MADANI Individual Consultancy:
Study on Local Multi-stakeholder Forum Sustainability and Impact
MADANI Civil Society Support Initiative is a five-year USAID-funded project implemented by FHI 360, a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, local-driven solutions. MADANI aims to strengthen local government accountability and communal tolerance in Indonesia by improving and sustaining local civil society’s capacity, legitimacy, and sustainability in 32 districts in the provinces of Banten, West Java, Central Java, East Java, West Kalimantan and South Sulawesi. MADANI provide grants and technical assistance directly to targeted subnational civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve their operational capacities and systems, build stronger ties with communities and local governments, and support an improved environment and more sustainable means of mobilizing financial resources, including from the government and private sector.
MADANI employs a collaborative governance approach to establish new ways for government and civic actors to work together and overcome decades of distrust. With an emphasis on problem-driven solutions at the local level, MADANI has introduced deliberative mechanisms that build collaboration and mutual accountability to strengthen demand for responsive and inclusive government. Through this collaborative governance approach, stakeholders develop a shared understanding around potentially contentious issues, and can work together to identify joint actions that move towards solutions.
MADANI operationalizes this approach via local Learning Forums (Simpul Belajar), a local multi-stakeholder forum that are the main path through which local MADANI partners build networks with other local CSOs and partnerships with local government, media, and the private sector. Learning Forum members engage in a facilitated action cycle to better understand local development problems, identify viable solutions, and carry out joint social accountability actions and public campaigns. Through the Learning Forums, MADANI improves local partners’ ability to facilitate problem analysis by gathering and interpreting data, building consensus among constituents for change, and transforming this information into action to demand results and social change.
During the past twenty years in Indonesia and globally, there has been multiple approaches by government agencies, international development partners and CSOs themselves to build various forms of multi-stakeholder forums to address various governance issues. These multi-stakeholder forum – in Indonesia called called forum masyarakat madani, forum lintas pelaku, forum lintas aktor, forum warga, etc, – bring together various stakeholder with the idea that people and organization who work together rather than individually may increase their influence and power, and thus increase their chances of success.
However, many of these MSF have been created as donor or government initiatives, and may not be sustainable beyond the project interventions. To anticipate this, MADANI will hire an independent consultant to do an assessment of the impact, effectiveness and sustainability of past and present multi-stakeholder forums in Indonesia, including some of MADANI Learning Forums, and to investigate the factors that may improve the chances of sustainability and impact of MADANI’s Learning Forums. Key questions to be addressed include:
- What are the factors and criteria that explain or inhibit sustainability of multi-stakeholder forums?
- What actions can Learning Forum members can take to ensure improve chances of sustainable?
- Assessment of multi-stakeholder forums in MADANI’s 32 districts that are still operating, in-active or defunct over the past decade
- What actions can MADANI take to ensure sustainability? What are good tools to sustain commitment in a multi-stakeholder setting?
It is expected that the study will be carried out over a period of 40 days in June to September 2021. Qualification and Experience
FHI360/MADANI is looking for a consultant with proven academic, professional track record in conducting comprehensive stocktaking study with extensive work or research on social accountability, civil society, and governance issues in Indonesia. Prospective consultants should demonstrate the following qualifications:
- An advanced university degree in social sciences from a recognized university, majoring in Sociology, Public Policy, Anthropology, Political Science; or related disciplinary
- Five years of combined relevant professional work or research experience in the areas of local governance and civil society in Indonesia;
- Extensive knowledge of civil society organizations and actors, including at the local level;
- Strong presentation and writing skills;
- Experience of multi-stakeholder processes.
How to Apply:
Applications should include past experience working in local governance and civil society, detailed CV and proposed daily rate, should be marked “MSF Consultant” and be submitted via e-mail to Procurement-Madani@fhi360.org by Monday, May 10, 2021 at 18:00 WIB (Jakarta time). Award will be made to the offer which is determined to be best value and responsive to the above terms.
Only short-listed candidates will be invited via mail/phone for interview.