Research consultant: Mapping and Benchmarking of Payment Methods - Afghanistan, Myanmar

Location: Global, Remote

Duration: Approx. 3 months (February to April 2022)

About CIVICUS

CIVICUS exists to defend people's power. As a growing global alliance of over 10,000 members in 175 countries, we work together to monitor violations of basic civic freedoms, call out the perpetrators of violations and strengthen the power of people to organize by supporting a more accountable, effective, and innovative civil society. We strive to promote excluded voices, especially from the Global South.

Background

The Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (FoPA) Global Resource Hub Pilot initiative seeks to promote and protect the freedom of peaceful assembly. It also serves as a space to co-create and test collective assumptions and new solutions. One of the objectives of the Global Resource Hub pilot hub is to capture existing knowledge, approaches, models, and tools, and production of new resources and innovative practices on the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly. One of the key initiatives that had been identified is the scoping and analysis of payment methods that can be utilized as different options (bank transfers and other alternative payment modalities) in transferring funds to the members of civil society.

Purpose and Objectives

This consultancy specifically aims to:

  • Examine the existing financial regulatory environment especially the regulations governing the transfer and receipt of funds to civil society organizations in particular, but not only, both from within the country and from abroad;
  • Explore the money transfer options for neighboring countries (remittance corridors);
  • Scope the different payment channels that are being used by the members of the civil society, the diaspora community, and the general public to receive and transfer funds including the information on fees, accessibility, coverage of services, transfer speed, and other relevant information; 
  • Evaluate these payment options against the current regulatory environment;
  • Analyze the feasibility of the payment option against a set of given requirements provided by CIVICUS.

 

Tasks and responsibilities

The consultant(s) will be responsible for:

  • Drafting the work plan for the consultancy;
  • Lead the consultative discussions with CIVICUS and other relevant stakeholders to agree on the design, scope, and key content;
  • Conducting relevant data-gathering activities;
  • Contacting prospective respondents and prepping them;
  • Reporting back to CIVICUS on the key developments and updates related to the consultancy;
  • Lead in the development of the final report detailing the results of the scoping study based on the agreed structure and format.

Expected Outputs/Deliverables

The consultant will be expected to deliver the following outputs:

  1. preliminary data analysis that can be shared with CIVICUS and other stakeholders;
  2. A proposal on the structure/format of the final report to be shared and agreed with CIVICUS and partner organizations;
  3. full report detailing the results of the scoping study and recommendations;
  4. Facilitate an interactive discussion on the findings among CIVICUS and various stakeholders (e.g. Freedom of Peaceful Assembly partners and other interested CIVICUS members and partners).

Key requirements

Essential

  • Knowledgeable of the different international and local payment methods and related country regulations;
  • Direct country-specific knowledge and/or strong connections (minimum 3 years);

Desired

  • Demonstrated knowledge and working experience related to international development aid, civil society, and human rights;
  • Working knowledge and/or experience of working with civil society organizations and the diaspora community;
  • Strong communication skills, both spoken and written, with proven ability to present complex issues in clear terms.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is the close of business of 3 January 2022. Interested candidates are welcome to email their applications to with the subject title: Application – Mapping and Benchmarking of Payment Methods. Your application should comprise:

  • A full CV or company/organization profile;
  • A two-page (max.) application letter introducing him/herself/them, describing his/her/their relevant skills and experience;
  • A brief proposal describing his/her/their proposed approach, work plan, and budget.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. CIVICUS can also organize a call with interested applicants who would need more information or clarity on the scope and objectives of the consultancy.

 

Activismo creativo en América Latina y el Caribe (LAC) :Convocatoria para participantes

Los miembros de CIVICUS han estado buscando nuevas formas de involucrar a diferentes audiencias de manera mas creativa y hacer que sus esfuerzos de incidencia sean efectivos. En respuesta a esta necesidad, el equipo de Desarrollo de Capacidades de CIVICUS (CapDev) organizó un taller experimental sobre activismo creativo a través de una serie de sesiones interactivas en línea que reunieron a miembros de África y Asia. Las sesiones brindaron a los participantes una visión más profunda de las herramientas prácticas necesarias para ser más creativos al defender una causa y mostraron ejemplos sobre diferentes formas artisticas e innovadoreas de promoción e influencia en diferentes partes del mundo.

