Lobby and Advocacy Trainer

Posted about 1 year ago by Cordaid
Location Erbil Job Type Temporary
Salary Sector NGO

Overall Project Objective: 

Iraqi grassroots women-led, feminist and women’s rights organisations are self-reliant and interconnected, advancing a localised transformative WPS agenda, contributing to inclusive peace and security in communities across the Federal and Kurdistan region of Iraq. 


Objective of lobby & Advocacy Training: 

The main objective of this Training is a) to enable CSO partners to have a deeper understanding   about the L&A framework; b) Enhance the Iraqi CSOs capacities in designing an advocacy strategies and the accompanying action plan are based on the interrelatedness of the four pillars of the WPS agenda (accountability, participation, protection and prevention. 

Approach of the Training 

Participatory, Training of Trainers 

Target Group for Training 

WVF Sub-granting CSO partners and interested associate partners 

 1.  Executive Summary 


Background to the Project 


As part of the British National Action Plan 1325 in line with the Conflict, Stability, and Security Fund (CSSF) – Iraq Programme, the project “Women’s Voices First – Women Leading the Way to Inclusive Peace in Iraq” will support Iraqi grassroots women-led, feminist, women’s rights organizations (WROs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) to jointly advance a localized and transformative Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. The project aims to contribute to inclusive peace and security in communities across federal and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq committing itself to the following pillars – enabling CSOs, including grassroots women-led, feminist and women’s rights organizations to: 


  1. Implement programming on self-defined WPS priorities that meet the identified needs of women and girls in their communities.   
  2. Operate as self-reliant development actors who can manage and access funding as well as implement programming on self-defined WPS priorities. 
  3. Establish a network of CSOs and WROs, representing the diversity of Iraqi communities, by lobbying and advocating for inclusive political processes and (inter)national policies on peace and security in Iraq. 

Scope and Objectives of the assignment 


This consultant is intended to equip Women voice's first Project members with skills and knowledge on evidence-based policy advocacy, relevant to the work of members that focus on the Women's Peace and Security agenda. Specifically, the assignment intends to achieve the following objectives. 


  1. a) Develop training materials and plan training in consultation with the WVF team and other relevant local actors. Training should be interactive, incorporate practical learning, and be highly visual.


  1. b) Train WVF partners from different Iraqi CSOs / WROs on evidence generation for advocacy work, (such as preparation of policy briefs) advocacy skills, and advocacy track. Roughly 30 people are expected to attend, in Erbil.



The consultant will perform the following task: 

 i. Co-design and develop advocacy training, working with the WVF team.

ii. Manage inputs from data for advocacy consultant

iii. Deliver 3-4-day training on evidence-based advocacy in Erbil, with data for advocacy trainers.

iv. Develop training report, including photos


The assignment will adopt a diversity of approaches and methods that are relevant to meet the above objectives. However, preparation of the training will involve consultation from the WVF office in developing the training guide and tools to ensure the utilization of previously collected organizational assessment data and interviews. The consultant will work closely with the data for advocacy consultant, Program Manager, and Project Manager to ensure that the deliverables are produced and delivered on time and on budget. 

Deliverable outputs 
The following deliverables are expected from this study. 
i. Comprehensive GANTT-style workplan for consultancy, including inputs from data for advocacy consultant  
ii. Two-page draft training summary and agenda for approval by Coraid. 
iii. A comprehensive training manual including instructors’ notes, slides, and any handouts addressing the objectives of 
the training. 
iv. Conduct 3 to 4 (TBD) day training on policy advocacy, incorporating data for the advocacy component. 
v. Report after the training program to summarize the experience, share lessons learned and recommendations for future 
training programs, as well as photos from the training.

Key Tasks of the Trainer or Training Team 
The lead trainer will conduct the M&E trainings by performing the following tasks: 
Prepare and conduct a training needs assessment form (in Arabic and English) to be sent to Cordaid for dissemination to the training participants 
Submit the training needs assessment summary in English to Cordaid                
Develop the training agenda, lesson plan, and training materials such as presentation in power point and training exercises in English version .

  • Develop training evaluation tools (e.g., pre-post tests and training evaluation form) 
    Organize 3-4 day training f2f  within period started from end of January untell February 2023 (Weekday from Sunday till Thursday) 
    Produce L&A Training report in English at the end of the training.
  • Organize 3-4 day training f2f  within period started from end of January untell February 2023 (Weekday from Sunday till Thursday) 
  • Produce L&A Training report in English at the end of the training 

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding, and any suggested violation to Cordaid’s Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear, or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.


  • At least 5 years of L&A in Women Peace & Security experience 
  • Concrete knowledge on L&A concepts and principles 
  • Experience in conducting L&A training with CSOs or CBOs in Iraq. 
  • Able to deliver trainings in Arabic language is a plus 
  • Strong English speaking and writing abilities 
  • Ability to develop L&A tools for CSOs and CBO training participants 
  • Ability to collaborate with Cordaid and project partners to providing mentoring support during and after the training 

Due to the urgency, Cordaid reserves the right to recruit any suitable candidates before the above-mentioned deadline.

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