Gender Expert

  • Posted on 16 July 2020

Job Description

Background: Cardno US implements the USAID Papua New Guinea (PNG) Biodiversity Program and PNG Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative-funded Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment Project. By linking these projects together, efforts to empower women in PNG will be enhanced while PNG’s capacity to manage its environmental resources will be strengthened. Both programs focus on building the capacity of women along natural resource-based value chains in PNG, as a method to improve economic outcomes for women and promote conservation of the country’s exceptional biodiversity. The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity program specifically supports capacity building and development of economic opportunities and enterprises of women working in natural resource-based activities. It is widely recognized that investing in women often pays significantly higher social and development dividends than many other options. The biodiversity program will reduce threats to priority biodiversity hotspots in PNG by supporting communities to manage their customary lands and waters, and effectively identify alternative livelihoods, with WGDP ensuring the empowerment of women is kept at the center of program work.

The Biodiversity Conservation Program seeks a Gender Expert to conduct a final review of a gender issues survey document to inform USAID’s women’s empowerment programs in Papua New Guinea. Cardno’s two projects build’s on the successes of the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFAT’s) Pacific Women’s Program as well as other programs. As a result, the successful consultant chosen to review this gender issues survey document must be aware of DFAT’s program as well as other successful programs in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands region. The successful candidate will work with Cardno’s Chief of Party to clarify requirements prior to and during the document review process. The consultant will ensure that the document is sufficiently comprehensive to provide direction and advice to Cardno’s gender team in terms of conceiving, developing, and carrying out an innovative program focused on women’s empowerment, specifically economic empowerment, that addresses the targets of the both the biodiversity and WGDP programs. The consultant will ensure that recommendations are evidence based and reflect realistic actions promoting women’s empowerment in PNG including, where appropriate, the prevention of gender-based violence in PNG.


· Review an approximately 35 page draft gender issues survey document to ensure that it successfully represents existing experiences, documentation and learning on women’s empowerment and gender issues in Papua New Guinea;

· Compare the survey document with expected key outcomes of USAID and Cardno’s biodiversity and WGDP projects , as well as Pacific Women Leadership reports and assessments;

· Recommend priority indicators that are expected to capture progress in women’s economic empowerment and gender-based violence in PNG;

· Present editorial and content recommendations to Cardno’s Chief of Party in a summary report that leads to finalization of the survey document.


· Report summarizing findings and recommendations for completion of the gender issues survey report.

· One conference call via Zoom or Skype with the Chief of Party and other Cardno staff discussing findings of the review.

· Recommendations of 5-7 gender-focused and gender-sensitive indicators for the PNG context to be used by Cardno to measure its successful intervention in Papua New Guinea.


Required Minimum Education: BS/BA in relevant field of study (MS/MA preferred)

Required Experience: At least 10+ years of experience development studies, gender studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, or monitoring and evaluation

Knowledge and Skills:

· Direct experience working on gender issues in Papua New Guinea.

· Experience working as a gender consultant for at least 5 years;

· An understanding of the context of gender and women’s issues within PNG, with significant recent experience in PNG or the Pacific Islands region on gender analysis in the development context and/or in other sector areas such as Economic Growth, Health and Education, and/or Democracy and Governance.

· Experience in developing gender-sensitive indicators as well as in monitoring and evaluation methods.

· Knowledge of USAID, DFAT, and other global strategies for gender empowerment and equity;

· Excellent conceptual, oral and written communication skills in English;

· Experience in Papua New Guinea a plus.

Estimated Period of Performance: July 20-30, 2020

Estimated LoE: To be determined

Equal Opportunity statement: Cardno has a long standing policy of Equal Opportunity in employment. Our practice is to fill positions by selecting applicants who can perform the work in a competent and professional manner. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status. At any time, if you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact Human Resources at

Cardno is a professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with specialist expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world. Cardno’s team includes leading professionals who plan, design, manage and deliver sustainable projects and community programs. Cardno is an international company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange [ASX:CDD].

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About the Organization

Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd., is part of Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division with international development assistance companies in Brisbane, Brussels, Jakarta, Melbourne, Nairobi, Oxford, Port Moresby, and Washington, DC. Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. was formerly Emerging Markets Group, Ltd. and brings nearly a 30-year history serving the objectives of bilateral and multilateral donors and private clients. The Emerging Markets Division brings together a broad range of experience and talent; a rich history of innovation, passion and commitment to international development and an established reputation for high quality demand and client driven services. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division manages more than $750 million in current contracts and grants, brings together over 90 years of collective experience, and engages over 3,700 professionals in more than 100 countries. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division currently implements over 130 projects globally.

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