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Purpose of consultancy:

Conduct a baseline assessment of the Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) of boys and men, specifically on their roles in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention in four districts (Port Loko, Tonkolili, Pujehun, and Koinadugu).

Scope of work: (Description of services, activities, or outputs)

UNFPA Sierra Leone is implementing its 6th Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) 2015 – 2019 focusing on Reproductive Health and Rights; Adolescent, Youth and Gender Empowerment and Population and Development. Implementation of the current CPAP is mainly through Government and NGO Implementing Partners (IPs).

UNFPA Sierra Leone is implementing the “Girls’ Access to Education and Services” (GATES) project, with funding from Irish Aid, from January 2018 – April 2019. The GATES project is implemented by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) through the Directorate of Non-Formal Education, and other relevant line ministries; Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), and Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGA), as well as local NGOs.

A key component of GATES, led by an NGO implementing partner, Fambul Initiative Network for Equality (FINE) Salone, is engagement of boys and men in selected districts. This intervention aims to increase the capacity of boys and men to prevent and respond to Gender Based Violence in communities, and increase access to life skills education, Sexual Reproductive Health information and services.


The objectives of this consultancy are to;

  1. Work with UNFPA and FINE Salone to undertake research on the assess the KAP of boys and men, specifically in their role in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Gender Based Violence issues.
  2. Write an assessment report comprising of primary and secondary data analysis.
  3. Provide recommendations to UNFPA and implementing partners on priority activities for the GATES project.

Key activities

Under direction from UNFPA and FINE Salone, key activities will include:

  1. Develop a research strategy, including data collection tools (preference is to undertake a mixed methods approach; including focus group discussions and survey), and secure government ethical approval to conduct primary research – 5 days
  2. Conduct desk review on international research with emphasis on developing countries and in particular those within Sub-Saharan Africa on the KAP of boys and young men, specifically their role in SRH and GBV issues – 4 days
  3. Conduct field visits to districts to collect primary data - 10 days
  4. Collate and analyse data collected using quantitative and qualitative methods –          5 days
  5. Write a research report with key finding and recommendations – 5 days
  6. Hold exit briefing meeting with UNFPA and FINE Salone to present report – 1 day

Duration and working schedule:

Activities under this Independent Subcontractor Agreement are to be completed in the period between 13th August – 12th October within Sierra Leone.  

It is estimated that the deliverables required will take 30 working days to complete.


Place where services are to be delivered:

UNFPA Country Office - Freetown, Sierra Leone


Delivery dates and how work will be delivered (e.g. electronic, hard copy etc.):


Phase 1:

  1. Desk review report – 30th August
  2. Inception report, including; research strategy, tools and work-plan, including field work schedule – 10th September  
  3. Draft report(s) for review with qualitative and quantitative data analysis – 30th September

Phase 2:

  1. Final Assessment Report – 12th October. The report must include:
  • Executive summary (not more than 3 pages)
  • Brief Literature Review
  • Research Methodology
  • Key findings, including quantitative and qualitative data
  • Discussion of findings
  • Conclusions and summary of recommendations

All deliverables should be delivered via electronic copies, with the final assessment report submitted in three hard copies.


Monitoring and progress control, including reporting requirements, periodicity format and deadline:

The consultant will give a weekly electronic update of progress, in addition to the submission of timely deliverables according to the schedule outlined.

The consultant will undertake at least three joint progress meetings with team members from UNFPA and FINE Salone, these will take place at the beginning, mid progress and upon presentation of the final report.


Supervisory arrangements:

The Adolescents, Youth and Gender Cluster Lead will supervise the consultant, with overall oversight from the Country Representative. UNFPA team members overseeing the GATES project will be the main focal point throughout the consultancy.


Expected travel:

The consultant will be expected to travel to communities within four districts in Sierra Leone; Port Loko, Pujehun, Koinadugu and Tonkolili to conduct primary research.


Required expertise, qualifications and competencies, including language requirements:


  • Master’s degree in Research, Public Health, Sociology, Gender, International Relations, International Development or other related field
  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience in planning, design, development and implementation of similar assessments
  • Knowledge of and experience in GBV, youth/women empowerment, male engagement and behaviour change education programmes in Sierra Leone
  • Experience in conducting research in Sierra Leone
  • Excellent interpersonal and general communication skills, particularly engaging adolescents, youth and vulnerable groups. 
  • Excellent English writing and speaking skills
  • Demonstrable knowledge of computer software applications and information technology in data processing and analysis


  • Knowledge of and experience in working with vulnerable groups
  • Previous experience in working with the UN agencies

Inputs / services to be provided by UNFPA

The country office will provide office space and administrative support.

FINE Salone will support with the selection of research sites and access to communities.


Other relevant information or special conditions

Examples of previous research reports / samples of writing to be submitted alongside applications.

Payment plan will be made in two (2) phases upon approval of deliverables:

  1. 40% upon approval of Phase 1 deliverables – 30th September
  2. 60% upon approval of Phase 2 deliverables – 12th October

Method of Application

All applications should be addressed to The International Operations Manager and sent by email to:; or by post to: United Nations Population Fund, 12-16 New Signal Hill Road, Off Congo Cross, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Applications to be submitted on or before the closing date of Monday, 13 August 2018 and should include letter of intent, at least one sample of an evaluation or consultancy report where you are the primary or sole author.  Please indicate clearly the thematic area for which you are applying e.g. Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) or Population and Development.

NB: This consultancy is open to only qualified and experienced Sierra Leoneans.  Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Find attached the ToR of the implementing its 6th Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) 2015 – 2019 for the assignment.