Terms of reference: Mapping study on possibilities and barriers for young women in BiH in the area of education and employment trends

Contracting Period:20October 2020 – 12 November 2020
Date of Commencement:20October 2020
Consultants required:1 
Mandated by:Program Coordinator South-Eastern Europe,
 cfd, Falkenhoeheweg 8, 3001 Bern, Switzerland
 www.cfd-ch.org

1. Background

1.1. Information on the mandating organisation: cfd

The Swiss NGO cfd (www.cfd-ch.org) is a peace and development organisation working towards gender equality, the empowerment of women and participation of women in conflict resolution and peace building efforts. Alongside with SDG 5, cfd works in line with SDG 16+ towards just and inclusive societies which are free from all forms of violence.

Cfd’s engagement in South Eastern Europe goes back to 1996 and remained ever since a key element in the international cooperation program of the organisation. cfd cooperates with local NGOs, mostly women’s organisations, which develop and implement empowerment strategies in their respective context and field of activities: They fight for better access to resources such as education, income and healthcare for women; they fight against gender-based violence and they campaign for legal equality and more political influence for women.

1.2. Background Information on the needs for the Assessment

The mapping study is intended for cfd to make an informed call for proposals for CSOs in the education sector.

As noted by the CEDAW Committee in its latest 2019 concluding observations for BiH, there is a low percentage of women and girls who choose non-traditional fields of study and career paths. The Committee also noted with concern the barriers to access high-quality education at all levels faced by girls who are victims of child marriage, gender-based violence and trafficking, Roma, rural, refugee and asylum-seeking girls, and girls with disabilities. Recalling its general recommendation No. 36 (2017) on the right of girls and women to education, as well as target 4.1 of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Committee recommends that BiH encourages further diversification of the educational choices of girls and boys and enhances the accessibility and quality of education for all children and address the disproportionately low enrolment and completion rates at all levels of education among girls who are victims of child marriage, gender-based violence or trafficking, Roma girls, rural girls, refugee and asylum-seeking girls, girls with disabilities and throughout the country.

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Evidently, the above impediments for girls to access high quality education affects their access to equitable employment. In this regard, the Committee expressed its concerns about the continued low level of representation of women in the labor market. As a result of lack of specific employment strategies directly targeting women, in particular those belonging to disadvantaged groups, there is a disproportionately high number of women who are engaged in unpaid agricultural and domestic work.

Taking into account these observations by the CEDAW Committee, this consultancy seeks to map existing strategies and best practices as well as gaps and lessons learned to better develop the capacities of girls and young women in order for them to access education, particularly those strategies that have tackled the issue of underlying causes of such situation.

2. Objectives and Scope of the Assessment

The purpose of the mapping is to give an overview of the current situation in the education and employment sectors, with a special focus on access of young women from disadvantaged groups to education and / or the labor market after a concluded formal education. In this scope, it will identify the current situation, previous and current projects and initiatives with regards to this topic along with the needs and possibilities of further engagement of the civil society in this area. Such mapping exercise will identify challenges and opportunities in this regard, highlighting gaps in service delivery and support for the most affected groups among the young women population of BiH.

2.1 Specific Objectives of the Mapping

The mapping will explore and recommend which areas and capacities should be strengthened in order to improve the situation of young women dropping out of schools and / or in search for employment. It will identify existing and lacking strategies to better develop the capacities of young women, particularly those coming from vulnerable groups, to become employable.

