Gender and Conflict Analysis Consultancy

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR GENDER AND CONFLICT ANALYSIS FOR EU SUPPORT TO EARLY RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE IN BORNO STATE
CHILD SAFEGUARDING

Level 3.  The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3.

 

As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.  The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.



Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. We strive to give children an environment in which their human rights and needs are respected and protected, so that they can realize their full potential. We are committed to ensuring that children realize the right to survival, protection, development and participation which they are entitled to under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child(UNCRC).

Save the Children supports access to inclusive quality education from a safe and protective learning environment for children affected by the conflict in Northeast Nigeria, while at the same time strengthening coping mechanisms and resilience for children and teachers affected by the conflict through provision of psychosocial support and Social & Emotional Learning, all aiming at reducing the negative impact of the crisis on the wellbeing of children and their teachers.

Save the Children (SC) in consortium with Plan International and GEPADC is implementing the three-year (2019-2021) EU Support to Early Recovery and Resilience in Borno State: The Education component is aimed at increasing resilience of the education system and services in conflict affected Borno State, Nigeria. The project is being implemented in the 9 underserved Local Government Areas of Jere, Mafa, Damboa, Biu (Save the Children) and MMC, Monguno, Gwoza, Magumeri and Konduga (Plan International)

The project is guided by the following strategic objectives:

  1. Access to safe inclusive and quality primary and secondary education(formal) for both boys and girls in particular (aged 6-18yrs) in areas of displacement or return/resettlement is restored and improved for 80,000 children in 123 schools
  2. Increased relevant and flexible non formal Education (NFE) opportunities for out of school adolescents and youths (female and male)
  3. Strengthened capacities of public administration and community engagement in management and delivery of safe inclusive education services.

The project is implemented through existing government systems and community structure to build capacity and responsiveness within the education service delivery structure, as well as food security and livelihood. This approach leverages on the resources and local expertise and promotes sustainability by strengthening capacity and structures-systems.

 

BACKGROUND The gender and conflict assessment/analysis is a critical component of the project, ensuring that activities are participatory and culturally and socially sensitive based on how gender and conflict issues are perceived and approached within the local community of intervention.The gender equality analysis is an objective analysis of the differences in the conditions, needs, participation rates, access to resources and development, control of assets, decision-making powers, protection issues including SGBV, etc. between girls/women and boys/men in their assigned gender roles and how this has been impacted by the crises. It is important to understand these differences in order to ensure that the EU Borno Project tackles gender inequalities and discrimination where needed and benefit equally girls, women, boys and men.

The findings from the analysis will serve as a key gauge and benchmark in ensuring that project implementation is sensitive to conflict and gender issues, assessing project implementation, progress and supporting project evaluation by incorporating conflict sensitivities and gender dimensions in the target communities of intervention.

objectives

  1. The gender and conflict analysis aims at generating data to better inform the EU Borno project Consortium (Plan International, Save the Children and GEPADC) with essential information on the perceived historical and structural background of violent conflict and how conflict relates to gender issues.
  2. Analyze and understand the different societal dynamics (political, social, economic and security) and their influence in accelerating or reducing conflict and gender gaps in the LGAs of intervention.
  3. The analysis is further expected to generate qualitative and quantitative information to provide benchmark against which to assess the project progress on a routine basis and will validate if the indicators and activities within the project design documents are adequate in relation to conflict and gender sensitivities in order to achieve project goal.
  4. Generate specific recommendations on integration of gender transformative approaches into te Consortium (SCI, Plan, GEPADC) Humanitarian Education Response Programs, including modifications of existing education projects.

Scope of work

The consultant will be expected to undertake the following:
  1. Conduct desk review using relevant recent information including project design documents (proposal, Results framework, budget, SCI policies, Plan international gender equality and inclusion policies, Project baseline and any other relevant documents).
  2. Development of gender and conflict analysis tools for both qualitative and quantitative data (interview guides, questionnaires)
  3. Collection of gender and conflict analysis data from diverse population in the target locations through focus group discussions and key informant interviews.
  4. A mapping of actors in project locations with the mandate and capacity to act for gender equality (Community Leaders, CBOs, NGOs, Religious leaders, etc.)
  5. Conduct review meetings with field data collectors to ensure in depth accuracy and understanding of data collected
  6. Prepare a comprehensive report with detailed specific findings and implementable recommendations
  7. Undertake validation of draft report findings with project consortium teams and incorporate inputs in the final report

Methodology

Qualitative and quantitative methods will be employed to ensure inclusion of all the project actors and stakeholders in the gender and conflict analysis process. The process will be consultative and based on the principles of participation with the consultant expected to take all necessary steps to ensure that the security and dignity of the respondents and the rest of the population participating in the conflict and gender analysis exercises is not compromised.

