Consultant for Baseline Survey

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  • Zambia
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Website Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) Council of Zambia




The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Zambia has received funding from Hivos to implement a project entitled Women Empowered Leadership Project in the Horticulture and Floriculture Sector that seeks to help reduce gender related inequalities and challenges in horticulture and floriculture farms in identified districts using a holistic approach. The overall project goal is to contribute to the elimination of gender inequalities in horticulture and floriculture farms in selected districts in Zambia. The specific objectives are as follows:

i.) To promote gender equality through improved gender inclusive workplace policies in the horticulture and floriculture farms in the target districts.

ii) To enhance access to  information and health services on GBV, VMMC,  HIV and SRH for the women and men in horticulture farms in the target districts.

The Project is expected to achieve the following results in the selected horticulture and floriculture farms:
Gender needs identified and addressed;

  • Awareness created and information shared on GBV, HIV & AIDS, VMMC, SRH;
  • Horticulture and Floriculture farm management are convinced that affirmative action is good for business and are implementing it.
  • Referral mechanisms with health facilities developed and operational

YWCA has commissioned a baseline survey in order to collect baseline data to inform the implementation of the project.

2.0    Overall objective of the Baseline Survey

To assess the situation and establish benchmark indicators that will inform implementation and the monitoring and evaluation plan for measuring results of the project.

3.0    Scope and Focus of the Assignment

The consultant/s will lead the baseline survey process.  The survey is expected to provide the following:

  • Baseline data for the project benchmarks for performance evaluation;
  • Information that will assist in designing the referral mechanism with health facilities;
  • Information that will assist in guiding project implementation

3.1  Specific Tasks

The consultant/s will be expected to lead on all the tasks below in consultation with YWCA:

(1)  Review of the project document and all other relevant documents in order to understand the contextual framework.

(2)  Design tools and methodology for data collection of both quantitative and qualitative data.  The baseline tool should be able to capture data in the following key areas:

  • Available Workplace policies and interventions promoting gender equality;
  • Knowledge of the labour laws among employers and employees;
  • Access and knowledge of available services within the workplace and surrounding areas for GBV, HIV & AIDS, VMMC and SRH by employers and employees for development of a referral mechanism;
  • Availability of committees promoting gender related issues.

(3)  Field test the baseline survey tool

(4)  Train research assistants for the standardization of methodology and application of the tools.

(5)  Field data collection, data input and cleaning

  • Preparation of materials
  • Data collection and
  • Data analysis and processing

(6)  Report Writing

  • Preparation of initial report
  • Discuss initial report with YWCA staff
  • Revision of report with feedback from YWCA incorporated
  • Final report preparation and submission of three (3) hard copies and one (1) electronic copy to YWCA


It is anticipated that the assignment will commence on 18th January 2017 and will take a month to complete.


The approach will be mixed and will include desk review, data collection through key informants and focus group discussions derived from the target population and other strategic institutions such as Civil Society and government.


The consultant/s will be answerable to YWCA.

7.0    Deliverables

3 hard copies and 1 electronic copy of the final Baseline Survey report submitted to YWCA.


i. At least a Masters Degree in law or Social Sciences with demonstrated experience in conducting social research on gender related issues and policy analysis.

ii. Good understanding and demonstrated practical working experience in addressing gender related and policy issues.

iii. Conversant with application of cross cutting themes such as Sexual Reproductive Health, Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC), affirmative action in promoting gender equity and equality, Monitoring & Evaluation and Advocacy to programming.

iv. Good spoken and written communication skills in English.

v. Proven experience of in collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data using various statistical packages for data analysis.

vi. Excellent analytical and report writing skills.

vii. Ability to produce high quality assessment/evaluation reports in English and work in tight time frames.

viii. Able to work in a team.


Consultants who meet the requirements should submit a maximum of 10 pages expression of interest, which should include the following:

i. A suitability statement, including commitment to availability for the entire assignment.

ii. A brief statement of the proposed study methodology including a detailed work plan.

iii. A detailed financial proposal.

iv. Curriculum vitae of consultant/s that clearly spell out qualifications and experience with at least contacts of 2 organizations that have recently contracted the consultant/s to carry out a Baseline.


If you are convinced you meet the above qualifications and requirements, please send your expression of interest as outlined in 9.0 to the following:

The  Executive Director,                                                                                           YWCA  Zambia,
P O Box 50115,

or email your expression of interest to: [email protected]

Note: Both soft copy and hard copy applications will be accepted.


The closing date for submission is on Friday, 13th January 2017 at 17hrs.

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