Gender and Child Protection Consultant

  • Location
  • Other
  • Department
  • Gender, Evidence and Insights
  • Vacancy Type
  • Consultancy
  • Job Advert Description
  • Context of the Consultancy

    Girl Effect have received funding from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to set up TEGA (Tech Enabled Girl Ambassador) networks in Bangladesh. This partnership blends our mutual interests in adolescent girls, social norm change, technology and innovation. We have clear goals of creating exciting, innovative and beneficial research on and around adolescent girls.

    In order to inform our approach in Bangladesh, including setting country research objectives, Girl Effect is commissioning a gender analysis and mapping of the child protection context in Bangladesh.


    This piece of work will have two main components that will complement each other:

    1.Gender Analysis

    • Provide an in-depth understanding of gender dynamics and the situation of adolescent girls (10-19 years old) and the institutions, people, norms that influence her in Bangladesh.
    • Inform the thematic focus of Girl Effect’s work in the country, including decisions on targeting (age, etc.), thematic areas, research objectives and geographical focus.

    2.Child Protection Mapping

    • Provide an overview of the child protection context in country in order that Girl Effect can respond appropriately to any protection concerns that arise.

    Key Research Questions for Gender Analysis

    • Girls’ agency and empowerment – for example, how confident are girls to speak up for themselves and how much do they participate in decision-making on issues that are relevant to them? What kind of information, resources and services do girls have access, ownership and control over?
    • Girls’ voice: do girls have enough information and skills to shape their own opinions? Are they supported to think critically and voice their opinion? In which spaces is girls’ participation encouraged?
    • The value and position of girls in society – how do girls view themselves and how are they viewed by diverse actors, including, the family, community, media, etc?
    • The impact of social networks and relationships on a girl’s life – what influence do families, including, brothers and extended family have on girls? What influence does the community have? Do girls have positive and supportive networks, such as friends?
    • Underlying gender norms and root causes – what expectations are placed on girls by others, including, family and society? What traditional customary practices and beliefs are held around gender? What are the traditional roles assigned to girls vs boys? What role do prevalent concepts of masculinities play in reinforcing gender norms?
    • Barriers, Drivers and Enablers - what are the drivers, barriers and enablers in relation to GEs thematic areas: education, health, safety and economic empowerment? What are the key laws, policies, programmes, institutions, supply-side services, stakeholders influencing the lives of girls in each of these four areas? Is gender inequality challenged and by who? Could there be any risks or negative consequences for girls if they discuss their experiences in relations to Girl Effect’s impact areas?
    • Boys & Girls – what kind of relationships and friendships are there between girls and boys? How is this viewed by others and in society?
    • Research on and for girls - What research exists on adolescent girls? What strategic purpose has this served, i.e. policy advocacy; monitoring, evaluation and learning; development programme/project positioning/strategy? What gaps are there in research on adolescent girls in Bangladesh? What working groups (development/NGO/governmental) exist where research could fill vital information-gaps? Are there any risks to research agencies or respondents in addressing issues related to girls or gender norms?

    Key Questions for Child Protection Mapping

    Legal Context

    • How is abuse defined in national law (sexual abuse; physical abuse; maltreatment; emotional abuse; neglect; sexual exploitation; trafficking; commercial exploitation & child labour)?
    • What are the statutory requirements in regards to reporting cases of abuse or harm to children (what needs to be reported, to who, within what timescales)?
    • Is there any national legislation in place related to the protection of children’s data and privacy on-line?

    Service Provision

    • What agencies have statutory responsibility for children and/or child protection (welfare services; police; health; other)?  How can these be accessed?
    • How child friendly and effective are these services (accessibility; cost; effectiveness of response)?
    • Do referrals to statutory agencies present any risks to children (reprisal; re-victimisation; other)? Are there any specific risks for adolescent girls?
    • Other than statutory agencies, what other agencies or mechanisms for providing protection to children and how are these accessed (e.g. NGOs, Helplines, community based child protection mechanisms)?


    The gender analysis will be based on a comprehensive desk review, including key informant interviews with experts, practitioners and organisations working in Bangladesh. The review will include qualitative as well as quantitative data (e.g. from DHS, National Census).

    Key Deliverables

    • Inception meeting with Girl Effect to discuss and agree the detailed methodology for the research
    • Inception report reviewed and agreed with Girl Effect
    • Two draft reports (gender analysis and child protection mapping) for Girl Effect review and feedback
    • Two summary briefs (in PowerPoint on gender analysis and child protection mapping) containing highlights from the gender analysis and child protection mapping
    • Two final reports (gender analysis and child protection), including a 4-page executive summary, no longer than 30 pages. The report will include grounded recommendations on key areas that Girl Effect should formulate key research objectives on.
    • Dissemination meetings to Girl Effect staff and key partners.

    Required skills and experience

    • A Master’s Degree or equivalent in international development, sociology, political science, gender
    • Deep understanding of and experience working in Bangladesh
    • Strong background in adolescent girls, gender and social norm change
    • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing

    How to apply

    • Please submit a proposed methodology to meet the research objective and a preliminary work plan (reflecting your own availability). No longer than 5 pages.
    • Budget providing breakdown of costs by activity, daily rates and expenses (1 page max)
    • Detailed CVs for all team members
    • Examples of similar work

    Submissions to be emailed to with “Bangladesh Girl Networks Mapping” in the subject line of the e-mail, on or before 14 July 2017. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Consultants are expected to commence work by the end of July 2017.

  • Closing Date
  • 21/07/2017