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EOIs: Partnership to support Study on Drivers of Harmful Social Norms on Gender-Based Violence (Philippines)

EOIs: Partnership to support Study on Drivers of Harmful Social Norms on Gender-Based Violence (Philippines)

Deadline: 14-Jun-2024

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is seeking applications to identify key drivers influencing harmful social norms related to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Philippines.

Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their ambitious timeline, there’s a critical urgency to understand the societal dynamics influencing harmful behaviors. This study aims to contextualize this imperative within the Philippines by thoroughly investigating the underlying causes of harmful social norms. By analyzing factors such as cultural beliefs, institutional frameworks, and socio-economic conditions, this initiative seeks to provide insights that can guide interventions aimed at challenging and transforming these norms. Through this comprehensive examination, the goal is to inform strategies that promote more inclusive and equitable societies, ultimately contributing to the prevention and reduction of harmful social norms across the nation.

Through mapping the current landscape of social norms on GBV, evaluating their prevalence and impact, identifying the drivers, and analyzing existing interventions, the aim of the study is to generate actionable insights for stakeholders. This includes recommendations for policy reforms, community-based initiatives, and educational campaigns aimed at challenging and transforming harmful social norms.

The selected implementing partner will support the comprehensive study of the underlying factors driving harmful social norms in the Philippines. The IP’s involvement will be pivotal in ensuring the study’s success through providing various essential capacities necessary for effective execution and the attainment of high-quality results. The IP has to ensure that the study is conducted in an ethical and culturally sensitive manner, respecting the rights and dignity of all participants involved in the study process.

