JOB OFFER: Call for Consultants Participatory Diagnosis Libya: impact of Covid19 and climate emergency on human rights

This call for services is part of the poject:

“WAHDA – Strengthening Tunisian civil society for the defense of civil and political rights and the promotion of social cohesion to advance the management of the crisis of COVID-19, the political transition of the country and regional stability”,

funded by the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD) through the call for projects ACC010/20/000033.


Submission deadline: May 28th 2021

Before 23:59 (Tunisia local time)


1. Context

Recently, Libya has taken very important steps towards national reconciliation and political stability. However, human rights abuses continue to be prevalent. The use of force to disperse peaceful anti-corruption protests in Tripoli between August 23 and 29, arbitrary detention, torture, and the disappearance of numerous people in the capital, are clear examples of these violations that have taken place over the past year.

Unfortunately, the human rights violations of the Libyan population have become even more pronounced in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, the pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing structural inequalities, as is the case for ethnic minorities in the south of the country who have always suffered from a lack of access to health services. In addition, the measures imposed under the pretext of containing the transmission of the virus have also had negative consequences. Whether at the national level, such as the restriction of movement that has prevented the mobilization and action of human rights defenders, or at the international level: the case of refugees and migrants who, in addition to continuing to be mistreated by the authorities, militias or criminal gangs, have seen the United Nations temporarily suspend their repatriation and resettlement programs.

Human rights have ceased to be a priority, remaining second or third (at best) to health measures to control the pandemic. This is combined with the lack of attention to the challenge of climate change, despite the fact that it will have serious consequences for the MENA region on issues such as resources and migration. All of which creates the risk of new human rights violations.

In a country like Libya, after years of violence and destruction of the social fabric, any hope for transition and socio-political transformation will be conditioned by the capacity of civil society to be included in the challenges ahead. All this with the aim of being able to respond to the needs of its population in general, and in terms of human rights in particular, and to establish a clear policy in the face of the challenge of climate change.

2. WAHDA Project presentation

Within this framework, the WAHDA (unity in Arabic) project aims to strengthen the role of civil society, especially women and youth, in defending civic space through the protection of civil and political rights, social cohesion and political-social advocacy to improve democratic governance with a gender and regional perspective in the context of the limitations of civil and political rights justified by the Covid-19 crisis. Initially, it aims to improve the accessibility and quality of knowledge on the impact of the management of the Covid-19 crisis and the climate emergency on human rights in general, and civil and political rights in particular, with special attention to vulnerable communities, in Tunisia, Algeria and Libya, through the development of capacities and tools for monitoring, systematization and data analysis.

3. Mission objective

To establish a participatory diagnosis on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the climate emergency on human rights in Libya, with an EfD (education for development) approach.

4. Mission description

The mission consists in developing a report on the impact of the COVID-19 and the climate emergency on human rights in Libya. This report, the details of which will be defined with NOVACT, will be carried out through a participatory diagnosis with a special focus on the most vulnerable groups, with an emphasis on gender (identification of existing inequalities, power relations, systematic violations of rights, needs of respondents). The participatory diagnosis and report writing will take place in cooperation with our collaborating entity: the University of Zawia in Libya. The researcher will go to the field (health situation permitting) to develop the participatory diagnosis.

It is important to emphasize that the results of this report will be directed to TdO (duty holders, i.e. national governments and international organizations), TdR (responsibility holders, i.e. civil society organizations) and TdD (rights holders, young men and women) in Catalonia to better understand the challenges of this country and their civil society in the context of COVID-19 and the climate emergency.

The steps planned for this mission are:

– Define the methodological framework of the diagnosis: general objective, specific objectives, targets, timeline, methodology, etc.

– Draft the work plan which should include a field visit to conduct individual and group interviews with TdRs, TdOs and TdDs. The University of Zawia will be able to support this visit and can suggest key people to contact.

– Set up a participatory diagnostic to collect data (via individual and group interviews) from public authorities, CSOs, social and political leaders, informal groups, youth, women and academics. Zawia University will provide support in terms of logistical and strategic organization of the diagnostic.

– Write an analysis of the data collected (taking into account the perception of the different stakeholders of the diagnostic) and highlight the needs. Clearly explain the chosen methodologies and the tools used.

– Analyze and document the obstacles, barriers, contributing factors and inhibitors that affected the data collection.

