Researcher(s) – Report on Engendering the Crisis Response
How to apply:
Qualified candidates shall Email their brief cover letter, CV, detailed methodology and an action plan with the suggested timeframe in English to [email protected] by 10th December 2019.
Please indicate “Researcher – Regional Report” as your email subject.
1. BACKGROUND INFORMATION
EuroMed Feminist Initiative (EFI) is a policy network encompassing women’s rights organizations from the two shores of the Mediterranean Sea that provides expertise in the field of gender equality and advocates for women’s universal human rights as inseparable from democracy building and citizenship, for political solutions to all conflicts, and for the right of people to self-determination. EFI Headquarters are in Paris, with offices in Amman, Beirut and Erbil.
Starting September 1st 2018, a Consortium led by IFE-EFI has been implementing a multi-country project “Strengthening access to protection, participation and services for women refugees, IDPs and host communities in Lebanon, Iraq/KR-I and Jordan”, funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis – the EU “MADAD” Fund.
In Lebanon, the project is implemented with Care International Lebanon, Legal Action (LA) and Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering (RDFL); in Iraq with Baghdad Women’s Association (BWA) and Women Empowerment Organizations (WEO), and in Jordan with Business Development Centre (BDC) and Tamkeen.
1.2 Overview of the Project
The Overall Objective of this multi-country project is to improve the livelihood, agency and legal and social protection for Syrian women refugees, IDPs and women in host communities in Lebanon, Iraq / KR-I and Jordan.
The specific objectives of the project are:
1. Security and resilience for Syrian women refugees, IDPs and women from host communities in Lebanon and Iraq/KR-I is enhanced through supporting and coordinating comprehensive and structured services and referral mechanisms;
2. National institutions, policy frameworks and legislation are more gender sensitive and gender equality and empowerment are sustainably enhanced;
3. Improved livelihood of women Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and contribution made to eliminating practical, social, cultural and legal barriers to their employment
There are seven expected results:
R 1. Women have greater and safer access to comprehensive multi-sectoral services - legal, psychosocial, SRR and GBV;
R 2. Syrian women refugees and women in host communities are empowered with better knowledge of their rights and access to protection;
R 3. Institutional capacity, awareness and cooperation are enhanced to mainstream gender in national policies and address discriminatory legislation;
R 4. Public awareness and support are strengthened for women’s rights, zero tolerance on GBV, and for change of discriminative legislation;
R 5. Syrian women refugees and women in host communities are empowered with better skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the labour market;
R 6. Syrian and Jordanian women have greater access to work opportunities within the labour market;
R 7. Women are better aware of their working rights and more able and willing to obtain work permits, and get support from their families and communities;
R 8. Supportive services to women in labour market are improved.
2. RATIONALE OF THE RESEARCH
Since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, millions of Syrians sought refuge in neighbouring countries. Syrian refugees and specially women and girls are living is extremely challenging situations and often lack the needed resources, mechanisms and spaces to meet their basic needs and ensure their protection. Moreover, the refugee crisis along with the existing political, economic, legal and social contexts in the region contributed to the increased hardship faced by the host communities in general and specifically the most vulnerable population.
The situation of Syrian refugee women is impacted by local, regional and international policy frameworks and social contexts. EuroMed Feminist Initiative intends to produce a report to analyse these impacts in the three national contexts of Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, as well as the broader repercussions on the regional level.
The three countries have developed national strategies to address the situation of Syrian refugees, which provide the framework within which national and international agencies deliver relief to refugee and host communities in order to alleviate the pressure on local services, enhance the protection space and support self-reliance. Though the three countries have different approaches to address the refugees’ crisis, and in some instances contextual and legal variances, many challenges and circumstances are common.
