10 Oct 2019

Terms of Reference Local Consultant for the Development of an Advocacy Package for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health including FGM/C and Child/Forced Marriage

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Terms of Reference

Local Consultant for the Development of an Advocacy Package for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health including FGM/C and Child/Forced Marriage

Hiring Office UNFPA Somalia
   
Background Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are cornerstones of
  every person’s quality of life, SRHR targets were included in the MDGs
  and these continues to receive attention in the SDGs. Despite the progress
  made over the years, Somalia continues to face limited access to adolescent
  sexual and reproductive health information and services that are responsive
  to their needs and expectations. In Somalia, young girls are facing poor
  reproductive health outcomes because they are highly vulnerable to SRHR
  related problems such as HIV, STIs and gender-based violence. The young
  people especially the girls/women continue facing several restrictions at
  community, societal, institutional and political levels, which limit access to
  and their utilization of SRHR services
  Female  Genital  Mutilation/Cutting  is  internationally  recognised  as  an
  extreme form of violation of the reproductive rights, health and integrity of
  women and girls. It is a strong social cultural norm that is perpetuated by
  social expectations, misconceived notions of preservation of cultural ideals
  of identity and is deeply hinged on fear of social sanctions and rewards.
  The UNFPA/UNICEF joint programme on accelerating the abandonment
  of FGM/C is being implemented in Somalia since inception in 2014. The
  Somalia  joint  programme  has  collaborated  with  the  Government  of
  Somalia (Ministries of Gender and Justice) and stake holders (including
  CSOs  and  religious  leaders)  to  intensify  efforts  to  achieve  the
  abandonment of FGM/C practice and child/forced marriage in line with the
  United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/67/146 to “intensify
  global  efforts to eliminate female  genital  mutilations”  which  has  been
  reaffirmed by Sustainable Development Goals 5.3 “eliminate all harmful
  practices, such  as  child, early and forced  marriage and female  genital
  mutilation”.
  Child and forced marriage (CFM) is also a harmful practice that is both
  understood as religious and cultural in Somalia. The practice is directly
  correlated with negative benefactor protection of young girls and women in
  Somalia and worsens with the conflict, droughts and displacements that
  deepens  the  cycle  of  poverty  and  compels  families  to  give  out  their
  daughters  in  marriages  as  a  form  of  socio  economic  survival  and
  protection.  In  countries  where  FGM/C  is  practiced  including  Somalia,
  FGM/C  is  performed  to  control  women’s  sexual  desires.  It  is  also
  considered as part of a girl’s initiation into womanhood and as part of
  heritage/tradition,  preservation  of  chastity  and  a  determinant  of  a
  girl’s/women’s marriageability.  It is also a source of income and some
  form of community political power for practitioners.  The normalization of
  both FGM/C, GBV and child marriage in Somalia complicates campaigns
  to end these practices and continues to optimize the low status of women
  and girls. This results in the subsequent subordination of women and girls

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  and their marginalization from access to resources, rights and opportunities
  (education, labour, governance and decision making) that are necessary to
  build  their  capacities  and  to  ensure  meaningful  participation  in  the
  development process.
Objectives of the To articulate and develop culturally/socially acceptable salient messages
assignment for the FGM/C joint project to promote advocacy and behavioral change to
  accelerate the abandonment of FGM/C and child forced marriage, and to
  promote sexual and reproductive health rights for the adolescents.
Scope of work/description •Conduct a thorough desk review of available and relevant literature,
of services/activities or reports on sexual and reproductive health issues including FGM/C & CFM
outputs at the national, regional, and global levels in connection with the
  objectives.
  •Develop a workshop agenda and a methodology for engagement of the
  key stakeholders
  •Facilitate sessions at the workshop as core resource persons
  •Provide guidance to the development of messages
  •Collate and draft messages and submit to UNFPA
  •Submit a report of the engagement.
  •Conduct a validation workshop with key stakeholders.
  •The consultant will submit a complete, copy-edited and cleanly formatted
  advocacy package.
  •Develop and design the advocacy package into brochures, posters and
  pamphlets.
Duration and working Estimated 45 Working Days exclusive of weekends and holidays
schedule (consultant to provide proposal on their preferred number of days
  within reason)
Place where services are to Mogadishu with travel to Hargeisa and Garowe.
be delivered  
Delivery dates/Final Both Hard and Soft copy to be delivered on 28 March 2020 with an earlier
product/Deliverables/Mode draft submitted in February for review.
of delivery (soft copy or  
hard copy)  
Monitoring and progress  
controls including reporting  
Supervisory arrangements The Gender Specialist will be the overall supervisor.
Expected Travels Mission to Hargeisa and Garowe expected for the Local consultant
Inputs/Services to be  
provided by UNFPA or Desk space for the consultants will be provided.
Partner (eg support  
services/office  
space/equipment etc) if  
applicable  
Review/Approval time  
   
Other relevant information UNFPA will review your proposal on the basis of the below options:
or special conditions if any  
   

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    Options:
    Lump sum contracts
         
    The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment
    terms  around  specific  and  measurable  (qualitative  and  quantitative)
    deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in instalments or upon completion
    of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery
    of the services specified in the TOR.  In order to assist the requesting unit
    in the review of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a
    breakdown of this lump sum amount and number of anticipated working
    days.
    Contracts based on daily fee  
    The financial proposal will specify the daily fee, quoted in separate line
    items, and payments are made to the Individual Consultant based on the
    number of days worked.
Any other considerations        
     
Qualifications and   The consultant must offer the following demonstrated experience,
Competencies   knowledge and competencies, and will be required to have in-depth
    knowledge on advocacy package development.
    –   Significant  knowledge  and  experience  in  gender  and
    communication for development;
    –   Recent experience with FGM/C joint programme or on child
    and forced marriage.
    –   Sound understanding of the Human Rights Based Approach;
    –   Considerable experience working on gender issues in fragile
    contexts;
    –   Excellent  facilitation  skills  and  skills  in  involvement  of
    diverse and inter-disciplinary stakeholders
    –   Excellent analytical and communication skills;
    –   Excellent writing and technical skills;
    Key Competencies
    – Excellent writing skills in English;
    -Communicates sensitively and effectively across different
    constituencies;
    -Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines;
    -Strong analytical and research skills;
     
Language Requirements   Fluency in English, Knowledge of Somali an added advantage.
         

Interested candidates are requested to send their expression of interest, curriculum vitae (maximum 8 pages) a sample of previous similar work and their proposals to somalia.recruit@unfpa.org by 1600HRS EAT on 18 October 2019. Applicants interested in working with the UNFPA as consultants are invited to register in our roster through the link: http://www.unfpa.org/unfpa-consultant-roster

 


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