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TERMS OF REFERENCE Gender Assessment: Nepal/India Transboundary Resilience project

Location:Baltimore, MD
Employment Type:Other
Department:International Programs

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) was founded in 1945 by Lutherans in the United States to respond to the humanitarian needs of post-war Europe. Today, LWR serves millions of people in poor and vulnerable communities around the world regardless of race, religion, orientation or ethnicity. Driven by local needs, LWR works with local organizations to strengthen their capacity and to ensure sustainability of programs addressing emergency relief and preparedness, agricultural development, water and sanitation, health and livelihoods, government accountability, and resilience in the face of climate change. LWR holds itself to the highest standards of transparency, accountability and stewardship, testing innovative approaches and then seeking ways to bring proven methods to scale.
The Nepal-India Trans-boundary Resilience Project (TBR) is a collaborative initiative of Lutheran World Relief (LWR), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and four local non-governmental organizational partners in Nepal and India to support flood resilience for households in approximately 200 communities (200,000 people) along the Gandak/Narayani and Koshi river basins covering both Nepal and India. This is a three-year scale-up building on a prior nineteen-month project implemented between February 2017 and August 2018. The TBR project will empower these communities to prepare for, respond to and recover from hydro-meteorological shocks by improving the effectiveness of early warning systems in a trans-boundary context and supporting livelihoods through better agricultural practices, and access to savings, credit and insurance facilities.

Consultancy purpose

For the new three-year scale up project, slated to begin in January 2019, LWR seeks to take a gender integrated approach to programming, designing its interventions based on a gender assessment to be carried out in February 2019.
The purpose of this consultancy is to perform secondary and primary data analysis to inform a gender assessment of the different roles and needs of men and women living in flood-affected communities along the Nepal/India border, and the different constraints they face. The data collected through tools designed by the consultant, and analysis performed by the consultant, will inform the intervention approach taken by LWR and its partners through the Nepal/India Transboundary resilience project.
For TBR, LWR seeks to ensure that men and women are able to participate in and benefit from project activities. The project will promote, support, and facilitate gender equitable approaches, identifying and reducing the presence of gender-based constraints. Furthermore, building resilience for all members of the household necessitates an understanding of the intra-household dynamics that govern decision-making (e.g., food and resource allocation). The project therefore seeks to conduct a gender analysis with the objective of assisting TBR in:
i. identifying gaps and strategies for ensuring that both men and women benefit from the project's activities and results,
ii. developing a monitoring plan for key gender considerations for each project activity in order to assist with the team's implementation and future gender-informed monitoring.
While no single framework is required to guide the data collection and analysis, the gender analysis must include attention to both qualitative and quantitative data to address different domains of social life that either shape or are influenced by development interventions:
• Laws, Policies, Regulations, and Institutional Practices
• Cultural Norms and Beliefs
• Gender Roles, Responsibilities, and Time Use
• Access to and Control over Assets and Resources
• Patterns of Power and decision making

The analysis will draw on the following data sources:
• Relevant background data on gender issues in Nepal and India drawn from appropriate development literature;
• Structured interviews conducted by the team members while in Nepal with both men and women
It may be necessary and appropriate to organize both same-sex and mixed group interview sessions, particularly with producer associations and community groups.

Consultancy scope
The detailed scope of this Gender Assessment assignment is as follows:
1. Review available background data on gender issues related to communities vulnerable to flooding.
2. Conduct quantitative and qualitative assessment of the gender issues in the targeted communities and specifically related to the four project outcomes (Outcome 1: Communities have institutionalized and effective early warning system, Outcome 2: Communities have improved climate smart and flood resilient livelihoods, Outcome 3: Trans-boundary Citizen Forums (TBCF) are strengthened and revitalized, Outcome 4: Communities have public-private led initiatives for strengthening EWS and DRR). The data collection will be done by field staff identified by LWR and trained by the consultant. The consultant will not participate in the data collection itself.
3. Identify gender-based constraints and recommendations of suggested actions for ensuring that both men and women benefit from the project's activities and results.
4. Propose project interventions to address the constraints and indicators to measure the success of the actions.

Deliverables, timing and length of assignment
January 2019
• Desktop review
• Development of draft questionnaires
• Questionnaire review and finalization
• Fieldwork training prep
February 2019
• Fieldwork training (in Nepal)
• Remote technical assistance during data collection
• Data analysis and formulation of draft report
Early March 2019
• Final report, including full analysis of secondary and primary data, identification and analysis of gender-based constraints, and suggested interventions and indicators.

Implementation Arrangements
Applicants should have experience of working in Nepal and/or India.
LWR's headquarters-based Regional Program Manager II, Asia and the Middle East will oversee the consultant's contract and will identify a country-based staff member to coordinate and provide technical supervision with the consultant(s) in Nepal to:
• compile and provide existing project background documents
• communicate the purpose of the consultancy to the partners and respondents; finalize and communicate meeting dates with partners and respondents
• Identify the data collectors to be trained by the consultant
• arrange meeting venues for the field sessions, as needed
• arrange for the training sessions for the data collection team
• coordinate meeting/feedback/something for collaborative sensemaking

Individual consultants or applicants' collective teams should meet the following minimum criteria:
• Deep commitment to LWRs core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners
• Have degrees in Gender, Social Work, Anthropology, Economics or a related field.
• Have proven experience working with international development organizations and/or NGOs to assess relevant gender constraints and develop gender monitoring plans or strategies.
• Have a good working knowledge of field-tested quantitative and qualitative performance evaluation methods and programming strategies commonly used in DRR and agricultural development projects.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Interested consultants should apply online on the LWR website and send their proposal with the job title (Gender Assessment: Nepal/India Transboundary Resilience project) in the subject line to HR@LWR.Org. All proposals should be submitted electronically, no later than midnight EST on December 15, 2018.
LWR reserves the right to modify, postpone or cancel the selection process without prior notification or consultation with bidders
Applicants should submit brief (no more than 5-7 pages in total, excluding attachments) proposals in English, and should include the following:
1. Capability Statement: a description of experience of the individual consultants/consulting organization with the subject matter, including a description of similar experiences by identifying references (organization/agency, contact person, telephone/email contact information, deliverables, etc.)
2. Technical Proposal: a description of how the objectives and deliverables outlined in this assignment will be met (including approach and methodology, timeframe, priorities, role of each consultant, etc.).
3. Financial Proposal: a financial proposal including the level of effort for all deliverables. LWR will cover the cost of travel and translation of documents. Please prepare budget(s) in US$ and include notes as necessary.
Financial proposals are reviewed to determine if the program can be delivered according to the proposed design, and to ensure that costs reflect an understanding of the responsibilities of LWR and the consultant. Cost proposals are strongest when the following are apparent:
• Overall costs are fair and reasonable;
• Costs support the program as defined in the technical proposal;
• Costs are presented and calculated according to responsibilities of the service provider and LWR as outlined in this ToR;
• Expert and organizational costs and fees are substantiated and a breakdown of costs is provided (unit cost, number of units).

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