Consultancy for knowledge documentation report of the situation of the rights of indigenous peoples in Cambodia using findings of national survey and community survey related to indigenous peoples in Cambodia

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for knowledge documentation report of the situation of the rights of indigenous peoples in Cambodia using findings of national survey and community survey related to indigenous peoples in Cambodia  


  1. Background:

The Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO) was established on the 30th of June 2014, it supports the Indigenous People in Cambodia by promoting their rights, traditions and culture as well as helping and improving lives of vulnerable indigenous communities. CIPO has a strong belief that the IP, who have an in-depth understanding of the local context, can work effectively to make real and sustainable changes to the IPs society. Since the organization is focused on Indigenous People, CIPO is a totally IP-led which means that their knowledge of IPs issues and Cambodian society is important in order to respond to the needs of the IP communities.

By December 2020, CIPO achieved a remarkable milestone of fruitfully completed its first five-year strategic plan’s implementation (2016-2020), the results of the evaluation confirmed that the CIPO programs responded to the priority needs of the indigenous communities (ICs). Therefore, from 2021-2025, CIPO re-focus its strategies based on:

  • strengthening indigenous peoples’ capacity to sustainably manage their customary land, forest and resources using indigenous knowledge and practices,
  • collecting land title registration for the indigenous peoples to secure indigenous customary land tenure recognized, respected and implemented,
  • policies advocacy and lobby to ensure the inclusiveness, full and effective participation by indigenous peoples to benefit them,
  • strengthening the indigenous representation and voices through using the existing mechanism recognized by laws, including the legal entity recognition for IPs by Ministry of Interior.

With the support from EU through IWGIA and AIPP, the Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO) is now seeking a highly qualified consultant to undertake a knowledge documentation project focused on the results of a National Survey and Community Survey concerning Indigenous Peoples in Cambodia. The documentation is directly linked to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Indigenous Navigator Tools that has been utilized in national and community survey. The objective of this assignment is to document and analyze the survey findings, ensuring comprehensive knowledge documentation that can contribute to evidence-based policy development and decision-making processes.

  1. Objectives:

The main objectives of the consultancy are as follows:

  1. Conduct a thorough review of the results of the National Survey and Community Survey related to Indigenous Peoples in Cambodia, using UNDRIP, and Indigenous Navigator Tools as the guidance.
  2. Systematically document the key findings, data, and information gathered through the surveys of national and communities’ ones.
  3. Analyse the collected data and identify significant trends, patterns, and insights related to the situation of the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Cambodia.
  4. Identify any gaps or challenges in the implementation of national laws, policies and legal framework using UNDRIP’s standards and Indigenous Navigator Tools in promoting and protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  5. Develop comprehensive and user-friendly knowledge documentation reports, including recommendations for laws, policies, and legal framework development and decision-making processes.
  6. Present the findings and recommendations to relevant stakeholders through workshops, presentations, or other suitable means.
  1. Scope of Work:

The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Reviewing and analysing the results of the National Survey and Community Survey, including any relevant background materials, reports, and documentations.
  2. Collecting additional data, if necessary, to complement the survey findings and strengthen the knowledge documentation process.
  3. Analysing the collected data using appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  4. Preparing comprehensive knowledge documentation reports, including an executive summary, an analysis of the survey findings, key trends, challenges, and recommendations for policy development and decision-making processes. By using example guidance from Bangladesh sample.
  5. Presenting the findings and recommendations in a clear and engaging manner to relevant stakeholders through workshops, presentations, or other suitable means.
  6. Incorporating feedback received from stakeholders into the final knowledge documentation reports.
  7. Providing ongoing progress updates and regular communication with the Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO) throughout the assignment.
  1. Deliverables:

The following deliverables are expected from the consultant:

  1. Inception report: A detailed plan outlining the consultant’s understanding of the assignment, proposed methodology, work plan, and timeline within 4 days after the commencement of the consultancy.
  2. Draft knowledge documentation reports: Comprehensive reports detailing the survey findings, analysis, trends, challenges, and recommendations within 1 week after the completion of data collection.
  3. Final knowledge documentation reports: Revised and finalized reports incorporating feedback received from stakeholders within 6 days after the review of the draft reports.
  4. Presentation materials: Engaging presentation materials summarizing the key findings and recommendations for dissemination to relevant stakeholders, particularly Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Alliance (CIPA) and CIPO’s stakeholders.
  1. Timeline and Budget:

The project is expected to be completed within 15 days. The consultant/firm will be compensated at a rate of $200 USD per day, inclusive of all taxes. The total budget for the project is $3,000 including service withholding tax.

  • Report outline: date 28 May 2024
  • Draft report content: date 28th June 2024
  • Finalized report: date on 26 July 2024
  1. Qualifications and Expertise:

The consultant should possess the following qualifications and expertise:

  1. Demonstrated experience in conducting research and knowledge documentation projects related to Indigenous Peoples’ rights, UNDRIP, and human rights issues.
  2. In-depth knowledge of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and its practical application at the national and community levels.
  3. Strong analytical skills, including the ability to analyse quantitative and qualitative data.
  4. Excellent written and oral communication skills, with a proven ability to produce high-quality reports and deliver engaging presentations to diverse audiences/stakeholders.
  5. Familiarity with Indigenous Navigator Tools or similar frameworks would be an advantage.
  6. Prior experience working with Indigenous Peoples’ organizations, government agencies, or international organizations is highly desirable.
  7. Fluency in English and Khmer are required.
  1. Payment Schedule:

Payments will be made according to the following schedule and payment milestones:

  • Upon signing contract, received 50% payment
  • Submission of the finalized documentation report, 50% including handouts, presentations, and reference guides,
  1. Reporting and Communication:

The consultant will provide regular progress updates to the Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO) throughout the knowledge documentation report’s development process.

Communication can be via email, phone calls, or video conferences, as mutually agreed upon.

  1. Intellectual Property:

All intellectual property rights, including the final documentation reports and associated materials, will be the property of the Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO).

  1. Confidentiality:

The consultant shall treat all data, information, and discussions related to the assignment as confidential and shall not disclose any sensitive information without prior consent from the Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO)

  1. Qualifications and Experience:

The consultant should possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Acquired a bachelor or similar qualification degree of laws and/or relevant fields
  • Demonstrated expertise in indigenous peoples’ legal frameworks, UNDRIP and indigenous related issues.
  • Extensive experience in knowledge documentation report, research, studies, and instructional design.
  • Familiarity with international conventions, national legislation, and legal case relevant to indigenous peoples’ rights.
  • Knowledgeable of the legal and socio-cultural context of indigenous peoples in Cambodia.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity and a commitment to inclusivity.
  1. Evaluation and Selection Criteria:

The selection of the consultant will be based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in indigenous peoples’ legal frameworks.
  • Previous experience in curriculum development, preferably in the Cambodian context.
  • Understanding of the task assigned objectives and ability to meet deliverables.
  • Proposed methodology and approach.
  • Cost-effectiveness.
  1. Proposal Submission:

Interested consultant are requested to submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the assignment and highlighting relevant experience.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) detailing qualifications, expertise, and previous experience.
  • Proposed methodology, including an outline of the approach, data collection methods, and analysis techniques.
  • Work plan and timeline, indicating key milestones and deliverables.
  • Proposed budget, including professional fees, travel costs, and any other relevant expenses.
  • Samples of previous relevant work, such as research reports or knowledge documentation materials.

The proposals should be submitted to no later than 10 June 2024, 5.00 pm.

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