Consultant for Voice for Climate Action Baseline Study

Region: Southeast Asia
Office: Remote
Hours: 2 (two) months between June 25th, 2021 – August 18th,  2021
Application deadline: June 16, 2021

Yayasan Humanis dan Inovasi Sosial is an Indonesian organization affiliated with Hivos, born out of an active collaboration between Netherlands based Hivos and several like-minded Indonesian academics and civil society leaders who subscribe to the values and mission of Hivos. The purpose is to promote humanist values in the social, health, and cultural fields which is defined in terms of the ability for each individual to assess and decide independently and responsibly, the right to freedom, dignity and a passion to create a just and tolerant society.

Yayasan Humanis seeks qualified candidates for the position of Consultant for Voice for Climate Action Baseline Study.

VCA Program is about climate justice i.e. climate change is not only an environmental problem to be addressed but also a societal challenge with ethical and human rights aspects. Hence, we intend to build community-led climate solutions through an inclusive and rights-based approach. This includes building a broad-based climate alliance at the country and local level, bridging divides (urban-rural, gender, youth), amplifying voices in new, unusual ways.

Women, young people, and other marginalised groups often have critical perspectives on power structures and alternative approaches to the climate crisis. This alliance sees harnessing these diverse perspectives, alternative approaches and harnessing women’s leadership as key to ensure the voice of marginalised groups is heard. Climate transitions will be intrinsically political – meaning civil society must navigate new, often digital, emerging civic space and be open for innovation and re-imagination with new actors and movements. In addition, the programme will influence policies and financial flows (climate finance, private sector investments) in support of these local to global solutions. A stronger community and civil society voice and bold new coalitions for influencing and co-creating solutions offer opportunities to protect, expand civic space, engaging in inclusive dialogue in partnership with people that builds mutual trust and accelerates a just climate transition. During the 5 years’ program period the alliance aims to increase ownership and also build capacities of the CSOs. The program is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the “Power of Voices” framework.

In Indonesia, the programme will focus on the national and local level especially starting from the targeted area with the urban and rural settings such as Jakarta, East Nusa Tenggara, and Papua.

Objective

The alliance members of VCA programme in Indonesia are seeking a consultant to carry out a baseline study (first part) on behalf of the programme. The baseline should reflect the climate change and civic space issues in Indonesia, especially in the programme areas (start from Jakarta, East Nusa Tenggara, and Papua) with a specific focus on the climate justice approach that refers to climate change is not only the environmental issue, but also the social justice. Then, the promotion of climate solutions that are locally (co-)developed, shaped or supported by citizens and civil society in a way that effectively and appropriately addresses their fundamental rights and needs.

This baseline study will build from current country analysis and Theory of Change (ToC) by updating the information and adjusting or expanding where needed. This first part of the baseline study will aim to provide more thorough assessment and description based on the points elaborated in the current context analysis and ToC in the programme proposal. Based on this assessment, it is expected that there would be recommendations to improve or revise the country ToC that may include a new target or exclude one of the previously planned targets. The baseline study has the following objectives

  • To assess climate justice issues through an intersectional approach and identify major themes, knowledge gaps, and priorities for action.
  • To draw from the experiences of indigenous peoples, women, youth, and other marginalised groups to inform strategies of centering them in climate justice interventions
  • To review the context analysis and Theory of Change (ToC)
  • To inform the development of output and outcome indicators and target setting for the programme that suitable with the programme setting both in urban and rural areas
  • To further guide and give recommendations for further programmatic choices and climate action interventions under the programme

Scope of work

The consultant is responsible for producing the baseline study that will provide necessary background and contextual information to the programme. The several tasks that need to be performed by the consultant are:

  • Develop research proposal including study design, methodology, methods, data collection planning, and quality control procedures
  • The consultant will go through the current context analysis and ToC in the programme proposal together with the alliance members in Indonesia to make sure there is a shared understanding of the already identified knowledge gaps and to identify any (additional) knowledge or evidence gaps
  • Coordinate the data collection process for the baseline study (including a plan for data management, research permit, preparation of field sites and personnel)
  • Analyse the data and write the reports (in English)
  • Present the findings to the alliance members
  • Involve in the ToC validation workshop together with alliance’s partners
  • Ensure incorporation of all Covid-19 health protocol in the process

Qualifications and Experiences

  • Has an advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Policy analysis or related field, or similar experiences;
  • A minimum of five years of similar work experience is required. The candidate should be able to work independently – with minimum guidance from supervisors.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience on research methods
  • Previous research and evaluations related to climate change, climate justice, youth, and gender studies is advantageous
  • Previous working in targeted area is advantageous
  • Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams
  • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Fluent in both verbal and written English and Bahasa Indonesia
  • Skills: Effective Communication; Facilitation and decision making; Critical thinking; Collaboration and partnership; Mentoring and Coaching.

For more detailed Term of Reference (ToR) and the Annex please click the following link:  https://bit.ly/3w6BfpU

How to apply?

We welcome applicants that collaborate as a team for this assignment; research institutes and/or independent researchers/consultants can collaborate in order to conduct the baseline study.

Please send the following documents to hr@hsi.foundation  and cc to: jcaindonesia@hsi.foundation  with the email subject shall be: Baseline VCA_ (your name).

  1. A covering Letter;
  2. Project proposal with proposed budget;
  3. Portfolio or samples of previous research reports preferably on the issues of the programme as stated in this ToR. (If these reports have been written in collaboration with others, please indicate which sections you have been writing yourself or which you contributed significantly);
  4. An updated CV(s) of yours/team

The deadline for submission is June 16th,  2021.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

For more information about Yayasan Humanis dan Inovasi Sosial, visit https://hsi.foundation/