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Terms of Reference International 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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Somalia Country Office

Ensuring rights and choices for all

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International 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
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

Somalia Country Office

Ensuring rights and choices for all

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
•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
Duration and working Estimated 23 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 on 28 February 2020 for review.
of delivery (soft copy or
hard copy)
Monitoring and progress The consultants will directly report to the Gender Specialist
controls including reporting
Supervisory arrangements The Gender Specialist will be the overall supervisor.
Expected Travels 1 mission to Hargeisa and Garowe expected for the International
Inputs/Services to be
provided by UNFPA or Desk space for the consultants will be provided.
Partner (eg support
space/equipment etc) if
Review/Approval time
Other relevant information UNFPA will review your proposal on the basis of the below options:
or special conditions if any Options:

Somalia Country Office

Ensuring rights and choices for all

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
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 Post graduate degree in Gender studies, International Law, International
Competencies Development, Human Rights Law, IHL, International relations, Political,
Social Science or related field with an experience of between 6 and 10
years or in lieu Basic University degree with relevant work experience of
between 8 and 12 years.
Work Experience
-3 or more years of experience in the humanitarian and fragile
-5 years’ experience in the design and implementation of advocacy
strategies and campaigns;
-Demonstrated experience developing trainings or practical tools
and/or guidance on advocacy;
-Demonstrated experience in engaging the civil society in
developing advocacy strategies or undertaking advocacy activities;
– Solid experience in working with human rights, humanitarian
and/or development organizations, international and national
Key Competencies
– Excellent writing skills in English;
-Communicates sensitively and effectively across different
-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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