State of Land Information (SOLI) Consultancy | Land Portal

The Land Portal exists to nurture a vibrant online platform to inform and engage with partners, promoting open data and the sharing of best practices and stimulating debate and collaboration both on and offline. We provide a vital bridge for those grappling with complex land governance issues – from researchers and NGOs through to governments and grassroots communities – connecting people, facilitating dialogue and joining the dots between fragmented information.

The Land Portal was established in 2009 to create, curate and disseminate land governance information, helping to foster a more inclusive and accessible data landscape. Over the subsequent ten years, the Land Portal has grown to become an information gateway and resource base, a vibrant online community of users from around the world, and a trusted voice within the land governance sector globally.

We believe data and information are powerful tools for achieving our vision of a land governance system that benefits those with the most insecure land rights and the greatest vulnerability to landlessness. However, information sources remain highly fragmented, unstructured, poorly curated, represent a narrow range of perspectives, and continue to be published in ways that do not facilitate maximum discovery, engagement and reuse. Until policy and decision-makers, intermediaries and grassroots groups have access to the data and information they need to make sound decisions, their initiatives (programs, policies, campaigns) will fail to achieve maximum impact.

Raising awareness of “open data” – and the critical role it plays in realising tenure security for individuals and communities around the world – continues to be our greatest challenge. To this end, we make use of every possible conference, meeting and speaking engagement to promote the concept of “going open”, while recognising that, given the highly sensitive nature of land data (particularly for vulnerable communities), not everything can or should be made entirely open.

In 2019 the Land Portal developed the methodology for uncovering the State of Land Information (SOLI) on a country level. The SOLI seeks to provide an overview of publicly available data and information on key land issues from government and other stakeholders in targeted countries. The aim is to uncover land data and information at the country level and help to identify data and information gaps, with a view to establishing a baseline for targeted ‘information-based’ interventions for improving land governance. In the period 2021 – 2024 the Land Portal Foundation  intends to implement the Open Up Guide for Land Governance and develop SOLI reports for at least 10-12 countries in Africa. 

 

Job Description

The consultant will undertake thorough desk research and conduct a scoping study in the respective countries in order to map and assess the state of land data and information.  The consultant should also provide an overview on the (Open) Data Policy Frameworks (Legal and Policy) in the respective country including an overview of the rules, regulations, procedures and practices with regards to data sharing and management. The consultant will describe the various data sources and complete the dataset matrix. The results will be presented in  a State of Land Information report according to the  Land Portal template, to be published under a Creative Commons license;

The Consultant will have the primary responsibility for the specific tasks and will report directly to the Land Information Management and Advocacy Consultant.

Principal Tasks & Responsibilities: 

The researcher will be responsible to conduct the research according to the Land Portal methodology and complete in the Dataset matrix with the findings of the scoping exercise.

Specific responsibilities and outputs relating to the State of Land Information Consultancy:

  • Undertake thorough desk research and scoping study in relation to the respective country in order to map and assess the state of land data and information primarily in government, but also consider other stakeholders, including Civil Society, Academia, Donors and others. The researcher will use the Land Portal methodology. This will primarily involve desktop research, but may also require outreach to various stakeholders and information providers in the country to ascertain a full picture of offline materials as well.

  • Provide an overview on the Open Data Policy Frameworks (Legal and Policy) in the respective country. During this process it is important to provide an overview on the rules, regulations, procedures and practices with regards to data sharing and management.

  • Complete the Land Portal dataset matrix with the findings of the scoping exercise. Offer the dataset matrix for review to identified experts and/or multi stakeholder platform to include any possible overlooked sources of information;

  • Draft and author State of Land Information report according to Land Portal template, to be published under a Creative Commons license;

  • Recommend improvements to the State of Land Information Research Methodology based on learnings and findings from the implementation to ensure the tool is informed by practical advice and fits to diverse contexts.

  • Participate in the bi-weekly exchange calls organized by the Land Information Management and Advocacy Consultant to share updates and experiences and discuss progress.

  • Using an open data methodology to conduct a final country workshop to discuss the state of land information, open data principles, harmonization with the national/local legal framework, local challenges and risks in data collection and sharing (including data privacy and ethical risks). The methodology (to be developed in conjunction with LP.

Specific deliverables and outputs relating to open data land management:

  • Dataset matrix  (intermediary deliverable) 

  • Open Data Policy Framework overview (intermediary deliverable) 

  • Country data and information scoping report incorporating peer reviewers comments (intermediary deliverable) 

  • Final Report on the state of land information (SOLI) in the respective country (final deliverable)

  • Recommend improvements to the State of Land Information Research Methodology.

Schedule of deliverables will be agreed upon with the Land Information Management and Advocacy Consultant 

Reporting

The Open Land Data Management Consultant will report to the Land Information Management and Advocacy Consultant. For some of the communications & engagement related tasks s/he might be asked to coordinate with the Communications Specialist.

Timeframe

This consultancy is expected to start as soon as possible and be completed over a period of 3 months, or as agreed between the Consultant and the Land Portal Foundation. The Consultant will be working from home.  

Application

Please submit your resume detailing your experience specific to the required tasks and responsibilities. State clearly the country or countries for which you wish to be considered and outline the relevant country experience in relation to each of those countries for which you wish to be considered.

Please submit your resume and cover letter by 20 November 2021, detailing your experience specific to the required tasks and responsibilities by emailing jobs@landportal.info. Include “Application for State of Land Information Consultancy” in the subject line.

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