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Consultancy Proposal: GAGGA Mid-Term Review

Deadline:

Location: Flexible

Organization: Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA)

Introduction

2018 is an important year for the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) as it marks the mid-term period of the five-year programme. As such, GAGGA is looking for a consultant or consultancy team to lead the Mid-Term Review (MTR) process, with the aim of assessing the continued validity of GAGGA’s Theory of Change (ToC) and the progress made at the mid-point of the implementation of the GAGGA programme.

Programme Background

GAGGA aims to catalyse the collective power of women’s rights and environmental justice movements towards realising a world in which women can and do exercise their rights to water, food security, and a clean, healthy, and safe environment. GAGGA’s vision is summed up in the phrase:

Strengthening and unifying the women’s rights and environmental justice agendas – now is the time!

GAGGA was launched in 2016 by three organisations: Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres or FCAM (the Central American Women’s Fund – the Nicaragua-based, lead coordinating organisation), Mama Cash (an international women’s fund based in the Netherlands), and Both ENDS (an independent, Dutch environmental justice NGO). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands supports GAGGA with a five-year grant.

GAGGA addresses global and interconnected challenges. Around the world, women and girls encounter violations of their right to water, food security, and a clean, healthy, and safe environment. GAGGA recognises that the underlying causes of this violation of basic rights are the unequal gender-based power relations that exist across the globe, which are often accompanied by multiple intersecting forms of oppression and discrimination. For example, women are disproportionately affected when they are displaced from their lands as a consequence of large-scale infrastructure, mining, or land conversion projects. Moreover, the risk of losing their livelihoods, their homes, and their very lives substantially increases if they are part of indigenous communities and/or any other socially or politically marginalised group.

All over the world, women play a vital role in managing natural resources and mobilising efforts to preserve access to said resources for themselves, their families, and broader communities. Women are key experts in analysing the contexts and problems they face and in coming up with viable and sustainable alternatives, yet they are often ignored and marginalised in decision-making processes. Furthermore, many women-led grassroots groups that support women’s rights and advocacy are being bypassed by the growing funding streams available for work on environmental sustainability, disaster mitigation, and climate change.

GAGGA’s theory of change is that grassroots women’s rights and environmental justice groups and their movements are the best positioned to advance women’s rights to water, food, and a clean, healthy, and safe environment. GAGGA has concluded that they are best able to do this when they are strengthened and united, ensuring that:

  • They have the support, the means, and capacities to achieve the political agendas they have defined as priorities, and;
  • Their work is aligned and builds on each other’s strengths.

GAGGA’s five-year strategic goal is to generate structural change in social and institutional spheres to guarantee that:

  • Women’s rights are respected and sustained by communities, individuals, and local and central governments;
  • Policies and legal frameworks that respect, protect, and fulfil these women’s rights are in place;
  • Policy implementation meets the needs and priorities of women to exercise their rights;
  • International institutions actively promote women’s rights to water, food security, and a clean, healthy, and safe environment while allocating financial resources accordingly.

In order to achieve its goals, GAGGA prioritises organizing by those who have little access to funding and are operating with smaller budgets, often working with a more local scope. To achieve this, GAGGA works directly with, and provides funding support to national, regional and global funds and a wide range of grassroots women’s rights and environmental justice organisations in more than 30 countries across Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. As such, GAGGA brings together decades of grassroots knowledge and practice as well as a gender lens to decision-making processes related to water, food security, and climate change from local to international levels.

GAGGA also partners with others to develop and offer insights into funding support for grassroots women’s rights and environmental justice organisations, including Global Greengrants Fund (GGF) and Prospera (International Network of Women’s Funds). The alliance works to connect and foster learning and action among the funding community by sharing best practices and know-how; including facilitating exchanges between funds and amplifying their expertise in the broader funding community. 