3.   Methodological aspects

3.1 Data collection

  • Desk research – Review of secondary sources:
  • Compile and analyse available information of the past and current government policies and CSO initiatives to improve access to high quality education for all girls, particularly those coming from marginalized groups,
  • Compile and analyse available information of the past and current government policies and CSO initiatives to improve access to equitable employment for

young women, particularly those coming from marginalized groups,

  • Identify key stakeholders in the two areas, particularly from the CSO and private sector (employers)
  • Interviews, surveys and/or focus group discussions with:
  • Public stakeholders from the education and employment sectors and gender equality mechanisms

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  • CSOs working with youth, education and employment and / or gender equality and economic empowerment of women
  • International organisations dealing with youth, education and employment and / or gender equality and economic empowerment of women

3.2 Assessment Report

  • Submit draft report to cfd
  • Feedback from cfd
  • Preparation of final report, incorporating results from the feedback

3.3 Target Group

The target group of the assessment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Public stakeholders from the education and employment sectors and gender equality mechanisms in BiH
  • CSOs working with youth, education and employment and / or gender equality and economic empowerment of women
  • International organisations dealing with youth, education and employment and/or gender equality and economic empowerment of women

4.    Timeframe (October – November 2020)

  • Preparation of terms of reference by 25 September 2020
  • Selection of the consultant by 16 October 2020
  • Signing of contract by 20 October 2020
  • Consultant develops inception report by 23 October 2020
  • Cfd comments the inception report by 27 October 2020
  • Desk review completed by 28 October 2020
  • Meetings and interviews completed by 4 November 2020
  • Draft report by 6 November 2020
  • Feedback consultation with cfd 11 November 2020
  • Final assessment report submitted to cfd by 12 November 2020

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5. Time schedule for the Consultant

The total duration of the assessment will be 12 days within the period of 20 October 2020 –

12 November 2020, according to the following plan:

Preparation of the Inception Report (2 working days):

  • Briefing and initial meeting with cfd
  • Designing the detailed assessment scope and methodology (including developing the instruments for data collection and analysis)
  • Drafting key assessment questions
  • Identifying key informants/stakeholders
  • Incorporating feedback and comments from cfd on the methodology

Desk Review Phase (2 days)

  • Compile and analyse available information of the past and current government policies

and CSO initiatives to improve access to high quality education for all girls, particularly those coming from marginalized groups,

  • Compile and analyse available information of the past and current government policies

and CSO initiatives to improve access to equitable employment for young women, particularly those coming from marginalized groups,

  • Identify key stakeholders in the two areas, particularly from the CSO sector,
  • Conduct analysis of the available documentation to serve as the foundation of the report, which will be verified with the primary data collection phase

Primary Data Collection Phase (5 working days):

  • Meetings with key informants and other relevant stakeholders

Analysis and Elaboration of the draft report (2 days):

  • Data Analyses
  • Additional desk review
  • Completion of the draft report
  • Preparation and presentation of draft report for comments, data cross check and suggestions, additional information and further clarification in the feedback consultation with cfd

Elaboration of the Final Report (1 day):

  • Incorporation of comments from cfd and additional findings into the draft report
  • Finalization of the report
  • Presentation of the key findings of the assessment to cfd

6. Reporting

The output will be the Assessment Report in English.

The assessment report comprises:

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  • ·         An executive summary of not more than 3 pages
  • Inception report
  • Draft report to be discussed in the feedback consultations with cfd
  • The final report of the assessment will contain analysis, findings/ lessons learnt, conclusions and recommendations. The report will also incorporate the results of the feedback consultations with cfd. The report should not exceed 20 pages (excluding the annexes in which the questionnaires and instruments developed are included).

7. Required Qualification of the Consultant

  • University degree in political, social science or economics;
  • Proven experience in conducting contextual, social and gender-specific research;
  • Proven experience in women’s rights and gender-based violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Profound knowledge and experience in the Balkans with practical experience of working with the government and non-government organisations on designing and implementing different initiatives;
  • Understanding and sensitivity in dealing with the specifics of the current context, its challenges and the dynamics of political, economic, social and technological transition;
  • Experience and familiarity with the Bosnian education sector desirable;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Fluency in English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian required.

Interested candidates should submit their application until Wednesday, 7th of October 2020, including a concept note, financial offer and CV to the following e-mail address: cfd.bosnia@gmail.com.

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