Legal, Social Sciences and Community
Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association(EWLA)
The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) is a non-profit women's advocacy group founded by Ethiopian women lawyers. It was legally registered in 1995 and began operation in 1996. EWLA is headquartered in Addis Ababa and has six branches in Bahir Dar, Assosa, Hawassa, Adama/Nazareth, Diredawa and Gambella. The branch/regional offices are supported by 53 trained voluntary committee members organized at woreda and zonal levels; these offices provide structures to reach women at grass root level in Ethiopia.
EWLA’s vision is to see a country where women are equal to men and articulates its mission as promoting the economic, political, social and legal rights of women and assist them to secure full protection of their rights under the Constitution of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and other international human rights conventions.
The Association, to achieve its mission, works through three core programs:
Under its Legal Aid Program EWLA assists women, particularly disadvantaged women, who are victims of gender-based violence free of charge. The service includes legal advice/counseling, writing court briefs (court charges and affidavits) as well as representing clients in courts.
The second program, Public Education and Capacity Building Program works on raising awareness on women's rights. This program conducts training and advocacy workshops on the legal, social and political rights of women for students, government, and civil society organization (CSO) employees.
Through the third program, Research and Law Reform Advocacy, EWLA conducts various researches on women's rights issues and findings are used as a major resource for law reform advocacy and public education.
Terms of Reference (ToR)
Background of EWLA
Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association has been established at the federal level in 1995 by Women lawyers and re-registered as Local Organization in accordance with the Civil Society Organization. It has been working for more than 25 years to promote women’s social, economic, political and legal rights to help women exercise their constitutional and other rights.
The aim of the association is to promote equal participation of women in all sectors and to prevent sexual violence against women and create a safe environment for women through its three programs: Legal Research and Advocacy, Public Education and Capacity Building, and Free Legal Aid service.
The association is head quartered in Addis Ababa and has opened its regional offices in seven regions and one city administration namely Adama, Hawassa, Bahir Dar, Gambella, Asosa, Jigjiiga, Semera regions and city administration of Dire Dawa. In order to make the service accessible to all, the association is working to continue its service in the zones and woredas under its regional and city administration branches and has so far established 55 volunteer committee centers across the country.
The assignment: –
The assignment of this TOR is to conduct baseline assessment to gauge the knowledge, attitude and Perception (KAP) of the target group.
General Objective of the Research
The overall objective of the assessment is to undertake a comprehensive knowledge, attitudes and perceptions (KAP) assessment that will examine the knowledge, attitude and perception of different stakeholders such as the police, community police, community leaders, regional justices, labor judges, legal aid offices, employers, and workers organizations in Hawassa city on gender equality, GBV and workers’ right.
The assessment is expected to provide a baseline information for the current action/project EWLA is implementing and as an evaluative instrument to see the effectiveness and impact of the action.
Specific Objective of the base line assessment
- Assess and gauge the knowledge, attitude and perception of the relevant authorities and community members on gender equality, Gender-based violence and workers’ rights in Hawassa.
Tasks of the Consultant
- Prepare the design of the KAP assessment and data collection instruments in English and Amharic languages and submit to EWLA for comments.
- Conduct a desk review over the relevant international and national documents
- Recruit and train data collectors and supervisors.
- Conduct the KAP assessment on gender-based violence and sexual harassment to assess the level of knowledge, attitude and perception of gender-based violence and sexual harassment as well as the practice regarding the said issue in the project target areas
- Recommend possible ways to enhance awareness of the community and relevant government authorities on women’s rights and gender-based violence and sexual harassment as well as available services;
- Submit progress report to EWLA duly for comments aside from regular reports
- PowerPoint preparation and presentation to validate the findings of the study for relevant stakeholders to gather comments and recommendations
- Incorporate relevant comments and recommendations from the stakeholders and
- Produce the final report in English language and submit to EWLA.
Scope of the assessment
- The assessment is limited to the one region and the consultant should focus on SNNPR and Sidama regional States.
- One month is allocated for the completion of the assessment from the time of signing of the contract.
- The consultant is obliged to submit progress report to EWLA every 10 days
- The consultant should complete and submit to EWLA the design of the assessment and the data collection instruments within three days after the signing of the contract.
- The consultant shall submit a draft copy of the assessment at the 25th day for comment by EWLA, which EWLA should complete and return with in three days.
- Presentation of the findings will be conducted at a validation workshop to be organized by EWLA at the 29th day of the assessment for comments and opinions by stakeholders.
- The consultant shall submit the final copy of the assessment on the 30th day of the assessment.
- The assessment design, and data collection instruments (In English and Amharic languages)
- The filled-out questionnaire and recorded interviews with transcription /raw data/,
- The draft report of the assessment in English in soft and hard copy,
- Summarized findings of the assessment to be presented on a validation workshop
- The final report of the KAP assessment in English language undertaken as per the above objective and frameworks in hard as well as soft copies.
Qualifications and Experiences of the consultant
- Consultants/ Researcher should have at least a Master’s degree in laws and gender disciplines or Social Sciences.
- At least 5 years of work experience in law, gender studies, and other similar careers in an academic or research institution or consultancy
- Experience in conducting similar research, gender assessment or training on gender equality concepts
- Fluency in English and Amharic (both written and oral)
Company Legal Requirements: Interested applicants should submit:
- Valid Certificate of Consultancy Service or valid law and consultancy service license
- Valid Trading License/valid law and consultancy service lienee
- Valid Tax Registration Certificate (indicating TIN and VAT/TOT Number)
- Full and accurate physical, postal, telephone, and email addresses