Community & Social Development

SSIC consultants implement strengths-based, inclusive and participatory approaches
to support communities, local & national government agencies, NGO’s and CSO’s
across diverse sectors. Our community and social development work has ranged from
promoting food security in remote communities to advancing gender and social inclusion
in governance and fostering equitable livelihoods and income generation opportunities.

Security, Environment And Economic Pilot : Mt. Ramelau
Timor-Leste
ASIA FOUNDATION
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Supporting the ‘Womens Action for Voice and Empowerment’ (WAVE) Mid-Term Reflection for the International Women’s Development Agency, focusing on Timor-Leste’s partners utilizing feminist participatory approaches.

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Avansa Agribusiness And Household Survey.
Timor-Leste
CARDNO Ltd.
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Implementing the Avansa Annual Agribusiness and Household Survey at the end of the fourth year of project implementation. Surveying 385 households for agricultural information and 281 for nutritional information, the survey covers five districts. Providing comprehensive training program for all staff involved, and delivering ongoing in-field support and analysis.

On-Going
Psycho-Social Support To Alfela ( Women And Children’s Legal Aid ).
Timor-Leste
IWDA & ALFeLa
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Piloting an innovative 12-month program to support staff of Timor-Leste’s only legal aid organization that supports women and child survivors of violence. The program involves over 25 staff members and combines self-care, monthly programs and plans for ongoing mentoring for staff involved. This is supported by International Women’s Development Agency who recognize the need to provide care and support to those involve in front-line service provision.

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Wave Program Mid-Term Reflection
Timor-Leste
IWDA
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Supporting the ‘Womens Action for Voice and Empowerment’ (WAVE) Mid-Term Reflection for the International Women’s Development Agency, focusing on Timor-Leste’s partners utilizing feminist participatory approaches.

On-Going
Program Coordination For Women In Engineering.
Timor-Leste
EWB
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Supporting ‘Women in Engineering: Timor-Leste’ to create a better future through activities including: outreach to high schools and universities, mentoring integrated with Engineering Without Borders (EWB) Timor-Leste; networking with NGOs in Timor-Leste in supporting activities in technical and gender equality. (on-going)

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Interactive Grant Writing Training: Design, Development & Implementation.
Indonesia, Malaysia
NGS
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Designing pedagogical curricula and implementing interactive grant writing training workshops in collaboration with the Coral Triangle Center (CTC). Workshops aimed to support Asia-based candidates for the National Geographic Society grant schemes to improve their grant writing skills and enhance their competitive potential to successfully acquire grants.

2018
Local Government Partnership And Funding Development. Victoria
Australia
CITY OF GREATER GEELONG
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Supporting the City of Greater Geelong in its development of new partnerships and funding arrangements Working with Council staff to develop program strategies and budgets, engage donors and develop funding bids and partnership packages. As a result of the work, two new funding arrangements are now in place to support cultural heritage management, and the innovative ‘Mountain to Mouth’ environmental arts trail.

2018
Evaluation: Migration As A Livelihood Strategy-In Labutta, Bogale And Mawlamynegyun Townships (MILDAS) Project.
Myanmar
UNOPS - LIFT
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Evaluating the MILDAS project, implemented by the International Organization for Migration, which aimed to encourage people to position migration in their strategic livelihood planning while recognizing the negative consequences to migrants and their families. In addition, the project also aimed to strengthen LIFT’s stakeholders’ understanding on migration and development. The final evaluation assessed the progress of the project towards its expected outcomes, particularly in terms of the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability, as well as reviewed its overall approach and specific methodologies.

2018
Mid-Term Review: Enhanced Livelihoods For Displaced People (ELDP) Project Implemented By The Karen Development Network.
Myanmar
UNOPS - LIFT
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Undertaking a mid-term review of the ELDP project, which is funded by LIFT under its Uplands Programme and focuses on vocational training and social protection in conflict affected area. The project is awarded to the Karen Development Network, with Karen communities and individuals as primary target beneficiaries. The project duration is from 4 July 2016 – 30 June 2019 and the Mid-term Review was conducted to capture the achievements to date, identify gaps and provide recommendations for the implementation of the remaining project period and potential extension.

