Introduction and Background
DAI is implementing the US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Rights and Labor (DRL)’s funded project “Strengthening Leadership within Union Councils (LUC)”.
LUC is a four-year project (2019-2023) and is working with local governments in Sindh and Punjab to increase the capacity of local councils to fulfill their commitments to providing services to local communities and improve the equitable allocation of local resources. LUC is working with the Union Councils Sindh and Punjab, various government departments, independent commissions, academia, and local civil society organizations and platforms to achieve the following objectives:
Objective 1: Increase the local councils’ capacity to engage in good governance best practices.
Objective 2: Increase the leadership skills of council members (officials and elected representatives).
Objective 3: Provide councils with opportunities to engage under-represented groups (women, youth, and minorities).
In the result of upcoming local government elections in Punjab, a new pool of local councilors will be elected and there are limited opportunities to provide capacity building support to these newly elected councilors. Although the Local Government and Community Development department conducts orientation programs for newly elected local councilors, but still there is a room for a more comprehensive training focusing on LUC’s thematic areas such as Gender Mainstreaming, Women Rights, Minority Rights, Planning and Budgeting process and Leadership Skills etc. LUC’s capacity building program will also complement the capacity building support provided by the LG &CD department for newly elected councilors.
In this connection, LUC project is seeking the services of a sector expert/consultant to develop training manuals in English for trainers and local elected councilors, UC Secretaries and District LG&CD officials focusing on “Gender Mainstreaming and Women Rights” at local government level.
The consultant is expected to assess the existing training materials, Punjab Local Government Act 2022, Legal Frameworks on inclusion of women in Pakistan and develop training manuals for intended trainees. The training resource material will consist of four main components: a) trainer’s manual, b) trainees’ manual, c) training assessment toolkit, and d) IEC material.
Purpose of the Consultancy
The major objective of this consultancy is to develop a training manual on “Gender Mainstreaming and Women Rights” for the capacity building of Local Elected Councilors, Secretaries at Union Council level, relevant District Local Government and Community Development Department officials and community groups in Punjab, Pakistan.
Scope of Work
- Carry out desk research and review of existing information and materials on “Gender Mainstreaming and Women Rights”, to identify gaps in terms of role of Women Councilors in provision of women specific services, linkages between women councilors and women in the community, access to UC office and its services.
- Conduct consultations with LG & CD department, Punjab Local Government Academy, Lalamusa, and other relevant stakeholders to collate information for manual development
- Develop two manuals comprised of different modules for trainers and trainees.
- Consultant will develop table of contents and submit to LUC team for approval.
The modules should cover topics including: (The list of topics is not final; consultant can suggest more topics)
i. Introduction and background information
ii. Objectives of training manual/course
iii. Agenda of training
iv. Key concepts and definitions on Gender
v. Local Governance Structure in Punjab
vi. Women representation at Provincial, District and UC level (Laws and provisions) in Punjab
vii. Key Challenges and barriers for women’s effective participation at local level
viii. Gender Mainstreaming within Local Government System, in the context of Punjab
ix. Opportunities to promote women participation in decision making process at local level
x. Strengthening capacities of women councilors and community groups
xi. Building gender sensitive UC Councils
xii. Gender responsive planning and budgeting at UC level
xiii. Women Caucus (formation and functions)
- Each module should have notes/handouts, case studies and exercises for trainees.
- Training modules should have illustration/pictorial images for better understandings of content for trainees.
- Develop an assessment toolkit, which includes: an evaluation to be administered both at the beginning and end of trainings to measure the impact of training
- Develop Information Education and Communication (IEC) material with a view to disseminate among the community to enhance role of women in UC specific activities as per requirement of LUC project
- Consultant will conduct consultation meetings with PLGA, Lalamusa for approval of training manuals.
- Consultant will closely work with LUC team for development and approval of training manuals
The consultant will be expected to:
- Submit a detailed work plan for the consultancy period
- In consultation with LUC team, develop and submit drafts of two (02) training manuals ensuring that they are in keeping with the principles of DAI-Pakistan, PLGO-2021, Local Government and Community Development Department, Punjab, and other relevant Government Departments.
- The two (02) manuals, as detailed in the ‘scope of work’ section above.
- Submit agreed IEC material
- Submit assessment toolkit (pre & post-test)
- Revise and refine the content of the training manuals after receiving feedback from LUC team
- Deliver the two finalized training manuals (English version), described above.
- Approval letter from PLGA, Lalamusa/LG&CD department Punjab.
- Oversee the overall development of the training materials and provide feedback on drafts submitted to LUC
- Process payments on accomplishment of the task according to contract and deliverables met
The assignment should be completed within the period of TWO months. The overall duration of the tasks covered under this Scope of Work (SoW) has been estimated to not exceed (15) consultancy days, including: a) Development of Manuals (Trainers and Trainees) on “Gender Mainstreaming and Women Rights” in English, b) Development of IEC material, and c) Development of assessment toolkit
Skills & Experience
- Minimum formal qualification from a recognized university master’s degree in Gender studies, Sociology, Economics, or related field
Required Experience and Skills
- Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant experience in developing resource material on Gender Mainstreaming and Women Rights to be used for multistakeholder training purposes in the indicated fields of expertise or competencies
- Strong knowledge and understanding of gender mainstreaming and in particular gender responsive LG systems
- Strong knowledge and understanding of Punjab Local Government Act 2022 and legislative frameworks for gender mainstreaming in Pakistan.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills in English and Urdu language; ability to communicate effectively and in a credible manner with various partners including local government, civil society, UN agencies; development partners; and communities.
- Excellent skills and experience in developing training manuals for local elected representatives, UC officials, LG officials, journalists, civil society representatives and community groups.