– Highlight the needs, threats and opportunities regarding the respect of human rights in Libya.

– Produce a report and executive summary (including key findings).

– Include the formulation of recommendations.

– Participate in sharing the report with other actors through publication, dissemination and feedback.

The report will then be edited and the executive summaries translated from English into Arabic, Catalan, Spanish and French. The goal is for this report to be disseminated internationally, with the support of the UNIMED inter-university collaboration network ( It will also be presented in Barcelona in order to raise awareness and influence Catalan TdRs and TdDs specialized in the subject and with responsibilities in Catalan foreign policy in the Mediterranean.

Target groups: The TdDs and TdRs will be the main protagonists of the participatory diagnosis implemented by the researcher hired by NOVACT. It will be supported by the University of Zawia for the identification of key persons to be interviewed and logistical support; and UNIMED for the dissemination of the report at the international level.

The participatory diagnostic will include at least: 10 representatives of CSOs (ensuring that at least 4 entities are women and/or women’s rights advocates); 10 representatives of local communities (half of whom will be women); 5 experts from universities or research centers (half of whom will be women); and 5 representatives of public authorities and/or other political actors (such as political parties, movements, etc.).

5. Expected deliverables

Scoping Note: Based on the review of key documents and exchanges with the various project partners (NOVACT, University of Zawia, etc.), the scoping note defines and formalizes the envisaged methodology, specifies the evaluative questions, presents the necessary data collection instruments (interview guides, etc.) and proposes a realistic work plan with a detailed and definitive timetable The scoping note will be submitted to the Steering Committee for comment and validation. The scoping note will be produced in English.

Preliminary findings and recommendations: A draft of the final evaluation report will be produced at the end of the field phase. It will be submitted to the Steering Committee for comments and discussion. The project holders have two weeks from the receipt of the draft report to make comments and observations. The final evaluation report should take into account the comments made by the Steering Committee on the draft report. The language of the report will be English.

Final Report: The final report will be in a single publication format and in English.

Executive Summary: A shortened version of the report presenting the background and main findings.

6. Organization and process

The mission is planned to last 4 months.

Provisional start date: June 4th, 2021.

Delivery deadlines – this is an indicative calendar, to be discussed with the consultant:

  • Scoping note: 14/06/2021
  • Preliminary report (number of pages tbd): 19/07/2021
  • Preliminary report 2: 09/08/2021
  • Final Report: 30/08/2021
  • Executive Summary 06/09/2021

The person(s) in charge of this mission is bound by an obligation of confidentiality: he/she must not publish or divulge any information brought to his/her knowledge within the framework of the requested work, to any unauthorized person.

7. Required skills

The call for candidates is open to any individual, governmental or non-governmental organization, research center or university with expertise in conducting a participatory diagnosis, provided that expertise in the following areas can be demonstrated:

– Similar experience in this type of exercise or in project evaluation;

– Experience working with NGOs;

– Proven experience in research, data collection, and data analysis;

– Very good knowledge of Libya’s socio-cultural and political context and human rights actors;

– Strong analytical, synthesis and writing skills;

– Experience in the field of participatory approach and gender approach;

– Fluency in English and Arabic. French is a plus.

– Good knowledge of human rights and gender equality; and

– Sensitivity to climate-related issues.

8. Remuneration and working days

For the development of the described mission, we estimate that approximately 25 to 30 days are necessary, for which a gross budget of approximately 150 to 200 euros/day is available.

9. Application and selection

Applicants must provide the following documents to be eligible for the call for service:

– An updated CV of the consultant(s) detailing experience related to the consultancy;

– A technical and methodological proposal with a detailed work plan;

– A financial bid indicating unit costs and units for each item (consultant’s fees, transportation, support staff, etc.); and

– References of work and study reports already carried out by the bidder(s) for similar work with contact information for the relevant persons.

The criteria that will be considered in selecting the winning bid are as follows:

– Price (25%).

– Methodology (25%).

– Experience (50%).

Applicants are encouraged to submit all required documents in English.

The deadline for submission of bids is May 28, 2021 by 23:59 local time in Tunisia. Please submit the application to

Please write the following reference in the subject line of the email: WAHDA: Consultancy PD Libya.

If you have any questions about this call for service, please contact The only channel of communication with candidates will be by email.