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Country: Jordan
Organization: Finn Church Aid
Closing date: 25 Feb 2021

Finn Church Aid (FCA) is the largest Finnish organization for development cooperation and the second largest provider of humanitarian assistance. FCA operates in twelve countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and has over 70 years of experience from international aid. FCA specializes in supporting local communities in three priority areas: Right to Livelihood, Right to Quality Education and Right to Peace. Our operations includes long-term development cooperation, humanitarian assistance and advocacy. FCA has been working in Jordan since 2012 with focus on mitigating the impact of the regional refugee crisis especially among youth and young adults. Over the years, the priorities of the country program have gradually shifted from Education in Emergencies to long-term resilience and reduced aid dependency of both refugees and vulnerable host communities. These goals are promoted especially through various livelihood interventions.

Objective of assignment:

Design and deliver Women Group Discussions to address challenges in young women economic participation and seek solutions using participatory approach within the scope of the Social and Economic Empowerment for Women project.

1- INTRODUCTION
Social & Economic Empowerment for Women” Project is funded by Women’s Bank of Finland. The Project is based on human-rights based approach as it aims to promote the right to work and adequate standard of living of its target group through implementing FCA model approach which focuses on building entrepreneurial skills of the beneficiaries and support the economic growth of their newly established businesses. It is implemented by Finn Church Aid (FCA) in Zarqa, Irbid and Amman governorates from 2019-2021. FCA aims to achieve the following results:

Targeted women have technical and business skills enabling them to start their own business.
Targeted women have knowledge of and access to financial resources for business development.
Gender related barriers for women to access labor market and entrepreneurship are addressed through community activities
As part of the project, focused group discussion sessions for women (right holders) will be organized to discuss challenges in employment and entrepreneurship and seek solutions. The discussion groups will be open to all women aged between 18-35, both Syrian refugees and host community members taking part in the project or from the local community of each targeted area to tackle the barriers for women to access the economic environment. The group discussion will be also advertised through networks and social media and may be live-streamed to reach a bigger audience besides than the beneficiaries. The subjects of the group meetings will include such topics as women’s economic rights and empowerment as well as support to women to form social initiatives. During the discussion groups, women will share their successful strategies of overcoming barriers to (self-) employment and provide peer-support. Role model women, who have overcome those barriers will be invited to the meetings. The key messages from the right holders will be used for advocacy toward duty bearers. Twenty four meetings will take place in each project location with about 15 women per group on rotating principle. However, if subject could not be covered in one session or some women are very active and motivated to participate in other sessions inviting them again can be possible. Targeted women will be mostly economically active or had been active and currently unemployed.
2- BASIC FUNCTION
The Consultant for the women empowerment activity will provide a range of technical, coordination and reporting responsibilities in the design, implementation and facilitation of 48 women group discussion sessions at Irbid & Amman, advocacy work based on discussion sessions conclusion to support the project in one of its delivery pillar. Working with Women/youth focused CBOs and project team members. Further, s/he is expected to provide technical direction in the design and implementation, and in collaboration with project staff.
3- RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS:
The Consultant will be responsible for design, facilitation, implementation and reporting of the Women Empowerment activity and is required to ensure that all aspects of the activity are implemented in accordance with the project directions and objectives, including:
 Meet and work with the local partners and guest speakers, as needed.
 Draft and finalize the Sessions Plan, including, but not limited to; topics, activities, guest speakers and material for the Project Manager Review and approval.
 Prepare required reporting and documentation templates.
 Responsible for conducting and facilitating the discussions and brainstorm sessions and keep them moving in a direction that produces reliable outcomes that will be used for advocacy toward duty bearers.
 Provide recommendations and develop project advocacy plan according to the results of delivered sessions.
 Responsible for implementing advocacy plan with relevant project stakeholders in coordination with FCA Jordan office and Head Office in Finland.
 Accountable to do no harm principle and maintain safe and professional environment at all assignment activities.
 Submission of regular reporting after the sessions based on each targeted location.
 Meet regularly with project staff for updates and feedback.
4- DELIVERABLES:
• Sessions Plan, including, but not limited to; topics, activities, guest speakers and material for the Project Manager review and approval
• 48 sessions completed.
Submit Comprehensive Advocacy Plan based on the results of previous and current year women support group/ women group discussion sessions. Consultant must use FCA Advocacy Plan template.
• Submission of 3 reports:
I. Women Support Group Final report is due on 30th April, 2021. It should detail status of completed activities, summery recommendations combining the last (Zarqa) and current year (Irbid & Amman) findings and conclusion; summary accomplishments; summary of labour hours provided; and summary financial report
II. Advocacy progress report is due on August 31st, 2021.
III. Final Advocacy results report including recommendation letters to duty barriers and positive changes for right holders. The report is due on 15th October, 2021.
• Signed “FCA code of conduct” document.

5- CONSULTANCY PERIOD:
• Contract period: Start date
June 1 2021 End date
October 30 2021
 Sessions dates and timing:
Sessions are expected to start as of first week of March 2021, 6 sessions per week/ 2 sessions per day, and 2 hours per session anytime between 9am – 2pm.
6- OTHER REQUIREMENTS & CONSIDERATION
• Must have at least 5-10 years of experience in gender issues, gender equality and female empowerment, preferably having worked on similar activity;
• Knowledge of or experience in applying appreciative inquiry and participatory approaches highly desirable
• Must have personnel with relevant experience and qualifications to implement the proposed scope of work; Must have experience in working with INGOs, government agencies and local community;
• Strong technical and general writing skills.
• Must be deadline-oriented, with high standards for quality.
• Must be able to coordinate/collaborate with beneficiaries of the project
• FCA provides a driver and vehicle to targeted destinations mentioned above.
• FCA provides stationary needed for women support group sessions.
• FCA will hire volunteers to assist consultant in outreaching targeted women and coordinating all related venue details
7- SELECTION CRITERIA AND SCORING
Proposals will be evaluated according to the Proposal Evaluation Criteria below by the Review and Selection Committee. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Part 1 Description of criteria Tick as appropriate All required documents are submitted?

Summary of Relevant Experience
two Performance References
Draft Sessions Plan
Financial proposal
Part 2 Experience (TOTAL possible point: 80 points) No. Description of criteria Max. possible score
Relevant experience
50
Personnel capabilities
30
Part 3 Cost Evaluation Criteria (TOTAL: 20 points)
Reasonableness and logics of the budget 20 Total 100/100

How to apply:

Assignment duration: 5 months

Proposal Instructions

The Consultant shall submit its best price offer/proposal in accordance with the Scope of Work (SOW) and shall contain the following:

 Curriculum Vitae
 Draft Sessions Plan, including, but not limited to; topics, activities, guest speakers and material;
 Proposed Advocacy methodology/approach ent.
 Summary of Relevant Experience. Consultant should list current and previous relevant projects;
 At least two Performance References for similar work;
 Financial proposal
 Only shortlisted applicants must submit valid non-criminal certificate

to

procurement.mero@kua.fi

The Subject line of the email should read: “Submission to RFP No. 2021 – 11996 WGD”

Proposals received after the exact time specified for receipts of offer shall be considered late and shall not be evaluated.



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