Habiendo tenido múltiples solicitudes de miembros de CIVICUS en la región de América Latina y el Caribe (miembros de LAC) para ser parte de una experiencia similar, basada en sus propias realidades, ahora estamos invitando a priorizar a estos miembros para una segunda ronda de conversaciones e intercambios de aprendizaje facilitados en Español.

El taller será facilitado por el Centro para el Activismo Creativo y el contenido se adaptará lo más posible a las necesidades de nuestros miembros. Estas sesiones pretenden inspirar a los participantes a usar la creatividad y el arte para cultivar un compromiso cívico positivo!

Habrá tres sesiones guiadas, cada una de 1,5 horas en Zoom. Las sesiones cubrirán principios clave sobre activismo, así como una serie de metodologías para fortalecer proyectos de incidencia utilizando el arte y la creatividad, en tanto que medios para amplificar su impacto. Se brindarán ejemplos de activismo artístico y creativo en América Latina y se invitará a los participantes a compartir sus propios intereses, metas e iniciativas (ya sean en curso o aún por desarrollar) para generar o fortalecer acciones creativas de manera estratégica, utilizando diversas tácticas y herramientas. El objectivo es ayudarles a  prosperar e ir del sueño a un plan real, respetando y apoyando sus objetivos, audiencia y motivaciones. 

Las sesiones incorporarán temas y ejemplos que hablan de la diversidad y la inclusión, como la igualdad de género, LGBTQI, raza y etnia, entre otros, ya que CIVICUS se compromete a integrar cuestiones de diversidad e inclusión en todos los aspectos de su trabajo.

Si está interesado/a en ser parte de esta experiencia de aprendizaje durante el mes de febrero de 2022 y cumple con los criterios a continuación, por favor inscribase en este link antes del 15 de Enero de 2022. Si tiene alguna consulta, envíenos un correo electrónico a y nos comunicaremos con usted con más información:

  • Es una organización o activista de América Latina y el Caribe (LAC)
  • La promoción es su principal enfoque / mandato, o el de su organización.
  • Forma parte de redes y plataformas más amplias y puede compartir / replicar el conocimiento recopilado dentro de esos círculos.
  • Usted o su organización están abiertos/as a hacer las cosas de manera diferente para promover los derechos humanos y las libertades básicas.
  • Puede participar de manera efectiva en línea y tener una conexión a Internet fiable.
  • Está comprometido/a a participar en todas las sesiones y está abierto/a a compartir sus experiencias y conocimientos.
  • Domina el español y puede participar en una formación en este idioma sin dificultad.

¡Esperamos sus comentarios!

Nota: tenga en cuenta que solo podemos tener un/a participante por organización 

 

Terms of Reference: Simultaneous Interpretation Services for CIVICUS Communities of Practice

CIVICUS is in search of remote simultaneous interpretation services in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. The service would include a long-term agreement for a period of 6 months, starting 1st January 2022 and ending 30 June 2022

The Terms of Reference that follows contain all the necessary information for those interested in applying for this opportunity. Interested service providers should submit their application to by 14 December 2021.    

Introduction to CIVICUS

CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.  We do this by defending civic freedoms and democratic values; strengthening the power of people to oraganise, mobilise and take action; and empowering a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society.  We strive to promote marginalised voices, especially from the Global South, and have more than 12000 members in more than 180 countries. 32% of these members are individual activists under 30 and organisations interested in youth and children. 

Purpose

The purpose of the proposed consultancy is to provide remote simultaneous interpretation for multiple sessions of 60 – 90 – 120 minutes. The sessions are highly collaborative and participatory virtual events covering a range of project identified themes and outcomes. Simultaneous interpretation services will be distributed among three CIVICUS teams/projects, namely: CIVICUS Youth, Resourcing Civil Society, Solidarity Fund and Membership and Networks to foster practical application of inclusive projects. 

