Expert(s) on Regional and Country-specific Advocacy Strategy development
Sierra Leone and Liberia
6 March 2022
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Matching the wider global trend, there has been an increase of reported sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against women and girls in the Mano River Region in recent years. While governments of Liberia and Sierra Leone have demonstrated increased concern about SGBV as reflected in a number of laws and policies, gender-based violence is still firmly embedded in customary practices and public institutions. Among the various barriers to address SGBV are weak institutional resources and capacity to implement existing laws and a disjuncture between policy and practice with laws that neither reflect deeply held gender-biases nor holistically address the way gender, poverty and other categories intersect in shaping violence. In addition, SGBV interventions often focus on response and are not necessarily informed by survivor-centred, gender-transformative or feminist approaches. On the contrary, while research has shown that strong feminist movements are the most important factor to achieve policy change, women’s rights activists in the region face a critical gap in access to funding, capacity development, and spaces to create structures, strategies and synergies. Against this backdrop, medica mondiale’s six partner organisations in Sierra Leone and Liberia implement the regional programme “Concerted action for zero tolerance against SGBV in the Mano River Region”. It contributes to women and girls in the Mano River Region being able to live in an inclusive society, in dignity and free from sexual and gender-based violence and discrimination (Impact). It aims at mainstreaming the rights, needs and perspectives of women and girls affected by SGBV into social, institutional and policy responses to prevent and respond to S/GBV at national and regional levels, at reducing tolerance towards S/GBV and at introducing a survivor-centred stress- and trauma-sensitive support for survivors (outcome). The programme takes place mainly at macro and meso levels. It involves regional political actors, national governments and policy makers in Liberia and Sierra Leone, institutional duty bearers/service providers (health, police, justice, education sector) and civil society organisations, including the local project partners, acting together at different levels of the multi-level approach (macro, meso, micro). This multi-level approach forms the strategic framework of the programme. To achieve its goals, the regional program includes the development of advocacy strategies. The advocacy strategies will guide the implementing partners to make concerted and visible advocacy contributions in-country and on the regional inter-governmental level. The following advocacy strategies shall be developed: • Regional Advocacy Strategy, which creates interlinkages between the country advocacy strategies and addresses relevant stakeholders at regional level. The Regional Advocacy Strategy shall guide the advocacy of the project partners to start a regional dialogue about SGBV as a structural and political matter and the relevance of survivor-centered stress- and trauma-sensitive approaches. • Country Advocacy Strategy for each country (Liberia, Sierra Leone), which primarily address stakeholders at country level. Existing advocacy goals and projects of the project partners are taken into account and, where possible, integrated into the existing strategies of the partners. The country-specific advocacy strategies shall be linked to and reinforce the regional advocacy strategy. Relevant partners and stakeholders of the project partners as well as representatives of the target group of S/GBV survivors will be involved in the development process of the strategies in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Qualification • A minimum of master’s degree in social science or a related field • 7+ years of demonstrated experience in developing and implementing advocacy strategies and processes with a feminist lens including consultancy, training, and advisory services in the region • Demonstrated background and practical experience in women’s human rights and S/GBV work • Sound understanding of the politics and dynamics in Liberia / Sierra Leone. • Sound knowledge of national, regional and international legal instruments on Women’s and Girl’s Rights • Demonstrated experience in using innovative, participatory, power-sensitive, partner-centred and context-specific approaches • Capacity-building skills to accompany and engage the Advocacy Working Group in a participatory way, preferably also applicable online • Strong coordination, communication and problem-solving skills • Excellent analytical, conceptual and report writing skills in English. Timetable Tentative Timetable for the consultancy. Deadlines to be agreed during inception phase. Date Activity Locality Inception phase Mid-March Selection of consultant team remote End of March Signature of contract End of March Briefings, interviews