Gender Research Consultancy

Terms of Reference for a Consultant for Technical in Gender in Emergencies for South Sudan Famine and HOA drought


According to UN reports, there are 6 million men, women, boys and girls facing severe food insecurity in South Sudana figure that has rapidly increased from January this year; 1.9 million internally displaced, and 1.7 million South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries. In Ethiopia the number of people receiving humanitarian assistance has increased from 5.6 million to 7.8 million in the first quarter of the year, and is expected to heighten further in the second half of the year. 2.7 million Children, and pregnant and nursing mothers in need of specialized nutritious food to treat moderate acute malnutrition. Of this number, 1.3 million live in Nutrition Hotspot Priority 1 woredas (districts).  In Kenya the number of Kenyans requiring food assistance is likely to reach between 3 and 3.5 million from August, up from 2.6 million in February.


Both South Sudan and Ethiopia are also classified under the 19 high risk countries with a 50-60% probability of an El Nino event developing in the second part of 2017 (June –September 2017) by the Global El Nino Analysis Cell.


Plan International is responding to this situation in South Sudan with a US$39.2M programme covering food security, nutrition, CPiE, and EiE. In Kenya Plan International is responding in food security (school feeding), WASH, CPiE, EiE and cash transfers while in Ethiopia the response so far has focused on Nutrition, WASH, Food Security and Child Protection interventions in Oromia, SNNP and Amhara Region

The Gender in Emergencies Specialist position will work with response teams across the three countries, the CO gender specialists and the RO gender advisor to ensure all response programs are gender aware, gender sensitive, and where required, are also gender transformative.

Scope of Work

Working with Emergency Response Managers who are responsible for providing strategic and operational oversight to emergency responses in respective countries, the gender in emergencies specialist will have the mandate to deliver on the following objectives:

  1. Develop a brief guidance note and advocacy paper to be used by all sector leads
  2. Support gendered rapid needs assessments and analysis
  3. Ensure SADD and issues related to GBV and SRH are included in all assessments and in the analysis.
  4. Ensure that responses in the three country offices are gender aware, gender sensitive, and where required are gender transformative.
  5. Ensure individual response projects have clear gender targeting in accordance with Plan International’s global strategy.
  6. Review project proposals for gender marking before any submissions.
  7. Ensure all Plan International rapid needs assessments, project designs, implementation, and monitoring reports—include reporting on gender targets.
  8. Build capacities of response teams and partners through coaching, mentoring and training on gender in emergencies
  9. Represent Plan International in inter-agency gender in emergencies working groups




  • A minimum of 7 years working experience in gender in emergencies.
  • Good communication and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent proposal writing and review skills.
  • Ability to travel at short notice.
  • Willingness to spend more than 50% of the time in the three countries.

Please indicate recent relevant work.

Duration of Consultancy

6 months across the three countires

Expected Deliverables

  1. A clear plan of action will be developed and submitted at the onset of consultancy, this will be in consultation with each of the CO teams and the DRM regional manager.
  2. Working with the CO teams, reviewed needs assessments and analysis tool that are SADD compliant
  3. Guidance notes for Gender mainstreaming for all sectors within Plan International in emergencies.
  4. Field project implementation review and relevant support to ensure Gender consideration compliance.
  5. Support in proposal development, donor and internal reporting
  6. Staff and partners training and relevant reports for the COs
  7. Gender advocacy paper for internal and external use.

Submission of Bids

  1. Technical proposal including consultants’ background and past experience, understanding of TOR, proposed consultancy content, methodology, consultants’ Curriculum Vitae
  2. A Financial proposal for the full assignment including consultancy fees, license fees, travel costs and foreseeable reimbursable
  3. All proposals shall be submitted to the email address indicated below, on or before …. Nairobi time
  4. All submissions shall be in PDF format and shall be labelled “Consultant – Regional  Gender in Emergencies support’’ in the subject line of your email, your document headers and shall be addressed  to:

Plan International Inc

Region of Eastern and Southern Africa (RESA)

Nairobi Kenya

This Advertisement will remain open until filled, review of applications and interviews will be ongoing.


N/B Plan international RESA reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, in whole or in part and is not bound to give reason(s) for any of its decisions. Only shortlisted consultants shall be contacted.

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