancy firm should develop a detailed advocacy strategy. This strategy should outline clear objectives, target audiences, and key messages. It should also propose specific advocacy approaches and activities to be undertaken at the federal and state levels. The strategy should be comprehensive and address various aspects of child rights, including education, health, protection, and participation.
  • Engage with stakeholders: The firm should actively engage with key stakeholders involved in child rights advocacy in Somalia. This may include government officials, civil society organizations, grassroots communities, and international partners. The consultancy firm should conduct consultations, workshops, and meetings to gather input and ensure that the advocacy strategy reflects the perspectives and priorities of all relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide capacity building support: In addition to developing the advocacy strategy, the firm should provide capacity building support to the Somalia Child Rights Coalition. This may involve training sessions, workshops, or guidance on effective advocacy techniques, communication strategies, and monitoring and evaluation of advocacy efforts. The objective is to strengthen the capacity of the coalition and its members to effectively advocate for child rights.
  • Monitor and evaluate progress: The consultancy firm should establish a monitoring and evaluation framework to track the progress and impact of the advocacy strategy.
  • Finalize the advocacy strategy: Based on the feedback received during consultations, the firm should finalize the advocacy strategy. The final strategy should be comprehensive, feasible, and aligned with the priorities and needs of child rights in Somalia. It should serve as a practical guide for the coalition’s advocacy activities at the federal and state levels.
  • KEY DELIVERABLES:
  • Assessment Report: A comprehensive report summarizing the findings of the assessment conducted on the current child rights situation in Somalia. This report should include an analysis of existing policies, laws, interventions, challenges, and key stakeholders. It should serve as a foundation for the development of the advocacy strategy.
  • Advocacy Strategy: A detailed advocacy strategy document outlining the objectives, target audiences, key messages, and specific activities to be undertaken by the Somalia Child Rights Coalition. The strategy should provide a clear roadmap for effective advocacy at the federal and state levels. It should be comprehensive, actionable, and aligned with the priorities and needs of child rights in Somalia.
  • Stakeholder Engagement Plan: A plan detailing the approach and activities for engaging with key stakeholders involved in child rights advocacy. This plan should outline strategies for consultation, collaboration, and coordination with government officials, civil society organizations, grassroots communities, and international partners. It should ensure that the perspectives and priorities of all stakeholders are considered in the advocacy strategy.
  • Capacity Building Materials: Training materials, workshop modules, or guidance documents to support capacity building efforts for the Somalia Child Rights Coalition. These materials should cover topics such as effective advocacy techniques, communication strategies, and monitoring and evaluation of advocacy efforts. They should be designed to enhance the advocacy skills and knowledge of coalition members.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Framework: A framework outlining the indicators, data collection methods, and reporting mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating the progress and impact of the advocacy strategy. This framework should provide a systematic approach to track the implementation of advocacy activities, measure outcomes, and identify areas for improvement.
  • Progress Reports: Regular progress reports highlighting the achievements, challenges, and recommendations related to the implementation of the advocacy strategy. These reports should provide updates on the status of advocacy activities, the engagement with stakeholders, and the overall impact on child rights in Somalia. They should serve as a basis for feedback, adjustments, and decision-making.
  • Final Advocacy Strategy: A final version of the advocacy strategy incorporating feedback from stakeholders and progress monitoring. This document should be a refined and comprehensive version of the strategy, ready for implementation by the Somalia Child Rights Coalition.
  • REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Qualification and Education:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, administration, or any other related field.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in advocacy strategy and program interventions with national partners.
  • Proven experience in facilitating high-level consultative workshops for governmental institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs).
  • Extensive work experience and a proven record in advocacy, policy, campaign, and strategic management.
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking similar assignments related to child rights advocacy.
  • Strong analytical and documentation/report writing skills.
  • Proven communication and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent command of oral and written English.
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Language requirement:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English is required. Proficiency
  • SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION:

Interested candidates are requested to submit their applications by the latest 20th August 2023, by sending the following documents via electronic application to the email addresses provided:

  • CV
  • Detailed proposal outlining the overall activities of the advocacy strategy.
  • Letter of Interest containing a statement on the candidate’s experience in the field
  • A comprehensive work plan that identifies key activities, start-up to culmination dates, lead partners, resource requirements, and budget
  • Sample of previous work done

Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Kindly submit your application via email to: info@crcsom.org , mustaf@crcsom.org , and copy to: omar@crcsom.org .

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