February 26, 2021, at 5 pm (GMT+2)
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) invites proposals from qualified consultants/firms to support the data collection and analysis for a multi-country gender analysis of program contexts for the Daring to Shift (D2S) project, an initiative funded by the Government of Canada.
The purpose of this assignment is to: Generate research and evidence of gender in project contexts in Lebanon, through the mapping of stakeholders, recruitment of participants, qualitative data collection, and participation in analysis of results, using virtual methods and tools. The research assistant will work in close collaboration with the In-Country Consultant, DOT Lebanon Gender Officer, DOT HQ Gender Specialist, and other key DOT HQ staff.
The major objective of this initiative is to: Improve access, inclusion, and program quality for both young women and men, to support DOT’s gender equity approach to the D2S program. This initiative will provide an important grounding to D2S’s overarching goal of enhanced resilience and economic inclusion among participating unemployed and underemployed youth (aged 18 to 35) and their communities and to develop and support the leadership and decision-making power of young women to enable them to thrive despite the barriers that they face to take advantage of economic opportunities.
DOT is a leading international organization that is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and was established in 2002. Through its programs, DOT enables economically marginalized individuals to access and apply information and communication technologies (ICT) to create educational, economic, and entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves. The organization’s vision is to make pathways to these opportunities available particularly to young people and women, as a strategy to eradicate poverty, vulnerability, and gender inequality. DOT is differentiated by its unique youth-to‐youth model, its use of technology as an enabler to achieve economic and social goals, its record of engagement with the private sector, and its commitment to localization. Globally, DOT has trained over 5,000 young leaders who have in turn reached nearly one million young people and community members. DOT is currently operating in seven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa.
DOT Jordan was first established in 2003 when we introduced youth-led technology training programs within the Jordan Education Initiative. In 2016, we launched our exciting new social innovation and youth leadership programs in partnership with Global Affairs Canada and Jordan’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.
DOT Lebanon is a social enterprise – an innovator in enabling people to access and apply information and communications technologies (ICT) to create education, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities. DOT’s vision is to make these opportunities available to marginalized people, especially women and youth, as a strategy to eradicate poverty, vulnerability, and gender inequality. Established in 2010, DOT Lebanon provides skills development programs to build and enhance 21st-century skills within marginalized communities in Lebanon to prepare them for the jobs of the future. To date, DOT Lebanon has implemented around 50 projects with Lebanese & refugee communities on education, technological and digital strengthening of teachers in public, semi-private schools, and learning centers, digital and entrepreneurship capacity building through the provision of teachers and youth with digital and entrepreneurial skills to help them improve the quality of their lives and their livelihoods.
Daring to Shift will enhance resilience and economic inclusion among participating unemployed and underemployed youth (aged 18 to 35) and their communities in the Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East regions. Over the course of four years, it will develop and support the leadership and decision-making power of young women to enable them to thrive despite the barriers that they face to take advantage of economic opportunities. The project will take an innovative approach to scaling-up youth empowerment, leadership, and social entrepreneurship. The main programming will be in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Jordan, and Lebanon, while also deepening and extending programming in Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, and Ghana with support from a youth-led digital innovation team in South Africa.
Among other initiatives, the project will offer training programs, access to peer networks, and linkages to partner opportunities that will strengthen the leadership, social innovation, entrepreneurship, and enhance the digital inclusion of nearly 45,000 young women and men, encouraging the testing of new solutions to old problems. Daring to Shift will also build the capacity of participating organizations and institutions to design, develop, implement, and monitor gender-sensitive strategies that will enhance enabling environments for young women’s leadership and economic inclusion. Finally, the project will scale gender-sensitive youth-led leadership and economic empowerment programming by providing training, coaching, as well as access to technical and financial support to Youth Champions. These Youth Champions are young women and men driving community change through their own community-based non-profit initiatives that provide economic empowerment, digital inclusion, and leadership training and coaching for their fellow youth.
Gender equality is a core DOT value and gender is mainstreamed throughout Daring to Shift’s management and activities – including in planning, design, recruitment, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation to ensure both gender equity and women’s empowerment. The project combines a focus on gender equality with development innovation and youth empowerment. It seeks to address the root causes of gender inequality, disrupt gender norms, shift mindsets, and build a movement to advance digital inclusion as a foundation for equitable economic empowerment.
