Background Breakthrough ACTION is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by USAID to lead their SBC programming around the world. Breakthrough ACTION ignites collective action and encourages people to adopt healthier behaviors—from using modern contraceptive methods and sleeping under bed nets to being tested for HIV—by forging, testing, and scaling up new and hybrid approaches to social and behavior change (SBC). Breakthrough ACTION is a partnership led by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in collaboration with Save the Children, ThinkPlaceUS, ideas42, and Camber Collective with specialized support from the International Center for Research on Women and Viamo.
Rationale for this consultancy
Breakthrough ACTION has formed a Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Unions (CEFMU) Learning-in-Action Collaborative, a technical working group created for grassroots organizations focused on CEFMU prevention and response in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, India, and Nepal. Through the Collaborative, Breakthrough ACTION supported member organizations to explore and apply new evidence-based SBC approaches to enhance their CEFMU programming, such as social norms design and measurement, community mobilization, and human centered design.
Breakthrough ACTION will continue its work with the Learning-in-Action Collaborative, supporting its members to explore and apply youth-centered and feminist SBC approaches that address the nexus of CEFMU and climate change. Collaborative members come from countries that experience the impact of climate change in their programming and where climate change and resilience related to poverty are key drivers of CEFMU.
Save the Children seeks to recruit a consultant to lead the development of three key deliverables as detailed in the Description of Services and Deliverables below. The consultant will lead a rapid literature review, including a mapping of climate change actors already linked to CEFMU work from Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, India, and Nepal, to gain an in-depth understanding of the intersection between climate change and CEFMU.
The consultant will synthesize and share findings of the rapid literature review and the mapping with the Collaborative members and climate actors through a virtual dissemination workshop led by Breakthrough ACTION during which the Collaborative members and climate actors will jointly prioritize topics for further exploration to inform the development of a FY24 learning roadmap. The learning roadmap will detail priority thematic content areas, learning objectives and resources that are youth-child centered, feminist and gender responsive to enhance the Collaborative members’ climate and CEFMU programming. Based on the learning roadmap, Breakthrough ACTION will design and deliver four to five, two-hour virtual learning seminars between climate actors, Collaborative members, and outside speakers.
Following delivery of four to five virtual learning seminars, the consultant will collaborate with Breakthrough ACTION to synthesize the activity’s findings through a blog or technical brief to share results from the desk review, outline the learning roadmap, and highlight key content areas from the learning seminars.
Description of Services and Deliverables
Rapid literature review, including a mapping of climate change actors already linked to CEFMU work from Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, India, and Nepal, to gain an in-depth understanding of the intersection between climate change and CEFMU — 23 hours.
Deliverable 1: Outline of final literature review presentation (by December 10, 2023)
Deliverable 2: Draft literature review presentation (by January 10, 2024)
Deliverable 3: Final literature review (by February 10, 2024)
Share the findings of the Literature review with the Collaborative members and climate actors through a virtual dissemination workshops.
Deliverable 1: Presentation of Literature review at virtual dissemination workshop (by February 28, 2024)
Synthesize the activity’s findings through a blog or technical brief to share results from the desk review, outline the roadmap, and highlight key content areas from the learning seminars.
Deliverable 1: Draft blog or technical brief (by August 10, 2024)
Deliverable 2: Final blog or technical brief ready for submission to USAID (by August 25, 2024)
Responsibilities of Save the Children:
Facilitate the agreement and payments with the consultant per the HR policy of Save the Children.
Brief the consultant on the assignment and provide technical support, connections to technical contacts and networks, throughout the process of this assignment.
Review the deliverables in a timely fashion.
All work will be carried out remotely by the consultant, using their own computer, wifi/ internet and office supplies.
The end date of this consultancy is September 30, 2024, and all work must be completed by then.
Save the Children and the consultant will agree upon a payment schedule based on deliverables as noted above.
Required Qualifications of the Consultant:
▪ Proven expertise in research techniques, including conducting desk reviews and synthesizing large volumes of grey literature.
▪ Demonstrated experience leading research and programming related to climate change, CEFMU or SBC.
▪ Expertise in using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for submission of deliverables.
Working with: Ryan Forbes Morris, Sr. Advisor, Social and Behavior Change & Community Health, Save the Children US; Montira Pongsiri, Sr. Advisor, Climate Change and Health, Save the Children US.
All documents will be identified as a product of the Breakthrough ACTION project.
All final deliverables must be submitted to Save the Children electronically. The Breakthrough ACTION project is and will remain the owner of the deliverables.
How to apply
To apply for this consultancy, forward your resume, daily rate and relevant work samples to Ryan Forbes Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Bronwyn Pearce (email@example.com) by COB October 31, 2023.