1. REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
ISLA seeks to engage the services of two consultants, with significant experience in working in either English-speaking and French-speaking countries, who will assist us with the development of the collaborations and litigation database that will include individuals legal practitioners, researchers, scholars, activists, as well as researchers, academics that we can partner with and form part of ISLA Panel of Experts (IPE).
The ISLA is a Pan-African and feminist led organisation that seeks to use the rule of law and African domestic and regional courts to advance women’s human rights and sexual rights, through strategic litigation. It is the first Africa-based and -run strategic litigation initiative with a regional focus and expertise on women’s human rights and sexual rights. The key priority areas of our work are: Litigation for social change, building capacity to litigate strategically, building partnerships for social change, and producing knowledge to support strategic litigation.
3. BACKGOUND AND RATIONALE
Strategic collaboration and litigation on sexual and women’s human rights in Africa remains a challenge for legal practitioners and social movements. Few cases focused on sexual, and women’s human rights are successfully filed before domestic courts and regional human rights mechanisms. Experience shows that lawyers and clients come up against high levels of discrimination, prescription and a general absence of effective and appropriate remedies ordered and implemented by the court systems. This contributes to the high number of cases dropped by clients or abandoned by lawyer’s mid-way.
Building a strong collaboration practice around sexual and women’s human rights cases and activities has the potential to increase the number of cases filed before domestic courts and regional human rights mechanisms, and therefore could improve the likelihood of developing progressive jurisprudence on sexual and women’s human rights in Africa. Our litigation work relies on legal mobilisation and other forms of advocacy to contribute to the creation of an enabling environment for strategic litigation. ISLA, in collaboration with partner organisations KELIN and the Dullah Omar Institute, have secured donor funding to contract a consultant to build an online collaborations and litigation network.
To achieve the process above, ISLA wishes to contract the services of two consultants who will:
- Procure and consolidate a list of individuals and organisations working on sexual and women’s human rights.
- Source information and develop the necessary agreement and compile a list of pending gender and sexuality cases, law and policy reform efforts, campaigns, publications, before domestic courts, legislatures, and the regional political and human rights mechanisms in Africa.
- Develop a standardised submission form for 1. activities to be added to the litigation database and 2. Individuals and organisations to be added to directory of legal practitioners.
4. SCOPE OF WORK:
- Conduct desktop research to source Independent researchers, Legal research institutes and Post-graduate university researchers working in the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and gender and sexuality in Africa.
- Create and post advertisements for researchers, scholars, activists, NGOs, and academics legal practitioners NGOs working on gender and sexuality to grow/Join ISLA database and directory.
- Recruit experts, Independent researchers, Legal research institutes and Post-graduate university researchers working in the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and gender and sexuality in Africa to join ISLA’s Panel of Experts.
- Case Sourcing – Research Cases SRHR cases that are pending within the National and Regional high courts of the African Countries that ISLA is working in.
- Collaborations – Source for organisations in the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and gender and sexuality sector that ISLA can partner with in terms of research, case collaborations and advocacy.
5. QUALIFICATIONS AND/OR SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED AND DESIRABLE FOR UNDERTAKING THE ASSIGNMENT:
5.1 Qualifications and experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in human resources, Business Administration, or related field required.
- At least 5 years of relevant professional experience.
- Knowledge and understanding of recruiting and sourcing technique.
- Proven experience in recruitment for Non-Governmental Organisations and human resource management.
- Experience in working in international settings.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to make reasonable decisions.
- Experience using applicant tracking and recruitment marketing software.
- Excellent with prioritization and time-management.
- Knowledgeable of employer branding techniques.
- Demonstrated ability to deliver quality work under tight timeframes.
6. DURATION OF THE CONSULTANCY:
The consultant is expected to carry out the assignment as per the following dates:
Duration of consultancy:
The consultancy will start as soon as possible taking note that this is a four-month contract.
7. SUPERVISION ARRANGEMENTS
The individual consultant will be supervised by the Legal Director and Executive Director on the collaborations and litigation database and legal directory. Consult with the Litigation Unit (Litigation Coordinator and the relevant Lawyers) on ISLA’s case list and list of legal practitioners. And consult with the Litigation Programmes Coordinator for operational support.
8. GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Acceptance of a quotation neither commits ISLA to award a contract to any vendor, even if all requirements stated in the RFQ are met, nor limits our rights to negotiate in our best interests. We reserve the right to contract with a vendor for reasons other than the lowest price.
The pricing, terms and conditions offered in your response to this RFQ must remain valid for 30 days from the date the quotation is delivered. Expenses incurred in the preparation of quotations in response to this RFQ and any follow-up information provided is the vendor’s sole responsibility.
The information contained in the RFQ is confidential and may not be disclosed without the express written permission of ISLA.
9. SUBMISSION DETAILS
To apply please your quotation to: Sophie@the-isla.org
Download English: ToRs for Collaborations and Litigation Database
Download French: TDRs Pour collaborations et Contentieux_March2021