Introduction about ActionAid in the Arab Region
ActionAid has been working in the Arab Region since 2005 and currently has programmes in Jordan and Lebanon, and until recently in Tunisia. Our operations are managed from our Regional office in Amman – Jordan, with a small programme team in Lebanon. In the past, we have also delivered short term interventions with partners in Morocco.
ActionAid Arab Region aims to increase the power of young people & women to be drivers of change to create sustainable communities, through conscientization, organizing and campaigning, mobilizing and building solidarity to harness individual and collective power. Our programming is rooted in the communities we work, led and informed by people living in poverty and exclusion, and governed by a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) and feminist leadership principles.
Our Theory of Change is centred on increasing the power of women and young people who suffer discrimination because of their gender and/ or age and those who are negatively impacted by the protracted crisis. We aim to contribute to structural change through supporting and working with women and young people living in poverty and exclusion and their organisations on women’s rights - ending all forms of violence against women and girls; attaining their civic and political participation; and identifying and mitigating protection risks for communities affected by conflict. In order to bring about sustain changes, we also focus on three cross-cutting areas throughout our programmes: that women’s rights is central; social cohesion is enhanced; and transparency and accountability is promoted.
Background to this consultancy
ActionAid’s ‘Promoting Feminist Leadership to Combat Sexual and Gender based Violence in Jordan’ (PFL) project, funded by the European Commission, contributes to women’s human rights by strengthening the participation of women and girls and their CBOs in local and national development processes in Jordan. More specifically, the project aims to build the feminist leadership of young women and men to combat violence against women and girls in public spaces in Jordan. This is done through formation of four feminist schools, in Zarqa and Mafraq, that are used as vehicles for capacity development, campaigning and networking and advocacy for young women and men.
Capacity development includes enhancement of knowledge and critical awareness of 300 young women and men on women’s rights thematic focus such as gender and power; feminism; feminist leadership; gender, violence and discrimination and the status of women in international conventions and in the Jordanian laws. Campaigning includes the planning and implementation of 3 local level campaigns to raise the awareness of 1000 community members around safety of women in public places, specific focus on sexual harassment in the streets.
Networking and advocacy includes opening discussions around the issue of safety of women in public spaces among women’s national networks (particularly the CEDAW Coalition and Mosawa Network) and allowing young women and men to voice their demands on this issue with government entities and semi-government entities, such as the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW).
This Consultancy focuses on the realization of the capacity development component for 200 young women and men through the development of a thematic Training of Trainers (TOT) on the newly developed manual on gender equality and feminist leadership. The TOT trainer will train 9 trainees who will in turn conduct 8 trainings as a result of this.
The overall intervention methodology of this project depends on mutual learning and formulation of a shared basis of knowledge between the members of the feminist school members which will enable them to reconsider masculinity and stereotypes in their local communities critically. The methodology that these youth platforms use depends mainly on the concept of "feminist leadership". Through the school activities, the young women and men see a model of feminist leadership and they are encouraged to replicate this with their local groups.
Feminist Leadership principles:
Feminist Leadership principles include, but are not limited to: A) Inclusivity and empowerment (that is why we have young men and young women together) we work on correcting the perceptions around the concept of "feminism" with them (not men haters but looking for dignity and equity for all). B) understanding that young women might have obligations, such as children, that might not allow them to participate (therefore allowing young women with children to bring their children to the sessions of the feminist school). C) Acknowledging that the young women have specific issues that need to be addressed in a safe space without attendance of young men, and also building solidarity among women to develop inner strength, hence the schools also have Women to Women sessions. D) Addressing root causes of issues of violence against women and girls (VAWG) (the feminist school focuses on addressing internalisation and reproduction of VAWG, so with young men we address re-defining their own masculinity, with young women we address their own internalised concepts of oppression). E) Commitment to developing the concept and not just accepting it as it is (therefore the concept itself develops with the young people and they have a say in developing it, thus it is not a top-down approach, but rather a bottom-up concept that puts young people at its centre). F) Working on ‘changing ourselves’ (individual change) as an essential prerequisite for working on changing the community.
Transformative adult education methods (using reflection action methods):
All capacity development interventions in the project use classroom and outdoor settings based on the Transformative Adult Learning Cycle, which is essentially an inclusive and a participatory process. This method takes participants through an experience, which they then reflect upon. Consequently, they are able to understand and implement a relevant action. In this way ‘the cycle of ‘reflection leading to action’ continues. Skilled facilitation methods will be used, in addition to the screening of relevant videos to show examples of successful reflective experiences which can support participants in their learning journey
Objective of this Consultancy
The main purpose of this Consultancy is to ensure the sustainability of the PFL project impact by further grounding the feminist schools in local communities through the horizontal expansion of the feminist schools’ concept. As the action nears its end the training will include a Transformative Adult Learning Cycle which uses a cycle of reflection – action that allows young people to execute activities and then reflect on them to see how they can improve the impact (see Methodology).
· 9 trainees can conduct cascade trainings to 200 young women (70%) and men (30 %).
· The 9 trainees will conduct 8 trainings in their local communities. (4 trainings in Zarqa and 4 trainings (each training is 4 days) in Mafraq) for 200 participants.
· Thematic TOT will be conducted for maximum of 5 days by the Consultant to a total of 9 participants (3 experienced trainers from Jordan, preferably Jordanian women) and 6 young women and men from the 4 Feminist Schools.
· Pre and post evaluation raw data on excel.
· Training report including pre and post evaluation data.
· Reflection session on the previous process with trainers will be conducted by ActionAid Arab Region.
· A skilled facilitator with previous training experience.
· Excellent command of the Arabic language.
· Experience on women’s rights and feminism.
· Knowledge of Jordanian context.
· Knowledge and use of transformative adult education methods.
· Consultants residing in Jordan will be prioritized as international travel will not be covered.
· Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.