Feasibility Study- Gender and Disability Analysis
1. BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT
January 2019 marked a six-year high of violent attacks in the conflict between nomads (Fulani) and local farmers in central Nigeria. Although the number of violent incidents has decreased since the peak in January, it remains worrying and this year the conflict has led to more reported deaths than Boko Haram. Much of the increase in the overall level of violence in 2018 is due to a few states: Between 2017 and 2018, the number of acts of violence rose from 26 to 100 in Benue State, from 20 to 69 in Plateau State and from 1 to 40 in Nasarawa. In addition, the neighbouring state of Taraba is also partially affected by the conflict.
The conflict has serious humanitarian and economic consequences for the affected regions: From September 2017 to June 2018, an estimated 176,000 people in Benue, 100,000 in Nasarawa, 100,000 in Plateau and 20,000 in Taraba were displaced by the conflict. The majority of IDPs are women and children. Some of the displaced remain with relatives in safer parts of the states, others find shelter in temporary IDP camps (often in schools and churches). The government can only partly cover the humanitarian needs of the internally displaced and the provisional IDP camps are often heavily overloaded and do not have sufficient clean drinking water and adequate WASH facilities. The health conditions of the IDPs is also extremely poor. (International) aid and development organisations have so far paid only little attention to this conflict, as the current focus remains almost exclusively on those states affected by Boko Haram in the northeast. The Humanitarian Response Plan for UN-OCHA for 2018 does not include any activities/funds for Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa or Taraba.
The economic burden of the conflict is also increasing: the displacement and continuing insecurity have brought agriculture partly to a standstill. In the states of Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau, food production is estimated to have fallen by 33% to 65% in 2018 due to the conflict.
The ongoing conflict generates chronic health, social and economic burdens for host communities and internally displaced persons. This core problem is to be addressed by CBM and its partners through the project focusing on strengthening the livelihoods and the necessary WASH and health infrastructure in the coming years.
The project is implemented in 50 communities across 13 LGAs in Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau States.
2.1 Overall Project Objective:
Strengthening the resilience of conflict-affected host communities and internally displaced persons with attention towards disability inclusion in Benue State, Nasarawa State and Plateau State by establishing inclusive health and WASH services and income generating activities.
2.2 Specific objective:
To contribute to the reduction of disabilities and mortality in Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states.
1) Host communities and IDPs have access to inclusive health services
2) Households in the communities (host communities and IDPs) have access to inclusive WASH services.
3) Vulnerable households in the communities (host communities and IDPs) have expanded and diversified their sources of income by forming savings groups.
2. GENDER AND DISABILITY ANALYSIS: OBJECTIVES, SCOPE AND INTENDED USE
The purpose of the gender and disability analysis is to assess how gender relations within the communities may affect CBM’s project designed for returning families and other community members in the targeted states of Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau and suggest better ways of engagement on gender and disability inclusion for improving the quality of our approach and ways of working, both internally and with partners, and uphold our commitment to equality and non-discrimination in all that we do.
3.2 Scope and Task
The focus, scope and depth of the study should be in line with the project’s outline and complexity and should be embedded in the political, economic and cultural context of the target states to be covered by the project. The study should analyse how CBM’s programmes and projects can impact women, men, girls and boys with disabilities differently and suggest how CBM and its partners can better ‘walk the talk’ on disability and gender equality within the framework of broader justice and equality for all.
The key areas to be investigated by the study include:
1) Conduct gender and disability analysis based on the project concept and the draft project components, outcomes, outputs and activities, identifying barriers and avenues for gender and disability mainstreaming in the project;
2) Assess and identify the existing institutional, policy and legal frameworks of project-related sectors (health, WASH and livelihood) relevant to ensuring gender equality, disability inclusion and do-no-harm in the project proposal;
3) Assess the feasibility of girls/women related project activities based on the project components and identify risks as well as potential negative effects;
4) Review and provide analysis on overarching policy documents on gender and disability of relevance to the sectors;
5) Analyse international and national experience of mainstreaming gender equality issues to similar projects;
6) Undertake situation analysis and synthesis of gender inequality issues in the health, WASH and livelihood sectors specific to the project’s proposed activities;
7) Asses and document (elaborate) gender and disability sensitiveness of the project outcome, objectives, activities, indicators and targets to the specific needs, capacities and priorities of women and men;
8) Synthesize opportunities and interventions to address bottlenecks to address gender inequality and gender related risks especially for girls/women in the sectors while making sure the most at-risk groups (e.g. persons with disabilities) are taken into consideration;
9) Identify and recommend appropriate disability and gender sensitive indicators, targets and activities in the implementation of project incorporating the various sub-assessments;
10) General socio-cultural differences in the conditions, needs, participation rates, access to resources and development, control of assets, decision-making powers, etc. between girls/women and boys/men (including persons with disabilities) in their assigned gender roles in areas of operation.
