Somali Birth Attendants Cooperative Organisation (SBACO)

                                                             Short Term Consultancy

                                                             Terms of Reference 


                            Baseline survey on the perceptions and attitudes of gender equality


 Location: Galkayo and Adado

  1. Introduction

Somali Birth Attendants Cooperative Organization (SBACO) was founded in 1994 by groups of women elites. The reason was to advocate and support to survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) with the consent of survivors, combat and prevent all forms of violence against women and children, promote women empowerment and popularization of their participation and representation in politics, leadership, governance and decision-making. SBACO has its head office in Adado of Galmudug state, two sub offices one in South Galkayo and Mogadishu.

In partnership with UNDEF, SBACO is implementing project titled “promoting women’s political participation, representation and leadership in Somalia” with the focus of Galmudug and Puntland States of Somalia and cities of Galkayo and Adado.

  1. Background

Over the period, Somalia has gone through prolonged and persistent democratic challenges. Very often the rights of citizens not disseminated to the citizens and inform their rights, and when citizens try to exercise their rights than they face into difficulties. The processes of realization of citizens’ rights continue to face tremendous challenges, especially the rights of women.

Somalia’s provisional federal constitution has determined participation of women providing representation of women in the federal level parliament and currently Women’s representation in the federal parliamentary level is about 30%.

The need to decentralize 30% of women representation at the federal member state parliamentarian level is considered priority intervention on the popularization of women’s representation in the parliament of the federal member states, before their elections to come.

The initiatives on the popularization will create understanding on women’s rights. Therefore, at the commencement of the project it is inevitable to conduct baseline survey on the perceptions and attitudes of gender equality and stakeholder analysis in the cities of Galkayo and Adado. The findings of the survey will support directions and decisions on the project’s advocacy strategy and the delivery of community based awareness-raising outreaches.

The baseline will support the process of designing and implementation of systematic community based awareness-raising at the community grassroots in the targeted areas cities of Galkayo and Adado of Galmudug and Puntland states of Somalia.

  1. Purpose of the consultancy

The purpose of this assignment is to undertake baseline survey on perceptions and attitudes of target stakeholders as well as the general public in the target cities of Galkayo and Adado. The survey aims to maintain qualitative and quantitative baseline data on the perceptions and attitudes of the public on the rights of women.

  1. Objectives

The survey consultant will conduct baseline survey in the target cities of Galkayo and Adado, assess and verify gender equality perceptions and attitudes at the target community by interviewing different groups of beneficiaries and general public and report. The specific objectives are to:-

  • Conduct baseline data on the perceptions and attitudes of gender equality and stakeholders’ analysis and produce report.
  • Summarize and analyze data collected and produce report on the status of perceptions and attitudes towards women’s rights and gender equality at the target stakeholders.
  1. Scope of Work

The following aspects of the perceptions and attitudes of gender equality will be verified through this consultancy:

  • Whether community have clear understanding on the concept of gender equality rights of women.
  • Perceptions of community on the rights of women;
  • Perceptions of community on the concept of gender equality;
  • The attitudes of respondents on women’s political participation.
  1. Survey Activities:
    • Familiarisation with project objectives and output indicators, target respondents, to be provided by SBACO.
    • Discussion with SBACO to review baseline survey goals, the survey scope, expectations, methodologies, etc.
    • Interviews target respondents’ traditional elders, women, youth, members of CSOs, media, and general public in the cities of Adado and Galkayo, and from each requested by SBACO.
    • For each cities and sub- districts that is visited, verify the perceptions and attitudes on gender equality.
    • Interview at least 84 women and girls individually.
    • Interview at least 84 traditional elders individually per districts.
    • Interview at least 152 youth individually per district visited.
    • Interview at least 1200 community members at the grassroots individually per district visited.
    • Where possible, conduct a focus group discussion to be participated by traditional elders, religious, women, youth, and member of CSOs, media, and general public.
    • Conduct additional fact-finding or interviews deemed appropriate within overall time frame (home visits to determine the status of community understanding on the concept of gender equality and rights of women.
    • Prepare a report summarising all findings and interviews conducted by consultant, as well as presenting analysis and specific recommendations on the remedies proposed by respondents. Report should include transcriptions of all interviews conducted in the field.
  1. Work Plan
    • Consultant to review background documentation, discuss baseline survey plan with technical direction at SBACO, and arrange some logistics: 2 days.
    • Conduct field visits in seven districts (in the cities of Adado and Galkayo), to as many communities as time allows: 10 days.
    • Draft report – Write up and submit transcriptions, findings, and analysis: 2 days.
    • Review SBACO’s comments on first report and revise as appropriate; submit final report: 1 day.


  1. Time-frame of the survey:

Time frame:   15 April to 10 May, 2018

Workdays:  20 days. This is the maximum number of workdays authorized under this consultancy.

Technical Direction: Hinda Abdi Muse, SBACO Project Manager;

  1. Deliverables:
    • Schedule of districts to be visited, due on or before May 11, 2018.
    • Draft report and transcriptions of all interviews. Due on or before May 10, 2018.
    • Final report incorporating suggestions from SBACO should be due on or before May 15, 2018.
  1. Profile of the consultant:

The individual consultant should have the minimum qualification of the following requirements:-

  • Minimum of Bachelor degree in development studies, management, project management or relevant disciplines.
  • Experience of similar work/assignment of baseline survey.
  • Professional report writing skills.
  • Competency to lead a team.
  • Knowledge of the people, how to conduct interview and FGDs.


The deadline for submission of applications is on 17th of April 2018, 11:59: PM

Interested and capable applicants can submit their updated CV and cover letter through this  email: