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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR CANADIAN EXPERTS ON GE/SGBV CURRICULUM, AND RESEARCH

 

“No to Gender Violence in Sri Lanka” is a four-year project implemented by Developing World Connections (DWC), a Kamloops BC-based NGO, in partnership with Global Affairs Canada. The project’s goal is to reduce violence against women and girls in Sri Lanka by: i) changing behavior and attitudes towards the acceptability of violence against women and girls; ii) promoting effective leadership by civil society organizations (especially women’s and youth groups) against sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and for gender equality (GE); and iii) supporting more effective implementation by local government of prevention of SGBV and support of victims. This project should provide opportunity for many women and girls to lead a better, safer life.         

Project elements include: (1) training on SGBV and gender equality to youth groups, including training of youth trainers; (2) training for women’s federations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and project trainers to strengthen how to oppose SGBV, support victims and advocate for gender equality; (3) training on prevention of SGBV and support to gender equality for village level officials, NGOs, select authorities; and (4) coaching and consultation on SGBV and gender equality for experts, NGOs and local authorities. The project will support artistic youth to create art (drama, visual arts, and music) to challenge social values as well as using social media to implement youth’s own ideas to fight SGBV.

Developing World Connections is partnered with the Sri Lanka Center for Development Facilitation (SLCDF) and the Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR) to implement the project. SLCDF is the lead Sri Lankan partner, an experienced NGO which has carried out considerable anti-poverty programming through strengthening civil society in the three project Districts of Hambantota, Batticaloa and Kilinochchi. CENWOR is a well-experienced feminist research organization in Sri Lanka. CENWOR will provide gender expertise to the project, carrying out action research on GE/SGBV topics.

Training is at the heart of the project. The first project activity will be to review existing GE/SGBV curriculum. Next, a multi-day workshop (likely to take place in early 2021) will bring together 15 experienced GE trainers in Colombo to strategize on improving the existing curricula to be more engaging and effective, and to identify new modules that could be developed and delivered through the project. Then a sub-set of key trainers would develop and adapt that curriculum for the different target groups.  Finally, trainers would be hired to deliver the training to the various groups in the three project Districts of Sri Lanka, including a training-of-trainers component for local Women’s Federation and youth potential trainers in the Districts.

DWC is seeking Canadian curriculum developer(s) with experience in GE/SGBV topics to assist the Sri Lankan trainers in reviewing GE/SGBV curricula and teaching guides, participating in the main curriculum workshop (remotely) and afterward providing their advice to DWC and SLCDF as the curriculum is developed, potentially including a limited amount of curriculum drafting.  

A parallel project activity is to support CENWOR in its action research on GE/SGBV in Sri Lanka. A Canadian GE/SGBV research expert will be hired under this RFP to assist CENWOR and provide international perspectives to their project research on GE/SGBV.  See below for more details.

CURRICULUM EXPERT:

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is seeking one Curriculum Expert. If two candidates have strongly complementary skills, the contract may be divided between two applicants, at the discretion of DWC. 

MANDATORY EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Extensive knowledge of GE and SGBV
  • Strong experience in curriculum development: andragogy and pedagogy
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural experience and sensitivity
  • Experience in the process of synthesizing curriculum design with social sciences subject matter (including gender-related)
  • Familiarity with Sri Lankan social context
  • Master’s Degree in Education or related field

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Experience in SGBV and GE programs
  • Experience in GE/SGBV curriculum development
  • Deep knowledge of Sri Lankan social context
  • Knowledge of one or more Sri Lankan native languages (Tamil or Sinhala)

RESEARCH EXPERT:

A research workshop will be held early in the project with CENWOR and other GE experts, including a Canadian GE researcher (online/ remotely), to determine priorities and a work plan for action research. Some research will focus on GE issues in each project District, and other topics will be on national policy issues that have relevance to the project. Probable topics include: research on early marriage and child mothers; research on root causes of SGBV in post-war context (North and East); research on root causes of SGBV in southern Sri Lanka (Hambantota); research on Cybercrime; and, research on sustainability of SGBV interventions. At least two of the research projects will incorporate research to reduce male backlash to GE. Following the research workshop, the Canadian expert will support one or more of the research topics as part of the research team with CENWOR, depending on the candidate’s strengths and interests and how they can best contribute to the Sri Lankan research. The Canadian expert would also be expected to review all the project-related CENWOR research as draft reports are completed.

