External Consultancy on Integrity Action’s Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) strategy 2016 – 2020

Organization: Integrity Action
Closing date: 20 Dec 2016

Background

Integrity Action works with communities to promote integrity-based values and behaviours through collaborative problem solving, supported by an autonomous and transparent tech tool used by citizens to drive value for money and report the percentage of problems resolved to their satisfaction. Our approach helps communities take ownership of local development projects and supports constructive engagement between citizens, the private sector and public officials to work together on improving the provision and performance of public services and infrastructures. Our mission is to empower citizens to act with and demand integrity, actively taking part in building institutions to promote a state that is open, accountable and responsive to their needs and expectations. Our vision is for a just and equitable world, where citizens are empowered and integrity is central to vibrant societies. In the past decade, Integrity Action have trained and supported citizens to voluntarily monitor services in their communities as a means to promote greater government accountability and responsiveness, ultimately improving services. Our Community Monitors are people living in communities where projects are implemented and they come from all walks of life regardless of sex, age, gender, sexual orientation, background or economic status. They are selected by and from among their peers on the basis of their attitude and aptitude, and a commitment to integrity and the public welfare of their community. Our final beneficiaries are women and men, boys and girls living in communities with extensive poverty, weak governance, and a high failure rate of development projects.

Integrity Action’s Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) strategy 2016-2020

In October 2016 Integrity Action adopted a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion strategy to ensure that gender equality and social inclusion are integrated into every aspect of our work and that our partners are supported to reduce inequalities and exclusion. Integrity Action is now looking for an experienced consultant to:

  1. Devise appropriate Key Strategic Indicators to measure impact and success of the strategy
  2. Advise on the development of tools and set processes needed for effective, efficient and economical ways to implement the Strategy
  3. Assess current state of affairs (approaches and practices) within Integrity Action and among our partners vis à vis social inclusion and gender equality
  4. Set the baseline against which to measure outputs, outcomes and impact of the strategy

Deliverables:

  1. Key Strategic Indicators are devised, discussed with and approved by IA
  2. A brief paper is produced on suggested tools and procedures for an effective implementation of the Strategy
  3. Desk research is carried out to assess the current state of affairs among IA and our partners in Nepal, Kenya, Afghanistan, Palestine and DRC
  4. A baseline is set against which IA staff can measure outputs, outcomes and impact of the Strategy

Method, design and process

The consultant will closely collaborate with the IA staff member in charge of the GESI strategy to deliver the above outputs. Additionally, the following sources will be consulted:

• Project proposals and reports from our partners in Nepal, DRC, Palestine, Afghanistan and Kenya.

• Case studies written by and about our partners

• Evaluations and data captured through our online tool DevelopmentCheck (www.developmentcheck.com)

• Interviews with IA staff

• Interviews with partner organisations staff (via Skype and email)

• Interviews with Community Monitors (via Skype and email)

• Secondary data collected by community monitors and local partners

How to apply:

The consultant should suggest the methodology they will use to ensure the information needed is captured and should suggest a timeline and a daily rate up to a maximum of 20 days of work.

Timeframe

The project’s schedule runs as follows:

12 December 2016 – Advertising the Call for Consultant

20 December 2016 – Submission of interest to IA

3 January 2016 – Contract and initial briefing

Up to 31 January 2017 – Consultation and drafting process

1 February 2017 – 1st draft to integrity Action team

16 February 2017 – Comments on the draft and final draft

Application Process

Interested consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Technical proposal:

· Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work (250 words).

· Provide a brief methodology on how they will conduct the project (250 words).

· Description of their expertise and the permanent e-mail and phone contact.

· A list of previous similar exercises previously conducted

  • Financial offer indicating estimated cost of the entire project and if the timeline can be met

Please refer to the attached GESI Strategy when drafting the technical proposal.

Please submit your interest to Annalisa Renna (annalisa.renna@integrityaction.org) by 5pm GMT on 20th December 2016.

The final contract will be offered to the consultant whose offer has received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria as follows:

· Technical expertise on gender equality and social inclusion in the development sector 20%

· Research design and methodology 15%

· Technical expertise of evaluations, baselines, indicators, logframes 20%

· Knowledge of targeted countries’ context 20%

· Soundness and cost-effectiveness of the financial offer 25%

Responsibility and Coordination

The main contact person for this evaluation is:

Ms Annalisa Renna, Community Integrity Building Grants Manager
Head office: First Floor, 364 City Road, London, EC1V 2PY, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 (0) 203 119 1187
Email:** annalisa.renna@integrityaction.org

Website: www.integrityaction.org

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