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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND WOMEN’S ECONOMIC STATUS RESEARCH AND WRITING CONSULTANCY

The Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) seeks expressions of interest from suitable candidates to develop a full research plan, refine the methodology and conduct a literature review on economic justice activism in Africa and women’s economic status in Kenya, Benin, Rwanda, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The assessment will require the full development of a desk review and research report . This consultancy is for twenty (20) working days and is to be conducted between the 17th of November 2021 and the 14th of December 2021. The consultancy may be awarded to an individual or a team of consultants either in an organisation or working as independent consultants.

About the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL)

The Coalition of African Lesbians is a feminist, activist and pan-Africanist network of 14 organisations in 10 countries in Africa committed to advancing freedom, justice and bodily autonomy for all women on the African continent and beyond. CAL is committed to raising consciousness among women, as well as strengthening activism and leadership on issues of gender and sexuality and their intersection with multiple forms of oppression in a wide range of women’s lived realities. We understand the place of Africa in the world and work in ways that affirm African agency and power to contribute to transformative change on the continent and in the world. CAL operates with and from an understanding that African women face enormous constraints to their freedom and autonomy in their bodies, decision making of any kind and in their lives. 

About PowerUp!:

The PowerUp Project! is a 5 year endeavour led by a consortium of four women’s rights organisations: Just Associates (JASS, lead organisation), a feminist movement support organisation rooted in the Global South; Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), a queer, Pan-African, feminist organisation; Yayasan Pemberdayaan Perempuan Kepala Keluarga (PEKKA), a national women-headed family empowerment network in Indonesia; and Gender at Work (G@W), an international feminist knowledge network.

PowerUp! seeks to engage with women human rights defenders (WHRD) and their organisations and networks to build, organise, mobilise and transform power around three strategic agendas – bodies, voices and resources. Our aims are the prevention and elimination of sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls; strengthening women’s leadership and women’s participation in (political) decision-making; and strengthening women’s strategies for economic resilience and stability, including access to and control of resources and land. Within this, the partnership focuses on ampliyfing the voices, agency and leadership of  constituencies that have been marginalised in their communities and social movements (LBQ women, HIV+ women, sex workers, women workers and rural and indigenous women).

Purpose of the Consultancy:

To develop a full research plan, refine the methodology and conduct a literature review on economic justice activism in Africa and women’s economic status in Kenya, Benin, Rwanda, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe. CAL envisions this research as an opportunity to kickstart the discourse around women’s economic status in Africa and alternative feminist economies. The study on economic justice activism in Africa is part of CAL’s research and knowledge production work within the PowerUp! Project.

Objectives of Consultancy:  

  1. Literature review: Map feminist economic work in the region of CAL’s work: this will include highlighting successes, challenges and gaps in feminist involvement in economic justice. 
  2. Provide an assessment report of the economic status of women, paying special attention to LBQ women in Kenya, Benin, Rwanda, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe. 

Deliverables:

  1. Comprehensive and detailed research plan; 
  2. Concise and refined research methodology; and 
  3. Literature review on economic justice activism in Africa and women’s economic status in Kenya, Benin, Rwanda, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
  4. Final report

Timeframe: The duration of this consultancy is 20 working days, commencing as soon as possible and to be concluded by 14th of December 2021.

Location: Remote / Flexible.

Required expertise and skill set: 

  1. Qualification(s) in human rights, social sciences, humanities and other related disciplines. 
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in undertaking feminist research and writing.
  3. Demonstrated experience in conducting desk-top  research.
  4. Relevant experience working regionally will be an added advantage.
  5. French  language fluency is an added advantage.

Application

Interested and suitable applicants should send the following:

  1. An updated CV, including contact information;
  2. Applicant’s up to date publications list;
  3. A one page proposal on how they would approach this project, having considered the objectives and deliverables; and
  4. A budget proposal for the execution of the project. 

Applications should be sent by 14th of November 2021 to nozizwe@cal.org.za, copying  fatima@cal.org.za

Please indicate in the subject line the reference, “Application: PowerUp! Economic Justice Research”.

DUE TO THE URGENCY OF THE APPLICATIONS, ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED AND INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED ON MONDAY THE 15TH OF NOVEMBER 2021

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