Plan International

Report Writing and Copy-editing Consultant

Plan International

Job Description

  Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. 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.

Background

Asia and The Pacific’s vast geographic scope and socio-economic diversity has fostered the region to becoming an engine for global Economic Growth and a key player in advancing technology and innovation. Though this has enabled the region to make substantial headway in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, notably in poverty, quality education and Clean Energy, countries in Asia-Pacific will not be able to fulfil their 2030 commitments without achieving gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women.1 The gender discrimination attributed to perceptions and structural barriers girls face throughout their lives, impede their ability to exercise agency, voice and participation. This, in turn, hinders potential progress in gender equality and a country's overall development and future. A growing demand for change has resulted in region-wide movements and yet, governing mechanisms are often inaccessible and can replicate the oppressive systems girls and young women strive to resist. When governance structures do not allow meaningful participation, engagement in activism is often the only feasible alternative for young people’s voices to be heard in public policy debates. While youth activists are still engaging with civil society organisations, traditional media and policymakers, digital activism is being used more and more for their mobilization and movement-building. Digital spaces have provided the ability for girls and young women activists to develop their civic identities and express socio-political stances, claiming agency that traditional forms of action do not allow. Research by UNICEF has found that youth favour personalised engagement through digital networking and that those that are engaged online are much more likely to engage in offline activism.2 Thus, the low-barrier-to-entry landscape of social media often allows young female advocates the ability to start and scale up their civic engagements and activism for gender equality.

The current Covid-19 pandemic has also influenced the way young female advocates are leading their movements. As governments impose lockdowns, quarantines and increased surveillance in response to COVID-19, civic spaces, freedoms of assembly, privacy and expressions are negatively affected3 . The unprecedented restrictions can leave girls and young women particularly vulnerable to attacks and threats both, online and offline4 . Despite efforts made over the past decade to narrow the gender inequality gap, girls and young women in the Asia-Pacific region continue to encounter gender-related restrictions and inequalities that keep them from reaching their full potential. Statistics in Asia shows that sexselective abortions have led to at least 23 million fewer girls being born5 . Discrimination continues throughout childhood, and according to the 2016 Global Education Monitoring report four of every five out-of-school girls in South Asia will never enter the formal education system, compared to two out-of-school boys. In the Pacific Island nations, data suggests that boys are more likely to be in upper secondary education than girls and girls are less likely to be in postschool employment, education and training. In the Solomon Islands, 21 per cent of girls under the age of 18 in are married and adolescent fertility rate in Nauru is 105 per 1,000, which is highest among the Pacific Island nations.6 These challenges compromise female youth’s leadership, participation in social and civil society, and economic opportunities, and puts them at greater risk of domestic and sexual violence. In acknowledging the role girls and young women have in shaping society, Plan International’s Asia-Pacific Regional Hub has invested in research into girls’ leadership in Asia and launched the 2020 Asia Girls Report including the Asia Girls’ Leadership Index in March 2020. Using available data from globally recognized databases (including the World Bank and UN databases), the Index measures the opportunities of adolescent girls and young women in 19 South and Southeast Asian countries7 to develop and demonstrate leadership capabilities. For each country, the Index presents rankings for girls’ leadership as a whole as well as for six core domains: education, health, economic opportunities, protection, political voice and representation, and national laws and policies, establishing benchmarks for the areas that impact girls’ opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership capabilities. This year, Plan International’s Asia-Pacific Regional (APAC) Hub invested in a follow up research on girls’ civic engagement and activism to learn from current and emerging actions, and in turn utilize these findings to influence and inform actions of government, civil society as well as inform strategic direction of Plan International to support and catalyse girl and youth-led movements.Plan APAC Hub is currently seeking a report writing and copy-editing consultant to consolidate the two pieces of research into the 2021 Asia-Pacific Girls Report.

Scope of Work

The consultant is expected to review, write, edit and consolidate the two research reports listed below, into the 2021 Asia-Pacific Girls Report that will serve the purpose of influencing, advocacy and awareness raising on key trends and issues that enable or constrain the ability of adolescent girls and young women in the Asia-Pacific region to exercise agency, empowerment and leadership.

1. Asia-Pacific Girls’ Leadership research report, consisting of a narrative on enabling and constraining factors that affect girls’ abilities to develop leadership, Asia Girls’ Leadership Index and Pacific Girls’ Leadership Index 2. Asia-Pacific Girls’ Activism on Gender Equality research report consisting of a narrative on youth activism landscape for gender quality in the Asia-Pacific region, case studies of success stories of female youth advocates and key findings of social media listening on girls’ activism Key responsibilities of the consultant include: • Review the above-mentioned research reports and select the most relevant components of each report to be included in the 2021 Asia-Pacific Girls Report • Develop a clear and concise text report (2021 Asia-Pacific Girls Report) including charts and graphs, as needed • Incorporate feedback and revisions related to content and/or language from the relevant staff • Edit, rewrite, and restructure text for greater readability and better logical sequence.

• Support the creative Design and develop ideas for graphics and charts that creatively convey key messages/data in the report as needed • Fact checks, proofread texts, verify accuracy of the references and data sources and complete the final content of the publication (not more than 70 pages) Key Deliverables

The consultant will directly report to the Regional Evidence and Research Lead and work in close collaboration with the Plan APAC Communications team and Plan International Country Offices in the Asia-Pacific region. The following deliverables are expected from the consultant: • A clear and concise external report that, at the minimum, should tentatively include: o Table of Contents o Foreword o Acknowledgements o Executive Summary o Methodology o Findings/results o Conclusions o Call to Action: Invest in Adolescent Girls (Key takeaways and policy recommendations) o Annexes o References The structure and content of the final report and timeframe will be finalised in a preparatory meeting between Plan International APAC Hub and the successful candidate.

The main target audiences of the report are the general public, national governments, policy makers and development practitioners (including regional institutions, diplomatic missions, and donors with an interest in girls’ issues and girls’ right’) United Nations agencies, and academics.

Duty Station

This consultancy is home based, and no travel is required.

Tentative timeframe and Estimated Working Days

The consultancy is expected to start by Monday, 3 rd May 2021 and is expected to take up to 12 working days. The final report, ready for design and print, is expected to be completed my mid-June.

The proposed timeframe is as follows: Task / Due / Estimated no. of working days Hold and initial meeting to discuss the overall report and deliverables / By 3 rd May / 1 Review materials and submit first draft of report / By 10th May / 5 Plan International to provide feedback / By 19th May / N/A Incorporate feedback and submit second draft / By 26th May / 5 Plan International to provide second round of feedback / By 4 th June / N/A Submit final report ready for design and print / By 8th June / 2 Ethics & Child Protection

Plan International is committed to ensuring that the rights of those participating in Data Collection or Analysis are respected and protected, in accordance with Ethical MERL Framework and our Child and Youth Safeguarding Policy.

Evaluation Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated in following: Criteria Weight Academic qualification 10% Technical knowledge, skills and experience 40% Sample of similar work undertaken 30% Financial proposal 20% Total 100 Application Process

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following documents: • A cover letter outlining experience against the required skills and experience; • Curriculum Vitae • Three references • Sample of similar work undertaken • Proposed daily rates (please note that the total fee is subject to 15% withholding tax according to the Thai law).

Please send your application to supornchai.nawataweeporn@plan-international.org and caterina.grasso@plan-international.org referencing “A Report Writer Consultant” in the subject line and including support documents as outlined. Application deadline is Monday, 29th March 2021 (5 PM, Bangkok time). Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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