Consultancy - Gender Analysis

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Job Description

The current drought (2020–2022) is the worst and longest one Kenya has experienced in the past decade. It has resulted in extensive livelihood losses and significant population displacement. More than 4.2 million individuals, or 24% of the ASAL population, are currently experiencing severe acute food insecurity, with over 2.7 million individuals living in the Crisis phase and 785,000 individuals in the Emergency state. This represents a 10% increase over the 2.1 million persons who were classified as being in an emergency or crisis during the same time period in 2021. (ASAL Humanitarian Network 2022) The 23 ASAL areas are going through their 4th consecutive missed rains which has affected their access to food, livelihoods, WASH, health, nutrition and education. As a result of the loss of livelihoods, extreme hunger and consequent reduction in mental wellness, protection issues such as, neglect of the elderly and persons with disability, child marriage and gender-based violence as a whole, have been on the rise.

2.0 IRC Presence and Programmes

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a non-governmental organization that provides emergency aid and ongoing support to refugees and people who have been displaced due to conflict, persecution, or natural disasters. The IRC supports the local host communities and refugees in becoming self-sufficient. It focuses mainly on protection, health, education, economic wellbeing, power, and safety.

The IRC implements Health, Nutrition, Protection, GBV and Livelihood programmes in Garissa and Turkana. SRH services are integrated into the wider health services. These services have also been extended to the host community. The organization also has a presence in the other parts of the country implementing directly or through implementing partners, e.g. Nairobi, West Pokot, Tana River and Kajiado. The organization has an established tradition of evidence-based programming through robust monitoring and evaluation systems. The IRC receives funding and technical support from UNFPA to implement SRHR and GBV interventions in its field sites.

3.0 Gender Assessment

3.1 Overview

Together with implementing partners, IRC has been implementing integrated emergency drought response activities for the past 8 months. Considering the worsening situation, the IRC aims to conduct a further analysis on basic facts about the GBV- situation and gendered impacts of drought, so that together with its partners, it can plan to improve its emergency protection response with an aim to meet the needs of survivors, diverse clients and reduce the vulnerability of women and girls to GBV in Turkana, Garissa, Kajiado and Samburu Counties.

3.2 Project Objectives

The objective of the consultancy is to:

Objective 1: To identify the scope and gendered impact of the drought's including but not limited to direct and indirect effects on GBV, as well as how women, men, boys and girls can access various services, resources, and information.

Objective 2: To determine the various coping mechanisms, constraints, capabilities, and unique needs of women and men, including those with disabilities, to respond to the crisis throughout the range of protection and SRH needs, Taking intersectionality into account.

Objective 3: To identify measures that enhances protection, GBV care and support services and to prevent GBV with clusters/sectors, the government, and other responsibility bearers.

4.0 Rationale

IRC and its partners need current, pertinent information about the gendered impact of drought, protection needs, prevalent types of GBV, the needs of survivors, the gaps in responding to these needs, and the factors influencing girls' and women's vulnerability to and resilience against GBV in order to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in emergencies (GBViE). A Gender Assessment will assist in advocacy within the humanitarian system for funding and action throughout humanitarian aid for lifesaving GBV response and design and implementation of effective GBV prevention and response programs.

4.1 Scope of Work

In liaison with the Women Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Program Team, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team, guidance from UNFPA and input from partners, the consultant will be required to:

1. Undertake a desk review of the gender situation in Turkana, Garissa, Kajiado and Samburu 2. Conduct consultations with relevant stakeholders and use the recommendations to enrich the analysis. 3. Conduct a validation exercise with stakeholders, including IRC. 4. Submit the approved analysis to IRC

Using a feminist approach, the gender assessment will gather information on the various needs, abilities, and coping mechanisms of men, women, boys, and girls. The following primary areas of inquiry will be the focus of data collection, with the consultant expected to develop data collection tools that capture sufficient information:

- Gender roles and time use - Decision-making and power dynamics in household. - Access to and control of resources and assets. - Meaning participation and decision-making at household and community level. - GBV, safety and protection. - The intersectionality of gender with other factors such as location, sex, age, disability, culture, class, status as an /refugee/returnee, etc. - Effects of drought through a gender lens. (men, women, boys, girls) - The analysis should take into account how these intersecting identity variables affect women's access to their rights and assess how violations of those rights relate to other forms of discrimination. Analysis should be done in a rigorous, robust manner using appropriate statistical and qualitative analysis techniques.

4.2 Deliverables / Outputs

- An inception report defining the study approach, methodology including the sampling criteria, and tools used for both qualitative and quantitative data collection. The sampling plan should be inclusive of all demographic groups and takes gender equality into account - A thorough and well-structured final gender assessment report not longer than 25 pages per County. - Supplementary files, including photographs, original and cleaned datasets, and statistical output files. - Presentations using PowerPoint and a fact sheet, abstract, or both will be utilized to share results with stakeholders. - Present the report to relevant parties, such as the protection, GBV and SRH working groups, who will be asked to validate the findings and contribute. - An executive copy with a summarized summary of findings in word and in power point presentation.

5.0 Date and Duration of Consultancy

The consultancy period shall be for 10 days per County. The complete curriculum must be submitted to IRC within 20 days after validation exercise.

Qualifications

The ideal consultant should have: -

- A post-graduate degree in Gender and Development, social sciences or another relevant field. - Over 5 years of experience conducting gender studies with evidence of publications or field reports on gender issues with experience in women and adolescents programming. - The consultant must be able to demonstrate experience in conducting a gender analysis of a similar or related assignment. - Experience in working collaboratively with government and other development partners. - Experience working with marginalized and special groups. - Ability to communicate in English and Kiswahili and in local languages in Turkana, Samburu, Kajiado or Garissa is an added advantage.

The successful candidate will be required to:

1. Follow protection guidelines when engaging with all participants in the assessment. 2. Adhere to organization policy of different partners that will be involved in the assessment. 3. Adhere to human rights, Protection Principles, socio-ecological, systems strengthening and MHPSS approaches. 4. Be guided by the spirit of collaboration, cooperation, partnerships, balance of power, meaningful engagement of marginalized voices and women, girls, young people, vulnerable, persons living with disability among others.

6.0 The IRC and UNFPA Role:

1. The IRC AND UNFPA will fully engage the project lead consultant. 2. The IRC AND UNFPA will review the tools/reports in a timely fashion 3. The IRC will reimburse transport logistics within the target Counties as per IRC set guidelines.

7.0 Application

Interested applicants should submit their CVs and technical and financial proposal to the IRC careers cornerstone portal not later than 7 DAYS starting from the announcement date.

Consultants who meet the qualification above must submit the following documents:

- ­Statement including a CV with experience details. - ­Technical proposal summarizing understanding of ToR, methodology and tools to be used. - ­Workplan - ­Financial proposal providing cost estimates. - ­Contact details of three organizations/ previous clients. - ­All the required legal documents including VAT registration certificate.

8. Terms of Payment:

The IRC will pay the project lead consultant full consultancy fee in Kenya shillings less 5% withholding tax.

Payment will be done based on the delivery of the Key deliverables of the consultancy.

- 50% of the fees will be paid upon submission of inception report and review of data collection tool. - 50% after submission of the validated copy of the report and submission of all the deliverables in soft copies.

Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must enforce the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and implements policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowance.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply. International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Disclaimer:

Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes.

Added 2 months ago - Updated 1 month ago - Source: rescue.org