11) Specific differences in perceptions, attitudes and practices towards men/boys versus women/girls with disabilities in areas of operation.
While carrying out the assessment, the consultant will be expected to administer CBM’s newly released Disability and Gender Analysis (DGA) toolkit as one of the key tools, which is designed to strengthen our accountability, organizational learning and reflection, the quality of programme implementation and organizational performance, as well as monitoring and evidence of change over time.
The application of the DGA toolkit will include: (1) the individual self-assessment which is designed to be undertaken anonymously by individual staff and partners prior to undertaking further assessment of an organisation, programmes or projects. It helps staff prepare and recognise how our own deeply entrenched attitudes and practice impact our approach to disability and gender equality; (2) the organizational assessment which identifies areas for improvement within three dimensions: organisational culture, governance, structure and capacity. These dimensions are designed to strengthen commitment and capacity to prevent non-discrimination and promote disability and gender equality internally; (3) the programme/project assessment which helps to analyse disability and gender equality in a project or programme across the project cycle.
The DGA toolkit will be provided to the consultant at the onset of the assignment / upon contract signature.
The consultant is expected to use a variety of methods to collect and provide detailed analysis plan. Participatory methods should be used to collect qualitative and quantitative data. The consultant is expected to share/include proposed data collection tools.
Data can be gathered through:
· Literature review of existing documents and review of context and poverty trends of the target states.
· Application of CBM’s Disability and Gender Analysis (DGA) toolkit.
· Application of relevant criteria from Humanitarian Inclusion Standards (HIS) and Core Humanitarian Standard for Quality and Accountability (CHS).
· Field visits to meet the target communities and observe the physical as well as biological conditions in the villages of the target states.
· Interviews and workshops with the partners’ and CBM key staff and other project stakeholders.
· Key Informant Interviews (KIIs).
· Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) involving primary project participants (men, girls/women, youth, persons with disabilities, etc.), other social groups and key stakeholders.
· Reflection and feedback sessions with staff and partners.
· Report writing and debriefing with project and CBM management teams.
· Other methods should be used that are appropriate to assess the feasibility of the project.
4. STUDY TEAM AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
5.1 Commissioning Responsibility
The gender and disability analysis will be managed by the CBM Nigeria Country office which will oversee the implementation and quality of the study. The external consultant will report to CBM Nigeria. CBM will have the following responsibilities:
· Monitor and assess the quality of the gender and disability analysis and its process;
· Provide guidance and institutional support to the external consultant;
· Provide and/or coordinate logistical support to the consultant;
· Facilitate the consultant’s access to key stakeholders and specific information or expertise needed to perform the assessment;
· Ensure that all stakeholders are kept informed;
· Review and approve inception report field work.
· Review and approve data collection tools before field work.
· Approve the final report. All products related to the gender and disability analysis shall be submitted to CBM Nigeria at the end of the assignment and upon approval of the final report.
5.2 Consultant Profile
The gender risk analysis will be conducted by an independent consultant who will work in close collaboration with CBM Nigeria CO and the partner organisations. The consultant must have multi-disciplinary expertise with a key background and expertise in gender programming and disability inclusion. Persons with disabilities and especially women with disabilities must be involved in conducting the gender risk analysis to best assess the inclusiveness of the proposed project components.
Required Expertise: (Only Consultants resident in Nigeria should apply)
· Advanced degree/MSc degree in gender, disability studies, social studies or any other relevant field.
· A demonstrated track record of carrying out similar type of assessments focusing on gender and/or disability inclusion.
· In-depth knowledge and practical experience of working on gender mainstreaming.
