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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR GENDER AUDIT

1.?? ?INTRODUCTION

SEND-GHANA is a national civil society organization with the mission to promote good governance and equality of men and women in Ghana.? It is managed by a Board of Directors and a management team. SEND Ghana maintains four operational offices in Accra, Tamale, Salaga and Wa. It is has approximately 62 staff.

Currently, SEND operates two programmes, namely; the Grassroots Economic Literacy and Policy Advocacy Programme (GELAP) and Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP). The?? GELAP is operational in the 50 poorest districts while LFSP covers eight (8) districts in North Eastern Corridor of Ghana. The GELAP consists of a number of advocacy projects that seek to promote transparency and accountability in the implementation of pro-poor public policies and programmes. Examples of government pro-poor policies and programmes covered by GELAP include:

i.?? ?The District Assembly Common Fund (DACF)

ii.?? ?The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)

iii.?? ?The Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS)

iv.?? ?The Savanna Accelerated Develop Authority (SADA)

v.?? ?The Medium Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan (METASIP)

vi.?? ?The Global? Education Partnership Grant (GEPG)

To contribute to Ghana?s progress towards achieving the millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG5), the GELAP also monitors the delivery of maternal health services in selected districts across the country.? On the other hand, the LFSP implements the FOSTERING project targeting 42,000 over a 5 years period. The FOSTERING project directly tackles four key areas of improving food security and sustainable economic growth for small-holder farmers; improving production; better marketing of products; expansion of household activities into off-season businesses; and access to finance.

The Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (PM&E) Network is the main platform for executing GELAP activities, for example policy dialogues, at district, regional and national levels.?? It is the largest membership-based organisation inclusive of government and civil society organisations championing the promotion of good governance practices at district, regional and national levels. Membership consists of 50 District Citizen Monitoring Committees (DCMCs), 50 Focal NGOs, 50 district assemblies, and 4 regional councils (Greater Accra, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions).? In total, the DCMCs comprise 660 community-based development organisations.

Gender is mainstreamed in SEND?s organizational structure and programme. For instance, the 11-member DCMCs include at least two (2) women.? The design of GELAP and LFSP recognize the vulnerability of women in general and particularly in these regions; and make conscious effort to address gender disparities. SEND mainstreams gender sensitive policies into programmes and projects aimed at improving gender equality both within the organization and among programme principals. For instance, SEND aims to have at least 40 % of its employees and 60 % of project beneficial being women. The mainstreaming of gender into programming is guided by a gender policy which contains specific initiatives to achieve set targets. For instance, women applicants at interviews are awarded 5 points to put them ahead of their male counterparts. Within the organization, gender monitors are nominated to track compliance with the gender policy on daily basis. Monitoring reports are given weekly at staff meeting held across SEND?s offices in the four operational regions.

To evaluate implementation of SEND?s gender equality initiatives, periodic gender audits are commissioned. Three genders audits have so far been conducted since 2004. This TOR aims to engage the services of an independent evaluator to undertake a fourth gender audit.

2.?? ?OBJECTIVES OF ASSIGNMENT

The objective of the assignment is to evaluate the implementation of SEND?s gender policies and programmes and provide recommendations for improving same. The evaluation should seek to gather evidence of outcomes of SEND?s gender mainstreaming initiatives both within the organization and among project principals. Thus the audit is expected to:

i.?? ? Identify gender issues in the following key areas:

??? ?Management and administrative systems at all levels within? SEND

??? ?Program? and field level? M&E systems?? covering instruments,? and reporting

??? ?Human resources including? systems, procedures? and levels of staff

??? ?Decision making structures including the Board, Senior Management Team (SMT) Progamme Management Team ( PMT)

ii.?? ? Assess the level of compliance and implementation of the existing gender policy focusing on:

??? ?Human resources ,

??? ?Management and decision making,

??? ?Programmme and related? field activities

iii.?? ? Assess the results and? impact of gender mainstreaming on:

??? ?Management and administrative?? systems

??? ?Human resources

??? ?Program , target groups and beneficiaries

iv.?? ?Identify areas of strengths and challenges in the existing policy and associated tools including the gender monitors and their activities.? Analysis is of strengths and challenges should be done with view to identifying how to improve on existing strategies and developing new ones where necessary.

3.?? ?METHODOLOGY

The assignment should adopt participatory methods to involve SEND staff, stakeholders and direct beneficiaries of both programmes. The sample of beneficiaries of SEND?s programmes should be selected from the eight (8) districts where GELAP and LFSP overlaps. Specific activities would include:

i.?? ?Desk review of relevant reports and? publications including the previous audits, existing gender policy documents, and project reports

ii.?? ?Development of the audit tools? followed by discussion and approval by? SEND Senior management Team

iii.?? ?Undertake? field exercises to interview SEND staff,?? GELAP and? LFSP stakeholders,? target groups and beneficiaries to assess level of compliance and impact? with gender policy and? effectiveness of the strategies

iv.?? ?Drafting of report to be validated by staff and beneficiaries

v.?? ?Final report

4.?? ?OUTPUTS

A final report covering the status of gender mainstreaming in SEND-GHANA is expected from the Consultant. The report should also offer recommendations for improving SEND?s efforts to promote gender equality within the organization and among project beneficiaries.

5.?? ?Duration of Assignment

The Consultant is expected to complete the assignment within 25 working days from November 2014 to March 2015.

Qualification: A Master’s Degree with extensive experience in Gender Auditing
Salary: Negotiable
Contact Phone: 0302716830

Interested Consultants should submit their CV, Workplan and Budget by Friday 24 October, 2014

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