The gender analysis will seek to guide implementation, reporting and evaluation activities of the Programme to enable systematic integration of gender perspectives while ensuring the inclusion of prevention and mitigation mechanisms to potential negative effects such as re-traumatisation of victims of armed conflict. It is thus anticipated that analysis will ensure that programme activities will be informed by gender-sensitive objectives, results and indicators through the use of sex and age disaggregated data to facilitate monitoring and post-evaluation. This serves to ensure that the programme is in a position to influence outcomes aimed at achieving inclusion and that beneficiaries are not placed at risk by the proposed programme activities.
It will also be necessary to analyse whether the Programme is designed in such a way that it prevents the exclusion of relevant gender and age categories particularly with regard to the need for ensuring the Programme proactively includes girls’ voices and that girls and boys engaged by the Programme are able to influence decisions and processes of relevant bodies as envisioned in the Programme objectives. To this end, the analysis should identify existing mechanisms or Programmes that can be strengthened and propose innovative approaches, which if implemented, should result in more effective protection of boys and girls as well as interventions that address gender-specific protection risks.
The analysis should be especially cognisant of gender and its intersectionality with age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability and the likely differences in experiences of boys and girls, vulnerabilities specific to boys and girls as perpetuated by cultural gender norms, and the risks and needs of younger girls, adolescents and youth.
At a minimum, the analysis should meet the following criteria:
- Use key recent statistics on the situation of women and girls, men and boys – which will also provide the baseline for future measurement (including relevant statistics that reflect the Protecting Children in Conflict (PCIC) thematic or concentration areas) and provide an interpretation including a nuanced understanding of gendered dimensions of conflict. This should be linked to the report, Stop the War on Children: Gender Matters and its implication to the project, Protecting Children Affected by Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa;
- Key barriers to achieving gender equality (including social norms, legislative, institutional capacity, political will etc.) focusing on those areas that are of interest to the activities of PCIC;
- Contributions that could be made by the programme outcomes to the achievement of the programme purpose, and the way in which assumptions made could affect programme achievements. This aspect of the evaluation will also include a specific assessment of the benefits possibly accruing to particular stakeholders and target groups;
- A mapping of actors with the mandate and capacity to act for gender equality in situations of armed conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa (NGOs, donors, International Organisations, line ministries, gender equality national machineries, etc.);
- A mapping of knowledge / information gaps (e.g. sex-age disaggregated statistical information);
- Clear assessment of where Save the Children and its key stakeholders including the African Union, Regional Economic Communities/Regional Economic Mechanisms (RECs/RMs), Training Centres of Excellence, and Troop and Police Contributing Countries can add value for achieving programme objectives on gender equality;
- A number of clear tangible suggestions for the inclusion of gender in the areas of intervention (e.g. thematic area, engagements with stakeholders).
Experience and Qualifications
This consultancy is open to both individuals and consultancy firms who meet the following criteria:
- Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Law or related area;
- At least 5 years’ relevant professional experience working on similar assignments;
- Prior research experience on the situation of children affected by armed conflict in Africa;
- Familiarity with child rights programming;
- Demonstrate experience of gender research. Research conducted in the field of gender would be an advantage;
- Demonstrate experience in applied research, especially literature reviews;
- Demonstrate experience in Programme reviews;
- Demonstrate experience in capacity assessment and development;
- Demonstrate strong working relationship with relevant stakeholders in respective countries;
- Demonstrate analytical and conceptual ability, good communication and facilitation skills;
- Demonstrate strong report writing skills and be able to share examples of previous work;
- Demonstrate a track record of delivering high quality written outputs on time in a consultancy environment;
- Demonstrate ability to work independently and deliver on time;
- Fluency in English is a must, French an asset.
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