Consultant AWEP Baseline Study

Organization: Aga Khan Foundation
Closing date: 09 Oct 2016


The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-denominational international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Its mission is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development, primarily in Asia and East Africa. Created as a private, non-profit foundation under Swiss law, it has branches and independent affiliates in 19 countries.

AKF seeks to provide sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and ill health. In Afghanistan, AKF works with rural communities in mountainous, remote or resource poor areas to improve quality of life in the areas of natural resource management, market development, governance, education and health.

The Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan (AKF (Afg)) is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of international, private, non-denominational development agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in some of the poorest parts of the developing world. The Network’s organizations have individual mandates that range from the fields of health and education to architecture, rural development and promotion of private-sector enterprise and institutions that seek to empower communities and individuals, usually in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities.

1. Rationale

This Terms of Reference (ToR) for this Consultancy for the Baseline Study of the project Afghanistan Women’s Empowerment Program (AWEP) focuses on specific technical input and support for the development of the AWEP baseline study including sampling, review of data collection tools, development of data analyses plans, and actual data analyses of data collected using the baseline questionnaire(s). The obtained information will feed into the various outcome-level project indicators to inform the project’s respective results. More information on the referred project is given in below.

2. Background

AWEP Project Overview

The Afghanistan Women’s Empowerment Program (AWEP) is a four‐year project that aims to advance women’s empowerment through increasing social and economic participation of women in the provinces of Baghlan, Bamyan and Takhar from April 2016 to March 2020.

Implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan (AKFA) in partnership with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan), the proposed program will reach an estimated 234,094 Afghans, including 219,987 women and 14,107 men, predominantly in rural areas. The beneficiaries will include rural women, personnel of the Departments of Women Affairs (DoWA) and District Governor Offices (DGOs), religious leaders, members of existing community institutions, such as Community Development Councils (CDCs), as well as members of civil society organizations and the media.

During design, consultations were held with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), provincial governments, members of Department of Women’s Affairs (DoWA) and implementation personnel from the rural development team.

Afghanistan has made marked progress over the past decade in establishing its legislative and policy frameworks to ensure that they include provisions around women’s rights in line with international standards. Important gains have been made to narrow gender differences in education, and women’s participation in public life and their political representation has increased in some areas.

One of the key missing pieces, however, resides in empowering local institutions and individuals to facilitate and realize the rights that exist on paper. This corresponds to the notion that gender is something that is understood, created and maintained across levels of society. Change at the macro policy level is not sufficient; norm and practice changes from the local to the national level are also required. Policies and legislation, therefore, must be understood as necessary but insufficient preconditions for gender equality. In order to safeguard and expand the progress made at the policy level, the period leading up to and through the early stages of transition requires coordinated efforts across actors to build awareness and acceptance of these frameworks and to identify contextualized means of moving them into practice. AWEP seeks to realize these efforts.

Theory of Change underpinning AWEP

The ultimate outcome of AWEP is to facilitate sustainable improvements in women’s quality of life through social and economic empowerment in Baghlan, Bamyan and Takhar provinces. Under AWEP, improvements in women’s quality of life will be measured through access and control over assets and decision‐making on health, education, assets and finance. This is inspired by the Global Affairs Canada Definition of Empowerment: “Empowerment is about people — both women and men — taking control over their lives: setting their own agendas, gaining skills, building self‐confidence, solving problems, and developing self‐reliance”.

The key assumption that guides AWEP is that through the creation of both Institutional Capacity and an Enabling Environment, individual women can be empowered socially and economically through interventions which allow them to build their own capacity to engage with public life and integrate into the economy. All activities are designed to target the individual, the household, the community and the broader societal structure, the four levels where women’s empowerment needs to occur.

3. Responsibilities and deliverables of Consulting Assignment/ Timeframe- Schedule:

Major tasks expected from this consultancy is focused on design and analysis phases of the baseline study. A total of 15 days are estimated for the following key deliverables and inputs:

· Develop sampling strategy and sampling determination. It is expected that the consultant will document this strategy/sample size for integration into the final baseline repor

Deliverable: Sample strategy and sampling determination

· Provide feedback on data collection tools produced by AKF

Deliverable: Feedback about DCT

· Review of developed outcome-level data analysis plans for questionnaires and provide feedback

Deliverable: Feedback about outcome-level DAP

· Conduct Analysis of baseline data and production of output tables for the use into a summary document. It is expected that the consultant will also provide a description of the analysis which will be integrated into the final baseline report.

Deliverable: Analysis of baseline data and production of output tables

The successful candidate will be provided with a copy of the performance measurement framework.(PMF) and documents requires to carry out the outlined tasks.

4. Required Qualifications.

  • At least a Masters’ Degree in statistics, rural development or related field
  • Minimum of 10 to 15 years of experience in rigorous study design, sampling, descriptive and/or inferential statistical analysis
  • Experience in gender analysis and gender sensitive research methods, and best practices in measurement of women’s empowerment programs
  • Demonstrated experience in the design of data collection and analysis plans, and communication of the results in a meaningful way to non-statisticians
  • Knowledge about women’s empowerment and participation programming
  • Ability to critically analyze and effectively communicate results of research
  • Knowledge or experience in field data collection processes
  • Experience working in post conflict scenarios such as in Central Asia and specifically Afghanistan

· Previous experience working with AKF

· Relevant experience working with a multicultural team, sensitive and respecting of social norms and conduct

  • Excellent organizational skills

5. Work location(s)

The consultant will be based in their home-base for the entire duration of the assignment. No travelling to Afghanistan will be needed relating to this specific assignment.

How to apply:


Applicants meeting the above requirements are requested to submit a cover letter along with their CV and the names of three references electronically to No later than October 9th 2016 or submit hard copy to AKF, National Programme Office House No 41 Street No. 2, Qala-e-Fatullah, Kabul, Afghanistan

Important Notes:

Please quote the Vacancy Number as the Subject of the e-mail when sending your application.

Supporting documents, e.g. diplomas, recommendation letters, identification card(s) etc., are not required at this stage, therefore not to be sent along with the application.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for further assessment.

Aga Khan Foundation – Afghanistan is an equal opportunities employer. Women are encouraged to apply.

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