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Consulting services for advocacy case studies of the Prevention+ Project


Rutgers, Sonke Gender Justice, and Promundo-US and Uganda seek the services of a Consultant for the purposes of writing a short and concise advocacy case study (approx. 4 pages) on the advocacy successes and work from Prevention+ Uganda, Reproductive Health Uganda so they can use this in their own national work and showcase their strategies for the final years of the program (until the end of 2020). Candidates must be able to efficiently summarize and be able to take out and write down key messages so that national and international decision-makers to increase policy and programme efforts to engaging men and boys to prevent gender based violence. The engagement is expected to last between 10/11 days and can be done by desk review and online/Skype meetings.

Programme Background

The Prevention+ (“Prevention Plus”) program focuses on engaging (young) men to end all forms of gender-based violence (GBV), including by promoting the fuller economic participation and self reliance of women. The program’s long-term objective is to contribute to a gender just society, free of GBV, by transforming harmful social norms driving GBV at the individual/relationship, community, and civil society level and to ensure that these changes are firmly rooted in a supportive legal and policy framework. The programme strategy seeks to scale-up evidence-based gender transformative interventions working in strategic partnerships with key public sectors and CSOs, toward these ends.

Through advocacy efforts, both in the national contexts and internationally for example at the United Nations, the program focuses on encouraging (inter)national governments to introduce and enact new legislation aimed at preventing and eliminating gender-based violence, and to strengthen enforcement of existing policies or legislation. All countries have focused on an other area of advocacy within their government and situation (which makes their work stronger as it is context specific) so work and outcomes are diverse.

National Prevention+ work

The project aims at achieving a gender just Uganda, free of gender-based violence. The project has two main priority areas; 1) reducing violence against women and 2) economic participation and self-reliance of women. It is being implemented in the three districts of Arua, Bushenyi and Kapchorwa. The project’s focus is to engage men and women, boys and girls in fighting GBV, and contribute to Gender Justice (GJ) society by using Gender Transformative Approaches (GTA) to change harmful social norms that drive GBV at individual/relationship, community, and institutional/CSOs levels and ensure that these changes are firmly rooted in a supportive legal and policy framework. The project uses evidence based approaches such as gender transformative approaches which have proved to work in addressing GBV.

Questions this case study would like to – concisely – answer

A) What are gender transformative interventions and what is GTA advocacy?

  • What is Gender Transformative advocacy and why does all work, including advocacy need to be as GTA as possible?
    • Refer to the definition
    • Make a possible link to HRC report
    • GTA advocacy module

B) How has the partner implemented these principles into their advocacy work?

  • Country context
    • Short intro on what Prevention+ has been doing in the country (besides advocacy)
  • What specific thematic areas/policy & legislative frameworks did you carry out your advocacy efforts towards? A brief history of the landscape prior to Prevention+ advocacy work being carried out and impact/results after.
    • Explanation of the situation and enabling environment (or not!) to advocate for change

C) Concrete examples in practice;

  • What were the objectives and strategies used and why? Or, how did you devise your advocacy strategy? What programming had you carried out prior to inform your advocacy tasks and efforts?
    • How did these strategies come about?
    • Did you consult or work alongside other feminist movements/organizations?
    • SOGIESC movements/organizations?

D) Central considerations on accountability to women’s rights and SOGIESC movements in our advocacy work including concrete examples of how this is realized in practice/including challenges and lessons learned

  • Successes & Challenges: what went well and what can be improved?
    • Quotes, explanations by advocates themselves
    • Accountability

E) Contact information

Consultant Responsibilities

The Consultant’s responsibility is to write a short but concrete advocacy document summarizing this report, using the Gender-Transformative Approach (GTA) language that we work with. It is meant to aid national partners within Prevention+ to utilize the case studies effectively within their national advocacy efforts. The targeted audience who will read the document will be advocates themselves but also decision-makers (ministers and policy makers etc.) so the language used in this advocacy tool will have to be accessible for readers from different countries and without excessive jargon.

The Consultant is expected to objectively and inclusively undertake the following activities:

  • Introductory phone call with the advocate at question in the country leading the work and document review
  • Skype meeting with advocate in country and with the Advocacy Working Group (AWG) and the Communication Working Group to have an opportunity to meet with Rutgers, Sonke Gender Justice, and/or Promundo-US staff and MenEngage Alliance (0.5 days)
  • Preparation and review of the proposed outline of the document with advocate in country (2.5 days)
  • Write advocacy document (± 4 days)
  • Two rounds for feedback: review and edit the document after input and recommendations from advocates in country, their partners and the AWG (2 days)
  • Sending in final case study (1 day) to the partner by 21 September 2020
  • The task is expected to start by 11 September 2020

The total assignment is expected to run for 10 days working days.Applications must include the Consultant’s proposed daily and documentation/justification of the proposed rate based on recent work. The selection will be made by assessing the quality and budget of the proposal.


Consultant candidates must be fluent in professional English, with at least 2 years of documented experience in development or human rights and gender related advocacy. The strongest candidates will be those with experience of working on advocacy related to gender equality as well as experience of working in Southern and East Africa.

Closing Date

4 September 2020