Mandate: The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) seeks to engage a safeguarding expert consultant in support of the ABA ROLI-led Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) consortium. The consultant will assist the WAGE management team in developing consortium-wide and initiative-specific safeguarding frameworks (guidelines, procedures, trainings, and risk assessment and mitigation tools) to ensure that all WAGE initiatives adhere to the Do No Harm principles, follow best practices regarding safeguarding, and are trauma-informed. This includes putting measures in place to minimize and mitigate risks of gender-based violence (GBV) as an unintended consequence of programming and risks of further harm and re-traumatization to GBV survivors.
Length of contract: The initial contract will run through June 30, 2020 and will be extended as needed. The level of effort (LOE) will be determined for each deliverable and will vary from month to month, with the LOE expected to be the heaviest between 11/25/19 – 5/30/2019.
Background: Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) is a global programming consortium to advance the status of women and girls, led by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in close partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Grameen Foundation, Search for Common Ground (Search), and 43 resource partners. WAGE is funded by the United States (U.S.) Department of State, Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI). WAGE’s overarching goal is to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) in target countries to effectively advance the status of women and girls in core thematic areas: prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV); advancing the women, peace, and security (WPS) agenda; and supporting women’s economic empowerment (WEE). In addition, WAGE aims to improve the environment in which its CSO partners operate and build a body of evidence on relevant promising practices in its three thematic areas. Through its core and local partners, WAGE provides direct assistance to women and girls, who are considered WAGE’s primary beneficiaries. This includes the information, skills, resources (e.g. microloans), and services they need to assert their rights and succeed as active and equal participants in the global economy. To account for the deeply interconnected nature of women’s and girls’ experiences, WAGE is committed to developing programs that employ highly collaborative, integrated, multidisciplinary, and inclusive approaches that have the potential to be adapted, scaled or replicated in other contexts. For example, WAGE’s first strategic initiative, Reducing Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment in El Salvador and Honduras (“Reducing Barriers Initiative” or “RBI”), involves collaboration of all core consortium partners and takes a holistic view of the challenges that female entrepreneurs face in accessing finance and growing sustainable businesses, including linkages between financial inclusion, GBV, and conflict.
Scope of work: WAGE is committed to protecting its beneficiaries, partners, staff, and consultants from harm, including violence, (re)traumatization, privacy violations, and any form of abuse or exploitation, whether the harm is caused intentionally or unintentionally, directly or indirectly. To develop consortium-wide and initiative-specific safeguarding frameworks, the consultant will:
Conduct organizational safeguarding capacity assessment of all four core consortium partners and collect safeguarding policies, tools, and practices that can be adapted for WAGE purposes
Assessment methodology and memorandum with documentation submitted by core partners
January 30, 2019
Develop tailored, consortium-wide safeguarding guidelines for participatory research, program management, stakeholder and beneficiary engagement, outreach and communications, and monitoring and evaluation, including a code of conduct, roles and responsibilities, reporting and response protocols, risk assessment tools, and a menu of risk mitigation strategies.
Peer reviewed and approved safeguarding guidelines
May 31, 2019
Develop and deliver in-person and online trainings for WAGE core management and program teams
Written training module and PowerPoint presentation; at least one in-person training of trainers for WAGE management team; at least one online or in-person training for program staff; recorded webinar; handouts
June 30, 2019
Advise program design teams on safeguarding, DNH, risk assessments, and mitigation plans
Oral or written comments on proposals and initial risk assessments
Assist program implementation teams in conducting comprehensive risk assessments, developing risk mitigation strategies, and producing initiative-specific safeguarding plans at the inception stage of each initiative
Risk assessment, risk mitigation strategy, and safeguarding plan for each initiative
immediate needs: WAGE GBV/WEE initiative in Eswatini by 1/15/2019; WAGE WEE/GBV initiative El Salvador & Honduras by 1/15/2019
Assist WAGE in monitoring the implementation of safeguarding plans and reacting and responding to potential safeguarding concerns or complaints that might arise in WAGE programming
Oral and/or written guidance
Adapt WAGE safeguarding guidelines and trainings for WAGE’s local partners, e.g., business associations, women-focused CSOs, and microfinance institutions
To be determined for each program