National Consultancy: Documentation of Roll Out of SASA Methodology for Implementing Partner Projects in Mbire, Hopely Farm, Matobo & Global Fund Districts

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Location : Harare, ZIMBABWE
Application Deadline :17-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :40 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :40 days


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its work, UN Women leads and coordinates UN system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. UN Women works with governments, UN sister agencies, civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, and multilateral partners to promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment and increase their access to development opportunities, especially for those who are most vulnerable and excluded.


Project Background:

Zimbabwe has an estimated 1.3 million people living with HIV with the third largest HIV burden in Southern Africa after South Africa and Mozambique. Women continue to bear a disproportionate burden of the epidemic. The link between HIV and Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) is universally acknowledged; and community-based programming, such as SASA! to improve gender norms while also addressing violence against women remains critical. SASA! is a four phased intervention, whose acronym stands for the Start, Awareness, Support and Action phases. The intervention seeks to change community attitudes, norms and behaviours that result in men’s power over women. It was designed by Raising Voices in Uganda. This power imbalance is conceptualised as the root cause of VAWG, which supports HIV risk related behaviours. SASA! challenges individuals and communities to think about their power and how their use of power affects their intimate partners, as well as their interactions with community members.

With support from UN Women, women’s rights organisations have continued to prioritise the adaptation and development of long-term, systematic strategies aimed at social norm change and helping community members through the stages of behaviour change. In 2018, the Zimbabwe Country office began a pilot of the 4-phase SASA! Model for gender transformation in 3 districts (Mbire, Hopley Farm and Matobo) in partnership with HOCIC, SAYWHAT and Katswe Sistahood. From December to June 2018 the START phase was completed. The next phase, SASA Awareness is being implemented until December 2020. The piloting of SASA! is a part of UN Women’s support to the capacity building of women’s organisations to design, implement, monitor and evaluate their own Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) and HIV programmes within the Spotlight Initiative Programme. The three organisations have been working with SASA Community Activists, local leadership and institutional allies in the districts of Mbire, Hopley Farm and Matobo. 

Strongly linked to this is the integration of UN Women’s HeForShe movement in SASA activities. Replicated from a project implemented by UN Women MCO in South Africa, this component uses beerhalls, faith and traditional institutions as sites of change. The projects, through the Community Activists, SASA staff and other identified allies engage men in dialogues on their attitudes and behaviour around gender-based violence, unequal gender relationships and HIV, and form critical partnerships with service providers to ensure that men and boys are tested and receive treatment, to the achievement of the 90-90-90 fast track targets and in line with the vision to end AIDS by 2030.

UN Women has also been supporting the National AIDS Council (NAC) and the Zimbabwe Association of Church Related Hospitals (ZACH) to roll out SASA in six districts under the Global Fund. The projects in the six districts have coupled SASA with the One Stop Centres (OSC) at the respective district hospitals.

It is against this background that UN Women seeks the services of a consultant to document the roll out of the SASA methodology and related interventions in the respective implementation districts.


Objective of the Consultancy:

The overall objective of the consultancy is to highlight the impact of the SASA projects on women and men, their communities, community leadership and institutional allies in the different districts as well as the efficacy of SASA as a GBV and HIV prevention strategy. The consultancy should also make recommendations for adaptation of SASA and related interventions (HeForShe, WEE, OSC) in the Zimbabwean context.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of Programme Specialist HIV, the Consultant will be responsible for the following:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop an inception report and methodology for the documentation process
  • Carry out a desk review and analysis of the SASA methodology and projects
  • Carry out interviews and consultations with IPs and selected project beneficiaries
  • Where possible, visit project sites to get a feel of the different interventions
  • Produce a first draft of the main analysis and feedback report
  • Produce a booklet of stories of change (to be published separately)
  • Prepare and submit the final knowledge products (Main Report and Stories Booklet)


Expected deliverables:

  • A consultancy inception report detailing work plan that includes timeline and a proposed outline and methodology for the consultancy
  • Main analysis and feedback report
  • Stories of change booklet


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example


Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree in social sciences, journalism and communication, development studies, gender studies or similar disciplines.


Work Experience:

  • 7 years extensive and proven work experience in the area of gender equality, women’s human rights, women’s empowerment and the HIV response in Zimbabwe
  • Specific knowledge and experience related to journalism, communication, documentation and research, particularly for SRHR and HIV related interventions
  • Experience in conducting studies, writing reports and other publications on issues related to human rights, women’s rights and gender equality
  • Experience of working in/with the HIV sector in Zimbabwe at different levels of engagement (community and national);
  • 5 years experience working with Government entities, women’s organisations and other CSOs
  • Familiarity with the UN system will be an asset



Excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of Shona and Ndebele languages is extremely desirable.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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