CCI: Call for Proposals – Community Partners – Gender-Based Violence Response Project

Centre for Communication Impact (CCI)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 21 September, 2018
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Call for Proposals –  Community Partners – Gender-Based Violence Response Project
 
Introduction
Centre for Communication Impact (CCI) is implementing the 5-year, USAID funded “Local Governance to Improve Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Response Programme”. The programme aims to strengthen local governance to improve gender-based violence response, which is essential to achieving HIV epidemic control in South Africa. CCI invites community based organisations to submit proposals for implementation of this project in the City of Johannesburg and eThekwini. 
 
GBV Response Project Overview
Goal
The goal of this project is to reduce vulnerability to GBV through improved local governance and service delivery through strengthening the capacity of local structures to lead, coordinate and manage a community response to GBV response to GBV prevention and mitigation.
 
Project Objectives
The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Strengthen community governance and accountability,
  • Address the spectrum of violence against children, adolescents and young women, including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and neglect,
  • Mitigate GBV harm and improve access to justice in order to impact on the incidence of violence against children, adolescents, marginalised groups, and young women.

Methodology
The strategy builds on The Cycle of Flawed Integration which explores the limitations local structures face in efforts to lead GBV responses through conventional coordination bodies, which have had insignificant impacts despite being mandated by law. What it looks like when it is Fixed is a methodology developed by Fixed that enables multi-sectoral stakeholders to collaborate in a Community Collaboration Network (CCN) that contain mechanisms for collaboration that are visible, transparent, measurable, and accountable. Using tools developed with a design thinking approach participant set shared priorities and objectives and commit to working within a structure that provides the clarity to deliver on their professional mandates, to think imaginatively and to act collectively and effectively. CCNs will be established at ward level with the participation of sub-district and district personnel.
 
To achieve the goals of the project, the CCN model of distributed power, collaboration and creative thinking will use participatory design to develop the required referral linkages, behavioural and attitude change activities and criminal justice systems strengthening.
 
Fixed will provide intensive training to a cadre of sub-partners staff at the outset of the project. They will be empowered and mentored to implement Fixed from its inception with the support of Fixed and CCI staff.  This will enable each partner to set up CCNs simultaneously, which increases our reach significantly. The intention is to build a critical mass of facilitators and participants who both understand and practice the methodology, not only for the purposes of this programme but in the rest of their work and organisations. CCNs will be established at ward level with the participation of sub-district and district personnel.
 
The project approach will unblock existing resources rather than investing significantly in new ones, which encourages effective resource use after project closure. Sub-partners currently active in chosen sub-districts in COJ, Nkangala, Ehlanzeni and eThekwini will be trained to facilitate the programme and empowered to replicate it in their areas. CCN participants will receive training and mentorship that positions them for success in this project and to work effectively in the future. CCNs will be supported intensively for two years and then mentored as required to enable participants to develop independence while the project is still active. The methodology, once learnt, can be used at no cost by any organisation or individual.  All process linkage and solutions developed will be available to any South African entity via CCI and Fixed websites.   
 
Geographic Coverage
Note – Organisations applying should state clearly which of the geographic areas they are applying for.
Year 1 areas of implementation include:
•       Gauteng: CoJ : Region A (Diepsloot) and Region D (Soweto/ Diepkloof)
•       KZN: eThekwini West (Kwandengezi) and North Central (KwaMashu)
 
Scope of Work
The below mentioned activities are aligned to the intermediate Results (IR), which contribute to the program impact.
 
The Scope of work for community partners is as follows:
 
IR 1: Strengthen community governance and accountability
 
The primary mechanism for achieving impact against the outcomes under IR 1 is the establishment of CCNs, aimed at responding to the inherent barriers to effective integration. To redress the former the Fixed methodology will be implemented to mitigate structural, systemic and contextual challenges to effective GBV response strategies, through capacity building with CCN members to build skills for collaboration in effective action and systemic thinking.
 
The CCNs will increase local-level ownership and sustainability of GBV prevention and mitigation, and strengthen local capacity to plan, lead, coordinate and manage a response through enabling local actors and service providers to collaborate within a structured, accountable and transparent mechanism, supported through training and mentorship.

IR 1.1 Existing resources, stakeholders and barriers to coordination at multiple levels mapped
 
Activity 1.1.2: Conduct preliminary meetings with all key government departments involved in GBV prevention and criminal justice, municipal IDP planning authorities, traditional and political structures, United States Government (USG) and other funded organizations, as well as civil society organizations, local businesses and educational institutions, to solicit support and negotiate the key collective outcomes for working collaboratively through the CCN.

