Tender Alert!!

ZACH is tendering for a consultancy firm or individual consultant to conduct “Rapid Assessment Survey including baseline assessment dialogues before the start of SASA methodology in 3 districts in Zimbabwe”

Duration: 4 weeks

Starting date: 16 March 2020

Background information

Zimbabwe has an estimated 1.4 million people living with HIV (PLHIV), 1.2 million of whom are between the ages of 15 and 64. National HIV estimates reported an HIV prevalence of 12.78% in 2018. Prevalence among children (0-14) is estimated at 1.5%. While the epidemic has declined among both men and women (15-49), women continue to bear disproportionate burden with prevalence levels of 15.9% compared to 10.7% among men in 2016 (ZIMPHIA, 2016). The same gender disparity is true for new infections, where women have an HIV incidence of 0.57%, compared to 0.3% among men (15-49).

Given the disproportionate HIV burden, number of new infections, and social and structural risk factors At least 13% (ZDHS 2015) of women in Zimbabwe have experienced physical or sexual violence. And while the country’s constitution provides equal protection under the law, legislation is rarely enforced to protect women. To combat and prevent this abuse, Zimbabwe Association of Church related Hospitals (ZACH) will roll out the following innovative model:

Start Awareness Support and Action (SASA) model

Geographical coverage: 3 districts, namely Mt Darwin, Goromonzi and Tsholotsho.

SASA! Is an acronym for a four-phase process:

  • Start thinking about violence against women and HIV/AIDS as interconnected issues and the need to personally address these issues
  • Raise Awareness about communities’ acceptance of men’s use of power over women, which fuels HIV/AIDS and violence against women
  • Support women and men directly affected by or involved in these issues to change
  • Take Action to prevent HIV/AIDS and violence against women. SASA model focuses on changing uneven power dynamics between genders. The model will utilize 180 community champions at district level.

SASA! is an exploration of power initiative —what it is, who has it, how it is used, how it is abused and how power dynamics between women and men can change for the better. SASA! -demonstrates how understanding power and its effects can help us prevent violence against women and HIV infection.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities 

The consultant key task and responsibility is to collect and analysis base line information before inception of SASA and OS in the respective districts. Full detail of indicator definition will be provided as required. The following is a summary of indicators that should guide data collection and analysis:

Indicators measuring the extend of GBV problem

Physical and emotional gender based violence:

  1. The percentage of AGYW (over the total number of AGYW) who have experienced physical and or emotional violence during the last year.This indicator should be disaggregated further by severity (moderate/severe); perpetrator (intimate/other relative/other known person/stranger/state authority); and frequency (one/few/many time(s)).
  2. The percentage of AGYW (over the total number of AGYW) who have experienced physical and or emotional violence during life-time. This indicator should be disaggregated further by severity (moderate/severe); perpetrator (intimate/other relative/other known person/stranger/state authority); and frequency (one/few/many time(s)).

Sexual Violence

  1. The percentage of AGYW (over the total number of AGYW) who have experienced rape/sexual assault during the last year. This indicator should be disaggregated further by perpetrator (intimate/other relative/other known person/stranger/state authority); and frequency (one/few/many time(s)).
  2. The percentage of AGYW (over the total number of AGYW) who have experienced rape/sexual assault during life-time. This indicator should be disaggregated further by perpetrator (intimate/other relative/other known person/stranger/state authority); and frequency (one/few/many time(s)

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

  1. The percentage of AGYW (over the total number of AGYW who have ever had an intimate partner) who have experienced physical or sexual violence by current or former partner during the last year. This indicator should be disaggregated further by frequency (one/few/many time(s)).
  2. The percentage of AGYW (over the total number of AGYW who have ever had an intimate partner) who have experienced physical or sexual violence by current or former partner during lifetime. This indicator should be disaggregated further by frequency (one/few/many time(s)).

Harmful practices: Forced or early marriage

  1. The percentage of AGYW (over the total number of women) whose age at marriage is below 18 years
  2. Indicators that measures response to GBV
  3. Appropriate community response to AGYW experiencing GBV in the past year

This indicator should be disaggregated further by;

  1. Type of Clinical Services offered: (physical examination, wound care, appropriate medicines provided)
  2. Provision of GBV counselling services
  3. Rapid HIV testing with referral to care and treatment as appropriate
  4. Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV disaggregated by time (less than 1 hour, 1-23 hours, 24-47 hours 48-72 hours, >72 hours
  5. STI screening/testing and treatment
  6. Provision of dignity pack
  7. Safe shelter provided
  8. Legal support (legal counselling, police services, court services)

Indicators that measure sexual risk behaviors

Indicators in this category are designed to measure changes in risk behaviours that predispose individuals to HIV infection as well as changes in cultural norms and beliefs towards all form of Gender Based Violence (GBV)

  1. Percentage of men aged 15-49 reporting use of condoms at last paid sex session. This indicator is measured through regular surveys (baseline, mid-term and end of term
  2. Percent of adults – women and men (15-49 years) who had sexual intercourse with more than one partner in the last 12 months who reported using a condom during their last sexual act. This indicator is measured through regular surveys (baseline, mid-term and end of term)
  3. Document cultural norms regarding the acceptability of gender inequalities and IPV
  4. Document child marriage laws and the re-alignments that are needed

Key deliverables with deadlines

  1. Assessment tools
  2. Detailed Inception report
  3. Detailed KAP analysis on AGYW BGV issues
  4. Final report including challenges and recommendations to be provided by 10 April 2020 by soft copy.

Education and experience requirements:

  • Advanced university degree in social work or other social sciences, public/community health, gender, legal advice as it relates to gender and GBV, and development or related field;
  • Knowledge and Experience:
  • At least 5 years of increasingly responsible relevant professional experience, including experience in programme management, including large multi-sectoral projects, designing and appraising proposals and actively liaising with relevant and potential project partners;
  • Knowledge of gender issues in development, particularly GBV, including relevant international human rights standards;
  • Knowledge of reproductive health, HIV and protection issues in humanitarian and post-conflict recovery settings;
  • Prior training in gender and GBV issues and their application in humanitarian, conflict, recovery and development settings;
  • Experience in utilizing the following internationals tools: GBV Standard Operating Procedures; GBV Information Management System; IASC GBV Guidelines; IASC Gender Handbook; GBV Coordination Handbook; WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies;

Languages:

  • Fluency in Shona and Ndebele
  • Oral and written English essential.

How to Apply: Consultants should submit in a sealed envelope clearly marked with job title, an application letter, a completed CV, proposed methodology and financial implication by submitting the documents to: The Executive Director, ZACH offices, 160 Baines Avenue, P.O. box 1556, Harare, not later than the 6th of March 2020.

Advert is also placed on the ZACH website address as follows: – www.zach.org.zw

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