2018
Mid-Term Review Of The Haforsa Livelihoods Program – Oxfam.
Timor-Leste
OXFAM AUS
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Undertaking a mid-term review of Oxfam’s livelihoods program in Timor Leste. Known as ‘HAFORSA’ this program is being implemented from July 2015 to June 2020 through a partnership approach. Local partners implement the program, while Oxfam provides supervision and capacity building support. The mid-term review conducted a survey to collect data on quantifiable indicators to measure progress since its baseline, assessed the overall program implementation and its modalities, and provided recommendations for the remaining period.

2018
External Evaluation, Community Resilience Programme: Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Management.
Philippines
ASB
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Undertaking an external evaluation of ASB’s program in the Central Philippines to: (1) determine if it has met its identified objectives and results (in particular the inclusion of persons with disabilities in disaster risk reduction and management); (2) provide insight and feedback on ASB programming and partnerships; (3) document the program’s engagement model; (4) provide recommendations to support future programming and partnerships.

2018
Midterm Review Of Two Lift Fund Delta Projects Of National Implementing Partners.
Myanmar
UNOPS LIFT-FMO
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Undertaking a midterm review to explore progress made towards the programs objectives, and providing recommendations for the implementation of two projects supported by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund and to be implemented by local partners in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta, Myanmar: (1) setting up sustainable livelihood funding mechanisms at community level in Phinsalu Sub-Township; (2) the improvement of smallholder farmer access to certified rice seeds in Bogale and Mawlamyinegyun Townships.

2017
Study Into The Status Of Candlenut Plantations In The Municipality Of Covalima.
Timor-Leste
OXFAM AUS
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Assessing the status of candlenut plantations in Covalima in order to explore the potential for commercializing this traditional product in order to promote increased incomes for farmers in the medium and long-term. Identifying and providing recommendations to address the challenges in terms of accessing profitable markets and limited knowledge of appropriate management practices to increase productivity.

2017
Provision Of Senior Solicitor Support, Civil Law Division, Legal Aid, New South Wales, Port Macquarie.
Australia
LEGAL AID NSW
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Establishing civil law services for socio-economically disadvantaged communities across the Mid-North Coast of NSW, Australia. Under Legal Aid NSW, tasks include establishing legal outreach clinics, providing a program of community legal education and engagement, fostering stakeholder relationships, and implementing, expanding and managing a team of 2-3 civil law solicitors. Simultaneously providing a legal representation service across a range of legal areas, including human rights, discrimination, government decision-making, consumer contracts, employment, social security, housing, mental health, guardianship, civil liberties, etc.

2017
Professional Development Curriculum Production For Community Engagement, Gender And Social Inclusion In Farming Communities.
Timor-Leste
CCT
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Producing a ‘Professional Development Curriculum’ to guide training for over 200 practitioners working in community engagement, promoting gender and social inclusion approaches and facilitation skills. This assignment included active field-based participatory research, staff training and the implementation of a social inclusion organizational policy, and resulted in a rise in the percentage of registered rural women farmers from 7% to 49%. This represents a significant shift in attitudes, opportunities for women and all farmers, as well advancing the potential for more equitable economic benefits in this sector.

2016
Baseline Study Haforsa Food Security Project, Atsabe.
Timor-Leste
CARE
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Designing survey tools and training enumerators in the conduct of electronic data collection; data analysis, qualitative data gathering with key stakeholders including community and government officials. Data analysis and report writing under CARE Australia.

2016
Development Of Grievance Procedure.
Indonesia
MUSIM MAS
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Development of grievance procedure for major Indonesian oil palm plantation group. Conflict management training for community relations staff, sustainability team and traceability team.

