Job Title: Provision of Consultancy Services for a Masculinity, Conflict and GBV Study – UNGO Jobs

Country: South Sudan
Organization: CARE
Closing date: 30 Apr 2022

CARE International in South Sudan with funding from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs is implementing “**Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls as a Catalyst for Peace**” is a two-year project that seeks to promote gender responsive stabilization and recovery of conflict affected women, men, girls and boys in Wau County of Western Bahr Ghazel State and Pariang County of Ruweng Administrative Area. The project specifically supports communities to identify and take action against structural causes of gender inequality which promotes conflict and violent notions of masculinity and normalizes the violence. It also focuses on addressing the conflict-related gender-based violence against men and women through improving their access to multi-sectoral GBV services. To achieve sustainable peace, an inclusive decision-making process will be promoted where women’s participation and leadership will be strengthened. Through these interconnected outcomes, communities will be able to identify potential solutions for violent conflict thus, contributing to attainment of sustainable peace at local and community level. This corresponds with the German foreign policy agenda for South Sudan that focuses on crisis prevention, stabilization and peacebuilding, leading to more sustainable development with a specific focus on women’ s empowerment.

CARE International would therefore like to invite qualified consultants to undertake a study to explore the dimensions of Masculinity, Conflict and GBV to provide valuable information to; understand men’s and women’s underlying attitudes and behaviors related to masculinity and gender equality, understand the roles of women and men in the societies of Pariang and Wau respectively, identify and document the negative aspects in the perceptions of masculinity that fuel gender-based violence and gender inequality, understand risks and protective factors associated with gender based violence, and also to provide policy and programmatic recommendations on the prevention of GBV, in particular with the involvement of boys and men in the promotion of gender equality.

The objectives of the study are to:

  • To identify and document the negative conceptualization of masculinity at household and community level that fuel gender-based violence and gender inequality.
  • To deepen the understanding of men’s and women’s underlying attitudes and behaviors related to masculinity and gender equality.
  • To understand the roles and relations of women and men, boys and girls in the societies of Pariang and Wau County respectively.

Scope of Work for the Consultancy

The consultant will design all the relevant data collection techniques, protocols and tools in consultation with the Country Office Project Team who will review the tools and techniques and give feedback prior to the actual study. The consultant should remain aware of the changes in the context that could impede the study. This assignment should be completed within a maximum of 60 days from inception. Hence, the consultant will:

  • Conduct an in-depth study on Masculinity, Conflict and GBV in South Sudan with special focus on Wau and Pariang Counties.
  • Consult with relevant stakeholders, CARE staff and affected communities to identify key issues, needs, priorities, capacities and solutions for CARE programming around GBV, Toxic Masculinity & Conflict.
  • Provide tailored and actionable recommendations to the CARE Programs Team and other relevant internal and external stakeholders on how to enhance access to services and address underlying causes of GBV, Toxic Masculinity & Conflict.

Methodology

The data collection process is to be proposed by the consultant and should include e.g.: accessing existing data collection systems and existing reports; interviews with key stakeholders like representatives of the target group, community leaders and representatives of the Local Authorities, accessing country statistics etc.. The technical proposal is expected to include a section on methodology.

Expected deliverables

  1. Inception report with a well-defined methodology (including an inclusive and gender sensitive sampling design), data collection tools and a clear work plan. The consultant will be expected to hold inception meetings with CARE international in South Sudan.

    a. Develop a comprehensive study design describing type of data to be collected, techniques and relevant tools for each indicator clearly outlined in the inception report.

  2. A comprehensive and well-organized final Masculinity, Conflict and GBV Analysis study report (Not more than 30 pages) in electronic version word and PDF based in the template structure in annex below.

a. Annexes to be attached include: the ToR, Data collection tools used, attendance sheet of key meetings and focus group discussions conducted as well as other activities.

b. The consultant should also deliver all files including, transcripts of the qualitative data and others in an easy-to-read format, and maintain naming conventions and labeling for the use of the project/program/initiative and key stakeholders

c. Fact sheet or abstract and powerpoint presentations to be used for dissemination of results to stakeholders

d. Presentation of preliminary results to CARE International in South Sudan SMT and Programs team.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Minimum of master’s degree in Gender and Developmental Studies or Social Sciences or related fields.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in the above-mentioned fields.
  • The consultant must have proven track record and experience in conducting gender and conflict analysis of a similar or related assignment. This should be backed up by the number of similar research that have been conducted by the individual or institution.
  • Previous experience in medium to large-scale emergencies and stable context (five years minimum), prior research work in South Sudan will be an advantage.
  • Familiar with humanitarian programming and inter-agency coordination systems
  • Fluent in English and Arabic will be an added advantage
  • Ability to communicate ideas in a culturally sensitive manner and conducive to their practical application

Logistics

The consultant will be responsible for obtaining his/her visa, booking flights, complying to any COVID-19 quarantine guidelines (as per WHO and Government of South Sudan COVID-19 SOPs), meals, ground transport and accommodation among others while in Juba and field locations and thus these costs should be factored into the financial proposal. An introduction letter may be provided on request to support the processing of visas.

Payment Terms and Conditions

Payment will be made only upon CARE International’s acceptance of the work performed in accordance with the above-described deliverables. Payment will be affected as follows; First installment (30%) of the total cost on submission and acceptance of inception report. Final payment (70%) upon completion and approval of the final report.

Duration of contract: the contract is effective from the moment it is signed until the acceptance of work by CARE International in South Sudan.

Additional information on payment terms and conditions will be included in the contract.

Notice of Delay

Shall the successful bidder encounter delay in the performance of the contract which may be excusable under unavoidable circumstances; the contractor shall notify CARE International in South Sudan in writing about the causes of any such delays within one (1) week from the beginning of the delay.

After receipt of the Contractor’s notice of delay, CARE International in South Sudan shall analyze the facts and extent of delay, and extend time for performance when in its judgment the facts justify such an extension.

Criteria for Evaluation of Proposals:

CARE South Sudan will evaluate the proposals and award the assignment based on the technical and financial criteria. CARE reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal received without giving reasons and is not bound to accept the lowest, the highest or any bidder. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

The evaluation criteria associated with this TOR is split between technical and financial as follows: 70 % Technical; 30 % Financial.

General understanding of the TOR: Does the proposal demonstrate a clear understanding of the TOR? Does the consultant make an effort to interpret the objectives?

Team composition: Does the consultant (or proposed team) have the necessary competencies and experiences as described in the TOR to undertake this study?

Experience: Experience of conducting baseline and evaluation surveys in South Sudan, preferably within proposed geographical area has competitive advantage. Experience with similar assignments with INGOs/ other organization

Work plan: Is an action plan part of the proposal? Is it reasonable or realistic? Does it meet the expected deadlines? Is it flexible to accommodate any changes without compromising the deadline and quality of products?

Budget: To what extent is the presented budget reasonable. Is the budget clearly aligned with the planned amount?

Additional Information

· Consultants shall abide by WHO and Government of South Sudan COVID-19 SOPs.

· Consultants shall be required to sign and abide by CARE Safeguarding Policy (which includes prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, and behavior protocols).

· Consultants shall abide by the EU beneficiary data privacy/management policies.

How to apply:

Interested applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Applications may be submitted in English.

· All interested applicants should send their CV (Max 3 pages),

  • Technical and financial proposals detailing survey methodology, work plan, budget (max 12 pages) and sample reports.
  • The technical proposal with budget and CV should be sent to ssd.procurement@care.org and programs.caress@care.org.
  • Applications should be received on or before 30th April 2022.