Operations Research Training

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Description :

Background

Family AIDS Caring Trust Zimbabwe (FACT) is a Christian-based national organization operating in Zimbabwe since 1989. With support from Tearfund UK, FACT together with Anglican Relief and Development in Zimbabwe (ARDeZ) and Zimbabwe Orphans through Extended Hands (ZOE) are implementing the Transforming Masculinities project in Nyanga, Mutare and Umguza districts. The project intends to address Sexual exploitation and abuse faced by mostly women and girls. Despite numerous community interventions that have been undertaken to address different forms of communities’ vulnerability, issues of gender disparities and how in turn they fuel the exploitation and abuse of women and girls have not been entirely addressed. Gender-based violence is regarded as being rooted in the historically unequal power relations between men and women. The reality is that violence against women and girls is the result of an imbalance of power between women and men. Notably in Zimbabwe, sexual exploitation of women arises from social, cultural and religious practices that suppress women, and may also make it unacceptable for men or women, girls or boys, to step outside socially assigned gender roles. Some of the contributing factors being societal norms on sexual rights and manhood; commercialization of ‘lobola’ or bride price; socialization processes that perpetuate the exploitation of women and girls. However, despite the enactment of laws to protect women sexual gender-based violence remains high. Statistically, the majority of perpetrators of SGBV are men and boys; hence the need to enhance positive masculinity specifically focusing on addressing the individual knowledge and behaviour of men and boys and the social norms that lead to male violence against women and girls. The aim is to promote positive models for being men and women, for leadership, and for restoring relationships at every sphere of society, not to challenge existing gender roles directly, but rather to question the values assigned to those gender-ascribed roles, the gender norms based on unequal power, and the values and status assigned based on people’s gender identities.

However, it is also important to note that men and boys may also experience gender-based violence, including sexual violence. Faith leaders and faith traditions can equally be powerful agents for change in addressing SGBV. The aim of the Transforming Masculinities approach is to work towards gender justice through a gender transformative model, founded in the principles and sacred texts of our faiths that value the wellbeing and equality of all human beings, hence the involvement of churches. The project engages Faith leaders to provide leadership and support for the Transforming Masculinities process, identification of “Gender Champions” key male and female members of the community to be trained as facilitators of small group discussions named ‘community dialogues’

Purpose and Objectives of the Consultancy

Operations research is part of M&E that provides a more powerful approach to decision making also employing this concept to assist in achieving more complete datasets and can also predict possible outcomes. Operations research can also be tailored to specific programmes to determine techniques most appropriate in solving problems. The primary purpose for the consultancy is to develop the capacity of partners under the Tearfund UK Consortium, to be able to understand operations research and operationalise it aligned to the SEA project. The specific objectives for the assignment are as follows: Designing an operations research/impact evaluation parallel to the project implementation, including the tools, instruments and protocols necessary to operationalize the research/evaluation; To facilitate training of consortium partners to understand the applicability of operations research concepts into the current SEA project as well as convert generated data into documents.

Scope of work: (Description of services, activities, or outputs)

Given the above purpose and objectives of the call, the consultant(s) is expected to produce an operations research protocol for the SEA project and deliver/facilitate a five (5) day training workshop to Tearfund Consortium partners. The Consultant(s) seeks to: Facilitate training to the team so they understand what operations research is and its difference with other types of research; Ensure they understand the applicability of operations research concepts into the current SEA project as well as convert generated data into documents; Design an operations research/impact evaluation parallel to the project implementation, including the tools, instruments and protocols necessary to operationalize the research/evaluation.

Methodology and Ethical Consideration

  • The selected consultant will be required to prepare a detailed approach and methodology in consultation with FACT for both the training workshop and the Operations Research Protocol.
  • The assignment must be conducted in an ethical and professional manner. It is imperative for the consultant(s) to: Guarantee the safety of participants/respondents and everyone involved in the assignment; Apply protocols to ensure high quality and professional standards; Store securely and confidentially all information that they may collect or made available to them by the organization for the purposes of this assignment.

Expected Deliverables and timeframe

  • The assignment should be completed in two weeks post the engagement date. The consultant is responsible for the following deliverables: Inception Meeting between the consultant and FACT team to clarify the assignment and other logistics and contractual issues (to be held within two (2) days of being selected); Inception Report (within three (3) days of contract signing) – The report should give a clear and concise context analysis concerning operations research. It should include a description of how the consultants have understood the assignment and how they will carry it out including the timeframe and budget as well as methodology and tools to be used; Facilitate training workshop for Tearfund Consortium partners (within one week of contract signing); Compile the Training Workshop Report (within 7 days after the workshop); Draft the Transforming Masculinities (SEA) Project Research Protocol (within 3 weeks of contract signing); The consultant and FACT team (on behalf of the Tearfund Consortium Partners will agree on the structure/outline of the final product.

Management Arrangements

  • The consultant will report to the Executive Director and assigned Staff Member –will be responsible for leading the whole process and to ensure timely completion of the deliverables as outlined in these terms and engagement contract. However, he/she will have to work directly with FACT Management and staff as may be assigned by the FACT Executive Director at every stage of the assignment.

Required qualifications and competencies

  • The consultant is expected to have the following qualifications, knowledge and skills: A Masters degree in Social Sciences, Humanitarian Development; Disaster and Risk Management, Development Studies; Public Health; Social Work; Project Management or any other relevant qualifications; A post graduate training or qualification in Research is essential; A proven record of facilitating research training workshops of similar nature is a necessity; Must have extensive knowledge on Sexual exploitation and Sexual gender-based violence issues; Good writing and verbal communication in English is essential; Project management experience and the ability to meet deadlines is of paramount importance; Good quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills; Excellent analytical and report writing and presentation skills; Demonstrated experience coordinating and working with partners on similar activities.

To apply

 To apply potential consultants are required to submit the following; A brief application letter expressing interest to undertake the assignment. The application letter should clearly indicate when the consultant is available to start work; A proposal outlining the methodology; work plan and budget including consultancy fees and travel expenses. Maximum 5 pages; A sample of previous similar work; The detailed CV(s) of the consultant(s) with traceable referees. Send application to [email protected] Deadline: 22 June 2021


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