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22 Aug 2020

Consultancy for the Development of Contextual Gender-Responsive Housing, Land and Property Approach & Materials

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Position Title: Consultancy for the Development of Contextual Gender-Responsive Housing, Land and Property Approach & Materials

Duty Station: Home-based with in-country visits (Wau)**

Classification: Consultancy **

Type of Appointment: Consultancy

Requested start dates: 17th September 2020

Duration: 3 months

Closing Date for applications: 02 September, 2020

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non- governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


After massive displacement and subsequent humanitarian response to the civil war in South Sudan IOM in South Sudan provides humanitarian assistance in protection of civilian site (POCs) and emergency operations based on ongoing needs. With the cessation of hostilities and progress towards peace, IOM is providing support for voluntary returns and resettlement based on protection principles. One area of concern for returning populations is to access their rights to housing, land and property and to do so in a way which mitigates potential for reigniting conflict between communities.

In South Sudan, key issues include tenure insecurity after disruptions and dislocations from multiple conflicts, weakened capacity of land institutions, shortage of land in towns, disputes over land and pastures rights, and fear of land-grabbing. In the absence of strong legal frameworks and weak land governance systems, disputes over land will continue to fuel the conflict. Presently, both formal and informal justice mechanisms handle land disputes with the traditional justice mechanisms providing an important alternative to the lack of formal justice institutions. These bodies administer justice on issues ranging from inheritance, land and property disputes but gaps in access to rights persist. These systems reinforce patriarchal gender norms that discriminate against women and other marginalized groups. Women often only gain access to land through marriage, but they rarely enjoy rights independent of their marriage relationship. Due to restrictions on their ability to own land under customary law, women rely almost entirely on these access rights for their livelihoods. When these rights are violated, women and their dependents can easily be rendered landless and homeless. Delays in accessing land and housing during crises puts people in life-threatening situations, undermines their dignity and can expose them to a range of serious protection risks, including gender-based violence (GBV).

To this end IOM has been engaged in providing extensive support to the national government on Housing, Land and Property (HLP) matters throughout 2019 including the advancement of the Draft National Land Policy to Parliament for their formal tabling and passage into law. As co-lead for the Housing, Land and Property Technical Working Group (HLP TWG) IOM and partners conducted consultations with women across South Sudan which showed widespread lack of access to women’s rights to land. IOM intends to ensure that its HLP programming does not exacerbate pre-existing gender inequalities and to utilize this opportunity to promote women’s rights.

To address access to HLP rights, IOM aims to strengthen women’s right as well as legal-rights advocacy including connection to formal and informal dispute resolution and arbitration services through fortifying the existing contextual approach and materials on HLP to address barriers of women’s access to housing, land and property. IOM seeks to leverage its significant operational footprint and commitments to rights-based HLP to contribute to gradual shifts in social and gender norms that promote peaceful, respectful and equal communities and gender equality.

This consultancy is launched within IOM’s framework of addressing Gender-Based Violence in Crisis (2018); which IOM South Sudan has reinforced through an organizational action plan and entrenched in the Transition, Recovery and Resilience strategy for South Sudan (2019 – 2021) which aims to empower women and youth, and prevent GBV.**

Purpose of the consultancy:

1. Scope of work

The Gender consultant (HLP) will work under the direct supervision of the GBV Specialist working closely with the Protection Officer and HLP Officer at IOM South Sudan to complete the tasks outlined below:

Deliverables & timeline:


Timeframe/ level of effort anticipated

  1. Develop consultancy work plan for the below deliverables. Submission and approval of work plan by IOM.**

0.5 day

  1. Conduct a review of gender-based customary law, practices and norms that both contradict (are barriers to) and facilitate women’s statutory land rights based on existing research and conducting some key informant interviews in the context. Identify key laws, norms and practices as the basis for developing the theory of change, approach and corresponding implementation materials. Submission and approval of maximum 15 pages report with key norms, behaviours and attitudes identified for different key HLP stakeholder groups.

7.5 days

  1. Develop a theory of change and framework approach for gender-responsive programming within HLP programming for IOM South Sudan for pre-testing. Submission and approval of finalized TOC and framework to be finalized after the deliverables below.

7 days

  1. Review IOM South Sudan HLP materials and integrate gender-sensitive and responsive content (sessions, tools, guidance) based on the TOC/framework approach that will address the barriers and facilitators strengthen women’s equal rights to HLP rights.

15 days

  1. Develop content and conduct pilot trainings (minimum 4 days) for IOM Staff and for a select group of local authorities in Wau charged with dispute resolution around land entitlement on the approach and materials (training modalities to be agreed between IOM and consultant based on COVID-19 restrictions). Submission and approval of training materials, approach and training report.