2016
Water Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH) Program Implementation In Schools.
Timor-Leste
PLAN INT'L
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Planning, implementing and monitoring of the WASH initiative in Schools (WinS) component of the on-going WASH program. Working with partners to implement hygiene promotion via the CHILD to child methodology and with contractors for the construction of new WASH facilities.

2016
Baseline Surveying For Haforsa Livelihoods And Resilience Program, Oecusse And Covalima.
Timor-Leste
OXFAM AUS
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Designing survey tools and training enumerators in the conduct of electronic data collection; data analysis, qualitative data gathering with key stakeholders including community and government officials. Data analysis and report writing.

2016
Partnership And Rice Sector Market Assessment.
Thailand
MERCY CORPS
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Designing and conducting a market assessment and identification of partners for a Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for one of Mercy Corps’ corporate partners. Market assessment conducted for the rice sector, in particular smallholder farmers in Ubon Ratchatani province; consultations held with key stakeholders and recommendations made to the corporate partner.

2015
Country Strategy Evaluation 2010 – 2015.
Timor-Leste
THE LEPROSY MISSION
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Formative evaluation of the country strategy to date, both for learning and accountability; to be used both internally and externally. Providing training and accompaniment to country team to co-facilitate the research, the evaluation focused on how much progress has been made towards achieving the strategic ambitions; providing findings, conclusions and recommendations in order to draw learning from the last five years that needs to be retained and used to influence the next five-year strategy of the Leprosy Mission.

2015
Five Year Strategic Plan Development: Implementing Cognitive Assessments For Diverse Learners In School Education.
Indonesia
YDB
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Facilitation, design and development of a five year strategic plan for addressing diverse learners’ needs in schools in Indonesia, in collaboration with the University Gajah Mada, Jogjakarta. The five year plan facilitates skills building for diverse learners and implements the AJT-Cognitive assessment testing system to support the identification of and learning plan development for schoolchildren with diverse needs in eleven pilot and beta school trial sites across the country.

2015
Baseline Study Into Women And Girls In Participation Program.
Timor-Leste
PATRIA
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Facilitating and training a team of collaborative researches from three different organizations – Patria, Plan International and Women’s Action for Change – to conduct a baseline study into the barriers and enablers to women’s political and economic participation at the local governance level. Participatory research with leaders and community members on political participation and attitudes and responses to family violence and violence against women. Intended to inform approaches to creating more opportunities for women to participate in local governance and leadership.

2015
Final Evaluation – Community-LED Rural Development Program.
Timor-Leste
OXFAM AUS
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This Community-led Rural Development Program (CLRDP) worked in partnership with district-based civil society organizations across four districts in Timor-Leste; DAC criteria were applied to document achievements and learning of CLRDP’s integrated and community-led approach to strengthen civil society and improve the livelihood security and voice of rural men and women in Timor-Leste.  A household survey and qualitative data gathering was conducted among stakeholders.

2015
Advising For ‘access To Justice’ With The UNDP Justice System Program, Dili And Suai.
Timor-Leste
UNDP
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Providing advisory and implementation support for a number of civil society grants for community legal education, mobile courts throughout the country, formulation of a pilot for establishing legal aid clinics, as well as providing general advice to justice issues affecting the direction of the UNDP Justice System Program.

2015
Advising For Human Rights Program, Dili.
Timor-Leste
HAK Association
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HAK is a Timorese civil society organization focused on human rights advocacy, activism and education. Assignment supported senior management to implement management structures, monitoring and evaluation systems, secure ongoing donor funding, establish human rights monitoring and reporting system, and improve advocacy on a range of transitional justice issues. Most significant project was the re-establishment of working partnership with regional partner to enable successful implementation of project to reunifying children disappeared during Indonesian occupation.

