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Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa)
Deadline: Open until filled
Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa), is a feminist pan African, rapid response Fund committed to transforming power relations through resourcing African feminists and womn1 human rights defenders and their formations as an act of solidarity. We are part of the ecosystem of feminist and womn’s movements in Africa and globally. Registered in Nairobi,
Kenya and operating as a virtual organization, the Fund boasts of strategic presence in Africa’s five sub-regions - East Africa: Nairobi, Kenya, Kampala, Uganda and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; North Africa: Cairo, Egypt; Central Africa: Bujumbura, Burundi and Yaoundé, Cameroon; Southern Africa: Harare, Zimbabwe and West Africa: Abuja, Nigeria and Dakar, Senegal.
This year the fund engaged in an introspective process to look back and learn, consider the present shifting context and prepare for a feminist future. The year marked the end of the strategic plan Finger on the Pulse 2016-2020. The Fund’s end term review process presented lessons from implementation and a clear picture of the current context. This process shaped the ten-year strategic compass (Centering African Womn Feminist R/Evolution in Action) that will guide the fund to power social change with a feminist future.
Encased in a movement building approach the Fund will support and work with feminist movements, feminist activists and womn human rights defenders on the following strategic priorities - solidarity and support (grant making, accompaniment, linking), agenda setting and advocacy, knowledge leadership and fostering cultures of care. Engaging with interrelated broad themes of People (peace and political participation); Power (social and economic power); and Planet (natural resource governance and stewardship) the Fund’s programme operations will engage deeply with sub-themes including sexual and reproductive health & rights (SRHR) and bodily integrity. It is against that background that the Fund seeks an expert in the field of SRHR to develop a thought piece that will guide the operationalization of the strategic compass with strategic interventions enhancing SRHR and bodily integrity across Africa.
Scope of Activities
The Consultant will conduct a desk review and use their expertise (technical knowledge and feminist analysis to SRHR & bodily integrity) to draft the 10-page thought piece to inform Urgent Action Fund-Africa’s ten-year strategic plan’s operationalization process. The consultant will conduct a stock take of the field analyzing the evolution of the field in Africa, theoretical/conceptual underpinnings, the current state of the field (implementation modalities, progress, and gaps), and possible politicized strategic interventions that UAF-Africa can engage to make a meaningful contribution within the ecosystem of addressing SRHR (for women, and GNC) in Africa. Among the desk review documents will include UAF-Africa’s concluding strategic plan Finger on the Pulse , Centering African Womn Feminist R/Evolution in Action strategic compass the current profile that categorizes the current grant themes which include bodily integrity, information on the kind of grants and initiatives supported under SRHR and bodily integrity as well as general literature relevant to the field.
An analytical 10-page thought piece paper including the following categories: Introduction and background to the field – definitions, descriptions contestations, and history of the field in Africa (as far back as 20 years); Theoretical/conceptual frameworks shaping the work; Current state of the field – types of interventions, achievements, gaps, key actors etc; Contributions that a pan African rapid response feminist fund can make to advancing SRHR & bodily integrity (may include suggested strategic interventions)
The Consultant is contracted based on their vast expertise; analysis, experiences working within similar fields providing the necessary professional and expert skills as desired for this assignment.
Duration and Remuneration
The consultancy will cover a total of five working days. Remuneration will be negotiated accordingly in line with standard rates for similar consultancy work.
Liaison contacts at UAF-Africa
The Programmes Director; The Executive Director; Head People & Culture.
Please submit a cover letter and profile to [email protected] with “ Consultancy– SRHR & Bodily Integrity Strategy Thought Piece” in the subject line. References, writing samples and other information may be requested. No phone calls please.