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1.0       BACKGROUND

FIDA-Ghana in collaboration with the Open Society for West Africa, (OSIWA) will begin to implement a two year project, to strengthen the agency of female survivors of domestic violence to apply for protection and occupation orders as a legal remedy to protect themselves.

The Domestic Violence Act 732, Adopted by Parliament in 2007, outlines a comprehensive legal framework for the prevention of and protection against domestic violence. Whilst it criminalizes various acts of physical and sexual violence, economic and psychological abuse, and intimidation in domestic relations, it also makes provisions under sections 8 for free medical treatment, for the application of protection and occupation orders in section 12, and 20 respectively. Ten years on from the passage of the DV Act, there is still a ‘yawning gap’ between legislation and practice. FIDA-Ghana’s field data reinforces this gap as its statistics reveal women’s limited knowledge about their rights to protection and occupation orders as a protective measure to improve their wellbeing.



1.      DOVVSU is the major entry point to the justice system however Information related to rights, services and protection and occupation orders is poorly provided because of the ignorance of DOVVSU staff about the legal procedures and application guidelines[1].  This significantly undermines women’s’ ability to navigate the justice system, make decisions and negatively impacts on the process of empowerment for female survivors of domestic violence.

2.      Studies indicate that about 80% of women lack  information  on the protection and social orders. Even if they are knowledgeable,  they are often reluctant to apply for legal remedies.  In addition, societal norms stop them from pursuing domestic violence cases when they are being processed.  .   

3.      Family values bias of DOVVSU officials undermines and compromises justice delivery. DOVVSU officers perceive that keeping the family together or saving marriages is a primary aspect of their role. For some officers their practice is more oriented towards social welfare rather than formal/legal access to justice.  This stems from perceptions that the formal/legal system has so many barriers which women often don’t want to use.


Strengthening Women’s agency to apply for protection and occupation orders, in Ga South and La Nkwantanang, and improving multi- agency coordination at National and District levels to catalyze the implementation of free medical treatment under the DV act.


The rationale of the assignment under the SAVE project is to conduct a baseline study of  four (4) district courts in the La Nkwantang, and Weija  districts to collect evidence and generate  knowledge of women’s experiences of applying for protection and occupation orders.  Additionally, the knowledge produced will inform advocacy campaigns and advocacy messages to improve the implementation of free medical treatment in relation to women’s agency to access justice in domestic violence situations. 



The basic assignment under this call for expression of interest is for a well qualified Consultant:

(i)               Collect annual data from the four district Courts on number of able bodied females  and females living with disabilities  who have been able to apply for protection orders from 2010 till 2016

(ii)          The consultant will also conduct a court watch thrice a week for a period of 3 months to collate case studies of women applying for protection and occupation orders.

(iii)        Conduct interviews with female clients to determine why they are applying for protection and occupation orders.

(iv)             Female clients who have not applied for protection or occupation orders will be interviews to determine their level of awareness of these orders and their reasons for not applying for the orders

(v)               Assess responses of state actors such as DOVVSU and Court staff on their level of knowledge of protection and occupation orders.

(vi)              need to support women to access protection and court orders

(vii)           The consultant will make recommendations to facilitate an effective advocacy campaign regarding the enforcement of free medical aid in relation to access to justice for able bodied women and women living with disabilities.



        i.            A 30 page report of relevant evidence based   information from four district courts regarding the number of  able bodied women and women living with disabilities who apply for protection and occupation orders. Other contents of the report include the following:

      ii.            Evidence to substantiate the reasons why women apply or do not apply for protection and occupation orders.

    iii.            Relevant case studies of women’s experiences in the application of protection and occupation orders.

    iv.            Findings of the level of knowledge of DOVVSU staff in the identified districts on protection and application orders.

      v.            Identified gaps in practices of justice actors which impedes access to the application of protection and occupation orders by both able bodied women and women living with disabilities.

    vi.            Recommendations regarding the enforcement of the free medical treatment and its impact on improving access to justice for able bodied women and women living with disabilities.

   vii.            Recommendations on how to  generate common grounds for a sustained constructive dialogue between courts, providers of justice, health staff, staff of the ministry of gender, and female clients to improve access to justice for women and vulnerable groups.

 viii.            Recommendations on how to strengthen multi agency actions between state actors   responsible for women’s legal needs.



The consultant commissioned will:

·         Sign a contract FIDA-Ghana

·         Carry out the assignment in line with Terms of Reference, and agreed methodology and workplan.

FIDA will

·         Prepare the contract in line with the Terms of Reference, and agreed methodology and work-plan

·         Assist in the provision of all necessary documents on the project to the consultant (s)

·         Provide assistance to the consultant to arrange consultations

·         Provide feedback and comments to the draft baseline report.

·         Ensure timely payments to the consultant as per the contract terms. 



·         Experience in conducting legal research related to gender, and human rights.

·         Proven knowledge and analytical capacity in relation to national and  international development issues

·         Experience of participatory research methodologies

·         Understanding of the subject context.



Interested applicants should send their Expressions of Interest to info@ and by 12th September 2017.

The outputs to be submitted to FIDA are:

·         An expression of interest detailing program of work and methodology

·         Detailed work plan for the assignment.

·         Prepare a budget for discussions

·         A CV of the applicant including details of how they meet the person specification

·         An example of previous work (Copy of a baseline report for similar work)

·         Contact addresses of 2 references



·         Submit an expression of interest not later than 12TH September 2017.

·         Review of proposal by 15th  September 2017

·         Sign Agreement for work to commence by Monday 25th 2017.

Updated: 14th September 2017

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