Research and technical writing consultant: Girls on the move, Latin America

Job
from Save the Children
Closing date: 23 Oct 2019

Purpose:

Save the Children Sweden is seeking to recruit a technical writing consultant to provide short-term support to an ongoing research study on Girls on the Move in Latin America.

The consultant will be fluent in English and Spanish, and will:

  • Participate in the planning, delivery and documentation of two field-based verification and/or gender sensitization workshops with country office staff;

  • Draw on content and preliminary findings from the research, to enrich the draft research report with field team experience and contextually relevant examples;

  • Copy edit the Spanish version of the research report draft;

  • Provide technical writing to draft an English language version of the existing Spanish draft report, and refine and finalise the English version of the research report.

Location: Home-based, with likely travel to Mexico and Colombia in the third week of November

Duration: 20 to 30 consultant days between 20 October and 31 December 2019

Background summary

The Girls on the Move Initiative is a global series of action research conducted across different regions within existing Save the Children programmes. Each regional study generates targeted evidence to address knowledge gaps in current literature and programme approaches, and engages Save the Children field teams to immediately strengthen ongoing interventions for girls in different stages of migration and displacement, notably during transit and arrival. Methodology and emphasis vary according to context, but research is mostly qualitative. In all contexts, methodology will include literature review, participatory research with girls on the move in countries of origin, in transit and/or at destination, and participatory programme review plus capacity building with country and regional office teams directly responsible for implementing programming that reaches girls on the move. Through the Initiative, we hope to cultivate a more nuanced understanding within and beyond Save the Children of how gender impacts experiences and outcomes for children in migration and displacement. Research reports will be published as a series, and will culminate in a final global report and package of interventions for quick uptake to accelerate our collective ability to seek out and reach girls on the move and achieve Ambition 2030.

Girls on the Move in Latin America Leveraging our global footprint and expertise, this study enables us to generate knowledge to close the gap for girls, and children who are migrants and displaced, in the Northern Triangle and on the Colombia/Venezuela border in 2020 to 2021

Very little evidence exists in contemporary migration literature to guide gender-sensitive programming to improve migrant girls’ prospects to survive, learn and be protected. This is true for most of the world, and also true for girls on the move in countries where Save the Children support protection programming in Latin America. It is essential that we identify and address the specific needs of girls, boys, women, and men across our program cycle if we are to fulfil our vision of a world where every girl and every boy attains their equal right to survival, protection, development, and participation. This process of gender equality integration, or gender mainstreaming, is not only a requirement for donors and partners, but drives positive, transformative results, and is key to sustainable development[1].

In Latin America, Save the Children has been supporting a research consultant to conduct a literature review as well as collect girls’ experiences through child participatory field work in Colombia and Mexico. The consultant is drafting preliminary findings to feed into a research report in Spanish, scheduled for completion by mid-November. We would like to secure the services of an additional consultant to join the team, to design one or two (TBC) verification workshops during which field staff can be workshopped on preliminary findings, in order to compare and validate but also enrich the research findings with their interpretation and experiences in day-to-day interaction with the reality portrayed by girls on the move who participated in the field research.

The consultant will be expected to document field staff comments and discussion during workshops, and will apply expert technical writing skills to enrich the existing report with outcomes of the workshops. In addition, she/he will draft a 35 to 40 page English language report for broader organisational review and for inclusion in the global research series.

Output:

· Participation in design and delivery of two gender-sensitization/verification workshops, one in Mexico and one in Colombia including initial call with SC team, design support, co-facilitation and note-taking as appropriate;

· Research brief on preliminary findings and field team feedback/validation, in English and Spanish, to enrich discussion in research report;

· Copy editing of Spanish research report draft;

· English language research report of 35 to 40 pages, based on Spanish draft.

Competencies:

• Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Law or related area;

• At least 5 years relevant professional experience working on similar assignments;

• Extensive experience of gender research, preferably in Latin America context. Research conducted in the field of gender and migration would be an advantage;

• Demonstrate experience in programme reviews;

• Demonstrate experience in gender mainstreaming and in capacity assessment and development;

• Demonstrate experience working with INGOs;

• Demonstrate analytical and conceptual ability, good communication and facilitation skills;

• Demonstrate strong English and Spanish report writing skills and be able to share examples of previous work;

• Demonstrate a track record of delivering high quality written outputs on time in a consultancy environment;

• Familiarity with rights-based programming is desirable;

• Demonstrate ability to work independently and deliver on time.

[1] Save the Children (2014). Save the Children Gender Equality Program Guidance and Toolkit: Engendering transformational change. Available at: https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/library/save-children-gender-...

How to apply:

To apply:

Please send CV. cover letter and suggested costing to Melinda van Zyl at melinda.van.zyl@rb.se by latest 23 October 2019. Save the Children reserves the right to fill the position as soon as a successful candidate is assigned. Travel suggestions can be included but need not be costed, only consultant costs and associated daily rates. Save the Children will meet travel costs for the appointed candidate in line with pre-approved plans at the time of contracting.