Caritas Sri Lanka Calls for Applications for a Gender Consultancy

Caritas Sri Lanka Calls for Applications for a Gender Consultancy

Applications expected from the competent individuals/organizations highly proficient in Sinhala and Tamil Languages to undertake an assignment for a period of 8 months (May – December 2014) under the Water Resources Management and Women's Empowerment Programme being implemented in selected areas of the Catholic Dioceses of Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Kandy, Kurunegala and Mannar, covering the Administrative Districts of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa Jaffna, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Kurunegala, Mannar and Vavuniya.


Caritas Sri Lanka (CSL), with the support of CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales), has been implementing a two -year Water Resources Management and Women's Empowerment (WRM & WE) programme in five Catholic Dioceses, which started in January 2013 and it is due to end in December 2014. The goal of the WRM&WE programme is to empower poor women and men in selected marginalized communities to have increased control over decisions and access to key resources – particularly safe drinking water, with improved hygiene and sanitation practices. It is to be noted that one of the expected outcomes of the WRM & WE programme is that 'women and girls are empowered through their participation in the programme'.

Hence, CSL and CAFOD have decided to engage the services of an external consultant(s) to provide expertise and guidance in introducing a gender mainstreaming approach to Caritas Sri Lanka's WRM&WE programme within the given timeframe (May to December).

Below we outline the objectives of the Gender Mainstreaming Support and the respective role of the Gender Consultant(s).

Purposes of the Gender Mainstreaming Support

The aim of the consultancy is to introduce gender mainstreaming to Caritas staff involved in Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Kandy, Kurunegala and Mannar Diocesan Centres, as well as the National Center in Colombo, to:

• Renew and refresh their gender awareness and understand how a gender mainstreaming approach improves the effectiveness of development programmes making them more relevant to the needs of both women and men

• Learn about and use skills and tools to identify and address gender considerations when delivering the WRM&WE programme (delivery of water infrastructure, hygiene promotion messages and organizing the community and water management committees)

• Understand 'empowerment' through a gender lens i.e. explore how the relations and power between men and women are (un)equal and how we might look to balance those relationships and power through our programmes

• To enable the application of the learning and integrate gender aspects more effectively into other Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD programmes.

The Consultant(s) will support the above through tailored training, accompaniment in the field and coaching and mentoring of staff. The Consultant(s) will document the process and make recommendations to Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD for future follow up and development of this support on gender.

Responsibilities of the Gender Consultant(s):

  •  Develop and deliver the gender training (up to five days) for Caritas Sri Lanka staff involved in the WRM&WE programme. This training will be simultaneous for Sinhala and Tamil speaking participants. The training is to include: introduction/refresher to gender and the different roles and needs of women and men; what is gender mainstreaming and how to apply it in the WRM&WE programme through use of practical tools introduced in the training; examination of gender differences and gender relations and how the WRM&WE programme can potentially contribute to decreasing gender differences and empowering women and men and, especially, giving women more confidence and status
  • Accompany programme staff on the ground (potentially in project locations in all five or some Dioceses) to assist them to mainstream gender in the WRM&WE programme. This is likely to involve joint work with both Tamil and Sinhalese speaking beneficiary communities and will focus on assisting with practical tools and advice.
  • Coach, mentor and support individual Diocesan Directors and their Diocesan teams on the value and importance of Gender Mainstreaming.
  • Link up with the Consultant for Monitoring and Evaluation working on WRM & WE programme in order to ensure that the monitoring process of the WRM&WE programme is gender sensitive.
  • Provide quarterly reports on progress and learning, with recommendations on any appropriate actions, which Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD need to take to facilitate implementation of gender mainstreaming in the WRM & WE programme over the next quarter
  • Present a final report with recommendations for follow up purposes, and also discuss the findings with Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD. This will be done at a final review workshop to be conducted bilingually (translation facility will be provided as appropriate)

Expression of Interest

The Consultant(s) is/are invited to present an Expression of Interest (EoI) to undertake this consultancy which should outline your suitability for the role as per the person specification, the process, the methodology and the budget to be used. When developing the EoI, Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD request the consultant(s) consider:

• Sensitivity to Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD's ways of working, stewardship of resources and faith values

• A good cross-section of Caritas staff from the WRM&WE programme and from other projects in the Dioceses (numbers permitting) should be included, with attention to ensuring women are given opportunities to express their views

• A desk review of project information, including key documents (proposal, reports, monitoring reports, reports of gender consultants from year 2013)

• Interviews with key Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD staff to understand the achievements and challenges from the first year of implementation

• The Consultant(s) to elaborate in their Expression of Interest how they propose to accompany staff in the field, how many days will be needed (approximately 50 days have initially been estimated) and whether they would need to visit all Diocesan Centers, etc.

• Part of the accompaniment of Caritas staff will involve soliciting views of women and men in the project working areas

Key Outputs of the Consultancy:

The Consultant(s) will provide to Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD:

  • final versions of tested training modules and training materials used
  • final versions of gender mainstreaming tools developed
  • quarterly reports on progress with recommendations for actions in next quarter
  • final report including a narrative description of the process of the consultancy, what was the situation at the beginning and what was the situation at the end, how the Caritas staff have found the process, what steps were taken to adapt the WRM&WE programme to ensure greater gender sensitivity, challenges faced by the Caritas Staff, lessons learnt and any recommendations for Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD on how we might take this work on gender further in future

The Consultant(s) will present her/his findings to Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD in Colombo at a time mutually agreed.


The consultancy will be spread over the remaining period of the WRM&WE programme i.e. from May – December 2014.

As we perceive it, your direct engagement in this assignment will be approximately 50 days although this is open to negotiation.

Throughout the duration of the consultancy, Caritas Sri Lanka will arrange accommodations, logistics and travel from the respective Diocesan Centers to the project locations.

To apply:

Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD are seeking a consultant(s) to undertake this work.

Person specification

Proven experience of expertise in gender mainstreaming, including practical work with village communities

  • Experience in developing training modules and participatory training techniques
  • Ability to work in Sinhala and Tamil languages
  • Ability to explain complex concepts in simple language
  • Analytical skills
  • Good communications skills (including report writing)
  • Sensitivity to working with faith-based organizations

Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD are inviting expressions of interest in this consultancy, containing a brief explanation of how your experience fits this assignment, your proposed methodology and budget to be submitted either to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Caritas Sri Lanka- SEDEC, 133, Kynsey Road, Colombo 08 by 02nd May 2014. The Expressions of Interest will be opened by Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD and will be jointly assessed. Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview by Caritas Sri Lanka and CAFOD.

For any clarification on this subject, please contact Mr. Lalith Ekanayake on 0773283419.