Consultancy Opportunity – Develop Consolidated and Abridged GBV Referral Pathways Booklet

  • Consultancy
  • Malawi

Malawi Irish Consortium on Gender-Based Violence (MICGBV)




The Malawi Irish Consortium on Gender-Based Violence (MICGBV) was set up in 2014 and has diverse membership, representing humanitarian, development, human rights, advocacy, and gender-focused organizations. Currently, MICGBV comprises six (6) member organizations: ActionAid Malawi, Concern Worldwide, Irish Rule of Law and Oxfam in Malawi, Self-Help Africa and Trócaire with support from the Embassy of Ireland in Malawi. Concern Worldwide is the Chair, whilst Irish Rule of Law is the Vice-Chair organization. The collaboration in the consortium promotes shared learning and best practices, joint programming on preventing and responding to GBV, and collaborative advocacy and research in projects. The MICGBV aims to promote evidence-based programming on gender equality and Gender Based Violence and supports the relevant work of the Government of Malawi through the MoGCDSW and other key stakeholders.

Gender Based Violence referral pathways facilitate primary duty bearers and actors with information on how to respond to GBV cases and to guide the victims or survivors of GBV on where to seek assistance and what services are available at different referral points. GBV Referral pathways are important for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) as they provide a flexible mechanism that safely links survivors to services such as health, psychosocial support, case management, safety/security, and justice and legal aid.

Various stakeholders in Malawi have facilitated the development of GBV referral pathways. However, there is not an abridged GBV referral pathway more especially these have not been simplified and translated into vernacular for the usage of the grassroots nationwide.

It is against this background that the MICGBV plans to hire a consultant to develop a GBV referral booklet for a strengthened GBV response at community level. This booklet will be in Chichewa and will be used by community volunteers including mother groups, mentors, male champions, Gender champions, care groups, lead farmers, child protection groups, youth clubs among others. These groups are targeted as they act as community focal points and resource persons for a wide array of protection efforts, including identification of protection concerns, provision of non-expert services and referrals.

The GBV referral pathways booklet will be used to strengthen community volunteer’s role in helping survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse, facilitating PSEA reporting and allegation referrals, and to fulfil a prevention function through training and awareness raising. This booklet will further contribute to a deeper understanding among survivors of GBV and community volunteers of the types of GBV protection concerns and services available in their respective and the referral mechanism therein. The referral booklet will consolidate and expound on the existing GBV referral pathways documents in Malawi. The aim is to develop a simple referral pathway and follow-up mechanisms at the local with the intention to:

Strengthen community engagement on referral pathways where individuals are able and encouraged to safely report grievances, including sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) incidents, which are then referred to the appropriate organizations for follow-up.
Improve access of survivors to health, psychosocial and reintegration/judicial assistance
Enhance common understanding of referral pathways amongst community volunteers to enable them to champion
Enhance awareness on mechanisms that may be used to report and respond to any other cases of abuse during emergency situations

Under the direct supervision of the MICGBV Secretariat Coordinator and in coordination with partners and Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, the consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:

Map and consolidate existing GBV referral pathways documents in Malawi
Develop simplified referral mechanisms. This will contain referral map to show location and contacts of all GBV service provision points (e.g. health facilities, police stations) including key referral networks like chiefs and community based organization offices.
Translate GBV referral pathways in local language and via graphic/pictorial representation.
Produce a draft version of the booklet to MICGBV secretariat
Conduct validation workshop to present the booklet to MICGBV members and other stakeholders
Produce a final version of the booklet that incorporates the feedback provided.
Develop a Poster of the GBV referral pathways.

The booklet should contain the different types of GBV, define GBV in various sectors i.e. Agriculture, Markets, livelihoods, nutrition, Emergencies among others, identify vulnerable populations to GBV and probable locations, Consequences of GBV, reasons why survivors or people do not report GBV cases, how to respond to GBV incidences, GBV Referral pathways – in relevant topics i.e. health, justice, law enforcement and demonstrate the role of community volunteers on mainstreaming GBV interventions in Malawi

This assignment is expected to take up to 20 days between September and October 2023.

University Degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, International Studies, Gender Studies, Communications or other related field; Master’s Degree preferred.
At least three years of progressive experience in gender equality and social inclusion in livelihoods, humanitarian, and/or development programming.
Demonstrated experience in developing Gender IEC materials.
Available for the period of the assignment.
Excellent research and analytical writing skills.
Excellent communication skills (written and oral).
Strong command of Chichewa and English language (written and oral).

The consultant(s) will liaise with the MICGBV Secretariat Coordinator. The MICGBV Chair and Country Director of Concern Worldwide will be responsible for signing off and approval of the final products.

Interested bidders must submit the following requirements in the following order;

Section 1: Cover Letter – Must be properly addressed, dated & signed. Must also be stamped if applying as a company/organisation

Section 2: Administrative Requirements

Copy of Company Registration Certificate (if bidding as a company/organisation)
Copy of Trading/Operating/Business License (if bidding as a company/organisation)
Copy of National ID/Passport for individual bidders
Copy of Tax Registration Certificate for all bidders
Copy of Tax Compliance Certificate for all bidders
Section 3: Technical Proposal

Consultants’ Understanding of the Terms of Reference
Proposed Approach and Methodology
Proposed Work Plan: Include an activity schedule, proposed start date and end date
Detailed Company/Organizational Profile: Include a list of all recent and relevant assignments as well as information about the location, size and structure of the company/organisation and contacts of at least three professional references if bidding as a company/organisation
Detailed CVs of the Core Team: Specify the role of each core team member in this assignment and include their qualifications, most recent and relevant experience and contacts of three of their professional references
Annex Copies of the Core Team’s academic qualifications and professional certifications
Annex Work Samples and/or Completion Certificates of recent and relevant assignments
Section 4: Financial Proposal

Professional fees (include total daily rate in Malawian Kwacha, proposed payment schedule and bidding price validity which should not be less than 60 days)
Other related costs (itemized) in Malawian Kwacha

Interested bidders must submit their bids (requirements outlined 8 above) both in hard and soft copy as follows;

Hard copy bids must be enclosed in plain sealed envelopes marked Request for Proposal: MICGBV/2023/08/SR56992 and addressed to: The Procurement Committee, Concern Worldwide and delivered to Concern Worldwide, Plot 227, Area 3, Mtunthama Drive, Lilongwe, Malawi
Soft copy bids must be emailed to with the subject of the email as MICGBV/2023/08/SR56992
All bids must be submitted by Tuesday, 26th September 2023 at 1000hrs Central African Time. Bids submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

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