Short-Term Consultancy: Men’s Engagement Programming

Program Design & Development · Flexible, Flexible
Department Program Design & Development
Employment Type Consultant
Minimum Experience Experienced

Please submit your application by April 9, 2021, to with the subject title "Men's Engagement Programming."

Terms of Reference

Women for Women International (WfWI) is committed to continually building our knowledge and expertise on men’s engagement programming. As an organization, we understand the importance of engaging men as allies and change agents to create an enabling environment for fostering women’s empowerment. We believe that programs that do not engage men can leave women at risk and, thus, are committed to implementing strong Men’s Engagement Programs (MEPs) into our women’s empowerment work.  We are looking to hire a consultant to help WfWI improve our Men’s Engagement Theory of Change (ToC) by assessing our current approach to men’s engagement and providing recommendations to strengthen future programming, as well as support the development of a comprehensive Men’s Engagement Program Guidance Document. This TOR sets out the scope and details of the work to be undertaken.


Since 1993, WfWI has reached 510,748 marginalized women survivors of conflict in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the DRC, Kosovo, Iraq, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan. We were founded on the belief that stronger women build stronger nations.

Through all our work, we aim to support progress in women’s social and economic empowerment to enable women to earn and save money, develop health and well-being, influence decisions in their homes and communities, and create and connect to networks for support.

WfWI provides a 12-month social and economic empowerment program which combines awareness on women’s rights, health and connection to networks, along with practical and technical business and vocational support. We aim to provide women with information about their rights, build their confidence, and provide opportunities for them to improve their health and well-being as well as earn and save money. WfWI also provides complementary programming to strengthen the core program’s impacts in the community.

As part of our complementary programming, WfWI delivers men’s engagement activities aimed at a variety of male leaders (e.g. traditional, security personnel, or religious) and male family members to provide them with training in women’s rights and gender equality. Since 2002, WfWI has reached 34,915 men through couple’s dialogues, community dialogues, and radio messages.

WfWI understands the importance of engaging men in women’s empowerment work. We acknowledge that women’s empowerment work is not a zero-sum game that is only achieved by reducing men’s power, but that the goals of gender equity and equality also benefit men’s health, household environments, financial matters, and communities overall. However, WfWI prioritizes women’s outcomes above all and is committed to ensuring our resources achieve those outcomes. Therefore, we are devoted to improving our men’s engagement programming to expand the purpose from focusing solely on individual attitudes and behaviors to a higher aim of transforming community and community-held norms and prioritizing outcomes for women’s empowerment.

As a first step, we are looking for support from an experienced consultant to deliver the scope of work provided below, working closely with the Senior Director of Program Design and Development, as well as country teams and departments across WfWI’s global footprint.

Scope of Work

In December 2020, WfWI held an organization-wide MEP workshop to present findings from MEP-focused research, hold conversations between country offices about their experiences, and develop an action plan for future programming. Based on these learnings, WfWI has prioritized improving our MEP as a significant part of our organization’s strategy. In order to strengthen our MEP, WfWI seeks expert assistance in developing a men’s engagement ToC, assessing our current approach to men’s engagement, providing recommendations for future programming, working closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) team to strengthen our monitoring and evaluation framework, and helping realize our organization’s MEP goals as they relate to women’s outcomes.

For the scope of the work, the consultant will carry out the following key tasks:

MEP Strategy and Theory of Change

The consultant will review WfWI’s overarching organizational and program strategy, research, monitoring and evaluation reports related to MEPs, specific country data and experiences with MEPs, historic and current program materials and MEP workshop’s learnings. Based on this foundation, the consultant will support WfWI to revise and expand its MEP strategy and ToC.  The consultant’s review of the ToC should address behavior change for improved outcomes for women as well as sustainable changes, such as shifts in attitude and social norms.  It should review priority issues that were raised during the MEP workshop including improvements in the household environment, better engagement, participation and incentives for men in MEP activities, and if and how to best incorporate an economic component to our MEPs.  In other words, the consultant should map out an equation, adaptable to different country contexts, to guide WfWI how to best achieve outcomes for women.  The revisions should address these types of questions:

  • How do we ensure that the investment in MEP increases positive outcomes for women through our MEPs?
  • How do we best promote positive changes in the household (decision making, bargaining power, etc.) through our MEPs?
  • How to best address attitude changes separate from knowledge and behavior change?
  • How do we best engage men in prevention of GBV, especially IPV, through our MEPs?
  • How do we balance program resources/investments for women and men?


