Open call for CSO representatives to sit on Global Affairs Canada CSO Implementation Advisory Group

Date of call: Monday December 11, 2017.
Closing date: Friday January 5, 2017 2:00 PM PACIFIC // 5:00 PM EST.
Term commences: January 2017.
Announcement of Results of this Call: January 15th, 2018.
Term length: To be determined.
Remuneration: None.

Introduction

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) recently announced a revised policy titled Canada’s Policy for Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance – A Feminist Approach. The International Development andHumanitarian Assistance Civil Society Partnership Policy (CSO policy) was first adopted in February 2015 and subsequently revised in the summer of 2017. The current version was circulated for comments and feedback on August 25th 2017 with comments due by September 15th, 2017. The policy follows on the heels of the June 9th 2017 launch of the new Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), which was the result of an extensive, yearlong consultation with Canadians. As part of this new Partnership Policy they have asked the Inter Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils (ICN) and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) to jointly select seven CSO representatives that represent a broad gender, linguistic, geographic and sectoral diversity of CSOs to serve on the CSO Implementation Advisory Group with three executive members of Global Affairs Canada. The group will begin meeting in 2018 to guide implementation of the policy. Inspired by the guiding principles of the policy, the advisory group will provide advice to Global Affairs Canada on the approach and priorities necessary to support effective implementation of the CSO Policy. The advisory group will also play a role in advising the Department on the structure and focus of a planned annual CSO-Global Affairs Canada Meeting. The first meeting of the Advisory Group is planned for February 2018.

What are these meetings about?

The terms of reference for the Advisory Group are yet to be finalized however the advisory group will likely report to the Director General, Engaging Canadians Bureau, and will be comprised of a group of representative CSO stakeholders with knowledge and expertise related to the nine action areas of the policy. The partnership will be guided by principles of inclusivity, transparency and accountability, results and ownership, as well as mutual respect and a commitment for learning. Global Affairs Canada will review and adopt, as appropriate, recommendations from the advisory group in the context of the Department’s work to finalize and implement an implementation plan for the CSO Policy and to plan the annual meetings. The advisory group will meet on a quarterly basis, and may call more meetings on an ad hoc basis when warranted and agreed upon by the members. Meetings will occur by teleconference/videoconference and in person, and documents for discussion shall, as much as possible, be shared ahead of meetings. Communications may take place between members and the Department out of meetings to support progress, however key decisions will be taken at meetings. The Chairperson role will rotate annually between civil society members of the advisory group. A member of Global Affairs Canada will be appointed as meeting co-chair, to also rotate annually. The Secretariat for the advisory group will rest with the Engagement and Civil Society Unit of the Engaging Canadians Bureau at Global Affairs Canada. Actual Terms of Reference will be reviewed and adopted at the first meeting of the advisory group and reviewed annually throughout the implementation phase of the Advisory Group.

What is the advisory role about?

The advisory group will be made up of ten members, including seven from the CSO community of international cooperation and sustainability who are representative partner organizations from civil society and three from Global Affairs Canada. The body as a whole will strive to include diverse areas of expertise on CSO issues, including feminist approaches to development and will strive for gender and linguistic balance among participants. In particular it will discuss and advise on priority objectives and action areas for the CSO Policy, recommend additional action areas for inclusion in the implementation plan, as appropriate, provide input to the implementation approach and plan format as well as the CSO Policy annual meeting.

  • Global Affairs and CCIC have held a joint webinar on the Policy that can be viewed here.
  • Consultation documents on the Policy can be found here.
  • The ICN original consultation submission can be found here.
  • The CCIC most recent submission can be found here.

Why is this advisory role important?

The ICN and CCIC have long advocated for an effective, transparent and accountable Policy on Partnership that is directly aligned with the Istanbul Principles, Agenda 2030, The Grand Bargain, The Paris Declaration, recent climate change agreements and other pertinent policy documents such as the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States and the Principles and Good Practice of Humanitarian Donorship. The Policy references a human rights based approach (as a driving principle), and includes robust language regarding gender equality and equity that sets an overall tone of feminism. There are various commitments to existing Official Development Assistance agreements such as the Official Development Assistance Act (ODAA) and the International Aid Transparency Initiative. Having seven CSO advisors to Global Affairs Canada is a unique opportunity to further our long standing commitment as a sector to work with the government to implement and foster partnership in line with international protocols and agreements.

The CSO representatives will be expected to:

  • Discuss and advise on priority objectives and action areas for the CSO Policy.
  • In addition, all participating CSO representatives will be expected to have an understanding of the history and significance of CSO negotiations and discussions to date on the elements of the Partnership Policy and reflect as closely as possible the sector wide views on key elements of the policy.
  • Have an understanding of how the policy and relevant background documents were negotiated and the key issues of concern to civil society groups involved in international cooperation such as a human rights based approach, gender equality, humanitarian response or environmental sustainability will be necessary.

Before commencing the CSO representative will:

  • Have reviewed all necessary materials including the listed background documents as well as the
    latest version of the Policy.
  • Be aware of the sector discussions that have taken place to date and the key issues of concern
    that have been raised in consultations.
  • Be familiar with the Feminist International Assistance Policy.
  • Be familiar with the Istanbul Principles and the Busan Partnership.
  • Have as strong understanding of current GAC Policies and practices.
  • Be able to attend the meetings regularly.

At the meetings the CSO representative will:

  • Work in a cooperative and collegial manner to further the interest of the various networks involved to the best of their knowledge and in the interests of Canada.
  • Not speak on behalf of any of the networks unless authorized to do so as an official spokesperson.
  • Speak only as an individual or as a bona fide representive of the organization(s) that they are legally authorized to speak on behalf of.
  • Report back to the ICN/CCIC on their participation on the Advisory Group.
  • Take all necessary steps to communicate with the sector on key issues that may require consultation.

Eligibility

All applicants for the Advisory Group or the Selection Committee must be:

1) Members in good standing, staff or board members of either one of the Provincial and Regional Councils or the Canadian Council For International Cooperation as per the membership qualifications of any of the Councils.
2) Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents.
3) Fluent in either official language or preferably both.
4) Able to participate in four or more meetings per year.

To apply:

Please fill out the following form and submit it by 2:00 PM PACIFIC/ 5:00 PM EST January 5th, 2017.

Open Call for CSOs to Sit on Delegate Selection Committee

The Inter Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation are jointly putting out an immediate, time bound call for CSO volunteers to step forward to form a CSO delegate selection committee.

The committee will be meeting under a very tight deadline to self-select CSO delegates.

Applying to this committee will forfeit your ability to apply for the delegate selection itself and you must sign a conflict of interest policy document in order to participate. There is no compensation for this opportunity other than deep appreciation from the network.

This committee would be charged with executing the selection process including, but not limited to:

  • Reviewing the applications and any other supplementary document(s).
  • Discuss the suitability of each applicant based on merit, experience, and guidelines provided by the ICN and CCIC.
  • Conduct interviews, if necessary, either through Skype or in-person, with shortlisted candidates.
  • Prepare the committee’s final decision with justification to the ICN and CCIC.

The participants on this committee must meet the eligibility requirements as outlined above.

Please send an e-mail stating your interest to Aurelie Yguel at icn.rcc@bccic.ca.

For more information please contact either CCIC or the ICN.