Request for Proposal – Gender Equality, Social Inclusion, and Environmental Analysis Consultancy – RFPJOR2024501

  • Contractor
  • Jordan
  • TBD USD / Year

World University Service of Canada

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Advertisement – REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

WUSC invites proposals for the following «Gender Equality, Social Inclusion, and Environmental Analysis Consultancy » services:

«PRJOR2024501 »

Closing date for receipt of proposals will be «05/05/2024» at«16:00 Amman Local time»

All Submissions must be electronically submitted to jordan procurement email address

[email protected]

For further information, contact WUSC through « [email protected]»

Contents

Contents

INSTRUCTION TO BIDDERS 2

1. Description of the Procurement 2

2. Eligibility and Qualification of Bidders 2

3. Language of the Proposal 2

4. Documents included in the Proposal 2

5. Clarification and Amendment 3

6. Modification and Withdrawal 3

7. Payment and Currency 4

8. Format, signing and submission of Proposals 4

9. Deadline for Submission of Bids 4

10. Bid Opening 4

11. Evaluation of Technical Proposals 4

12. Evaluation of Financial Proposals 5

13. Confidentiality 6

14. Notification of Award 6

15. Award of Contract 6

16. Signing of Contract and Performance Security 7

17. Settlement of Disputes 7

18. Compliances 7

Annex 1: Terms Of Reference (TOR) 8

INSTRUCTION TO BIDDERS

  1. Description of the Procurement

WUSC intends to procure a Gender Equality, Social Inclusion, and Environmental Analysis Consultancy as per the Terms of Reference attached in Annex 1.

  1. Eligibility and Qualification of Bidders

    1. In order to be awarded the contract, bidders should possess the financial, economic, technical and professional capacity to perform the contract. Bidders should fulfill their tax and social insurance liabilities in the country and should not currently be subject to a debarment penalty.
    2. Bidders must adhere to the highest ethical standards, both throughout the bidding process and execution of the contract.
    3. WUSC has a zero tolerance for unethical behavior/corrupt practices including:
  • Bribery: the act of unduly offering, giving, receiving or soliciting anything of value to influence the procurement process;
  • Extortion or coercion: the act of attempting to influence the process of procuring goods or services, or executing contracts by means of threats of injury to person, property or reputation;
  • Fraud: misrepresentation of information or facts for the purpose of influencing the procurement process;
  • Collusion: an agreement between bidders designed to result in bids at artificial prices that are not competitive;
  • Guilt of misrepresentation in supplying the information required by the contracting authority as a condition of participation in the contract procedure or failing to supply this information;
  • Anti-terrorism: support of any terrorist or terrorist group as defined by donors;
  • Other civil, criminal acts or otherwise illegal activity which would be detrimental to the financial interests of WUSC
  1. WUSC may declare the consultancy firms, their boards of directors and/or individual personnel ineligible to register with the organization either indefinitely or for a stated period of time.
  2. WUSC will reject a proposal if it establishes that the bidder recommended for award has engaged in corrupt, fraudulent, collusive or coercive practices in competing for the contract.
  3. Freelance consultants are eligible for this RFP.
  4. Languageof the Proposal

The Proposal as well as all correspondence and documents related to the proposal shall be written in English Language.

  1. Documents included in the Proposal

The proposal will be prepared, submitted and evaluated in two parts as follows:

  1. Technical Proposal Format and Content

The Technical Proposal shall be prepared using the format provided below and shall comprise the documents listed**.** The Technical Proposal shall not include any financial information. A Technical Proposal containing material financial information shall be declared non-responsive.

Section 1 (In case of an open tender where the suppliers are not known to WUSC; the following documents should be requested) for eligibility and compliance check/evaluation

  • Covering letter on firms headed paper giving complete details including email addresses, telephone contacts, office location.(Where applicable; not required for freelance bidders).
  • Copy of Certificate of incorporation/registration (Commercial registration) Where applicable; not required for freelance bidders.
  • Valid Tax compliance certificate (where applicable)
  • Copy of Current Trading License (Vocational license) Where applicable; not required for freelance bidders.

Failure to submit the documents requested in section 1 will lead to rejection of the proposal.

