Stakeholders mapping, and Capacity assessment in Puntland in Relation to FGM/C’’, Somalia

SADAR Institute

Stakeholders mapping, and Capacity assessment in Puntland in Relation to FGM/C’’, Somalia

FREE Fundamental Rights, Equality and Empowerment for Girls and Women in Puntland state of Somalia

Terms of reference for stakeholders mapping, and Capacity assessment in Puntland in relation to FGM/C’’


Project name:
FREE: Fundamental Rights, Equality and Empowerment 

for Girls and Women in Puntland state of Somalia

Title of the consultancy: Stakeholders mapping, and Capacity assessment in Puntland in relation to FGM/C’’ 


Locations of the consultancy: Puntland State of Somalia, Nugal and Bari regions
Duration of the consultancy: 20 days


UNFPA estimated that more than 200 million girls and women have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM) in 30 countries across three continents. More than three million girls are at risk of undergoing FGM every year, with most girls cut before the age of 15. FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of human rights and constitutes an extreme form of violence against girls and women. Girls and women subjected to FGM are at risk of early marriage, dropping out of school, and reduced opportunities for growth, development and sustainable incomes. FGM/C is practiced based on religious, gender relations, and cultural justifications; by contrast, FGM affects medical, emotional, social wellbeing, legal and economical at all levels of society. Given that 22 out of 30 FGM-affected countries are least-developed, these costs burden personal, household, community, and state economies. Across Somalia, women who live in rural areas are only slightly more likely to undergo FGM than those who live in urban areas. The prevalence is highest among nomadic women, but is universally high (over 98%) among women living in all areas.


The CEFA/CESVI/ SADAR consortium is implementing jointly; FREE (Fundamental Rights, Equality and Empowerment for Girls and Women in Puntland state of Somalia) a project promoting women and girls’ rights and reducing all forms of sexual and gender-based violence, with a particular focus on FGM/C.

The FREE- Fundamental Rights Equality and Empowerment for girls and women in Puntland/Somalia is a 30-months EU funded project, implemented in partnership with CESVI and CEFA, that aims at supporting Government institutions and CSOs/CBOs in promoting the progressive abandonment of FGM/C practice in Puntland. The project integrates initial mapping of stakeholders, ongoing FGM/C initiatives and capacity assessment of CSOs engaged in advocating for FGM/C abandonment and challenging social norms that legitimate GBV.


The following outcomes are expected:

  • Communities’ capacity to prevent and respond to GBV, with a special focus on traditional harmful practices like FGM/C, is strengthened through awareness creation activities, sensitization and meaningful engagement of key community actors.
  • Enhanced capacity among health facilities to provide a clinical, psychological and culturally accepted response to GBV survivors with a special focus on management of RH complications due to FGM/C and de-medicalization of FGM/C practices.
  • Existing State Actors (SA) and Non-State Actors (NSA) coordination framework strengthened, particularly, the Inter-agency FGM/C task force to lobby and advocate for implementation of existing Somalia and international legal frameworks against GBV with a special focus on FGM/C.

Based on this assignment, the consultancy is focusing on the following output 1;


  • KAPP survey of Garowe and Bossaso’s catchment areas population on what is known, believed and done in relation to FGM/C.
  • Mapping of stakeholders, ongoing FGM/C initiatives and capacity assessment of CSOs engaged in advocating for FGM/C abandonment and challenging social norms that legitimate GBV
  • Community dialogues and trainings to raise awareness among men and women of GBV and the trauma associated with this and other forms of violence and abuse
  • Conduct trainings and sensitization workshops on Puntland FGM/C policy, National legal instruments focused on FGM/C prohibition, protection mechanisms and perpetrator accountability to selected CSOs, NSAs, lawyers (male and female), paralegals.
  • Organization of media campaigns, spot, social airing (radio, TV, social media) to sensitize the communities about women’ rights and the harmful consequence of FGM/C practices on girls and women physical and psychological health, and to promote its abandonment.

SADAR Development and Resilience is a development research institute specializing in addressing complex research and studies in all aspects of sustainable development all over Somalia. In this regard, SADAR Institute is recruiting a local consultant to conduct robust stakeholder mapping to gain a greater understanding of existing interventions towards ending FGM/C, and to identify gaps to be able to strengthen the current interventions and inform future programming.. The study will target key stakeholders such as states actors, registered CSO and community structures as they are crucial influencers of societal and community attitudes and practices regarding social norms. Further, the study will assess both active actors who are working against FGM and those acting as barriers; to `develop a collective action for making changes at the local level towards contributing to the elimination of FGM and GBV in general.  

