Gender Consultant

Posted on 9 July 2018

Job Description

Background and Justification:

Amalima, a USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) funded program seeks to improve livelihoods through increased agricultural productivity, income diversification, increased access to financial services, and strengthened community-managed disaster risk reduction systems. Amalima also seeks to improve household nutrition through improved diets for women and children, improved caring practices for children, improved availability and use of water and sanitation, and facilitate better distribution of nutritious foods. The program will benefit over 200,000 individuals in the districts of Tsholotsho in Matabeleland North province; Bulilima, Mangwe, and Gwanda in Matabeleland South province in Zimbabwe. To achieve the intended results, the program is using a combination of capacity building, training, mentoring, food rations, household asset vouchers, matching grants, community-based messaging and mobilization strategies.

Amalima program was initially for 5 years (2013- 2018) but has since been extended by 2 more years. Through gender mainstreaming, the program has been promoting participation of both men and women in all program interventions, promoting workload sharing at household and community levels, working to address women’s mobility constraints to input and output markets, promoting access to labor saving technologies for women, promoting access to and control over resources and assets by women, promoting joint decision making over use of resources and income, and promoting peaceful homes free from all forms of gender based violence.

A mid-term program evaluation conducted in 2016 recommended that Amalima “should continue to disseminate to the communities, key messages on gender through training and mobilizing more male champions. Gender training should be part of every training that is done under different program interventions”. Program beneficiaries have also been taken through an outcome mapping exercise on what an “Empowered man and Empowered woman” should look like for Amalima beneficiaries to understand what the program aims to achieve through its women empowerment and gender equality efforts. The gender review will provide the program with an opportunity to assess progress and to strengthen gender mainstreaming in all its activities during the extension period and for sustainability after program completion.

Scope of Work

Consultant Title: Gender Consultant

Program Objective: To conduct a gender review of the Amalima program

Level of Effort: 21 days

Scope of Work: Amalima requires the services of an experienced Gender Consultant to conduct a gender review in the four Amalima districts of Bulilima, Mangwe, Gwanda, and Tsholotsho. The consultant will review the strengths and weaknesses of the Amalima gender mainstreaming strategies and identify factors that can enhance gender equality and women empowerment during program implementation and beyond. The consultant will document any observed evidence of change (intended and unintended) due to gender mainstreaming in Amalima interventions, and will provide recommendations on how to enhance the program’s gender strategy during the extension period.

The goal of this assignment is to better understand if the current gender strategy of the program is achieving the desired results and to receive practical recommendations, based on best practices, of additional actions that can be taken by the project in the remaining two years of implementation to enhance the impact of program activities as they relate to gender.

TASKS

The Gender Consultant will work closely with the Amalima Gender Specialist, Field Program Coordinator, and other relevant Amalima staff to conduct a gender review covering the following components:

  1. Conduct a desk review of literature and Amalima program documents and reports and then develop a work plan for the gender review. (5 days)
  2. Travel to Zimbabwe and conduct qualitative research in the field through key informant interviews and focus group discussions with program beneficiaries, and key stakeholders. (10 days)
  3. Before leaving Zimbabwe, present the initial findings to Amalima staff (including the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Gender Advisor, and Field Program Support Coordinator) (1 day)
  4. Write a draft report of the findings and recommendations for program improvement for review and comments from Amalima staff in DC and Bulawayo (3 days)
  5. Finalize report of the findings and recommendations for program improvement in a clear, concise, and usable written report. (2 days)

DELIVERABLES

The expected outputs will include the following components:

  1. Work Plan for the Gender Review written in Microsoft Word. The Work plan should include:
    • Research questions/objective
    • Literature review
    • Methodology
    • Data collection tools
  2. Debrief with Amalima COP and relevant program staff to formally present and share findings and recommendations prior to completion of assignment in Zimbabwe
  3. Draft gender review report, written in Microsoft Word and no longer than 15 pages, excluding annexes. The report should include:
    • Executive summary
    • Research methodology
    • Gender review of findings and recommendations
    • References
    • Work plan as an annex
    • Data collection tools as an annex
  4. Final gender review report, written in Microsoft Word and no longer than 15 pages, excluding annexes. The report should include:
    • Executive summary
    • Research methodology
    • Gender review of findings and recommendations. The review should focus on the gender-related actions the program has taken, their effectiveness, and the extent to which the gender strategy is achieving the desired results. Recommendations should be practical and implementable given the scope of the program, remaining length of project, and budget.
    • References
    • Work plan as an annex
    • Data collection tools as an annex

Qualifications:

  • At least Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences or other development related fields (e.g. women’s economic empowerment);
  • 7+ years of experience in the area of gender-integration and women’s empowerment, preferably on projects in the agricultural sector;
  • Professional experience in conducting gender analyses or evaluations of development projects funded by international donor, USAID project experience preferred;
  • Strong written and verbal English required;
  • Prior experience in Southern Arica, particularly Zimbabwe, preferred

About the Organization

About CNFA:

CNFA is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to stimulating economic growth in the agricultural sector by nurturing entrepreneurship, private enterprise and market linkages. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, to expand exports, and to develop skills in the rural workforce. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets.

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