remote Partners make use of the meeting of the Feminist Alliance (inform, briefing meetings with consultants) End of April Due date inception Report remote Analysis and conception phase May Context analysis: national context, themes, stakeholders + regional context, themes, stakeholders Desk review, interviews, etc, remote Early June June -July 2 days regional strategy advocacy workshops: present each other & discuss together respective national advocacy context, while also looking for similarities to assess common themes, regional advocacy objectives etc. Strategy writing + feedback loops Liberia and Sierra Leone July – August 2 days national strategy workshops: presenting themes for national objectives and develop strategy which is interlinked to and supports regional strategy +writing + feedback loops Liberia / Sierra Leone July Draft strategy available remote Aug-Sept Feedback loops remote 30th September Final version of Regional Advocacy Strategy available remote
About the Role
Objectives/Purpose of the assignment The objective of the consultancy is to facilitate the development of the Regional Advocacy Strategy as well as the Country-specific Advocacy Strategy for Liberia / Sierra Leone. Methodological Approach • The Regional Country Advocacy Working Group will develop the Regional Strategy. The group consists of representatives of the 6 partner organisations as well as the medica mondiale program coordinator. • The County-specific Advocacy Working Groups in Liberia and Sierra Leone will work on the Country-specific Strategies. • The consultant(s) should propose a convincing methodology to facilitate, accompany and document the strategy development processes and to establish the interlinking of the national and regional processes, while also ensuring that regional goals are driven through national goals. The consultant(s) may first assess the specific context of the respective countries in order to find interlinkages and common themes on regional level. Following, the results of the country context assessment will be presented to the Regional Advocacy Working Groups and afterwards common goals for the regional level will be jointly assessed, ensuring that regional goals are driven through national goals. • The entire process should be participatory and engage the Advocacy Working Groups through interviews, workshops and feedback loops. • The advocacy strategies shall include short-, mid- and long-term goals, SMART indicators and clear action points to achieve the goals. • The advocacy strategies shall include clear roles and responsibilities of all partners involved in the implementation. • The advocacy strategies shall include a practicable framework for planning, monitoring and (self)evaluation of the advocacy strategy implementation. • The consultant(s) should advise the Advocacy Working Groups on innovative ways to implement the advocacy strategy. • The consultant(s) should also be able to realise the facilitation of the process remotely, depending on the current Covid-19 situation and travel restrictions. • The final strategy documents shall be compiled by the consultant(s) with input by the Regional Advocacy Working Group. • Key inputs: o Key findings from the regional program’s feasibility study and program proposal o Existing advocacy(-relevant) documents within the partner organisations o The consultant is expected to use other relevant input and own research results for the advocacy strategy Scope of work The consultancy includes the following phases, which might be overlapping • INCEPTION PHASE: • (Virtual) inception meeting with the Regional Program Advocacy Working Group to discuss the details of the assignment. • Desk review of relevant documentation and interviews with CEOs of the partner organisations • Compilation of an inception report detailing the consultant’s understanding of the assignment, as well as the proposed methodology, tools, and templates. The inception report shall also include a work plan including the proposed schedule of tasks, activities, deliverables and timeline. • (Virtual) feedback meeting with the Regional Program Advocacy Working Group on the inception report and work plan. Deliverables • Inception report and Work plan • ANALYSIS AND CONCEPTION PHASE INCLUDING: • Desk review, workshops, feedback loops and interviews with the Advocacy Working Group(s) and other relevant stakeholders, according to the working plan. • Documentation of the process (i.e. workshops, interviews, etc.) Deliverables • Context, analysis and actors mapping of key political and institutional actors • Regular virtual updates (frequency to be agreed) for the Advocacy Working Group • Strategy development workshop programme and materials • Workshop reports • WRITING PHASE, INCLUDING • the compilation of the strategy documents based on the results of the analysis and conception phase (workshops and interviews) Deliverables • 1 Regional and 2 country advocacy strategies incl. objectives, indicators, action plan and practicable framework for planning, monitoring and (self)evaluation • Final synthesis report of the consultancy