SOW Gender Based Violence Consultant

Introduction

Vital Voices Global Partnership (VVGP), in partnership with Asuda, local Iraqi organization working in the region to combat violence against women, aims to improve Asuda’s services to assist Gender-Based Violence (GBV) survivors within a holistic gender-oriented framework and based on GBV best practices.

We intend to work with Asuda’s staff to provide a better understanding of GBV and case management to strengthen the capacity of their social workers, and psychosocial service providers to deliver counseling and referrals for GBV survivors. Asuda’s staff technical support will enhance their service provision based on international best practices, taking into consideration the local and cultural context.

Vital voices is seeking expertise to scale up its activities by launching a signature program directed at engaging male allies to prevent and eliminate GBV. The boys’ and men’s engagement program is an expanding and ongoing program for engaging men and boys to partake in discussions focusing on GBV, gender norms, and conversations around masculinity to raise awareness, influence opinions, and change behaviors. Previous workshops included 60 participants from Duhok, Erbil, and Sulaimaniyah in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, of whom some pledged to continue discussions with their respective communities. This project proposes the continuation of the dialogue with the participants who pledged to be champions in delivering the messages to their respective communities. The workshops will invite diverse members of society and hope to develop follow-up strategies to utilize participants’ ability to engage positively. The program will take place over the next year in the cities of Duhok, Erbil, Halabja, and Sulaimaniyah, targeting at least 300 male participants.

 

Purpose

GBV Asuda’s staff training

Intending to increase access to services for GBV survivors in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, especially in Duhok, Erbil, and Sulaimaniyah, we target communities with an integrated approach centered on strengthening the capacity of social workers, and psychosocial service providers to deliver counseling and referrals for survivors of GBV and improve community mechanisms for the prevention of GBV.

The training sessions for Asuda staff will enhance their understanding of the different GBV forms and the aggravating factors and GBV survivors’ dynamics, and capabilities to conduct lethality risk assessments and proper safety planning for the GBV survivors.

 

The boys’ and men’s engagement workshops

 

We understand the community’s unique needs, gender dynamics, and cultural and religious context. Through designing context-relevant curriculums, we hope to address communities’ protection priorities and strategies and enable meaningful engagement of boys and men, while also being mindful of promoting inclusion of any unrepresented groups.

With the aim of Asuda of ensuring that the workshops increase the engagement of the participants in addressing and preventing violence against women, VVGP is seeking expertise with developing a 2-day context-relevant curriculum and content for the supporting material that will assist the champions to continue the dialogue in their respective communities.

Objectives

GBV Asuda’s staff training

 

VVGP aims to improve Asuda’s GBV service provision and ensure that Asuda incorporates best practices, particularly measures, and approaches to avoid re-traumatizing survivors and exposing them to additional risks by:

  • Adapting a harmonized, context-appropriate case management model and referral procedures to support individual client care for survivors served by Asuda utilizing GBV case management best practices
  • Supporting Asuda to create a robust and flexible response facing severely restricted access and providing remote GBV case management tailored to offer a critical avenue of assistance to
  • Improving Asuda’s current individual client care approaches, as well as organizational and staff capacities for conducting case management for GBV survivors to reinforce survivor- centered approaches. These approaches include but are not limited to, GBV service guidelines, caring for survivors, psychosocial support mechanisms, and self-care for service providers

By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the nuances of different forms of GBV and aggravating factors for a more accurate evaluation of the cases
  • Conduct lethality risk assessments
  • Develop proper safety planning with GBV survivors

The boys’ and men’s engagement workshops

 By taking delivery of services requested in the present SOW, VVGP aims to promote gender equality that enables boys and men to take responsibility in preventing GBV through communicating the following key messages:

  • GBV and gender are not exclusively women issues but are society-wide
  • There is growing awareness and evidence that men and boys, in partnership with women and girls, can play a significant role in preventing GBV.
  • Engaging men and boys as part of the solution, instead of approaching them as perpetrators, is most
  • Rigid gender norms and perceptions about masculinity can have adverse outcomes for men, women, and children, and can lead to
  • Men and boys can avoid violence in their own lives, take the position of role models in their community, and become actors for change, particularly key figures who can influence the mass number of audiences such as religious leaders, politicians, and decision-makers.