  1. Financial Proposal Format and Content

The Financial Proposal shall be prepared in the format below and it shall list all costs associated with the assignment, including (a) remuneration for Key Experts and Non-Key Experts, (b) reimbursable expenses as follows:

  • Summary of Costs
  • Breakdown of Remuneration of the key experts proposed
  • Reimbursable expenses if any

4.2.1 The prices given in the financial proposal must include all taxes and duties in accordance with the laws of the country.

4.2.2 The price offered must remain fixed during the contract performance.

4.2.3 The bid price must be in the requested Currency, which is Jordanian Dinar (JOD).

  1. Clarification and Amendment

WUSC will, within 5 working days, respond in writing or electronic mail to any request clarification received in writing or electronic mail no later than 7 days before expiry of the deadline for submission of the bid. The response will be distributed to all bidders without identifying the source of the request. All enquiries should be written to WUSC through ([email protected]).

  1. Modification and Withdrawal

    1. The bidder may submit a modified bid or a modification to any part of it at any time prior to the proposal submission deadline. The bidder’s withdrawal notice must be marked as “Modification”. No modifications to the bid shall be accepted after the deadline.
    2. The bidder may submit a bid withdrawal notice to any part of it at any time prior to the proposal submission deadline. The bidder’s withdrawal notice must be marked as “Withdrawal”. No withdrawals to the bid shall be accepted after the deadline.
  2. Payment and Currency

    1. Payment under the Contract shall be made in the currency or currencies in the bid which is (JOD)
    2. Payment will be made within 30 days upon submission of invoice and satisfactory receipt of goods.
  3. Format, signing and submission of Proposals

    1. An authorized representative of the bidder shall sign the original submission letters in the required format as one original.
    2. The original Technical Proposal shall be clearly marked “TECHNICAL PROPOSAL” Title of the attachment.
    3. The original Financial Proposal shall be clearly marked “FINANCIAL PROPOSAL” Title of attachment. Note (Note : Technical and financial proposals must be submitted in one email with separate attachments).
  4. Deadlinefor Submission of Bids

The proposals must be submitted through the email with the subject (Gender Equality, Social Inclusion, and Environmental Analysis Consultancy )- RFP reference number, must be received by WUSC by 05 May 2024 16:00 Amman local time*.* Bids received after this date will be rejected.

Proposals submitted must be valid for 90 days from the bid submission date.

  1. Bid Opening

    1. WUSC evaluation committee shall conduct the opening of the proposals immediately after the bid submission time.The opening date will be May 07, 2024.
    2. At the opening of the proposals, only the Technical proposal shall be opened while Financial Proposal shall remain at the procurement department and shall be securely stored. bids the following shall be read out: (i) the name and the country of the bidder (ii) any modifications to the bid submitted prior to proposal submission deadline; (iii) any other information deemed appropriate. This information will be filled in the bid opening form.
  2. Evaluation of Technical Proposals

    1. The evaluators of the Technical Proposals shall have no access to the Financial Proposals until the technical evaluation is concluded.
    2. The tender committee shall evaluate the Technical Proposals on the basis of their responsiveness to the Terms of Reference and the RFP, applying the evaluation criteria, sub-criteria, and point system specified below. Each responsive Proposal will be given a technical score.

A Proposal shall be rejected at this stage if it does not respond to important aspects of the RFP or if it fails to achieve the minimum technical score.

During evaluation of bids, WUSC may request the bidder, in writing using mailing address or email address, to provide clarification of his bid. No change in price or substance of the bid shall be sought, offered or permitted.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Criteria, sub-criteria, and point system for the evaluation of the Technical Proposals:

Points

  1. Technical (which includes; Relevance of education and experience, Experience in conducting similar studies and researches, understanding environmental and climate issues, Knowledge and understanding of Canada’s FIAP policy, technical knowledge related to paid and unpaid care work, experience in applying systems and market systems analysis approaches to women’s economic empowerment programs.(70 points)
  2. Financial Proposal (30 points)

