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Gender Analysis Consultant- Support Programme for School Inclusion in Mali

Menaka (Mali)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Menaka (Mali)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Human Resources
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Requisition ID: req8675

Job Title: Gender Analysis Consultant- Support Programme for School Inclusion in Mali

Sector: Gender

Employment Category: Consultant

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Not Applicable

Location: Menaka, Mali

Job Description

In its Multi-Year Strategic Action Plan (2015-2020), IRC has adopted gender equality as a cross-cutting priority result for all programmes (health, education, protection, ERD, WASH, etc.). This is reflected in the development of a performance-based monitoring and evaluation system that ensures the data collected is disaggregated by age and sex. In addition, IRC implements gender analysis in its programming to assess the capacity of projects to address gender issues, and to ensure that barriers related to gender dynamics that prevent women, men, girls and boys from equitably accessing services in communities are addressed.

Thus, as part of the implementation of the PAIS project, IRC Mali will conduct a comprehensive gender analysis  (CGA) to identify barriers to: girls’saccess to education; women's participation in school management as well as identifying gender dynamics that affect girls in school. The The CGA’s results and recommendation will be used to inform  PAIS project implementation and enable the project team to adjust implementation strategies to better respond to the specific needs of women and girls, mitigate the risks they face and ensure that the intervention does not exacerbate existing gender inequalities but rather contributes to effectively reducing them.

Through this mission, the IRC aims to :

1. Analyze the gender dynamics around children's schooling in the host communities and the barriers to girls' education.

2. Identify and understand the current inequalities, risks and opportunities for women, girls, men and boys related tof PAIS project activities and education in general in the regions of Ménaka, Gao and Mopti.

3. Gather information to better understand the impact of gender inequalities on men's and women's capacities, their relationships and the way they interact in school governance systems and structures such as Association des Mères d’Eleves (AME), Association des Parents d’Eleves (APE) and Comite de Gestion Scolaire (CGS).

4. Assess how IRC’s chosen l operational approaches and the program implementation strategy influence and are affected by gender inequalities.

5. Assess and map the services offered by the IRC and the consortium, and analyse the extent to which they meet the identified needs, as well as the existing GAP to address the specific needs of women and girls.

6. Provide recommendations on how the activities of the PAIS program need to adjust to improve accessibility, safety and appropriateness for women and girls, men and boys.

7. Provide recommendations on how to implement IRC programs to actively influence the social and cultural norms that have shaped the identified inequalities.

8. To provide recommendations for improving future IRC programming in education.


Using IRC's comprehensive gender analysis toolkit, IRC Mali aims to gain a detailed understanding of existing gender gaps in host communities and to review the PAIS project with a view to adjusting intervention strategies to make them more gender-sensitive. The toolkit is designed to gather qualitative information through conducting focus groups (FGDs) of 06 to 12 people and in-depth key informant interviews (KII) to complement existing program-level data and data initial desk review. These data are being used to conduct a comprehensive gender analysis using the ecological model, and then be facilitate a dialogue on how the analysis informs and impact the interventions of the PAIS project and IRC Mali's education program.

In order to be able to obtain the necessary information for the CGA, the Consultant will do the following:

Phase1 : Desk Review

  • Background Review to gain a basic understanding of the conflict and context and collect relevant existing quantitative data. 

  • Review of existing data on education programs and on the PAIS project.

  • Review of existing research and gender-specific information on IDPs and host community populations.

  • Interview with PAIS team members.

Phase 2 : Finalization of the methodology and training of collection teams.

  • Training workshop on gender and gender analysis with the PAIS team and data collection officers.

  • Refinement of research questions and data collection tools.

  • Pre-testing and finalization of tools.

  • Phase 3 : Field data collection

  • FGDs and KIIs with IRC beneficiaries, community members and local stakeholders in the following localities:

  • Localities : Ménaka, Anderemboukane, Gao, Gounzourey, Mopti and Tenenkou.

Phase 3 : Field data collection

  • FGDs and KIIs with IRC beneficiaries, community members and local stakeholders in the following localities:
  • Localities : Ménaka, Anderemboukane, Gao, Gounzourey, Mopti and Tenenkou.

Phase 4: Gender analysis workshop and review of the PAIS project/education programme

Phase 5: Awareness raising of the project team (to be done by the IRC team).

Data Collection :

The data collection will take place in 6 locations including Ménaka, Anderemboukane, Gounzourey, Gao, Mopti and Tenenkou (regions de Ménaka, Gao and Mopti)

Breakdown of focus groups by location

Target groups

Data Collection


Members of host communities

1 Focus group for each group:

·In-School Boys and Girls (project beneficiaries)

·out of school Boys and Girls

·Adult Men and women

In each geographic location, there will be one team of enumerators. 

These will be IRC staff who will speak the language in which the focus groups are to be facilitated in. There will be two women and two men for each team (4 people in total).

