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Environmental assessment from a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) perspective

Internationell programverksamhet Sista ansökningsdag: 2024-08-04

Background 

Climate change has devastating impacts on the realisation of human rights. It adversely affects the enjoyment of a wide range of human rights, including the rights to health, food, water and sanitation, a healthy environment, self-determination, and development. It has major impacts on the advancement of gender equality and the realisation of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). At a practical level, the climate change crisis can: (i) impede access to sexual and reproductive health services, as critical infrastructure (clinics, roads) is destroyed in extreme weather conditions; (ii) lead to the lack of access to clean and safe water, due to water scarcity or weather conditionsprevents safe and quality services during pregnancy and access to SRH services; (iii) heighten the risks of sexual and gender-based violence during humanitarian & climate change crises due to displacement. The climate crisis may further pose particular risks for the rights and health of marginalised people, such as those with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and sex characteristics. Sexual and gender minorities are often more severely affected by disasters associated with natural and other hazards. 

RFSU will continue building its own expertise and capacity in this area with a focus on drawing on expertise and evidence from external actors, including our national, regional and global network of partners and organisations. As a part of our dialogue questions with SIDA-CIVSAM, RFSU is now seeking the services of an external consultant to support the development of an environmental assessment from an SRHR perspective to identify strategic action points within the RFSU programme and organizations to ensure that these contribute to environmentally sustainable development. Finally, RFSU aims to assess the intersections within climate change and SRHR.  

Overall aim

The environmental assessment shall describe and analyze how the organization's strategy, systems and operation contribute to environmental integration in 3 dimensions: (1) identify opportunities for positive environmental impacts ; (2) identify risks for negative environmental impact and (3) identify and manage the risks for environmental integration.  The environmental assessment shall be conducted as follows: 

  • To conduct 3-4 case studies on RFSU and selected partners assessing the competence and capacity on environmental and climate issues. 
  • To systematize and collect some good practices currently implemented by partners and RFSU in relation to environment and climate issues. 
  • To provide strategic action points and recommendations to best integrate in RFSU and partners programs and MEL system.
  • To use findings and recommendations as a basis for dialogue with partners and within the RFSU International Unit. 

Expected deliveries

  • A detailed methodology to conduct the environmental assessment integrating SRHR, incorporating relevant questions to RFSU and selected partners and revised timeline (see annex 1).  
  • The consultant/s will produce an environmental assessment report, consisting of the 3-4 case studies (max 20-25 pages). Each case study should include: (i) context analysis, (ii) competence and capacity on environmental and climate issues; (iii) lessons learnt and (iv) strategic actions and recommendations for RFSU and partners. 
  • The consultant will facilitate an internal session to share reports´ findings and recommendations once completed

Budget

  • The ceiling amount for the production of the Environmental assessment is 150 000 SEK (VAT included)

Profile of the consultant 

  • Experience in conducting environmental and climate assessments 
  • Solid knowledge about the intersection between climate change and SRHRs. 
  • Experience in participatory methodologies and engagement with CSO actors. 
  • Good writing skills in English
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of Spanish is an advantage

Timeline

The assignment is time sensitive and the selected consultant is required to have availability during the August and September months. 

The work should be conducted during August – end September. A first draft report should be completed and shared with RFSU by August 30th. A final version should be ready by September 24th, and the full assignment completed no later than September 30th.

A tentative timeline is attached in Annex 1. 

Application

The tender should include:

  • Proposed methodology
  • Budget incl. price per hour and total price
  • CV with references relevant to the task, and contact details 
  • Samples of material produced previously (e.g. evaluations, reports, studies, etc.)


Deadline for the application is 04/08/2024. Only selected candidates will be contacted. Please apply through ReachMee “Ansök”.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Thematic advisers for Intersectional feminist perspectives on SRHR and PMEL lead, belen.sobrino@rfsu.se 

 

Annex 1: Tentative Timeline

What

when

Who

Inception

   

Consultant Selection, incl interview

5th-6th August

RFSU

Contract

8th August

RFSU

Methodology

By 12th August

Consultant 

Coordination POs (intro consultant and methodology, setting interviews)

8 -12th  August

RFSU

Development

   

Interviews RFSU & POS

12th-16th August

Consultant

1st Draft

30th August

Consultant

Comments 1st Draft

1st-4th September

RFSU

2 nd Draft to final

12t September 

Consultant

Final comments 2dn draft

18th September

RFSU & POs

Final Report

24th September

Sign off RFSU

Workshop/ Sharing findings session -on line

Week 23 September

Consultant

Submission SIDA

By 30th September

RFSU