Life & Peace Institute’s Horn of Africa Regional Programme (LPI-HARP) was designed to link the organisation’s grassroots peacebuilding work in the Horn to the regional level through policy engagement with regional actors and has an explicit policy focus. HARP has five outcome areas and three out of the five outcome areas explicitly focus on policy advocacy and policy change. In the 2017-2020 programme period HARP is working on three thematic areas, namely Borders and Borderlands; Countering Violent Extremism (CVE); and Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD).
Under the borderlands theme, HARP has two ongoing projects/activity lines i.e. the Collaborative Policy Analysis and Engagement (CPAE) Pilot and the Cross-Border Collaboration (CBC) project. The CPAE is a joint initiative between four organisations (the Quartet). The CPAE sought to identify pressing regional policy dilemmas and develop policy options in response to these dilemmas. In the aftermath of a scoping study and consultative process, the Quartet identified the nexus of Informal Cross-Border Trade (ICBT) and Cross-Border Security Governance (CBSG) as a policy dilemma. After another consultative evidence gathering process that extended over three years, the CPAE process culminated in the development and finalisation of a policy framework on the ICBT-CBSG nexus, that was formally adopted by an Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministers of Trade meeting in June 2018. The CPAE Pilot has reached a watershed moment/point and the next phase will entail the Quartet supporting implementation of the policy framework and facilitating awareness-raising and advocacy on behalf of the policy framework.
The CBC project targets 26 borderland civil society organisations (CSOs) and community-based organisations drawn from the member states of the IGAD. The project seeks to increase the participation and contribution of CSOs in borderlands, so as to ensure continental and regional policies on cross-border cooperation in Africa are responsive to the human security priorities of borderland communities. Moreover, it seeks to heighten the impact of borderland CSOs on regional and continental policies on cross-border cooperation through: 1. capacity enhancement in the areas of organisational development and advocacy, 2. raising awareness on cross-border issues, 3. creating collaborative networks and relationships between the CSOs in the CBC project and a wide range of stakeholders, and 4. policy engagement by the borderlands CSOs.
The CBC project has already carried out several capacity enhancement workshops specifically in March and April 2018. In December, the partner organizations in the CBC participated in a workshop in Addis Ababa, on familiarization with the IGAD policy framework on the ICBT-CBSG nexus and refresher training on policy advocacy. During the December 2018 workshop, participants also developed draft advocacy workplans on the policy framework.
As mentioned earlier, while the CPAE Pilot has reached the stage of implementation, the CBC project is still ongoing. The CPAE Pilot and CBC project both fall under the borderlands thematic focus, address the policy dimension and seek to link grassroots concerns and needs to regional and continental level policy spaces and processes. The possibility of creating mutually supportive synergies between the CPAE Pilot and the CBC will enhance the impact of both projects.
The CBC project offers several opportunities to create synergies with the CPAE Pilot. The most obvious opportunity is the importance of creating awareness and developing political support at the national level in the IGAD region for the IGAD policy framework on the ICBT-CBSG nexus. The advocacy on behalf of the IGAD policy framework will immensely strengthen the momentum towards the implementation of the provisions of the policy framework and also fasten the pace of domestication of the policy framework at the national level.
The borderlands CSOs in the CBC project, through their involvement in awareness-raising and advocacy on behalf of the IGAD policy framework, will have an opportunity to apply the advocacy tools and strategies acquired through the capacity enhancement component of the CBC project. It would furnish the partner CSOs and HARP valuable lessons on the strengths and challenges in doing advocacy work at the national level.
The development of advocacy workplans and their implementation will directly assist the Quartet in its efforts to fast-track the implementation of the policy framework, above all the design and implementation of the pilot project to test the provisions of the policy framework.
Therefore, in line with the points mentioned above, LPI-HARP and the partner organizations in the CBC project, are planning on organizing an advocacy training workshop in Addis Ababa from the 25 th to the 27 th of June, 2019.  This training workshop to be led and coordinated by consultants, will seek to build on and enhance the prior training in advocacy that the participating organizations in the CBC project have received. It is also envisaged that at the conclusion of the training, the participants would have developed full-fledged advocacy plans (including budgets and timelines) on the IGAD policy framework on the ICBT-CBSG nexus, to be implemented in their specific borderlands.
The proposed workshop seeks to further deepen the work that was accomplished during the December 2018 workshop. Therefore the workshop, has the following specific objectives;
I. Renewed capacity enhancement on policy advocacy
II. Collaborative development and finalization of advocacy work-plans, timelines and budgets
The participants in the workshop will be drawn from the 26 borderland CSOs in the CBC project and the project leads from the four co-implementing organisations. The workshop will be facilitated by external consultants.
I. 1 participant from each partner CSO
II. 1/2 external consultant/s
III. 1 programme officer from each lead organization in the CBC project
IV. 3 LPI-HARP staff
The workshop will involve the participation of 36 participants.
The venue for the workshop will be Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The workshop will extend for two and a half days , extending from the 25 th -27 th June, 2019.
Overview of consultants’ role/assignment
The consultants will be expected to arrive in Addis Ababa on the 24th of June, coordinate/lead the workshop from the 25th to the 27th of June. The consultants with the assistance of LPI-HARP are expected to fulfil/deliver the following deliverables;
I. Finalize the agenda for the advocacy training workshop before the 24 th of June, 2019.
II. Identify and finalize the materials for the advocacy training before the 24 th of June, 2019.
III. Lead and coordinate participants through the sessions of the workshop 25 th -27 th June.
The following outputs/outcomes are expected at the conclusion of the workshop;
I. Workshop proceedings
II. 4 finalized advocacy workplans with accompanying timelines and budgets
 For 16 of the 26 organizations involved in the CBC project.
The consultants are expected to fulfil the following requirements;
I. Minimum of Masters Degree in relevant social science discipline/development studies
II. Prior experience in policy advocacy
III. Prior experience in training/capacity enhancement on policy advocacy and advocacy skills
IV. Proficiency in English and additional language spoken in the IGAD region (Swahili/Somali/ Arabic/Amharic)
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit the following documents (application letter, resume and financial proposal) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Application should reach the above contacts by COB Friday 17 th , June 2019.