GENDER INCLUTION AND VOICES ON EQUALITY SUSTAINED (GIVES) PROJECT
The Gender Inclusion and Voices on Equality Sustained (GIVES) project is a two and a half year project, supported by STAR Ghana, under its Gender Exclusion Social Inclusion Component, (GESI). The project adopts new approaches to contribute towards a more inclusive generation of data from DOVVSU that captures violence offences against socially excluded groups such as Women Living with HIV (WLHIV) and Women and girls living with disabilities. Additionally, GIVES seeks to heighten intra gender violence by addressing the intersectional experiences of WLHIV, and Women and Girls living with disabilities to ensure that service mechanisms are more responsive to these socially excluded groups at both the community and National level. WLHIV and Women and Girls living with disabilities are a target group whose unique experiences of violence have not been fully explored. Intertwining these two different groups of women and girls, is therefore intended to show the experiences and differences of the nature of violence that each group is confronted with.
Specifically, the project intends to achieve the following:
1. Enhanced and improved intra gender data collection on violence by DOVVSU.
2. Sustained institutional practices of DOVVSU & State actors to improve protection measures for WLHIV and women and girls living with disabilities
3. Targeted and effective services to WLHIV and Women and girls living with disability
4. Increased understanding of the benefits of using international human rights laws to assist WLHIV and women and girls living with disabilities to claim their rights.
5. Improved diffusion of information to media to ensure that media reportage is GESI compliant.
Women’s inhibitions to make positive choices to access services from state actors often comes as a result of the failure to understand multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination by age, disability and vulnerability to living with HIV and Aids and disabilities. Women and girls living with disabilities, as well as WLHIV face stigma & discrimination distinctive to each group at the family, community, institutional and national level. (CDD, Summary of Results: Afrobarometer Round 6 Survey in Ghana 2014.) For instance the intersections between age disability and gender results in less benefits for girls living with disabilities, as they benefit less from social services than able bodied girls. The three project areas, ( Weija,in Ga south, Odumase-Brong Ahafo, & Ho in the Volta region) were selected because of the challenges of stigma from these communities that confronts WLHIV groups which deters them from seeking access to justice. Additionally,social exclusion has been found to be more extreme in rural locations.( STAR Ghana GESI Scoping Study, April 2016 )
1.2 Objective of Assignment
The objective of this assignment is to generate evidence & knowledge through analysis of DOVVSU data from 2010 to 2016 to substantiate the limited or lack of data on the extent and nature of violence offences against GESI groups such as women and girls living with HIV and Aids as well as women and girls living with disabilities and propose recommendations for advocacy strategies to improve documentation of data for these GESI groups.
1.3 Rationale for Assignment
The project will contribute to addressing the lack of visibility and inadequate responses in important policy documents such as the National Plan of Action on Domestic Violence and engage with the Ministry of Gender and Social protection through policy dialogues to call for a review of the National Plan of Action on Domestic Violence to address the special needs of the target group
2.0 Main Tasks
The consultant is expected to perform the following tasks:
§ Assess DOVVSU data to ascertain number of cases reported by Women and girls living with disabilities as well as Women living with HIV and Aids from 2010 to 2016.
§ Ascertain the nature of complaints reported by Women and girls living with disabilities and Women living with HIV and Aids from 2010 to 2016 to determine the extent and nature of violence that these groups face.
§ Identify available service responses, if any, that DOVVSU provides for Women and girls living with disabilities and Women living with HIV
§ Determine gaps in the provision of DOVVSU service, to the GESI groups and any barriers that may deter the target group from reporting cases of violence.
§ Propose recommendations for DOVVSU to provide targeted services to women and girls living with disabilities, as well as women and girls living with HIV and Aids.
§ Propose strategies for FIDA-Ghana to initiate advocacy for improved documentation and targeted services to GESI groups
§ Make recommendations on how FIDA can advocate for public financing for legal aid for GESI groups.
§ Propose how to generate common grounds for on-going constructive dialogue between state actors particularly DOVVSU and FIDA to improve access to justice for GESI groups
§ Present findings to participants at a workshop.
In addition, the consultant is expected to include other matters considered relevant for this assignment.
3.0 Key Deliverables
The key deliverables for this assignment are as follows:
§ Inception Report and Workplan
§ Draft Baseline Study Report
§ Powerpoint presentation on findings
§ Final Report
4.0 FIDA-Ghana’s Role
The role of FIDA-Ghana shall be as follows:
§ Provide Consultant with relevant background information;
§ Monitor work progress;
§ Read and provide inputs for the first draft;
§ Accept and sign off final draft.
§ Ensure timely payment
5.0 Qualification and Experience
The consultant should have the following qualification and experience:
§ Minimum of a Masters’ Degree in Development Studies with specialization in gender or related social science discipline.
§ Knowledge and experience in women’s rights and gender issues;
§ At least 5 years’ experience in similar work.
6.0 Person Specification
The consultant should have
§ Knowledge and experience in conducting surveys/research;
§ Good analytical, communication, reporting and writing skills;
§ Proven record of experience in working on national and international programmes/projects.
§ Have an appreciable level of experience addressing the rights of women and girls living with HIV and Aids as well as women and girls living with disabilities.
The analysis will be carried out from 2nd October 2017 to 27th October, 2017. Exact dates will be agreed with the consultant before commencement of the work. The analysis is expected to cover 20 working days. A draft analysis report should be submitted by the 30th October, 2017.
The consultant commissioned will:
a. Sign a contract with FIDA-Ghana
b. Carry out the assessment of data in line with Terms of Reference, and agreed methodology and workplan.
a. Prepare the contract in line with the Terms of Reference, and agreed methodology and work-plan
b. Provide all necessary documents on the project to the consultant
c. Provide assistance to the consultant to arrange consultations
d. Provide feedback and comments to the draft baseline report.
e. Ensure timely payments to the consultant as per the contract terms.
9.0 Application Process
Interested applicants should send their Expressions of Interest to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com by 22nd September 2017. Expression of Interest should include the following information:
· A CV of the applicant including details of how they meet the person specification
· A narrative that includes
o The proposed methodology
o The Proposed work plan
o The Proposed budget
· An example of previous work (Copy of a baseline report for similar work)
· Contact addresses of 2 references
· The successful applicant will be notified by 27th September 2017
· The successful applicants will be called for a brief discussion on the Expression of Interest and begin work on 2nd October 2017