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Call for workshop facilitators and gender assessment consultants

Introduction

The Center for the Advancement of Rights and Democracy (CARD) is a board-led, for-not-profit organization registered in Ethiopia under the Civil Societies Law 1113/2019 with registry number 4307. CARD acquired its legal personality on 24 July 2019.

​CARD aspires to see Ethiopia where democratic culture flourished on human rights values and has been working with a mission to empower citizens and groups of citizens to ensure their ability to promote and defend human rights and build democratic governance in Ethiopia. CARD is an organization that follows a rights-centered approach to help the democratization process in Ethiopia. Currently, CARD implements several projects under five major thematic program areas: Civic Engagement, Media Literacy, Women and Youth Empowerment, Digital rights, and Democratization Index.

Background of the project

Through the support from Amnesty International Netherlands (AI NL), under its Human Rights Capacity Building Program (HURICAP), CARD is implementing a project titled “Voice for Guji”. The objective of the project is to produce evidence of human rights violations and abuses including the dynamics which drive the perpetration of SGBV in relation to the conflict in Guji and western Guji of the Oromia region by the parties involved in the conflict. The evidence produced will be used to convince authorities and opposition supporters to recognize, investigate and prevent these violations and abuses. Furthermore, the project aims to produce evidence on the gender dimensions of the conflict in Guji in a follow-up project that may feed into a proposed policy for the protection of women and marginalized groups in conflict areas of adoption by federal and Oromia governments.

Call 1: Workshop Facilitator

As the project is in its beginning, CARD is planning to host a two-day workshop to identify major issues to investigate, including the gendered dimensions of the conflict, create networking opportunities to discuss challenges, and raise participants’ awareness about the human rights issues and violations in the Guji area, in addition to identifying how the participants can influence political actors to choose peaceful means of civic engagement.

The event will involve community groups, community clan leaders, religious leaders, and other influential figures from the conflict areas of Guji and western Guji zones of the Oromia region on creating awareness about the human rights crisis in the area. To this end, CARD wants to hire a facilitator to facilitate the two-day workshop and invites all qualified individuals to apply according to the below-specified requirements.

Purpose of the Workshop

The workshop offers a means of identifying the major issues to investigate, networking, discussing, and exercising participants’ awareness about the human rights crisis in the Guji area and identifying, they can influence actors to choose peaceful means of civic engagement. 

Gender (how the conflict has fueled power inequalities between men and women, and how the conflict is currently affecting groups differently based on their gender) is an especially important topic this project will explore. For this reason, it is important that the facilitator can also introduce the gendered aspect of conflict to participants so that they are sufficiently aware of the topic and can discuss how it should be integrated into the project.

Workshops Deliverables:

From the participants: 

At the end of the Workshop, participants are encouraged to speak out against violent conflict, including sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), hate speech, and disinformation.

From the Facilitators: 

CARD expects the facilitator to come up with very interactive and participation-based sessions. Besides successfully facilitating the two-day workshop, CARD expects the facilitator to submit a comprehensive report for each session with a detailed explanation of each activity and session and their outcomes (e.g. major agreements made, key issues to explore, etc). 

Required Expertise: 

The Expert facilitator is expected to have

  • Advanced university degree (MA, LLM) in Law, Human Rights, Gender Studies, Political Science and International Relations, Peace Security Studies, or related fields.
  • Who can speak Afaan Oromo
  • Excellent understanding of the context of the violent conflicts preferably with specialized knowledge of the local political dynamics in Oromia
  • Minimum 5 years experience in designing and conducting research on topics of conflict, gender, and human rights and conducting training/facilitating on these subject matters
  • Females are preferably encouraged to apply for this post

CALL 2: Gender Assessment Consultant

Under the objectives of this project, CARD is planning to hire a consultant to investigate and clearly document the gendered aspect of the conflict including, but not limited to, the impact of the violence on women and girls, how the victims those directly affected, the local residents, as well as the actors in the conflict, perceive how gender-based violence is used in the context of political violence. 

Objective(s):

  • To assess/study the gendered dimensions of the human rights and conflict reality in Guji/West Guji zones of the Oromia region, Ethiopia, in order to:
    • Explore how different gender groups are affected by the conflict and how those perspectives could be integrated into the “Voice for Guji” project, such as through:
    • integrate those perspectives into the human rights impact stories that will be produced by the project. This can be done either by selecting a group of women, girls, men, and boys who took part in the research to participate in the development of these impact stories or by creating a youth advisory board that can ensure that their voices are reflected accurately in these stories once they are developed.
    • Directly add to those impact stories (maybe some separate story material can be produced through the assessment).

Tasks:

  1. Study secondary documentation about the situation in Guji Zones or similar conflict realities
  2. Develop assessment plans for Key Informant Interviews, Focus Group Discussions, stakeholder meetings (with whom to talk, in what form), and tools like checklists for interviews. *
  3. Undertake field missions to Guji and West Guji Zones, to towns and villages that are reachable.
  4. Write a report draft (to be reviewed by CARD, AINL, and ABAAD/PAX) and a final one that incorporates the comments (see below).

Deliverables:

  • Inception report after tasks 1 and 2 above
  • Final report with the findings, elaborating the main issues and providing examples, maybe even stories, as well as actionable recommendations for the Voice for Guji project

Inception report:

  • Written-up description of the Gender Assessment including what are the main questions this assessment will answer, who will be interviewed, and how will safety and confidentiality be ensured.
  • Written-up Procedure for receiving informed consent. This is important because all participants should be fully knowledgeable about how their input will be used, what benefit they will receive, and any risks to their participation, especially because you will be exploring sensitive topics related to gender.
  • Description of how the gender assessment will be inclusive in its participant selection process (selecting representatives from a wide range of groups – age, sex, income, disability, etc.). Important that focus groups are disaggregated into men-only and women-only groups and facilitated by someone of the same gender.
  • Description of how the qualitative data will be analyzed once the data collection is complete.

Requirements

  • Advanced university degree (MA, LLM, MPH) in Social Work, Public Health, Clinical Psychology, Human Rights, Gender Studies, or Counseling Psychology
  • Who can speak Afaan Oromo
  • Excellent understanding of the context of the violent conflicts preferably with specialized knowledge of the local political dynamics in Oromia
  • Minimum 5 years experience in designing and conducting research on topics of conflict, gender, and human rights and conducting training/facilitating on these subject matters
  • Women are especially encouraged to apply for this post

How to Apply 

Interested and qualified applicants should send the following document to email apply@cardeth.org no later than February 1, 2023, with the subject line “Application for workshop facilitator” or “Application for gender assessment consultant.”

  • Updated CV 
  • Motivation/cover letter outlining your relevant experience and set of skills that make you suitable for the position. 

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