Terms of Reference
Women Affairs Center
Consultancy Services to Develop the Methodology to Identify Beneficiaries
Within the programme entitled”
HAYA- Eliminating Violence against Women funded by the Government of Canada
Women Affairs Center (WAC) was established on August 1991 by a group of activist professional women to promote women’s rights and gender equality within the Palestinian society via empowering and enhancing women abilities in a range of nontraditional skills to address the problems and respond to the needs of women under the difficult political, socioeconomic, cultural and legal context in the Gaza Strip. It’s a women knowledge based center playing an innovative and catalytic role in empowering women; and advocating women’s rights and gender equality in the Palestinian sustainable development process. WAC is an independent and nonprofit Palestinian NGO with the purpose of empowering women and advocating women’s rights and gender equality through capacity development, information and innovative research and advocacy programs.
Currently, Women Affairs Center is implementing a project entitled “HAYA- Eliminating Violence against Women “funded by the Government of Canada and in coordination with UN Women. The project aims to improving ability of women and girls to freely and safely make informed decisions to use EVAW services and advocate for comprehensive EVAW services and increased knowledge and capacity of women to demand budgeted and results oriented services to eliminate VAW. The project targets the women and girls survivors of violence in all areas of Gaza Strip. The two immediate outcomes are proposed to be accomplished to contribute to achieve a progress towards the intermediate outcome, including:
- Immediate Outcome 2.1 (Gaza) Increased ability of women and girls to freely and safely make informed decisions to use EVAW services and advocate for comprehensive EVAW services.
- Immediate Outcome 2.2 (Gaza) Increased knowledge and capacity of women to demand budgeted and results oriented services to eliminate VAW.
Through the programme “HAYA- Eliminating Violence against Women project”, the project aims to identify a total of 75 (25 women annually, 5 women per governorate per year) who survived from violence in different areas of the Gaza Strip. These women will help inform and guide the project interventions to support and increase the access of women victims of VAW to services. Also, the survivors of violence will help identify the various obstacles they faced while attempting to access these services.
The ultimate outcome of this project is reduced vulnerability of women and girls in West Bank and Gaza to all forms of violence against women and from the threat of such violence. This ultimate outcome will be achieved only if the 1intermediate outcome 1″ Increased access by women and girls to gender-responsive EVAW services (economic, medical, medical-legal psychosocial, security, shelter) free of discrimination” is realized.
The project intermediate outcome will be realized through the delivery of Immediate Outcome 2.1 (Gaza): Increased ability of women and girls to freely and safely make informed decisions to use EVAW services and advocate for comprehensive EVAW services; and Immediate Outcome 2.2 (Gaza) Increased knowledge and capacity of women to demand budgeted and results oriented services to eliminate VAW
- Overall Purpose and Scope of Assignment:
The project includes conducting a methodology to identify beneficiaries (women) survivors of violence with exceptionally high performance despite facing similar challenges and having no extra resources or knowledge than their peers, who have successfully managed to get out of the circle of violence and who are fully re-integrated into the society (Positive deviants) and are willing to share their experiences with women victims and survivors. WAC is seeking a consultant to select women based following general questions and insights:
- What kind of violence did the beneficiary face?
- How did the beneficiary manage to escape/mitigate the circle of violence?
- Was the beneficiary able to access services which support women victims of violence?
- Was the beneficiary satisfied with these services?
- How was the experience and response of the VAW service provider?
- What can be done to improve these services from the beneficiaries’ point of view.
