Population Services International (PSI)

Gender Strategy & Male Engagement Advisor

Population Services International (PSI)

Job Description

Population Services International / Adolescents 360 (A360) Request for Proposals Genderstrategydevelopment& male partner engagement review Requestforproposal number 2020_A360_05 Toprovide Gender strategy development & male partner engagement review Issuedate 04/09/2020 Deadlinefor submission 18/09/2020 midnight EST Bid submission instructions Submit bids by email to: A360procurement@psi.org Notificationof decision 02/10/2020 midnight EST Intendeddateserviceswillcommence As soon as contract signed Background Adolescents 360 (A360) is an adolescent sexual and Reproductive Health program funded by the Gates Foundation and CIFF which employed human centered Design to develop four interventions spanning Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. These interventions use an aspirational program approach to establish the relevance of contraception to girls’ self-defined goals. Each intervention targets a specific segment of adolescent girls: i) Smart Start in Ethiopia and MMA in northern Nigeria targets rural married girls; ii) 9ja Girls in southern Nigeria targets urban and peri-urban unmarried adolescent girls; and iii) Kuwa Mjanja in Tanzania targets rural and peri-urban adolescent girls. Though distinct, these interventions are all shaped by similar design insights and have been refined through a process of continuous program improvement, alongside youth as partners in design and implementation. Though the current A360 project ends in September 2020, a follow-on project will commence in October 2020. The follow-on will retain the same geographies as well as expand programming into Kenya. The focus of this follow-on is to take the project’s existing interventions, make further adaptations to strengthen their effectiveness, integrate these interventions into government Health Systems for scale and sustainability, and replicate two of these interventions in select counties in Kenya. A360’s understanding of how vital it is to consider the role of gender in all aspects of its programming has increased over the course of the initial investment. Though A360 is focused on girls, their lives and actions are governed by a complex web of gendered norms and structures. A360 put resources towards understanding these norms and structures in the initial project investment, undertaking targeted gender assessments across its geographies and building country team gender capacity. There is a clear opportunity to use the results of these gender assessments to design learning questions which assess how well A360’s models are reducing existing gaps in areas such as self- efficacy, decision-making, resource access, and skills acquisition. In A360’s follow-on investment, we are looking to develop an overarching project gender strategy which will synthesize a cohesive approach across all the project’s geographies. Male partner engagement is a crucial component of the project’s gender integration for its two programs supporting married adolescent girls – MMA in northern Nigeria and Smart Start in Ethiopia. A360’s learning and external evaluation data demonstrate that male partners are often either barriers or facilitators to girls’ uptake and continuation of contraceptive use. This is echoed in the global evidence base. Meaningfully engaging these male partners is effective – A360’s aspirational messages often resonate with both girls and their male partners. However, engaging male partners also reveals how gendered power dynamics and other factors influence how girls, their male partners, and health workers interact with A360’s interventions. There is more A360 can do to strengthen its approach to male partner engagement as part of the overarching project gender strategy. There is a tremendous amount of existing literature, guidelines, and toolkits which synthesize promising practices around male partner engagement. Within this strategy, we need to understand what the evidence tells us and not reinvent the wheel. Objectives 1. Review and familiarize with existing project documents: a. Overall project documents, to provide familiarity with project history and the specifics of each intervention. b. Relevant gender assessments and reviews. 2. Male partner engagement evidence review: a. Consolidate existing syntheses and resources of promising male partner engagement practices – with an eye to not duplicating efforts. b. Draw out and consolidate practices which are most relevant to A360’s implementation into a summary, including recommendations for A360 as it begins to adapt its interventions to strengthen male partner engagement. 3. Develop and facilitate collaborative process for gender strategy development: a. Work with key A360 staff to develop a protocol for the gender strategy development. A360 has interest in making this a collaborative process, which involves key stakeholders across global and country program staff, external experts, and youth where feasible. b. Facilitate the strategy development process, including: i. Developing and distributing prior reading or other preparation material to participants ii. Facilitating the workshop(s) to gather ideas and feedback relevant to strategy development iii. Any other tasks as appropriate depending on the protocol developed c. Given current restrictions, bidders should expect that this strategy development process would be undertaken 100% remotely, and protocol should accordingly include ways to successfully facilitate virtual strategy development. 4. Synthesize gender strategy: a. Develop the draft gender strategy document. i.This should include an account of the project’s global strategy, as well as call out pieces of the strategy which are country specific. ii. This strategy document should consider how theory can be translated into practice to make implementation of the strategy for A360 country teams practical, approachable, and effective. iii. Consultant should include recommendations as to how A360 can make this strategy a “live” document, how the project should systematically approach review and refinement of the strategy throughout implementation of its follow-on project. b.Validate gender strategy document with key project stakeholders and revise the final strategy document. Eligibility and Submission Instructions
  1. A360 will consider both individual consultants and consulting firms for this piece of work.

  2. Consultant familiarity with the Gates Foundation empowerment framework is an asset. Prior work with CIFF is also advantageous.

  3. Availability beginning in October 2020 is key to begin this process as soon as possible. Consultants with later availability are still welcome to apply. The full SOW needs to be completed within the fourth quarter of 2020.

  4. Bids must be submitted in English and US Dollars.

  5. Proposals must comprise:

  • A summary of the bidder’s relevant experience and the proposed approach to undertaking the activities described above

  • An account of the total cost of the proposed approach, including estimated days and daily rates

  • Estimated timeline for completion of the work

  • CV(s) of staff who would undertake the activities in the SOW

  • Example(s) of gender strategy documents which the bidder has developed for prior clients/organizations

  • – inclusion of these examples will be highly valuable in the evaluation of proposals.

6. Proposals will be evaluated based on the relevance and depth of the bidder’s experience, the quality of the approach proposed, the timeline, and total cost. Note: Though this piece of work is discrete, A360 is looking to establish a longer-term relationship with a partner (individual or firm) who can provide ongoing Technical Support as the project looks to ingrain considerations of gender equity within its ongoing implementation and monitoring. This process of strategy development may develop into a broader portfolio of work as A360 moves into its new investment. This is contingent on a successful, competitive bid and the performance of the consultant during this initial contract.
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