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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ‘cc’ Mr. Rodrigo Montero Cano (email@example.com) as soon as possible, by Friday 25th May the latest.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
[NOTE: qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply]