Terms of Reference
Women Affairs Center
Consultancy Services to Review and Update WACs Study Report which assesses the social norms that hinder access to VAW services for women survivors of VAW
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
- Purpose and Scope of Assignment:
The project aims to assess the social norms that hinder access to VAW services for women survivors of VAW. WAC is seeking a consultant to elaborate an evidence-based research to measure the following information:
1- The main obstacles facing women to access VAW related services
2- Customs and traditions and their impact for Women to access VAW services
3- Women’s lack of awareness / knowledge of legal and social referral systems
4- Identify the cultural traditions, stigmas, minsets and general societal culture which hinders women’s access to VAW services
Geographical Scope: Gaza Strip
- Approach & Methodology
The study aims to identify the main obstacles that women face in accessing services in response to GBV, and what are the main reasons that why victims do not have access to these services (behaviors, attitudes, lack of services or lack of awareness of services and providers)
This study will primarily measure two important things: 1-the number of women who know about this existence of these services, their providers and their places,
2- number of people actually using these services and officially documented in service providers.
On the other hand, the study will measure the effectiveness of these services in eliminating violence against women and assess women experiences in face obstacles accessing violence against women services.
This study is based on another task which is identifying 75 women survivors of violence who will be work with them throughout the project through GBV training, increase knowledge about how to access to these services and other activities aim to raising awareness of the importance of these services and facilitating their free and safe access.
We want to mention that this study focuses on the diversity of target groups of women vulnerable to violence or victim of violence or survivors of violence to know more about obstacles that they faced and measure the ability to reach more women and make them aware of the importance of services and how to access them. Also, the researcher must use mix methods (Quantity & Quality method) and use the following tools:
- Baseline & End line questionnaire.
- questionnaire to be filled by women Survivors of violence.
- interviews with women to select potential positive deviants.
- Focus Group.
- Workshops to disseminate positively deviant practices.
The consultant/researcher has to submit the following deliverables:
- The plan for delivering this assignment via methodology.
- A draft note with preliminary findings of the study report to be presented for discussion with WAC
- A draft study report with findings and recommendations to be shared with WAC for comments cooperation with UN Women.
- Final elaborated study report considering WAC’s comments.
- Implement a presentation session (PPP) for results of the study
4- Qualifications of the consultant
WAC seeks qualified consultant /research firm or individual researcher with strong experience in the field of GBV research. The consultant /research firm or individual researcher should present set of qualifications and technical backgrounds that suits the scope of the consultancy. Consultant/researcher Competencies:
- 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
5. Implementation Timeline:
The assignment is expected to take place through three weeks in the period from ( 15 of October 2019 to 3 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.
7. 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 study report.
- 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
8. 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 to perform the required tasks including the level of effort in details of each team members
- Proposed study outline
- 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 the company/ individual research) 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 a study report that measure ability of women and girls to freely and safely make informed decisions to use EVAW services and advocate for comprehensive EVAW services .||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