Geographical Scope: Gaza Strip
- Approach &Methodology
Through the Eliminating of Violence Against Women – HAYA project, Women’s Affairs Center will develop a methodology for selecting a total of 75 women (25 women per year, 5 women per governorate) from exceptionally high-performing survivors of violence despite similar challenges and lack of resources or knowledge. Additional peers, who have succeeded in emerging from the cycle of violence and who are fully integrated into society and measuring (positive deviations) find out how much they wish to share their experiences with women victims and other survivors. The WAC will develop a tool to identify positive deviations, needs, interests and aspirations. (Phase 1) Positive deviations will be identified in partnership with grassroots women’s community organizations using the data collected. (Stage 2) Qualitative methods are used to establish hypotheses about how positive deviations work. (Stage 3) These hypotheses are tested in larger and more representative samples, (Stage 4) and finally, successful and positive deviant practices are widely disseminated. Based on the selection process of the women, the training activity will be carried out, the objectives will be determined based on the results that will appear during the selection process and their training needs. The consultant will use the following tools:
- questionnaire to be filled by women Survivors of violence
- field visit & meeting with CBOs
- Focus Group
- interviews with women to select potential positive deviants.
The consultant/researcher has to submit the following deliverables:
- The draft note on the methodology, plan, and approach of identifying the beneficiaries for discussion with WAC (criteria for selection). cooperation with UN Women.
- Final reason of selection and the justification for each beneficiary.
- Final report should include the following topics:
- Executive Summery
- List of Abbreviations
- Literature review
- Approach and Methodology
4- Qualifications of the consultant
WAC seeks qualified consultant /research firm or individual researcher with proven experience in the field of the sought consultancy. The consultant
/research firm or individual researcher should present set of qualifications and technical backgrounds that suits the scope of the consultancy.
Consultant/researcher company Competencies qualifications:
- Experience in the field of gender equity and GBV researcher
- Strong research and analytical skill;
- Strong proven experience and achievements in women survivors of violence research
- Proven experience working violence cases
individual researcher qualifications:
- At least 5-7 years of proven experience in the field of gender equity and GBV.
- Strong research and analytical skill.
- Proven research achievements in GBV or women survives from violence.
- Proven experience in dealing with violence cases.
5. Implementation Timeline:
The assignment is expected to take place through five weeks the period from (15 October 2019 to 17 November 2019) The assignment will commence upon signing the contract with the Consultant/researcher and will end by the satisfactory submission of the deliverables outlined in the TOR.
8. Awarding process
Offers will be assessed first on their technical merit using the evaluation criteria below. Only technical scores of at least 70 points will qualify for the financial review. The financial offer weight is 30% from the total weight while the technical offer is 70% of the total weight.
The technical offers will be scored out of 70 marks according to the following criteria:
- Quality of consultant firm resume and team qualifications
- provide examples of work/reports with similar outputs for WAC’s verification.
- Proposed methodology and approaches
- Proposed action plan
Please note that the technical and financial proposals submitted in Arabic with summary in English
CLOSING DATE AND DELIVERY:
Closing date for receiving consultancy offers is (10 October 2019) they should be delivered in envelopes with name of consultancy by hand at 12 o’clock
6. Submission of proposals:
Interested Consultant/researcher shall submit the following conditional terms:
- The technical offer must include;
- The CV of the consultant clarifying related experience. The CV should include at least:
scientific background & degree:
Number of years of work experience related to his/her role in the TOR:
Number of years of training experience related to his/her role in the TOR:
|Number of Years or months of experience (in numbers)||Project name/ training topic||Where||Donor||Achievement in the same topics of the TOR||Notes|
- An elaborated methodology for work to perform the required tasks including
the level of effort in details of each team members
- Actions plan
- Samples of previous relevant work.
- The financial offer:
The financial proposal should be submitted in NIS
Proposals should be submitted in a two separated sealed envelopes. The first envelop is a Technical Offer and the second one is Financial offer by (name of Consultant/researcher company) to the following address:
|2nd floor, Al Said Building
Khalil Al-Wazier Street, Lababidi Square
ANNEX 1: FINANCIAL OFFER
|No.||Item||Unit||No. of units||Unit cost NIS||TOTAL COST NIS|
|1||Develop the methodology to identify a total of 75 women survivors of violence.||No.||1|
|TOTAL COST (IN FIGURES) :|
|TOTAL COST (IN WORDS):|
- All costs above must be in NIS.
- All costs above must include invoice.
Name and signature of the consultant