Consultant for Research Study at Sukkur

Terms of Reference (TOR)

For engaging a consultant to undertake the

Post Title: Researcher (Unpaid Care Work Study)

Project Title: SAFE Peaceful and Resilient Communities and Resilient Livelihood

Organization: Parliamentarians Commission for Human Rights

Duty Station: PCHR Field Office.

Duration: 30 Days between September 2021 – December 2021.


A. Activity Background:

UNPAID Care work is carried out across the globe every day and is essential to a society’s well-being. Most of the care work is performed by women and girls and is usually unpaid. Although unpaid care work is essential to the proper functioning of communities, it has been largely ignored by economic and social public policy initiatives. In fact, in various societies, particularly in developing countries like Pakistan, unpaid care work activities are not adequately valued in economic terms and not taken into consideration in policymaking processes. This is because;

(i)         Unpaid care work is still generally seen as a domestic issue

(ii)        The gendered division of labor is deeply rooted in society

(iii)       There is no clear definition of unpaid care work

(iv)       There is no definite attempt to value unpaid care work

Since the issue of unpaid care work was tabled at the Copenhagen World Summit for Social Development and the Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995, the debate on unpaid care work has slowly gained momentum. Political economists, sociologists, and feminists have proposed theories, suggested different frameworks, explored linkages between market and non-market activities, and came up with definitions, tools, and techniques of measuring unpaid care work. A real breakthrough in this debate came in 2008 when British economist and sociologist, Diane Elson, suggested ‘the 3 Rs’ — recognize, reduce and redistribute — the framework to address issues of unpaid care work. Another milestone has been the UN’s Special Report on Extreme Poverty 2013, which positions care work as a major human rights issue and notes that failure of states to adequately provide, fund, support and regulate care contradicts their human rights obligations (Quoted in Carmona 2013b. p.6).

Most research on unpaid care work, especially in developing countries, is dominated by quantitative research methodologies. Such quantitative methodologies fail to capture how people experience unpaid work on a daily basis. Moreover, they neglect the arena of perceptions of unpaid work. Since perception affects citizen well-being, even when they are not borne by statistical evidence, these are particularly important. Qualitative participatory approaches at the micro or community level provide insights into the experiences of people in a way that macro-level analysis cannot.

In order to facilitate exploration of care at a community level, PCHR intends to carry out a Rapid Care Analysis (RCA): a series of focus group discussions (FGDs) designed to identify, quantify, reflect upon, and adjust patterns of care provision within communities, and highlight and resolve problematic aspects.

This RCA aims to show the extent and significance of unpaid care work in women’s and men’s daily lives to encourage development actors to address care work in the design of interventions and provide them with data to influence the decisions of policymakers. These data can be used to advocate for increased investments to lessen the practical load of care work and to shift responsibility for care from women to men, and from the family to the state.

In the above-mentioned context, PCHR intends to hire a short term consultant for the following specific assignments as per under mentioned Terms of reference (TOR)

B. Scope of Work and Expected Outputs

The scope of work and expected outputs/deliverables will be the following:

  • Conduct Rapid Care Analysis at target Tehsils of district Sukkur.
  • Developing Tool(s) for conducting Rapid Care Analysis.
  • Identifying 150-200 women for RCA as a sample.
  • Identifying 10- 15 women volunteers will be rolling out RCA at the household level and ensuring greater participation of women in RC-analysis.
  • Data Punching, Cleaning & Coding.

C. Deliverables:

  • Rapid Care Analysis Report
  • Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) Report
  • Awareness Raising Session Toolkit.

D: Methodology:

The consultant will strictly follow the work plan and the time schedule agreed with PCHR in undertaking the contract assignment.

E. Duration of the Work

a) The duration of the contract shall be for a maximum of 30 working days between September 2021 and December 2021.

b) The consultant will work closely with the PCHR Project Team and will submit and share time to time progress of activities as agreed.

F: Duty Station:

a) The consultant will undertake a mix of in-office and distance modes of working, based on the agreed work plan and methodology.

b) The consultant is expected to use own computer and other equipment required for the task.

F. Required expertise and qualifications

  • A post-graduate or equivalent qualification/ degree in Social Sciences, Human rights, Development Study, Humanities, or any other relevant discipline.
  • At least 10 years of prior work experience in conducting  Research Studies, Assessment Studies, especially in the regional and international context.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in undertaking research.
  • Relevant regional and international experience will be an added advantage.

G. Scope of financial Proposal and Schedule of Payments

a) The consultant will be offered a lump sum fee inclusive of travel costs and Per Diems and all costs related to the activity.

b) The payments will be made in installments based upon outputs/deliverables specified in the TOR (under payment schedule) and upon certification of satisfactory work as per the work plan and endorsed by PCHR.

Payment Schedule

25% on signing the contract and submission of a blueprint including methodology for drafting RCA Study Outline and Methodology outline.

25% on completion of RCA Household Survey and Focus Group Discussions.

25% on Approval of Awareness Tool Kit

25% on Approval of the Final RCA Report.

How to Apply: The applicant can also directly apply by sending the resume and cover letter to mentioning Research Consultant RCA in the subject line


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Deadline: 27th September, 2021