  • Conduct District and Sub-district level meetings and document meeting outcomes

Activity 1.1.3: Assess, map and analyse existing GBV prevention and mitigation efforts within targeted communities at district and municipal levels

  • Collect data to populate the mapping tool  
  • Collate data into a mapping report

Activity 1.1.4: Identify existing resources and opportunities to leverage new resources such as businesses, tertiary institutions and civil society organisations

  • Community Sub-partners map businesses, tertiary institutions and civil society organisations
  • Community Sub-partners engage with businesses, tertiary institutions and civil society organisations

Activity 1.1.5: Hold community dialogue to introduce programme, understand community concerns related to GBV related services and behaviours, and to assist with resource mapping

  • Conduct community dialogues

IR 1.2 An integrated coordination strategy and mechanism for stakeholders is developed
 
Activity 1.2.4: Establish mandate-driven and accountable task teams

  • Develop initial 12- month community plans of action for delivery against identified CCN priorities, gaps and opportunities
  • Implement and monitor initial 12- month community plans of action

IR 1.3 Increase in capacity and skills of the Community Collaboration Network
 
Activity 1.3.6: Audio-visual interviews and recordings documenting task team activities and participants experience created to build a learning and knowledge building archive and to create content for web and social media assets in all CCNs

  • Identify key individuals/groups and recruit them for the audio-visual interviews
  • Logistical and venue arrangement for the audio-visual interviews

IR 1.4 An accountability system is developed and implemented for CCN task teams
 
Activity 1.4.3: CCN holds bi-annual community dialogues to report on activities and receive community input

  • Assist CCNs to co-ordinate dialogues
  • Popularise dialogues in the community, Monitor Dialogues, document dialogues and produce content for digital assets from dialogues

IR 2 Increased Primary and Secondary GBV Prevention
 
The focus of activities through the GBV Prevention Task Team will include mapping, formative and participative research with diverse population segments and groups to understand risks inherent in beliefs, behaviours and the community environment, to provide the data for the development of activities and communications to respond to detrimental beliefs and catalyse a cultural shift in the community. This will involve participatory design, facilitated support for the implementation of structured inter-personal or group interventions, and communication and education. Principles identified in both the Guidance on Local Safety Audits (European Forum for Urban Safety) and the publication Women’s Safety Audit, What Works and Where, (Women in Cities International, UN Habitat and SIDA) will be used in the mapping research. Both recommend combining research methodologies for a rich, granular picture. They will use the Safetipin mobile application for data collection on environmental and situational risks that increases vulnerability of high-risk groups or provide easy opportunities to perpetrators. This app will provide real-time information about changes to the environment for the duration of the project and beyond. Data captured will be synthesized with other research findings to provide a compelling picture of the relationship between GBV, the provision of services and municipal management.
 
Multiple research inputs will produce layered analysis that will enable Task Team members and program managers to generate a systemic understanding of GBV in the sub-districts. This will facilitate the development of an integrated strategy for activities to respond to detrimental beliefs, catalyse a cultural shift in the community and prompt responses to environmental factors. It may include safety activities, linking people to structured group interventions such as Stepping Stones, or mobilising local businesses, such as taxi and tavern owners, to understand their role in GBV and what they can do to lower vulnerabilities. This will combine to generate a shift in culture and beliefs as local actors and stakeholders will develop skills to effect change, and individuals and groups at grass-roots level will be empowered to create safe, GBV-free communities.
 
Activity 2.1.2: Conduct a qualitative study in each of the intervention sub-districts to identify key contextual factors that contribute to GBV and factors that facilitate prevention in communities

  • Recruit participants for focus groups

IR2.4 Increased adoption of norms, beliefs and practices that demonstrate GBV non-tolerance
 
Design of programs that contribute to achieving this IR need to be responsive and reflective of both the Task Team participants’ mandates and community members’ needs. The methodology used to arrive at choices will be a two-day participative design workshop with the Prevention Task Team and groups or organisations that emerge as either contributing to risk or prevention during the participatory and formative research. Consistent with the design thinking principles that underpin all our participative processes, participants will, through guided facilitation, generate ideas and action plans. The workshop will explore existing programs that are most likely to induce shifts in gender inequality and norms, address local behaviour around substance abuse and GBV, deliver supportive anger management programs, safe environments and schools, creating or supporting protective structures for girls, women and key populations.
 
Activity 2.4.1: Agreed structured interventions for high risk population segments implemented by district partners. These may include multi-session programmes such as the formation of Brothers for Life and Zazi clubs

  • Recruit target populations for structured interventions
  • Implement structured interventions, monitor and report to relevant stakeholders

IR2.5 Increased targeted outreach, communication, education and screening of high-risk groups
 
The goal of this IR will be achieved through the solutions adopted in the participatory design workshop and its follow up by the Prevention Task Team, which will contribute to a decrease in rates of GBV within the community. Facilitators will be trained to implement structured interventions and to develop ideas that emerge from the workshop and Task Team, rather than specify them here. CCI will ensure that community programs and activities are initiated or Community Sub-partnered to incorporate best practices for preventing or responding to GBV, increase GBV responses and prevention and improve community knowledge, attitudes and behaviors around GBV. Given what we know, we expect that existing structured intervention such as Stepping Stones and One-Man Can may fit the purpose, and that programmes for specific groups such as taverners, or men and male children may be Community Sub-partnered. We also expect to initiate safe spaces projects with the IDP and municipality, and to develop a mechanism to work closely with taverners and the taxi industry to minimise their known impacts on GBV. The community radio station will have a vital role to play in achieving this goal through content that offers SBCC education and builds awareness of interventions and initiatives.

Screening of high-risk groups will be conducted through including a self-administered screening tool on the community radio station digital assets which will link people to appropriate services, and through raising awareness amongst parents, school teachers and the general public of the signs of risk and the dangers of current and historic trauma and how they can find support. Health workers involved in the CCN will be encouraged to train colleagues in screening and support it at their facilities.
 
Activity 2.5.1: Behaviour change programmes offered and graduates of programmes recruited as anti-GBV advocates and ambassadors

  • Implement interventions for targeted population groups

Activity 2.5.4: Community radio station employees capacitated to use radio station broadcast and digital assets effectively to deliver and develop outreach communication and education to high risk groups

  • Monitor radio station broadcast and provide ongoing mentorship

IR 3 Improved Mitigation of GBV Harms (Tertiary Prevention)
 
CCI will conduct research into victim empowerment and design of interventions to break the cycle of GBV and reduce the harm suffered by victims and survivors. The research will be led by a research partner and the design, capacity building and implementation of the interventions, by Fixed and CCI. A victim empowerment Field Researcher employed by the research partner will conduct research at each sub-district partner for a period of time. The Victim Support Task Team (VS Task Team) will be the conduit for the research process conducted to deliver the mapping and evaluation of services and resources for victims, this will generate an action plan in response to the data and learning for the generation of a referral system and or case management system for the integration of GBV services. The key impact in this IR will be the improved integration of support and services for victims. The Task Team will be the driver for mapping victims’ experiences and needs, participating in, for example, the research and providing capacity building for victim empowerment for other CCN members and local NPOs and government services.
 
The VS Task Team action plan will establish a local Victim Support Management Team as required by law, implement an integrated case management tool, or intervene to strengthen an existing web-based tool where one already exists, such as that used by the GBV Command Centre. This tool must enable greater compliance with regulations and procedures and strengthened referrals and enable easy access for service providers. The VS Task Team and Victim Support Management Team will undergo training in the Victim Empowerment policy in South Africa led by Fixed and the Research Partner, and will be provided with the tools to undertake an effective mapping, barrier identification and evaluation process to understand system efficiencies and gaps, supported by the Research Partner, who will collect and collate data from official sources, conduct key informant interviews and undertake observational research where appropriate.
 
CCI will support this research with short documentary films that explain the experience curve of each player in the victim’s journey. This research will be used in the participatory design workshop, which will focus on a case management system, a victim sensitive process, and fixing systems failings that inhibit victims’ healing and faith in the criminal justice process. The Implementation phase will build on the workshop to test the most effective linked referral system and solutions. It will have to work in the local context, in which digital record keeping and service linkage may be a challenge. Its specifications will be defined during the workshop, and should include on-going monitoring of reporting, referral and services, as well as victims’ ease of access and experience.
 
IR 3.2 Barriers to accessing services and coordination challenges identified
 
Activity 3.2.2: CCN and all stakeholders agree on integrated and accountable plan of action to enable best possible rights-based victim empowerment services and to mobilise for resources from IDP and all relevant organisations

  • Conduct advocacy activities to mobilise resources with relevant organisations

IR 3.3 A comprehensive and coordinated referral system, with linkage to GBV services, developed and implemented
 
Activity 3.3.1: Integrated systemic case management tool Community Sub-partnered from GBV Command Centre ticket management system

  • Train targeted organisations on the tool and provide ongoing mentorship
  • Monitor usage of tool

IR 3.4 Improved integration of clinical, social and legal support, including PEP and psychological care
 
Activity 3.4.1: Victim support plan of action implemented, measured and assessed

  • Monitor implementation of the plan and develop regular reports to feed into the CCN

Activity 3.4.2: Integrated systemic case management tool implemented, measured and assessed

  • Monitor and assess usage of the tool and report into CCN

Activity 3.4.4: Train service providers to educate, identify, refer and care for GBV survivors

  • Use database of existing services in year 1 sub-districts from mapping exercise
  • Develop training schedule to roll out training
  • Rollout training in each year 1 subdistrict
  • Monitor training workshops and document outcomes

IR 4 IMPROVED ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR ALL VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF GBV
 
The activities under this IR are built on a similar structure to those in IR 3, the establishment of a Task Team, capacity building with the Criminal Justice Task Team (CJ Task Team), research and mapping, and then collective design of interventions to address gaps and barriers and strengthen service delivery. IR 4.1 envisages mapping, in this instance of the criminal justice system and its attendant services, IR 4.2 identification of points of attrition between reporting and prosecution. The Task Team’s engagement with the data and strategic design. This Task Team will be supported by Fixed with reference to the research partner. A criminal justice research field worker will be employed by the research partner and seconded to each sub-district partner for a period. Innovative, collaborative, community-driven measures will be implemented to address the gaps identified within the system, resulting in a cumulative impact of more reported cases reaching prosecution.
 
The Task Team will be capacitated and lead in a comprehensive assessment of the current legal services and criminal justice system processes within the community, including but not limited to key informant interviews, data collection and obtaining information from survivors about barriers to reporting their experience within the criminal justice system. Additionally, the Task Team will map processes within the criminal justice system related to GBV cases from the time of reporting to trial verdict, including all relevant policies, protocols and practices in the investigation (SAPS) and prosecution (NPA) stages.
 
Analysis of the data will highlight the major points of attrition, and opportunities for intervention. The CJ Task Team will then adopt an integrated and accountable strategy and plan of action to limit gaps and avoidable attrition in the local criminal justice system. Interventions may include intensified civilian oversight through active and visible implementation of effective criminal justice activities and greater accessibility to IPID through effective implementation of IPID Act, as well as intensified and improved communication of justice system processes, civilian oversight policy and IPID role through digital and radio resources.
 
IR 4.1 Current legal services and criminal justice system process assessed and mapped
 
Activity 4.1.1: CCN criminal justice task team capacitated to establish an integrated working group with relevant stakeholders + service providers who may be outside CCN process

  • Assist the CJ Task team to convene the working group by providing secretariat services to the CJ task team

IR 4.3 Comprehensive strategy to address gaps in resources and points of avoidable attrition developed and implemented and IR 4.4 Increase the proportion of cases that can be successfully prosecuted
 
Activity 4.3.3: Justice system processes, civilian oversight policy and IPID role communicated to public through digital and radio resources

  • Monitor broadcasts and engagement on all platforms

Note: The scope of work and budget must include implementation of a multi-session gender norms intervention (e.g. Stepping Stones), and a tailored once-off or two sessions for taverns, taxi industry, men and boys. CCI will advise on the details of the programme approach 
 
Schedule of Deliverables
 
COMMUNITY PARTNERS will deliver the following as outputs of the programme:

  • Detailed work-plan of all activities one two weeks after signing of the agreement
  • A detailed Quality Management and Quality Improvement Plan with defined staff roles and responsibilities
  • A detailed Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (Indicators and targets will be provided in line with USAID requirements)
  • Monthly and quarterly reports on the status and progress of each Community Collaborative Network (CCN) set up in the implementation wards
  • Monthly and quarterly activity reports submitted by 10th of each month indicating progress against Scope of work and Targets
  • Monthly Financial reports submitted on the 10th of each month with supporting documentation
  • Quarterly financial reports with all supporting documentation
  • Success stories – at least one per month
  • Annual report consolidating progress and challenges and plans for the next year
  • Exit strategies for each ward prior to exit

 Organisations interested in applying for this sub-award should supply the following:

  • Narrative detailing organizational history and qualifying experience for this sub-award
  • Examples of previous community partner activities in the proposed areas of implementation
  • CVs of key staff who will be working on the project
  • A workplan to cover this sub-award proposal. Templates are available via the CCI Website or from CCI Operations (E-Mail below)
  • A budget to cover this sub-award proposal. Please detail hourly rates of each staff member that will work on the contract. Budget templates are available via the CCI Website or from CCI Operations (E-Mail below)
  • Certified copies of valid BBEE certificate, Company Registration Documentation, Bank Confirmation and Tax Clearance Certificate
  • Three external references

Note:

  • The budget should exclude motor vehicles as this is budgeted by CCI as Prime Recipient

Please submit electronic applications and enquiries to CCIOperations@ccisa.org.za on or before, Friday 21st September 2018, no later than 4pm

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