· Proven senior-level evaluation experience (at least 5 years) including knowledge of evaluation methodologies.
· Ability to provide strategic recommendations to key stakeholders related to gender and disability mainstreaming.
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including ability to facilitate and work in a multidisciplinary team.
· Strong experience in disability inclusive development (DID).
· Strong analytical skills and ability to clearly synthesise and present findings.
· Ability to draw practical conclusions and to prepare well‐written reports in a timely manner.
· Availability during the proposed period.
· Vast experience in working with multi-stakeholder partnerships.
· Familiar with Humanitarian Inclusion Standards (HIS) and Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS).
· Values the active involvement and engagement of stakeholders.
· Has working experience in different countries.
· Well-demonstrated familiarity/experience with the Nigerian context, especially in the North East and North Central Nigeria.
· Has good intercultural experience.
· Is fluent in English.
Candidates with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.
5.3 Logistics and Coordination
CBM Nigeria CO will provide the available documents or information pertaining the study. CBM (CBM Nigeria and CBM-D) shall review and provide feedback on the deliverables of the consultant and facilitate debriefing sessions of the consultant. Besides, CBM will assign experts to coordinate and monitor the consulting team to improve the quality of work and access to available information.
5.4 Technical and Financial Proposal
The consultant is expected to submit both the technical and financial proposal (copy and original) based on these terms of reference (ToRs) including his/her CV and a detailed work plan for the entire assignment to CBM. The consultant should submit necessary documents pertaining to licenses. A TIN number or VAT certificate is mandatory. It is expected that the applicants for this job show all costs related to feasibility study including taxes according to the rules and regulations of the Federal Inland Revenue Service of Nigeria or the tax authorities of the respective home country of the consultant.
5.5 Selection Criteria
Regarding the selection criteria, the technical and financial proposals will account 70% and 30% respectively. The main evaluation criterions of the technical proposal are: evaluation methodology (20%), team composition/key personnel (20%), professional experience (10%), experience relevant to this evaluation (10%), experience/contribution in the region (10%).
5. DELIVERABLES, REPORT AND SCHEDULE
6.1 DELIVERABLES **
· Inception report
· First draft report
· Final report of feasibility study (15 – 20 pages max.)
· Submission of hard and electronic copies (in accessible format) of materials, data collected / analysed and other documents related to the feasibility study.
· A summary Power Point presentation highlighting main findings and recommendations.
6.2 REPORT AND AUDIENCE OF THE EVALUATION
6.2.1 First Draft Report
Feedback meeting will be held at CBM Nigeria – Abuja Office where the first draft report will be presented to stakeholders. **
6.2.2 Final Report
The consultant will incorporate comments from all relevant stakeholders and submit the final report to CBM Nigeria in accessible electronic format (following CBM’s accessibility guidelines) plus 3 hard copies. The final report (electronic version) will also be provided to CBM-D.
The copy right of the final report will belong to CBM.
6.3 Tentative Time Schedule
Review of project documents and inception report and provide feedback to the consultant
The consultant will be selected based on clearly set criteria and notified in writing. Contract will be signed.
Feedback and finalization of assessment tools
Consent on (time) plan for the assessment and methodology, approved by CBM.
Data collection in the field
Field data collected.
Data analysis and preparation of draft report
Draft report generated.
Feedback collected and incorporated.
Finalisation of the assessment and submitting final report.
Final report is produced and presented.
Terms of Payment
CBM shall be pay the consultant in full upon submission and acceptance of the final report of the assessment ( alternatively: CBM shall pay an advance to the consultants of 20% after signing the consultancy contract, 20% payment at submission and approval of inception report for the gender risk study and the remaining 50% upon submission and acceptance of the final report of the feasibility).
How to apply:
Interested consultants are expected to submit a detailed expression of interest (technical and financial proposal) to [email protected] by 6th April 2020 at 5pm with the following components:
· Proposed methodology demonstrating clear understanding of the ToR (sampling framework and data collection strategy)
· Work schedule clearly indicating milestones.
· CV(s) of consultant(s) who will undertake the study, including full name, physical addresses, telephone number(s).
· References of two or three previous clients.
· Written samples of previous similar assignments/links to previous reports.
· Proposed budget indicating clearly consultant’s fee and all auxiliary costs in local currency (NGN).