2.2 Scope of Work
EFI is looking to hire a team of three researchers to complete the regional report titled “Engendering the Crisis Response”. The report will investigate to what extent the national strategies are improving or affecting the situation of women refugees and whether the complexity of the gender dimension is fully taken into account. It will also identify the main hurdles to address properly women refugees and IDPs needs. The report will also look upon the role of international community and donors in the design of gender sensitive national strategies. Considering how it has become one of the main stakeholders for humanitarian relief and development project in the Middle-East, the role of EU is instrumental to the way UN agencies, NGOs and national authorities are addressing the plight of millions of refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. The interdependence between national policies, and the external dimension of asylum policies, whether in neighbouring countries or in Europe will be analysed. In so doing, the report will underline whether these different aspects of the response to the Syrian refugee crisis are complementary or whether they have adverse effects on the situation of Syrian women in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
The report will be based on literature review and field assessment in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. The literature review will include investigating and documenting the national reports/statements produced regularly to report on the crisis response. In addition it will navigate through UN agencies and INGOs information (provided in reports and websites) in which their interventions are documented and tracked.
The field work will include questionnaires (distributed to women refugees and women with host communities with a focus on the most vulnerable) and in-depth interviews with privileged observers (NGOs, officials, researchers).
The questionnaire shall be distributed to the local communities targeted by the project to collect segregated data on the situation of women refugees and women from host communities. The consortium members and partner CSOs and CBOs shall be approached to support the distribution of questionnaires and collection of the data.
The in-depth interviews will assess if and how the main actors in the response to the Syria refugee crisis (governmental institutions, UN agencies, national and international NGOs) are integrating gender component across the different sectors and will provide policy recommendations. The report will also discuss whether gender is being dealt with peripherally or centrally when refugee needs are assessed and response programs planned. The relationship between national policies related to gender equality and women’s rights and the level of engendering of the governmental response to the crises will be assessed. Finally, the report will favour the sharing of experiences and best practices, as well as identify detrimental practices to be avoided and produce recommendations on the crucial role of a holistic gender sensitive approach in the response to protracted crises.
The final version of the report should be submitted by May 15th 2020 concluding 5 months of work. EuroMed Feminist Initiative and the researcher(s) will agree on a detailed action plan prior to signing the contract. The action plan shall reflect the period and amount of time dedicated for the literature review, developing the tools for data collection, conducting the field work, producing the first draft report, and delivering the final report.
The Researcher(s) will be in charge of writing the above-mentioned report, which will entail the following indicative tasks:
1. Complete literature review on the needs of Syrian women refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq and the gender dimensions in the national policies and field programmes.
2. Draft a questionnaire and disseminate it through EFI consortium partners in order to collect segregated data related to the situation of refugee women and women from host communities.
3. Conduct field research in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, including interviews with EFI Consortium partners and partner CSOs/CBOs, as well as in-depth interviews with the main actors in the response to the Syrian refugee crisis (national authorities, UN agencies, NGOs). Interviews will focus on how the gender dimension is dealt with in the programmes implemented by these actors.
4. Elaborate draft recommendations on engendering crisis response, i.e. how to cater to the needs and improve the situation of women through national and regional strategies.
6. Finalize report based on input from EFI.
2.6 Management and Monitoring
The researchers shall have direct communication with EFI’s management team and provide weekly updates on the progress of the work. Each step of the research shall be consulted with and approved by the management team. The Technical Management Unit (TMU) comprised of EFI country managers in each country along with the project managers and M&E officers of the consortium members will be responsible to support the work of the researchers in the field.
- PhD or at least a Master degree in social sciences or development studies or peace and conflict. Relevant courses related to gender studies.
- A minimum of eight to ten years’ experience in research.
- An established record or proven ability to conduct research.
- Substantive knowledge and understanding in gender issues and of the situation and challenges in the MENA region.
- Knowledge of women’s right, international law, including human rights, humanitarian law, criminal law and regional and international human rights mechanisms
- Experience in refugee crisis responses including a strong background on conflict resolution and peace building.
- Professional competence and mastery of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
- Mastery of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Knowledge of data visualization software, such as dashboard and tableau is a strong asset.
- Excellent written and oral communication in English and Arabic is essential. French language is desirable.
- Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
- Ability to multi-task effectively, including having excellent planning, organizational skills, and the ability to work under pressure;
- Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
- Identifies priority activities and assignments and adjusts priorities as required;
- Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing tasks;
- Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;