The methods for gathering the required information for the gender and conflict analysis may include:

Secondary data sources;

  • A review of the existing policies such as, the SCI Gender equality policy, the SCI gender equality & program guidance tool kit, the SCI Child Safeguarding policy, SCI Education strategy etc.
  • A review of local laws, policies and strategies related to the target groups or the work of SCI  and Plan International Nigeria.
  • A review of current and up-to-date secondary sources regarding the target programme locations, especially in terms of specifying the target group and the local stakeholders.
Primary data sources;
  • Interviews, focus group discussions, key informant interviews and/or questionnaires with national, state and local authorities whose roles are related to dealing with children in situations of vulnerability. These can serve both to gather data and to discuss existing or potential modes of collaboration.
  • Interviews, focus groups discussions, key informant interviews, and/or questionnaires with representatives of non-governmental organizations and local associations that provide direct essential services in the area of education and health services or capacity strengthening for the target group and/or are involved in advocacy in child welfare and child protections system.  Again, these can serve both to gather data and to discuss existing or potential collaboration.
  • Interviews, focus groups, key informant interviews, risk mapping exercises, etc. with Community leaders, religious leaders and a diversity of gender groups (e.g. CAAFAG, Foster parents, Child headed households, Female headed households, Adolescent Boys and Girls, Persons with disabilities etc.) within the selected Communities.
  • Additional data collection techniques and analysis to be determined by the researcher/consultant (should be elaborated in the consultant proposal).

The methodology will be explained concisely. All the instruments used such as interview guide, focus group discussions guide, list of documents and institutions/ persons involved in the analysis, agenda of the meetings (if applicable) will be placed in annex.

Required outputs and timelines

Activity
Timeframe
TA involved

Desk review of project document

2 day
Lead consultant
Inception report
2 day
Lead consultant

Incorporate feedbacks from inception report

2 day
Lead consultant
Meeting Project team
1 day

Lead Consultant/Gender Officer

Develop tools
2 day
Lead consultant

Incorporate feedbacks from tools

1 day
Lead consultant

Training of enumerators for data collection

2 day
Lead Consultant
Data collection
8 day
Enumerators

Data cleaning and analysis

 4 day
Lead Consultant
First draft report
4 day
Lead Consultant

Feedback/presentation and learning session with project team SCI staff) (

2 day

Lead Consultant/Gender Officer

Incorporation of feedback into the final report

3 day
Lead Consultant
 

EXPERTS PROFILE Profile of Team Consultant

Qualifications and skills
    • Postgraduate university degree or equivalent with relevant work experience in Education development studies, social development, gender studies or equivalent;
    • Strong writing and communication skills;

General professional experience

  • A minimum of five years’ experience in social development and gender analysis;
  • Previous experience of conducting related analyses, programme evaluations, and action oriented research in conflict and post-conflict situations
  • Specific experience and expertise on gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and women’s participation;
  • Extensive experience working on national gender policies in developing countries;
  • Experience of working in the Nigeria is essential, other field experience being desirable;
  • Experience in the design and use of participatory methods for analysis and evaluation in a field-based setting
  • Sound knowledge of major development issues in Nigeria, especially from a conflict-development nexus perspective
  • Knowledge of North Eastern Nigeria and more specifically Borno State
 
Specific professional experience
  • Demonstrated experience in programmes related to the following sectors such as Child care, Protection, education, health, women empowerment, health, among others.
  • Computer literacy (minimum MS Word, Excel, MIS).

PLANNING

The assignment will take place in selected Communities of EU Borno Project intervention in Borno State for a foreseen duration of 28 working days.

In addition, a briefing and a debriefing meeting will be held at SCI Borno Office at the beginning and end of the mission involving the consultant and Consortium members.

Throughout the work, the Consultant is required to remain in close consultation with the Gender Equality Coordinator and MEAL Manager and provide regular feedback (at least once a week) on the progress of the Assignment.

The Gender Equality Coordinator and the MEAL Manager could be consulted as a source of guidance on the gender analysis process and data sources.

REPORTING

Content/submission/comments timing
      • Inception Report of maximum 10 pages to be produced after one week from the start of implementation. The report should include the table of content, initial findings, methodology and process of collecting data, any difficulties encountered or expected in addition to the work programme. The Consultant should precede to the next phase of his/her work unless the Contracting Authority sends comments on the inception report.
      • Draft final report of maximum 70 pages (main text, excluding annexes) in the format provided above for the inception report. The draft report shall be subjected to comments from SCI. The report shall contain a sufficiently detailed description of the different options to support an informed decision on the use of the gender analysis.
      • Final report with the same specifications as the draft final report, incorporating any comments received from the parties on the draft report. The deadline for sending the final report is 10 days after receipt of comments on the draft final report.
 

The final report (as well as previous reports) must be of very high quality, including language. The findings, analysis, conclusions and recommendations should be thorough and the link between them should be clear. The recommendations should be concrete and realistic and presented in a logical structure following on their importance and level of details.


THE ORGANISATION

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better health care, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Save the Children is committed to ensuring that all our personnel and programmes are absolutely safe for children.

We undertake rigorous procedures to ensure that only people suitable to work with children are allowed to join our organization and all candidates will, therefore, be subject to this scrutiny.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as it is contrary to the values and practices of our organization.


Due to the volume of applications received, Save the Children may not provide feedback to all applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as received. Save the Children reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary.



Date advertised: 31 Oct 2019

Closing date: 15 Nov 2019 - 23:59 WAT

Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria

Department: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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