UNICEF recruits 01 Consultancy
Consultancy for conducting gender analysis to strengthen the integration of gender equality perspectives.
Job Number: 525344 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Tanzania,Uni.Re
Work Type : Consultancy
Purposes and Objectives
The purpose of this gender analysis of parenting practices and socialization processes in selected districts in Tanzania is to generate a body of evidence on good practices and gaps which perpetuate gender inequalities that will inform and strengthen the integration of gender equality perspectives in the implementation of the Responsible Parenting and Family Care (RPFC) Agenda and Movement in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar respectively.
During the development of the RPFC Agenda efforts were made to try to ensure gender equality integration, however, more is required to understanding gender norms governing parenting practices. As the implementation of the Agenda is still at early stages and will continue for a longer period of time (2019-2030), a gender analysis is critical to improve the integration of gender equality and if necessary, to help to revise the planned interventions to ensure that they are all gender responsive. The findings of the gender analysis of the parenting practices and gender socialization processes in selected districts of Tanzania will primarily inform UNICEF sector programmes supporting the implementation of RPFC Agenda, the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children; Ministry of Education, Science and Technology for Zanzibar: Ministry of Labour, Empowerment, Elderly, Women and Children; Ministry of Education and Vocational Training other Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and other relevant Media houses, Local Government Authorities (LGAs), FBOs and UN agencies supporting the implementation of the RPFC Agenda to design and implement gender responsive and/or transformative parenting interventions.
Specific objectives of the analysis:
Have a better understanding of the gender dynamics at play that govern socialization and parenting practices;
Examine the roles and responsibilities, access to resources and services as well as decision-making and power and control among male and female parents and caregivers that influence parenting and socialization practices
Identify and analyze existing gender stereotypical attitudes in parenting practices, including existing positive practices, among parents and key stakeholders at the household and community levels.
Propose actionable recommendations on appropriate gender responsive and/or transformative measures to address identified gaps in each institution/sector to support parents in influencing child development and parenting/socializing children in early years of development and adolescence.
Methodology and technical approach
The study will mainly use qualitative research methods to collect, analyze and present data collected from primary and secondary sources. The study will be informed by literature from various sources as well as collection of information from parents and other care-givers, boys and girls in the first decade of life (0-9 years) and adolescent girls and boys (10-14 years; 15-19 years), government officials from relevant ministries, regional and local government authorities, community and religious leaders as well as influential community members. The consultant will also gather information from key implementers such as international and local NGOs, teachers, social welfare and community development officers, health care workers and all other relevant institutions. The analysis and presentation of data will be disaggregated gender.
Secondary data collection
Literature review to understand the available knowledge in existing documents concerning local understandings of parenting (and gender roles), childhoods, health, nutrition, discipline and education of children in the home
Literature review of previous studies and research on parenting in Tanzania which will inform the strength and gaps on gender responsive parenting practices;
Review relevant documents (national reports on gender issues, relevant data related to child protection, social protection and inclusion, education, health, nutrition, early childhood development and adolescent parenting and evaluations, etc);
Review of national policies, laws and other frameworks which governs parenting and socialization processes;
Review of grey literature produced by NGOs and CBOs and multilaterals organizations relevant to parenting and gender socialization.
Primary Data collection
Primary data will be collected from six UNICEF supported districts in Mbeya, Iringa, Njombe Songwe, Kigoma and Zanzibar.
Key informants interviews (with selected influential community members, district government offices of Gender, Community Development/Social Welfare, Health, Education)
Focus Group Discussions with parents and other caregivers (Men and women in selected communities/villages including girls and boys 10-14 years and 15-19 years and with selected community groups)
Girls and boys need to be consulted using child-friendly methodologies.
All data needs to be disaggregated by sex and age (clearly indicate where disaggregated data is not available)
Actively involve women and men, girls and boys from diverse social groups in the analysis (e.g. children in school versus children out of school; mothers and fathers and other female and male caregivers with infants and children under the age of 5 versus mother and fathers and other female and male caregivers with children at adolescence)
The consultant will work closely with the UNICEF Tanzania Country Office team and with the partner LGAs and CSOs.
