Summary of Assignment
The main objective of the assignment is to produce a knowledge management document about Plan International’s Combatting Early Marriage in Bangladesh (CEMB) Project. The consultant is expected to use project materials and results to develop a knowledge management document that can be shared with project stakeholders, the Canadian public, the international development community and be useful to staff at Plan International, giving visibility to the impact of the project, particularly to celebrate and highlight program pathways to successes as well as lessons learned and best practices.
The shared recognition that promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls is the most effective approach to eradicating poverty around the world brought Global Affairs Canada (GAC) together with Plan International Bangladesh (PIB) and Plan International Canada to implement the CEMB project. With an ultimate outcome of reduced vulnerability of adolescents, particularly girls, to Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) in Bhola and Jhalakathi districts in Bangladesh, the project aims to improve the lives of over 130,000 adolescents. The project is closely aligned with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy as demonstrated by its strong focus on the empowerment of women and girls, and the realization of girl’s rights. It takes a comprehensive, rights-based, and gender transformative approach to tackling CEFM by addressing demand, supply, and accountability barriers. It is using tested modalities at the individual, household, community and institutional levels to build the agency of girls and boys in and out of school, create a supportive social environment for married and unmarried girls, and strengthen the effectiveness of institutions and governance mechanisms to prevent CEFM.
Given the breadth of the project learnings and the wealth of data produced, the services of a consultant are required to showcase project results, learnings and best practices to be shared both internally within Plan International, and with external stakeholders.
In order to capture the success and challenges of the CEMB project, the consultant is expected to produce a knowledge management product that can be used to showcase the impact of the project as well as overall implementation approaches, lessons learned and best practices by combining text, photos, tables, infographics and stories of change.
The main objectives of this document are to showcase key programmatic approaches and results in addressing the root causes of gender inequality and harmful social and gender norms that perpetuate CEFM; to position Plan International as a champion in quality and effective gender transformative CEFM programming; and provide other implementers with concrete strategies and approaches to implement gender transformative, adolescent friendly CEFM programs. It will focus on key successes of, and lessons learned from the programming, describing programmatic interventions, partnerships with local organizations, government entities and community stakeholders, and profile project participants using the Project’s Theory of Change and Gender Equality Strategy as frameworks. Target audiences include internal Plan International staff, other development practitioners, Global Affairs Canada and researchers and academics.
Key deliverables expected of the consultant may include but are not limited to:
To ensure the delivery of the above tasks, the Consultant will:
|Deliverable/Task||# of Days (estimated)||Tentative Deadline|
|Contract signed with Consultant||–||Mid-August|
|Meet with Plan staff to discuss deliverables and expectationsReview of project documents||3||Mid-August|
|Draft outline of Project Implementation approaches, best practices and lessons learned document & submit for Plan approval||2||Mid-August|
|Integrate feedback on document outlines||2||Late-August|
|Drafting of Project Implementation approaches, best practices & lessons learned document||10||Early to mid-September|
|Integrating feedback from Plan staff & finalization||4||End of September|
|Total Days||21 days|
Qualified and interested parties are asked to submit the following to Plan International Canada, c/o [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please share this by end of business day (EST) August 15, 2023.
The consultant will report to the Plan International Canada Program Manager and will work closely with both the Program Manager and Technical Advisors at Plan International Canada. The consultant may be requested to attend calls with Plan International Bangladesh staff, facilitated by Plan International Canada staff.
Plan International is committed to actively safeguarding children and youth from harm and ensuring children’s rights to protection are fully realized. Plan International takes seriously the commitment to promote child and youth safe practices and protect children and youth from harm, abuse, neglect and any form of exploitation as they come into contact with Plan supported interventions. In addition, Plan takes positive action to prevent child abusers from becoming involved with Plan in any way and take stringent measures against any Plan Staff and/or Associate who abuses a child. Decisions and actions in response to child and youth safeguarding concerns will be guided by the principle of ‘best interests of the child’. All consultants are required to sign Plan International’s Child and Youth Safeguarding Policy and adhere to Plan International’s Code of Conduct.
Achieving gender equality, promoting gender justice, realizing girls’ rights and fostering an inclusive society are core objectives of our work as an organization dedicated to child rights and equality for girls.
All consultants are required to sign and adhere to Plan International’s Global Policy on Gender Equality & Inclusion.
août 2, 2023
août 15, 2023
Plan International Canada
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