SNV Indonesia: FNS Advocacy Lombok

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For Civil Society Organisations

Based in Lombok, Indonesia

1. Introduction

SNV is an international not-for-profit development organisation, working in
38 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. SNV specializes in
supporting the resourcefulness of development actors by developing local
capacities, improving performance and services, strengthening governance
systems, helping to create access for excluded groups and by making markets
work for the poor. Our global team of advisors use their specialist sector
and change expertise in Agriculture, Renewable Energy and WASH to facilitate
sustainable change in the livelihoods of millions of people living in
poverty.

2. Background

The Netherlands has a long tradition of supporting civil society
organisations (CSOs) operating in low- and middle-income countries. CSOs are
the voice of citizens at local, national and international level. They can
help make government more accountable to citizens and support them in
meeting development targets. In doing so, they contribute to greater social
cohesion, stronger and more open democracies, a better response to
environmental problems, a better business climate, more opportunities for
all and less inequality.

Civil society organisations operate at the interface between state, citizens
and market. Owing to their independent position and their roots in society,
they link and represent the interests of a range of groups. CSOs play a
range of different roles, depending on the need, context and the type of
organisation. Many local organisations in low- and middle-income countries
have become stronger in recent years.

To enable CSOs to effectively voice and contribute to development targets in
a dynamic and increasingly global context, the Dutch Ministry of the Foreign
Affairs (DGIS) set up a policy framework focusing on strengthening CSOs’
capacity for ‘lobbying and advocacy’. This role is essential for CSOs to
contribute to inclusive growth and development and help reduce inequality.
When strategic partners join forces and coordinate their lobbying and
advocacy instruments and methods, their overall effectiveness in a
particular sector may be enhanced.

3. About the Global Partnerships: Evidence Based Advocacy Programme

SNV is looking for CSOs based in Lombok to join its Global Partnerships:
Evidence Based Advocacy Programme. This five-year project, funded by the
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS), aims at strengthening capacities
of CSOs to advocate for a conducive enabling environment. The programme will
be implemented in 6 countries: Burkina-Faso, Honduras, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda
and Indonesia. The programme’s main goal is to support progress in globally
challenging topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals, with a
specific focus on inclusion and equity issues. This goal is to be achieved
by increasing Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) capacities to participate,
contribute and influence strategic debates and policy-making processes.

The specific objectives of the Advocacy programme are determined as follows:

* Increase CSOs capacities in leadership, advocacy, utilisation of
data and evidence, sector knowledge and business development

* Improve enabling environment in terms of improved policies,
frameworks, regulations, budget allocation, services, inclusive business and
accountability/collaborative mechanisms

In Indonesia, the two topics that will be addressed through the programme
are Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Food and Nutrition Security
(FNS).

4. About the Food and Nutrition Security component of the Global
Partnerships: Evidence Based Advocacy Programme

An estimated 87 million Indonesians are vulnerable to food insecurity,
according to WFP’s Food Security and Vulnerability Atlas. Across Indonesia
an estimated 37% of children aged below five years are stunted – over eight
million children. The Government of Indonesia’s National Plan Of Action For
Food And Nutrition 2011-2015 focuses on (1) improving sustainable health and
nutrition services focused on the first 1000 days of a child’s life; (2)
improving food accessibility at household level in very vulnerable food
areas and vulnerable food areas; (3) improvement of knowledge, skill,
behavior and life style/food consumption habit of people towards more
diverse, balanced- nutrient and safe foods; (4) application of food safety
standards based on risk assessment, continuity of appropriate-innovative
technology, empowerment of local governments in improving surveillance,
quantity and quality of food control, and developing food and nutrition
preparedness system; (5) application of clean and healthy behavior through
supporting efforts to health policy on food and nutrition, strengthening
social control, application of clean and healthy behavior at household and
its internalization inside medical curricula of elementary and intermediate
school; (6) Improving partnerships and effective multi-sectoral
collaborations within national institutions of food and nutrition, and
formation of parallel organizations up to district level.

