Internews is an international non-profit organization dedicated to building healthy, trusted and relevant media and information systems in countries and communities where they struggle to exist. We envision a world where everyone, everywhere can access, create, and exchange the news and information they need to make informed decisions, take charge of their lives, and participate fully in society.
PROJECT BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE
In 2018, Internews launched a Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy spanning our internal, organizational functions as well as our programmatic work. The Gender Strategy guided us to design and implement projects that break down existing barriers to equal access to information, increasing women’s participation in the media as subjects, experts, leaders, and contributors, helping to build the capacity of women journalists, and promoting equal engagement of women in public dialogue and debate. The current strategy outlines a set of meaningful objectives that shape how we plan, design, implement, monitor, and learn from our work.
In 2020, Internews formed a partnership with the consultancy firm Decolonize Design to implement its Belonging, Dignity and Justice framework throughout our organizational functions.
In 2021, Internews will update our programmatic gender strategy, focusing specifically on programmatic approaches and seeking to be more intersectional and inclusive of diverse gender identities and sexual orientation, and the importance of men’s involvement in gender justice work, while maintaining emphasis on women and girls’ empowerment and protection. This new iteration of Internews’ Gender Strategy will more closely align our gender and social inclusion focus with Internews 2025, our new strategic framework, and our COVID-19 strategy, while reflecting the values and principles of the Belonging, Dignity, and Justice framework.
In addition to producing a revised and more encompassing gender equality and social inclusion strategy, we recognize the need to assess the challenges, barriers, and gaps in implementation processes and develop resources and learning opportunities that allow for the effective execution of the strategy.
SCOPE OF WORK
With the coordination of the gender focal point, and support from Internews’ Gender Working Group and other key staff members, the consultant/s will:
- Review project documents and engage with Internews staff and partners, as appropriate and needed, to fully understand Internews’ 2025 Strategic Framework; our Theory of Change; partnership model; as well as programmatic approaches, priorities and needs specifically related to gender equality and social inclusion;
- Design and conduct an assessment of core challenges and gaps in the integration of gender equality and social inclusion elements and practices across projects and regions,as well as staff needs in terms of resources, training and programmatic support;
- Revise Internews’ existing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment strategy based on the results of the internal consultations and assessment, and the consultant’s expertise and best practices; and
- Produce a toolkit that operationalizes the strategy and supports staff and partners on gender and social inclusion integration across programs and regions.
- Revised Gender Equality and Social Inclusion strategy document;
- A gender and social inclusion integration toolkit, containing practical guidelines to embed inclusive, intersectional, and gender-sensitive/transformative practices and approaches into all phases of a program lifecycle;
- Additional resources identified in consultation with Internews’ program teams and gender focal point, as appropriate and feasible.
Internews anticipates that the consultant will require between 30-40 working days for this project, estimated as follows:
- 10 days for the review of internal documents, consultations, surveys, interviews and/or other required components of the assessment, designed and facilitated in collaboration with Internews;
- 10 days to produce a draft of the new iteration of the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Strategy, focusing on areas
- 10-15 days to produce a gender integration toolkit, with specific scope to be discussed based on the findings of the assessment
- Up to 5 days for development of additional needed resources identified during the assessment.
Contract will be based on a daily rate negotiated with the consultant. The timeline of the project is May 2021 to July 2021.
- Substantive technical, programmatic and research skills in intersectionality, gender, and social inclusion, preferably in international development work, along with sectoral expertise in at least one of the following areas: Media, Information & Technology; Health, Environment; Humanitarian Contexts; and/or Democracy, Rights & Governance;
- Proven ability to connect sectoral issues and programmatic approaches on gender and social inclusion;
- Experience with vulnerable populations;
- Program design skills relevant to gender/inclusion and development considering theories of change, gender integration, and implementation challenges;
- Substantial knowledge and understanding of country/regional/global gender equality issues, specifically relating to women and LGBTQI+ populations, and the current trends, methods, and approaches; and
- Understanding and thoughtfulness about the implications of raising gender issues in complex environments or sensitive national contexts due to legal constraints, political climate, and/or religious, social, or cultural norms.
If you meet the requirements mentioned above and you are interested in working on this project with us, please submit your CV and a one-page cover letter with a succinct description of your expertise and how you would approach this project, including your daily rate.