By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Define and describe gender-based violence and recognize the consequences of gender- based violence on women and girls, family members, and the wider
  • Identify specific types of gender-based violence، as well as their root causes and contributing factors, by focusing on Iraq and the Kurdistan
  • Explain the value of positively engaging men and boys in the prevention of
  • Describe barriers to male engagement and ways to address
  • Explain how rigid gender norms and perceptions about masculinity can put men themselves and their families at
  • Describe approaches to male engagement (or roles for men and boys) in GBV prevention work and list concrete activities for each

Scope of work

GBV Asuda’s staff training

The applicant shall conduct a thorough baseline assessment of Asuda’s staff’ s understating of GBV service provision and document the gaps, existing SOPs, and processes. The applicant shall utilize the results to prepare and implement GBV training sessions and capacity building tools support.

The applicant shall use a community-based protection approach to understand the existing community structures and the local cultural context. The applicant shall provide the content of the training and supporting material, exhibiting knowledge of the community’s unique needs, gender dynamics, and cultural and religious context.

 

The boys’ and men’s engagement workshops

 Through designing the context-relevant curriculum, the applicant shall address communities’ protection priorities and strategies, to enable meaningful engagement of boys and men, while also being mindful of promoting inclusion of any unrepresented groups.

The applicant shall apply tested instructional design theories, practice, and methods for adult learning and provide vibrant, experiential activities that enhance the learning process and provide ample opportunities for in-depth discussions and transfer of knowledge.

 

Training Location 

Asuda’s staff training will take place at a location agreed upon with the service provider.

The boys’ and men’s engagement program workshops will take place in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, KRI, in the cities of Duhok, Erbil, Halabja, and Sulaimaniyah.

 

Target Audience

 The target audience of the staff sessions are the center coordinators, social workers, psychologists, and program managers. The case management coordinators require advanced training.

The target audience of the two days’ workshop is especially mid-age professionals with the following background: civil society representatives, religious leaders, professors, doctors, and boys’ high school social workers. The training is all male participants.

 

Deliverables

GBV Asuda’s Staff Training

  1. Develop and deliver training for Asuda’s staff to successfully implement approved GBV service delivery guidelines. Deliverables include:
  • Developed training materials informed by the baseline capacity needs assessment
  • Delivered workshops and training to psychologists, caseworkers, case coordinators, program managers, and other relevant Asuda staff on GBV case management and additional tools, including practical exercises involving complex case scenarios
  • Trained psychologists, caseworkers, case coordinators, program managers, and other relevant Asuda staff on best practices on referrals procedures and warm case handoffs, as well as related training topics including, but not limited to, non-violent crisis interventions, debriefing and deescalating, and danger assessments
  • Completed pre and post-training evaluations to assess the impact and efficacy of training

 

The boys’ and men’s engagement Workshops

  1. Design, develop and document a practical and context-informed training curriculum for the boys’ and men’s engagement program 2-day workshops in the Kurdistan region of Iraq that identify opportunities and mitigate challenges for reducing and preventing GBV. The schedule is to plan 17 workshops attended by 20 participants each. Deliverables include:
  • Developed training material for the workshops’ facilitators and
  • Developed engaging learning activities and compelling content that enhances the dialogue and participation of boys and
  • Facilitator’s manual and
  • Participant’s informed manual and
  • Designed and developed pre and post-training evaluations to assess the impact and efficacy of
  1. Developed talking points and designed supporting resources (fact sheets, educational booklets, storyboards, and other tools) for the participants who aspire to commit to advocacy and to continue the dialogue in their respective

Proposed Timeline

GBV Asuda’s staff Training

 

TASK BY
Review Asuda’s GBV programming and implementation as well as Asuda’s policies and procedures.
Document project plan in collaboration with VVGP and Asuda.
Identify, agree and document final deliverables of project and completion date.
Develop training curriculum, resources, and supportive materials

according to the designed plan and instructions.

