Proposals sought for strategic planning consultant At Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

Founded in 1996, the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) has created a strong and united platform that brings together National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) from all corners of Asia and the Pacific to address some of the most serious human rights challenges in our region.

NHRIs are independent bodies, established by law or by the constitution of their country, to promote and protect human rights. Unlike other regions of the world, there is no regional human rights court or protection system across Asia Pacific to which people can turn when their rights are violated. This makes the role of APF and NHRIs in our region even more critical.

Drawing on 25 years of experience, a commitment to innovation and an outcome-based approach to our work, our expertise lies in establishing NHRIs, providing advice and strengthening the capacity of our members to achieve their mandate of protecting and promoting human rights. We also work closely with civil society organisations, with governments and with the international human rights community to build strong partnerships and strengthen the impact of our members as they work to build fair, just, inclusive and resilient communities.

From five founding members, the APF membership has expanded to twenty-five NHRIs. Our network now supports over 4000 dedicated human rights defenders who work tirelessly on the ground to protect the rights of those most vulnerable. Through the sustained and dedicated efforts of our members, the APF is helping to build an Asia Pacific where everyone can enjoy their fundamental human rights.

The APF are about to embark on the development of our new Strategic Plan due to begin 1 July 2022 and carry through to the 30 June 2027. To do this, the APF are seeking a consultant with demonstrated expertise in the development and operationalisation of Strategic Plans to guide the APF through this process. The selected consultant will work closely with APF secretariat staff and relevant stakeholders to produce the Strategic Plan by March 2022. It is expected that the consultant will use the APF Guide to Strategic Planning for NHRIs and Guide to Developing a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) to undertake this work.


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Scope of engagement

The APF are seeking consultancy expertise to work collaboratively with the project team to produce the following deliverables:

Using the APF Guide to Strategic Planning for NHRIs, facilitate the APF through the process of developing, and then operationalising a new Strategic Plan for delivery to the Governance Committee representatives by March 2022. Work to achieve this deliverable includes:

o Application of gender considerations throughout the process.

o Facilitation of internal workshops with staff to agree on mission, vision and values.

o Undertaking an environmental scan and agree priorities and high-level outcomes.

o Undertake a stakeholder consultation process as determined by APF

o Develop an initial draft by October 2021 for consultation.

o Finalise the plan based on the feedback from stakeholder consultations.

o Work with representatives to develop a high-level Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) framework for the final Plan.

o Assist in the development of an operational plan for the first year of the final Strategic Plan.

· Assist the APF to establishing a new internal budgeting processes to align to the new Strategic Plan.



The agreement will commence from 24 August 2021 to 30 June 2022*.* Candidates are requested to indicate a daily rate for the proposal. The APF estimates between 30 – 35 days to undertake this work.

The consultant will invoice the APF monthly for payment in alignment with the APF’s payment schedule.


Please note in the consideration of the quotation, that the APF is currently operating remotely, with staff working from home, based across Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, and Melbourne). Pending the unfolding COVID Pandemic, there may be scope to bring the APF staff together for workshops and meetings required to complete the deliverables.

The APF is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation therefore the consideration of our status in the formulation of the quotation is greatly appreciated. In conducting our work, we seek to collaborate with partners who are aligned with our values and demonstrate a human rights-based approach to their work

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in:

· Successful development and drafting of Strategic Plans including Monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

· Operationalisation of Strategic Plans and formulation of budgeting processes.

· Keen awareness and understanding of NHRIs and international human rights frameworks.

· Ability to apply a gender mainstreaming approach to the development of a Strategic Plan.

· Excellent writing and communication skills.

Additionally, the successful candidate will need to:

· Act in a professional manner and adhere to the APF Code of Conduct.

· Apply the APF Guide to Strategic Planning for NHRIs for this work.

· Work effectively and deliver outputs on time.

· Be able to effectively work with teams based across Southeast Asia and Australia.

How to apply

Please email your proposal and completed selection criteria to by 17:00 (AEST), 21 August 2021

The full RFP and selection criteria can be downloaded at Proposals sought for strategic planning consultant | Asia Pacific Forum