Consultancy service for the production of Learning Publication for Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) Programmes in Africa

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Plan International
Closing date: 31 Aug 2020

About Plan International

We strive to advance children’s rights and equality for girls all over the world. As an independent development and humanitarian organisation, we work alongside children, young people, our supporters and partners to tackle the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood and enable children to prepare for and respond to crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge. For over 80 years we have been building powerful partnerships for children, and we are active in over 75 countries.

Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA)

The Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) is a joint initiative of Plan Nederland, Terre des Hommes Netherlands and Defence for Children - ECPAT Netherlands. The GAA is led by Plan Nederland and is implemented in strategic partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Dialogue and Dissent framework (2016-2020). In the Africa Regional Programme, the Girls Advocacy Alliance consists of Plan International, Terre des Hommes, Defence for Children – Sierra Leone and ECPAT International. GAA Regional Africa Programme also has FAWE- RS and EACH Rights as regional partners, and 5 sub-regional CSOs with presence in GAA countries.

The regional programme aims to influence regional governance bodies in Africa (African Union and Regional Economic Communities) and is complementary to the GAA influencing in the six African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone). The project also aims at capacitating girls and young women in Africa and their civil society organizations to use regional monitoring and accountability mechanisms to hold their governments accountable on the fulfilment of their protection and rights.

Rationale of the learning publication

In the Girls Advocacy Alliance learning is an integral element of the alliance planning, monitoring and evaluation processes. The learning agenda is built upon the core assumptions underlying the GAA Theory of Change. Through continuous learning about the relevance and validity of these core assumptions, the GAA learning agenda helps to ensure that our understanding of the pathways of change remains relevant, clear and useful; and we continuously adjust and improve our strategies and actions in accordance to the generated learning.

In the Girls Advocacy Alliance Outline Programme Document ‘Advocating for Girls’ Rights. Equal rights and opportunities for girls and young women’ (August 2015) identified 10 core assumptions pertaining to the GAA Theory of Change. These 10 assumptions can be clustered in three main issues: as the importance of social norms change for eliminating GBV and economic exclusion; the role of a strong civil society in ensuring policy and practice change for gender equality and the connectedness of gender based violence and economic exclusion.

Learning in the context of the GAA is not limited to research or documenting information, or to a particular stage in the PME cycle. The alliance aims to firmly embed learning in its regular planning, monitoring and evaluation cycle. The Outcome Harvesting process during the Annual Monitoring meeting of the Alliance Programme Teams sets the stage for addressing the learning agenda questions.

Learning also includes continuous reflection on what works, the creation of a ‘learning culture’ to promote exchange, and the introduction of new tools that facilitate learning, e.g. Basecamp. Learning is addressed in every meeting. The focus of learning activities lies at the level of the joint programme components.

Alliance Programme Team organisations and partner CSOs use a variety of learning methods and actions to collect, analyse and value information on the key learning questions. These include expert meetings, research, literature review, Outcome Harvesting sessions, Alliance Programme Team (monitoring and planning) meetings, interim programme reviews, reflections and exchanges with partner CSOs and other expert organisations, as well as meetings and surveys with girl panels.

Each Alliance Programme Team develops a learning calendar that indicates how the identified learning issues and related questions will be addressed. Findings and progress of all learning activities undertaken will be discussed at least once a year by each Alliance Programme Team. Alliance Programme Teams report on a yearly basis to the alliance desk on the progress of the learning agenda and its findings. Strong and valid learning results has been translated into adjustments in programming during the past annual planning exercises.

Click the below ToR link for more information:

How to apply:

Qualified applicants should send their applications - comprising of a CV (no more than 3 pages), a technical and financial proposal, and two samples of previous work to no later than August 31st, 2020 at 1700 hrs (GMT+3).

The consultant shall submit a technical and a financial proposal, separately and the following components will be required in the proposals:

  1. Technical Proposal, containing;

● The understanding of the ToR, the main goals and tasks of undertaking the learning publication

● A detailed methodology, tools and approaches on how the learning publication will be conducted

● Proposed implementation time schedule

● Organizational capacity statement, past experience and activities related to conducting learning publication

● Curriculum Vitae for all the consultants and proposed capacity of any complementary staff with a description of why experience is relevant to the task and how the proposed team complements each other as well as how they correspond to the profile

● Names, addresses, telephone numbers of three organizations that will act as professional referees

● Lists of relevant work undertaken in the last 2 years. The consultants should be ready to provide samples of previous work of similar nature.

  1. A financial proposal for the provision of the service;

● An itemized line by line budget proposal for consultancy fees. The proposal should also indicate all other expenses that will be billed as cost with supporting receipts as per Plan International’s expenses policy.

● Please note that the rate of non-residence withholding tax rate is 15% of the services fee (This withholding tax is not addition to services fee rather it is deduction from Services fee). For local consultant, the withholding tax would be as per the applicable law of Ethiopia.

● Proposed terms and schedule of payment.


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