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Consultant to Prepare a Desk Study on Promising Practice that can be Applied to Protecting Women and Girls from Attacks on Education (February 1– April 30, 2019)
Application Deadline: January 4, 2019
Position Summary:

Background

Since 2011, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), has significantly contributed to the growth in research and advocacy on targeted attacks on schools, universities, their students and staff by armed forces and non-state armed groups in situations of armed conflict and other types of insecurity. However, GCPEA has identified a lack of research and advocacy on the gender-specific nature and consequences of both attacks on education and military use of educational institutions. Although it has been commonly understood that girls and women are uniquely impacted by attacks on education and military use of schools and universities, the extent of this problem has been unknown. Furthermore, GCPEA has identified a need for targeted, actionable recommendations on how to protect girls and women from the gender-specific aspects of attacks on education and to mitigate the impact.

To fill this void, since 2017, GCPEA has been conducting research to better understand how girls and women are differently impacted by attacks on education than are boys and men. It conducted field research in Northeastern Nigeria and, released a report in October 2018,  “‘I Will Never Go Back to School’: Impact of Attacks on Education for Nigerian Women and Girls” (the “Nigeria report”). The report is based on interviews with 119 victims and eyewitnesses of attacks on schools and education. It found that Boko Haram had abducted over 600 girls and young women from school during the nine-year conflict, with some held in captivity for years. Many were forced to “marry” their captives and ultimately became pregnant. Severe repercussions were experienced long after many returned home. 

Also in October 2018, GCPEA released a set of guidance: What Can be done to better protect women and girls from attacks on education and military use of educational institutions? ( the "Guidance”). Drawing on the recommendations from the Nigeria report and other GCPEA resources, the Guidance offers suggestions on how to implement the Safe Schools Declaration in a gender-responsive manner by offering guidance for each commitment within the Declaration. The Safe Schools Declaration is an inter-governmental political commitment to protect education in armed conflict that has been championed by Norway and Argentina and has been endorsed by over 80 countries since it was launched in May 2015. The commitments within the Declaration together provide a comprehensive framework for protecting education from attack but must be implemented in a manner that recognizes the particular ways in which women and girls experience attacks on education and the unique consequences they face. Two of the commitments relate specifically to education policy and programming ( the “Education-focused Commitments”). These are 1) the commitment to develop, adopt, and promote conflict-sensitive approaches to education; and 2) the commitment to seek to ensure the continuation of education during armed conflict and support the re-establishment of education facilities. 

GCPEA has just completed field-research in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has included extensive interviews with women and girls who have experienced or witnessed attacks on education by armed forces or armed groups. A report based on this research is expected to be published in April 2019 (the “DRC report”). 

GCPEA is currently seeking a Consultant who will complement and expand the research already conducted. The Consultant will engage in a desk-study to identify promising practice in implementing the Education-focused Commitments in the Safe Schools Declaration in a gender-responsive way. The aim is to identify promising practice to draw upon to better protect female students, teachers, and academics from attacks on education and mitigate the impact of these attacks. Given that there is very limited existing practice that is specific to the situation of attacks on education, promising practice from diverse disciplines will be examined  that can be applied to the context of attacks on education. 

The findings will feed into a policy paper prepared by another researcher to be released in about July 2019. This policy paper will draw on the Nigeria and DRC reports to summarize the ways in which women and girls are impacted by attacks on education, and the unique consequences of this impact. It will also strengthen the Guidance on how to better protect women and girls and implement the commitments within the Safe Schools Declaration in a gender-responsive manner. The policy paper, particularly the Guidance, will be reviewed by an expert group of gender, education in emergency, and protection experts during a workshop, and their input incorporated into the final paper.  The ultimate aim of the policy paper, and the project as a whole, is to better position GCPEA to advocate with national governments, as well as international donors and policy makers, to take concrete steps to  (1) better protect girls and women from attacks on education and military use of schools and universities, and (2) respond to the specific needs of female students and education personnel who have experienced attacks or military use of education institutions. 