 Scope of work and deliverables

Clear and accurate interpretation is needed for each session in two or more different languages, keeping in mind that the participants are activists and CIVICUS members who engage on a wide variety of social justice agendas. Simultaneous interpretation should support the efforts of trainers and facilitators towards enabling participants to understand the tools, learnings, and skills being shared during the sessions. 

  1. The service provider will support the CIVICUS Secretariat by providing simultaneous interpretation services from/into up to three languages, namely, Spanish, French, and/or Portuguese during remote sessions.
  2. The service provider will offer teams who are experienced at multilingual online sessions.
  3. The service provider must be solution orientated and remain flexible, in case the session runs overtime or if the participants require that we move platforms.
  4. Along with the CIVICUS coordination team member, the service provider will coordinate logistical aspects of providing simultaneous interpretation, including but not limited to, sending their invoices, ensuring they have all the meeting details and logins, etc. 
  5. The service provider will coordinate all logistics of the interpreter's team before and during the sessions. 
  6. The service provider shall, upon receipt of request from the CIVICUS Secretariat, confirm availability of simultaneous interpretation and assign interpreters accordingly.

Work schedule

The consultancy is expected to take place over a 6-months period between 1st January 2022 and 30 June 2022. 

Activity 

Date 

Service provider(s) proposal submitted, reviewed, and approved

15 December 2021

Virtual sessions commence

January – 30 June 2022

Service Providers performance and contract reviewed 

June 2022

EXPERIENCE 

 The consultancy will require the following skills and experience: 

  • Technical knowledge, skills, and expertise in remote simultaneous interpretation within the social justice field. 
  • Experience delivering simultaneous interpretation for virtual participatory programmes. 
  • Experience interpreting for diverse groups with a wide range of subject matter 
  • Excellent ability to provide clear and accurate remote interpretation 
  • Fluency in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese 

Application process

All applications must include a technical and financial proposal for the proposed services.  Interested service providers should submit their applications to   by 14 December 2021

 Technical Proposal: Outlining technical approach, as well as capabilities and experience. 

  • Please provide team member CVs/profiles, qualifications, and language capacities
  • Please provide feedback captured from previous skills-development training and/or contact details for references. 

 Financial Proposal: Demonstrating value and providing the basis of negotiation before award of a contract.  

  • Please provide an hourly rate
  • Please express all financial information in USD.  

Evaluation criteria

In evaluating proposals, CIVICUS will use the following evaluation criteria: 

Evaluation Criteria 

Points 

Cost of consultancy 

25 

Experience in delivering remote simultaneous interpretation

25 

Knowledge of thematic content for interpretation purposes

25 

 

Terms of Reference: Multimedia consultancy CIVICUS Protest Resilience Toolkit

Location: Remote, Global
Duration: Approx. 3.5 months (mid-January to end of April 2022)

About CIVICUS

CIVICUS exists to defend people power. As a growing global alliance of over 10,000 members in 175 countries, we work together to monitor violations of basic civic freedoms, call out the perpetrators of violations and strengthen the power of people to organise by supporting a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society. We strive to promote excluded voices, especially from the Global South.

Scope of work

The Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Global Resource Hub pilot initiative is looking for a consultant or team of consultants to help with the updating of the protest resilience toolkit. The first phase of the update will focus on transforming the toolkit into a more digestible, understandable, and sharable format. The consultant(s) will produce multimedia content based on the three sections of the toolkit namely: 1) tactics for overcoming challenges, 2) strategies for sustainable protests, 3) fostering collaboration and 4) best practices and recommendations. The consultant(s) are expected to produce 1 short video (not more than 3-4 minutes) and 1 visual summary per identified section of the toolkit.

