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Lead Researcher in Jordan for Participatory, Learning and Action (PLA) Exercise for Engaging Men and Boys in Emergencies

Jordan (Jordan)

  • Organization: CARE - USA
  • Location: Jordan (Jordan)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-21

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for Lead Researcher in Jordan for Participatory, Learning and Action (PLA) Exercise for Engaging Men and Boys in Emergencies

CARE Jordan

Requesting Department: Program Quality Department

Consultancy period: October 17 – November 18, 2021

Location: Jordan based

  1. Background:

CARE Jordan has extensive experience in protection programming in Jordan with refugees and vulnerable host families. To better address the need for improved social, educational, and economic well-being of its participants CARE is increasing its engagement of men and boys to advance equality and prevent GBV in families and in the broader community, and to increase positive masculinity behaviors in their communities and programme.

CARE Jordan will adapt a proven curriculum developed by CARE Balkans (Engaging Men and Boys in Emergencies) to implement a series of educational workshops with men and boys to provide a safe space for reflection and dialog on gender equality, social norms, healthy behavior, and gender-based violence. CARE will conduct a qualitative exercise called Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) in order to understand relevant knowledge, perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors and to prioritize the topics to address in the subsequent educational workshops.

  1. Aim and Objectives:

CARE seeks an experienced researcher to document the PLA exercises and report on its findings.

During the PLA, the Lead Researcher will gather data from outputs and presentations of the participants answering key research questions:

  1. What are the current social constructs, attitudes and experiences for young men, especially with regard to hegemonic masculinity?

  2. What are the range of young men’s attitudes and behaviors toward women and their relationship with women?

  3. How do social institutions such as media, school, religion, family and peers influence social constructs of masculinity?

  4. How are social constructs of masculinity related to men’s health and lifestyles?

  5. For men who don’t use violence, what are the influencing factors and consequences?

Due to the sensitive nature of the discussions to be held with men and boys, the researcher attending the PLA must be male.

The Researcher will be an active participant in PLA workshops and to provide technical insight and guidance in the overall process of the PLA exercise. The Researcher will be expected to participate in all activities listed below, and failure to do so will be consider noncompliance with this terms of reference and contract. The Researcher will work closely with CARE staff, to ensure that the research objectives and questions are being met. The Researcher will also be responsible to ensure that high quality data is being collected at all times and that informed consent procedures are being upheld in all PLA sessions. Specific responsibilities of the Researcher include:

§ To participate in the Engaging Men and Boys in Emergencies methodology five-day training

§ To provide technical review and input for the subsequent PLA workshops

§ To participate in the initial coordination meeting and PLA workshops

§ To conduct data gathering during the PLA workshops and provide insight and analysis of data received

§ To provide overall supervision and technical support to trainers during PLA workshops

§ To ensure that informed consent procedures are upheld and implemented correctly

§ To prepare visuals and field notes for inclusion in the final report

§ To develop final report

  1. Methodology and Activities:

Coordination meetings: The exercise will begin with a 2 hours’ coordination meeting in the week of to agree on the objectives of PLA workshops, expected outcomes and outputs and action plan.

Engaging Men and Boys in Emergencies Training: The researcher will participate in a 5 days training delivered by experts from CARE’s operations in the Balkans on the EMBiE methodology on October 24 – 28, 2021.

Data collection: The researcher will collect data to answer the research questions above during two 3 days PLA workshops which will be held in Azraq camp on October 31– Nov 2 2021 and in Azraq town on November 9-11.

Research set-up: Trainers of CARE Balkans and CARE Jordan will facilitate the PLA workshops and the researcher has to be present all the time during workshops, but also refreshment and lunch breaks as the discussions will continue there too. The workshops day will last 8 hours. Necessary translation English/Arabic will be done by professional translators.

The researcher will be presented transparently to participants at the beginning of PLA but he has to sit at the back and observe, write and record.

PLA agenda, evaluation form and other documents developed by trainers will be sent prior to the PLA.

Informed consent procedures will be followed and upheld, and respondents will be asked to voluntarily participate in the study. No monetary reimbursements will be given to participants, however breaks and lunch will be provided by the project.

At the end of each day, the trainers and researcher conducts a reflection of the day’s data collection events. The analysis, therefore, begins with Day One. What are we hearing? What is our reaction/interpretation of what we are hearing? What does our learning suggest in terms of the issues we are exploring, the tools we are using, perceptions about our attitudes toward respondents and the topics, etc? What new questions might we want to ask tomorrow?

Consultative meeting: After the PLA workshops, CARE trainers and researcher will have a meeting to summarize the outcomes and discuss the results and next steps.

4. Deliverables:

  • Data collection transcripts (Arabic) for two PLA workshops

  • Outline of final report (as agreed with CARE Jordan)

  • Final report Azraq Camp (English)

  • Final report Azraq town (English)

  • Duration:

The consultant will provide a maximum of 25 days from October 17th to November 18th 2021 as follow:

§ Documents review, coordination meetings, data transcripts, data analysis, drafts and reviews. From October 17 and throughout (Max 4 days)

§ EMBiE training - October 24-28 (5 days)

§ PLA workshop Azraq camp - October 31- November 2 (3 days)

§ PLA workshop Azraq town - November 9-11 (3 days)

§ Final Report Azraq camp (max 40 pages) Due November 9th (3 days)

§ Final Report Azraq town (max 40 pages) (3 days)

  1. Compensation:

    Consultant(s) shall receive full compensation upon the completion of the consultancy and the receipt of all deliverables as agreed with CARE Jordan.

Consultancy payment will be paid upon conclusion of final report

  1. CARE Jordan will:

Provide necessary information and access to participants for the consultant to conduct the research.

Facilitate consultant’s transport from CARE offices to the research locations in Azraq camp and Azraq town

8. Consultancy conditions:

  • Payment is subject to satisfactory work performance, deliverables and production of payment documents such as invoice and timesheets.

  • The consultant(s) is responsible for the use of personal assets in order to complete this assignment (laptop, internet, etc.)

  • The consultant(s) shall not receive any other facilities or shall not be reimbursed any other expenses under this assignment.

  • The outcome of this consultancy is an intellectual property for CARE International in Jordan, and it’s not allowed to be used by the “Consultant” in any format, nor disseminated or announced through any media channel.

  • Any media outlet, should be approved by CARE Jordan, and should include and attribute the credit to CARE Jordan.

9. Type of Supervision and support to be provided:

The consultant(s) will report to CARE’s Gender and Program Design Manager for the duration of the assignment, who will work with the consultant to determine priorities, facilitate meetings and ensure the necessary information is shared. The position will interact closely with other key technical or support function, such as Program Quality Director who will approve technical research methodologies and the final report.

10. Skills and competences required:

§ Demonstrated experience in conducting participatory research techniques included PLA in Jordan

§ Excellent dominium of the concepts of gender/social norms, gender transformative programming, and gender equality.

§ Technical knowledge in psychosocial issues

§ Excellent communication skills in Arabic

§ Excellent communication and writing skills in English

§ Results and output focused

11. Evaluation criteria

Technical Offer – 50%

Financial Offer - 50%

Applicants are requested to send the following by September 21th 2021 to with subject line “EMB research consultancy, 9056”. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Cover letter outlining relevant experience

  • CV– not more than 4 pages

  • Minimum 2 samples of previous relevant work

  • Daily rate in JOD

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