Friday, May 18, 2012

Short Term Consultancy


Gender Sensitive Review of Educational Manuals for Lower Secondary Schools

1. Background information
The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and development partners have recognized gender  equality as a core element in all sectors of development, the National Strategic Development  Plan (NSDP) 2006-2010  and  in order to achieve Cambodia Millennium Development Goals  (CMDGs) by 2015. In this direction, all line ministries of RGC have the mandate of working for  gender mainstreaming. According to Five-Year Strategic Plan  2009–2013 Neary Rattanak III, education  for  women and girls and behavioral change through formal education are  “one  important way to promote gender equality and non-violent attitudes, especially among young  people” (Neary Rattanak III, Strategic Area Number 2). As a response to this strategy, a gender  mainstreaming action plan (GMAP) was developed by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) in order to ensure gender equality and gender mainstreaming in all levels of Cambodian Education System.

In addition to this, the National Policy on Cambodia Youth Development has identified primary  prevention of GBV as a  priority area  of intervention which contributes to promote gender equality. Another objective of this policy is to promote empowerment of women and girls.

According to Cambodian Demographic Survey 2010, acceptance of  intimate partner violence still remains high for both Cambodian male and female young people. Therefore, there is need of moving forward to challenge harmful gender norms and to address the root causes of gender inequality and gender-based violence, as well as to make concept of gender equality and participatory methods better understood among youth through Education System.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) is implementing the project Access to Justice for Women (ATJW) in cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für  Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and  co-funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID). Prevention of gender-based violence and promotion of gender equality targeting youth through Education System is one of the priority areas of intervention of ATJW project.

In 2010, World Education started implementation of IBEC project (Improving Basic Education in Cambodia), which aims to support Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) in order to                                                                       develop and implement 30 educational manuals as part of formal education in Cambodian lower secondary schools (targeting 12-14 years old students). These 30 manuals provide knowledge on three different areas: Economic and Business Studies, Practical Livelihood and Social Relevant Themes. Most of these manuals have been piloted in 96 secondary schools in three target provinces (Seam Reap, Kampong Cham and Kratie). 

Although, concepts on  gender equality and prevention of gender-based violence have been already introduced in some of the manuals under the area of Social Relevant Themes, there is still need in scrutinizing all manuals in order to ensure that gender equality and gender sensitive language/concepts/exercises/knowledge is applied in all manuals. ATJW project is looking for a consultant(s) in order to review these manuals.

2. Objectives of consultancy
The objectives of this short consultancy are:
- To review 30 educational manuals for lower secondary schools.
- To  integrate gender sensitive language, concepts and exercises, as well as to 
provide recommendations based on a gender analysis of such manuals.  
- To  coordinate work with stakeholders in order to integrate gender sensitivity 
language/concepts in educational manuals.

3. Specific outputs/deliverables 
OUTPUTS DATE DUE
1. First draft of the gender analysis of 30 educational manuals Mid June 2012
2.  Final gender analysis of 30 educational manuals  End June 2012

4. Period of assignment
The consultancy  shall be implemented as soon as possible. The  final  gender analysis of 30 
educational manuals will be submitted by  end  June / beginning July 2012 the latest.                                                                     
Consultancy will be contracted for a period of 20/30 days (for a single consultant) or 10/15 days 
(for each member of team formed by two consultants).

5. Place of assignment
The consultant(s) will work in Phnom Penh. Several meetings will happen whenever is required 
beforehand.

6. Qualifications
The consultant(s) should have the following experience and skills:

  •  University degree in Social Sciences, Gender Studies or similar fields.
  •  High level of expertise on conducting sociological gender sensitive analysis.
  •  Sound understanding of concepts on gender equality and gender-based violence, 
  • particularly in the Cambodian context.
  •  Ability to review documents in a critical way.
  •  Proven ability to produce concise reports.
  •  Fluency in spoken and written English.
  •  Knowledge in spoken and written Khmer language will be an asset.
  •  Full computer literacy.
  •  Constructive team work capacities.

7. Other provisions
Fees for the consultancy are subject to GIZ Cambodia rates, according to qualifications and 
experience of selected candidate(s).

Final payment shall be released by submission of  final product,  invoices with relevant 
expenditures and timesheet of worked days with performance acceptance  signed by  GIZProject Team Leader.

If interested, please send your CV(s) to Ms. Lok Solinda (solinda.lok@giz.de) and  ‘cc’ Mr. Rodrigo Montero Cano (rodrigo.montero@giz.de) as soon as possible, by Friday 25th May the latest.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
[NOTE: qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply]

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