The world’s largest global girls’ rights campaign is coming to the UK. Plan International’s Because I am a Girl campaign focuses on the rights of girls across the world. We address violence against girls, education and governance and access to power as our key themes. We use research and the work of our international programmes to build campaigns and raise awareness of girls’ rights.
We now want to understand the state of girls’ rights in the UK and use the information to make a difference. We are looking for project partners who can collect and analyse data on girls and their lives in the UK at a local level.
What do we want to learn from this research?
We intend to produce a project that focuses on data about adolescent girls’ rights in the UK. We are seeking a research partner to collect, collate and analyse data. The first stage of this work will be to establish what data is available on girls in the UK, what comparative information is available and whether it can be plotted against local authorities. The second stage will collate that data and compare the rights of girls in different parts of the UK. The subsequent stages will encourage commentary from young people and disseminate the findings.
The objectives of the research are to:
- Create a visual and data based picture of girls’ rights in the UK
- Identify local areas of the UK where girls’ rights are being fulfilled and add valuable knowledge on the state of girls’ rights in the UK
- To inform Plan UK’s girls’ rights campaign
- Inform national and local policy makers, decision makers and budget holders about the extent to which girls’ rights are being met in their area
- Aid the development of recommendations for improved data collection on adolescent girls’ in the UK
- Aid the development of policy recommendations to improve UK girls’ rights
Rationale – why this research
Existing data on children’s rights has been used to paint a national and local picture of children’s well-being in the UK. However, such data sets are rarely viewed holistically at a national or local level to examine the interconnectedness of rights and gender equality. It is hoped a gender analysis would add a much deeper understanding of gender inequality in the UK as well as indicate where other factors, such as poverty, geography, sexual orientation or ethnicity, for example, have an impact on girls’ rights more generally.
The proposal asks for a research partner to lead on content creation. Plan will lead on dissemination, a youth event but the attendance and advice of our research partner will be required. The research partner will be asked to deliver the full content of:
- Data assessment.
- A literature overview
- Data on girls’ rights mapped by local authority
They will be asked to contribute at a high level to:
- Editing, production, design of report
And they will be asked to contribute at a lower level to:
- Young people’s workshop to comment on preliminary data.
- Launch activity i) media launch ii) event iii) online discussion groups
- Ongoing dissemination and promotion including ideally a physical or online roundtable discussion
- Policy analysis from data including regional focus
We would like to hear about your recommendations for methodology in your application.
Research Consultant Profile/ Criteria
Plan UK seeks to work with a project team with the following credentials:
- A commitment to promoting and supporting children and/or women and/or girls’ rights
- Experience of research and expertise in girls’ rights and gender equality and data/statistics
- Experience and the tools to map multiple data sets by area
- Experience of producing similar reports
- Commitment and ability to critically analyse data and present extremely accurate information
- Good knowledge and understanding of existing studies on these subjects and existing approaches to such data mapping
- An understanding of how local policy (health, Local Authority, crime) and budgets work
- At least one senior level staff member with a well-respected track record in the field of gender, data, policy or similar
- Experience of and willingness to work with a policy and campaigning organisation
- Experience and commitment to presenting your findings in various formats and to a variety of audiences including non-academic audiences
- Ability to deliver on tight time frames and meet deadlines
- Ability to work through a project flexibly and adapt to the changing needs of partners and external environments
- Willingness to travel to London at least three times during the project (8 months) and to travel to one other location in the UK at least once
- Good interpersonal skills. An ability to build good working relationships with professionals from other fields as well as young people from diverse background including those who have experienced violations of their rights
We invite interested candidates to submit the following application documents:
1. Expression of interest addressing expertise and track record – max 2 pages;
2. Ability to meet Core Deliverables
3. Proposed methodology and rationale, budget (including daily rate) and ability to meet timeline
4. Management structure outlining who will deliver the work and how it will be supervised. Please indicate percentage of time allocated to each post
6. One example of previous similar work.
7. Two references
8. The full application may be sent via email. Please follow all email submissions with a second, short email to ensure your submission has been received.
Applications will be judged on the above.
Deadline: Sunday 17th May 2015. If this deadline prevents you from applying please contact us to discuss.
Email queries and completed applications to:
UK Girls’ Rights Campaign Manager, Plan UK
Lucy.Russell@plan-uk.org 0203 217 0257