Terms of reference
For Short Term Consultancy to Analyse the Regional and National policies of South Asia on Recognition and Redistribution of Unpaid Care Work
ActionAid International has been implementing the POWER project since 2016. It is a multi-country and 5-year long project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under The Funding Leadership an Opportunity for Women. The long-term objective of the project is women’s economic empowerment. The specific objective of the project is to support women to have increased income and ability to control their income, through practising CRSA, accessing markets and recognising, redistributing and reducing unpaid care work. The project has four main outcomes which include (1) 19,901 rural women are organised and can demand their rights as farmers and carers, (2) Women’s unpaid care work is more highly valued within households, communities and government, (3) 19,901 rural women have more secure and sustainable access to markets and productive resources, (4) raising the intersection of unpaid care work agroecology at the regional and international level to create an environment that supports women’s economic empowerment by advocating for policy and institutional change.
The project has a significant engagement in South Asia for policy change to address the unpaid care work and agroecology. Regarding the unpaid care work, the project has been carrying out interventions for recognising, redistributing, reducing and representation (4R) of unpaid care work in the regional and national policies under outcome four.
AAI has been working on unpaid care work since 2009 internationally and from 2016 in South Asia regionally. There is a lot of engagement in the national and regional level from AAI under POWER project in South Asia. AAI connected some regional intergovernmental bodies like UNESCAP, FAO, SAARC etc and also mobilised regional networks like APRECM, FAO-RAP, SANGAT, OBR, MAM, AFSN, KKM, AFA etc from the regional and the national aspects in South Asia. The changes come from such engagement for 4Rs of unpaid care work in the national and the regional policy and programmes during this time, the study will give us documentation and understanding on it. It will give us learning for the next steps of interventions and engaging strategies which are sustainable including identifying the targeted and allied stakeholders.
Further, recent COVID19 pandemic has been bringing some changes and impacts on women and men participation in unpaid care work across the world including South Asia. There is a new situation the world is facing, and this new normal condition may require to revisit the policy and programme options further.
In the background, the proposed study will try to map the existing situation of unpaid care work and what policy provisions have for 4Rs of unpaid care work in the regional and the country policies in South Asia.
2. The objective of the study:
The overall objective of the study is to map the existing regional and national policies in South Asia cover recognition, reduction, redistribution and representation of unpaid care work in South Asia. The specific objectives are-
To identify the current provisions on 4Rs of unpaid care work in different regional and national policies in South Asia and what changes have been brought during the last four years;
To identify the gaps or factors that have facilitated or created obstacles to incorporate it in the regional and national policies;
To identify the stakeholders who can take and support to carry out the advocacy interventions in future;
To recommend areas of improvements for future support to 4Rs of unpaid care working in the regional and national policies in South Asia.
3. Proposed methodology and key questions
In order to achieve the objective of the study, a rigorous secondary review and analysis is required including qualitative and quantitative analysis and presentation of different aspects of unpaid care work.
The study will produce a comprehensive report on mapping the provisions on 4Rs of unpaid care work among the existing regional and national policies in South Asia. It will cover
I. An analysis of the situation of unpaid care work in South Asia
II. A review of current policies on women’s right and gender in South Asia in the context of recognition, redistribution, reduction and representation of unpaid care work.
III. Identified existing policy provisions on unpaid care work for its 4Rs and the gaps to be addressed.
IV. A comprehensive analysis of unpaid care work issues in the international policies and protocols applicable in South Asia along with suggested stakeholders.
V. Recommendations for future policy engagement and policy formulation to incorporate UCW in the national and regional policies of South Asia.
Finally, the report will include but is not restricted to;
Summary of findings
Introduction and background
The methodology used, and any challenges faced
Main findings not more than 5 pages of text
Reflection and feminist analysis
Key recommendations for the South Asia region – in accordance with the objectives
Key recommendations for the Countries in South Asia
5. Management and roles
A consultant will be hired to carry out the study at the regional and country-level in South Asia. The activity will be overseen by the South Asia Advocacy Coordinator with the support of International Project Manager of POWER project
6. Validation and discussion,
A validation meeting will be held with networks and AA country programme teams to gather feedback and comments from diverse perceptions and engagement to make it more comprehensive and inclusive.
7. Time frame
· TOR finalisation by 22 September 2020
· Posting of TORS by 22 September 2020
· Commission consultant by 8th October 2020
· Submission of a draft by 25th October 2020
· Final draft by 05th Nov 2020
· Publication and sharing the findings regionally by 15 November 2020.
· Consultancy days – one calendar month.
8. Budget: 5,000 (five thousand) Euros under POWER Project, budget line-126.96.36.199/188.8.131.52. ActionAid will deduct VAT/Tax at source as applicable.**
9. Required skills, competencies and experience
The consultant must have:
· Post-graduation degree in Social Sciences i.e. Gender Studies or Anthropology or Sociology or Development Studies or related discipline. Have a sound understanding of South Asia policy on women rights and gender issues may be given preference from any discipline.
· At least 2 years’ experience preferably in research and policy analysis, basically, on women rights and gender including unpaid care work and women economic empowerment and rights, etc
· Sound understanding in South Asia, its culture, people, politics and the governments
· Understanding on UN bodies working with the Governments of South Asian Countries
· Understanding of inter-Governmental bodies working in South Asian and South Asian Countries
· Understanding on Governments of South Asian Countries’ policies and regulations
· Have linkage with different regional and national organisations including UNESCAP, IFAD, SAARC, UNDP etc
· Good networking with national-level civil society organisations of South Asian Countries
· Strong research and excellent writing skills in English
· Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
● Ability to be flexible and respond to incorporate the changes to text as part of the review and feedback process;
● Strong interpersonal skills, able to communicate and work with diverse people
● Participate effectively in the team-based, information-sharing environment, collaborating and cooperating effectively with others;
● Focus and result oriented