IPNM-TESS TERMS OF REFERENCE
GENDER & SOCIAL INCLUSION EXPERT TO SUPPORT REVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT OF REGIONAL COUNCIL GSI PRIORITIES
About the Integrated Programme for Northern Morocco-Tackling Economic, Social & Security Challenges (IPNM-TESS)
IPNM-TESS is a two-year UK Conflict, Security & Stability Fund project working in the northern region of Tangier-Tétouan-
Al Hoceima (TTAH). Its objective is to support the TTAH Regional Council in building its capacity to deliver more effective public services and economic development to its citizens, in line with the country’s regionalisation aims post-
2011. IPNM-TESS will work with the Regional Council, including through the TTAH Agence de Réalisation et Exécution de Projets (AREP), and with civil society, to provide technical assistance and capacity building support in a range of areas including organisational development, communications and outreach, and the implementation and monitoring of projects.
Scope of work
One area of support in which IPNM-TESS has been asked to assist is in developing a comprehensive approach to gender and social inclusion (GSI).
The Regional Council has commissioned a number of studies in recent years as to the needs of marginalised groups in TTAH.
IPNM-TESS’ existing GSI Lead Expert has conducted a literature review of this material at the request of AREP and the Regional Council, in order to assess their usefulness and identify ongoing gaps.
The Regional Council has a priority focus on supporting the needs of women, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and immigrant communities in particular.
IPNM-TESS’ preliminary assessment of knowledge and needs has identified that :
There are considerable gaps in the data and information available on marginalised groups in general in TTAH; and
While there are existing (and ongoing) projects to support GSI in the region, there is no comprehensive GSI strategy for the Regional Council, either regarding its internal needs as an institution or how it approaches the needs of marginalised groups (including those identified above as a priority).
Agreement has therefore been reached with AREP and the Regional Council to undertake a diagnostic study to define exactly what data is missing and what is needed.
In parallel, there is also a need to initiate an assessment of the institution’s internal needs with a view to producing a first iteration of a strategy that IPNM-
TESS can later support implementation of. Once the diagnostic study has been completed, additional work is likely to be required to the strategy to incorporate a specific focus on addressing the needs of marginalised groups themselves.
In order to develop the GSI strategy for the region, the expert will accomplish the following tasks :
Phase 1 : Collect data on marginalised groups in the TTAH region (diagnostic study)
Conduct meetings with administrations and associations likely to have relevant data about the marginalised groups.
Identify and evaluate existing programmes and initiatives to support these groups.
Conduct interviews with the marginalised groups.
Produce diagnostic study of the situation of the marginalised groups including their number, location, situation, and highlight recommendations and potential areas of intervention for the Regional Council and other local and regional actors.
Phase 2 : Develop a GSI strategy that the Regional Council can implement in collaboration with local and regional actors
Conduct meetings with regional actors to check the feasibility of the recommendations presented in the diagnosis phase.
Identify GSI projects and activities the Regional Council can implement in the frame of the PDR.
Identify activities related to strengthening the institutional capacities of the Regional Council and local authorities at the GSI.
Identify public, private and non-governmental partners with whom the Regional Council can collaborate, and the resources needed to implement these projects and activities.
In collaboration with AREP and the Regional Council, plan these projects and activities over the next two years.
Working in collaboration with the project’s GSI Lead Expert, the GSI expert will produce :
Diagnostic study on the available data regarding the needs of marginalised groups
GSI strategy developed in conjunction with Regional Council representatives that also sets out concise and actionable recommendations to build its institutional GSI capacity (first stage) and address the challenges faced by its target groups (second stage)
Documents should be produced in French. Maximum length for the study should be approximately 25 pages, and for the strategy 40 pages.
Documents should be submitted in draft format for review by the project’s Deputy Team Leader and Technical Adviser. Any revisions or edits to deliverables required following project team feedback are included in the number of days stated below, to ensure quality products.
Timeframe and reporting
Up to 35 days are available for this assignment, with a start date in late May 2018. It is expected that the assignment will take place over three months maximum.
While the majority of the assignment will be desk based, the expert will be expected to travel to the TTAH region at least three times for a period of approximately one week during the timeframe (in order to meet with stakeholders and present / discuss findings and recommendations).
Additional days may be available (as a separate terms of reference) to support implementation of the Strategy, subject to satisfactory completion of this assignment and according to Regional Council priorities / needs.
The Expert will report to the IPNM-TESS Deputy Team Leader.
Closing date : 24 May