|Category||Delivery of three workshops and/or capacity-sharing sessions to reinforce gender mainstreaming within the EuroMed Rights network|
|Type of Contract||Individual contract(s)|
|Expected starting date||January 2024|
EuroMed Rights is a non-governmental organisation aiming to promote cooperation and dialogue in and between countries on both sides of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a network representing 68 human rights organisations, institutions and defenders in 30 countries. It was founded in 1997, following the 1995 Barcelona Declaration, by civil society organisations dedicated to promoting human rights and democracy within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.
EuroMed Rights’ mission is to promote and strengthen human rights and democratic reforms at regional and national levels. By creating network opportunities and encouraging civil society cooperation, EuroMed Rights aims to develop and strengthen the partnerships between NGOs located within the Euro-Mediterranean area, to spread and promote human rights values and to increase members’ capacities to reach these objectives.
Since 2004, EuroMed Rights has worked proactively on promoting gender equality in the Euro-Med region. The commitment of EuroMed Rights to the promotion of gender equality, the principles of gender parity and equal opportunities in its decision-making structures is inscribed in the network’s statutes and bylaws. In 2011, EuroMed Rights further adopted a Gender Equality Policy Paper (GEPP) outlining its commitments and objectives regarding gender equality. This policy was subsequently adopted by the Executive Committee and formalised during the EuroMed Rights General Assembly in 2012. After a fourth Gender Audit in 2018, EuroMed Rights decided to separate Women’s Rights from Gender Mainstreaming and placed the responsibility for the latter within the Executive Committee, the highest political level elected by and reporting directly to the General Assembly. This aims at ensuring continued political support, organisational culture, technical capacity and accountability for gender mainstreaming within the organisation. In 2021, a new Gender audit was conducted. Although the audit highlighted that EuroMed Rights has made good progress in implementing the goals of its Gender Mainstreaming Strategy 2020-21, it identifies that the integration of gender in a systemic manner instead of in an ad hoc manner remains a challenge.
Practicalities of the call
The structure of this call is somewhat unique, in that it is a call for one or more consultant(s) to deliver three independent but interrelated trainings – hereafter referred to as ‘Outputs’ – for staff and members of EuroMed Rights. For each applicant, it remains within their discretion whether to apply to deliver one, two or three of the Outputs, depending on the expertise which they feel can be offered. Based on the applications received, a decision will be made by EuroMed Rights as to how best to choose the right consultant/combination of consultants to deliver this full package of trainings. The exact and ultimate timing of each of the Outputs will be negotiated with the consultant(s) to ensure that the schedule is amenable to all parties concerned.
All three sessions will take place online, and can be conducted in French or English (depending on the language preferences of the consultant(s) – there is no need for a uniformity of language across the three sessions as bi-lingual interpretation can be provided).
Dates for each session will be negotiated with the consultant(s) according to their availability, However; logically, the series of trainings would begin with the session “Output 1. Gender mainstreaming in human rights organisations” (see below), and this would ideally be planned for January 2024.
The timeline for the two following Outputs (Output 2. Intersectionality, and Output 3. Gender-sensitive budgeting) will be between February – April 2024, subject to the agreed-upon preferences of the consultant(s) and EuroMed Rights.
Objectives and outputs of the work
This project aims to deliver a series of three trainings to the Executive Committee, the staff, the Executive Committee, and the members of the EuroMed Rights network to build their capacity in terms of confidently mainstreaming gender into all aspects of the network’s work.
The consultant(s) will deliver three concrete products:
Output 1: 1.5 hour workshop on gender mainstreaming within human rights work (/EuroMed Rights network).
Aim of the session: To explore in greater detail exactly how gender can be mainstreamed in the context of EuroMed Rights’ work (i.e. operating as an international network of human rights organisations). As a network spanning the Euro-Mediterranean region, how can gender mainstreaming be transversal in work in vastly different socio-political contexts?
