Consultant for 2016-2020 Strategic Plan Development -- ICSO
Consultancy Opportunity

Indigenous Community Support Organization (ICSO) is a Cambodian NGO; implementing projects to support, strengthen, empowerment, and improve the capacity of indigenous community organizations, groups to participate in the promotion and protection of the indigenous rights and in the management of natural, cultural and traditional resources. ICSO is looking for three separately of different and qualified consultants to conduct the following requirement by ICSO; 

Consultant for 2016-2020 Strategic Plan Development

Terms of Reference

I.   ICSO Background:
Indigenous Community Support Organization (I.C.S.O) was established on 1st July 2006. The organization was initiated and established by a group of Governance Board members, Community Forestry International (CFI) and IPs elders.

ICSO is a local Cambodian not-for-profit, non-governmental, non-partisan association, established to serve the public benefit. ICSO was registered with the Ministry of Interior of Cambodia on July 13, 2006; #840-MoI.

ICSO was formulated by integrating 3 different projects based in Ratanakiri supported by CFI 2004-2006, (1) Ratanakiri Natural Resources Management Network (RNRMN), (2) Forest Mountain Voice (FMV) and (3) Community Organizing (CO).

II.  Current ICSO’s Vision, Mission, Values, Goal and Objectives statements:
1.  ICSO Vision:
To see IPs communities well equipped with knowledge, capacity, solidarity, and able to take strong ownership in organizing community and collective actions to protect and manage their natural, social, economic and culture resources.
2.  ICSO Mission:
To support and develop the capacity of IPs community network and movements, so that they have the capacity  to  access  basic  services,  to  improve  their  livelihood  and  work  collectively  to  protect  and manage their land and natural resources.
3.  Core Values:
Team  work,  mutual  respect,  empowerment  approach,  and  respect  for  Indigenous  People’s  rights, honesty and integrity.
4.  Goal:
IPs communities take up their own initiatives and hold strong ownership in organizing community advocacy to exercise and enhance their basic rights.
5.  Strategic Objectives:
IPs communities supported by their network to;
a)   Ensure IPs capacity and ownership to secure their land tenure and protect their land, natural and cultural resources.
b)   Ensure  IPs  capacity  and  techniques  to  manage  their  own  socio-economic  and  environmental development process.
c)   Ensure IPs capacity to understand the root causes of both local environmental change and global
climate change, and develop their capacity to adapt and mitigate the impacts.
d)   Ensure IPs network, associations/federations have capacity, ability and ownership in the process of
mobilizing community network and IPOs’ self-determination.
e)   Ensure ICSO staff and IPs network have capacity and ability to build effective partnership with stakeholders.

III. ICSO’s Current Programs 2013-2015:
ICSO has 3 separate programs operating offices in Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri and Phnom Penh, under the Indigenous Community Right Empowerment Program (ICREP).

1.   Ratanakiri Provincial Program:

The  program  implements  its  different  projects/components  in  84  villages,  22  communes,  05 districts (O’Yadav, BorKoe, O’Chum, Lumphat and Andoung Meas district). Working with 5 IP’s groups (Kreung, Tumpoun, Charay, Prov and Kachok IPs).
  • Supports 40 IPs villages Communal Land Title (CLT) Registration, which are in the process of strengthening IPs identity, legal entity and collective land to register with MoRD, MoI and MoLMUPC.
  •  Supports 32 IPs Saving Groups at village level for food security and income generation. Among these 32 IPs saving groups; there are 15 saving groups in LPH districts under the management of 3IPs-Communal Economic Association (CEAs).
  • Support 53 IPOs development, included 40 CLT and 3 CEAs, for self-determination and self- management, and capacity development to mobilizing, organizing and networking with IPs network to advocate and claim their rights to land and natural resources.
2.   Mondulkiri Provincial Program:
The program implements in 18 villages of 4 communes in Pich Chenda district. Working with one IPs group (Pounorng).
  • Supports IPs Economic Empowerment of 17 IPs-Saving Groups at village level for food security and income generation, under the management support of the 4 IPs-Communal Economic Associations (CEAs); registered with MoI as of legal entity.
  • Supports IPs capacity building, mobilizing, organizing and networking with IPs network to voice and claim their rights to land and natural resources.
3.   Phnom Penh Program:
Supports 71 IRAMs and 497 IPs-Community Leaders who are from 129 villages of 45 communes, within  26  districts  of  15  provinces,  where  IPs  have  been  networking  and  mobilizing  in  their struggles for land and natural resources in Cambodia. IRAMs work directly to support 7 IPOs.
  •  Builds institutional and constituency and support IPOs connections, from grass-roots to national level, to assist in the formulation of the Indigenous Peoples Association of Cambodia (IPAC).
  •  Builds capacity through coaching and mentoring in empowerment approaches.
  • Supports  IPs  advocacy,  on  their  right  to  land  and  natural  resources  protection  through  any supportive advocacy platforms.
IV. Developing Strategic Plan for ICSO 2016-2020:
1.   Objective of Strategic Plan Development:
Review the strategic plan of 2013-2015. Report the evaluation and develop the new ICSO 2016-2020 Strategic Plan in facilitation with all ICSO staff. Here are the main guidance of questions to be asked (but not limited too):

