ActionAid International Young Urban Women’ s project:

ActionAid International Young Urban Women’ s project:

Terms of Reference for recruiting an agency for conducting leadership trainings for young urban


Action Aid invites expressions of interest (EOI) from organisations with expertise on capacity building

for young women for conducting leadership training for young urban women in Ghana and South


Project background and overview:-

The Young Urban Women programme is a multi-country programme that is currently being

implemented in seven poor urban and peri-urban areas across India, South Africa and Ghana. These

three countries were carefully selected among the 45 countries that are part of the ActionAid

Federation because of their large young urban populations, their influence within regional and

international forums, and the geographic spread across two continents which continue to witness

high levels of poverty and inequality. ActionAid also considered the significant political space

available within these emerging democracies to raise the visibility of young women’s rights to decent

work and sexual and reproductive health services.

Programme goal: Our goal is that in 3 years, 5,800 young urban women living in poverty in India,

Ghana and South Africa will have greater dignity through more economic independence and control

over their bodies, and their voices will be heard and recognised in international forums.

Expected outcomes:

 Outcome 1: Young women have safe and decent work and livelihoods, and can exercise greater

control over their income

 Outcome 2: Young women's informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health are

increasingly realised

 Outcome 3: Young women in the areas we programme in are empowered and supported by

allies and responsible stakeholders to effect change in their own lives, their families, their

communities and different levels of government


Target group and indirect beneficiaries: There will be 2,800 young women direct beneficiaries in

India; 1,000 young women direct beneficiaries in South Africa and 2,000 young women direct

beneficiaries in Ghana. Across the programme, there will be 5,800 direct beneficiaries. National and

international advocacy of putting young women’s rights to decent work and SRHR on the

international development agenda is anticipated to have a wide impact on young women globally.

Why leadership building for young women:-

The YUW project aims to create a cadre of young women leaders at the community level who would be

using their leadership skills to mobilise young women and fight for their rights. Even though the project

partners have been focusing on developing leadership skills for the young women, there is a need to

bring in the women’s rights perspective which is often left out otherwise.

The need for developing young women’s leadership:-

The YUW project is a unique project in which we are attempting to develop a model of empowerment

which takes into account challenges faced by young women both within the family/household context

as well as their access to Decent Work/livelihoods opportunities. As the young women are central to

this project we are mainly working with them through the creation of safe spaces in the community

where we are mobilising the young women through formation of locally based groups/collectives.

These groups/collectives are serving as critical spaces from which we are working with the young

women to conscientise them with regards to their SRHR and livelihoods issues. We are also looking at

invisible challenges that young women face, such as addressing their unpaid care work burden.

In such a context, situating the young women as the primary stakeholders, it becomes important for us

to also ensure that through our intervention the young women are able to develop their leadership

potentials. However, the young women should also be facilitated in such a way that the entire

leadership process is underpinned in human rights ideology, so that the young women are able to

situate and contextualise their lives from a rights perspective and are able to assimilate what it would

mean to be a leader.

In order to decentralise the process and ensure that the largest possible numbers of YUW have access

to leadership trainings, it would be good if the trainings took place at country level, keeping in mind the

also the linguistic requirements of the participants. The trainings would also be need to be designed in

such a manner so that they are spread over a period of time and there are refreshers organised at

intervals. The final outcome of this process would be to create a cadre of young women leaders and

rights advocates at the community level who would be using their leadership skills to mobilise young

women and fight for their rights.

Objective of the assignment:-

 To build young women’s understanding about norms around sexuality and gender and how

they affect roles and responsibilities leading to inequality and discrimination.

 To build their understanding on the intersections of gender and human rights with other issues

of economic justice, SRHR, and development.


 To strengthen their leadership skills and capacities with a feminist lens to enable them to

become effective women’s rights advocates.

Scope of the assignment:-

1. Needs assessment of the implementing partners in Ghana and South Africa, including development

of a participant profile.

2. Working with AA International and country teams to develop a training module for the young

women with a strong focus on participatory methodologies.

3. Conduct two 5 day long in-country trainings on young women’s leadership building (one in Ghana

and one in SA).

4. Provide written feedback to Action Aid International on the trainings.


The total time-frame for this assignment is from November 2014 to January 2015.

Consultant specifications:-


 Strong understanding of issues/challenges faced by young women’s rights activists,

particularly in the context of urban areas.

 Extensive experience of working on c o n d u c t i n g l e a d e r s h i p t r a i n i n g s

f o r y o u n g w o m e n , s p e c i f i c a l l y f r o m a w o m e n ’ s r i g h t s l e n s .

 Immediate availability in November 2014.

Application procedure:-

Please share the following documents as part of the application procedure:-

 A cover letter with an organisational profile.

 A tentative budget.

Please email the above-mentioned documents to ·


by 24 November 2014