Submit participant handbooks, including supplemental materials for the curriculum.
Start the training.
Deliver the training outcomes.
Complete the training and final report submission.

 

The boys’ and men’s engagement Workshops

 

TASK BY
Develop instructional end goals that align with content.
Provide a content design plan.
Document project plan in collaboration with VVGP and Asuda.
Identify, agree and document final deliverables of project and completion date
Create the content of the workshops according to the designed plan and instructions.
Submit    facilitator     and     participant     handbooks    including

supplemental materials for the curriculum.

Submit talking points and supporting material for the advocacy activities.

 

Consult on finalization of curriculum handbooks and supporting materials after the review cycle is complete.

 

Background

 

OVERVIEW OF VITAL VOICES

In 1997, Vital Voices was created to make space for women to be heard. Our founders knew then what has now become a universal truth: that women are essential to progress in their communities. Our world cannot move forward without their full participation.

Today, our organization is the product of the women we have worked with, their insights into leadership and our changing world.

 

The boys’ and men’s engagement program

Through this project, Vital Voices, in partnership with Asuda, aims to introduce participants to gender-based violence and engage them in constructive dialogue and open discussions around gender roles, social norms, masculinity, and ways to raise awareness, influence opinions, and change behaviors gradually.

 

ASUDA ORGANIZATION

Asuda for Combating Violence against Women was founded in 2000 and registered in May 2001 in Sulaymaniyah with the Ministry of Humanitarian Assistance and Cooperation in Iraqi Kurdistan. Asuda for Combatting Violence is an independent women’s rights, Non-Profit, Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Iraqi Kurdistan.

 

Asuda is dedicated to combating violence against women through an institutional and systematic approach in order to enhance the status of women and strengthen civil society through participation of women. In 2001 Asuda opened the first women’s shelter in Iraqi Kurdistan and continues to provide assistance survivors from different ethnic and religious origins from Iraq as well as neighboring countries.

 

ASUDA MISSION

  • Asuda empowers women to actively contribute to their community and society, participate in decision-making processes, and lead in social, political and economic transformation. (awareness-raising)
  • Asuda takes action against all forms of gender-based violence, seeks its prevention, and works towards protection for women. (protection)
  • Asuda seeks to alleviate the hardships of women in the face of armed conflict and supports their efforts at recovery, resilience, and sustainable development. (service)
  • Asuda advocates for peaceful and durable solutions to conflict that requires multi-faceted approaches at grassroots and political levels with the full participation of women. (advocacy)

 

ASUDA CORE GBV SERVIVCES

Asuda provides GBV-centered services at its three office locations in Sulaimaniyah, Erbil, and Duhok:

 

  • Listening Centres for GBV survivors seeking one-on-one counselling and intensive services. The centers provided services to new and returning clients who continue to revisit the
  • Group Sessions for those who would benefit from a community of support amongst survivors. This also provides Asuda with the opportunity to provide assistance to a greater number of individuals, particularly those with shared The Group Sessions are therapy sessions for wellness for survivors who have experienced or are experiencing GBV. The sessions are led by Asuda psychologists
  • Walk-In Meetings that allow survivors who do not typically seek regular care, but who might show up to an open session if made available. This is critically important in places where society places a stigma on survivors of GBV, making it difficult for them to seek professional and regular care to address the violence committed against The meetings are staffed by full-time Asuda psychologists.
  • Legal Consultations provide wraparound services through legal consultations and representation for GBV survivors
  • Cross-Sectional Services include referrals to psychiatrists for more intensive support as well as referrals to other NGOs and service These are integrated into the above- mentioned services.