Consultancy: Gender Analysis Lead for Daring to Shift (D2S) Program



Application Deadline

January 15, 2021

Terms of Reference: Gender Analysis Lead Consultant for Daring to Shift (D2S) Program

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) is a global network of daring social innovators who have the tools, knowledge, and networks to create opportunities and transform their own communities. DOT supports youth to become innovators and leaders, and to create and apply digital solutions that have positive impact in their communities. We believe in the power of youth-led innovation, that communities can be shaped by empowering youth to create sustainable initiatives inspired by community needs, and that social innovation is accelerated when supported by digital technology.

We work with youth, the private sector, governments, and community-based organizations towards a collaborative vision of communities around the world shaped by daring social innovators. Our growing network of 6,000 youth have created opportunities for 1 million people in communities across Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Indigenous Canada.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with locally-managed offices in Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda, we work in 25 countries as development innovators and catalysts.

Statement of Purpose 

DOT invites proposals from qualified consultants/firms to design and deliver a multi-country gender analysis of program contexts for the Daring to Shift (D2S) project, an initiative funded by the Government of Canada.

The purpose of this assignment is to: Generate research and evidence of gender in project contexts (9 countries of operation), through the coordination of multiple in-country DOT staff and local consultants using virtual methods.

The major objective of this initiative is to: Improve access, inclusion, and program quality for both young women and men, to support DOT’s gender equity approach to the D2S program. This initiative will provide an important grounding to D2S’s overarching goal of enhanced resilience and economic inclusion among participating unemployed and underemployed youth (aged 18 to 35) and their communities, and to develop and support the leadership and decision-making power of young women to enable them to thrive despite the barriers that they face to take advantage of economic opportunities.

Scope of Work

The support requested for this initiative includes leading the design and delivery of a gender analysis of programmatic contexts across all 9 D2S countries from start to finish over a 5 month period beginning in January 2021. The estimated level of effort for this initiative is 44 days.

The lead consultant will be managed by the DOT HQ Gender Specialist, who will provide overall coordination and support to each phase of the gender analysis, and manage the recruitment and coordination of in-country consultants who will conduct data collection. The lead consultant will work closely with in-country Gender Officers/Focal Points to adapt the design and methodology to country contexts, support GOs/FPs and local consultants in gender-sensitive data collection, and facilitate locally-driven analysis and development of recommendations with country teams.

This assignment is divided into three phases (which, ideally will be delivered by one consultant or team):

1. Design Phase – Proposed Level of Effort: 14 Days

Building on the preparation already underway, the Lead Consultant will further develop the design of the gender analysis, and plans for its implementation, in close collaboration with DOT HQ Gender Specialist, Gender Officers/Focal Points in-country, and local consultants in D2S expansion countries.

This phase includes the completion of a thorough mapping of secondary data available in program contexts and D2S program areas, and aligning the GA research questions and data collection plans with existing DOT research, including Co-Design Insights and plans for Baseline/Needs Assessment. 


2. Data Collection Phase – Proposed Level of Effort: 6 Days

The Lead consultant will provide overall coordination support to the virtual data collection, including managing data collection schedules, supporting the capacity of GOs and in-country consultants to conduct key informant interviews and FG discussions with youth using gender-sensitive methods and tools, and working with DOT HQ Director of Impact to maintain gender-sensitive and ethical data collection practices.


3. Analysis Phase – Proposed level of Effort – 24 Days

The lead consultant will lead on the analysis of all data collected, through collaboration with DOT HQ gender specialist, GOs/Focal Points, and local consultants. It is envisioned that the lead consultant will facilitate analysis and validation workshops with country teams, and facilitate an analysis and validation workshop to synthesize recommendations across the network. Consideration will be given to opportunities for increased youth engagement in this analysis phase, including opportunities for co-design of recommendations for the D2S program. The lead consultant will lead the development of the D2S Gender Strategy and Implementation plan, with guidance/collaboration with the DOT HQ D2S team.


Timeline of Key Activities and Deliverables


Completed By:

Launch of Gender Analysis – call with core GA team

February 5, 2021

Finalized Gender Analysis Framework, co-created with DOT HQ specialist, and GOs

February 12, 2021

Identify key gaps in current data/evidence, building on mapping of current data by DOT HQ, and thorough secondary research into D2S program areas

February 19, 2021

Data Collection Plan, including data collection matrix with gender-related research questions, data to be gathered, source of data, who will collect it, methods for data collection and analysis, and how the information will be used

February 26, 2021

Data collection tools (interview guides, FG discussion guides, capacity assessment) informed by input from GOs in-country, PMs, and DOT HQ. 

February 26, 2021

Train GOs/Focal Points and local consultants to use data collection tools, gender-sensitive research methods, and consent/safeguarding processes

March 5, 2021

Work with DOT HQ Gender Specialist to coordinate DOT GOs and local consultants’ recruitment of participants

March 12, 2021

Provide guidance and capacity support throughout data collection

April 2, 2021

Facilitate analysis and validation workshops for each D2S program country to develop country specific recommendations, and Country-Specific Reports

April 16, 2021

Facilitate analysis and validation workshop to develop overall D2S program recommendations, and D2S Program report

April 23, 2021

Lead the completion of D2S Gender Strategy and Implementation Plan

May 14, 2021

Schedule of Payments

The consultant shall be paid as outlined in the table below. All reimbursable expenses incurred by the consultant in relation to this assignment will be covered according to DOT’s policies on reimbursement and travel.


% of Professional Fees to be Paid

Design of Gender Analysis, including Implementation plan, data collection tools, and training of GOs/local consultants with tools and in gender-sensitive methods


Completion of virtual data collection


Completion of analysis, synthesis, and development of recommendations, including Country-specific reports, D2S Program report, D2S Gender Strategy and Implementation Plan


Consultant Profile

Candidates who apply for this consultancy should ideally possess the following skills, qualifications and experience:

How to apply

Interested parties are requested to submit proposals by email to Meaghan Anderson, DOT HQ Gender Specialist, at by January 15, 2021 at 5pm EST.

Note that proposals will be considered on a rolling basis and short-listed candidates will be contacted before January 29, 2021.

Interested parties should include the following in their proposal:

Terms of contract

The estimated level of effort for this initiative is 44 days. The duration of the assignment will not exceed 6 months. The assignment is expected to begin January 2021 and will end May 2021, depending on virtual data collection, and country team availability. The assignment will not require travel. Please note that expenses associated with the in-country consultants are not part of these TORs, they will be paid directly by DOT.  

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