Based on the revised strategy and ToC, the consultant will help revise WfWI’s Men’s Engagement program guidance, while building from recent Men’s Engagement research, WfWI’s program evaluations, WfWI’s country data, and WfWI’s country experiences with MEPs. An  internal draft of men’s engagement guidance exists, but the consultant will update the guidance to reflect the revised strategy and ToC. Additionally, the consultant should advise WfWI on how to best adapt the guidance to each country context; as an organization, we understand that each country’s experience with men’s engagement differs.  This will include recommendations for changes to be made to program materials (MEP curricula, couples dialogues guides, etc.). The revised guidance should address these types of questions:

  • What is the right duration and intensity for MEP (balancing best practices against organization budget constraints) to achieve our outcomes?
  • What are the best types of activities to ensure men’s engagement and active participation in the program’s activities from beginning to end, as well as successful uptake of lessons throughout, leading to key knowledge/attitude/behavior changes? (Inclusive of men’s only activities, joint gender activities, activities such as community forums or theater, etc)
  • How can we best utilize incentives for men (if we should at all)?
  • How can we best incorporate economic programming (such as vocational training) in men’s engagement programming (if we should at all)?
  • How can WfWI best address mental health in the male community as a non-mental health service provider?
  • Should we consider engaging boys as well as men in our MEPs, and how?

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) team and advise on how to best evaluate the long-term and short-term effects of MEP, as well as how to best evaluate and prioritize women’s outcomes and household impact in relation to MEP. Review current MEP tools and put forth suggestions and revisions to efficiently and accurately monitor and evaluate MEP impact. Advise WfWI’s MERL team on how to ensure male participants will provide responses to survey questions that are reflective of their actual beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, minimizing social desirability bias during data collection. The consultant will put forth suggested tools, methodology, and protocols to support this.  Additionally, advise the MERL team on how to monitor, evaluate, and interpret secondary positive outcomes—such as girls’ schooling.


The appointed consultant will be responsible for ensuring the following are delivered before the end of the project:

  • An updated Men’s Engagement Strategy and Theory of Change
  • A revised Men’s Engagement Guidance
  • Recommendations on how to best adapt or contextualize the guidance for each country experience and recommendations for changes to be made to program materials (MEP curricula, couples dialogues guides, etc.).
  • A proposed set of MEP M&E tools that includes edits to existing tools, any additional supplementary tools, and relevant protocols for use of tools. The focus of the proposed tools should be on how to best assess the long-term and short-term effects of MEPs on both male participants and women in their households/communities.
  • A comprehensive report documenting learnings from the consultancy, which includes recommendations that WfWI can consider to best serve the needs of women in all country offices.
  • An Action Plan for taking forward all the key recommendations.

WfWI will utilize these deliverables and recommendations for future MEP programming and to revise our current MEP programming and activities.

Skills and Experience

Applicants can include individual consultants, businesses or NGOs, and should have

  1. Extensive experience working on men’s engagement programming globally, as a crucial component to women’s empowerment and achieving gender equity and equality.
  2. Extensive experience developing and implementing programs in fragile and conflict-affected and low resource countries.
  3. Experience developing programmatic guidance and materials on men’s engagement focused on gender equality that “meet them where they are” and are suitable for use with audiences with limited education, low technology use, and low rates of literacy and digital literacy backgrounds.
  4. Experience in developing quantitative and qualitative data collection tools measuring men’s attitudes, knowledge and behaviors around gender equality topics; ability to bring in participatory research and action research principles and protocols.
  5. Evidence of strong accountability mechanisms used with project stakeholders/research participants to actively share results and learning.
  6. Evidence of successful collaboration providing consultancy services with similarly placed NGOs.
  7. Evidence of producing clear, concise reports in English and high quality, published reports. Additional language skills in WfWI’s working languages (French, Kinyarwanda, Arabic, Kurdish, Dari, and/or Pashtun) a bonus.
  8. Excellent communication and strong project management skills.
  9. Flexibility when working around busy schedules and ability to meet deadlines.
  10. Educational background preferred in international development, gender, anthropology, psychology, behavioral science, or related Educational background in Islamic study is a bonus.
  11. Understanding of, and commitment to, Safeguarding best practices.
  12. Exposure to inclusive projects/programs for people living with disabilities.

Deadline for Proposals: April 9, 2021

Estimated Budget: $15,000-$20,000

Estimated Contract Duration:  3-6 months

Travel:  Due to COVID-19, there is no anticipated travel as part of this consultancy; all work will be done remotely

Application Instructions:

To apply for this project please submit the following documents to

  • A detailed CV or summary of experience
  • Cover letter and 3 Professional references
  • A narrative on how you would approach the assignment (2 pages max)
  • A draft work plan that outlines the timeframe and approach for meeting the deliverables (2 pages max)
  • Budget (reflecting the draft work plan and including all estimated costs)

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