Sonke Gender Justice
Baseline Evaluation for the MenEngage Africa Project
MenEngage Africa is one of the 6 regional networks of the MenEngage Global Alliance. It is a network of civil society organisations and activists formed in 2006 with the goal of working in partnership to promote the engagement of men and boys in achieving gender equality, preventing HIV, promoting human rights and reducing violence at all levels across the continent, including questioning the structural barriers that drive gender inequalities. The membership of MEA consists of a range of civil society organisations representing women’s rights, HIV/Aids, LGBTQIA+ rights, youth and child rights, refugees and migrants, and social justice constituencies. All 22 MEA country networks have existing, or are required to build strong, working relations with feminist, women’s rights, child rights and youth movements, LGBTIQA+ rights movement and other social justice movements, as well as local and national governments and UN agencies, which are seen as strategic partners. The structure of the regional network has also evolved since 2006 in order to meet the emerging needs of the collective. The country networks aim to undertake joint programming, research, and policy and advocacy activities to contribute to the achievement of gender equality.
MEA is currently the biggest regional network of MenEngage Global Alliance, growing from 6 country networks in 2006 to currently covering 22 countries in English, French and Portuguese speaking Africa. This growth can be attributed to numerous factors, including the scope and visibility of the projects implemented by MEA partners, thereby attracting new members; the growing body of evidence of the success around engaging men and boys in development work has also attracted new members who seek to draw from member experiences to adapt and adopt in their work
The network currently connects 347 organisations in the 22 countries. The average number of organisations per country is 15, with the highest registering 45 member organisations and the lowest registering 6 member organisations. Its exponential growth over the past 12 years has facilitated the development of an inclusive and diverse network of individuals, academics, community-based organisations, civil society organisations, regional networks, international organisations, donors, UN agencies, and national governments across the continent, all of whom collectively bring a wealth of experience and expertise in the gender justice field. MEA serves to supplement the vision and mission collectively set within the MenEngage Global Alliance, implementing the MenEngage global agenda by contextualising it to the local realities, and feeding back the learnings and insights emerging from the Africa region, thus playing a pivotal role in agenda-setting on men and masculinities, within a feminist discourse.
Most of the key socio-economic and political challenges facing the world right now – poverty and growing inequality; violence and conflict; conflict and insecurities; refugee and migrant crisis; climate change and sustainable development; access to social services, particularly health – are heightened in the continent and their impact is unfortunately most acutely felt in the regions and countries where MEA works. By virtue of its geographic membership, MEA brings the needs and voices from the global south into the political agenda and activism of the MenEngage Global Alliance around gender justice. Even though some of the global power structures may not have changed and the voice of the south is still not as loud and impactful as it should be, MEA needs to continue creating alliances and pushing the social and gender justice agenda at all levels and with a unified voice.
Further, MEA has established long-lasting and impactful collaborative relationships with key UN agencies in the field of gender justice across the continent, such as UN Women, UNICEF, UNAIDS and UNFPA. Furthermore, MEA has raised awareness among government officials and human rights bodies on the importance of engaging men and boys for gender equality across the continent. These relationships have enabled MEA to influence the political and programmatic decisions around gender equality and the discourse of key government officials in international forums, such as the CSW. This political capital built over time will facilitate the implementation of the new strategic plan and will ensure the results are long lasting.
MEA uses a socio-ecological model when implementing the strategy of engaging men and boys for gender justice. The members and country networks have made an impact at individual and community level, as well as in the policy arena, at country, regional and global levels. The model will continue being used in the new strategic phase, and the expertise acquired will also be shared among network members, partners and colleagues from other regional networks and academics, thus enriching the field.
MEA leadership has been at the forefront when it comes to expertise to contribute to one of the emerging thematic areas of MenEngage Global Alliance, namely, faith-based approaches to transforming social and gender norms and advance women’s rights. The network has already made a number of inroads in this field, including the documentation of innovative interventions engaging religious leaders for gender equality across Africa. MEA intends to build on and expand this area of work, as well as share the learnings with networks in other regions.
MEA focuses on four thematic areas, where each country network is expected to contribute to two or more of these thematic areas, which includes sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV and Aids; sexual and gender based violence (GBV) prevention which includes harmful traditional practises focusing on female genital mutilation and early child marriages; emerging human rights issues – LGBTQI rights as well as strengthening children’s rights and gender equal, non-violent parenting.
The outcomes of the project are:
Strategic Impact: By 2023, MEA and partners have more influence and impact across the region and have contributed to increased support, uptake and implementation of feminist, gender transformative approaches to engaging men and boys for gender equality.
