Consultant - Gender Transformative Programming - Dili, Timor-Leste
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action – helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.
Since establishing operations in Timor-Leste in 2007, we have earned a reputation for innovative and high quality programming. We promote a community-led, market-based approach to addressing key challenges to improved well-being through greater resilience, resolved root causes of poverty, and inclusive economic growth so that Timor-Leste is able to thrive beyond oil.
Purpose / Project Description:
Mercy Corps has always integrated gender into program approaches but recently committed to increasing the focus of gender equality as a standalone objective within program portfolios and the organization in general. In light of this trend, Mercy Corps is looking to develop a Timor-Leste specific gender transformative programming approach with the potential for roll out across a number of its programs (MRED, TOMAK, and CROPS). Our goal is to have an evidence-based approach with the potential to shift both household and community level norms around gender, specifically, equitable workload and decision making. These approaches will be sensitive to gender based violence (GBV), with the indirect aim of preventing and reducing GBV within households. The country team has established an overarching methodology for the approach, focusing on four interlinked core activities:
- Internal capacity building- Staff training and preparation
- Household dialogues- Capacity building at a household level of couples linked to Mercy Corps’ programming. This primary objective of the dialogues would be to provide couples the tools and confidence needed to change restrictive gender norms
- Male outreach- Male peer to peer outreach focused on changing norms at a community level. This would primarily focus on building the tools and confidence of male champions to engage their male peers in changing restrictive gender norms.
- Influential leader outreach- It is anticipated that this would be developed as potential parallel programming in the future. While leader outreach is not a focus of this consultancy, it is listed here in order to provide an overview of all activities.
While these overall approaches are clear, the specific methodologies and tools needed to implement the activities still need to be thought through. The consultant will support Mercy Corps in this effort by reviewing existing approaches and curricula, then using a consultative approach with team members to develop a Mercy Corps specific program approach, complete with any necessary program curricula, outreach tools, trainer facilitation guides and sample workplans and indicators. This approach will then be piloted under Mercy Corps’ MRED, TOMAK and CROPS program, with potential to scale to the rest of the country portfolio.
The Consultant will:
- Hold consultative discussions with key informants from the program team within Mercy Corps and key development partners implementing similar work, such as TOMAK, CARE, Marie Stopes, and the Coffee Cooperative
- Review existing content- Mercy Corps Gender Dialogues ToT and curriculum (Nepal and Niger), TOMAK gender dialogues (Timor-Leste), Mercy Corps Male Engagement Curriculum (Uganda), and any relevant content from development partners in Timor-Leste (Male Engagement Activities from the Coffee Cooperative), and recommend strategy moving forward
- Refine content into a Mercy Corps Timor-Leste approach- using a consultative approach to develop curriculum, training facilitation guides, outreach tools and sample workplan, budget, and associated Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) plan. This includes all elements of curriculum production from content development (including pictures if necessary) to pretesting
- Together with program team, train Training of Trainers (ToT) staff on the approach
Consultant Deliverables and Timeframe/Schedule:
The Consultant will provide:
- Draft a workplan for review – 1 day after signing agreement
- Detailed outline of gender transformative approach - +9 working days
- Draft Facilitation Guide for household dialogues, along with any associated training tools and outreach materials - +7 working days
- Final Facilitation Guide for household dialogues, along with any associated training tools and outreach materials - +6 working days
- Draft Facilitation Guide for male engagement, along with any associated training tools and outreach materials - +7 working days
- Final Facilitation Guide for male engagement, along with any associated training tools and outreach materials - +6 working days
- Draft staff ToT facilitation guide, along with any associated training tools and outreach materials - +4 working days
- Final staff ToT facilitation guide, along with any associated training tools and outreach materials - +2 working days
- ToT training to implementing staff - +4 working days
- M&E Plan recommendation report for HH dialogues and male engagement - +2 working days
- Final report - +2 working days
The Consultant will report to:
Director of Programs
The Consultant will work closely with:
Program Managers and technical staff from Mercy Corps as well as TOMAK SBCC Advisor (also Mercy Corps) and TOMAK Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor.
Required Experience & Skills:
- 5+ years of experience in gender transformative programming in a developing country context
- 5+ years prior experience in staff capacity building using behavior change theory to address gender, nutrition, food security or other related areas
- Advanced degree in Gender Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Development or other related studies
- Proven track record developing behavior change programming, from curriculum development to implementation
- Required ability to speak and write in fluent English, with Tetum fluency an added advantage
- Familiarity with Timor-Leste a plus
- Familiarity with Mercy Corps a plus