The consultant shall develop a detailed methodology and technical approaches on selected qualitative methods data collection and analysis in the proposal. The proposed approaches will be discussed and agreed by UNICEF and government authorities during the finalization of the inception report.
The consultant will liaise with UNICEF Sections, gender focal points from Child Protection, Education, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Health, Social Policy and WASH and focal points from key Ministries (MOHCDGEC and PO-RALG) for Mainland and MLEEWC and Ministry of Education and Vocational Training for Zanzibar. ECD and Adolescent focal persons in UNICEF.
The consultant is required to adhere to UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluation and Data Collection and Analysis (effective from 1st April, 2015). For this purpose, it is suggested that the consultant complete the Agora course on Ethics in Evidence Generation (https://agora.unicef.org/course/info.php?id=2173)Â and obtain research and ethical clearance from NIMRI and National Bureau of Statistics before conducting data collection
Scope of work, tasks, deliverables and timeframe
Scope of work:
The focus of the gender analysis is expected to take place in communities from six districts (5 in Tanzania mainland and 1 in Zanzibar). One district will be selected from each UNICEF partner region: Mbeya, Iringa, Njimbe, Songwe, Kigoma and Zanzibar. The in-depth studies including consultation with mothers, fathers, caregivers and other stakeholders will be conducted at the district and community levels.
Tasks, Deliverables and Time frame
The whole assignment is expected to take about 45 man-days which is expected to be completed within three months from the date of signing the contract. The start date is expected to be 10th August 2019. The consultant is expected to accomplish the following tasks:
Desk review of key documents, including the National Responsive Parenting and Family Care (RPFC) Agenda for Mainland and Movement for Zanzibar and prepare an inception report.
Conduct key informant interviews with government officials and leaders in civil society organizations to understand the parenting policy environment before field work.
Field work in selected Districts both in Mainland and Zanzibar. The field work should include FGDs and interviews with girls/boys, mothers/parents, teachers, government officials, Community key influencers (especially religious and local leaders) and school committees.
Analyze and document the gender dimensions of parenting and socialization practices of children in early years (0-4 years, 5-9 years) and adolescence (10-14 years, 15-19 years); and social roles and relations, power, and aspirations including an understanding of gender norms and entry points to address masculinities, identifying risks and opportunities for supporting gender equality around RPFC Agenda and Movement at national and community levels;
Propose programmatic responses to address identified gender bottlenecks and barriers that are inhibiting gender socialization in families, and how communities and institutions such as schools and FBO (churches and mosques) will play a central role to empower and support male and female parents to exercise positive and gender responsive parenting;
Identify key relevant indicators to measure progress for gender results in the RPFC Agenda, and/or propose new indicators if needed;
Identify capacity gaps in effectively mainstreaming gender in parenting and provide recommendations to address them,
Draft and submit reports on time to UNICEF
Develop and submit Inception report (task 1 above)
|An inception report, outlining the key scope of the work and intended work plan of the analysis; and analysis questions and proposed gender analysis and including data collection tools.
17th August 2019
|Data collection and analysis (task 1&2 above)
First draft report detailing findings of the gender analysis
30th September 2019
Develop and submit 1st Draft Report (task 5,6,7&8 above)
|Submit Revised draft report (task 8 above)
||Second draft report incorporation comments made in the first draft report
||15th October 2019
Develop and submit Final report (task 8 above)
|Final report detailing findings of the gender analysis
|Final 2 pagers of advocacy package on gender and parenting
||30th October 2019
|A half-day session on dissemination of key findings and recommendation for TCO staff
30th Octobrt 2019
The consultant will work under the supervision of the Gender Specialist with the technical support of the C4D specialist and Gender Working group, technical focal person/s in Zanzibar UNICEF Office and Mbeya, and Kigoma Field-offices.
