Consultancy- To prepare the 2023 Global Annual Report of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation: Delivering the Global Promise
UNFPA and UNICEF have been leading the largest global programme working towards the elimination of female genital mutilation (FGM) since 2008 – UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation: Delivering the Global Promise to End FGM by 2030. The Joint Programme supports holistic and integrated approaches and interventions at global, regional, and national levels with the aim of establishing policy and legal frameworks, galvanising communities to abandon the harmful practice, and providing FGM-related services. The Joint Programme is currently implementing its Phase IV (2022-2030).
In terms of scope, the Joint Programme provides direct financial and technical support to 17 countries (Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, and Yemen). Additionally, it has various initiatives and forums to share technical knowledge and expertise to other countries and organizations as a part of its effort to have a global influence in the field. The Joint Programme also undertakes various global and regional level initiatives, including initiatives supported by the Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme (SIARP).
The Joint Programme prepares an annual report to document and share its achievement during the year at different levels. Hence, the Joint Programme will engage a consultant for the development of the 2023 annual report including the country profiles and these terms of reference define the scope of the assignment.
Purpose of consultancy:
The purpose of this consultancy is to support the Joint Programme Global Coordination Team in the preparation, analysis, and writing of the 2023 Annual Report of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation: Delivering the Global Promise including an addendum (Country Profiles) detailing annual results for each of the 17 countries.
Scope of work:
Under the overall guidance and leadership of the Global Coordinator of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation and under the supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of the FGM Joint Programme in UNFPA and in collaboration with the members of the Joint Programme Global Coordination Team from UNFPA and UNICEF, the consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:
Review 2021 and 2022 Joint Programme Annual reports and other related programmatic reports e.g., 2023 annual report from Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme (SIARP) for familiarization on format/style, content and understand how previous reports build unto each other.
Develop an outline for the 2023 Annual Report structure including formatting details such as content, presentation and visualization of case studies, visualizations, etc. and detailed Gantt chart for review and approval from the Joint Programme Coordination team.
In close consultation with Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of the FGM Joint Programme in UNFPA, i) develop the report content, ii) identify main themes and patterns to be highlighted in report and iii) finalize the qualitative and quantitative data visualization all of which are informed by a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the following documents:
17 countries’ annual narrative reports and programme monitoring data
Three regional reports.
One 2023 annual report from Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme (SIARP)
Develop and share drafts of report components for review, feedback, thorough revision and approval of final versions with/from the Joint Programme Global Coordination Team for the following documents in the following chronological order 2023 main report for the Joint Programme (20 pages maximum) 17 Country profiles (20 pages maximum)
Work closely with the Communications Specialists of the Joint Programme during the copy-editing, proofreading processes and design/layout of the annual report to finalize the 2023 report
The expected deliverables of the consultancy are:
The 2023 Global Annual Report for the Joint Programme and all related analysis, including country profiles/chapters or annexes, agreed with the Joint Programme, due by May 30, 2024.
The products will be delivered in electronic format.
Duration of the consultancy service and working arrangement
The consultancy is for 50 working days over a period of 6 months. The tentative schedule is from February to July 2024:
Expected start date: 1 February 2024
Expected end date: 30 July 2024
The first draft of the Annual Report to be submitted by 12 April 2024, the revised draft with comments integrated by 1 May 2024, and the final draft by 30 May 2024.
The first draft of the country profiles to be submitted by 15 April 2024, the revised draft with comments integrated by 15 May 2024, and the final draft by 30 May 2024.
The consultant will work under the overall guidance of the FGM Global Coordinator of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of FGM and under the supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of the FGM Joint Programme in UNFPA and in collaboration with the members of the Joint Programme Global Coordination Team from UNFPA and UNICEF.
Monitoring and progress control, including reporting requirements, periodicity format
Weekly virtual calls will be scheduled with the consultant to monitor progress, provide guidance and clarification to any questions, and ensure the work is on track.
Required expertise, qualifications and competencies
Master or Postgraduate degree in relevant areas such as Social Sciences, Economics, Development studies, or related fields. A certificate/diploma in critical writing will be an added advantage.
Strong analytic skills for both quantitative and qualitative data with experience in using statistical packages.
Demonstrated technical knowledge and operational experience in reporting skills in communicating analytic data for wide readership that includes program officers, policy makers, donors and general population.
Solid editorial skills with demonstrated ability for logical and analytical writing.
Sound understanding of gender-responsive and/or gender-transformative programming, particularly in areas related to harmful practices including FGM and child marriage.
Work experience in programmes addressing female genital mutilation is an advantage.
Strong interpersonal skills, communication skills and experience in working with diverse team members from different organizations.
Experience in working with UN organizations is preferable.
Solid track record of producing high quality multi-country programmatic reports in a timely manner.
High proficiency in written and spoken English is required as the Annual Report and Country Profiles have to be written in English.
Knowledge of French is required as 6 of the 17 countries will be providing reports in French.
To apply for the position, please send the following documents:
Curriculum vitae (CV)
Cover letter indicating the daily fee in USD
Sample of previous multi-country programmatic reports using mixed methods in similar areas of work such as harmful practices (preferably on FGM).
Other relevant information or special conditions, if any
This will be a home-based consultancy; the consultant will work remotely. The consultant will be paid twice, once, upon completion of drafts for the annual report and country profiles and the second, after receiving the final versions of the annual report and country profiles.
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