Climate Change and its Impact on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Ipas
Pakistan, Islamabad
4d ago

I. Introduction / Background :

Climate change is one of the defining crises of our time, and people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are affected by this crisis.

The effects of climate change amount to a global public health, economic, humanitarian, and gender equality disaster. Women and girls disproportionately bear the brunt of climate-related events and environmental stress.

And yet their needs and voices are systemically set aside when working to mitigate and adapt to climate impact, because systems and norms deny them power.

In effect, climate crises deny women and girls their ability to control their own fertility.

Ipas works globally to improve access to abortion and contraception so that everyone can determine their own future. Our work is central to ensure women-led climate justice, reproductive justice, and global sustainable development.

Ipas is uniquely placed around the world to help climate change adaptation and resilience, and to respond to climate related emergencies as they relate to reproductive health.

In a world marked by the climate crisis, investment in SRHR and gender equity is critical, so that women and girls, young people, communities, and health systems will have climate resiliency.

Women and girls should be key players in solving the climate crisis, through holistic approaches that will improve education, ensure continues access to high-quality reproductive health services, build economic security, and amplify the voices and ideas of women and young people.

Pakistan experiences recurring heatwaves and droughts, riverine and flash floods, landslides, and sea storms or cyclones.

Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of these events as well as exacerbate people’s vulnerabilities.

Already, 39 per cent of the population experience multidimensional poverty, and the loss of livelihoods will have huge consequences on people’s wellbeing and ability to afford healthcare 1 .

Climate change may potentially increase the number of child marriages, premature births and domestic violence. Women and children will also be more vulnerable to malnourishment and malnutrition due to lower food production.

Ipas is working in Pakistan since 2007 to decrease death and injury from unsafe abortion in through socially and culturally sensitive interventions, including training health-care providers, supporting the sustainability of safe reproductive health technologies, and strengthening national partnerships in support of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

II. Period of Performance : March to May 2022

III. Scope of Work :

In context to the above given background, Ipas is hiring a consultant to conduct a public health situational analysis with a focus on existing reproductive health services, including the provision of family planning services and safe abortion care to women and girls during extreme weather and climate disasters events in Sindh, Pakistan.

Consultant will then disseminate the results of this situational analysis with wider stakeholders in a workshop.

Through this assignment, we would be able to describe the current capacity of Pakistan health system to manage the risks of climate-sensitive health outcomes related to reproductive health services, including family planning and abortion care and identify possible additional burden of adverse health outcomes due to climate change.

For this assignment, consultant will use both primary and secondary sources to conduct the situational analysis.

IV. Technical Requirements :

Masters in Social Sciences / Development Studies / Population Sciences with a minimum of 05 years work experience with an organization working in SRHR / Climate change / Hygiene.

Experience in program management / research will be an additional value.

V. Reporting :

The consultant will report to the Policy and Communications Advisor, Ipas Pakistan

VI. Deliverables / Milestones

No. Deliverables - Days - Timelines

1. To draft and share methodology (IDIs / FDGs / who are the key stakeholders etc.) to be used for conduction of situational analysis - 02 Days - 10th March ,2022

2. To conduct situational analysis and develop draft 0 of report - 06 Days - 4th April, 2022

3. Review and Incorporate comments / feedback of Ipas team in draft 0 of report and prepare draft 1 of report - 03 Days - 15th April, 2022

4. Review and Incorporate comments / feedback of Ipas team in draft 1 of report and prepare final draft of report

03 Days - 4th May ,2022

5. To conduct and facilitate a workshop with the key stakeholders (policy makers / professionals / experts) and share findings of the the report with stakeholders and take their input / feedback :

  • 06 Days - 18th May, 2022
  • Pre-workshop preps such as agenda development, sharing of list of participants in consultation with Ipas
  • One workshop report
  • Final report must include methodology, situational analysis, description of existing policies and programs related to climate change and emergencies, gaps and trends and recommendations for future programming
  • 1 Climate Change Impacts on Health and Livelihoods : Pakistan Assessment - Pakistan ReliefWeb

    Ipas is strongly committed to providing a work environment that is free from all forms of harassment, discrimination, and inequity.

    We recruit, employ, train, promote, and compensate our personnel without regard to race, age, sex, religion, national origin, color, creed, ancestry, citizenship, caste, ethnicity, regional identity, tribal identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristic protected by law or outlined by Ipas policy.

    Ipas acknowledges that these personal characteristics may differ in different contexts.

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