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29 Nov 2020

BASELINE CONSULTANT

Job Description

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NTRODUCTION

The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a civil society coalition bringing together grassroots women’s rights organizations from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya and Uganda. Established in 1995, SIHA advocates for social change and gender equality in the greater Horn of Africa and works specifically on challenging all forms of discrimination and violations against women’s rights, protecting women against sexual and gender-based violence, promoting women’s access to justice, supporting economic empowerment and activating women’s political participation.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

SIHA Network is implementing a ten-month project titled “Supporting Grassroots Action Against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Wau, Western Bahr El-Ghazal”, South Sudan, starting September 2020 funded by International Office of Immigration (IOM). The 10-month program aims to respond to and prevent SGBV in Wau through the creation of Community Action Groups in six of Wau’s neighborhoods. The project has proposed two outcome areas that include; improved access to GBV response services in underserved locations; and the protective environment is strengthened, including contributing to change of harmful and inequitable social and gender norms and behaviors that promote GBV and SEA. These outcomes will be achieved through strengthening of Action Groups to enable them provide survivor-centered response to SGBV and raise awareness on SGBV and its prevention.

PROJECT GOAL

The project seeks to support the creation and sustaining of grassroots mechanisms to promote community response to and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence in Wau.

ASSIGNMENT

The consultant will work in Wau, South Sudan in collaboration with SIHA South Sudan staff and the IOM staff to conduct a baseline study including Identification and documentation of community services and structures that exist to respond and prevent Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

At the minimum, the study will establish the baseline for the project’ required indicators for measuring project performance and benchmark existing conditions for the proposed project interventions.

a) Examine the level of access to Gender Based Violence (GBV) response services/level of access to GBV response services in the underserved locations.

b) Identify existing harmful and inequitable social and gender norms and behavior

c) Establish if the available service providers demonstrate and practice safeguard accessibility to minimum health services for survivors.

d) Assess the capacity of GBV service providers to implement GBV laws and manage GBV cases.

e) Identify existing mechanisms to promote equitable gender norms and behaviors that enhance Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SAE)

f) Identify existing service providers available and the type of prevention services provided/response.

g) What are some of the existing GBV services/community services?

h) Assess the level of engagement of community networks to address GBV

i) Evaluate the referral networks, linkages and services for GBV survivors/What are the existing referral pathways?

j) The nature and forms of violence that exist in the targeted communities

k) The level of knowledge on existing referral pathways, GBV services and mental health.

l) Assess the level of awareness on GBV and SEA within the communities in the area of the study by other stakeholders.

SCOPE AND PURPOSE OF THE STUDY

Scope: The activities will take place in Wau, Western Bahr El Ghazal-South Sudan and will last three to four weeks. The consultant will work under the supervision of the SIHA program staff and follow the guidance as provided.

THE EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES:

o Inception report and workplan

o Data collection tools

o Data collection

o Data sets in excel or any other format

o List and contacts of identified; women leaders, community health workers (CHWs), midwives, students, teachers, youth and community leaders

o Baseline study report

PROPOSED APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY:

The baseline study should be qualitative, utilizing data collection technics as; interviews, focus groups, observations and consultations as well as reviewing available documentation. The study should also consist of a review of and analysis of secondary data. Document review of the PAR workshop report and data compiled by SIHA Network, policy documents of governments and international agencies. The study should employ both quantitative and qualitative approaches in collecting and analyzing primary data.

REQUIRED CANDIDATE COMPETENCIES

  1. Minimum education: Master’s Degree
  2. Strong combination of academic studies and relevant research/work experience in the fields of social science, monitoring and evaluation, peace-building, or human rights;
  3. Familiarity with both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the ability to combine data collection methods to achieve impact;
  4. Knowledge and experience of Gender equality and Youth Participation
  5. Demonstrated experience development of tools for identification and formation of community groups
  6. Excellent communication skills in both English and Arabic, and strong writing skills in English.

How to apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, expression of Interest, a copy of your C.V. (complete with two references), and One English-language writing sample of a similar Baseline report written by the applicant to SIHA at the following e-mail address: humanresourcesiha@gmail.com by 2nd December 2020.** In the e-mail subject line please write ‘APPLICATION: SIHA BASELINE STUDY SGBV WAU’.

Applications not following these guidelines correctly will not be considered. SIHA is committed to offer fair compensation based on the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications. Due to the volume of applications SIHA receives, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for scheduling of interviews. Thank you for your interest in SIHA’s work.

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