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Consultancy - Enabling environments for adolescent SRHR in humanitarian responses

Enabling environments for adolescent SRHR in humanitarian responses

Consultancy Terms of Reference

About Plan International UK

Plan International UK strives to advance children’s rights and equality for girls all over the world. We recognise the power and potential of every single child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And its girls who are most affected. As an independent development and humanitarian organisation, we work alongside children, young people, our supporters and partners to tackle the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

Background and rationale

125 million people need humanitarian assistance worldwide, a number that has increased fivefold over the past 10 years which includes a staggering 26 million women and girls in their child bearing years. In these fragile and conflict affected settings women and girls are disproportionally affected due to increased vulnerability to gender-based violence, unwanted pregnancy, HIV infection, maternal death and disability, rape, trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse. 

HIV prevention and family planning are particularly important in a crisis situation, as risky behaviour, including transactional sex, often increases at times of emergencies.  A UNHCR survey across refugee camps in five countries – Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Jordan and Malaysia, found very little information nor access to contraception. It was even more difficult for adolescent girls to access any SRHR services or information, as premarital sexual relations were disapproved of in the refugee cultures. Condom dispensers, which would allow for anonymity, were often empty. 

Marginalised adolescents, including those who are HIV-positive, face additional barriers in accessing services and are at a greater risk of increased poverty and exploitation due to their lack of power and participation.

Recent commitments at the London Family Planning Summit in 2017 and World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 have included greater focus on SRHR and provision for young people but significant gaps still exist in providing the necessary support for girls and young women in humanitarian settings.

Plan International has recently published a series of research reports of Adolescent Girls in Crises, hearing directly from girls and young women in South Sudan, Lake Chad and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. This research will build on the findings from these reports and help inform policy and influencing strategies for Plan International UK’s work on Girls in Crises.

Purpose and objectives

This multi-country (up to two countries) research project will support Plan International UK’s policy and advocacy work on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in humanitarian contexts. It will also provide a valuable contribution to wider sector knowledge on the issue and help inform programming in this area.

This research will explore SRHR in fragile and emergency contexts, with a particular focus on adolescent girls. The research has the following objectives:


  • To understand the barriers to delivery and implementation of good quality adolescent SRHR programming in humanitarian response.
  • To examine and highlight enabling factors and solutions that allow good quality adolescent SRHR programming in humanitarian response.

Application Process

Plan UK welcomes a response to these Terms of Reference, with a CV and short written statement including:

  • A summary of approach and methodology
  • An outline of costs & timescales
  • A capability statement demonstrating how they meet the required qualifications and competencies;
  • Examples of relevant previous work
  • Copies of all relevant Curriculum Vitae (CVs). Only CVs for the specific individuals that will form the proposed evaluation team should be included.
  • Two referencees (including one from your last client/employer).

Responses should be sent to: Aoife Nic Charthaigh ( no later than COB Tuesday 19th March 2019. Phone interviews will be conducted on 26th March 2019