Baseline study Consultant for Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights

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Oxfam needs a Baseline study Consultant to implement a baseline study under the Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights Project in Ghana.

About Oxfam and the Baseline study Consultant

Oxfam is a rights-based global development organization with more than 70 years of experience in more than 90 countries worldwide.

Oxfam’s mission is to end the injustice of poverty and inequality through systemic change and the advancement of political, economic and social rights.

Oxfam has been working in Ghana since 1986, managing programs related to food security and livelihoods, universal access to education and healthcare and transparency and accountability in extractive industries (mining, oil and gas).

Oxfam’s experience in Ghana and strong partnerships with government institutions, Ghanaian civil society organizations and NGOs supports the delivery of active and innovative programs and advocacy work seeking to improve the livelihoods of Ghanaians and strengthen citizen accountability.

Oxfam in Ghana currently works in 11 out of Ghana’s 16 administrative regions

Consultancy, Baseline study for Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights Project (INT7848)

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

Background to the Baseline study Consultant

Oxfam in Ghana is implementing a 5-year, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) funded project entitled “Health and Rights for Young Women and Adolescent Girls (SRHR)”.

Overall, the project aims to increase the enjoyment of health-related human rights by the most marginalized and vulnerable women and adolescent girls in Ghana.

This goal will be achieved through

  1. Increased equitable use of health services by diverse groups of women and adolescent girls,
  2.  Improved provision of gender-responsive, inclusive and accountable health services by health care providers for diverse groups of women and adolescent girls, and
  3. Improved effectiveness of key stakeholders, particularly women and youth rights organizations, to advocate for evidence-based health care policies, accountable legal framework, equitable and inclusive services.

The “Health and Rights for Young Women and Adolescent Girls (SRHR)” project sits under the accountable governance system change of the country strategy (2021-2026).

The project will be implemented in five regions across three zones of Ghana namely, Upper East and Northern regions in the northern zone; Bono East region in the middle zone; and Central and Greater Accra in the southern zone. Oxfam in Ghana is working with three (3) civil society partners to implement the project in the various regions.

Baseline purpose and objective

The purpose of the baseline study is to provide gendered quantitative and qualitative analytical information of the status of the stated indicators against which to monitor and assess project progress and effectiveness during implementation and evaluation after completion with attention to the ultimate outcome.

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The baseline study has the following specific objectives: Guide the development of the project’s implementation plan.

Baseline Methodology

The baseline study shall employ feminist approach where the consultant shall consciously apply participatory methods that are gender and youth sensitive and guided by feminist principles. The methodology should be informed by

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Result-based management approach and tips for conducting a baseline survey.

The methodology for the baseline will meaningfully engage all key stakeholders including ultimate recipients (beneficiaries), partners and Oxfam staff by providing opportunity for them to shape the process and outcomes.

The consultant(s) must also demonstrate how the rights of participants will always be protected in line with Oxfam’s safeguarding and data protection policies, copies of which will be part of the contract of the successful consultant.

Oxfam in Ghana shall work closely with the successful consultant and the consultant shall be required to provide regular feedback to Oxfam in Ghana.

Data collection:

With guidance from Oxfam, the Baseline study Consultant will adapt or design a combination of the following tools:

  • Key informant interviews with partners, primary change agents, other stakeholders (Donors, Government agencies, CSOs, INGOs, UN Agencies) and staff to generate insights on baseline values and perceptions
  • Desk/literature review
  • Focus Group/workshop with key stakeholders including Ghana Health Service, registered nurses, and midwives, CSOs, Teachers, young women and adolescent girls, Ghana Statistical Service, etc.

Note: The Baseline study Consultant is expected to collect baseline information for all result indicators of the project’s logical framework and to present that data disaggregated by age, gender, and geographic location.

Other parameters of data disaggregation, including class, income, and sexual preferences are desirable while maintaining the identified ethical considerations.

The successful Baseline study Consultant shall be granted access to project documents (including the project logic, feminist MEAL principles etc).

Data Analysis and Reporting

  • The consultant is expected to design and use both qualitative and quantitative analytical tools to analyze data and prepare the report. Reports will include a baseline survey inception report, which specifies the next steps, including a refined methodology for the data collection, analysis, and field visits.
  • Findings of the baseline will be validated in a participatory workshop to be organized by Oxfam and partners.

Expected Deliverables

Based on the above expectations the Baseline study Consultant is expected to provide the following deliverables:

  • Written methodology (including sampling methods, ethical considerations, possible limitations)
  • Data collection tools (note that Oxfam will provide a base set of questions for a household survey, focus group discussions and key informant interviews)
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Cleaned database (qualitative, quantitative)

  • Report with findings and recommendations (including consolidation/synthesis of the results from different sources)
  • Final revised report – number of revisions depend on the quality of the submitted document
  • Timeline and expected number of days
  • The Baseline study Consultant is expected to provide the deliverables within a period of 25 consultancy days as per the below preliminary time frame:

Activity Expected number of days Deadline

Consultants selection – September 20th -22nd , 2021

Data collection and analysis 18 October20th, 2021

Draft report is prepared and submitted 1 October 21st, 2021

Baseline report validation/ review 1 October 21st, 2021

Report draft final 5 October 25th, 2021

TOTAL NUMBER OF DAYS 25

Baseline study Consultant Required Skills or Experience

Consultant qualifications:

This consultancy should be led by a Baseline study Consultant (or team) with:

  • Prior experience working on research specific to sexual and reproductive health.
  • Prior experience working with young women and adolescent girls
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Knowledge of gender-sensitive and feminist approaches
  • Excellent communications skills in English, including advanced writing skills.
  • Direct experience working with women and girls in diverse communities across Ghana
  • Availability to start immediately

CODES OF BEHAVIOUR:

The consultants must familiarize themselves with, sign and respect Oxfam’s Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics, and the specific requirements from Global Affairs Canada (annexed clauses for in their contract).

SHARING AND USING FINDINGS:

The final report will be shared internally with Oxfam staff and affiliates. It will also be shared externally with relevant actors and organizations. Generated data will be used to inform Oxfam’s programmes in Ghana.

DISCLOSURE:

Although free to discuss with the authorities on anything relevant to the assignment, under the terms of reference, the consultant is not authorized to make any commitments on behalf of Oxfam.

All data collected as part of this consultancy belongs to Oxfam and public dissemination of the data and findings and recommendations can only be done with the written consent of the Oxfam.

Selection

Selection will be based on:

  • Clear, credible, and structured proposed methodology
  • Excellent track record in conducting evaluation in agric and extractives value chain themes and development work in general
  • Demonstrable experience of conducting gendered baselines
  • Experience of advocacy/policy influencing work monitoring and evaluation
  • Ability to manage the totality of the baseline consultancy, including logistics and recruiting and managing other team members, where necessary
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and adaptability
  • Time available during the critical period of September to October 2021
  • Value for money (suitability of the financial proposal) for the activities laid out in the methodology, within the financial possibilities of the program
  • Demonstrable experience and competencies in using qualitative research methods in evaluations
  • Demonstrable willingness to collaborate with the project team and partners in delivering the assignment.
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Our values and commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages.

Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organization.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.

In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.

By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to apply

Submission of Proposal

Please submit the EOI and other documents to ghadverts@oxfam.org.uk  with “SRHR Baseline Study Consultant” in the subject line, before 5:00 pm

CLOSING DATE

By September 20, 2021 at the latest

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