TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSULTANT
|Programme||Power to You(th)|
|Function||Consultant(s) for data analysis and reporting on the Scoping Study of the dynamics of harmful practices, sexual and gender-based violence, and unintended pregnancies in Northern, Upper East, Upper West, North East, and Savannah Regions of Ghana|
|Expected Start date||September 24, 2021|
- POWER TO YOU(TH)
The Power to You(th) partnership unites Amref Flying Doctors, Rutgers and Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke). This partnership forms a Consortium that believes change starts in communities, and with you(th). To facilitate this change, the partnership seeks to strengthen civil society organisations (CSOs) to empower and increase the voice of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). The Power to You(th) Consortium will empower AGYW to increase their agency, claim their rights, address gender inequalities, challenge gender norms and advocate for inclusive decision-making. The overall strategic programme objective of the Power to You(th) Consortium is to contribute to more adolescent girls and young women from underserved communities being meaningfully included in all decision-making regarding harmful practices, SGBV and unintended pregnancies. The Power to You(th) programme will be implemented in seven countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal and Uganda, with coordination support and advocacy activities conducted in the Netherlands and globally. The Consortium fosters ownership at the country level, with locally formed coalitions and representation of beneficiaries in our governance. Consequently, Power to You(th) is implemented in Ghana by a consortium of Norsaac; Youth Advocates Ghana (YAG); Ghana Alliance for Young People (Gh-Alliance), and Songtaba.
For the Power to You(th) Consortium to empower AGYW to increase their agency, claim their rights, address gender inequalities, challenge gender norms and advocate for inclusive decision-making. There is a need to draw focus on and understand the dynamics of harmful practices, such as Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) and child marriage, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and unintended pregnancies in Ghana. These are persistent ‘key issues’ where little progress has been made in recent years, hence the need for this Scoping Study.
- SCOPING STUDY ON THE DYNAMICS OF HARMFUL PRACTICES, SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, AND UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES.
Statistics from Ghana Health Service in 2020 indicates 13 teenage pregnancies are recorded every hour translating to about 301 girls being impregnated nationally every day. Additionally, Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) report 38% of girls nationally have experienced at least one act of sexual violence as compared to 18.8 percent of women aged 50-60 years in 2020. Also, harmful practices such as female genital mutilation/circumcision (FGM/C) in women aged 15–49 at 3.8% since 2011, with the highest prevalence recorded in the Upper West (41.1%) and Upper East (27.8%) (GSS, 2011). For early marriages, 1 out of 3 girls (34%) living in Northern, Savannah, North-East, Upper East and Upper West regions are involved in early marriage, which is 13% above the national rate.
The PtY programme recognises the need to further understand the local dynamics of key issues of harmful practices, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), and unintended pregnancies; the existing and potential spaces for promoting rights and participation in decision making, as well as the institutional dynamics in handling these key issues. Hence, the PtY programme in Ghana seeks to support young people to conduct a national scoping study on the dynamics of harmful practices, sexual and gender-based violence, and unintended pregnancies and also, empower them to identify the existing or potential spaces for young people to thrive and claim their rights. This is relevant for young people to comprehend key issues and speak up for their rights, and find spaces to have meaningful participation in the decision making process. This scoping study will contribute to the catalytic efforts by the PtY programme and current spaces to address the issues concerning harmful practices, SGBV), and unintended pregnancies. Each implementing area (Northern, Upper East, Upper West, North East, Savannah and Greater Regions of Ghana) has its own history, context, and systems. Therefore, this study will expose the prevailing dynamics of emerging and existing issues on harmful practices affecting local communities to be able to tailor appropriate advocacy mechanisms in addressing them.
For the purpose of this scoping study, implementing areas for studying, analysis and reporting include:
|1.||Northern||Tamale Metro., Mion, Nanumba South, Kpandai|
|2.||North East||Chereponi, Yunyoo|
|3.||Upper East||Builsa South, Kassena-Nankana West|
|4.||Savannah||Sawla and Central Gonja|
- THE CONSULTANCY
The scope of consultancy services include:
- Develop tools for data collection
- Support PtY project team in training young people for data collection
- Lead on data analysis and reporting according to the objectives and expected outputs of the Scoping Study.