The consultant(s) will:

  • Lead the consultative discussions with CIVICUS to agree on key content;
  • For the short videos:
  • Lead the writing, drafting, and agreement on a script/storyboard. The consultant/s is expected to write a short, succinct video script outlining the most important content.
  • Produce videos, including any recording, motion graphics, audio narration, aligned with the CIVICUS style guide.
  • Lead the development of the visual summary of each identified section of the protest resilience toolkit;
  • Exercise final editorial oversight over the outputs;
  • Provide finished videos and infographics as well as relevant open files.

Expected Outputs

The consultant will be expected to deliver the following outputs:

  • Four short videos;
  • Four visual summary graphics.

Key requirements

  • Be able to translate complex concepts and text into digestible, relevant multimedia content;
  • Creativity and an eye for detail and visual design, as demonstrated through a portfolio of work;
  • Have a demonstrated portfolio of producing engaging content;
  • Familiarity with working with communications software and tools: graphic design software (i.e. Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, Piktochart, Lumen 5);
  • Experience working in a civil society setting, and with civil society terminology;
  • Commitment to CIVICUS’s vision, mission, values, and ways of working. 

How to apply

The deadline for applications is close of business of 13 December 2021. Interested candidates are welcome to email their applications to with the subject title: Application – Multimedia Consultant

Your application should comprise:

  • A full CV;
  • A two-page (max.) cover letter introducing him/herself/their, describing his/her/their relevant skills and experience, and describing his/her/their approach to this assignment;
  • Proposed work plan;
  • Proposed budget;
  • Relevant sample work(s)/portfolio on a similar engagement.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 17 December, 2021 to schedule interviews.

 

Terms of Reference:Design an interactive microsite for I4C’s Co-Design InnoMojo

Objective: Design an interactive microsite for I4C’s Co-Design InnoMojo

Location: Global

Duration: 3 to 4 months

About CIVICUS

CIVICUS exists to defend people's power. As a growing global alliance of over 10,000 members in over 175 countries, we work together to monitor violations of basic civic freedoms, call out the perpetrators of violations, and strengthen the power of people to organise by supporting a more accountable, effective, and innovative civil society. We strive to promote excluded voices, especially from the Global South.

Background on I4C and the Co-Design InnoMojo:

Innovation for Change (I4C) is a global network of people and organisations who connect, partner and learn together to defend and strengthen civic space and overcome restrictions to the basic freedoms of assembly, association and speech. It is a community-led network inspired by ideas, methods and technologies from across different sectors. CIVICUS is one of the global curators of the I4C network.  

I4C takes care in practicing design thinking and co-design methodologies as strategies and tools for developing innovative solutions to civic space restrictions. Design thinking and co-design methodologies prioritize human-centered approaches that place people at the heart of challenges and solutions. I4C has cultivated and promoted these methodologies through:

  • Hosting the Design Thinking for Civil Society Course in January 2021
  • Publishing the Design Thinking for Civil Society Guidebook in partnership with the DesignThinkers Academy 
  • Recently launching a Co-Design Community of Practice for members and partners of I4C

While the above initiatives and materials have helped to progress and solidify I4C’s commitment to design thinking and co-design methodologies, these resources are not always available or accessible to its members, partners and broader civil society actors. As such, I4C has been in the process of curating what it has referred to as its InnoMojo: The Spellbook for Social Change

The InnoMojo is a digital toolkit that takes users through the six-step process of co-design and offers practical tips and tricks for practitioners engaging in it. What is special about the InnoMojo is that it intentionally centers the experiences, reflections and insights of everyday practitioners and activists in these tips and tricks. The goal is for the InnoMojo to be as relatable, useful and as engaging as possible. 

