Terms of Reference: We Care Project Consultancy - Self and collective care policies and practices

The SVRI is seeking the services of a qualified consultant to facilitate a team reflection and review process to strengthen our self- and collective care policies and practices.


The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) is the world’s largest network on research on violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC), providing a space where global role players in the field connect with one another, share and promote their research, work to influence policies and improve the lives of those who have experienced violence driven by gender inequality. We do this through funding researchstrengthening research capacity, promoting partnerships and influencing change. The SVRI became an independent organisation in 2019. It is incorporated as a non-profit organisation under South African law (SVRI NPC 2019/197466/08) having spun out of the SAMRC.  The new Strategic Plan for the period 2020 – 2024 was launched in October 2019.

Project Overview

The SVRI is undertaking a project titled: We Care: Institutionalising Accessible Staff Wellness & Resilience Policies, Tools & Practices for the GBV Field. This project is funded by the USAID CARE-GBV programme. The purpose of this project is to advance staff-care, wellness, and resilience within our organization and across our network by developing an accessible, high quality online course; and building evidence and momentum through a knowledge exchange and case study series. The project will run until July 2022.

Consultancy Overview

The SVRI is seeking the services of a qualified consultant to facilitate a team reflection and review process to strengthen our self- and collective care policies and practices.

Specific tasks

  • Facilitate team dialogue for reflection and review of self and collective care plans, and practices within the organisation
  • Facilitate a co-creation process with the team on how to strengthen SVRI’s institutionalisation of self and collective care
  • Develop a self and collective care organisational policy and plan for the SVRI that can be adapted and used by other feminist organisations.

Deliverables and Timeframe



30 April 2022

Workshop report

30 June 2022

Draft policy and plan on institutionalising self and collective care

Required education, experience and competencies

  • Advanced university degree in social science, human resources, or related field
  • At least 10 years’ experience in organisational self and collective care policies, plans, and practices
  • Experience with feminist approaches to self and collective care
  • Experience of working remotely and with multicultural participants
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking and planning skills and ability to work independently under tight deadlines
  • Excellent writing and strong communication skills
  • Proficiency in English
  • Preference will be given to consultants from LMICs

Application Process

Interested candidates/teams must submit:

  • An expression of interest / motivational cover letter highlighting evidence of how the candidate demonstrates the required competencies listed above
  • A Curriculum Vitae showing experience relevant to the consultancy
  • A technical proposal not exceeding two pages detailing (please do not merely copy-paste from the ToR):
  • Understanding/Interpretation of the ToR
  • Key resources and approaches that will inform all activities in this project
  • A financial proposal including all costs.  Unless the consultant/s are based in South Africa, the budget should be provided in USD
  • 3 References

The proposal and supporting documents must be submitted in English.

Candidates will be invited to a video conference interview at the end of the technical evaluation process.

The proposal and required documents must be sent by email to Anik Gevers at anik@svri.org no later than 30 January 2022 (midnight, South Africa time). Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be scheduled as soon as possible and we expect to start upon appointment.

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