Daring to Shift will respond to gender gaps through a comprehensive approach which is clearly outlined in all three intermediate outcome level results: promoting women’s role in leadership and decision making, enhancing the enabling environment, and expanding gender-responsive technical capacities. Moreover, the D2S project will use a gender equity approach to participant targeting, with a mandate to include 70% women in all program streams, and in every program country context. Finally, the project will also play an active role in championing gender equality and transforming gender norms across project countries by building the capacity of young leaders to serve as gender equality champions.
As part of the participatory approach to D2S, DOT had intended to implement a series of co-design labs in each project country from April to July 2020, engaging young women and men in the development, testing, and iteration of programmatic strategies. This would have coincided with the project baseline study and gender analysis, and culminated in a final meeting bringing together DOT local partners and youth to finalize the Project Implementation Plan in August 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, and the subsequent pausing of international travel and in-person gatherings, DOT had to postpone the baseline, gender analysis, and gender strategy.
Given ongoing COVID 19 operating conditions, and the need to advance thinking around gender in D2S programming, the gender analysis will be conducted remotely using virtual methods. Balancing the need for safety and caution due to COVID, and the imperative to reach youth in areas where virtual access is limited is a clear challenge of this project. Some considerations may be made to strategies to mitigate this, including selecting accessible tools and platforms (e.g. phone calls instead of online chat platforms), and exceptions to virtual collection where necessary and possible, to be decided by DOT Lebanon Gender Officer, and DOT HQ.
The support requested for this initiative includes supporting the delivery of a gender analysis of programmatic contexts in Lebanon from start to finish over a 3 month period beginning in February 2021. The estimated level of effort for this initiative is 22 days.
The research assistant will be managed by the DOT HQ Gender Specialist, who will provide overall coordination and support to each phase of the gender analysis. The consultant will work closely with the In-Country Consultant, Lead Consultant, DOT HQ Gender Specialist, and Gender Officers/Focal Points to support the adaptation of the design of data collection tools to country contexts, support the In-Country consultant with identification and recruitment of participants, facilitate gender-sensitive qualitative data collection, and participate in the analysis of data and the development of recommendations.
This assignment is divided into three phases:
The research assistant will provide input to the mapping of stakeholders relevant to youth employment/entrepreneurship in Lebanon, adaptation of data collection tools to local contexts, the translation of data collection tools (consent documents, interview guides, focus group guides), and the selection of appropriate and accessible virtual platforms/tools for the country context.
In close collaboration with the In-Country consultant, and supported by DOT Lebanon Gender Officer, DOT HQ gender specialist, and the Lead Consultant, the research assistant will support the identification and recruitment of participants, maintain consent processes, and facilitate support to participants during their participation (orientation on digital platforms/tools). This project is aiming to engage ~75 participants from each of across Lebanon, including diverse youth, and other key stakeholders such as parents/family members, local leaders, and relevant community organizations.
The research assistant will facilitate planned data collection methods, including working with the In-Country consultant to conduct key informant interviews and FG discussions with youth using gender-sensitive and virtual methods. Throughout, oversight will be provided by the Lead Consultant and DOT HQ Director of Impact and DOT HQ Gender Specialist to maintain gender-sensitive and ethical protocol and practices.
The research assistant will support the validation and analysis of all data collected, through collaboration with the In-Country consultant, Lead Consultant, DOT HQ gender specialist, and Gender Officers. It is envisioned that the lead consultant will facilitate data validation and analysis workshops with the Lebanon teams, and facilitate an analysis workshop to synthesize recommendations across the network. The research assistant will participate in these validation and analysis workshops.
The consultant shall be paid as outlined in the table below. All reimbursable expenses incurred by the consultant in relation to this assignment will be covered according to DOT’s policies on reimbursement and travel.
The consultant(s) must possess:
Interested parties are requested to submit proposals by email to Meaghan Anderson, DOT HQ Gender Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 26, 2021, at 5 pm (GMT+2).
Note that proposals will be considered on a rolling basis and short-listed candidates will be contacted before March 3, 2021.
Interested parties should include the following in their proposal:
The estimated level of effort for this initiative is 20 days. The duration of the assignment will not exceed 6 months. The assignment is expected to begin in March 2021 and will end between April and May 2021, depending on virtual data collection and adjustments due to COVID. The assignment will not require travel.
Please note that interviews will be held on an ongoing basis during the application period, and the position may be filled before the posted application deadline.Submit your proposal