Eastern Indonesia suffers from the highest rates of malnutrition. Lombok
Island, where SNV is piloting SNV’s Nutrition Sensitive Gender Aware
Agriculture Project/Asia Nutrition Project, has one of the highest levels of
malnutrition in the Indonesian archipelago. Even with ample vegetables and
fruits available through most of the year, stunting amongst children can
reach 60%. Results show that bad food habits are the main cause of chronic
malnutrition throughout the island. On Flores, similar conditions prevail.
However, the low nutritional status is further compounded by the lack of
diverse foods and availability of vegetables and fruits. This is especially
the case in coffee growing areas which are more remote.

In this context, the Food and Nutrition Security component of the Global
Partnership – Evidence based Advocacy Programme has the following goals:

1. Support improved policies and regulations

a. Advocate for the development of local policies that support improved
food and nutrition habits for infants, young children, youth and women
b. Advocate for the development of local policies that are conducive
for school gardens, kitchen/home gardens and market gardens that can service
the growing tourism industry in both areas as well as improve access for
local communities

2. Increase budget allocation

Increase budget allocation for food and security nutrition activities and
campaigns

3. Improved provision of services

a. Increase capacity of CSO’s to advocate for the prioritisation of
nutrition sensitive activities in their programme and promotional
activities.

b. Support service providers (government, private sector and NGOs) in the
value chain to adopt best practices on nutrition and food safety.

4. More inclusive businesses and related increased investments

Work with coffee companies and other relevant cash crop companies to add a
nutrition element to their extension services to farmers and develop
nutrition sensitive value chains

5. Improved collaboration in platforms and improved accountability
mechanisms:

a. Support CSOs to play an active role the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN)
Indonesia.
b. Support CSOs play an active role in the UN Indonesia working group
on nutrition and food security.

5. Methodology: support areas for CSO’s

Main areas of support to CSOs in the context of the Advocacy programme:

1) Strengthening of CSO capacities

In each country selected CSOs will participate in a capacity development
trajectory that strengthens their capabilities in the field of leadership,
use of evidence, thematic knowledge, advocacy and business development. This
trajectory will take place during the first two years. After these two
years, on the job coaching of CSOs will be continued by qualified SNV
advisors to support the implementation of advocacy activities

2) Evidence creation and dissemination

CSOs will be encouraged and capacitated in making use of evidence and data
by contextualising results of research, availing knowledge products and
facilitating access to on-line platforms and alliances.

3) Support to advocacy plans and activities of CSOs

CSOs will be supported in the design and implementation of advocacy plans.
Design of these plans will take place during the above-mentioned leadership
trajectory. Implementation will start in the first year. CSOs will benefit
from support of SNV and knowledge/research institutes we will work with (for
example IFPRI for Food and Nutrition security and Resilience) during the
implementation of the advocacy plans.

6. Selection criteria

CSOs’ interested in partnering with SNV for the Advocacy programme should be
able to meet the following criteria:

1) Be based in Lombok and be willing to work in the district of Mataram

2) Have previous work experience in Lombok

3) Have previous track record/experience in Food and Nutrition Security
and/or promotion of equity and equality and/or implementation of Advocacy
activities

4) Have experience/interest in coordinating with Local Government and
other stakeholders at District/province level to promote advocacy activities
in the Food and Nutrition Security sector

5) Have experience in working with poor segments of communities

6) Have experience/ability to address gender issues

7) Be legally registered (formally)

8) Have managerial capacity (ability to plan, monitor and co-coordinate
activities)

9) Have financial capacity (ability to ensure appropriate management of
funds)

10) Availability to commit with the full length of the programme (5 years)

7. Duration of the contract:

The duration of the contract is 1 year, renewed up to 5 years.

8. How CSOs can apply:

Please send your application to [email protected]
<mailto:[email protected]> by April 15th 2016 with subject: “FNS
Advocacy Lombok”, with the following documents:

a) Letter of motivation, explaining the CSOs’ interest in joining the
programme

b) A summary of the CSOs experience/track record that demonstrates it meets
the selection criteria

Selected CSOs will be contacted by SNV.

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