|OBJECTIVES OF STUDY|
|1.||To engage young people to understand the emerging and existing issues on harmful practices affecting local communities|
|2.||To examine the local dynamics of harmful practices, SGBV, and unintended pregnancies in implementing areas.|
|3.||To identify potential and existing spaces (state, media, CSOs) young people can push for rights|
|4.||To examine institutional efforts in dealing with concerning harmful practices, SGBV, and unintended pregnancies|
|5.||To identify opportunities and barriers to promote meaningful participation in decision making and demand accountability from duty bearers.|
|1.1||Young people engaged and trained to undertake the scoping study|
|2.1||Identified the prevailing dynamics of key issues (harmful practices, SGBV, and unintended pregnancies) in implementing areas.|
|3.1||Mapped out potential and existing spaces (youth movements, state, media, CSOs, private sector and other platforms).|
|3.2||Identified roles and responsibilities of various spaces in responding and addressing human rights issues on harmful practices, SGBV, and unintended pregnancies.|
|4.1||State agencies, Social actors, media, youth and CSOs engaged around current policies and institutional arrangements and support available to support victims and issues of harmful practices, SGBV, and unintended pregnancies.|
|5.1||Established framework on the barriers and opportunities for young people to promote and demand for rights and accountability.|
|The target population for this Scoping Study is the young people in the implementing areas, and state actors(local authorities), media, and CSOs (community-based organisations, youth led and female-led youth led organisations)|
The table below illustrates the process and key dates for consultancy services.
|1.||Submit proposal including a methodology that responds to the objectives in these Terms of references||September 24|
|2.||A consortium of technical advisors (Norsaac, YAG, Gh-Alliance, and Songtaba) will review and request feedback from proposals on an ongoing basis, and final selection.
Emphasis is on proposed methodology and select the one that better fits the objectives and outputs of the Scoping Study.
|3.||Contract, administrative procedures, and start-up.||September 30|
|4.||An inception report detailing the methodology (including the data collection tools), work programme, related schedules, delineation of roles and responsibilities.||October 4|
|5.||Training of young people by consultant to engage in Scoping study.||October 7|
|6.||Data collection||October 11 – 15|
|7.||Analysis, and Reporting
(First draft submitted with feedback with findings on key issues, states actors, media and civic spaces for lobby and rights advocacy, barriers and opportunities among other relevant findings, with set of recommendations)
|October 16 – 20|
|8.||Feedback on draft report from PtY Consortium||October 23|
|9.||Final Document||October 25|
- The consultant will provide an analytical report (segregated and overall analysis) on findings from implementing areas.
- A 5-page briefing note including infographics that summarises analytical report.
Professionalism: Knowledge of concepts and approaches to harmful practices, sexual and gender based violence and unintended pregnancies (sexual reproductive health).
Communication: Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate across different socio-cultural environments.
Planning and Organising: Ability to work under pressure, establish and coordinate own work plan, use time efficiently, and apply judgment in the context of competing deadlines.
Technology Awareness: With the advent of COVID-19 pandemic, have the ability and confidence in the use of modern information and communication technology to achieve results.
- COMPLIANCE WITH PTY PRINCIPLES
Southern leadership: Local leadership in representation, responsibility and decision making;
Meaningful Youth Participation and Engagement: in representation, responsibility and decision-making. Consequently, the PtY consortium brings young people(35 years and below) to engage in scoping study and expects the consultancy team to constitute more than 50% youth (35 years and below).
Partnership: Transparency, accountability, and a clear division of roles;
Scale: learning cycle, strong documentation and evidence base, adaptation, with a special emphasis on innovation and technology.
Advanced University Degree(masters or higher) in a field relevant to the subject matter such as Development studies, Public Health, Social Sciences, Gender Studies among others.
- WORK EXPERIENCE
- In depth knowledge and experience on research methodology;
- Experience working on Scoping Study and previous consultancies;
- Previous studies on themes regarding harmful practices [Child Marriage, Teenage Pregnancy, FGM, head porter (Kayayie)], SGBV, SRHR, youth and gender studies is advantageous.
Proficiency in spoken and written English is required as well as a diverse team able to communicate in languages in implementing areas.
- OTHER SKILLS
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and any relevant data analysis software.
- Ability to work to schedule, but more flexible with changes to timeline.
- SUBMISSION DETAILS
The application should include:
- Cover Letter (1-page maximum)
- Technical Proposal
- Summary of CV (2-page maximum) indicating
o Educational background
o Professional Experience
o Other expertise or relevant information
Please indicate the title “Scoping Study for PtY Programme” in your email subject.
Application(s) will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Deadline for Applications: September 22, 2021.