Organization: Search for Common Ground
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 01 Jan 2017
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful transformation of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments see and deal with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and capitalize on their commonalities. With more than 700 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects in 35 countries. SFCG’s programs are in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and the United States.
SFCG launched operations in the DRC in 2001 and today the DRC country program is Search’s largest in terms of staff and program value. The country program has offices in Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, Kalemie and Bunia with annual budget of around $6 million USD. SFCG works with partners in most provinces, and has numerous smaller satellite offices spread throughout the country. Media is a primary tool utilized by all the programs—radio, video, print, and drama. Each program is adapted to the specific local context and conflict, and all apply tools from SFCG’s toolbox, including capacity-building in conflict transformation, community outreach and dialogue. SFCG donors include DFID, the Dutch Foreign Ministry, the EU, USAID, and UN agencies. SFCG’s Kalemie office is implementing a number of projects to tackle intercommunity violence in ex-Katanga province, with support from UNHCR, the Fonds social de la RDC, and Food for the Hungry (FH).
Summary of the Project
In order to address underlying causes of livelihood insecurity in the South Kivu and Tanganyika provinces, Food For the Hungry in consortium with Search For Common Ground have developed a theory of change based on the achievements and lessons learned from Tuendelee Pamoja I and best practices in resilience and food security programming. The phase II of the project, funded by USAID in the context of its DRC Food Aid Program, will seek to improve food and income security and nutrition needs of the targeted vulnerable populations through a multi-sectoral approach that increases available food and household income and improves the nutrition and health status among adolescent girls, women of reproductive age and children less than five years of age. To make inroads across each of these areas, Tuendelee Pamoja II will conduct a Gender Analysis around sexual and gender-based violence and conflict to gain a better understanding of the changing dynamics and evolution around conflict and gender in order to refine interventions to address these identified barriers to peace and gender equity. The project will also work to improve adult female functional literacy and create entrepreneurial opportunities for women and men (especially youth) to improve household incomes and provide alternative livelihoods to farming and engaging in conflict.
SFCG is seeking to hire a Gender Expert for a period of approximately 6 months consultancy to:
Specific responsibilities include:
Annex I: Terms of Reference for Gender Analysis
Objectives for the gender analysis
Effective conflict prevention and resolution requires deep understanding of the causes, triggers, dynamics and patterns of conflicts. The social fabric and social dynamics that helped prevent or resolve a conflict can also illuminate potential areas of a community’s strength and resilience. To create solutions in a participatory manner, communities need to pay close attention to the roles and responsibilities of both men and women, including young men and young women, leading up to, during, and after a conflict.
The goal of the gender analysis is to understand conflicts and violence related to food insecurity and how this affects women, men and youth in order to improve program objectives and validate the project’s goal is to improve food and nutrition security and economic well-being of vulnerable HHs in South Kivu and Tanganyika provinces.
Questions of the gender analysis
At the beginning of the project, the consultant will conduct a community-based gender analysis that identifies the unique characteristics of gender relations as it relates to food and nutrition insecurity affecting key communities in South Kivu and Tanganyika, in collaboration with SFCG DME team in-country. The gender expert is encouraged to support the final design of research questions in coordination with program and DM&E team upon project start-up.
The following are the proposed outlined research questions:
Candidates are encouraged to show how they creatively push thinking around these issues and the methodological approach to ensure the most accurate information is gathered.
To answer these questions, it will be used a mix-methodology approach that will likely involve both qualitative and quantitative methods. In selected communities in South Kivu and Tanganyika, Search will conduct a survey via a household questionnaire, as well as informal interviews with key people, and focus groups.
The gender analysis will take place in a phased approach, which will take approximately three months to complete.
Phase I: Literature Review
The gender analysis will be based on academic research on gender, particularly that which has been previously collected in DRC and specifically in the regions of South Kivu and Tanganyika related to gender relations linked to food security. This foundational analysis will consist of a literature review and preliminary conversations with academics in DRC and abroad. It will serve to identify the key gaps existing in the literature related to gender analysis as it pertains to food insecurity in these two regions..
Phase II: Data Collection Preparation, Sampling and Data Collection
Following the literature review, the consultant will also be expected to lead discussions with SFCG programme and M&E teams to develop a full methodological approach, workplan and tools for data collection. Target communities will be selected on the basis of the level of food insecurity.
Phase III: Validation, Dissemination and Project Re-design
A final report will also be presented in Kalemie and Bukavu to share key findings with stakeholders. The dissemination of the report will help bring to light key dynamics related to gender relations as it pertains to food insecurity. A webinar will also be held through Search’s DME for Peace learning portal (www.dmeforpeace.org) to ensure visibility outside of DRC.
A separate 3-day meeting will also be held with partner and Search to review the findings of the gender analysis. The goal of the facilitated meeting will be to incorporate findings to improve program activities.
Gender Analysis Deliverables
Deliverables that the consultant is responsible for in the gender analysis are the following:
SFCG DRC will provide the consultant with logistical support through:
Pending funding approval, the study will start on January 2017, throughout March 2017. A first draft of the gender analysis is expected to be sent to SFCG DRC by end of February. The report will be shared with partners and donors by beginning of March.
Special Considerations for Research Consultants
How to apply:
How to apply
Applications must include:
This posting will close on January 1, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. All the applications have to be uploaded at the following link. For more information and questions related to this call, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, copying firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “ Consultancy – Gender Expert for Gender Analysis and Capacity Building – Tuendelee Pamoja II”.