Terms of Reference

Multi-Community GBVF Services baseline study of SASOL fenceline communities 

Project overview

SASOL has embarked on a journey to respond to the challenge of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in South Africa. The aim of SASOL’s response to GBVF is to provide victims and survivors in fence line communities with access to quality care and infrastructure.  To effectively implement SASOL’s response plan it is necessary to conduct a baseline study to understand the occurrence and prevalence of GBVF in fence line communities, the challenges faced, and the services available to victims and survivors. 

Sonke Gender Justice has been contracted to coordinate a baseline study that will inform the rollout of the SASOL response plan in the second phase of a longer-term endeavour to respond effectively to the need for efficient and survivor friendly police and GBVF response services.

Purpose of this Consultancy 

The purpose of this consultancy is to compile detailed evidence about the occurrence and prevalence of GBVF, and the related provision and quality of services available to victims and survivors, in a specific sample of nine fence-line communities in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Free State. This consultancy will inform infrastructure investment priorities to improve victim support and GBVF response services in documented communities, and provide recommendations about the improvement of the quality and condition of victim support services in SASOL fence line communities.

The consultant will act as a research coordinator for a short-term research project that will include: a) desktop research, b) three data collection site visits, and c) an anonymous service quality assessment. The project research team will consist of the consultant as coordinator and two research assistants. Support will be provided by Sonke Research, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager and team.

Please see Table 1 for the indicators for which data will be collected, and Table 2 for the communities in question.

Table 1: Indicators for which data will be collected

Indication of the “GBVF hotspots” and most vulnerable communities:Prevalence and statistics of gender based violence;

Relevant crime statistics;

Statistics on violence against children,
Number of shelters/safe houses for women:Government owned and operated

NPO/NGO owned and operated

Condition of shelters/safe houses 
Number of shelter/safe houses for children:Government owned and operated

NPO/NGO owned and operated

Condition of shelters/safe houses 
Number and location of police stations:Availability of victim friendly rooms 

Condition of victim friendly rooms 
Number of magistrates’ courtsAvailability of victim friendly rooms 

Condition of victim friendly rooms 
Number of NPO/NGOs operating in the GBVF environment:Type of operation

Service provided
Number of GBVF related health service facilitiesAvailability of victim friendly rooms

Condition of victim friendly rooms.

Table 2: Sample Communities

Phase 1 Mpumalanga: Govan Mbeki Local                                  Municipality Secunda, eMbalenhle, Evander, 
Phase 2 Free State:      Metsimaholo Local                            MunicipalitySasolburg, Zamdela 
Free State:      Ngwathe Local MunicipalityParys, Tumahole 
Phase 3 Gauteng:        City of Tshwane                                     Metropolitan MunicipalityBronkhorstspruit, Ekangala 

Time schedule: 1 June to 31 August 2022

The duration of the study is from 1 June to 31 August 2022. The consultant is expected to produce a detailed research plan and methodology. The consultant is expected to present main findings and recommendations in a meeting with Sonke and relevant partners, with a draft report produced by 15 August 2022. A final report will be submitted by 31 August 2022. 

Budget range: R100 000 – R120 000

How to apply

Should you wish to apply, please send:

  1. Cover letter demonstrating your suitability for the consultancy
  2. Detailed CV citing similar past work experience
  3. Detailed quotation including simple costed work plan.

To Nombulelo Mazwi
Email : Nombulelo@genderjustice.org.za
Monitoring and Evaluation Administrator
Phone: +27 (0)21 423 7088 


1 June to 31 August 2022


R100 000 – R120 000

Closing Date

1 June 2022