Total points for the four criteria***:*** 100

The minimum technical score (St) required to pass is: 65

The minimum Overall score 70

  1. Evaluation of Financial Proposals

    1. The Financial Proposals of the bidders who attain the minimum technical scores are opened and the summary of cost prices read out and recorded in the bid opening form by the tender committee. All other Financial Proposals are returned unopened after the Contract negotiations are successfully concluded and the Contract is signed.
    2. Arithmetical errors will be rectified in the following manner. If there is a discrepancy between the unit price and the total price, obtained in multiplying the unit price by quantity, the unit price will prevail. If there is a discrepancy between the words and figures, the amount in words shall prevail. If the bidder disagrees with such his bid will be rejected.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

The lowest evaluated Financial Proposal (Fm) is given the maximum financial score (Sf) of 100.

The formula for determining the financial scores (Sf) of all other Proposals is calculated as following:

Sf = 100 x Fm/ F, in which “Sf” is the financial score, “Fm” is the lowest price, and “F” the price of the proposal under consideration.

[or replace with another inversely proportional formula acceptable to the WUSC]

The weights given to the Technical (T) and Financial (P) Proposals are:

T = [70], and

P = _______[30]

Proposals are ranked according to their combined technical (St) and financial (Sf) scores using the weights (T = the weight given to the Technical Proposal; P = the weight given to the Financial Proposal; T + P = 1) as following: S = St x T% + Sf x P%.

  1. Confidentiality

    1. No bidder will contact WUSC on any matter related to his bid except for requests related to clarifications of the bid. Information concerning procurement process and evaluation of bids is confidential. Any clarification related to the selection process, shall be done only in writing.
    2. Any attempt by the bidder to influence improperly WUSC officials in the evaluation of the bid or Contract award decisions may result in the rejection of its bid, and may be subject to the application of prevailing WUSC’s debarment procedures.
  2. Notification of Award

    1. The Consultant with the Most Advantageous Proposal, which is the Proposal that achieves the highest combined technical and financial scores, will be notified of award of contract by WUSC in writing.
    2. At the same time WUSC notifies the successful bidder, WUSC will notify all other unsuccessful bidders and provide a debrief where one is sought in writing within 5 days.
    3. The notice of acceptance will be given by the successful bidder within 7 days of the notification of award.
  3. Award of Contract

    1. WUSC will award the contract to the bidder whose bid is determined to be substantially responsive and who offered the best evaluated bid.
    2. WUSC reserves the right to accept or reject any bid or all bids and to cancel the bidding process at any time prior to award of the contract without thereby incurring any liability to bidders without being required to inform the bidders of reasons for such actions.
  4. Signing of Contract and Performance Security

    1. WUSC will send the successful bidder the Contract. The bidder will sign and date the contract and return to WUSC within 14 days of receipt of the notice of award.
    2. Together with the signed Contract, the bidder will furnish WUSC with a Performance Security, if required to do so.
    3. If the successful bidder fails to submit the performance security, if required to do so, within 14 days, then it shall be sufficient grounds to revoke the award of the contract. In this case, WUSC will award the contract to the next bidder.
    4. A performance security may be required in cases where the supplier is given an advance payment. Performance Security must be in the form of a Bank Guarantee or a bond from an Insurance Company licensed by the Bank.
  5. Settlement of Disputes

Disputes that may arise during the performance of the Contract shall be settled in accordance with the laws of the country, by arbitration or mutual agreement between the parties.

  1. Compliances

Bidders must submit valid certificates of compliances from the relevant bodies as requested.

Annex 1: Terms Of Reference (TOR)

Call for Consultant(s): Burden of Childcare Reduced and Addressed for Women in Jordan (BUCRA) Project

Gender Equality, Social Inclusion, and Environmental Analysis Consultant

Terms of Reference

Location

Amman, Zarqa, Madaba,Irbid, Ajloun, Ma’an, and Karak

Duration of Contract

25 days

Reports to

BUCRA team with technical assistance from the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Advisor

Application Deadline

05 May 2024

Expected Start Date

12 May 2024

BACKGROUND

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a leading Canadian international development organization focusing on three programmatic areas: Economic Opportunities, Education, and Empowerment. Our vision is a better world for all young people. It is a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world in which all young people, especially women, and refugees, are empowered to secure a good quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

WUSC currently works in over 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD 50 million. Globally, we partner with a network of higher education institutions, civil society organizations, private sector partners, professionals, students, volunteers, faculty, and community leaders who help us achieve our mission.