15 days

  1. Refine final materials based on the feedback from the pilot trainings of staff and the alternative dispute resolution stakeholders trained on the approaches.

10 days

  1. Develop and conduct a one day workshop with IOM and other key stakeholders from Juba and Wau (workshop modalities to be agreed between IOM and consultant based on COVID-19 restrictions) to validate this after pre-testing the approach in Wau.

5 days

Mode of work:

The consultancy assignment will be undertaken remotely except for capacity building trainings which are to be undertaken in South Sudan. The consultant will be expected to review and consolidate available materials from IOM and other organizations. The consultant will set out a clear methodology for systematically searching, selecting and reviewing data/research for inclusion, as well as an approach to assessing the quality and strength of evidence. This will be complemented by knowledge from primary data collection conducted by the consultant including remote interviews with HLP, gender and protection experts and practitioners from IOM and other relevant organizations and local partners working in South Sudan. The field-based training will be designed and delivered using a learner-centered approach and should be interactive and designed to stimulate discussion and analysis and strengthens interaction, consensus and trust among training audiences with limited prior engagement on gender issues.

Time frame and payment modalities:

To complete the proposed tasks, the consultancy is estimated to take up to a total of 60 working days. The consultant will be paid as per below schedule:

  • First instalment of 20% of the total consultancy fee upon satisfactory submission of work plan and review of HLP gender norms, barriers and facilitators to women’s rights report validated by IOM South Sudan;
  • Second instalment of 40% of the total consultancy fee upon satisfactory submission of draft TOC and framework approach, draft content for gender-responsive HLP materials;
  • Third instalment of 20% of the total consultancy fee upon satisfactory finalisation of capacity building trainings and validation workshop with satisfactory submission of training reports.
  • Fourth and final instalment of 20% of the total consultancy fee upon satisfactory finalization of TOC/approach framework and training manual with corresponding tools.

Required Qualifications:

The consultant(s) should possess working experience in East and Horn of Africa/IGAD region, particularly in South Sudan. Preference will be given to individuals or organizations with proven relevant experience in undertaking a task of similar nature and magnitude, and shall have the following qualifications and experience:


· Masters degree in Human rights, Law, Gender Studies, Behavioral Science or Humanities/Social Science with 5 years of relevant professional experience; or

· University Degree in above fields with 8 years of relevant professional experience.


· At least 3 years professional experience working on gender-responsive or transformative programming and/or GBV primary prevention programmes with a focus on male engagement and/or women’s empowerment;

· Experience in housing, land and property programming approaches in transitional contexts;

· Demonstrated experience in designing and delivering effective gender transformative programming;

· Demonstrated ability to design and deliver effective gender training and engagement of adults, particularly men in positions of power;

· Demonstrated ability to conduct desk-based gender analysis (primary and secondary) and identify gender-related barriers and facilitators;

· Good report writing skills, strong interpersonal and communication skills;

· Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced and detail-oriented team environment;

· Good computer skills: excellent knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email/internet software;

· Previous experience in equivalent role in South Sudan is an advantage.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic language is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies


· Takes responsibility and manages constructive criticism;

· Works effectively with all clients and stakeholders;

· Promotes continuous learning, communicates clearly;

· Takes initiative and drives high levels of performance management;

· Plans work, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

· Displays mastery of subject matter;

· Contributes to a collegial team environment;

· Incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation;

· Works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.

· Ability to work independently with minimum supervision;

· High sense of confidentiality;

· Personal commitment, efficiency, flexibility and drive for results;

· Capacity to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from various cultures and professional background;

· Works effectively in high-pressure, rapidly changing environments;

· Coordinates actions with emergency response actors and making use of coordination structures; supports adequate levels of information sharing between internal units, cluster partners, IOM and other emergency response actors;

· Ability to work under extreme pressure in difficult conditions while maintaining security awareness


· Displays awareness of relevant technological solutions.

· Executes tasks in a timely and accurate manner;

· Coordinates and corresponds in a clear and concise manner;

· Follows up tasks to ensure timely completion;

· Seeks to improve efficiency in tracking and monitoring.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit their application material to vss@iom.int by 2nd September, 2020, indicating in the subject of the e‐mail Consultancy for the Development of Contextual Gender-Responsive Housing, Land and Property Approach & Materials.

The submission should include:

· Technical and financial proposal (in USD), with schedule and methodology (maximum 10 pages). Financial proposals will be reviewed based on IOM standard rates for consultancies.

· CV of consultant(s), clearly summarizing experience as it pertains to this assignment and three professional references.

· Two examples of previous similar work.


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