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Consultancy: Desk Review on GBV and FGM

Equality Now is seeking a consultant to conduct a desk review of the use of multi-sectoral approaches to address gender-based violence, including FGM, in different countries of Africa.

Terms of Reference

Consultancy: Desk review of the use of multi-sectoral approaches to ending Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in different countries of Africa

Background

Equality Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to ending violence and discrimination against women and girls and promoting the use of the law to advance their human rights. With a global team of 47 staff members and offices in Beirut, London, Nairobi and New York as well as presence in Amman Jordan, Delhi India, Tbilisi Georgia, and Washington, D.C., campaigns are centered on four program areas: Legal Equality, End Sexual Violence, End Harmful Practices, and End Sex Trafficking, with a cross-cutting focus on the unique needs of adolescent girls.

For years, Equality Now has engaged in legal advocacy to end FGM directing its interventions at national, regional and international levels and has mobilized women’s rights organizations and civil society organizations to take action. Between 2001 and 2011, Equality Now created and run the Fund for Grassroots Activism to End Female Genital Mutilation to support the efforts of 26 grassroots organisations and activists working in 19 African countries to end FGM in their respective countries through engaging in dialogue with community members, and urging policy makers and national authorities to enact and enforce laws criminalizing FGM.

Since 2012, Equality Now in partnership with the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) coalition has conducted at least 11 national and regional trainings where over 230 state and non- state actors across 23 AU countries were trained on using the Multi-sectoral approach to implement state obligations under the Maputo Protocol. Kenya was a beneficiary of these trainings and Equality Now was instrumental in successfully advocating for the adoption of the Multi-sectorial Approach (MSA) by the Kenyan Government as a holistic approach to eliminate FGM. The government has embraced this approach and has specifically made reference to it in its National Policy for the Eradication of FGM as an approach to be used in its efforts to end FGM in Kenya. Other countries that benefited from these training include Rwanda and Liberia. The MSA approach is critical in implementation of laws and policies. It brings together relevant state actors and provides a platform for coordination in the development and implementation of national end-FGM programmes and actions including allocation of resources towards these programmes.

As a result, Equality Now, working in partnership with the UNFPA within the framework of the Spotlight initiative – Africa regional programme and the Phase III of the Joint Programme on the Elimination of FGM, seeks to introduce and strengthen Multi-sectoral approaches towards ensuring enforcement of global and regional accountability mechanisms on ending FGM both at a regional level and national level. Under this objective, Equality Now specifically seeks to enhance knowledge and understanding of key state and non-state actors at the African regional level on the use of Multi-Sectoral Approaches towards ensuring enforcement of global and regional accountability mechanisms on ending FGM both at a regional level and at the national level.

To realise this objective, Equality Now is seeking a consultant to conduct a desk review of the use of multi-sectoral approaches to address gender-based violence, including FGM, in different countries of Africa. Upon completion the Consultant shall produce a report detailing the experiences of different African countries in using this approach that could serve as good practice and learning for efforts to address harmful practices, including FGM.

Methodology

The consultant will work in close consultation with Equality Now and specifically the team implementing the Spotlight initiative project to:

  1. Conduct a desk research with a view to mapping evidence on the adoption and implementation of the MSA to address Gender Based Violence including FGM including in different countries across Africa with a specific focus on countries with known prevalence of

  2. Conduct interviews with key stakeholders including Equality Now, state and non-state actors to document experiences and draw lessons on the implementation of the MSA

  3. Based on the foregoing, develop a comprehensive report on the extent to which African countries have applied and adopted multi-sectoral approaches to ending FGM and highlight challenges as well as promising practices and make recommendations on strategies that could be adopted by African states towards increased uptake of this approach towards ending FGM

  4. Present the findings of the survey during a convening with State and Non-state actors seeking to promote the adoption of the MSA in addressing gender based violence and harmful practices including

To carry out this assignment, the Consultant shall rely upon the Manual on using the Multi-sectoral approach to implement state obligations under the Maputo Protocol as well as other existing documents related to this approach and shall work closely with the End Harmful practices team at Equality Now.

Profile/Skills and Qualifications Required

The assignment will be undertaken by a qualified and experienced consultant. The consultant profile should include:

  • Demonstrable experience in legal/policy research and in conducting desk reviews particularly related to gender equality and women’s rights in

  • Background and experience in working on gender, women’s rights and/or harmful practices (FGM, Child Marriage…) or related fields

  • Holder of relevant academic qualifications such as a Master’s Degree in either of the following fields: Gender and Development, Law, Social Sciences, Development studies, or related fields

  • Fluent in both written and spoken English. Knowledge of French is highly desirable given that the assignment will cover the African

  • Demonstrable experience and ability to produce a concise and high quality research report.

  • Ability to work independently and

Support Provided

Equality Now, and specifically the End Harmful Practices team, will support throughout the consultancy by providing:

  • Introduction to some key informants as needed and

  • Sharing some resources on the Multi-sectoral approach

  • Providing guidance on key questions that would be useful to ask

  • Regular check-in calls to discuss progress of the project and any support

  • Feedback and input into the consultant’s different drafts of the

Timeline

Ideally, the assignment will be undertaken from 22nd February 2021 to 22nd March 2021.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should contact [email protected] with the subject line “MSA Desk Review” before 15th February 2021 11.59 pm EAT with:

  • A short introduction stating why they are suited to deliver this project

  • A CV including three professional references (including former clients) that can attest to past consulting experience, past curriculum design experience, and past legal/ policy analysis experience in the field of human

  • A 2 to 4 page proposal highlighting how they understand the assignment and how they intend to accomplish it (methodology, publications to review, individuals to interview, tasks )

  • Estimated fee for the consultancy (daily rate), estimated number of days, and proposed timeline

  • Any links to relevant products developed by the consultant short-listed proposals will be contacted for further

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