BURDEN OF CHILDCARE REDUCED AND ADDRESSED FOR WOMEN IN JORDAN (BUCRA) PROJECT

The Burden of Childcare Reduced and Addressed (BUCRA) project for Women in Jordan (BUCRA – meaning Tomorrow in Arabic) is a five-year collaborative initiative from 2024 to 2029, funded by Global Affairs Canada that aims to enhance economic empowerment for women in Jordan (ultimate outcome). BUCRA takes a systems approach, engaging and supporting local stakeholders from government, training bodies, the private sector, and communities to drive gender-transformative change and address the most pressing childcare issues preventing women from participating in the workforce. BUCRA targets over 8,600 women in 7 regions in Jordan, including Amman, Irbid, Zarqa, Madaba, Ajloun, Maan, and Karak. This approach of equipping key stakeholders to address systemic barriers will enable the impacts to be experienced by women throughout Jordan over the long term.

BUCRA aligns with national and international policies and structures to address these multi-dimensional economic challenges facing women in Jordan. It builds on the success and lessons learned of WUSC’s Women’s Economic Linkages and Employment Development (WE-LEAD) project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, supporting women through increased access to accredited early childhood care and development (ECCD) vocational training and employment opportunities. By engaging and supporting systemic change among training providers, business and financial services providers, policymakers, ECCD employers, and other stakeholders, BUCRA will enhance women’s equitable access to fair and decent employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the ECCD sector in Jordan. BUCRA will also address gendered social norms and work to improve communities’ attitudes and perceptions about women’s work and ECCD services to free more women to enter the workforce in Jordan. Relevance and impact will be optimized through approaches that ensure the needs and voices of the intended women beneficiaries drive the change.

Childcare impedes women’s equitable workforce participation and economic empowerment in Jordan. Women’s heavy and unequal childcare responsibilities limit their capacity to pursue decent employment or other roles in public life. Limited availability of quality, affordable, inclusive ECCD services, or perceptions thereof, limit the uptake of ECCD services that can free women to pursue economic opportunities in Jordan. Lack of formalization of the ECCD sector impacts quality, reinforces harmful perceptions about ECCD, limits demand, and reduces the sector’s potential as an area of economic opportunity for women.

Women working in the sector face low pay, limited social protection, and capacity to exercise their workplace rights. Gendered social norms dictate that women’s rightful place is caring for children rather than pursuing economic opportunities and reinforce harmful attitudes about ECCD services. BUCRA will enable transformative changes that address these barriers, especially for the most disadvantaged women caring for children in this context, including women caring for children with disabilities, women from rural and low-income areas, and refugee women in Jordan.

Key indicators of success include (i) an increased number of qualified childcare professionals throughout the country with skills relevant to the market and sector needs, (ii) the emergence and percentage growth of childcare businesses offering quality and inclusive childcare to families, and fair and decent employment for women, (iii) increased numbers of employers offering viable and inclusive childcare options for employees (iv) increased use of and satisfaction with childcare services among families, (v) increased numbers of women with fair and decent employment in the childcare sector, and (vi) changes in social norms expectations around women’s participation in the labor market and regarding families making use of childcare services including for children living with disabilities.

This initiative is grounded in the assumptions that:

  • Increasing the quality, availability, and accessibility of childcare training will lead to more high-quality and accessible childcare services becoming available to Jordanian families, including families with children with disabilities.
  • Engaging and supporting employers to make quality, inclusive childcare more accessible to their employees will lead to greater take-up of childcare services and increased demand.
  • Women are interested in working in childcare, and interventions that support access to related training and fair and decent employment opportunities—including in home-based businesses—can play an essential role in connecting them to this work and will also positively impact the quality and availability of childcare.
  • Challenging gendered social norms that act as barriers to women’s economic participation and families’ take-up of childcare increases parent engagement in childcare services to bolster trust, addressing the related stigma associated with children with disabilities and highlighting the broad-ranging benefits of childcare and women’s employment to the household, will encourage more Jordanian families to use childcare services, and free women to pursue other activities.
  • Addressing these interconnected issues will lead to more women being employed and, ultimately, to their economic empowerment.

