The International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) United Nations Liaison Office’s work is centered on enabling political change at the global level, with a specific focus on intergovernmental negotiations, systems and processes at the United Nations (UN). Advancing political commitments at the global level is important as it sets broad human rights standards that governments worldwide should abide by. Despite the real and tangible value in ensuring strong global UN agreements on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender equality for national implementation, too often we miss the opportunity of demonstrating why global advocacy matters for national-level change because intergovernmental work is often steered from the secretariat without sufficiently taking advantage of the richness of expertise and priorities from IPPF’s Member Associations (MA)s.
On the other hand, with a few exceptions our MA’s capacities, interest, or knowledge for intergovernmental work are not always clear to the secretariat’s global advocacy team. Yet it’s essential that we connect the different levels of advocacy work to the MA’s priorities while also ensuring they have the capacity and the tools to do advocacy in a sustainable and effective way. As we move towards an MA centric organization and in view of the new strategic framework to be adopted at the end of this year, it’s important to ensure IPPF’s intergovernmental advocacy achieves greater impact and is more efficient, synergized, and accountable to the Federation as a whole, and more relevant to the external environment by aligning our external profile to the values of the new reformed IPPF and its 2023-2028 strategic framework.
The main objectives of this work are 1) to ensure more impactful and efficient intergovernmental advocacy by implementing the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Review and by advocating as a Federation on four prioritized intergovernmental policy processes aiming at advancing SRHR by cross-fertilizing global, regional and national processes and instruments, namely, ICPD, Beijing, HLPF and Human Rights; 2) foster an MA centric and cross-regional approach to intergovernmental advocacy aimed at building solid linkages between national, regional and global advocacy levels.
The aim of this consultancy is to develop a rapid assessment (Map) of the experience, interest and capacity of MAs in intergovernmental (IG) advocacy by:
- Interviewing the Regional Office advocacy leads regarding the three key questions below:
- Which MAs in your region have experience or interest in IG work?
- What is the capacity to work on IG issues in terms of human resources in those MAs?
- iii) Which MAs in your region are thought or practice leaders in specific themes of the advocacy common agenda (in coordination with IPPF’s programmes department)?
- Consulting the programmes department to gather information on MAs’ thematic capacities.
Please send applications to [email protected] by 16th May 2022.
This role is Inside IR35.