Kenya and Tanzania
February 26, 2021 at 5pm East Africa Time (EAT)
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) invites proposals from qualified consultants/firms to support the data collection and analysis for a multi-country gender analysis of program contexts for the Daring to Shift (D2S) project, an initiative funded by the Government of Canada.
The purpose of this assignment is to: Generate research and evidence of gender in project contexts in Kenya and Tanzania, through the coordination and facilitation of the mapping of stakeholders, recruitment of participants, qualitative data collection, and participation in analysis of results, using virtual methods and tools. The consultant will work in close collaboration with the DOT Kenya Focal Point and DOT Tanzania Gender Officer, DOT HQ Gender Specialist, and other key DOT HQ staff. The consultant will also facilitate support to and coordination of youth researchers, who will support the recruitment of participants, collection of data, and analysis of data using gender-sensitive and virtual methods.
The major objective of this initiative is to: Improve access, inclusion, and program quality for both young women and men, to support DOT’s gender equity approach to the D2S program. This initiative will provide an important grounding to D2S’s overarching goal of enhanced resilience and economic inclusion among participating unemployed and underemployed youth (aged 18 to 35) and their communities, and to develop and support the leadership and decision-making power of young women to enable them to thrive despite the barriers that they face to take advantage of economic opportunities.
DOT is a leading international organization that is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and was established in 2002. Through its programs, DOT enables economically marginalized individuals to access and apply information and communication technologies (ICT) to create educational, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves. The organization’s vision is to make pathways to these opportunities available particularly to young people and women, as a strategy to eradicate poverty, vulnerability and gender inequality. DOT is differentiated by its unique youth-to‐youth model, its use of technology as an enabler to achieve economic and social goals, its record of engagement with the private sector, and its commitment to localization. Globally, DOT has trained over 5,000 young leaders who have in turn reached nearly one million young people and community members. DOT is currently operating in seven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa.
DOT Kenya has been in operation for over 10 years with a focus on empowering youth and women at the bottom tier of the pyramid. We are a youth and women driven organization of daring innovators with tools, knowledge and networks to create their own opportunities and transform communities. We support the youth and women in their leadership and innovation journey to create and apply digital solutions that impact their communities. DOT Kenya has been running youth-led programs focused on sustainable economic growth since 2005.
DOT Tanzania has been running youth-led programs focused on sustainable economic growth since 2013. DOT Tanzania is currently in the early stages of an ambitious project that seeks to empower youth with digital skills at scale. Young leaders help other youth in their communities to build digital skills to improve their livelihoods and gain confidence, experience greater financial inclusion and increase their resilience.
Equipped with these new skills, youth are better able to access services, networks, jobs, and other livelihood opportunities. Empowered, these young women and men help their families and wider community to thrive. For this project, 70% of our beneficiaries will be women from 8 regions in Tanzania.
Daring to Shift will enhance resilience and economic inclusion among participating unemployed and underemployed youth (aged 18 to 35) and their communities in the Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East regions. Over the course of four years, it will develop and support the leadership and decision-making power of young women to enable them to thrive despite the barriers that they face to take advantage of economic opportunities. The project will take an innovative approach to scaling-up youth empowerment, leadership, and social entrepreneurship. The main programming will be in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Jordan, and Lebanon, while also deepening and extending programming in Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, and Ghana with support from a youth-led digital innovation team in South Africa.
Among other initiatives, the project will offer training programs, access to peer networks, and linkages to partner opportunities that will strengthen the leadership, social innovation, entrepreneurship, and enhance the digital inclusion of nearly 45,000 young women and men, encouraging the testing of new solutions to old problems. Daring to Shift will also build the capacity of participating organizations and institutions to design, develop, implement, and monitor gender-sensitive strategies that will enhance enabling environments for young women’s leadership and economic inclusion. Finally, the project will scale gender-sensitive youth-led leadership and economic empowerment programming by providing training, coaching, as well as access to technical and financial support to Youth Champions. These Youth Champions are young women and men driving community change through their own community-based non-profit initiatives that provide economic empowerment, digital inclusion, and leadership training and coaching for their fellow youth.
Gender equality is a core DOT value and gender is mainstreamed throughout Daring to Shift’s management and activities – including in planning, design, recruitment, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation to ensure both gender equity and women’s empowerment. The project combines a focus on gender equality with development innovation and youth empowerment. It seeks to address the root causes of gender inequality, disrupt gender norms, shift mindsets, and build a movement to advance digital inclusion as a foundation for equitable economic empowerment.
Daring to Shift will respond to gender gaps through a comprehensive approach which is clearly outlined in all three intermediate outcome level results: promoting women’s role in leadership and decision making, enhancing the enabling environment, and expanding gender-responsive technical capacities. Moreover, the D2S project will use a gender equity approach to participant targeting, with a mandate to include 70% women in all program streams, and in every program country context. Finally, the project will also play an active role in championing gender equality and transforming gender norms across project countries by building the capacity of young leaders to serve as gender equality champions.