Qualifications and experience required:
The selected candidate should possess the following background and experience:
Advanced degree in gender studies, development studies, sociology, economics, law, and or public administration and at least eight years of progressively responsible professional experience working on gender and development
Demonstrated capacity and proven experience of more than 5 years on designing and conducting gender analysis and producing quality studies
Good experience in conducting studies and research using qualitative research methods
Ability to demonstrate understanding in promoting commitment to children’s rights
Experience in conducting research with children by using child-friendly participatory methodologies;
Experience leading participatory consultations and capacity development processes with a wide variety of national and local stakeholders.
Demonstrated strength in collaborative working arrangements.
Should be available to travel in selected districts/communities in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.
Fluency in English is required, and fluency in Kiswahili will be an asset.
Consultant shall provide an all-inclusive cost in the financial proposal including travel cost to undertake field activities.
The level of payment will be determined by the profile of the proposed consultant(s) and financial proposals. Payments will be made upon submission and acceptance of specified deliverables and submission of invoices.
The selected consultant will discuss with UNICEF technical and financial staff and key Government officials to plan the final scope of work and develop and negotiate the final contract.
UNICEF reserve the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines
||An inception report, outlining the key scope of the work and intended work plan of the analysis; and analysis questions and proposed gender analysis and including data collection tools.
||25 percent of contract value
||First draft report detailing findings of the gender analysis
||25 percent of contract value
||Second Draft report including summary document with key findings and recommendations on the gender analysis of the parenting and socialization practices
||30th September 2019
||25 per cent of contract value
||Final reports including summary document with key findings and recommendations on the gender analysis of the parenting and socialization practices
Final advocacy package/ messages on gender responsive parenting
Run a half-day session on dissemination of key findings and recommendation for TCO staff
|25 per cent of contract value
Assessment/selection process and methods
The selection process will follow the normal SOP for individual consultancy
The weight allocated between technical and financial proposal is 70/30 (technical/ financial).
Minimum technical assessment points is 49 points (70% of 70 points).
The following technical assessment criteria and points can be used for analysing the proposals.
||Completeness of response
|Overall concord between RFP requirements and proposal
|Maximum Points for overall response
|Experience and qualifications of the consultant
||Range and depth of experience with similar projects:
|Relevant experience and qualifications of the consultant
|Maximum Points for Key Personnel
|Proposed Methodology and Approach
||Relevance and rigor of the technical approach/ methodology
|Maximum Points for Proposed Methodology and Approach
General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics
The selected candidate will sign an SSA for International Consultant. The consultant will work in both selected districts for primary data collection and in UNICEF offices/hotel when working in Dar es salaam.
The consultant will be entitled to DSA according to UNICEF rules. The consultant shall have his/her own computer.
Only when working and traveling with UNICEF staff, consultant can have access to UNICEF transport.
Plan for schedule of payment. Note that final payment to a consultant is dependent on the completion of deliverables as well as hand-over notes and submission of a consultancy evaluation. Note: Consultants in practice are external and therefore do not have a direct right to access UNICEF resources. Therefore, the Consultant’s direct fee is higher than UN staff net salary partially due to this fact. As a consultant, they are paid either a lump sum, or on a daily or monthly basis; if the latter then they are not paid during days off and while on sick leave. State if this is the case.
State if flight costs would be covered and at what standard e.g. business or economy from where to where.
Policy both parties should be aware of:
Under the consultancy agreements, a month is defined as 21 working days, and fees are prorated accordingly. Consultants are not paid for weekends or public holidays.
Consultants are not entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.
No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant or Contractor.
For international consultants outside the duty station, signed contracts must be sent by fax or email. Signed contract copy or written agreement must be received by the office before Travel Authorisation is issued.
No consultant may travel without a signed travel authorization prior to the commencement of the journey to the duty station.
Unless authorised, UNICEF will buy the tickets of the consultant. In exceptional cases, the consultant may be authorised to buy their travel tickets and shall be reimbursed at the « most economical and direct route » but this must be agreed to beforehand.
Consultants will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget.
Consultant will be required to sign the Health statement for consultants/Individual contractor prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that they have appropriate health insurance, including Medical Evacuation.
The Form ‘Designation, change or revocation of beneficiary’ must be completed by the consultant upon arrival, at the HR Section.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
 Family members, close relatives and family friends
Closing Date Wed Aug 14 2019 21:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)