Consultant– Results-Based Evaluation Framework for the Prevention of GBV (GBV PEF)

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InterAction
Published
March 4, 2020
Location
Washington, D.C.
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Description

About InterAction
InterAction is the largest alliance of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the U.S., with over 190 members working in every developing country. Members are large and small, faith-based and secular, with a focus on the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations. The U.S. public, foundations and governments support the work of our members who collectively invest and manage over $18 billion a year. InterAction’s own funds come from dues and generous grants from others, such as foundations, corporations and governments. Using its collective voice, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions as wide range of foreign assistance, relief, development, environmental and other issues that advance human dignity.

Position Summary
Position Title: Consultant/s – Results-Based Evaluation Framework for the Prevention of GBV (GBV PEF)
Position Type: Part-time, short-term
Location: Washington, DC + Homebased
Duration: Part-time/Short-term (between April 1st through January 30th, 2021)
Travel: Yes (three country missions)
Reporting to: Senior Technical Advisor-Protection

Background
In 2019, with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), InterAction launched a two year project to develop a results-based evaluation framework for GBV prevention (GBV PEF) that could identify methods, approaches, and strategies used as a basis for program design, such that protection outcomes ultimately can be evaluated. The intended audience for the GBV PEF is humanitarian practitioners in the field, headquarter-level protection/GBV advisors, and any organization that has declared GBV prevention as an outcome (including prevention of conflict-related sexual violence). This project is steered by an Advisory Committee of experts and humanitarian organizations implementing GBV programming.
A scoping exercise was conducted in 2019 with a view to mapping out a range of GBV risk patterns being addressed in crisis settings, the interventions undertaken, and the methods and tools used to track and measure prevention outcomes. The scoping exercise revealed a need for an evaluation framework to consider 1) the degree to which programmatic interventions are fit for purpose; 2) the evaluability of a program; and 3) effective methods that support measuring GBV prevention in conflict. It was also clear that there was a need to come to a common understanding around definitions and concepts that underpin GBV risk analysis and prevention interventions in conflict.
InterAction is moving into the next phase to develop a prevention evaluation framework. This phase of work will involve iterative steps of research, consultations, and field-level engagement. While the components of the PEF have not been finalized, it is envisioned that the PEF will:
· Introduce a shared language by defining all relevant terms.
· Provide detailed guidance on continuous context-specific GBV risk analysis.
· Emphasize outcome-oriented methods, including articulation of causal pathways towards a measurable outcome and selecting and designing contextualized theories of change.
· Focus on context-specific, participant-driven indicators that address the components of risk, including a variety of ways that safety can be measured.
· Incorporate the four components of evaluability, while ensuring a participatory approach to data collection, managing expectations, and reducing unintended consequences.
· Consider how to measure results from multi-disciplinary strategies and provide guidance on selecting and designing appropriate evaluation methods.
· Integrate ethical considerations in measuring GBV prevention, including threats that could be exacerbated through community engagement on GBV.
· Promote participatory approaches to all prevention work, from assessments to evaluations.

Responsibilities:
InterAction seeks proposals from Consultancy Teams to help undertake the development of the PEF. The development process will include additional research, consultations and field-level engagement in the form of workshops and focus groups with relevant actors in three prioritized countries.

Teams should consist of an overall leader responsible for the development/writing of the framework, along with additional team members that can support research and/or field-level engagement. The Consultancy Team will be expected to work closely with the Senior Advisor-Protection at

InterAction and with the Advisory Committee of the GBV PEF.
Interested applicants should propose a methodology for the development of the PEF. While InterAction is interested in exploring a variety of methodologies or approaches to support this undertaking, proposed methods should include:
· Country-level engagement consisting of bilateral interviews with relevant actors; focus group discussions with a variety of stakeholders; and in-country workshops that undertake risk analysis and theory of change exercises
· Additional research and/or inquiry to support identified components of the PEF
· Several iterations of the PEF that help solicit input and feedback from multiple stakeholders
Expected Deliverables:
· An inception report that includes key issues identified, a refined timeline and methodology, and roles and responsibilities of the team/InterAction/Advisory Committee during the consultancy
· Three field missions (estimated at 2 weeks per mission)
· Field level engagement Summary Reports with identification of issues relevant to the PEF, key findings, and recommendations for whether and how they should be addressed in the PEF
· At least two drafts of the PEF, with revisions based on input received with the Advisory Committee
· Constructive engagement in an in-person workshop with the GBV PEF Advisory Committee in Washington, DC to analyze and critique a draft version of the PEF (fall 2020)
· Finalized PEF
Qualifications:
Applicants will be evaluated based on the full team composition.

Team Lead:
· A Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field and specialty (e.g. public health, international social work, humanitarian action, human rights, gender, gender-based violence, protection, child protection);
· At least 10 years of experience working on issues of protection and/or sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian action working in/with government, international organizations, or international NGOs;
· At least 5 years of field experience working in situations of armed conflict and emergencies;
· Demonstrated background working on or developing strategic-level frameworks or structures that influence policies and programs;
· Demonstrably superior research and writing skills, with an ability to synthesize large amounts of information quickly,
· Excellent writing skills to produce clear and succinct pieces of written materials targeted at a variety of audiences;
· Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and manage time and competing demands effectively while working under pressure with tight deadlines;
· Strong network and professional relationships to support dialogue and engagement with key interlocutors within the humanitarian and academic communities.

Team members leading Field Level Engagement
· At least 10 years of experience working on issues of protection and/or sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian action working in/with government, international organizations, or international NGOs;
· At least 5 years of field experience working in situations of armed conflict and emergencies;
· Demonstratable skills that include community-level engagement, facilitation of field-level workshops and focus groups that include participatory approaches, and networking/relationship- building;

Qualifications within the team
· Familiarity with monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methods and practices, preferably experience measuring sexual and gender-based violence and/or protection programming, specifically prevention programming;
· Experience measuring outcome-level evaluations;
· Experience measuring prevention programs (measuring the prevention of GBV or protection in conflict desired);
· Familiarity with policy and practice regarding gender-based violence in emergencies;
· Strong conceptual and analytical thinking with an ability to identify issues, distill, and communicate complex ideas;
· Ability to pro-actively pursue objectives and activities through inter-personal and inter-agency collaboration;
· Able to balance the need to work independently while collaborating closely with other team members.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
There are no extraordinary physical requirements for the performance of the essential functions of this position. InterAction will make reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

CONSULTANCY BID
Interested applicants should send the following documents to jobs@interaction.org indicating
Consultant-GBV Prevention Framework in the subject line:
• Cover letter that addresses qualifications relevant to this solicitation
• Curriculum Vitae (CV) for each team member of the proposed Consultancy Team including three references per member and if possible, as a full team
• A proposal of no more than 1500 words that includes;
 an outline of the proposed methodology,
 timeline of activities,
 number of days expected per activity/deliverable,
 a proposed budget outlining fee per team member x # of days of work. (Note, InterAction will cover all costs associated with field missions including flights, airfare, in-country accommodation/transportation, and in-country workshops)
• Writing sample by the Team Lead (approximately 1500 words) demonstrating writing skills and critical analysis of protection, child protection, and/or GBV within humanitarian action; the example should demonstrate the consultant’s use of plain language principles
• Consultancy proposed rate/s per team member along with reflected salary histories per team member

The position will remain open until filled but applications received before March 31st are preferred. Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted.

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