Consultancy: Gender-Responsive Programming Assessment - Equality Now
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Consultancy: Gender-Responsive Programming Assessment

Equality Now is hiring a consultant to assess and enhance the implementation of the Regional Africa Programme gender equality strategy. 

CONSULTANCY TO ASSESS AND ENHANCE THE CAPACITIES OF RAOUL WALLENBERG INSTITUTE (RWI) PARTNERS FOR THE REGIONAL AFRICA PROGRAMME (RAP) ON GENDER RESPONSIVE PROGRAMMING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RAP GENDER EQUALITY STRATEGY

TERMS OF REFERENCE

BACKGROUND 

Equality Now is an international legal advocacy organization that seeks to protect and promote women and girls’ rights around the world. Working with grassroots organisations, human rights organisations, and individual activists, Equality Now uses the law to promote gender equality. Equality Now does this by challenging laws that discriminate against or increase the vulnerability of women and girls and promoting laws that would protect their wellbeing. Through such legal and systemic change, the organization hopes to realize a world in which women and girls live as equal citizens, free from violence, discrimination, and exploitation. Equality Now’s work currently focuses on four programmatic areas: legal equality, ending sexual violence, ending harmful practices, and ending sex trafficking. Our Africa office is located in Nairobi, Kenya. (see further www.equalitynow.org).

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) is an independent academic institution established in 1984. RWI has since 1990 carried out a wide range of research, academic education, and institutional capacity development programmes internationally in the human rights field, mainly with the support of Swedish Development Cooperation. The work of the Institute focuses on four thematic areas: Fair and Efficient Justice; Inclusive Societies; People on the Move; and Economic Globalisation and Human Rights (see further http://rwi.lu.se/).

RWI started to work in Africa in the early 1990s and since then extensive cooperation has been maintained with institutions in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, as well as regionally/sub-regionally.  The Institute's office in Nairobi currently manages RWI's bilateral programmes in Kenya and Ethiopia, as well as regional cooperation in Africa. For further information on the Institute’s cooperation in Africa, see https://rwi.lu.se/where-we-work/regions/africa/.

In 2019, RWI began the Implementation Phase of a new Regional Africa Programme. which shall run until 2023, and involves cooperation with bodies of Regional Economic Communities and the African Union, and related duty-bearers in the region, in the area of human rights, as well as cooperation with other key regional actors able to follow up and influence the implementation of human rights commitments in the region, including academic institutions. (For more information on the Programme, see https://rwi.lu.se/where-we-work/regions/africa-regional/).

In 2020, RWI and Equality Now developed the RAP Gender Equality Strategy which is being implemented from 2020 onwards.  The Strategy contains strategic entry points for each of the partners, activities towards the realization of the overall RAP goals; and capacity enhancement interventions necessary to achieve this. Subsequently, the RWI partners have committed to adopt the Strategy within their various components in the RAP and to ensure its effective implementation.

OBJECTIVES 

The overall objective of this consultancy is to assess the capacities of RWI partners on gender responsive programming in light of the RAP Gender Equality Strategy to effectively implement the gender components of the programme and subsequently identify the capacity gaps and needs and to tailor and deliver capacity enhancement training, accordingly. 

SCOPE OF WORK 

The scope of work for the Consultant will include but not be limited to:

  • Review of the RWI Regional Africa Program documents including the Proposal to SIDA, relevant work plans and annual reports, gender baseline study report, and Gender Equality Strategy;
  • Review the RWI Regional Africa Programme partners' work plans, organizational strengths and capacities on gender equality and inclusion and make recommendations, if any;
  • Assess how RWI partners have integrated gender dimensions into organizational policies and strategies for effective implementation of gender responsive programmes;
  • Assess organizational capacity to create effective partnerships that would promote gender responsive human rights programmes at the regional level to enhance advocacy on access to justice and promote implementation of regional human rights standards;
  • Assess the capacities of the RWI RAP partners on how to design innovative gender responsive human rights programmes and existing mechanisms and structures to implement the RAP Gender Equality Strategy;
  • Assess the capacities of RWI RAP partners to integrate gender dimensions in monitoring and evaluation of human rights programmes;
  • Assess the level of gender integration applied in programming across a continuum from gender unintentional to gender transformative;
  • Develop training modules, based on the findings of the above towards developing or enhancing the capacities of RWI RAP partners on gender response programming, monitoring and implementation of the RAP gender equality strategy, ratification, domestication, implementation and reporting of the Maputo Protocol; and
  • Prepare a training module (and tools) to enhance the capacity of the RWI RAP partners and undertake the said capacity building, in consultation with Equality Now and RWI.

DELIVERABLES 

  • A report of the assessment of the partners’ capacities, gaps and strengths in gender responsive programming, monitoring and implementation, with relevant recommendations;
  • Training modules and tools;
  • Summary report of the process and outcomes.

PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES AND QUALIFICATIONS

Academic Qualifications

  • At least a master’s degree in human rights law, and or any other relevant field in the area of planning, public policy, or development studies.

Experience

  • Evidence of having undertaken similar assignments;
  • At least five years professional experience in strategic programmatic planning and project management;
  • Prior working experience on human rights and gender equality;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with coalitions and civil society and human rights organizations and other stakeholders including the African Union;
  • Demonstrable experience working in development programs especially in the area of capacity enhancement;
  • Experience in research, policy development, management and programming-related work; and
  • Experience in developing training modules and tools and training CSOs.

Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • High level written and oral communications skills in English;
  • Must be result-oriented, exhibiting high levels of enthusiasm, tact, diplomacy and integrity;
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and professional skills in interacting with CSO, Intergovernmental and development partners; and
  • Have excellent facilitation skills using interactive, participatory and engaging methods particularly for virtual/online training.

TIME SPAN 

This assignment is expected to be carried out for a maximum of 15 working days between 26th April 2021 and 30th June 2021.

INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS

The Consultant will report directly to Equality Now and RWI Gender Lead, who will provide relevant background documents necessary for the assignment.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The technical proposals should be sent via email to [email protected] with [email protected] in copy and should contain the following documents:

  • Cover letter;
  • Service Provider(s) curriculum vitae of a maximum 3 pages;
  • Technical Proposal which MUST include understanding of TORs, proposed methodology and workplan;
  • Financial Proposal. Please note that we will not pay for any other costs beyond the fee. Approved costs related to assignments, such as travel, will be reimbursed by Equality Now, in accordance with existing policies.

Please indicate the title ‘Gender Strategy’ in the subject line of your email.

The deadline for applications is 19th April 2021 and we continuously evaluate proposals, so please apply as soon as possible. The Contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous proposal according to a best price-quality ratio as described in Annex 1, Eligibility and Selection of Proposals.

NB: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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