Consultancy-To develop a Monitoring & Engagement Strategy on Women’s Land Rights Workshop
Oxfam Pan Africa Programme is implementing a 3-year project on Women Land Rights for Inclusive Development and Growth in Africa (WIDGRA). The project has interventions targeting 8 countries in Africa. These are Kenya, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Togo, Cameroon, Mozambique and South Africa.
The overall objective of the project is to ensure women’s access to and control over their land resources across Africa by supporting and enabling rural women’s voices; while the specific objectives are:
i. To hold the governments in the target countries and the Regional Economic Communities accountable on the implementation of relevant AU women’s land rights (WLR) instruments; and other relevant WLR policies and laws while monitoring the actions they take.
ii. To empower rural women’s organizations to analyse, document and disseminate evidence on pronounced cases of missing WLR and action against the discriminatory land tenure systems and threats originating from LSLBIs.
iii. Pan-African civil society is recognized for their leadership, knowledge and advocacy capacity on WLR by governments, RECs, AU and WLR experts. This objective aims to strengthen civil society, to monitor actions taken by governments in key countries, and Regional Economic Communities, and hold them accountable to implement relevant AU instruments. It further builds up the evidence base and facilitates the strengthening of women’s voices at community level in the face of discriminatory land tenure systems and LSLBIs.
Within the third objective of strengthening Pan African civil society effectiveness on WLRs advocacy, it is expected that CSOs within the Women’s Land Rights Sub Group of the CSO Platform on land in Africa have increased advocacy skills to engage with governments, RECs and the AU on women’s land rights issues.
It is on this regard that Oxfam Pan Africa Program intends to hold a workshop that seeks to bring together CSO members of the WLRs Subgroup of the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) Platform with the aim of improving their thematic leadership and advocacy competencies on WLRs. The training will be targeting registered organizations within the CSO LPI Platform specifically working on the women’s land rights theme.
Rationale for the training
The workshop will enable these CSOs to develop a joint monitoring and advocacy engagement strategy; and identify advocacy platforms that ensure that the rights to land for women are attained. The training will further strengthen existing platforms of CSOs for greater force in to speaking in one voice and holding duty bearers to account jointly as compared to disjointed efforts.
This will result to increased partnerships and networking among regional and national CSOs working on WLRs as a coalition. It is also anticipated that the monitoring strategy workshop will form a basis for the CSOs to develop an engagement strategy that is specific to CSOs working on women’s land rights, with respective workplan and strategic targets. The developed workplans will then be synchronized with the LPI work plan.
Focus of the training
The training will constitute the following dimensions:
· Understanding of rights based advocacy with an aim of enhancing civil society capacity to influence the African Union and its member states to effectively address the rights of women to land; through the implementation of the AU WLRS frameworks
· Landscape of women’s land rights in Africa, how much participants know and what the knowledge gap is. Provide key concepts and core data/information as per resources. What are the available policies on WLRs in Africa (AU Frameworks such a VGGTs, AU Frameworks & Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa, Maputo Protocol, Guiding Principles on Large Scale Land Based Investments. What is the status of implementation? What are the gaps?
· Factors influencing the role of CSOs in demanding or advocating for women’s land rights in Africa
· Impact of landlessness to women (Perspectives from CSOs actively engaging in advocating for WLRs at national, regional and continental level)
· Development of a joint advocacy strategy and identification of key advocacy platforms for WLRs within the continent
· Mapping opportunities for joint influencing with AU Calendar and influencing moments for WLRs
· Influencing Action/ Work Plan
Outcomes of the Training:
By the end of the training it is expected that the participants have:
· Increased understanding of what Rights Based Advocacy(RBA) is, and how it is applicable to the realization of women’s land rights
· Increased skills in effective RBS tools, tactics and processes for women’s land rights
· Understanding of key steps in developing a Rights Based Advocacy Strategy (women’s land rights)
· Development of an engagement and monitoring strategy that is specific to CSOs working on women’s land rights, with respective action/workplan and strategic targets.
· A clear road map of influencing AU frameworks and policies on WLRs
Scope of the Assignment
The assignment involves the following:
· Development of the workshop agenda
· Conducting training on the development of a monitoring strategy for women’s land rights (as per objectives above)
· Compilation of reading/ reference materials relevant to the training
· The trainer should work with his/her team, which should include a rapporteur to ensure the development and finalization of a quality training report
· Delivery of the workshop training
· Analysis of the training materials on understanding the role of the CSOs, national governments, RECs and the AU in the realization of women’s land rights
· Development of the workshop agenda and review with Oxfam Pan Africa Programme
· An advocacy and monitoring strategy developed on WLRs
· Development of an advocacy strategy and identification of advocacy platforms and action plan for the WLRs subgroup
· Work with the rapporteur to ensure the delivery of a comprehensive and concrete workshop training report
The actual training is expected to be delivered for two days from 25th to 26th April 2019.The consultant team shall provide the services as outlined above and produce a well written report, for a period of seven (7) working days commencing 23rd April 2019. This should include the following:
· 1 day inception meeting with Oxfam Pan Africa Program and commencement of preparation of training materials
· 1 day for development and submission of training resource materials and workshop agenda
· 2 days training and 2 days rapporteuring to run concurrently for 25th and 26th April 2019
· 3 days for report development
· A draft report should be submitted for review and then approval by Oxfam International
· The report shall be provided in soft copy in Ms Word within the stipulated period. Platforme Régionales des Organisations Paysannes d’Afrique Centrale  Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies
Adherence to Oxfam principles and policies
Once hired, the consultant shall operate under the principles governing Oxfam ways of working including adherence to policies and procedures of Oxfam with regards to such key issues as non-partisan, neutrality, gender sensitivity, impartiality and accountability, mainstreaming of Gender and HIV/AIDS as well as other policies governing Oxfam operations on transport usage, security guidelines and confidentiality of information collected.
The consultant shall work with the guidance and the direct supervision of the Gender Justice & Women’s Rights Lead at Pan Africa Programme, Oxfam International.