- % change in growth of members at country network level
- % change in funds mobilised at regional and country level
- # of positive regional and national policy changes (revisions or new) with explicit reference to relevant SRHR, GBV, child rights and human rights language, including the engagement of men and boys for gender equality
- % of country and regional networks reporting having accountability frameworks
- % change in level of operational risk in MEA country networks receiving sub-grants from the Secretariat
2. Outcome 1: MEA members have strengthened capacities to coordinate, implement, enhance and scale up their work and apply evidence-based approaches to contribute to women's rights and gender justice, including SRHR, GBV prevention, positive parenting and the promotion of peace and security
3. Outcome 2: There is an increased body of evidence and knowledge emerging from MEA members and partners on promising practices to transform
4. Outcome 3: MEA has influenced the development, implementation and monitoring of existing policy priorities of women’s rights movement and has worked with national governments and regional bodies to advance policies that engage men and boys for gender justice.
5. Outcome 4: MEA members and partners have strengthened capacities to uphold quality standards and accountable practices in transforming masculinities and engaging men and boys, and work in partnerships and solidarity with the broader field of SRHR, women’s rights and gender justice.
Purpose of this Consultancy
The aim of the consultancy is to create a report of baseline data from which to measure the project on an annual basis, viz a viz the strategic impact indicators and outcome indicators (as developed below). This report will produce the basis for which the project can progressively increase reach over the project period.
A baseline assessment provides a critical reference point for assessing changes and impact, as it establishes a basis for comparing the situation before and after an intervention.
MenEngage Africa will select a research consultant to conduct the baseline report. The selected consultant will be required to prepare a detailed research methodology in partnership with Sonke. The baseline evaluation should incorporate both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. A total of 22 country networks in 22 countries will be the target areas for this baseline evaluation.
The strategic impact indicators as well as the outcome indicators for which this baseline must be measured can be seen in the below table.
Table 1: Strategic impact and outcome with indicators
|Result Area||Indicator||Country Networks|
|Strategic Impact: By 2023, MEA and partners have more influence and impact across the region and have contributed to increased support, uptake and implementation of feminist, gender transformative approaches to engaging men and boys for gender equality||% change in growth of members at country network level||Focus and non-focus countries|
|% change in funds mobilised at regional and country level||Focus and non-focus countries|
|# of positive regional and national policy changes (revisions or new) with explicit reference to relevant SRHR, GBV, child rights and human rights language, including the engagement of men and boys for gender equality||Focus and non-focus countries|
|% of country and regional networks reporting having accountability frameworks||Focus and non-focus countries|
|% change in level of operational risk in MEA country networks receiving sub-grants from the Secretariat||Focus countries only|
|Outcome 1: MEA members have strengthened capacities to coordinate, implement, enhance and scale up their work and apply evidence-based approaches to contribute to women's rights and gender justice, including SRHR, GBV prevention, positive parenting and the promotion of peace and security||% of MEA country networks that have improved their policies, procedures and practices to support efforts in increasing men’s involvement and in addressing gender equality;||Focus countries only|
|Outcome 4: MEA members and partners have strengthened capacities to uphold quality standards and accountable practices in transforming masculinities and engaging men and boys, and work in partnerships and solidarity with the broader field of SRHR, women’s rights and gender justice.||# of strategic alliances established between MEA structures and other key partners, including especially SRHR, women’s rights, children’s rights, LGBTIQA, People Living with HIV and other social justice movements||
Focus and non-focus countries
Key Activities & Time schedule
The main activities for the baseline evaluation can be seen from the table below. From the table, an initial introductory meeting to establish requirements, scope and timelines will be scheduled. Data collection tools created and shared with the Research, monitoring and evaluation team as well as a data analysis plan. If source data is requested, this should be made available to the team. A draft report will be shared, inputs from Sonke teams, and if need be MEA partners, will be incorporated into the draft report. Final report to be submitted by 01 April 2020.
|Preparatory meeting to discuss scope of workshop||February 2020|
|Baseline evaluation plan developed with data collection tools shared with RME||March 2020|
|Data analysis plan shared||March 2020|
|Data collection (both qualitative and quantitative methodologies)||March 2020|
|Data analysis||April 2020|
|Draft baseline report||April 2020|
|Sonke feedback into draft baseline report||April 2020|
|Submit final report by consultant||April 2020|
The consultant must submit the following deliverables:
- Baseline evaluation plan, incorporating chosen data collection tools and data analysis plan
- Baseline evaluation outline document
- Initial findings
- Draft report
- Final report
Relevant experience in qualitative research methodologies. Experience and expertise in conducting a baseline assessment, preferably in a non-government setting and for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
The total budget for the activity is R200 000 maximum.
How to apply
Should you wish to apply, please send a detailed CV, detailed quote and a letter outlining your experience of process tracing to:
MenEngage Africa Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator
Phone: +27 (0)21 423 7088