  • Purpose, objectives and scope of the study

The purpose of the study is to map the key stakeholders to understand better their roles in FGM/C policy and its implementations as well as assessing the capacity gaps, the barriers they face capacity and development opportunities. Upon completion of the mapping, and as a part of the terms of reference for the consultants conducting the study, 2 online validation workshops will be held. One validation workshop will be held with the consortium partners, to discuss the implications of the survey for programming. Another workshop will be held to disseminate information with a wider set of stakeholders involved in the project, to ensure that the most recent information is shared. The study will also be distributed to members of the Protection Cluster and actors working on GBV.

  • Scope of the study

The scope of the study will focus on stakeholders mapping as well as assessing the capacity of the partner involved in FGM/C implementations in Puntland state.

  • Specific objectives

The specific objectives of the study are;

  • Identify existing major FGM/C interventions and implementing partners.
  • Examine the effectiveness of collaboration between key partners in FGM/C in order to strengthen coordination.
  • To identify the gaps and potential barriers and challenges for work on FMG in the region
  • To identify the entry points for the project and other actors’ interventions in addressing harmful practices around FGM
  • To identify key knowledge gaps that may require research to improve understanding of the practice and/or activities to promote its abandonment and management.
  • To identify existing policies, their implementation status and effectiveness
  • Stakeholder mapping 

The scope of the mapping will cover: state actors; health staff; registered CSOs, women cutters, religious leaders, and informal community structures (peer to peer groups, women’s groups, and youth groups) and other influencing actors within local communities in Garowe and Bosaso districts.

  • The mapping will cover the policy level, looking at existing policy efforts.
  • The mapping will cover actors who facilitate FGM/C dialogue as an active role and who act as a barrier.
  • The mapping will cover prevention and response practices conducted by community, government and humanitarian actors.
  • The mapping will contribute in identifying intervention target areas and their characteristic (FGM prevalence, service infrastructure, related programs, key stakeholders, etc. following UNJP FGM/C, 2015 stakeholder mapping).

The consultant should identify concisely the other parties that will be involved working on the rights of women and girls and reduce all forms of sexual and gender-based violence.

  • Capacity assessment 
  • The consultant should assess the technical capacity of NSAs, including formal and informal NSAs such as religious leaders, women groups, and youth groups.
  • Assess the availability of support groups and legal institutions to help minimize and prevent acts of violence against women and girls and other vulnerable groups in the community.
  • Assess the accessibility of GBV immediate response such as medical treatment, counseling, legal action against offenders, among others.
  • Proposed methodological approach.

The consultant will base his work on the last of UNJP stakeholder mapping regarding FGM/C initiatives and capacity in 2015. It will also take into consideration any other relevant inputs, including the zero-tolerance policy, different legal frameworks, and the broader context and environment that Non-State Actors (NSA) functions. The findings from this review will form part of the data to be analyzed or be used to inform the design of primary data collection tools. Methodology and tools for primary data collection will include Focus group discussions (FGDs) with community members such as religious leaders, women groups and youth groups. Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) will be conducted with representatives of the following ministries: Ministry of Health, Ministries of Justice and Religious Affairs and Ministry of Women, Development and Family Affairs. Consultations with the members of the Technical Task Force on FGM will also be held. CSOs, NGOs, other private organizations and other stakeholders working on FGM in Somalia will also be consulted.

The consultant will conduct mapping exercise to

  1. Consultancy job description
  • Preliminary activities
    • Submission of the proposed methodology including the proposed data collection tools for the assignment, approach to the baseline, schedule of data collection activities and locations, including description of selection criteria of organisations and communities who are key respondents
    • Desk review and overall description of the main socio-economic and demographic attributes of the area of intervention
  • Preliminary consultations with relevant community leaders and local authorities
    • Conduct a preliminary meeting with the MOWDAFA, MOJRA, MOH to explain the main objectives of the assignment
    • Conduct preliminary meetings with the relevant community leaders of target locations (community elders, village leaders, religious leaders, etc.) to communicate the assessment objectives and agree to active participation
  • Conduct stakeholder mapping and capacity assessment.

The assessment will include, but will not be restricted to, the following topics:

  • Map and identify stakeholder in the community and government which is involved to reduce FGM/C
  • Assess the SA, and CSO capacity gaps , challenges and opportunities in terms of prevention of FGM/C
  • Identification of the main drivers for FGM/C and of the main decision makers in the community
  • Identification of the main barriers to stopping of FGM/C
  • Submission of 1 Report (Baseline)
    • Submission of the 1st draft of the report.
    • Integration of SADAR comments, request for amendments and finalization of the report.
  • Presentation of results
    • Validation workshop will be held with the consortium, to discuss the implications of the survey for programming.
    • Dissemination workshop with a wider set of stakeholders involved in the project, to ensure that the most recent information is shared including protection cluster and actors working on GBV.
  1. Key deliverables
Expected Deliverable Number of days
1. Inception report including 

·       A work plan, detailed methodology and tools

·       Desk data review on the UNJP 2015 reports including the indicators.

