Call for proposals: Researcher to assess the impact of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act in Nigeria

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Call for proposals: Researcher to assess the impact of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act in Nigeria

January 20th, 2021

Project context

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is looking for an experienced Lead Researcher, based in Abuja/Nigeria, for the “National Legislative Impact Assessment on the successes, challenges and lessons of the adoption and implementation of Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act” in Nigeria.

WFD in Nigeria will focus this project on exploring and strengthening gender equality, inclusion, and rights of marginalised groups. WFD will work with parliamentarians and officials, independent institutions, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.  Gender equality, human rights, inclusivity, and support for thematic areas wherever appropriate are integrated in the work we do.

The VAPP Act recognises as punishable, a wide range of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) issues including forced financial dependence or economic abuse, harmful widowhood practice, genital mutilation, abandonment of children, harmful substance attacks, and incest. Since it was passed into law in 2015, the VAPP Act has been adopted by 18 of the 36 states in Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory.

This assessment of the adoption and implementation of the VAPP Act in Nigeria will also seek to identify gaps that need to be addressed to ensure the Act achieve its objective of prohibiting violence against citizens and promoting gender equality in the society. Such gaps could be institutional, attitudinal, or otherwise. This research seeks to analyse the VAPP ACT in Nigeria and identify those factors that makes or mar its implementation.

Scope of work and deliverables

The Lead researcher will play an active role in coordinating the National Legislative impact assessment on the successes and challenges of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act in 12 States in Nigeria. The research will document the implementation successes, challenges, best practices, and opportunities of the VAPP ACT as it affects women and girls; to serve as a guide for states yet to domesticate the ACT in Nigeria.  

As part of the national assessment, the lead researcher will be responsible for co-ordinating an initial methodology meeting, work with 12 identified experts across 12 states (FCT, Plateau, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers, Edo, Enugu, Abia, Anambra, Osun, Lagos, Bauchi and Kaduna) to conduct the research over a time frame of 20 days and facilitate a final review meeting with participants.

This research will combine the use of face-to-face meeting in States where this is possible, and virtual meetings in States where there are concerns about COVID-19 and travel risks.

The lead researcher will be expected to produce a well-structured plan for the research which will include the following specific deliverables:

  • Develop a research methodology and research tools to be deployed in the field,
  • Coordinate research exercise including fieldwork across 12 states,
  • Develop data gathering and reporting framework,
  • Harmonize inputs and submissions from field experts,
  • Produce a detailed report using both qualitative and quantitative presentation

Qualifications

The core skills and experience we are looking for are:

  • Extensive research and analytic skills.
  • Must be knowledgeable on Gender and Legal orientations (Preferable)
  • Proven report writing skills
  • Proven experience producing and presenting research findings and reports.
  • Credibility and confidence in communication and networking
  • Excellent research networks in the 6 Geo-political zones
  • Ability to work with other experts.

Proposal Submission

In line with the above, the intending consultant/firm should submit the following:

  • A detailed plan of activity not more than 2 pages
  • Evidence of previous work in the specified field/CV or profile
  • A stipulated budget for consultancy services for this activity to the tune of Two million, two hundred thousand naira (N2,200,000) only, under the following budget headings:
  1. Logistics for Methodology meeting (1 day), Review meeting on the outcomes of the findings of the research (2 days) and presentation of the report (1 day). WFD will accept Economy tickets and standard Accommodations.
  2. Collation and analysis of data from field experts
  3. Report Writing and Presentation

Please submit application documents to Adebowale Olorunmola, WFD Nigeria Country Representative, adebowale.olorunmola@wfd.org, and Edidiong Idang WFD Nigeria Programme Co-ordinator, edidiong.idang@wfd.org, by 7pm on Sunday 24th January 2021.

For any queries, please contact Edidiong.idang@wfd.org.

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