As part of the participatory approach to D2S, DOT had intended to implement a series of co-design labs in each project country from April to July 2020, engaging young women and men in the development, testing, and iteration of programmatic strategies. This would have coincided with the project baseline study and gender analysis, and culminated in a final meeting bringing together DOT local partners and youth to finalize the Project Implementation Plan in August 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, and the subsequent pausing of international travel and in-person gatherings, DOT had to postpone the baseline, gender analysis and gender strategy.
Given ongoing COVID 19 operating conditions, and need to advance thinking around gender in D2S programming, the gender analysis will be conducted remotely using virtual methods. Balancing the need for safety and caution due to COVID, and the imperative to reach youth in areas where virtual access is limited is a clear challenge of this project. Some consideration may be made to strategies to mitigate this, including selecting accessible tools and platforms (e.g. phone calls instead of online chat platforms), and exceptions to virtual collection where necessary and possible, to be decided by DOT Kenya Focal Point and DOT Tanzania Gender Officer, and DOT HQ.
The support requested for this initiative includes supporting the delivery of a gender analysis of programmatic contexts in Kenya and Tanzania from start to finish over a 3 month period beginning in February 2021. The estimated level of effort for this initiative is 22.5 days.
The consultant will be managed by the DOT HQ Gender Specialist, who will provide overall coordination and support to each phase of the gender analysis. The consultant will work closely with the Lead Consultant, DOT HQ Gender Specialist, Gender Officers/Focal Points and youth researchers to support the adaptation of the design of data collection tools to country contexts, support Gender Officer/Focal Point with recruitment of participants, lead on gender-sensitive qualitative data collection, and support locally-driven analysis and the development of recommendations with country teams.
This assignment is divided into three phases (which, ideally will be delivered by one consultant or team):
Building on the design already completed, the In-Country Consultant will provide feedback to the design of the gender analysis and plans for its implementation, in close collaboration with the Lead consultant, DOT Kenya and DOT Tanzania Gender Officer, DOT HQ Gender Specialist, and other key staff.
This phase includes a mapping of the gender analysis framework/key domains to DOT’s existing data gathered in the design of D2S, adapting data collection tools to local contexts, facilitating the translation of data collection tools (consent documents, interview guides, focus group guides), and supporting the selection of appropriate and accessible virtual platforms for the country context.
In close collaboration with the youth researcher(s), and supported by DOT Kenya Focal Point and DOT Tanzania Gender Officer, DOT HQ gender specialist, and the GA Lead Consultant, the In-Country Consultant will lead the identification of stakeholders and recruitment of participants, manage consent processes, and facilitate support to participants during their participation (orientation on digital platforms/tools, data allowances etc.). This project is aiming to engage ~75 stakeholders from each of Kenya and Tanzania, including diverse youth, as well as other key stakeholders such as parents, local leaders, and relevant community organizations. The In-Country consultant will lead the execution of virtual data collection, including working with the Lead Consultant and DOT Kenya Focal Point and DOT Tanzania Gender Officer to maintain data collection schedules, and conduct key informant interviews and FG discussions with youth using gender-sensitive methods. The In-Country Consultant will also support youth researchers by providing orientation on selected virtual tools, and supporting their use of gender-sensitive virtual methods while ensuring rigour throughout data collection. Throughout, oversight will be provided by the Lead Consultant and DOT HQ Director of Impact to maintain gender-sensitive and ethical protocol and practices.
The In-country Consultant will support the validation and analysis of all data collected, through collaboration with the youth researchers, Lead Consultant, DOT HQ gender specialist, and Gender Officers/Focal Points. It is envisioned that the lead consultant will facilitate analysis and validation workshops with country teams, and facilitate an analysis and validation workshop to synthesize recommendations across the network. The In-Country consultant will participate in these validation and analysis workshops.
The consultant shall be paid as outlined in the table below. All reimbursable expenses incurred by the consultant in relation to this assignment will be covered according to DOT’s policies on reimbursement and travel.
The consultant(s) must possess:
Interested parties are requested to submit proposals by email to Meaghan Anderson, DOT HQ Gender Specialist, at email@example.com by February 26, 2021 at 5pm East Africa Time (EAT).
Note that proposals will be considered on a rolling basis and short-listed candidates will be contacted before March 3, 2021.
Interested parties should include the following in their proposal:
The estimated level of effort for this initiative is 22.5 days. The duration of the assignment will not exceed 4 months. The assignment is expected to begin March 2021 and will end between April and May 2021, depending on virtual data collection and adjustments due to COVID.
Note that proposals will be considered on a rolling basis and short-listed candidates will be contacted before March 3, 2021.GOOD LUCK!