This Request for Proposals is seeking one GE/SGBV Research Expert.

MANDATORY EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Extensive knowledge of GE and SGBV topics
  • Strong experience in GE-related research
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural experience and sensitivity
  • Strong familiarity with Sri Lankan social context
  • Master’s degree in gender-related field (e.g. sociology)
  • Evidence of practical orientation, demonstrating an interest in doing research useful to promote safer women and girls in Sri Lanka

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Strong experience in SGBV research
  • Deep knowledge of Sri Lankan social context
  • Knowledge of one or more Sri Lankan native languages (Tamil or Sinhala)
  • Doctorate in gender-related field (e.g. sociology)

DETAILS FOR BOTH POSITIONS:

For both curriculum and research experts, the maximum daily rate is C$400 per day.  Those proposing a lower fee will receive consideration in the rating grid. (1% bonus score for every $10 less than $400, to a maximum of 20% bonus points).

For the curriculum expert(s): DWC expects the bulk of the work to be completed in the first half of 2021. This will include review of existing Sri Lankan and international curriculum, assist with strategy and preparations for curriculum workshop, participate remotely in workshop (probably half day for 3 consecutive days), comments on revised curriculum and teaching guides, and other follow-up with curriculum designers. See the Logic Model; in particular, Output 1123. The Logic Model is available upon request. 

For the curriculum experts, DWC has budgeted for up to 44 fee days.

For the research expert:  DWC expects the workflow to be more spread out over a couple of years, starting in the first quarter of 2021. This will include review of Sri Lankan GE/SGBV current research and context, discussions online with CENWOR, participation in project action research workshop (likely in spring of 2021, possibly two consecutive half-days), participation (advice, brainstorm, review) of one or more action research topics, review and comments on the other action research papers as they are drafted; potentially, participation in project GE/SGBV policy seminars nearer the end of the project . See the Logic Model; in particular, Outputs 1222 and 1223.  The Logic Model is available upon request. 

DWC has budgeted for up to 25 fee days.

There is a budget for international travel with both positions. The initial plan had been to send Canadian experts to Sri Lanka for both the curriculum and research workshops and related meetings/ research. Now, due to COVID-19 restrictions, both workshops will be attended online.  Depending on the progress of the pandemic, and the needs of the project after those workshops are completed, there may be an opportunity for one follow-up trip to Sri Lanka.

PROCESS:

Qualified applicants should submit their proposal(s) by January 4, 2021.  They should include a CV, and a cover letter outlining:

  • Fee expectation (up to C$400/day)
  • A paragraph or two highlighting most relevant GE curriculum or GE research experience (respectively)
  • A paragraph or two describing your vision for your role in the assignment (curriculum or research), and how you would approach working with Sri Lankan colleagues
  • A paragraph or two on what way(s) you think you can best support the project’s ultimate outcome (safer women and girls in Sri Lanka).
  • (If not otherwise covered in cover letter paragraphs above, or self-evident in CV): additional information to highlight how you meet the mandatory and/or desirable experience and skills for the position.
  • Confirmation that you will be able to manage unusual working hours to participate in virtual workshops in Sri Lanka.

If you have any important RFP question that needs clarifying prior to the application deadline, you can email DWC at info@developingworldconnections.org up to 23 December 2020.  

The RFP assessment will most likely include a phone interview, at DWC’s discretion.

Thanks for your interest in these assignments, and best wishes.

 

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