Consultancy: To conduct Research on enhancing Refugee Lea…

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Title: Consultant to conduct Research: Enhancing Refugee Leadership within the Gambella Refugee Response

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

About us

Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.

Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 19 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.  

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The Consultant will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the  Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme .  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.


The global policy framework for responding to large refugee crises, as articulated in the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and the Global Compact on Refugees, clearly emphasizes the importance of refugee participation and support for the contributions of local civil society in the refugee response. According to the CRRF, a comprehensive refugee response “should involve a multi-stakeholder approach that includes national and local authorities, international organizations, international financial institutions, civil society partners (including faith-based organizations, diaspora organizations and academia), the private sector, the media and refugees themselves.
In relation to civil society partners (including those “that are led by refugees”), the GCR notes their important role in assessing community strengths and needs, ensuring inclusive planning, and implementing programs.
On participation of refugees, the GCR further explains that “Responses are most effective when they actively and meaningfully engage those they are intended to protect and assist. The GCR recommends strengthened consultative processes “that enable refugees and host community members to assist in designing appropriate, accessible and inclusive responses” and the development of strategies for inclusion of refugees and host communities “in key forums and processes.

In December 2019, the first ever Global Refugee Forum took place in Geneva, Switzerland. During the Forum, states and other actors announced some 840 pledges and contributions to advance the objectives of the global compact. Oxfam supported a pledge that was proposed by the Global Refugee-Led Network (GRN) to support the meaningful participation of refugees and host communities in decisions that affect their lives. Oxfam made specific commitments to support refugee-led organizations to improve their role in the humanitarian response and to involve refugees and host communities in the design of programmes from the outset.

Ethiopia was among the first states to sign up to the CRRF yet progress in implementing significant changes in Ethiopia’s refugee policies has been slow. There remain numerous legal and policy hurdles towards enhancing refugee participation, such as limitations on freedom of movement within Ethiopia, the right to work, the right to associate, and financial inclusion.
In order to advance the objectives of the CRRF and GCR, further implementation of Oxfam’s pledge on refugee participation, and support engagement with the Ethiopian government to address the legal and policy changes necessary to more fully support refugee participation, Oxfam intends to publish a policy paper that assesses the situation and makes recommendations for increasing refugee leadership and participation.

We are recruiting a consultant, with the following scope of work:

  • Design qualitative research methodology
  • Lead research, with support of Oxfam staff, in Addis Ababa and Gambella
  • Conduct interviews with refugees, government officials, UNHCR, Oxfam staff, and other stakeholders in the refugee response
  • Develop targeted and specific policy recommendations for relevant stakeholders
  • Draft a policy paper, for external publication, of approximately 8,000 words.

The paper should address:

  1. The general context (Gambella, Ethiopia’s implementation of the Global Compact for Refugees/Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework )
  2. Challenges to a refugee-led response (including limitations on refugees’ right to work, right to associate and financial inclusion, access to information, participation in coordination mechanisms)
  3. Oxfam and other actors’ experiences and approaches to support refugee leadership and participation and
  4. Recommendations

– Present findings in a virtual webinar

Specific deliverables:

  • Inception report outlining proposed research plan and timeline
  • Briefing paper for external publication, including findings and recommendations
  • Virtual presentation on findings

Job Requirements


  •  Significant research experience in Ethiopia and on refugees
  • Excellent English research and writing skills
  • Existing familiarity with key stakeholders in the refugee response in Ethiopia, including government officials, INGOs, UN agencies

Oxfam will:

  • Facilitate the work as per the specified activity and timeframe in the outline above
  • Provide relevant documents to the consultant
  • Effect payments according to the agreement
  • Provide timely feedback on the report from all relevant staff members

How to Apply

Application requirements:

Interested candidates in the position are expected to provide the following documentation:
– A technical proposal with detailed response to the TOR, with specific focus on addressing the scope of work and methodology to be used
– Sample of previous research and policy papers or related work, etc.
– Initial work plan based on methodology outlined, and indication of availability
– A financial proposal detailing the daily rate expected, transportation costs, accommodation costs, etc. and initial work plan
– Company/organizational profile or CV including a minimum of 3 traceable, recent and relevant references to this task

 Deadline to submit the proposal is on deadline on/or before 5 October 2020.

Expressions of Interest shall be sent to this email [email protected]  


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