Members of governance structures

1 Focus group for each group:

·AME formal school members

·AVEC members

·CGS members

Key Indicators

2 interviews per category in each locality.

·Female and male teachers

·School principals

·AME President

·GSC President

·Girls education officer at the AE level.

·Girls education at the CAP level.

·President of the education commission at the zonal council levels.

·Female and male community leaders.


The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Inception report covering the consultant's understanding of the mission, detailed work plan, tools, structure of the final report before field work. start for review and feedback (in French)
  • Synthesis of the key findings of the initial desk  review.   (in French)
  • Training workshop for data collectors on gender equality and data collection tools. (in French)
  • Conducting all focus groups and key informants interviews with the support of at least 12 IRC staff and investigators.
  • Conducting interviews with PAIS project staff and key stakeholders (Ministry of Education etc..).
  • Providing a clean Excel version of the database with all raw data and translated data

Conduct a Two-day analysis and recommendation workshop with the following people: 

Program coordinators and managers
WPE Manager ;
Technical advisors.
Field coordinator/manager, senior field staff.
Data collectors.
M&E staff.
Grants staff.

Responsible for girls education at the level of the Ministry and the regional AE and CAP.

  1. Draft report for review in French and a summary in English.

  2. Final report including an executive summary, results and interpretation of results, conclusions, recommendations, and illustrative photos.

  3. Final Report in PowerPoint format.

  4. Summary of final report for external publication.

  5. Design material (agenda, powerpoint) about “why” we are doing these programmatic changes and have discussions about what common practices they can change and how they can begin to implement programs in a gender-sensitive way.

Role of IRC :

  • IRC will be responsible to:

  • Provide the complete gender analysis toolkit and technical guidance on its use (supporting GE unit)

  • Provide an overview of the programs and activities implemented by IRC in Mali in general and in the education sector in particular.

  • Organize logistics to conduct interviews with IRC clients and communities in the field.

  • Provide at least 12 staff and interviewers for data collection.

  • Organize and attend the analysis and design workshop

  • Provide timely feedback on the draft and final reports.

Information and Data Management

All data and information received in the course of this assignment shall be treated confidentially and shall only be used for the mission activities. All intellectual property rights arising from the execution of this mission are attributed to IRC. The contents of the written materials obtained and used herein may not be disclosed to third parties without the prior expressed written permission of IRC.

Timeline of activities :

Tasks Timeline TBD

  • Selection of contractor or TTA and contractualization
  • Selection of IRC staff and researchers to be trained in data collection
  • desk  review: the consultant does the documents review and conducts interviews with the project staff as well as the review of the tools.
  • IRC provides planning and preparation support, including logistics.
    Initial phase: Consultant provides an inception report with implementation plan to the IRC
    IRC will send comments on the inception report and drafts of the qualitative data collection tools.
    Training of researchers and testing of data collection tools 
    Data collection including conducting focus groups and interviews for key informants.
    Data entry and processing.

    Analysis and recommendation formulation workshop
    1st report draft  
    IRC’s feedback on the report
    Finalization and submission of the final report by the consultant 
    Presentation of key findings and recommendations
    Submission of the PowerPoint and the public version of the report
    End of Contract


  • Undergraduate university degree relevant to gender or women's studies, social sciences or development.

  • 5 years relevant experience in qualitative research and qualitative sexist and ethical analysis on gender issues (essential).

  • Proven experience in conducting in-depth gender training.

  • Proven experience in humanitarian projects, preferably in West Africa. 

  • Fluent in French, written and spoken, and good knowledge of English.

  • Significant experience in conducting focus groups and key informant interviews on sensitive topics specifically related to GBV with diverse populations. 

  • Experience analyzing and coding qualitative data (using Dedoose, ATLAS.ti or other software) for various audiences.

  • Excellent writing skills and ability to articulate the link between the results, analysis and recommendations of the program.

  • Proven experience in the timely and high quality completion of assignments.

  • Strong communication and presentation skills.

  • Flexible attitude towards receiving feedback.


  • Ability to listen to and understand the needs of others and to contextualize them.

    Ability to immerse oneself in detail without getting lost in it.

    Proactive and motivated approach to work.

    A high level of organization and time management, as well as an ability to learn quickly and produce high quality work within tight deadlines.

    Can discern the difference between confidential and public information, and can de-identify sensitive information.

Note: The list of responsibilities, professional and personal competencies are considered indicative and not exhaustive; actual duties may differ or change depending on the priorities of the office and the period of the mission.

For more information contact:


  • Send your technical and financial proposals to Mr Kader Kouma Kader KOUMA/ SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER,

  • Applicants must include: their CV

  • References from past missions for similar assignments.

  • Sample of consultancy final reports; sample of an evaluation/analysis report you have worked on.

  • Proposal cost, including all costs necessary for the mission detailing at least

  • The number of consultancy days and the daily rate.


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