GCPEA was established in 2010 by organizations from the fields of education in emergencies, higher education, protection, and international human rights and international humanitarian law who were concerned about ongoing attacks on educational institutions, students, and staff in countries affected by conflict and insecurity.  The mission of GCPEA is to advocate for the protection of students, teachers, schools, and universities from attack during conflict and insecurity. GCPEA includes the following members: the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA), Human Rights Watch, the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, Plan International, Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) a program of Education Above All, Save the Children, Scholars at Risk Network, UNESCO, UNHCR, and UNICEF. GCPEA is a project of the Tides Center, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information on GCPEA please see www.protectingeducation.org

Approximate Duration of Assignment: 

February 1 – April 30- 2019: 20 working days at $350–500/day, depending on experience. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting directly to the GCPEA Executive Director and working in close collaboration with the GCPEA Gender Project Working Group, which includes experts in education in emergencies and gender, the Consultant will: 

  1. Conduct a desk-study reviewing literature in the fields of education in emergencies, protection, gender, women’s and girls’ ‘rights, and other related disciplines, to identify promising practice in implementing the Education-focused Commitments in the Safe Schools Declaration in a way that is responsive to the needs of women and girls. The research will also involve telephone interviews to better understand the promising practice and the nuances involved in implementation. 

  2. Prepare a paper that summarizes the promising practices, explaining how each practice or case study may be adapted to the context of attacks on education and military use of schools.

  3. Collaborate closely with the researcher who will be preparing the policy paper that will summarize the context of attacks on education on women and girls and the impact upon them, and will revise the Guidance on how to better protect women and girls from attacks on education. The promising practice research by the Consultant will be incorporated into this policy paper by  the other researcher. 

Deliverables and Approximate Timeline:
  • February 28, 2019: Consultant submits first draft of a 15 -20 page paper that provides case studies of promising practice in protecting women and girls and explains how each practice can be applied to the context of attacks on education. As far as possible, case studies are to be provided for each of the following components of the Education-focused Commitments in the Safe Schools Declaration, as set out within the Guidance on Better Protecting Women and Girls:  

  • Commitment to develop, adopt and promote conflict-sensitive approaches to education

    • Case study on policies and practices that ensure that education promotes peace instead of triggering conflict

  • Commitment to seek to ensure the continuation of education during armed conflict and support the re-establishment of education facilities

    • Case study on risk analyses and responses

    • Case study on early warning systems and protective response

    • Case study on comprehensive school-based safety and security measures

    • Case study on strengthened school infrastructure and physical protection capacity

    • Case study on prioritization of protection for students and educators in construction and renovation of education infrastructure

    • Case study on provision of education when schools have to be closed due to safety concerns 

  • March 15-April 1, 2019: GCPEA’s Gender Working Group reviews first draft

  • March 30, 2019: Consultant submits second draft of the paper, incorporating feedback from GCPEA’s Gender Working Group 

  • April 1- April 15: GCPEA’s Steering Committee reviews second draft of the paper 

  • April 30, 2019: Consultant submits final draft of the paper, incorporating feedback from GCPEA’s Steering Committee. 

Experience and Skills
  1. Graduate or advanced research training in fields such as gender, human rights, humanitarian assistance, or education.

  2. Significant research experience on women’s and girls’ issues, including desk research, and ideally field research, and interviews. 

  3. Excellent research, analysis, and writing skills.

  4. Significant experience writing accessible research reports and making practical, policy-oriented, and evidence-based recommendations.

  5. Field experience working on human rights or humanitarian issues in conflict situations, ideally focusing on gender and education, is preferred.

  6. Strong understanding of the gendered challenges faced by girls and women in armed conflict and post-conflict situations, especially related to their access to education.

  7. Fluency in English is required 

  8. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to quickly incorporate feedback from different individuals and organizations.

How to apply

Qualified applicants should email the following materials to gcpea@protectingeducation.org (addressed to the GCPEA Executive Director, Ms. Diya Nijhowne) with the subject hearing “Protecting Women and Girls Consultant.” 

  1. Cover letter (1-page maximum);

  2. Curriculum vitae, highlighting gender expertise;

  3. Three professional references; and

  4. Short unedited writing sample (5-page maximum).

The application deadline is January 4, 2019 but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We thank everyone for their interest but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.