2. Submission of the first draft report to SADAR 

·       Review of the first draft report.

Two online validation workshops.

·       One validation workshop held with the consortium partners, to discuss the implications of the survey for programming.

·       Second workshop held to disseminate information with a wider set of stakeholders involved in the project, to ensure that the most recent information is shared.

3. A comprehensive final report for stakeholder mapping including capacity assessment. 

·       Assessment purposes and methodology context of evaluation, questions, team, limitations…)

·       Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations.

·       All the assessments contents appendix


All reports should be submitted in Microsoft Word format, in UK English. Graphs or other graphical devices should be editable (i.e. not pictures). All references must be cited according to convention, and detailed in a bibliography, using the Harvard system as set out in the UNESCO Style Manual. All verbatim quotations must appear in quotation marks and must not be of excessive length. All data collected under the consultancy must be submitted with the deliverables, in a widely recognized format such as Microsoft Excel.

Everything submitted to SADAR must be the original work of the consultants. Any plagiarism in any form, or any other breach of intellectual property rights, will automatically disqualify the consultant from receiving any further payments under the contract SADAR, and SADAR will seek to recover any payments already made.

All participants in any study or other interaction will be fully informed about the nature and purpose of the interaction and their requested involvement. Informed consent must be obtained for any photographs, audio or video recordings, etc., in accordance with SADAR’s policy on consent. In addition, the consultant will follow an ethical framework for research.

  • Roles and responsibility of SADAR

SADAR will be responsible for the following:

  • Recruit the consultant and finalize the consultancy agreement (Local consultant).
  • Share all necessary documents with the Consultant.
  • Provide input for assessment, methodology, data collection tools and report.
  • Provide support to the consultant during field visits.
  • Closely follow up the assessment data collection process, ensuring quality control, daily debriefing, meeting the timelines set for interviews completion.
  • Inform the target groups for their involvement in the assessment and help in setting specific dates for the assessment field schedule.
  • Time schedule

The Assignment shall be expected to be completed within a maximum of 20 days with the following tentative schedule: By Day 15- Draft of “stakeholder mapping and capacity assessment report” completed; by Day 17, Presentations of the findings workshop to SADAR completed; by Day 20- Final delivery of stakeholder mapping and capacity assessment report.

  • Skills and experience required.

The consultant is expected to have the following skills and expertise:

  • Advanced degrees in social sciences; particularly development studies, Law, Sociology, Social Work, or related discipline
  • A minimum of five (10) years’ experience in conducting capacity assessments and stakeholder mapping.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Somalia, particularly Puntland civil Society and GBV, including FGM/C stakeholders and the environment in general, is mandatory.
  • Experience of working in a covid19 pandemic environment.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in Somali and English, proficiency in Somali is an added advantage.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well with diverse people.
  • Application
  1. A covering letter outlining their suitability for the job, providing initial observations on the ToRs and an outline of the methodology they would use.
  2. Technical proposal not exceeding 10 pages:
  • An understanding and interpretation of the TOR marked technical proposal.
  • Methodology to be used in undertaking the assignment.
  • Time and activity schedule.
  • Evidence of relevant experience and samples of products related to the assignment.
  • Curriculum vitae of the lead consultants to undertake the assignment.
  • A financial proposal not exceeding 2 pages marked “Financial Proposal” including:
  • Consultant’s daily rates/ professional fees in dollars
  • Any other related costs to be incurred by the consultant while undertaking the assignment.
  • A financial offer will be in USD upon accomplishing the required tasks, including travel and incidental cost. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Applicants should submit the technical and the financial proposals by email; on or before the deadline 8th June 2021.

  • Methods of payment and instalments
  • 1st installment – 40% of the total amount will be paid upon completion of Deliverable 1
  • 2nd installment – 30% of the total amount will be paid upon completion of Deliverable 2
  • 3rd Installment- 30% of the total amount will be paid upon completion of Deliverable 3

The payments will be made in direct bank transfer in the name of the consultant or firm as indicated in the signed contract. SADAR will deduct with-holding tax at source as per the rules of taxation governing SADAR operations and it will be deposited directly to the custodian of such tax. No other benefits shall be admissible beyond what is stipulated in the contract nor does it guarantee a regular position in CEFA.

The consultant will be responsible for their own insurance during the period of the contract, and SADAR will not be responsible for any injuries or damages incurred during the assignment. The contractor will also meet their own travels, communication and incidentals costs. Accommodation and ground transport during the assignment period will be provided by SADAR.

The consultant will report directly to SADAR Program Manager and Community Mobilization Coordinator.





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