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Snap Plaza 8th floor, Bole Next to The Millennium hall. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Job Description:

1.    Background

SOS Children’s Villages in Ethiopia (SOSCVE) is a member association to the International Federation of SOS Children’s Villages. It is non-political, not-for-profit, and non-religious social development organization focused on the wellbeing and development of children and young people. SOSCVE was founded in 1974 and has been a development partner since then with positive outcomes in the lives of many children, young people, families/caregivers and communities. The Organization is currently operational in seven program locations in the country, basing its national office at Addis Ababa.

There is no standalone project that entirely focuses on gender, rather gender is mainstreamed in each and every program component of SOSCVE. In principle, the organization gives due credit and emphasis for gender issue and every effort is made as to realize gender equality in its undertakings and programming. When selecting partners and local implementers, gender dimension is among the cardinal criteria to liaise with and considered. 

A ‘‘gender audit’’ is one aspect of what is referred to as ‘‘mainstreaming’’  analysis, mainstreaming gender in public policy, including legislation, regulations of different organizations, allocations, taxation and social projects, from the point of view of their effect on the status of women in a general society. The basic assumption of gender audits is that policies impact differently on men and women. The variance stems from the different roles of women and men in the family and from the level economic status of women. The purpose of gender audit is to lead to changes in policies and practices that contribute to an increase in gender equality (Swirski, 2002:2)

SOS Children’s Villages in Ethiopia is making efforts to ensure gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment initiatives at all level of the program in all its program locations. In all its programing, it has made several initiatives to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment in Ethiopia. To further reinforce these in Ethiopia as well as in SOS Children’s Villages programs at all level, the national SOS office in Ethiopia is seeking to undertake a gender audit and this TOR is designed to inform its development. The gender audit ordinarily centers on analysis of organizational processes and support for gender integration and mainstreaming such as resource allocation, capacity and policies.

As per the 2007 ILO statement on gender analysis, gender audit establishes a baseline value, identified gaps, challenges and hood practices and recommends ways of addressing gaps as well as new and more effective strategies as appropriate.  The gender audit would further complement the gender gaps recognized in internal reviews and will serve the organization as a recognized value addition application to further mature the issue into instrumental gender action strategies/plans. The gender audit will draw on the lessons learned from other organizations and will shadow the methodologies and assessments of the ILO gender audit tool.

Thus, this term of reference is prepared to outline the purpose/objective, scope, and methodology to undertaking organizational gender audit and strategy.

2.     Purpose of the Gender Audit and strategy development

The overall purpose of the audit and gender strategy is to assess the status of gender relations on organization culture, practices, programs and organizational performance and identify suitable recommendations for addressing identified weaknesses, improve strengths that contributes to an increase in gender equality. Specific purposes includes the following but not limited to:

-       To understand organizational competencies in terms of addressing the gender issues.

-       To incorporate gender equality issues in the SOSCVE’s planning and future performance

-       To build organizational ownership for gender equity initiatives

-       To inform the development of fitting strategies that can address the gender gaps identified.

3.    Methodology

Both primary and secondary data will be gathered on various indicators of gender audit/gender mainstreaming/ using both quantitative and qualitative tools.  Focused Group Discussion, Key informant interview, semi-structured interview and survey are suggested to be used to assess
key issues related to gender mainstreaming, practices of SOSCVE and to come up with key recommendations for future programming.

The secondary data will also be used to complement the information obtained through key informant interviews, focus group discussions, semi-structured interviews and survey questionnaire. Other than this, the consultant should come up with appropriate methodology to collect the required information and triangulate the findings guided through the ILO gender audit tool.

4.    Scope of the Study

The gender audit will cover the gender related work of all SOSCVE departments and programs in Ethiopia at all levels to provide a baseline for the status of gender equality and inform the development of gender integration and mainstreaming strategy for the organization as a whole.

The gender audit study will cover the following points but not limited to:

  • Considers whether internal  practices and related support systems for gender mainstreaming are effective and reinforce each and whether they are being followed;
  • Monitors and assesses the relation progress made in gender mainstreaming
  • Establish a baseline for further assessments of gender equality
  • Identifies critical gaps and challenges
  • Recommends ways of addressing them and develop new and more effective strategic document/guideline
  • Documents good practice towards the achievement of gender equality 
  • Present the findings in the validation workshop. 

NB: the study will cover six program locations of SOSCVE in different parts of the country (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gode, Hawassa, Harrar, and Jimma) plus the National Office.       

5. Deliverables

The consulting firm should produce the following deliverables:

Gender audit report with the following sections: executive summary with major findings and recommendations; introduction with objectives, scope, methodology, timeline, constraints and limitations; key findings based on the above-mentioned issues under section 4 and recommendations.

Job Requirements:

The consulting firm needs to be licensed and have a renewed license for the current fiscal year. Those firms who can avail testimonies of undertaking gender audit study will be given priority to this assignment. Specific requirements includes the following:

  • Master Degree in gender studies, development studies or any other relevant social science subjects.
  • A minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in areas of gender analysis, auditing and related baseline studies.
  • Excellent command of oral and written English
  • Knowledge of the ILO gender audit tool
  • The consulting firm needs to assign relevant professional background to undertake the gender audit study. It would be advisable to recruit gender professional at second degree qualification as deemed necessary. 
Job Category:
Consultancy and TrainingDevelopment and Project ManagementQuality Assurance
Consultancy and Training, Development and Project Management, Quality Assurance
Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa
SOS Children's Villages Ethiopia SOS Children's Villages Ethiopia

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