Consultant for Research on Challenges, Barriers and Opportunities for Women Led CSOs in Afghanistan

Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee

Scope and objectives:

The main purpose of this consultancy is to design and conduct a research study on the challenges, barriers, and opportunities of women-led CSOs across Afghanistan working in different sectors, in order to inform programming and better support their participation and leadership within the humanitarian response.

In particular, the research with a focus on achieving the following specific objectives:

1) Exploring the experiences and perspectives of women-led CSOs regarding their participation in humanitarian coordination structures, decision-making processes and access to funding, understanding specific constraints and barriers s;

2) Identifying  the type and nature of the partnerships between Women-led CSOs and responding actors and donors, including access to sufficient financial and technical support;

3) Understanding the political, bureaucratic, and socio-cultural constraints that hamper women-led CSOs operational capacity  and the differences between different sectors and service provision

4) Identifying opportunities and innovative approaches to safely engage women-led CSOs in the humanitarian response to the crisis and increase access to funding. 5) Providing recommendations to different stakeholders, including INGOs, UN agencies and donors on how to better support women-led CSOs in Afghanistan and diaspora.


The lead consultant will be responsible for:

  1. Designing a methodology and data collection tools in consultation with GiHA WG co-chairs.
  2. Conducting desk review on current context for women-led CSOs across the country.
  3. Developing, survey questionnaires
  4. Analyzing and organizing gathered information.
  5. Drafting and finalizing research report.
  6. Identifying key areas of concern and areas of improvement in research design and implementation.
  7. Presenting the work in written and verbal form to different stakeholders.
  8. Design and Translation of the final report in Dari and Pashto language.
  9. Deliver online training to IRC staff and produce a 2-3-page training report.

Time Frame

The assignment is expected to be undertaken from 10 Jan 22  – 30 Mar 22 and take a maximum of 80 consultancy days. This time should include undertaking all the above deliverables.  The due dates for each of the deliverables will be agreed upon following further discussion with the selected consultant. The consultant should also be able to undertake some of the tasks concurrently to fit within the planned timeframe, without compromising the expected quality.

Reporting and Authorship

The consultant shall report to the IRC’s Deputy Director for Ethics, Compliance and Gender, UN Women as GIHA Coo leads and shall conduct regular briefings on the progress, challenges, and recommendations at each stage of the assignment.

Ownership and copyright of all developed IEC and training materials will be the sole and exclusive property of the IRC. The consultant will submit all original documents to the IRC and shall not reproduce information from this exercise in any form (electronic, hard copies) to a third party without written permission from the IRC.

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