Gender and Finance Consultant

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 10 March 2020
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Closing on 9 April 2020
  • Current

Job Description

Background

The three project objectives are to identify a pipeline of investments in land use and land management; encourage investments by banks, financial institutions, and funds into sustainable, low-emission land use management business; and, address systemic issues that block the development and financing of low-emissions land use management. In support of these objectives, USAID Green Invest Asia is supporting the integration of the Cambodian Sustainable Finance Principles (CSFI) through a partnership with the Association of Banks in Cambodia (ABC). Support provided by USAID Green Invest Asia is twofold. First, a series of in-depth sessions on different elements of the CSFI will be organized for ABC member banks and delivered either through regular association meetings or through separately organized events. Second, technical assistance is available to member banks for the purpose of integrating ESG risk mitigation tools and investment screening criteria into their respective institutions, as well as the development of policies to align systems with actions.

Objectives

The Consultant will support the integration of gender into Environmental and Social (E&S) systems, policies, and tools used for bank training in Cambodia. The purpose is to support USAID Green Invest Asia in ensuring that assistance provided does not exacerbate or perpetuate gender and other social disparities; contributes toward reducing those disparities where possible; and helps empower women, girls, and members of traditionally disadvantaged groups.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultant will take work closely with the USAID Green Invest Asia finance and banking team to:

  • Review and revise as appropriate the E&S risk management and screening tool developed by USAID Green Invest Asia to ensure it is gender neutral and that implementation assists bank credit officers in screening investments which may harm or have a negative impact on women;
  • Discuss with USAID Green Invest Asia banking and finance team on policy language for gender which align with spirit and intention of CSFI.
  • Provide examples of how women and men are affected by investment screening criteria that can be used in ABC awareness raising, with a focus on agriculture and forestry investments; and
  • Identify other gender gaps that exist, which will help strengthen adherence by the ABC members understand, develop, and integrate gender neutral policies and procedures into their banking institutions.
Deliverables
  • Revised ESG risk management and screening tool
  • Draft gender policy
  • Delivery of talk on how banking and investment can be gender neutral
Qualifications
  • At least seven years of experience in international development;
  • At least five years of experience in integrating gender equality and female empowerment into programming;
  • Advanced university degree in social science/economics human rights, gender/women’s studies, international development or other relevant field;
  • Experience with addressing gender equality issues in the banking and finance sector;
  • Preferably has experience working in South East Asia;
  • Must be fluent in English.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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