What we are looking for:

This Terms of Reference (ToR) seeks to recruit a consultant or team of consultants to develop and design a microsite for I4C’s InnoMojo. The recruited consultant(s) will be responsible for designing all aspects of this product, including its formatting, the layouts of its chapters, their colour schemes, their graphics, their fonts and the like. Their responsibilities also include developing solutions for the following matters:

  • Visualizing and articulating abstract processes, including design thinking and co-design methodologies, through graphic design
  • Designing and executing digital tools for user engagement through navigation features, fun animations and the like 
  • Considering and integrating flexible presentation and interaction formats for users with diverse abilities and for translation into other languages incl. responsive and accessible website via all devices (smartphones, tablets, computers) 

In line with I4C’s goal of making the InnoMojo useful and engaging to its users, the recruited consultant(s) are invited to develop and design the InnoMojo in a manner that optimizes creativity, interaction and accessibility. A consultancy with experience in graphic design, web design and development is ideal for this role. 

Details of assignment

Deliverables

  1. UI and UX design: Design the website’s interfaces wireframes (Using Adobe Xd or Figma or a similar tool)
  2. Development of an interactive microsite for the InnoMojo, that includes the following components:
    1. FrontEnd: Interactive elements to disseminate the InnoMojo content to the I4C Network and the General public via the use of Interactive charts, Graphics and Images, ..etc.
    2. BackEnd: An admin dashboard to allow I4C's Tech Team managing and controlling the website (Content, Users management, etc).
  3. Design a banner for I4C’s website, and a set of graphics for the I4C Social media accounts to promote the project.
  4. Deploy the developed website to a Server/Web hosting that will be provided by I4C.
  5. Provide 6 to 12 months maintenance services.

Timeline

The tentative timeline for this work will be as follows:

Date

Task

Jan 25th, 2022

  • CIVICUS and I4C conduct interviews, and candidate selection

February 1st, 2022

  • Onboarding to InnoMojo: The Spellbook for Social Change with a deep dive into content pieces

End February

  • UI / UX experience mapping and wireframes development.

March-April

  • Microsite development and testing

Mid May

  • Microsite deployment to an I4C server / Web Hosting

May 31st, 2022

  • InnoMojo is launched
 
  • 6 to 12 months Maintenance Period

It is estimated that this work can be completed in approximately 22 days, although the number of days required for completion can be flexible. Regardless, all deliverables are to be completed no later than May 31st, 2022.

How to apply

Consultants are asked to apply with the following materials enclosed:

  • A full CV
  • A portfolio or sample of your work 
  • A financial proposal of your fees for this work
  • Three references 

The deadline for this application is no later than January 3rd, 2022. Please note that applications submitted without all of the above materials enclosed will not be considered.

Contact

If you have any questions about this ToR, please reach out to Luisa Romero  at

 

Research Intern

About CIVICUS

CIVICUS exists to defend people power. As a growing global alliance of over 12,000 members in more than 180 countries, we work together to monitor violations of basic civic freedoms, call out the perpetrators of violations and strengthen the power of people to organise by supporting a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society. We strive to promote excluded voices, especially from the global south.

About the Role

The research intern will contribute to the production of research instruments and outputs such as interviews and survey analyses and produce text to feed into our political analysis platform and various reports, including our State of Civil Society Report. Through this work, the intern will gain research experience and deepen their knowledge of trends pertaining civil society.

Key Requirements

  • Degree in any of the social sciences or other relevant field, or to be near completion of studies towards such degree
  • Fluency in English and another UN language
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience with MS Office
  • Strong interest in working in the field of civil society
  • Commitment to CIVICUS’ vision, mission, values and ways of working
  • Interpersonal skills: inclination and ability to work as part of a diverse, multicultural virtual team
  • Behavioural skills: well-organised, able to work independently and to deliver within deadlines, high attention to detail

Please click here for a full Job Description

How to Apply

The closing deadline for applications is close of business on 6 December 2021. Interested candidates should email their application to

Your application should comprise of

  • A full CV, including educational and professional qualifications, a full employment history showing the more significant positions, responsibilities held, and relevant achievements
  • A cover note of not more than one page outlining your motivation for applying for the role.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview that will be held in the week of 13 December.

Due to high volumes of applications received, should you not have received feedback on your application within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. We reserve the right to withdraw any of our vacancies at any time.

