Call for Rapporteurs: UNFPA ESARO Menstrual Health and Management Symposium 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa

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The onset of puberty and the menstruation cycle is a fundamental and healthy part of the existence of women and girls. Menstrual health is directly linked to the fulfilment of human rights and while menstrual health is excluded from the Sustainable Development Goals, it is an integral component to achieving six of the current goals. It is also essential for African countries to harness their demographic dividend, advancement of the African Agenda 2063 and a key element in implementing the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health 2016-2030.

Maintaining health and hygiene during menstruation by providing girls and women with the necessary information, supplies and facilities required to manage their menstruation is important for girls and women’s health, well-being, mobility, and dignity. Yet, many girls and women in East and Southern Africa, especially those who live in poor areas and those that have been displaced or affected by emergencies, do not have access to appropriate information and menstrual health management facilities and products that are accessible, effective, comfortable, convenient, affordable and safe to use. This hinders the daily activities of girls and women, leads to stigma and discrimination, isolates them from their friends and local communities, increases the risk of school absence and drop-out, affects work performance and has potential implications on their reproductive and mental health.

It is against this background that UNFPA ESARO with the Department of Women in the Presidency of the Government of South Africa, SAT and selected partners will convene the first in East and Southern African symposium on Menstrual Health and Management.

In order to have an accurate record of the messages leading up to the event, actual proceedings, priority actions and recommendations, the services of 4 rapporteurs are required. The UNFPA ESARO and SAT seek to hire 4 Rapporteur consultants (One lead Rapporteur and three session rapporteurs) for the Menstrual Health and Management Symposium which will take place 28-29 may 2018, 2018 in  Johannesburg, South Africa.

Scope of work

The lead Rapporteur consultant will:

  1. Present the event report framework at an inception briefing meeting with UNFPA ESARO technical officers.
  2. Attend all facilitators’ meetings preceding the event.
  3. Assign rapporteur tasks to the three session rapporteurs.
  4. Take complete notes of the proceedings (in plenary discussions and one of the three parallel sessions) as per rapporteur’s template to be agreed with by UNFPA ESARO and SAT.
  5. Consolidate notes/recordings provided by three session rapporteurs and own notes.
  6. Present draft report for input by all partners.
  7. Present final report.

The session rapporteurs will:

  1. Take complete notes of the proceedings (in panel session discussions) as per lead rapporteur’s template and instructions.
  2. Provide summaries of each session to the lead rapporteur
  3. Consolidate all rapporteur notes/recording into a report to be provided to lead rapporteur.

Duration and working schedule

The lead rapporteur consultancy will be for seven (7) working days, including 1 day for the facilitators briefing meeting, 2 days at the symposium and four days for the report finalization. The 3 session rapporteur consultancies will be for four (4) working days, including the 2 days of the symposium and two days for consolidation of notes.

Deliverables for the lead rapporteur:

The consultants will be requested to consolidate notes, draft the report based on the presentations and discussions during the event, sessions, plenary, meetings etc. and finalize the report based on input from partners.

How to Apply:

Other relevant information or special conditions, if any:With submissions of CVs, consultants are expected to provide 1-2 examples of a report written for a similar meeting or workshop and several references for the rapporteur work.
Application modalities: Individual consultants are to submit the following to kasonga@unfpa.org and tallis@sat.org before 10 May 2018, 12:00 Southern Africa Standard Time:

·      Daily consultancy rate and confirmation of availability over the working period.

·      A recent CV

·      Samples of reports produced related to the TOR and references for the rapporteur work

Application Deadline: 10 May 2018, 12:00 Southern Africa Standard Time:

For More Information:

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