Terms of Reference
Title: Myanmar Situation Analysis
Duty Station: Yangon
Period: October – December 2019
Duration: 30 days
Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organization committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice. We actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives. We support children to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
Background to Plan Myanmar
Plan International started working in Myanmar in 2008 in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis and established a country office in 2012. The Myanmar Country Office currently works in more than 250 communities across four states and regions. Plan Myanmar programs include Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN); Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE); Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD); Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Resilience; Child Protection and Peace-Building. A dedicated humanitarian response team works in both rapid onset disasters as well as protracted crisis situations. Through all its programming, PLAN takes a gender sensitive approach, tackles the underlying causes of gender inequality and enables women and girls to become active and thriving members in their communities.
Plan Myanmar is developing a new Country Strategy which will cover the period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025. It will provide long term strategic direction including the types of programs we will implement, where we will work, how we will work, and who we will work with. An essential part of the Country Strategy development will be the situation analysis which will:
Plan Myanmar has decided to hire the services of consultant to develop and conduct the Situation Analysis for Plan Myanmar. This Terms of Reference outlines the steps of how the Situation Analysis will be carried out. A more detailed work plan will be developed in conjunction with the consultant.
1. Purpose and Scope of Work
The main objective of the Situation Analysis is to provide a reliable overview of children's rights with a particular focus on equality for girls in Myanmar that will inform and guide the development of Plan Myanmar’s Country Strategy.
This assignment is to analyse the situation of children, adolescents and girls in Myanmar from a rights and gender equality perspective. The Situation Analysis shall describe rights and areas of equality that are not realized (or are at risk), which children are most affected, how they are affected, and analyse immediate and root causes. The assessment shall also provide historical perspective and highlight emerging trends over the last five years.
The Situation Analysis will be conducted at the national level primarily based on existing secondary data. However if there are gaps in the secondary data some primary data collection in the selected provinces may be required to gather information from key stakeholders including children, government, and families from sampled communities. Provinces will be selected based on accessibility, priority needs and geographical spread.
2. Specific Objectives
The situation analysis shall provide an overview of the current situation of children, and particularly girls, in Myanmar. More specifically it will:
Main Research Questions
Child rights & equality for girls
The Situation Analysis will be conducted based on the United Nations Child Rights Convention (UNCRC). The Situation Analysis will also take into account other human rights instruments, such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; Optional Protocol to the CRC on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography; Convention on Rights of Person with Disabilities; and the SDGs.
The Situation Analysis process will be organized in three phases. This is outlined below:
Phase 1: Secondary Data Review
Plan Thailand Situation Analysis coordination team will help in identifying secondary data for review.
Key sources of secondary data include but not limited to:
The consultant will review them with the Country Strategy Country Coordination Team as well as external key informants from UN agencies, INGOs, donors and the Government.
Based on the clustering of information, primary data requirements will be identified. The Consultant will develop and pilot appropriate tools for primary data collection.
Phase 2: Primary data collection and analysis
Following the desk review, the consultant, in close collaboration with Plan Myanmar, will identify areas for which available secondary data is not sufficient or reliable enough to capture the full extent of the issues involved. This will include a focus on those groups who may be marginalized and excluded, particularly girls. The consultant will design a data collection and an analysis framework for the study. Teams will be set up to conduct primary data collection in these areas, with tools developed by the consultant, who will also be responsible for orienting the teams and collating and analysing the findings. In selected geographical areas this data will be collected by the Plan Myanmar staff and partners.
Primary data will be collected through consultations with children (girls and boys especially from marginalized groups), parents and caregivers (female and male) staffs and local organizations.
The consultant will propose sampling methodology and sample size for primary data collection, interviews and consultations with key stakeholders.
As this research will involve primary research, the ethical standards set out in Plan’s Research Policy and Standards must be followed. The research must ensure: appropriate, safe, non-discriminatory participation; a process of free and un-coerced consent and withdrawal; confidentiality and anonymity of participants.
Phase 3: Validation of analysis
The consultant will bring together and analyze findings from the secondary data review and primary data collection and they will be presented in a validation workshop to confirm that the report provides an accurate basis for developing the strategy.
The staff of Plan Myanmar will be grouped as respective Situation Analysis task force and will be involved in the primary data collection. It is important that the process of Situation Analysis will provide opportunities for learning, and bringing the staff up to date on current thinking and research on different aspects of child rights and gender equality that can contribute to the development of a very useful report.
4. Deliverables from the Consultant
6. Suggested Time frame
The Situation Analysis ideally will conduct in October – November 2019. The submission of the final report will be determined with the selected consultant.
7. Management of consultancy
The Situation Analysis consultant shall directly report to the Programme Director. The consultant will work very closely with Programme Managers and other staff as advised by the Country Strategy Development Team in developing approach, design of tools, analysis of data and preparing the final report.
8. Required Competencies of the Consultants
The consultant should have the following qualifications to effectively conduct the proposed tasks:
Interested consultants or firms should submit proposals to Plan Myanmar via email before close of business by 21 October 2019. The application should include a cover letter, detailed methodology, draft work plan (including dates for sub mission of the first draft and final report), estimated budget (including number of work days and rate), CVs of those involved in the study and two references to: Myanmar.CO@plan-international.org
Subject Line: “Situation Analysis Consultant:”
Reference & background checks will be performed for successful candidates. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Plan International is an equal opportunity employer and women are encouraged to apply. Plan International Myanmar is an equal opportunity employer committed to the well-being of children together with Gender Equality and does not tolerate child abuse and sexual harassment. All Plan International Myanmar Staffs are required to sign and adhere with Plan’s Safeguarding Policy at all times.
Ethics: Consultants must provide a statement within their proposal on how they will ensure ethics and child protection in the research process. This should also include consideration of any risks related to the research and how these will be mitigated.
Child Protection: Throughout the process, compliance with Plan’s Child Protection Policy and standards must be assured.
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