Terms of Reference (TORs) Call for Offers

at Embassy of Switzerland
Location Horn of Africa, Ethiopia in, Somali, Ethiopia
Date Posted April 10, 2020
Category Consultancy
Job Type Contract
Currency ETB


Title: Regional assessment on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the Horn of Africa (HoA) covering Somali Region of Ethiopia, North-East of Kenya and Somalia.


Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) in the Horn of Africa The Horn of Africa (HoA) has experienced frequent occurrences of civil conflict and other natural and man-made disasters. The situation for women and girls in this region is characterized by victimization, subordination and subjection to violence, especially in the context of humanitarian situations.

Gender disparities in the HoA are significant, particularly in (agro-) pastoralist contexts, and are exacerbated by protracted armed conflicts and other humanitarian crisis. Women’s lives are generally governed by patriarchal beliefs and customary laws which often prevent them from accessing services (e.g. health, education, etc.) and from making their own decisions. SGBV is affecting women, girls, men and boys in different ways and there are also new manifestations of SGBV arising from these crises that require urgent attention and better understanding for the reasons, prevention and response.

SGBV is exacerbated in crisis situation such as conflict, forced displacement, economic hardship, etc. Women and girls are more vulnerable and more exposed to SGBV, including at times of crisis, which becomes worsened due to lack of system to address these concerns. Moreover, there are significant gaps in the current SGBV response on the HoA due to lack of resources, lack of well-established systems to report and manage cases and actors with limited capacity to respond, including from the government.

In the current context of COVID 19 pandemic, it can make the gender inequalities for women and girls even worse, and can impact how they receive treatment and care. In times of crisis such as an outbreak, women and girls may be at higher risk, for example, of intimate partner violence and other forms of domestic violence due to heightened tensions in the household. They also face increased risks of other forms of gender-based violence including sexual exploitation and abuse in these situations. For example, the economic impacts of the 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, placed women and children at greater risk of exploitation and sexual violence.

Although little is known about the extent, men and boys also experience SGBV in crisis situations particularly in armed conflict. The population based survey conducted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2010 has found that 23.6% of men in specific conflict-affected territories of Eastern DRC had experienced sexual violence2 . However, national laws are not inclusive to encompass the issue of sexual violence against men and boys.

You can get full detail of the TOR from the link below

TOR_Regional SGBV_assessment final .pdf

Job Requirements

Consultant Profile

Required qualifications and competencies:

  •  Master’s degree, or equivalent in social sciences, international development, politics, gender studies or other related degree.
  • Fluency in English language, written and spoken, required.
  • Proven knowledge of the social and political context of the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia).
  • Ten (10) years of experience in development and humanitarian work, especially SGBV, including engaging men, boys and male survivors, protection and refugee/IDPs.
  •  Experience with community based approaches to health and protection.
  • Experience in developing and implementing qualitative research protocols.
  •  Outlining adequate qualitative and quantitative study methodology, tools development, sampling, data analysis
  •  Strong analytical and communications skills, including the ability to interact with partners on various levels (authorities, partners, beneficiaries)

Composition and content of the offer

  •  Scan of signed and dated letter, confirming availability time slot for the mandate (AprilMay), including self-declaration of ability to carry out mandate.
  • 2-page technical proposal to carry out study including the envisaged methodology with elaboration on deliverables (see 10).
  •  Relevant costs related to logistics and security.
  • CVs for the main consultant and the local consultants.
  • Financial Offer.
  •  All of the above to be written in English and sent as attached to below email.

Applying Instructions

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application including all documents listed under chapter 12 until Sunday 26 April 2020 indicating “Regional assessment on sexual and gender based violence (SGBV)” in the subject line to: addisababa@eda.admin.ch
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