RFQ FY21 – 076 Developing specific guidance on Gender Transformative Programming and Influencing for the Areas of Global Distinctiveness

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Organization: Plan International
Closing date: 7 May 2021


In Plan International we have made a commitment to adopt a gender transformative approach in all our work so that all our programme and influence work can come together to contribute to gender equality in development, humanitarian and nexus contexts. To achieve this we must focus on improving the quality of our gender transformative programming and influencing work. As part of our global strategy, 100 Million Reasons, Plan International identified six thematic areas for our programme and influence work called Areas of Global Distinctiveness (AoGDs), to help us develop better strategies, programmes, funding proposals and projects, and achieve impact, quality and thought leadership. Most of our work falls into one or more of these thematic areas whether in humanitarian or development settings. These include;

• Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
• Youth Activism, Governance and Participation (LEAD)
• Protection from Violence (PfV)
• Inclusive Quality Education (IQE)
• Skills and Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (SOYEE)
• Early Childhood Development (ECD)

The Gender and Inclusion Team and the Gender and Inclusion Group (GIG) developed Getting It Right: A Guidance Note for Gender Transformative Programming and Influencing which establishes a common language on what we mean by gender transformative programming and influencing and outlines what steps must be taken by our staff and partners to effectively put our commitment to gender equality, girl’s rights and inclusion into practice. We believe there are six elements which when combined can help us gradually achieve gender transformative programming and influencing. The six elements are;

• Addressing gender norms throughout the life-course.
• Strengthening girls’ and young women’s agency.
• Advancing both the condition and position of girls, young women, and women.
• Working with boys, young men, and men to embrace gender equality and exercise positive and diverse masculinities.
• Responding to the needs and interests of girls and boys in all their diversity.
• Fostering an enabling environment for gender equality and girls’ rights.

The Gender Transformative Marker was also developed as a tool for measuring potential of a project to contribute to gender transformative change. The Marker is modelled upon the six elements of gender transformative change which are key for the quality of a project and also outlines what must be considered during situational analysis and key project processes in order to contribute to gender transformative change.

To support roll-out of the Marker under each AoGD, tailored guidance is required to deepen the understanding of the Marker criteria and provide examples on how each of the six key elements can be addressed thematically. This AoGD specific guidance will accompany the use of the Gender Transformative Marker and support Plan staff in designing, implementing and monitoring high quality gender transformative projects across development and humanitarian settings, protracted crises in particular. The guidance will support staff and partners to integrate the six elements in tackling the root causes of gender inequality and reshaping unequal power relations in order to achieve the full realisation of girls’ rights and equality of children and young people in all their diversity.

Overall objectives:

The Gender & Inclusion Team would like to develop short practical programmatic guidance for each AoGD to strengthen the potential contribution to gender transformative change of each key thematic area which Plan International focuses on.

The objectives of this assignment include to:

• Unpack what each of our six key elements of gender transformative programming & influencing means in the different AoGDs, with specific additional criteria per element e.g. high potential for SRHR should include work on bodily autonomy (sexual agency), value clarification, and norms around virginity/control of sexuality
• Provide specific examples for each AoGD of how to put the six elements of gender transformative PIA into practice in
• completing a situation analysis
• defining programming and influencing strategies and activities
• formulating goals, outcomes and measuring contribution to gender transformative change.
Scope of the assignment

There currently exists a general Gender Transformative guidance note, core packages for each AoGD consisting of Core Components, Results Framework and Indicator matrices as well as guidance notes for gender transformative programming in ECD and IQE that may be used as a basis for developing specific guidance for each of the AoGDs.
In order to provide good practice examples for each thematic area, specific countries may be chosen as case studies. The consultant, in discussion with subject matter experts in Plan International, will decide which focus countries are most suitable. Case studies may also be sourced from outside of Plan International’s work especially for AoGDs that do not as yet have many examples of good practice.


The process of developing the specific guidance will involve extensive consultation with various key stakeholders within each AoGD network, the Gender Transformative Policy and Practice Department and across Plan International. The consultant will develop a detailed methodology for consultation, data management and co-creation in their inception proposal.

The methodology is suggested to include the following:

Literature review- The consultant should conduct an external desk review of effective approaches, strategies and activities for working on the 6 elements that projects could include in each of the thematic areas. They will also review key resources within Plan International such as the Gender Transformative Approach, Getting It Right guidance note and the Gender Transformative Marker as well as the AoGD core packages, results frameworks and theory of change for each respective thematic area. Previous and existing Plan International projects and initiatives that have included components of the elements of gender transformative change will also be reviewed to inform this process.

The guidance should also build on other relevant external resources and examples of gender transformative programming and influencing such as research and evaluations coming from each sector and academia.


Remote key informant interviews and surveys with selected representatives from Plan International’s regional hubs, national and country offices as well as selected partner organisations may be included to ensure appropriate engagement in this work. Key staff to engage with will include practice and policy leads for each AoGD Hub, and gender & inclusion specialists at country, regional and global levels, amongst others. Ability to collect data and feedback in French, Spanish and English (potentially other languages as well) will be very useful.

Key Deliverables

  1. Inception report including:
    • Detailed timeline
    • Methodology
    • Consultation plan

  2. Six AoGD specific guidance notes on Gender Transformative programming and influencing

  3. One case study of good practice for each AoGD (total 6 case studies)


The proposal should include a timeline for development of the guidance between May – September (5 months).
Lines of Communication.

The contract will be managed by the Gender Equality Specialist (Global Hub), however the consultant will also be working closely with the AoGD Practice Leads. The consultant will consult with relevant stakeholders, particularly staff from the AoGD Hubs networks, the Global Gender and Inclusion Team as well as the Gender and Inclusion Group.


This assignment is best served by a consultancy team with a diverse skill set across the six thematic areas which also meets the following criteria;

• Postgraduate degree in social sciences, gender studies, human rights or equivalent expertise and professional experience in human rights, gender equality and preferably in issues of social inclusion
• Experience and understanding of a rights-based programming and influencing, gender transformative approaches in the context of children and young people's rights.
• Experience with LGBTIQ+ inclusion and disability inclusion programs will be an added advantage.
• Experience on one or more of the thematic areas i.e. child protection, sexual reproductive health and rights, education, and others relevant to Plan International's AoGDs across development and humanitarian settings, protracted crises in particular.
• Adopts an intersectional approach and promotes feminist approaches and ways of organising
• Applies learning-oriented approach and ability to engage in a constructive dialogue.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills in English, and preferably French or Spanish.
The role will be home based/remote with regular call with focal points at Plan International.

How to apply:

To review the full RFQ pack, including details on how to submit a bid, please visit https://plan-international.org/call-tenders

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