The impact of the DNA backlog on SGBV case management in Thembisa and Orange Farm


The Generation G partnership is a collaboration of partners in seven countries with a global consortium consisting of Rutgers (lead), ABAAD, Equimundo and Sonke Gender Justice. The Generation G partnership strives towards the creation of gender-just and violence-free societies with and for young people in their full diversity. Generation G South Africa led by Sonke Gender Justice, a women’s rights organisation that is committed to feminist principles, using a rights-based and gender-transformative approach to achieve human rights and gender justice. Sonke seeks to contract a researcher to conduct research on the impact of the DNA backlog of sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) case management in South Africa (Orange Farm & Thembisa).

Programme Background

The Generation G programme raises public support, advocates for improved policies and laws, and strengthens civil society as a means to contribute to gender justice. 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 organizations (CSOs) to address the root causes of gender inequality and power imbalances. Engaging (young) men in promoting gender justice is a key component of this strategy. The key approach of the programme is a gender-transformative approach (GTA) and focuses on the following key elements: a) investing in the amplifying of young feminist voices; b) strengthening the role of young men as allies; c) focusing on human rights and youth agency; d) analysing and addressing harmful norms and unequal power relations; e) embracing sexual and gender diversity. Gender-transformative lobbying and advocacy happens at the individual, community, institutional and policy levels. The different levels of gender-transformative lobbying and advocacy are embedded in three mutually reinforcing long-term outcomes (LTOs): (1) on public support, (2) on policy and legal change, (3) on strengthened civil society. Together, these three outcomes also contribute to the safeguarding – and, where possible, the expansion – of civic space, particularly related to gender justice.

  • LTO 1 aims at increasing and mobilising public support for gender justice and rejecting gender-based violence. This LTO also feeds into the other two LTOs as mobilised individuals can become part of organised civil society or might use their voice or voting power to pressure decision makers towards more gender-transformative policies and legislation.
  • LTO 2 focuses on strengthening gender-transformative and youth-inclusive policymaking and legislation. This LTO feeds into the other two LTOs as decision makers directly influence the availability of civic space and have a strong influence on the general public through discourse, legislation and policies.
  • LTO3 envisions a strong, inclusive, and resilient civil society that is able to fight for gender justice. This LTO also feeds into the other two LTOs as a strong civil society is able to advocate for gender transformative laws and policies and is able to foster and stimulate public support.

Our strategic objective is to create societies that are gender just and violence free, with and for young people in their full diversity. By saying gender just, we imply systemic change at the level of root causes of discrimination, sexism and harmful norms that impede full access to rights for young people on the mere basis of their gender. By violence free, we imply our ambition to actively contribute to a decrease in gender-based violence in the countries where this programme will be active.

Timeline and Schedule

The research consultant is expected to complete the research by 2 October 2023, including data collection, analysis, and reporting. Below is a suggested schedule for the research process. The final timeline will be mutually agreed upon between the consultant and Sonke Gender Justice.

How to apply

We are looking for someone who is available to start 1 July 2023. A detailed timeline with milestones will be developed in close consultation with the successful consultant and will be part of the contract. The proposed budget for this consultancy is R130 000. Payment will be made in 3 phases.

You can apply by sending the following information by 20 June 2023 to

  • Resume demonstrating relevant experience and expertise.
  • A research proposal including problem identification and background, research objectives and questions, proposed research design and methodologies, significance, and feasibility (Max 10 pages)
  • Annex proposed budget breakdown (including # days and rates)
  • One example of similar research reports produced.


3 Months


R130 000

Closing Date

20 June 2023