RFP Research – Analysis of public opinion Civil Society and Mapping study of success stories of CSOs

RFP Research – Analysis of public opinion Civil Society and Mapping study of success stories of CSOs

Request for Proposal (RFP)

Research – analysis of public opinion of civil society and Mapping study of success stories of CSOs and civil society activists



The Innovation for Change Middle East and North Africa Hub, is a regional network of people and organizations who connect, partner and learn together to find positive approaches to overcome barriers to closing civic space and restrictions to our basic freedoms of assembly, association and speech, GCHR joined the MENA hub in 2018 as one of the partners of the I4C program in the MENA region. Working closely with an expanded group of supporters and experts including social entrepreneurs and movements, the MENA Hub has developed its vision to create a free and secured civic space, and a mission to build a collaborative, innovative network of activists and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to facilitate the exchange and development of expertise and resources to face the shrinking of civic space. For more information about the network, visit the website: ww.innovationforchange.net


The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organisation that provides support and protection to human rights defenders in the Gulf region and neighbouring countries in order to promote human rights, including but not limited to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. GCHR is based in Lebanon and documents the environment for HRDs in the Gulf region and neighbouring countries, specifically Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. GCHR was founded in 2011.  For more info see: www.gc4hr.org.

GCHR is managing a project in cooperation with the I4C MENA Hub to promote positive stories of civil society in the Middle East and North Africa in order to provide protection to civil society activists. We will be carrying out online campaigns with positive stories of the work of CSOs and activists based on a mapping survey, public opinion surveys and media analysis of the portrayal of CSOs and activists. For this project, focus countries are Morocco, Iraq and Bahrain in addition to MENA regional campaigns.


About the project:

Civil society has played a central role in addressing some of the greatest injustices and in building societies in the MENA region, it has also played a prominent role in critiquing, establishing and strengthening discourses. We cannot speak of mobilization successes in the region without highlighting the role played by CSOs and activists.

Through the mapping, we seek to; 1) Research the perception of the MENA public on civil society, 2) Map and analyze the media portrayal of civil society in the MENA region, 3) Refocus regional attention on the ways in which civil society has improved societies in the MENA region through documenting its success stories and achievements. The mapping will shed the light on contributions where civil society has excelled in advocating for rights and freedoms while highlighting both the value of civil society as a means for people to express their views and demands.

The outputs of the project will be used to showcase civil society’s achievements and its potential contribution to supporting participation and empowerment. Our project seeks to highlight the achievements of civil society to counter negative narratives that attempt to demonize the sector. This will articulate the contributions of civil society to their societies, including the collection of a range of stories about organisations and activists that will be used during the project’s campaign.


About the mission:

GCHR and I4C MENA are seeking to hire a research consultant to carry out two tasks 1) Research public opinion of civil society, including the role of human rights defenders, civil society organisations (CSOs), journalists and activists in working for change in society; and 2) Pilot a regional mapping study of CSOs and HRDs’ achievements and success stories (starting with Bahrain, Iraq and Morocco). We are particularly interested in the balance of negative vs positive opinions of CSOs and civil society activists, and looking for stories to contribute to our campaign in support of civil society. The project should cover the entire MENA region, with individual case studies of Bahrain, Iraq and Morocco.


GCHR is requesting a proposal from interested consultants and CSOs for the following outcomes:

  1. Research – qualitative public opinion research of civil society, questions including; what does it mean to you; what are the positive examples; what kinds of stories you would share publicly;
  2. Mapping of CSOs and activists’ achievements – identifying stories that show the positive impact of CSOs on a range of development issues, using the insights from the public opinion research to find opportunities to connect with everyday citizens – including by reaching out to networks.



  • Representative public focus groups in 3 countries plus Region: 4 focus groups and online surveys (Arabic – Eng/Fr as required).
  • Short mapping report / long list of 10 success stories per for Bahrain, Iraq, Morocco / 10 regionally (Eng, Fr, Ar)


Time frame:

  • Interested consultants or CSOs should submit their proposals by 20 July 2020.
  • The Successful applicant will be notified by 1 August 2020 if they have been selected for the contract.
  • The work is expected to begin on 15 August 2020, with public opinion surveys completed by 15 October, and the mapping study with case studies to be completed by 15 November.



  • The budget for the public opinion research is USD$5,000.
  • The budget for the mapping research is USD$6,000.
  • The technical budget for the focus groups and online surveys is up to USD$1,000, where needed and may be paid directly by GCHR to the provider.
  • GCHR will provide translation of the final mapping report with success stories reports to Arabic if it is in English.




  • At least 3 years of demonstrated experience in research and public opinion surveys at a national and regional level within the MENA region,
  • Proven experience in report writing,
  • Demonstrated work experience with CSOs in the MENA region;
  • Must have an expanded global view and an inclusive, innovative vision;
  • A passionate advocate for civil society, human rights, innovation and technology and for finding solutions to civic space issues across the Middle East and North Africa



  • Fluency in English and Arabic.


If interested please submit the below documents with Research – Public Opinion and Mapping Consultancy in the subject of your email to : info@gc4hr.org


  • A technical proposal indicating the methodology, work plan, budget detail and timeline of the consultancy (in English)
  • An updated resume with a sample of previous research relevant to the project (in English and/or Arabic)


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