Purpose
  • The specific objectives of the study are as follows:
    • By identifying key actors and champions of GBV prevention, the study aims to unify actions, strengthen advocacies, and influence mobilization of support for GBV prevention efforts.
    • Understand and identify areas where harmful social norms manifest within the Philippine context, allowing interventions to be tailored accordingly.
    • Provide reliable insights and updated data to support advocacy efforts and drive action, boosting promotion and increasing awareness.
    • Generate evidence to inform policy and strategy development for addressing GBV in the Philippines.
    • Provide technical assistance and disseminate findings to stakeholders involved in GBV prevention and response efforts, empowering them with the knowledge to effectively address GBV.
Phases
  • The study will be carried out this year (2024) which involves the following phases:
    • Phase 1. Preparation and Inception Report
      • Preparation of an inception report outlining the proposed study design and detailed research methodology including the selection of sample population and identification of sample size, work plan and projected timelines of activities, targeting of specific areas and selection of respondents, data collection tools such as survey forms/ questionnaire and interview/ consultation guide questions designed to capture the data needed and frequency of reports.
    • Phase 2: Contextual Understanding 
      • Review of relevant national and local literature, policies, and guidelines to inform the study.
    • Phase 3: Research Design and Planning 
      • Refinement of the research design based on a thorough contextual understanding.
      • Employment of a mixed-method approach to comprehensively collect data, combining quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews to capture nuanced insights.
      • Development an ethically sound and culturally sensitive data collection plan to uphold the integrity of the study and respect the diverse backgrounds of participants.
    • Phase 4: Stakeholder Engagement and Consultations 
      • Coordination among relevant national and local stakeholders and facilitation of national and regional consultations to gather insights and foster collaboration.
    • Phase 5: Data Collection 
      • Quantitative and qualitative data collection to understand social norms and its impact on GBV.
      • Identification and understanding of the following key elements through data collection:
        • Drivers of harmful social norms related to GBV.
        • Key influencers of harmful social norms.
        • Champions advocating for GBV prevention especially within study’s focus regions.
        • Areas where harmful social norms manifest.
    • Phase 6: Analysis of Data Collected
      • Analyzation of data collected, using both quantitative and qualitative methods to extract meaningful insights. Identification of patterns, trends, and correlations to deepen understanding of the underlying factors driving GBV and inform evidence-based interventions.
    • Phase 7: Reporting and Documentation 
      • Development of a comprehensive study report documenting findings, recommendations, and insights from the assessment.
      • Development of a streamlined and user-friendly version of the study for use as informational and communicative resource materials.
    • Phase 8: Implementation Support and Workshop Facilitation 
      • Provision of technical support and guidance to UNFPA and its partners in implementing recommendations from the study.
      • Facilitation of a national-level workshop for UNFPA and key stakeholders to discuss assessment findings and recommend strategies for addressing identified gaps and challenges in the GBV Service Delivery Network.
Scope of Work
  • The IP will collaborate closely with the UNFPA International Consultant (IC), who will spearhead the study. The IP’s role will be to assist the IC throughout the various phases of the study, which are scheduled to be conducted within this year and will start promptly upon agreement approval.
  • The IP’s specific scope of work includes, but is not limited to the following:
    • Support the mapping out of national, especially local policies, guidelines, regulations, research studies, journals, modules and other relevant literature sources to inform the desk review for the study.
    • Offer insights into the Philippines’ context, existing protocols, and relevant procedures to assist in tailoring and developing an inception report and comprehensive research methodology.
    • Assist in identifying key national and local stakeholders relevant to advocating and implementing initiatives for GBV prevention and response, and support in facilitation and documentation of national and regional consultations/focus group discussions (FGDs) to gather insights and perspectives from these stakeholders, fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing among key actors.
    • Undertake quantitative and qualitative data collection within UNFPA priority areas by conducting surveys, in-depth interviews (IDIs), and FGDs.
    • Provide translation services for customizing data collection tools, conducting surveys, interviews, and focus group discussions. Translate collected data from local languages to English, ensuring accurate representation in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
    • Provide support in producing a streamlined and user-friendly version of the study for use as informational and communicative resource materials.
    • Manage logistical requirements including travel expenses of the participants for the national and regional consultations, and a national-level workshop, dedicated to disseminating the results of the study.
    • Ensure that research, particularly data collection, is conducted ethically and with cultural sensitivity, respecting the rights and dignity of all participants involved in the study, particularly men and boys sharing sensitive information related to their experiences with GBV and gender norms.
Expected Outputs
  • The IP is expected to deliver the following main outputs for the study:
    • Translated Data Collection Tools and Data Gathering (if needed):
      • Translation of data collection instruments such as surveys, interview questionnaires, and focus group discussion guides into local languages, as required.
      • Accurate translation of data collected in native languages to English, ensuring inclusivity across both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
    • Quantitative and Qualitative Collection and Insights Report
      • Consolidate both quantitative and qualitative data into a report. Organize and summarize the gathered information, providing brief insights into the conduct of the study, and noting any additional observations made during data collection.
    • Management and Reporting of National and Regional Stakeholder Consultations:
      • Management of all logistics required for the conduct of national and regional stakeholder consultations, which includes travel costs, venue, meals, accommodation, and other expenses, like supplies and materials, incidental allowance, miscellaneous, etc.
      • Support in facilitation of the consultations and document the proceedings during consultations, capturing key discussions and outcomes.
    • Workshop Management and Reporting:
      • Management of all logistics required for the conduct of a national-level workshop, which includes travel costs, venue, meals, accommodation, and other expenses, like supplies and materials, incidental allowance, miscellaneous, etc.
      • Support in facilitation of the consultations and document the workshop activities, key discussions, and outcomes.
  • The IP will also be expected to support the IC on the following:
    • Inception Report: Support the IC by providing insights regarding the Philippines’ context, existing protocols, and relevant procedures especially in the local level, aiding in the development of a tailored and comprehensive inception report
    • Desk review: Assist the IC in identifying relevant national and local policies, guidelines, regulations, research studies, journals, modules, and other literature sources for the study’s desk review.
    • Streamlined Study Version: To support the development of a streamlined and user-friendly version of the study produced for use as informational and communicative resource materials, ensuring key messages are presented in an easily understandable manner.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Potential implementing partners may be a research/academic institution, nongovernment organization, research and consulting firms, or a single proprietorship. The implementing partner is expected to put together a research team under its supervision and whose Team Leader must meet the following qualifications.
    • Education:
      • Advanced degree or equivalent in Gender Studies, Development Studies, Social Sciences or any other relevant field of study
    • Knowledge and Experience: 
      • At least ten years of experience in working with gender/gender-based violence programme development;
      • Experience in qualitative and quantitative research – relevant experience in conducting research and/or producing situation analyses, in the areas of gender, and gender-based violence, and/or sexual and reproductive health;
      • Demonstrated understanding of primary prevention of GBV including global and regional evidence and what effective strategies and interventions for GBV prevention focusing on behavioural change and drivers of harmful social norms;
      • Prior global and regional experience in development of gender-based violence programmes, studies, and research, reports and strategies;
      • Ability to develop strong partnership with the target population and other relevant partners and stakeholders in all levels;
      • Familiarity or knowledge on the Philippines’ context and landscape on GBV is an asset.

For more information, visit UNFPA.

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