VSO Ethiopia Consultancy SRH Intersectional Context Analysis

at VSO
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted September 28, 2022
Category NGO
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


The 'Make Way programme' is a five-year programme (2021-2025), implemented by a consortium consisting of Akina Mama wa Afrika, The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, Forum for African Women Educationalists, Liliane Foundation, VSO Netherlands, with Wemos as lead, in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It aims to break down barriers to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) by promoting a new way of considering discrimination through an intersectional lens. The Make Way programme uses an intersectional approach to acknowledge systemic discrimination due to overlapping aspects of a person's identity (gender, race, economic status, immigration status, national origin, etc) and the subsequent impact on access to SRH services.
The Make Way programme is implemented in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia, the (Eastern and Southern) African region and at the global level. In Ethiopia, the consortium consists of VSO Ethiopia, FAWE Ethiopia and Ipas (partner of Liliane Foundation).
On behalf of the Make Way consortium, VSO wishes to conduct a social exclusion, gender and political economy analysis in order to establish the power imbalances that exist in different contexts. This understanding in turn helps VSO to design appropriate interventions that address the power imbalances through empowering those affected by inequalities, exclusion and marginalisation.
The analysis will involve reflecting on and mapping the systems of social exclusion and gender inequality and being clear about how the two relate to marginalization and vulnerability. It is also important to understand the context in which the Make Way programme operates, therefore this analysis will include examining how political, economic, social and cultural power are distributed, identification of the decisive factors, influential actors and how to engage them to initiate change in improving access and provision of services.
Objectives of the Analysis:
1. Identify and analyse the multiple identities and how these affect access to and uptake of SRH services for particularly the marginalized/minoritized youth.
2. Understand and articulate the social, cultural, religion/belief, political, economic, and institutional drivers of this exclusion and why marginalized young people are prevented from realizing their sexual and reproductive health.
3. Identify enablers and obstacles of meaningful youth engagement in inclusive access to SRH among minoritized youth.
4. Identify health financing frameworks and the key power relations and influences, dynamics and trends in health systems, structures and processes related to SRH for minoritized youth in Ethiopia? What are existing opportunities in Ethiopia for Make Way?

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1) Company/individual profile or CV including 2 references (clients) and 2 samples of similar work recently done
2) Motivation, track record & qualifications for the assignment
3) A comprehensive proposal outlining the proposed methodologies and rationale, choice and design of data collection tools, timelines, roles and responsibilities of personnel involved
4) Sign language capabilities during the data collection process
5) Financial proposal (daily fee, travel costs, snacks for participants, etc) with clear budget lines

Desired Skills and Experience
We expect the consultancy team to have the following:
1)Strong understanding of gender and social inclusion approaches, particularly concerning youth with (compounded vulnerabilities) such as young sex workers, adolescents with a disability, out-of-school youth, teenage mothers and internally displaced young people
2)Knowledge on the current SRH situation of youth in Ethiopia especially for those with multiple, compounded vulnerabilities
3)Knowledge on health financing
4)Expertise and track record on methodologies and conducting baseline studies in the scope of a lobby and advocacy programme
5)Demonstrated ability to work with minoritized population with compounded vulnerabilities and understanding of safeguarding principles in research
6)Experience with assignments/projects related to policy analysis, capacity strengthening, civic space, gender, inclusion & participation (the applicant has experience with at least 2 of the mentioned expertise above)
7)Experience in working with project teams, from diverse backgrounds
8)Experience with requests for ethical clearance is highly appreciated
1)Ability to build up a good relationship in short period of time with stakeholders and youth with compounded vulnerability
2)Good writing and editing skills (proven by track record).
3)Ability to design appropriate research methodology and use of monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
4)Facilitating actor mapping/power analysis is a plus.
5)Understanding of the policy framework for 'Strengthening Civil Society' of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the grant instrument on the SRH Partnership Fund is a plus.

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