Development of Knowledge and Communication Products for Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA)

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Department Purpose

Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) is a five year (2017-2021) program aimed at reducing poverty of communities in the transboundary river basins of Ganges-Bramhaputra-Megha (GBM) and Salween (Myanmar) basins. The program builds on existing knowledge and programs of Oxfam teams, local partners and other regional partners in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.  The program is funded by the Government of Sweden (Sida).

Oxfam and partners envisage that poverty will be reduced for marginalised and vulnerable river basin communities through increased access to and control over river water resources.  TROSA program components are:

  • Improve policies and practice of governments that protect the rights of communities along Ganges, the Brahmaputra-Meghna and the Salween river basins to water resources.
  • Improve policies and practice of private sector and other actors that respect the rights of river basin communities to water resources.
  • Strengthen capacity of river basin communities and civil society to influence trans-boundary water resource management.
  • Strengthen women’s profile and influence in dialogues and decision-making on water management and water infrastructure.

Team Purpose

Oxfam is working towards an Asia Water Governance Programme that aligns Mekong Regional Water Governance PEM (People managing their eco-systems in the Lower Mekong basin)  and TROSA (Transboundary Rivers of South Asia) Project. TROSA is a 5.3 years project and is currently in its final year of implementation (2020-2021). The Program Management Unit (PMUis based in Cambodia. Country level portfolios are managed at country level and the regional PMU manages regional partnerships and maintains an overview that the respective programs achieve their objectives. The program contributes to Oxfam Asia Regional Strategy and Oxfam Country Strategies in India, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal  is implemented together with approximately 15 country level partners and 6 regional partners.

Oxfam's program objectives are to enable communities and civil society to be better able to realize sustainable livelihoods and reduce poverty and promote transboundary cooperation in the Mekong, Salween, Brahmaputra, Ganges, Mahakali/Sharda river basins. Our objectives are that we will achieve this by facilitating i) increased civil society participation and engagement in water resource governance; and ii) promoting more open, inclusive, accountable and effective water resource governance. We seek to convene dialogues and work with a range of partners and allies, including governments, the private sector, academia and institutions.  The work seeks to influence change at the community and civil society level, as well as changes in policies and practices at the national and transboundary level. 

Job Purpose:

TROSA is looking for a consultant or a consultancy team to work with TROSA PMU to develop diverse knowledge and communication products about TROSA results, learnings, innovation over the past 4 years.

The knowledge and communication products are expected to include both

  1. The results and learnings (what has been achieved and how) and
  2. The processes and mechanisms for supporting such results through innovation and partnership by TROSA partners at various levels.. For those 2 aspects, we are expecting to articulate and communicate:
  3. What we achieved
  4. What we learned (from success, challenges and failure)
  5. Where we are still learning and experimenting

Job Responsibilities

These products will be used to take TROSA learning and innovation work forward. In particular, the expected use of those products are:

  • Sharing learning and innovation from a multi-country, multi-partner regional water governance programming;
  • Supporting TROSA partners and other interested allies and collaborators to scale up potential results and learnings;
  • Promoting new ways of working and partnership approaches while working on cross-cutting issues of water governance, inclusion and human rights from a regional perspective.

It is expected that the diverse products are adapted / adaptable to the diversity of intended audience as described below.

External audience

(a) TROSA-like programs working on fair sharing of natural resources;
(b) Potential donors;
(c) Private sector actors, academic and research institutes, think tanks and regional/sub-regional bodies like SASEC, BIMSTEC, UNESCAP and others Peers e.g. INGO, local NGO

Internal audience

(a) TROSA partners
(b) Other regional programs and similar initiatives in the Asia region

The main outputs of the consultancy are the digital knowledge and communication products as described below that reflect TROSA’s achievement and learning so far. Products are expected to be adapted to meet both external and internal audiences’ needs. The expected products could include:

  1. Learning Briefs (10)
  2. Blogs (5)
  3. Short animation videos (5)
  4. Podcasts (5)
  5. Posters (5)
  6. Digital knowledge repository (1)

We are keen to explore creative and engaging options for the knowledge and communication products.

Timeline: 1st May 2021 to 30th September 2021

Job Requirements

We are looking for a consultant or a team of consultants, producers and designers who can bring an appropriate mix of experience and skills related to synthesizing and designing learning and knowledge in complex program setting. The team should be able to work under tight timeframe and engage remotely with diverse stakeholders in TROSA program locations in India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal,

The consultant should be able to demonstrate skills and experience in the following area:


  • Experience in developing attractive and engaging knowledge and communication products;
  • Understanding of partnership-based advocacy and influencing programming and approaches;
  • Design and production of diversity of digital communication products;
  • Ability to “extract”/capture knowledge and key insights from written and verbal material and turn them into clear and attractive knowledge and communication messages;
  • Fluency in English


  • Understanding on TROSA. Understanding and knowledge of intended external audience and networks;
  • Experience of working in South Asia and knowledge of innovation actors in the region .Based in Asia;
  • Proficiency in Nepali, Bengali, Hindi or Burmese language as some of the existing draft documents are in these languages
  • Experience in working with and/or knowledge of Oxfam or similar organizations
  • Relevent qualifications in Communications or a related field with substantial work experience;
  • Excellent  communications and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritise and meet deadlines;
  • Self motivated and able to work with minimal supervision;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, including the ability to produce written materials for

various audiences and purposes, and an ability to engage with the media;

  • Familiarity with various communication platforms and tools and an excellent grasp of digital

media and emerging communications trends;

  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment – with media, campaigns, digital and

research colleagues;

  • Results-oriented and a good team player, sensitive to working in multi-cultural


  • Commitment to Oxfam's humanitarian principles and commitment to Oxfam's equal

opportunity and gender policies;

  • Awareness of, and commitment to, gender equality
  • An understanding of and commitment to putting gender equality at the heart of

development work;

  • Well-developed computer skills. Adept at developing creative communications materials.
  • Availability and willingness to travel to the project countries

Key Attributes:

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities;
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work;
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible;

Organisational Values:

  • Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions;
  • Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen;
  • Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.


  • Eager and required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values (click here) as well as the promotion of gender justice and women's rights (click here);
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.


Oxfam invites the submission of an EoI from an organization or individual with the experience and skills described above.

The EOI must include:

  1. A cover letter of no more than 1 page introducing the consultant/organisation and how the skills and competencies described above are met, with concrete examples (Organisation profile outlining similar experience including type of task, employer, project title, location, achieved outputs). The cover letter should also reflect the number of days to complete the assignment and total financial offer (cost). The cover letter should also indicate consultants’ availability for the proposed period
  2. An outline of no more than 5 pages of the proposed process and key considerations including:
  • Key considerations for the assignment
  • Proposed outline methodology and approach
  • Proposed timeframe and team size including earliest availability
  • Detailed financial offer / costs with requested terms of payment. It is expected that the financial offer includes a primary budget breakdown of costs (for example fees, taxes, etc)
  1. Team composition, management arrangements and CVs of team members including contactable referees

Interested applicants/ companies should submit their EoI to our recruitment website at by April 21, 2021 at 23:59 ICT.

For further questions, please contact Mr. Jyotiraj Patra at

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.