Call for Consultancy Services: Challenging Constructions of Masculinity that Exacerbate Marginalisation of Women and Youth

Call for Consultancy Services

Project Title:              Challenging Constructions of Masculinity that Exacerbate Marginalisation of Women and Youth.

Consultancy Title:    Documentation of community practices, religious and cultural norms around the construction of masculinity

Issue Date:                 05 May 2018

 

1.      Background

1.1 Research Study Overview

Over the past twenty years an active men’s movement on challenging harmful social constructs of what it means to be a “man” has grown in Zimbabwe however there is limited knowledge and empirical evidence on male involvement in gender equality to inform policy development, civil society programming and community practices. It is thus significant and imperative to produce knowledge on the importance of engaging men and boys. What is also key is the sharing of strategies to effectively implement work on masculinities and gender equality as well as documenting the impact of working with men and boys on promoting inclusion and rights.

 

Explaining the various forms of male identities has the potential of changing the wrong perception that presents gender issues only as women’s agenda. To achieve gender equality there is need for more men committed to gender equality, men that understand well that equality is not only understood in terms of   the laws that condemn all forms of violence but also to the fact that women have a place and say in politics and the economy, as well as to the ways children should be raised. With this background, SAfAIDS is calling for a consultant to conduct a field study to document the complex community practices, religious and cultural norms around the construction of masculinity that exacerbate the marginalisation of women and youth.

 

Objectives of the Documentation

 

Objectives:

                                                                          

Objective 1: Field study documenting the complex community practices, religious and cultural norms around the construction of masculinity that exacerbate the marginalisation of women and youth. This includes data collection, analysis and reporting of the findings.

 

2.2       Specific Objectives

The specific objectives of this assignment are to:

  1. Collect and analyse data that pertain to community practices, religious and cultural norms around the construction of masculinity that exacerbate the marginalisation of women and youth.
  2. Produce a detailed report describing findings on male identities
  3. Present findings of the above study at various programme forums with partners and related stakeholders.

 

1.2       Overview of Documentation

Research study is a scientific way of creative and systematic work undertaken to build or increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humans, culture and society.

The phenomenon is studied in detail, cases are analyzed and solutions or interpretations are presented. It can provide a deeper understanding of a complex topic or assist a person in gaining experience about a certain situation. Research studies in the gender norms context are normally in both qualitative research and quantitative research as these two complement each other.  

2.         Purpose and Objectives of Documentation

2.1       Purpose

The main purpose of this assignment is to identify and document community practices, religious and cultural norms around the construction of masculinity that exacerbate the marginilisation of women and youth.

3          Methodology

3.1       Design of Study

The research will be a mixed approach that utilise both quantitative and qualitative research methods. This research study will apply FGDs, KIIs and use of Scientific Questionnaires with pre-defined gender inequitable norms to assess  and document community practices, religious and cultural norms around the construction of masculinity that exacerbate the marginilisation of women and youth. 

 

The following six steps (recommended by The University of Texas) should be followed:

  1. Determine the research question and carefully define it. The consultant will develop the question guided by SAfAIDS.
  2. Choose the cases and state how data is to be gathered and which techniques for analysis will be used. The consultant to articulate this in the technical proposal.
  3. Prepare for data collection.
  4. Data collection
  5. Data analysis
  6. Report writing.

3.2  Key Questions

  1. What were the prevailing gender norms, beliefs and practices (both positive and negative) that promote masculinity and marginalise women and youth in your community?
  2. Which gender norms, beliefs and practices did you experience or were you exposed to when you were below the age of 18 years (are experiencing if still below the age of 18) both at household and community level that you think are further marginalising young women and youth?
  3. What are the cultural, social or religious practises that impede women and young adolescent girls in particular from achieving equity and equality to their male counterparts? In addition, if there, what is the impact of such practises to the success of adolescent girls and young women in your community?
  4. Who or what were the influencers of perpetuating existence or removal of the gender norms (negative or positive) that promotes masculinity and further marginalise the women and youth in your community?
  5. What should be done to accelerate transformation of negative gender norms at community and household level to reduce further marginilisation of women and youth in your community?

3.3       Deliverables

The following are the key deliverables for this assignment:

  1. Technical proposal detailing proposed study design, data collection methodology, key themes based on project expected outcomes and strategies used to deliver the project, work-plan and proposed budget by 9 May, 2018. The proposal should not be more than 10 pages;
  2. Inception report by 11 May 2018.
  3. Field Data collection by 14 May 2018.
  4. Data analysing and Data presentation to SAfAIDS by 18 of May 2018.
  5. Draft Research Report to SAfAIDS by 25 May 2018.
  6. Final Research Report to SAfAIDS by 8 June 2018.

 

The exercise is to be carried out within 45 days from the date of contract signing. To facilitate attainment of these deliverables, SAfAIDS will support the consultant through provision of all the necessary documents, sensitisation and mobilisation of key stakeholders and provision of technical support throughout the process, including guidance on the write-up and presentation of all content.

 

4          Consultant Qualification and Experience

The consultant should have at minimum a Master’s Degree in Public Health or Social Sciences. In addition, the consultant should possess the following:

  • At least seven years’ research experience on issues particularly SRH, Gender and Health in general;
  • Experience in using participatory approaches and innovative facilitation techniques especially with young people;
  • Demonstrable experience in documentation of case studies;
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills; and
  • Clearly stated references for works previously performed.

4     How to Apply

Applicants with the experience, skills and expertise for this assignment should submit a technical proposal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. not later than 9th of May 2018 by 10am. The technical proposal should detail the following:

  • Understanding of the ToR;
  • A capacity statement including demonstrated ability to handle the assignment (including samples of previous relevant work);
  • A detailed plan of conducting the exercise, with clear description of the methodology;
  • Budget breakdown detailing consultancy and data collection costs; and
  • A list of three recent and relevant organizations where similar services of the consultant have been utilized including contact details and title of assignment.