The Collaborative Governance Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking expressions of interests from qualified local independent consultants to participate in the design and delivery of a series of seminars on Effective and Responsible Advocacy.

The goal of the Collaborative Governance Program is to foster effective collaboration between a credible and sustainable civil society and their counterparts within the public and private sectors in the Kyrgyz Republic to deliver services and resulting in a more responsive and accountable government with improved services for all citizens. CGP aims to improve the social compact between the government and the Kyrgyz people by capitalizing on the increased cooperation between the public, private, and civil society sectors in the Kyrgyz Republic. CGP builds upon USAID’s and other donors’ current and previous support to Kyrgyz civil society with the goal to:

  • Support the Government of Kyrgyz Republic’s efforts to increase civil society participation in service delivery through social procurement mechanisms; and
  • Strengthen civil society’s ability to provide multi-faceted services in the areas of government oversight and input to public policy, service delivery, and advocacy.

At this time, CGP expects the content of the series of seminars on Effective and Responsible Advocacy to address:

  • Provide an overview of the historical roles played by civil society since the Kyrgyz Republic gained its independence.
  • Present an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of how the civil society, public, and private sectors have performed in meeting their responsibilities in forming “strategic partnerships for change” since the Kyrgyz Republic gained its independence.    
  • Preset an analysis of the legislative process which examines how laws and their supporting administrative acts are drafted and ultimately passed/approved; techniques and approaches in gaining Government support for a draft law; discuss the roles, responsibilities, and formation of working groups in the processes of drafting and passage of a law; how citizens’ buy-in of a draft law is accomplished; and the roles and responsibilities of the Parliament, the Government, and the Presidents apparatus in the passage and approval of laws and supporting administrative acts.
  • Lead discussions on the approaches in, and techniques for, analyzing the demands and/or problems raised by citizens to identify at what level in the overall governmental structure potential solutions may be found as well as how to determine if the demands and/or problems are addressed through the adoption, amendment, or improved implementation of: a law, its accompanying administrative acts, the human capacity of the implementing organization(s), or budgetary obligations.
  • Examine how to be effective and responsible in the use of media and public relations when conducting an advocacy campaign.
  • Review and discuss the definition of an effective advocacy that address the core principals and stages of the advocacy planning cycle:
    • how to analyze the external environment and policy processes identify appropriate ‘levers of influence’;
    • mobilization of support for an advocacy camping amongst citizens;
    • mechanisms of interaction between civil society organizations and state bodies to promote civic initiatives;
    • persuading state bodies  to implement advocacy initiatives through the drafting a Strategic Government Relations Plan;
    • planning and delivering effective advocacy strategies; and
    • the legislative process and lobbying;
    • to provide an understanding  on advocacy message development and delivery; and
    • strategic partnering, forming alliances and building coalitions
  • Review appropriate tools and methods for monitoring and evaluating advocacy initiatives;
  • Review/analysis of a several case studies from the Kyrgyz Republic and\or Central Asia countries on topics ranging from local-level advocacy to national campaigns and which aims to faithfully narrate the process that advocates went through.  
  • Seminars are to be delivered in Russian and/or Kyrgyz

This Expression of Interest is to identify 1-3 qualified providers of the seminars.  Selected consultants’ Scope of Work will include:

  • Selected local consultants will work together with members of the CGP staff to finalize existing seminar modules and handouts to incorporate lessons learned by the program to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of seminars on Effective and Responsible Advocacy.
  • Selected local consultants will conduct seminars on Effective and Responsible Advocacy throughout the Kyrgyz Republic in all oblasts following a seminar schedule provided by CGP.
  • Consultants are expected to provide post-seminar reports using templates provided by the CGP.
  • The seminar schedule will indicate the number of seminars, expected number of participants, and locations where the seminars are to be delivered.
    • Each seminar will be attended by ten (10) to twenty five (25) participants.
    • Each seminar is supposed to take at least two full working days (6 to 8 hours per day).
    • The seminars will be delivered over a period of up to 12 months starting in February 2016.
    • CGP will provide all administrative and logistic support for the seminars to include travel, per diem, and lodging for consultants delivering the seminars.
    • Travel, per diem, and lodging provided for the consultants will be in accordance with the relevant Kyrgyz labor laws and regulations.   

Qualification Requirements:

  • University degree in social studies or related disciplines;
  • At least 5 years of experience conducting training workshops for CSOs in the Kyrgyz Republic, preferably on topics such as advocacy and civil monitoring;
  • At least 5 years of experience working for international and local programs and projects aimed at strengthening of CSO capacity in the Kyrgyz Republic;
  • Experience delivering workshops in Russian and Kyrgyz languages;
  • Ability to travel to regions of the country.  

How to submit your expression of interest:

Responses to this Expression of Interest should include your CV in English and a cover letter that provides your:

Name: __________

Email Address: __________

Mailing Address: ___________

Cell or telephone number: __________

not later than 5 p.m. January 15th,  2016 to e-mail: info-cgp@ewmi-kg.org or delivered to the following address:

Collaborative Governance Program (CGP),

4 Koenkozova street, Bishkek, 720017

Kyrgyz Republic.

NOTE: The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) reserves the right to request additional information if considered necessary.  All information provided by applicants will be treated as confidential and only intended for use by the Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) and USAID.  Applications submitted after the deadline stated above will not be accepted.