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Terms of Reference: Holding the Line for Women’s Rights & Gender Equality in Palestine

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The Kvinna till Kvinna foundation is looking to develop methodological approach in holding the line in Palestine 

Dead line for submission 18 August

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Background and Purpose

Kvinna till Kvinna’s overall vision is a world with sustainable peace based on democracy and gender equality and in which conflicts are managed through non-military means. It envisions a world where equal human rights for women and men, girls and boys, are respected, and where everyone can feel safe regardless of gender, age or ethnicity.

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation has been present in Palestine since 2001 and have identified that the re-enforcement of traditional values, nationalism and the emerging shrinking civic space have negatively impacted the achievement of women’s rights in the Palestinian society in various ways. Subsequently these negative practises reinforce the marginalisation of the societal discourse and position of the women’s rights agenda even further away from the epicentre of decision making and prioritise. Changing social norms to the benefit of gender equality take time and entails of changes in power relations. 

These processes most often produce backlashes and an achievement will in most cases create setbacks. Resistance like these are intricate and hold a cultural social context to it that needs to be unfolded. In the set of this results are to be monitored, measured and communicated. However, many of the methods and tools utilised in today’s developing cooperation support conflate or confuse short term change with sustainable change; M&E tools are not designed to track movement building and movement impacts and they are often linear having the measurement of a cause-effect relationship that cannot measure complex social changes; they do not allow to track negative changes, reversals or backlashes; and there is a need to develop a “theory of constraints” to accompany the theory of change to track the way power structures respond to women’s rights interventions

We are currently looking for consultants to assess and verify a methodological approach to enable programme support on how the women’s rights agenda and gender equality can be sustained in Palestine considering the exposure to multi-level resistance that entails of the counteraction that emerges when power relations shifts; this might be on an inter-personal level of changes (stereotypical gender roles are threatened) in dynamics on social norms as well as on a national level with ideologies such as nationalism or practises such as shrinking civic space. Both negatively impacting division of political, economic and social resources for the benefits of women’s rights and gender equality.

Required Qualifications

The following criteria will be applied in the selection of the consultant(s):

  • Master's degree in gender studies in social sciences or another relevant field addressing critical thinking / feministic methodology
  • Extensive experience in feminist PMEL and partnership in relation to international development cooperation and civil society in the Palestinian context
  • Expertise in gender and civil society; women’s movements, holding the line, resistance 
  • Extensive knowledge in gender equality/women’s rights 
  • Knowledge in DAC developing cooperation guidelines
  • Proven experience of evaluating projects or programmes built on cohesive strategies a rights-based approach and theory of change 
  • Fluent in English and preferably in the Arabic language

Required information

All tenders must include:

  • CV(s) of the consultant(s) involved in the assignment
  • A methodological approach and work plan that demonstrates an understanding of the assignment and context including demarcations (indicative 4-5 pages) 
  • A timeframe of the assignment following the points specified in this “terms of reference” 
  • A proposed budget that corresponds with the selected approach and work plan
  • Assignment budget with fees incl. VAT with all expenses in accordance with notes under cost frame
  • Previously completed studies like the assignment presented in this “terms of reference” with an explicit focus on women’s movement, feministic PMEL and/or sustainability in a context with multiple resistance 


The tender is to be sent to Kvinna till Kvinna no later than 18 August 2019 to the following e-mail address: maria.johansson@kvinnatillkvinna.se

Send any questions and requests for clarifications to Maria Johansson; answers will be provided after 12 August due to summer leave maria.johansson@kvinnatillkvinna.se 

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