Gagga Mid-Term Review (Mtr) Consultancy

2018 is an important year for GAGGA as it marks the mid-term period of the five-year programme. As such, GAGGA aims to lead an MTR process to assess the continued validity of GAGGA’s Theory of Change (ToC) and progress made at the mid-point of GAGGA’s programme implementation. This MTR will identify the significant factors that are facilitating or impeding the delivery of expected results and moving towards achieving GAGGA´s five-year goals. With this MTR, we aim to obtain lessons learned and actionable recommendations for the future implementation of the programme, specifically on on-going and planned activities.

GAGGA is looking for a consultant or consultancy to lead this process, which will take place between May-September 2018. Below, further specifications are provided regarding the MTR´s scope of work, suggested methodology, timeline, deliverables and the request for proposals.

Scope Of Work

The GAGGA MTR will be conducted through a mixed methods approach, with an emphasis on Outcome Harvesting (OH), reviewing the work done since inception and reflecting on the following key questions:

Is GAGGA on track towards:

a) Strengthening the capacities of grassroots groups to conduct Lobby & Advocacy (L&A) on women´s rights and environmental justice? (Based and built upon the data collected for outcomes 1-5 of the GAGGA M&E Framework. More specifically, through this review, GAGGA is very interested in building a common understanding and further aligning approaches on GAGGA’s capacity development for L&A work).

b) Supporting Direct L&A on women´s rights and environmental justice led by grassroots groups, as well as by women´s and environmental funds and NGOs in support of grassroots groups? (Based and built upon the data collected for outcomes 6-8 of the GAGGA M&E Framework).

  • To what extent is GAGGA contributing to cross-movement alliance building, collaboration and ownership between women´s rights organisations and environmental justice organisations?
  • To what extent has GAGGA implemented the interventions it intended (as per the Programme Document)? What were the significant factors facilitating or impeding the delivery of these interventions? What was the relationship between the interventions, the significant factors, and the obtaining of expected and unexpected outcomes?
  • What have we learned and what needs to change in the way GAGGA works? Are there particular activities or approaches that should be bolstered or others that should be let go of?

Through OH, we would look at intended and unintended outcomes (both positive and negative) and if the programme´s strategies have contributed to these outcomes (which strategy/ies to what outcome/outcomes) and if so how. More specifically, it would:

  • Look into the achievements of the programme over the review period and formulate a link, if any, to the activities undertaken;
  • Analyse the outcomes in relation to the outcomes stipulated in the M&E framework of the programme;
  • Establish a link between outcomes and the programme’s strategies, as laid out in the ToC;
  • Bring GAGGA partners and stakeholders along the learning journey, building a shared understanding of the above and making links across regions to inform finalisation of the review, and;
  • Assess the nature of the programme’s future work and provide recommendations.

In addition to the OH, the MTR should reflect on the enabling environment to conduct L&A on women´s rights and environmental justice, focusing on civic space; funding challenges and opportunities; legal and policy challenges and opportunities; and political challenges and opportunities.

Methodology

This MTR aims to be a collaborative approach between GAGGA alliance members, partners (incl. women´s funds, environmental funds, NGOs and grassroots groups) and strategic allies, with the intention of facilitating cross-learning and capacity strengthening for all throughout the process.

GAGGA envisions and proposes the following approach for the MTR methodology. We invite consultants to consider this approach, however we also welcome suggestions and modifications to ensure the methodology works towards achieving the MTR objectives.

  • Desk study of key GAGGA documents;
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis of progress on the M&E framework indicators;
  • Focus groups conducted during regional meetings with GAGGA actors;
  • In-depth interviews with key actors working at the alliance level (GAGGA alliance members, strategic allies, advisory board, case study partners and external actors);
  • Follow-up with Baseline Case Studies (if possible).

