Consultancy: Analysis of cultural barriers to women’s economic empowerment in Burundi

Search For Common Ground


Search for Common Ground (Search) is seeking a consultant/ team of consultants who can analyze the link between cultural barriers and women’s empowerment in Burundi. We are primarily interested in social norms and cultural barriers limiting women’s access to economic opportunities in Burundi. The consultant’s research proposal should include a plan to analyze existing barriers and potential avenues for transforming social norms (i.e. attitudes and perceptions) surrounding these barriers. The shifts in social norms should be analyzed across location, sex, age and other demographics. The candidate’s team should have experience in conducting research on norms to explain the connection between programming, the context, and the changes observed.


The Project:
The “Tuyage” project is implemented by Search for Common Ground (Search), in collaboration with Freedom House and USAID. This 5-year project consists of two phases and has the overall goal to foster an enriched information landscape and culture of open discussion on concerns that directly affect Burundians in their daily lives, with a focus on shared economics concerns and opportunities that will serve as a means of expanding civic engagement, increasing dialogue across divides, and building social cohesion. The project combines three components – information access, economic discourse and the inclusion of women. The objective of the first component is to to expand the cadre of professional journalists throughout Burundi – from the smallest rural communities to the largest urban centers – capable of producing high- quality, ethical and non-politicized news and information, especially on economic issues, using information delivery modalities that will engage youth and encourage interest in business and economic issues related to their daily lives. The objective of the second component is to promote networking among young, successful economic actors from across social divides, into dialogue and discussion on issues of reconciliation, entrepreneurship, and right-based approaches to economic issues.
The barrier analysis is an integral part of the new third component (inclusion of women) and will feed into the design of the subsequent Phase II of the “Tuyage” project, particularly the media strategy and activities. The third component has the overall objective to change social norms and cultural barriers limiting women’s access to economic opportunities in Burundi. More specifically, the specific objective and related expected results are:
  • Media professionals have an increased capacity to produce content that supports the transformation of discriminatory social norms and cultural barriers for women;
  • Attitudes towards the rights and participation of Burundian women in the economy and gender-based violence are positively transformed;
  • Women’s entrepreneurial skills, leadership and other related skills are improved;
  • Women’s access to markets, finance and mentoring is improved.
The project coverage area is spread over the entire Burundian territory, therefore the 18 provinces.

Goal and Objectives of the Gender Barrier Analysis:

The main objective of this barrier analysis is to determine the existing cultural barriers that prevent the participation of women in economic life and to identify practical actions to advance women’s economic empowerment.[1] Importantly, the barrier analysis will guide the development of the media activities and communication strategies of the overall project “Tuyage”. To support the upcoming media activities, the barrier analysis has three key objectives:
  • Increase the understanding of the existing cultural barriers to women’s economic empowerment in Burundi;
  • Increase the understanding of social norms (i.e. certain social expectations) that limit women’s access to economic opportunities in Burundi;
  • Identify social norms that support or facilitate women’s economic empowerment;


Search expects the following deliverables from the external consultant(s) as they correspond to the timeline and budget:
  • An inception report detailing the methodology, data collection tools and timeline for review by Search;
  • Any necessary training of data collectors or set-up of systems for data collection;
  • Supervision and participation in data collection;
  • Oversight of data coding and analysis;
  • All original data submitted to Search;
  • A final report in English (25 pages max in length, excluding appendices) consistent with Search branding and standards. In addition, an executive summary in French is required.


The following skills and experience are expected by Search for our evaluator for this project:
  • Proficiency in English and French (written and spoken), knowledge of Kirundi is a plus;
  • More than 5 years of experience in project evaluation, including collecting data in interviews, surveys and focus groups;
  • Experience in conflict analysis and working with justice and civil society sectors;
  • Experience working with international organizations;
  • Experience conducting quantitative surveys and analysis;
  • Evaluation methods and data collection skills;
  • Experience conducting gender work and/or barrier analyses is a plus;
  • Familiarity and experience with contextual challenges in the geographic location(s) where the study will take place.

How To Apply

To apply, interested candidates (individuals or teams) are requested to submit the following two documents by October 30.
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A technical proposal proposing a methodology for the barrier analysis together with a financial proposal for the completion of the aforementioned deliverables and a short cover letter.
Note: Only two documents can be submitted, so the technical and financial proposals must be combined, along with the short cover letter.
For any inquiries on this barrier analysis you can write to Livia Rohrbach with Nadia Nintunze in copy.

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Type: Temporary

Application Deadline: 10/30/2020