 

 

Consultancy to strengthen data curation and evaluate the CIVICUS Monitor methodology

Location: Global

Duration: 1 to 3 months

About CIVICUS

CIVICUS exists to defend people power. As a growing global alliance of over 10,000 members in over 175 countries, we work together to monitor violations of basic civic freedoms, call out the perpetrators of violations, and strengthen the power of people to organise by supporting a more accountable, effective, and innovative civil society. We strive to promote excluded voices, especially from the Global South.

Background

The CIVICUS Monitor is a dynamic, online portal that tracks conditions for civil society in 196 countries by collating information from a variety of sources, including civic groups and activists. These sources provide a stable approximation of the current state of civic space (freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, and freedom of association) to arrive at a rating for all assessed countries. These ratings are constantly updated through a live component and country ratings are quality controlled by an independent advisory panel of experts. In 2018, we published a methodology paper after a review by an external quantitative research methodology expert, which involved an in-depth examination of the finer details of our initial civic space datasets.

As the CIVICUS Monitor is evolving through an intentionally iterative process of conversations with experts and civil society groups from all over the world, we seek to continuously reflect on the data being generated by the Monitor and ensure that its methodology includes the latest thinking and data sources on civic space.

Tasks and responsibilities      

The purpose of this consultancy is to evaluate the CIVICUS Monitor’s methodology in order to achieve the development of a Data Center that will enable users to disaggregate information and engage with CIVICUS Monitor data, making it easily accessible for a wide range of audiences. The consultant will work closely with the Civic Space Cluster team.

The consultant will have the following responsibilities throughout the consultancy period:

  1. Review of human rights research methodologies that combine qualitative and quantitative data, as well as the different approaches used when coding qualitative data.
  2. Examine the current CIVICUS Monitor methodology and propose improvements based on the review made in point 1, and specifically:
      • Revise the methodology of the qualitative data component, signalling pros and cons of their use, and assess potential challenges (including biased sources, sources duplication between indicators, among others).
      • Evaluate the current method used to code qualitative information and determine whether it is necessary to establish a detailed protocol.
      • Test the aggregation of the indexed components and suggest alternative approaches where applicable. If possible, also test how the improvements proposed in point 2 would affect the index.
      • Analyse the weight given to different index components and the impact of potential changes.
      • Evaluate how to incorporate country consultation, surveys, and additional data into our methodology as sub-components.
      • Evaluate the durability and permanence of the live adjustment score in the total score.
      • Establish a protocol to incorporate panel members’ feedback.
      • Propose a measure of quality and/or quantity of the data that helps settle the scope of the inferences that can be made.
      • Estimate this measure for both the global index and its components for each country. 

        3. Any other relevant tasks agreed upon during the consultancy.

 Proposed deliverables

1. Conduct a data audit of all data in the CIVICUS Monitor.

2. Organise a day-long methodology meeting with members of the CIVICUS Monitor team. This will include:    

      • A presentation of findings, criticisms, and suggested amendments.
      • Facilitating discussions with the CIVICUS Monitor team to establish next steps and any additional follow up or actions needed by the team or website developers.

3. Update the current methodology paper with the approved amendments and a methodology update to publish along our annual report.

4. Develop a roadmap for setting up a Data Centre replete with innovative ideas for curating various categories of data, suggesting pathways to disaggregate various types of data, in addition to suggesting tools and software programs to make the data accessible to interested persons, including those based in locations with limited digital access and internet bandwidth.

5. Support the Communications Cluster at CIVICUS in the preparation of communications materials that explain the CIVICUS Monitor’s methodology for different stakeholders.

Key requirements

  • Degree in social science, international relations, statistics, or any relevant discipline
  • Experience with various quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis techniques
  • An understanding of international human rights frameworks related to fundamental freedoms of association, peaceful assembly, and expression
  • Demonstrable competency and experience in using information and communications technology (ICT)

How to apply

Interested candidates are welcome to email their applications to

Your application should comprise:

      • A full CV
      • A two-page (max.) cover letter describing relevant skills and experience, the approach to this assignment, and daily rate

 

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