The USAID-funded Strengthening the Capacity of Indigenous Organizations in the Amazon program will strengthen the capacity of Indigenous People’s Organizations (IPO) in the Amazon region of Brazil, Colombia and Peru to manage financial resources, thereby improving their ability to take ownership of their own development planning and priorities.
Pact will do this by leading a robust, two-year effort to build the capacity of at least five IPOs so they can directly access international funding to more effectively advocate for indigenous peoples’ governance of significant infrastructure and extractive activities in the Amazon;
ensure that indigenous peoples’ rights to free and informed consent are respected; and mitigate the negative environmental, social, and economic impacts of these development projects.
In order to inform activities and implementation, Pact will develop and apply a Social Inclusion Strategy.
Objectives The Social Inclusion Consultant will be responsible for developing a strategy which is informed through desk research and qualitative field research methodologies which rely heavily on community engagement and co-creation processes with IPOs to ensure that the strategy and its approaches respect indigenous peoples’ perspectives and the diverse cultural contexts of the Amazon region.
This will better enable the strategy to support the development of more inclusive and representative IPOs, thus helping to strengthen effectiveness, rather than providing a top-down approach dependent on concepts of and approaches to social inclusion that may negatively impact Pact’s ability to engage with IPOs and the communities they represent.
The strategy will include specific approaches and how they can be applied to relevant project activities. The Social Inclusion Consultant will also be responsible for training project staff in the strategy, as well as application and monitoring of the strategy.
Statement of Duties and Responsibilities The Social Inclusion Consultant is responsible for developing a Social Inclusion Strategy for the project and for training relevant project staff in its application.
The Social Inclusion Strategy will be codified in a document that defines an overarching strategy, specific objectives, proposed activities to ensure social inclusion approaches throughout implementation, and suggested project level indicators to monitor the strategy’s application.
The Social Inclusion Consultant will report to Pact’s Regional Capacity Development Activities Manager.
Proposed methodology and work plan for the development of the strategy
Desk review and field research completed and compiled in a draft report
Social Inclusion Strategy completed, with review by relevant project stakeholders
Project staff are trained in the concept of social inclusion and the application of the strategy
Monitoring framework or process developed to track the application of the strategy and need for modifications, as appropriate, based on stakeholder feedback.
Individual cannot have been a Pact Employee (full time, part time, temporary) within the past year
If engagement is longer than 45 days, individual must provide services during the period of performance and / or previous year to at least 2 non-Pact organizations
If engagement is longer than 45 days and the individual is a US national individual must possess an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service.
Individual cannot have been engaged by Pact as a consultant more than three times in the past 365 days
Advanced degree in a relevant topical area such as gender, social inclusion, human rights, Latin American studies, indigenous people, etc.
5-7 years of experience living and working in Latin America in a relevant topical area.
Demonstrated experience creating a social inclusion or gender inclusion strategy for use in the context of a project.
Strong skills in qualitative research methods.
Previous experience conducting research or otherwise collaborating with indigenous people’s organizations or other vulnerable populations.
Fluent in English and in the primary language of at least one of the countries included in the project (Spanish and / or Portuguese).
Experience living and working in the Amazon region
Familiarity with infrastructure and extractive industries in the Amazon region and the dynamics at play with indigenous people
Standard Documentation :
Do you possess an Employer Identification Number?
Additional Documentation :
Sample strategy document developed and / or of research conducted with a vulnerable population
One page summary of proposed methodology for the creation of the social inclusion strategy