Internally, within the EuroMed Rights Secretariat, advising on concrete ways in which GM could best be ensured at the political, organisational and programme levels of it’s work.
Target audience: Staff and members of the Executive Committee of EMR. Gender Focal Points from each Working Group.
Output 2: 1.5 hour capacity sharing session on the concept of intersectionality.
Aim of the session: Hosting an interactive, capacity-sharing session on intersectionality – exploring the concept, with a focus on the implications and interactions of socio-political identities in key thematic areas of EuroMed Rights’ work, namely: Migration and asylum; Economic, social, and cultural rights; Women’s Rights and Gender Justice; Accountability, access to justice and space for civil society; Promotion and protection of democracy and freedoms.
Target Audience: Staff and members of the Executive Committee of EMR. Gender Focal points of each Working Group.
Output 3: 1.5. hour training on gender-sensitive budgeting.
Aim of the session: Provide solid guidance on intentionally and pragmatically integrating gender in all financial planning at the organisational, programmatic and project levels of the network – implementing a gender-sensitive context analysis at all levels and allocating budget accordingly.
Target Audience: Staff and members of the Executive Committee of EMR. Gender Focal Points of each Working Group.
For each Output, EuroMed Rights would request that all supporting documents (slides, PPT presentations etc.) and a short document compiling a concise set of guidelines/take-aways which can be shared on the organisation’s website are provided within an agreed-upon timeframe after the delivery of said Ouput (e.g. within a deadline of 2 weeks).
Process and timeline
The deadline for applications is set as the 20th of October, 2023.
Each candidate is kindly asked to submit their application, referencing which and how many Output(s) they wish to contribute to:
Concretely, in the opening line of your application, please specify “Output 1 – Output 2 – Output 3” as applicable.
The consultancy/ies shall be conducted according to the following anticipated timeline:
- Deadline for applications: 20th of October.
- Response and consultation with EuroMed Rights: week of 23rd October.
- Negotiation of terms with consultant(s): week of 30th October
- Commencement of initial contract (including preparation time): 15th January.
- Delivery of 1st Output: between 16 – 31 January
- Delivery of 2nd and 3rd Outputs: Tbc. between February and April 2024.
- Finalisation of payments for third/final contract (as and before as applicable): April 2024.
Please note: Signature of all contracts will take place in 2023.
Each contract will be concluded and paid in full within a two-week deadline of the delivery of all training materials (as aforementioned). The final contract will therefore be signed off on in April 2024, any previous contracts will be concluded within due time after their completion.
Required expertise, languages and portfolio
- Proven experience in the requisite fields: Gender mainstreaming, intersectionality, gender-sensitive budgeting.
- Knowledge on the application of the human rights based-approach framework with gender lenses.
- Experience of working and collaborating with non-profit organisations at the international level will be an asset.
- Proven expertise of conducting similar interactive sessions online: mastery of platforms.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and/or French.
Qualified and interested candidates are hereby requested to apply before 20 October 2023. The application should contain the following:
- A brief description of why the individual considers themself the most suitable for the assignment; kindly specify on the basis of 1 to 3 of the Outputs intended.
- A clear methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment based on the proposed calendar. The candidate is welcome to suggest revisions to the proposed calendar.
- A curriculum vitae, indicating education background/professional qualifications, all past experience, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number).
- A budget with all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, including VAT; again, on the basis of a proposal of 1-3 Outputs envisaged.
- This must include, the number of projected work days of preparation, time to deliver the Outcomes, follow-up with materials etc.
- Candidatures will be evaluated through the criteria mentioned above and considered on the basis of expertise, competitivity and overall feasibility of the correlation of consultancies.
Please send your candidature to EuroMed Rights’ Officer for Gender Mainstreaming, Laura Clough, at [email protected].
We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in collaborating with EuroMed Rights, but unfortunately only those persons selected for interview will be contacted. We appreciate your understanding.
EuroMed Rights will break down payments in two parts based on the amount agreed with the consultant.