BUCRA is a collaborative initiative to be led by WUSC and delivered in partnership with several local implementing partners, including i) the National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA) working toward enhancing the environment for Jordanian families’ stability and well-being; ii) the Vocational Training Corporation (VTC) responsible for training services and vocational development in Jordan; and iii) SADAQA, a Jordanian NGO working towards an enabling and inclusive work environment for women.

KEY INTERVENTION AREAS

The project’s ultimate outcome is Ultimate Outcome 1000: Enhanced economic empowerment for women in Jordan. WUSC and partners will deliver interventions in collaboration with other key stakeholders and contribute to the ultimate outcome through the following five key outcome areas:

Intermediate Outcome 1100: Enhanced equitable access of women to employment and self-employment opportunities in the ECCD sector in target regions of Jordan

  • Training Providers: Immediate Outcome 1110: Enhanced capacity of training providers to provide quality, market-relevant, gender-transformative and inclusive ECCD training.
  • Women Childcare Providers: Immediate Outcome 1120: Increased access by women to services that help them secure ECCD employment or start-up/expand quality home-based nurseries.
  • Policy Makers: Immediate Outcome 1130: Improved capacity of key stakeholders to develop and implement gender-responsive policy and regulation, fostering the availability of quality ECCD services

Intermediate Outcome 1200: Increased use of ECCD services, particularly by women, in target regions of Jordan.

  1. Community: Immediate Outcome 1210: Improved attitudes among women and their communities about women’s work and ECCD
  2. ECCD Employers: Immediate Outcome 1220: Enhanced capacity of employers to provide quality, gender-responsive and inclusive ECCD services

These interventions are expected to lead to gender transformative advancements in target regions by increasing the number of qualified women childcare professionals with market-relevant skills, including caring for children with disabilities. They will also lead to growth in childcare businesses offering quality and inclusive childcare and fair and decent employment for women. They will increase the use of and satisfaction with childcare services among communities in Jordan. They will lead to changes in social normative expectations around women’s participation in the labor market and families making use of childcare services, including for children living with disabilities. The interventions will be delivered in the targeted regions of Amman, Irbid, Zarqa, Madaba, Ajloun, Maan, and Karak, where several vocational training centers are already offering ECCD training programs and where NCFA has identified the need and opportunities for establishing new home-based nurseries and upskilling for women working in existing ECCD operations (both private and public).

The project aims to support additional home-based nurseries by creating more equitable and inclusive employment opportunities for women while tackling barriers related to transportation and the affordability of childcare services that limit women’s equitable participation in the workforce. Through these initiatives, WUSC is committed to positively impacting women’s lives in Jordan by eliminating gender-specific barriers to women’s entrance and retention in the workforce.

This project aligns with Canada’s approach to care work centered on gender equality and human rights. This project aligns with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), as it promotes the core action area on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, action area 2 on human dignity through education and training, and action area 3 on growth that works for everyone. As the assessments show, the project will address some of Canada’s 5Rs (recognizing, reducing, redistributing, representing, and responding) approach to care work. The project is aligned with Jordan’s international and national commitments. Jordan is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Persons with Disabilities and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project will contribute towards SDGs 1 (no poverty), 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work), and 10 (reducing inequality)

THE ASSIGNMENT

WUSC aims to hire a consultant to conduct a gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) and environmental analysis using secondary and primary data to inform program design and implementation.

Building on lessons learned and best practices from WUSC’s WE LEAD project implemented in Jordan and the findings of a recent GESI analysis completed at the proposal stage, this assignment aims to assess the needs, opportunities, and recommendations of women and relevant stakeholders working in the childcare economy, including home-based care nurseries, in seven targeted areas: Amman, Madaba, Zarqa, Irbid, Ajloun, Ma’an, and Karak.