2015
Agricultural Recovery: Typhoon Haiyan Response.
Philippines
CRS
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CRS was one of the first INGOs on the ground after Typhoon Haiyan hitting the Philippines on November 8, 2013. To complement and follow up humanitarian relief programs this assignment looked at the challenges and needs of the affected communities to recover and sustainably develop their livelihoods. To inform medium and long-term programs situational and market assessments were conducted in the heavily affected fisheries/aquaculture and coconut based sectors. As Team Lead the consultant integrated findings in proposals and a livelihoods development strategy.

2014
Assessing The Impact Of Projects Funded By The Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) From 2012- 2014.
Timor-Leste
APHEDA
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Working together with three key local partners to design and implement participatory evaluation methodologies to evaluate programs in four districts. Using innovative techniques to discuss outcomes for communities and collectively analyzing the results with local organizations to enable better program design that addresses community needs. Assignment under APHEDA (Australian Union Aid Abroad).

2014
Scoping Study For A ‘whole Of School’ Approach To Gender Based Violence Prevention.
Timor-Leste
UN Women
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Collaborative research with local partners following training in participatory methodologies and accompanying them with on the job capacity development in research skills including analysis, interviewing techniques, designing methodology and conducting primary and secondary data analysis. The study forms the basis of a multi-year community based approach to preventing and responding to violence against women and children at the community level. Assignment under UN Women, Association of Men Against Violence.

2014
Support To Red Cross Timor-leste Hiv/aids Program.
Timor-Leste
CVTL
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Assisting and advising on the ongoing implementation and the completion of Cruz Vermelha De Timor-Leste (CVTL – Red Cross Timor-Leste) HIV/AIDS Program. Contributing knowledge and capacity building assistance for project staff in key areas identified for technical assistance / capacity building, including production of guidelines, agreements and procedures for partners, strengthening and integration of HIV and AIDS interventions and development of appropriate tools for staff for effective project implementation. Providing technical support for the inaugural youth camp with over 300 participants from Red Cross International branches and all districts of Timor-Leste.

2014
Final Review: Documenting Learning And Good Practices From Cafod’s Work In Timor-leste Between 2000 And 2013.
Timor-Leste
CAFOD
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Documenting lessons learned and good practices of CAFOD’s work in East Timor to be used by CAFOD as well as partners and East Timorese civil society in general. Demonstrating the lessons and good practices, and presenting written materials detailing the inputs of CAFOD from 1999 to 2013. Working with partners and holding workshops to identify the key inputs and successes of partnership.

2013
Final Evaluation: Leafs Project.
Cambodia
CRS
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Designing and supervising the end-line survey and conducting qualitative data gathering for evaluation. The LEAFS project, implemented with local partner CEDAC, was designed to empower women to improve food security and nutrition. The evaluation documented achievements and lessons learned on the introduction of savings and internal lending communities (SILC), and improved climate resistant agricultural techniques.

2013
Final Evaluation Of ‘secure’ Program.
Timor-Leste
MERCY CORPS
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The SECURE program was a 45-month initiative funded by the European Commission (EC), and implemented by Mercy Corps with two local NGO partners.The program aimed to improve agricultural production and storage and develop market linkages for food insecure communities while increasing household resource management skills for more stability against shocks. The evaluation reviewed monitoring data, surveys and conducted quantitative data gathering through Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews to evaluate the SECURE program achievements.

2013
Mel Capacity Building And Tool Development With Karuna Yangon.
Myanmar
CRS
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Improving monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) skills and capacity of key staff of CRS’ partner, Social Services (KYSS) – Myanmar. Support provided through training and hands on development of an MEL manual and tools, KYSS’ monitoring systems were elevated from output based monitoring to the ability to track changes in the application of newly learned agricultural techniques by project beneficiaries, and resulting changes in productivity.

2013
Final Evaluation Of ‘AID To Uprooted People’ Program (MATASIRI).
Indonesia
MERCY CORPS
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The evaluation of the Aid to Uprooted People Program included the conducted of quantitative research and review of collected data to evaluate the program’s achievements in the sectors of Food Security, Nutrition, Enterprise Development and WASH. Field sites in the Maluku Islands were visited and discussions conducted with beneficiaries to verify the quantitative data gathered by the program team.

