Terms of Reference

Call for consultant to conduct a baseline study for Generation G programme


The Generation G partnership strives towards the creation of gender-just and violence-free societies with and for young people in their full diversity. By gender justice, we mean a fair, equitable world for all individuals regardless of their gender.  We aim to contribute to this change in Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda with regional and global-level support for these in-country changes. The Generation G partnership is a collaboration of partners in the seven countries with a global consortium consisting of Rutgers (lead), ABAAD, Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice.  

The Generation G partnership raises public support, advocates for improved policies and laws, and strengthens civil society, focusing specifically on gender-based violence, the unequal division of care and women’s lack of access to civic space, as a way to contribute to gender justice. As such, the Generation G partnership directly contributes to SDG5, SDG16, and the Ministry’s policy on women’s rights and gender equality. The partnership addresses three key interrelated challenges: gender-based violence, the unequal division of care and women’s lack of access to civic space. More specifically, this partnership engages an innovative gender-transformative strategy that equips youth leaders and civil society organisations (CSOs) to address the root causes of gender inequality and power imbalances. Unique to our approach is that we explicitly engage (young) men as part of the solution and transform power dynamics related to masculinities, recognizing that this is a key and often missing component in achieving gender justice, the Beijing Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda. Next to a gender-transformative approach, this partnership has fully embraced the principles of inclusiveness, meaningful and inclusive youth participation, do no harm and accountability.   

As youth (15-32) are our key actors and key impact group, they are actively included in decision-making processes, as well as the design and implementation of key strategies. Youth are at the heart of this partnership, as catalysts for systemic change and key target group. Youth make up a considerable proportion of the world’s population but tend to be excluded from policymaking and the legislative processes that significantly impact their lives and futures. Investing in youth is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive and stable societies. We make a special effort to amplify voices of youth, particularly those who are often excluded because of their age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. 

Scope of the work

A baseline will be completed April to July 2021 to describe the current context and measure the status of the long-term objectives to better understand the starting point of key elements of the work against which later progress will be measured. The baseline should compile comprehensive information about the project in order to review its design and make it more responsive to the GBV-related needs of the target populations. The baseline should authenticate the efficacy and plausibility of the theory of change, contextualise both the problem and targets, and articulate the feasibility of the goals and long-term objectives. The intent of the baseline is to obtain baseline data relating to the selected indicators; map all partners or stakeholders such as institutions (schools, government health facilities), CSOs which relates to the overall objectives and Pathways to Gender Justice; conduct formative research among the primary and secondary audiences and target groups; and identify country specific needs and entry points for implementation strategies and adaptation of existing interventions and advocacy approaches. 

This country baseline will cover Limpopo, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Western Cape and Gauteng where 12 sites will be demarcated for the purposes of the study. The determination of the number of sites for primary data collection will be dependent on budget and time frame.

The technical scope of the baseline study will include: 

  • Develop study design, methodology, sampling methods, planning and quality control procedures.
  • Conduct desktop analysis at country level related to the overall objectives of the project.
  • Reviewing of existing information to identify and address knowledge gaps in order to improve the programme design and to inform the strategies related to the pathways on public support, advocacy and capacity strengthening of Civil Society Organizations
  • Set baseline values for indicators. 
  • Develop quantitative and qualitative baseline data collection tools related to specific areas in the indicator framework.
  • Incorporate baseline information to contextualize the current indicator framework and inform target setting of outcome and output indicators.
  • Provide context analysis of chosen twelve sites including the determination of the likelihood to create impact and outcomes in the 12 sites.  
  • Validate the theory of change. 
  • Ensure incorporation of all COVID19 measures and restrictions. 


The consultant is expected to propose specific methodologies they will use in the inception report to be submitted to Generation G SA country partners for approval. They should demonstrate the use of mixed methods approach in arriving at findings and ensure data quality. Details on sampling strategy and quality assurance measures should be included in the inception report. In addition, it should elaborate on data collection methods, tools and timetables for the baseline study.

Indicators for baseline study South Africa

Long Term Objective 1: A growing number of young men and women are mobilised to promote gender justice and prevent GBV on and offline 

Long Term Objective 2: Decision-makers increasingly adopt, adapt, implement and are accountable for gender-transformative and youth-inclusive policies and laws  

Long Term Objective 3: Civil society for gender justice is increasingly resilient, effective, gender-transformative and youth-inclusive  


1.1 # and type of positive changes towards gender-transformative policies and laws (adoption, adaptation, maintaining, blocking setbacks) (SDG 5.1.1)

1.2 # and type of positive changes in implementation of gender-transformative policies and laws (SDG 5.1.1)


2.1 Level of public support for gender justice, prevention of GBV and more equal division of care 

2.2 # of occasions where young people and/or civil society organisations succeeded in influencing decision-making processes that affect their lives/the lives of their constituencies 

2.3 # and type of recommendations, in line with the Generation G agenda, received and adopted by partner countries through accountability mechanisms in Geneva (UPR, CEDAW) and New York (VNR) 

2.4 # of outcome documents of relevant regional and international forums, in particular CSW, CPD, HLPF, HRC, Special Procedures, that maintain or strengthen gender-transformative language 

2.5 Degree to which CSOs (disaggregated by women led, youth led and other) effectively apply GTA in their advocacy, campaigning and community mobilisation 

2.6 # of partner organisations who have advanced on ensuring meaningful and inclusive youth participation within the organisation 

2.7  Add outcome indicators based on baseline 


3.1  # of people reached via online and offline dialogues and campaigns on gender justice, GBV prevention and equal division of care 

3.2 # of advocacy initiatives carried out by CSOs for, by or with their constituencies 

3.3  Add output indicators based on baseline  “


Minimum requirements under deliverables are:

  • Facilitate inception meeting to jointly plan and finalize content for inception report.
  • Inception report for approval by Generation G SA country partner which should include detailed description of methodology including data collection tools and strategies, approach to include core principles as described in the ToR, and a workplan
  • Final data collection tools
  • Provision of all raw data collected, interview transcripts and summaries
  • Presentation of draft baseline report to Generation G country partners including deviations from the theory of change if any and recommendations
  • Validation workshop
  • Baseline values as per the indicators in the RBF 
  • Adaptation and target setting of indicator framework and 
  • Presentation of final baseline report 

Qualifications and skills 

General competencies  

  • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills; 
  • Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams; 
  • Strong inter-personal skills, in particular, demonstrated team leadership qualities         
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, and age sensitivity and adaptability; 
  • High level planning, organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to quickly adapt to change, and to remain calm under pressure. 
  • Excellent analytical, communication and report writing skills 

Compliance with core principles:  

  • A gender-transformative approach (GTA) 
  • Inclusiveness. 
  • Meaningful and inclusive youth participation (MIYP) 
  • Do no harm 
  • Accountability 


  • In depth knowledge and experience on research methods
  • Experience working on baseline studies and previous consultancies 
  • Previous evaluations relating to GBV, youth and gender studies is advantageous  
  • Fluent in both oral and written English


  • Post graduate degree/s in fields such as Development studies, Social Sciences, gender related studies


The budget available is: R450 000

Submission and evaluation of proposals 

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 6 April 2021

Please submit your applications by email to lizhan@genderjustice.org.za with the subject line Generation G South Africa Baseline Study Consultancy. The application must include the following: 

  • A brief technical proposal, including the outline of methodological approach and activities proposed to achieve the objectives, a tentative timeline with key milestones and financial proposal
  • CV/ profile 
  • References of previous similar work done

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South Africa (6 provinces)

Closing Date

15 April 2021

Start Date

15 April 2021