The GESI analysis aims to provide essential insights into gender-based and inclusive considerations needed to ensure that women, in particular, will benefit from the project interventions. The study should, therefore, seek to examine the root causes of cultural, gendered social norms / institutional, political, and gender inequalities that are harmful to women’s access to higher quality, affordable, equitable, and inclusive childcare services, professional training opportunities, leadership and decision-making opportunities, and the constraints they face, while integrating an environmental sustainability and market systems lens.

TARGET STUDY PARTICIPANTS

The study proposes to consult project participants, partners, and stakeholders representing the public sector, including government officials from the NCFA, Higher Council for Persons with Disabilities, private sector micro-enterprises, home-based daycare owners, financial and business service providers, entrepreneurial ecosystem actors, environmental organizations, women’s rights organizations such as SADAQA, INGOs such as the International Labor Organization (ILO), employers and decision-makers, community members (women, men, female and male youth), in addition to parents, Early Childcare Workers (ECWs), both paid and unpaid, instructors of vocational training centers, and civil society organizations in the targeted areas in Jordan.

PURPOSE OF THE GESI ANALYSIS

The GESI Analysis aims to undertake a more extensive analysis utilizing primary and secondary data from the targeted locations to confirm and/or inform the design of the BUCRA project. It also aims to ensure that local women’s rights organizations, partners, nursery owners, and national stakeholders working on the care economy are co-leading in designing objectives and activities to ensure that feminist principles are adequately integrated and applied. The findings from this analysis will enable WUSC and its local partners to effectively design and implement the initiative to address the gender and human rights issues that ECWs face in a transformative, inclusive, and contextualized way. They will also help develop mitigation strategies for gender-specific risks and aid in formulating a gender equality strategy to be submitted with the project implementation plan (PIP). Additionally, the findings will ensure proper and targeted capacity strengthening for staff and partners on gender analysis, gender mainstreaming, and monitoring of gender equality results throughout the project cycle.

The study’s results will also inform a GESI-integrated market systems analysis and the project’s environmental sustainability approach, focusing on the intersection between the care economy and environment/climate change. The successful consultant will work closely with the project’s Environment Advisor and Market Systems Advisor to ensure that these perspectives are integrated into data collection tools and analysis as appropriate.

THE GOALS OF THE GENDER EQUALITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION ANALYSIS

The gender analysis aims to accomplish the following goals;

  1. To understand how gender dynamics affect or could affect the design of the BUCRA project in Jordan.
  2. To understand how the BUCRA project impacts or could impact gender dynamics in Jordan.
  3. To understand how the various groups are expected to benefit from the BUCRA project in Jordan.

OBJECTIVES OF THE GENDER EQUALITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION ANALYSIS

The gender equality and social inclusion analysis will provide critical insights to inform the design and delivery of the BUCRA project interventions, contributing to the achievement of the following objectives:

  • Validate and refine the gender equality issues, gaps, inequalities, and barriers related to paid care work focusing on the work of ECWs identified during the proposal phase and recent studies by program partners that impact women’s and men’s behavior regarding gender roles/relations/power dynamics, equitable access to and control over resources such as education, training, economic opportunities, leadership, and decision-making opportunities, gender-based violence (GBV), social, cultural and gendered norms, focusing on recommendations and best practices for addressing these issues.
  • Provide an analysis of power dynamics in paid care work at the personal, household, organizational, local, or sub-national levels, document recommendations on how best to close the identified gender gaps, and consider the intersectional dimensions of inequality, discrimination, and exclusion.
  • Recommendations and best practices for addressing human rights issues related to ECWs and paid childcare work. Identify the existing human rights policies, international and national legal context, and frameworks from treaty bodies; types of human rights violations concerning paid care work and the root causes of violations; power relations and influence of key actors in the early childcare workspace (rights-holders, responsibility holders and duty bearers) in terms of labor rights, women’s rights, children’s rights including children with disabilities, and the rights of those cared for; primary responsibilities for violations at different levels; strengths and weaknesses of the affected individuals/groups/communities to address violations; and willingness and capacity of responsibility holders and duty bearers to address the problem.
  • Validate and refine gender-based constraints in paid care work and recommend key elements for ensuring that women and men living with disabilities and special needs will benefit from the project’s activities and intended outcomes.
  • Validate the rights and well-being issues and barriers of those cared for (children’s rights) and how the quality of early childcare and paid care services can be improved, particularly for children with disabilities.
  • Identify opportunities for promoting women’s economic empowerment and address barriers to women’s participation in leadership and decision-making roles, processes, and opportunities for paid care work, building on the proposal research, the WE LEAD project, and local partner knowledge and ongoing initiatives.
  • Examine and analyze who has access to and control over resources, access to services, and decision-making opportunities, and identify barriers to women’s access to those resources and services related to education and livelihood opportunities in the childcare space.
  • Identify and analyze gender-responsive models to be piloted with the ECCD providers to design and test parents’ engagement approaches, accountability, and feedback mechanisms.
  • Validate gender equality risks, vulnerabilities, negative, unintended consequences of the intervention, and mitigation strategies, including but not limited to sexual and Gender-based Violence and Safeguarding issues in paid care work (see tool 7 in the FIAP toolkit for examples here).
  • Identify and map out key actors within the paid childcare ecosystem in Jordan and analyze their incentives and capacities to help address constraints and leverage opportunities related to women’s economic empowerment.
  • The project aims to incorporate an environmental risk assessment within the GESI analysis to explore the potential environmental implications of the project (both positive and negative), considering the everyday environmental relations (subsistence work done alongside care work), the intersection between the care economy and environment/climate change and the differential impact of climate change on women and their care burden. Relevant issues to explore include a) the water scarcity issue in Jordan, b) the impact of cleaning products utilized in childcare facilities, c) the potential for integration of environment and climate sensitization into the ECCD curriculum, and d) available incentives and challenges to promote positive environmental awareness and practices.

GENDER ANALYSIS FRAMEWORK

The proposed GESI analysis framework is based on the WUSC GESI Analysis Guidance. These domains come from the USAID guidance on gender analysis and align with the FIAP (and GAC guidance on Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+), CARE’s gender analysis tool (which has previously been used by WUSC), and pulls from other GESI analysis best practices. For WUSC, in alignment with our Gender, Age, and Diversity policy, we aim to take an intersectional approach that includes gender, age, and diversity, recognizing that there are many intersecting identity factors such as race, ethnicity, and mental and physical disabilities.

  • Laws, policies, regulations, and institutional practices
  • Access to and control over resources and assets
  • Gender roles, responsibilities, and time use
  • Cultural norms, social norms, and beliefs
  • Patterns of power and decision-making
  • Services, institutions, and programs

The consultant will ensure that the gender analysis framework facilitates the gathering of evidence on the context (opportunities/constraints) for women and men’s access to quality, equitable, and inclusive education and training opportunities in paid care work. Constraints, for instance, can be those emanating from their own lives, their families (general entourage/relations who have some influence over women’s lives),the environmental context (subsistence work done alongside care work), or more structural barriers within the workforce that affect the opportunities of these women.

To facilitate this research process, a range of questions have been developed to guide the type of information the study should capture. These questions are only indicative; further refinement will be explored collaboratively with the consultant(s) during the inception meeting. Findings should be aligned with the FIAP objectives and core action areas. The most critical point is that the study’s results provide relevant data that can inform the design and delivery of the BUCRA project, helping to meet the objectives stated above.

METHODOLOGY

The study should aim to collect primary data through key informant interviews (KIIs) and focus group discussions (FGDs) informant interviews and focus group discussions (FGDs) with potential project participants (women, men, female, male youth, gender diverse individuals), partners, and stakeholders representing the public sector, including government officials from the Ministry of Social Development, the National Council of Family Affairs (NCFA), the Higher Council for the rights of Persons with Disabilities, persons from diverse groups, including persons with disabilities and refugees, private sector micro-enterprises, home-based care owners, women’s rights organizations such as SADAQA, INGOs, employers and decision-makers, community members, ECWs, instructors of Vocational Training Centers, financial and business service providers, entrepreneurial ecosystem actors, environmental organizations, training providers, and civil society organizations in the targeted areas in Jordan. Collected data should be disaggregated by gender, age, and other diversity factors (where possible) when presented in the final report. Secondary data should also be collected from relevant global, regional, and national reports addressing the care economy, including home-based care. WUSC staff will provide input and feedback on the preliminary findings, recommendations, and conclusions.