Suggested MTR implementation phases and timeline:

Ongoing Work (May – August) 

  • Desk Study of key documents (GAGGA Programme Summary, ToC, Baseline Study, PME&L Methodology, GAGGA Case Studies, GAGGA Reflection Tools, GAGGA Critical Cases, L&A Actions/Cases overview, amongst others)
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis of progress on the M&E framework indicators (based on 2016 and 2017 Annual Reports)
  • In depth interviews with Alliance members, Strategic Partners, Advisory Board and external actors;
  • Delving deeper into GAGGA´s joint L&A interventions (e.g. L&A for influencing the international donor community and
targeting IFIs and GCF);
  • GAGGA´s contribution to cross-movement alliance building, collaboration and ownership;
  • Lessons Learned

Regional Inputs (June – July) 

GAGGA will hold three regional meetings. These will consist 2-2.5 day meetings, where focus groups per GAGGA actor (funds, NGOs, grassroots groups) as well as joint sessions will be held, to:

  • Present and validate the data from quantitative and qualitative data analysis (this process could also include feedback on GAGGA´s data collection approach);
  • Stocktake and understand current capacity building and L&A needs for women´s rights and environmental justice at the regional level after 2.5 years of programme implementation;
  • Conduct regional outcome harvesting processes;
  • Discuss lessons learned on capacity building, direct L&A as well as alliance building and collaboration;
  • Follow-up to GAGGA Baseline Case Studies.

Findings Delivery (August – December) 

  • Delivery of a Preliminary Findings Presentation & Report, to feed into the 2018 GAGGA Annual Planning Process (27- 31 August, 2018);
  • Delivery of Draft and Final Mid-Term Review Report (September).

To keep in mind:

GAGGA is looking at hosting a Global Learning Convening on key areas of work and crosscutting themes linked to women´s rights and environmental justice. Tentative dates are 3rd to the 7th of December 2018.

The aim of this convening is to delve deeper into GAGGA´s thematic work, focusing on GAGGA´s areas of work and cross cutting themes; build a common understanding and further align approaches on GAGGA’s capacity development for L&A work on these different areas of work and cross-cutting themes (based on the information collected during the annual report process and MTR); discuss lessons learned, main challenges and areas for further strengthening.

Although a separate activity to the MTR, there are clear linkages between both and we would encourage a proposal that can link the MTR report to the Global Learning Convening and see how outcomes of the latter can strengthen the findings of the MTR and further implementation of GAGGA.

Deliverables 

The consultant/consultancy team will be required to deliver the following products:

  • Agenda and Methodological Approach for Regional Processes and Key Interviews;
  • Preliminary Findings Presentation and Report;
  • Final MTR Report.

Please note the Final MTR Report should include the following sections:

  • Acknowledgements
  • Glossary/Acronyms
  • Introduction
  • Executive Summary
  • Methodology
  • Limitation(s)
  • Findings
  • Conclusion and recommendations
  • Appendices

*Please note, all deliverables should be produced and presented in English.

Required Qualifications:

GAGGA seeks to hire a consultant/consulting team that incorporates the following competencies:

  • Proven expertise in developing and implementing MTR processes for large multi-actor programmes, particularly those that focus on grassroots groups, funds and international and national NGOs;
  • Extensive knowledge working with mixed method participatory approaches (with an emphasis on OH)
  • Strong technical and analytical capabilities;
  • Strong data management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to train and build capacity of others;
  • Experience of working in GAGGA countries and/or regions (required);
  • Knowledge in international cooperation, women’s human rights and environmental justice (at least one field);
  • Experience working on PME&L processes for lobby & advocacy programmes and activities, particularly programmes and activities conducted collaboratively, especially those between grassroots groups and NGOs;
  • Ability to deliver high quality work in a timely manner;
  • Fluent in English and Spanish as a working language, knowledge of French is an asset;
  • Ability to travel;
  • Availability between May-September 2018.

How to apply:

The proposal for the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) should include:

  • Consultancy and team member expertise and qualifications
  • Introduction
  • Approach to MTR
  • Budget
  • Work Samples / References

Please note: it is estimated that this consultancy will take 40-45 full-time working days.

Download Terms of Reference here: GAGGAMTRToR_ENG

Proposals should be submitted by Monday, 30th of April at 5:00PM (CST) to Maite Smet (maite@fcmujeres.org). Please include the following subject in the application correspondence: Consultancy Proposal: GAGGA Mid-Term Review.

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