Request for Expressions of Interest - Consultant to support EITI communications in Colombia to improve communities' participation in the oversight of extractives
The deadline for this request for Expressions of Interest has now passed.
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is seeking a consultant to support the EITI multi-stakeholder group (MSG) in Colombia in improving its communications and disseminations activities to ensure the latter are citizen-oriented and strategic, with the aim of maximising the impact of EITI disclosures and encouraging local debate about the management of the extractive sector.
The consultant is expected to carry out a mapping of civil society organisations and actors engaged around mining activities in Colombia at the local level, outline their information needs, and identify opportunities to improve the MSG’s communications and dissemination activities.
The final report is expected to provide recommendations for how the EITI and partners can better support local stakeholders in using extractive sector information and the EITI multi-stakeholder platform strategically participate in policy discussions on natural resource governance. The findings from this report will inform a cross-country study by the EITI International Secretariat which will bring together the findings of similar studies on Ghana and Indonesia.
Proposals must be delivered by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 December 2019.
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Too often, local populations bear a disproportionate share of the costs linked to the extractive industries, while not being sufficiently represented in dialogue around its management and oversight. Poor management of the extractive sector exacerbates inequalities and social exclusion. This is one of the reasons the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the global standard for transparency and good governance of the extractive industries implemented by 52 countries, has sought to ensure that civil society organisations and representatives of local communities have an opportunity to participate in national debates on natural resource governance.
Local actors, from community representatives to associations and media, should be able to play a key role in overseeing natural resource investment and extraction and, ultimately, benefit from it. In each EITI implementing country, a multi-stakeholder group (MSG) consisting of representatives from government, industry and civil society oversees implementation of the EITI Standard, which aims to make information available in a timely manner to citizens. However, this information and data is not consistently used by communities and CSOs at the local level when raising concerns over natural resource extraction projects, due to lack of timely data, unavailability of relevant data, inadequate format for its dissemination, or gaps in the strategic use of information.
In light of the above, the EITI International Secretariat is seeking support for scoping out a communications and dissemination plan for broadening and deepening local civil society engagement in natural resource governance through the EITI. The outcomes of this scoping are also expected to inform further communications capacity building by the EITI for local communities and CSOs where there are opportunities and need for support.
In Colombia, Ghana and Indonesia, EITI implementation support and consultations undertaken in the framework of Validation have shown particular interest in issues related to the local impact of extractives. Despite many activities at the subnational level, including efforts to disseminate EITI data and engage local actors, the potential for positive impact by the EITI remains limited. There is scope to improve local actors’ engagement and capacity to hold governments and companies accountable in all three countries. These three countries are listed amongst the target countries of the Ford Foundation’s NRCC-I programme and are EITI priority countries.
The Government of Colombia committed to implementing the EITI in 2013. The EITI Board announced in June 2018 that Colombia had achieved satisfactory progress under the 2016 EITI Standard. Colombia EITI’s 2016 Report is completely available online. There are five CSO representatives on the MSG, representing the Alliance for Responsible Mining, Crudo Transparente, Consciudadania, the National Forum Foundation for Colombia and Transparency for Colombia. Civil society is also engaged in implementation through the Mesa de la Sociedad civil para las Industrias Extractivas, which includes over twenty CSOs and actors from academia.
There is strong demand in Colombia to further focus on the local impact of the extractive industries, including environmental considerations, the management of revenues allocated to local regions and illegal mining. The Colombia EITI platform includes a tool for searching geo-referenced data for regions and municipalities on a number of issues including mining titles, licenses, production and royalties. The Department of National Planification also provides detailed information on the management of royalties in departments and municipalities through the interactive Mapas regalías portal. However, consultations have shown increasing fatigue from local communities around the dissemination of information from government agencies that do not correspond to their own information needs and take into consideration their capacities. In addition, there are risks of duplicating existing efforts on strengthening transparency in the extractive sector through establishing subnational EITI multi-stakeholder groups in selected regions.
To help inform how to maximise the impact of EITI disclosures and encourage local debate around extractives in Colombia the EITI is seeking a consultant to:
Map civil society organisations and other actors active on extractive resources governance at the local level and identify their information needs, with support from the national MSG and EITI International Secretariat.
Help identify opportunities and tools to improve the communications and dissemination activities of the national MSG.
Provide recommendations for how the EITI and partners can better support local stakeholders in using extractive sector information and the EITI multi-stakeholder platform strategically to participate in policy discussions on natural resource governance.
The consultant must be a reputable firm/individual(s) that is/are perceived by the EITI International Secretariat to be credible, trustworthy and technically competent.
The consultant will need to demonstrate:
Expertise in extractives governance and communications. Technical knowledge of the mining and oil and gas sector is highly desirable.
Experience with transparency in the extractive sector and/or multi-stakeholder governance initiatives and working with civil society organisations, local community leaders and/or grassroots movements. Previous work experience in the region is a strong advantage.
Proficiency in Spanish. Proficiency in English is highly desirable.
A track record in similar work. Previous experience with EITI is not required but would be an advantage.
In order to ensure the quality and independence of the exercise, the consultant is required, in their technical and financial proposals, to disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest, together with commentary on how any such conflict can be avoided.
The assignment is expected to commence in January 2020 culminating in the finalisation of the assignment by March 2020. The assignment is expected to require a total of 25 working days.
The proposed schedule is set out below:
Singing of contract
By 15 January 2019
Initial consultations on the scope of work
Consultations with the EITI International Secretariat and local stakeholders
7 days, including travel-time
Submission of the draft report
By 1 March 2020
Submission of the final report
By 31 March 2020