SPECIFIC TASKS

  • Develop a detailed inception report and work plan in close consultation with designated WUSC staff, clarifying and refining the study’s approach, methodology, and timing.
  • Refine the gender equality and social inclusion analysis guidelines and data collection tools as needed.
  • Participate in an inception meeting with WUSC staff.
  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data through reviews of secondary sources, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews.
  • Prepare the final report as documented in the deliverables below, including actionable recommendations focusing on their relevance for interventions. The final report should also include a detailed bibliography of secondary research and a complete list of participants consulted.
  • Revise the final report and recommendations following feedback from WUSC staff.

LEVEL OF EFFORT

The level of effort required for this consultancy is estimated at 25 days.

WUSC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To provide relevant documentation and respond to the Consultant’s questions throughout the mandate.
  • To mobilize the necessary team to support the Consultant and designate a person responsible for this assignment.
  • To provide the Consultant with feedback and comments on the various documents produced, according to the approved writing plan.

TIMELINES AND DELIVERABLES OF THE CONSULTANCY

The contract period is for 25 days in May and June 2024. Estimated contributions expected in working days will be determined in consultation with the selected candidate. The candidate will have to put in place all the necessary actions to launch the GESI analysis within the following schedule:

Task

Days

Timeline

Signing of Contract and Inception Meeting

1

12 May 2024

Submission of a detailed work plan, draft inception report, and data collection tools for WUSC review and feedback

1

19 May 2024

Submission of the final version of the inception report, which incorporates WUSC comments

1

23 May 2024

Data collection through desk review, key informant interviews & focus group discussions

14

04 June 2024

Submission of the draft report, including methodology, findings, and recommendations. The report should also include

  • A detailed bibliography of secondary research
  • A complete list of participants consulted

4

13 June 2024

Submission of the final report, including methodology, findings, recommendations, and conclusion, including WUSC comments

4

20 June 2024

Total

25

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

  • The candidate should have at least 5-7 years of professional experience and a demonstrated track record of conducting gender analysis for women’s economic empowerment projects.
  • The candidate should hold a graduate degree in social sciences, gender studies, development studies, international development, or a related field.
  • The candidate should have a foundational understanding of environmental and climate issues to effectively undertake the project’s environmental implications aspect of the analysis and/or include time for a dedicated consultant to support data collection/analysis related to environment and climate change and paid care.
  • Strong research and report-writing skills are essential for this consultancy.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and Feminist International Assistance Gender Equality Toolkit for Projects
  • Technical knowledge and experience related to paid and unpaid care work would be assets.
  • Experience in applying systems and market systems analysis approaches to women’s economic empowerment programming would be an asset.

Price and payment

Quoted price would be open to negotiations; WUSC reserves the right to choose certain items from the itemized budget submitted.

Key Milestones

Payment Percentages

Signing of Contract and Inception Meeting

50%

Submission of the final report, including methodology, findings, recommendations, and conclusion, including WUSC comments

50%

Pre-bid Clarification (Q&A)

All inquiries, questions & clarification requests should be directed to the email address [email protected]

The Deadline for the Pre-bid Clarification (Q&A) is 25 April 2024 at the close of business at 16:00 Jordan time.

APPLICATIONS

Interested parties are encouraged to submit an application package, including a technical and financial offer, to WUSC Jordan Procurement Email “[email protected]

WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe. The work ethic of our staff, volunteers, consultants, representatives, and partners shall correspond to the organization’s values and mission. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence, and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion, sexual exploitation, or abuse in any form.

Only sealed envelopes (Hard copies) will be accepted. The application submission deadline is 05 May 2024 at the close of business at 16:00 Jordan time.

LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY

Any document shared with the service provider as part of this TOR is considered part of WUSC property that cannot be distributed or used by any other agency.

All produced materials under this TOR are the property of WUSC and cannot be distributed or to be used by any agencies.

How to apply

Interested parties are encouraged to submit an application package, including a technical and financial offer, to WUSC Jordan Procurement Email “[email protected]


Deadline: 5 May 2024