The formulation of the new ICSO strategic plan should examine the progress that ICSO has made towards achieving the strategic objectives 2013 – 2015 and the challenges that have been found.
How are ICSO programs aligned with the Cambodian development trend? What contributions have ICSO made to realize IPs rights? Has ICSO demonstrated programs quality and ensured responsive services for IPs? How well do ICSO’s programs services align with the future needs of IPs and future development trends in Cambodia? What are the major trends in IPs capacity development in the next 5 years? Where is ICSO ‘on the mark’? What ‘new’ opportunities are there? What does ICSO need to stop doing? Where does ICSO need to strengthen or develop additional expertise, services or programs in order to meet the needs of its beneficiaries (actual and potential)? What is the future opportunity and approaches on mainstreaming of gender and what link to climate change?

2.   External Consultant:
The consultant will facilitate and coordinate to develop the ICSO Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 and required the following qualification and experiences:
  • The consultant should be diverse but must include people with a high and critical understanding of social development, and the roles of rights holders (IPs), CSOs, duty bearers and moral bearers in supporting indigenous people’s representation and empowerment.
  • The consultant should have experiences and qualifications, including overseas/foreign working experience.
  • The consultant should have experiences and qualifications of communication with different stakeholders, particular CSOs and duty bearers, ICSO donors and Governance Board members.
  • The consultant should have experiences and qualifications on democratization and human rights, particular, right based approaches
  •  The consultant should have experiences and qualifications on global context, Cambodia context, IPs context and culture, the ongoing process of indigenous community rights empowerment and oversee the production of the reports, including supervising field work.
  •  The consultant should have experiences and qualifications on conceptual of mainstreaming of gender equity and climate change adaptation.
  • The consultant should understand the Cambodia development trends, in particular on land and natural resources development, protection and conservation as well as economic development trends.
3.   Timeframe of actions:
The process of developing of ICSO new strategic plan for 2016-2020 will take 17 days, including travel days back and forth Phnom Penh-Ratanakiri-Phnom Penh.
a) Document preparation and logistic arrangement
  •  Reading related documents.
  •  Meeting with key management team members.
  •  Facilitate a workshop with all ICSO staff.
  •  Draft strategic plan.
  •  Consultation with ICSO Governance Board.
  •  Exit meeting and final strategic plan document will be submitted.
  •  Meet with key national management team members to discuss and prepare workshop process.
  •  Preparation of evaluation findings, including recommendation for presentation to all staff.
b) Facilitate Strategic Plan Development workshop with ICSO staff and other relevant stakeholders
  •  Present the findings, including recommendations.
  •  Conduct the theory of change or SWOT analysis.
  •  Problem analysis.
  •  Identify strategic issues.
  •  Discuss and decide on program direction;
  •  Reaffirm vision, mission, goal, core values;
  •  Formulate strategic objectives / goals for the next period;
  •  Discuss and decide how to measure results (indictors);
  •  Discuss and decide about structure (programs, support unit);
  •  Developing goals and objectives by program/unit;
  •  Identify strategies/activities for each objectives;
  •  Discuss how to implement, monitor and evaluate Strategic Plan, including log-frame.
c)  Synthesis
  •  Consultant draft 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.
  •  An exit meeting with management to feedback and provide inputs on preliminary drafting;
  •  Re-drafting and finalize.
d) 2016-2020 Strategic Plan:
  • A draft 2016-2020 Strategic Plan between 20-25 pages, excluding annex, needs to have input and comment from ICSO staff. The main body of the ICSO 2016-2020 SP will need to be in Khmer and English.
4.   Estimated Budget: xxxx.xx USD

If you are interested in this consultancy opportunity, please send a proposal to #90, Street 304, Sangkat Boeng Keng Kang II, Khan Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Or proposal could be sent via e-mail to,  and by 21 June 2015 at 5:00pm. Please visit ICSO’s website:  for more details of the Terms of Reference.

Note: Only interested consultants will be contacted for consultation, and the document that has sent to ICSO will NOT be returned.  

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