2013
Assessing Accountability & Documenting Lessons Learned Of Wash Project.
Timor-Leste
PLAN INT'L
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Supporting an assessment of accountability and documenting of lessons learned with partner consultant (FH Design) of Plans’  Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs in Aileu and Lautem, Timor-Leste which operated between 2005 and 2012 and was supported by Plan’s Australian National Office (ANO).

2013
Assisting ‘Girls Not Brides’ Programme For Sub-saharan Africa.
United Kingdom & South Africa
GIRLS NOT BRIDES
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Girls Not Brides is a global partnership to end child marriage created by The Elders in late 2011. Support provided to the Africa Regional Office to successfully deliver the partnership’s first Regional Strategic Planning Meeting for Sub-Saharan Africa, held in Johannesburg, South Africa; bringing together more than 110 grassroots activists, regional partners and international experts.

2012
Research And Policy Support For Sudan Delegations.
United Kingdom
THE ELDERS
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Providing short-term policy and research support for two delegations of Elders to Sudan (President Jimmy Carter and Mr Lakhdar Brahimi) and South Sudan (Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mrs Mary Robinson and Mr Martti Ahtisaari) at height of 2012 tensions.

2012
Sub-sector And Value Chain Analysis: Cattle & Agricultural Commodities.
Timor-Leste
HIVOS TL
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Supporting Hivos Timor-Leste through the development of a participatory process for the conduct of sub-sector and value chain analysis for cattle and agricultural commodities in the districts of Baucau, Lautem and Viqueque. Collaboratively designing the tools for the assessment with Hivos’ local partner staff, with the results documented to inform future food security and market development initiatives.

2012
Collaborative Ecotourism Concept Development In Mebliling, Flores.
Indonesia
BIRDLIFE IND
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Following participatory methods with rural communities in western Flores to determine ecotourism sites for development, potential benefits and risks of ecotourism development, prioritization of sites for development, and production of action plans at organizational and community level.

2012
Baseline Livelihoods Survey Support.
Timor-Leste
TROCAIRE
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Utilizing a participatory development process for the establishment of baseline survey tools, and providing training to staff data collection and assessment processes, with support provided for final data analysis and report production.  Trócaire’s livelihoods program worked with local partners and was focused on  food security in Ermera and Manufahi districts, Timor-Leste. The program incorporated Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) within its design.

2011
Mapping Of Schools And Education Facilities.
South Sudan
AED
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Managing, coordinating and providing technical support to the Academy for Educational Development, Juba, South Sudan, for collecting, processing, analyzing and reporting education data for policy-making, decision-making, and resource allocation.

2010
Campaign Coordination: Green And Fair Products Campaign.
Indonesia
WWF
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Managing and coordinating the campaign for Green and Fair Products in Indonesia, working closely with field staff, communication and marketing staff.

2010
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Clients:

  • Academy for Educational Development (AED)
  • ALFeLa (Asisténsia Legal ba Feto e Labarik)
  • Arbeiter Samariter Bund Indonesia and the Philippines (ASB)
  • Australian Union Aid Abroad (APHEDA)
  • Birdlife (Burung) Indonesia
  • Cardno Emerging Markets USA Ltd.
  • CARE Australia
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • City of Greater Geelong (Local Government, Australia)
  • Cooperativa Cafe Timor (CCT)
  • Cruz Vermelha De Timor-Leste (CVTL)
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia
  • Girls Not Brides
  • HAK Association
  • Hivos Timor-Leste
  • International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA)
  • Jane Goodall Institute
  • Legal Aid NSW
  • Mercy Corps
  • Musim Mas
  • Oxfam Australia
  • Patria
  • Plan International
  • The Asia Foundation
  • The Elders
  • The Leprosy Mission
  • Trócaire
  • UN Women, Association of Men Against Violence
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
  • World Wildlife Fund, Indonesia
  • Yayasan Darma Bermakna (YDB)