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International Gender, Community and Enterprise Development Specialist

Bangui (Central African Republic)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Bangui (Central African Republic)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Closing Date: 2018-01-08

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Background

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a financial operating entity of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which is established to contribute to the collective efforts of the international community to combat climate change. The GCF plans to fund programmatic approaches that provide an opportunity for a transformational shift in countries’ climate resilience and green economies, prioritizing a balanced approach between adaptation and mitigation. The GCF can be accessed directly by National Designated Authorities (NDAs) from developing countries and/or through accredited international and regional Implementing Entities (AEs). The Board of the Green Climate Fund has started Accreditation of National and International institutions for direct access. Currently there are 59 AEs and 144 NDAs.

Classified as a Least Developed Country by the UN System, The Gambia is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an overall national poverty rate at $ 1.25 per person per day of 48. 4% (2010) compared to 55.5% in 2008.

The Gambia’s coastal area is composed of ecosystems of high socio-economic importance. Indeed, the coastal related tourism which dominates the tourism sector in Gambia, is among the main contributors to the Gambia GDP. The total contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP was $188.10 million (21.8% of GDP) in 2013, and was forecasted to rise by 3.2% in 2014, and to rise by 3.9% p.a. to $284.26 million (17.9% of GDP) in 2024. Furthermore, in 2013, the total contribution of Travel & Tourism to employment, including jobs indirectly supported by the industry, was 18.7% of total employment (125,500 jobs). This was expected to rise by 1.5% p.a. to 144,000 jobs by2024 (15.4% of total).  Sea level rise is threatening these important economic features of the Gambian economy and could be an obstacle to the achievement of the country's long-term goal of recording 500,000 annual tourist arrivals by 2020 as stated in the national development blueprint, Vision 2020.

The Kololi coastal zone is confronted with a range of “creeping” environmental issues, such as coastal erosion, changes in coastal sediment dynamics and morphology and a decline in the functioning of protective ecosystems (e.g. mangroves). Coastal dynamic modelling, using bathymetry, wave climate data from 2000 to 2009 (Bijl, 2011) concluded that the cause of the high erosion rate at Kololi Beach is driven by multiple processes. The combination of a large amount of shell fractions in the sediment, sand deficit due to sand mining and the effect of sea level rise all exert a high influence on sediment transport. There is a natural trend in erosion along the coast of The Gambia, caused by alongshore gradients in the longshore transport and the effect of sea level rise. A changing reef bathymetry and changing wave climate have compounded the erosive processes. It is expected that sea level rise projected for the Gambia will likely amplify the adverse impacts that are already being felt. The Kololi stretch, which extends between Kololi Point and Bald Cape along the coastline, constitutes one of the important tourism cluster area in the Tourism Development Area (TDA). It has a high economic value as it contains major hotels, including 2 five stars and 2 four star hotels. In addition to the hotels, the area has a high concentration of tourism related businesses, including restaurants, beach bars and hair dressing salons. There is also the Bijilo Forest Park, which is important for both tourism and conservation, located on the cliffs to the northwest of Bijilo. Led by the National Environment Agency (NEA) under the purview of the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change & Natural Resources (MECCNAR) with UNDP serving as the GCF Accredited Entity, an adaptation project “Enhancing Resilience of Kololi stretch economic infrastructure and social assets against sea level rise” has been proposed for possible funding by the GCF. The Proposed Project supports the Government of The Gambia (GoTG) in strengthening the resilience to sea-level rise and associated impacts of climate change of Gambia’s most important coastal socio-economic development assets, notably the tourism infrastructure of the Kololi coastline and the Tanji Bridge. The Project promotes a paradigm shift towards a climate resilient coastal development through its integrated and holistic approach to managing climate risks for coastal areas for approximately 59,140 vulnerable people in the Kololi stretch and surrounding communities of Serrekunda (including 35,000 women) through two inter-linked Components:

  • Output 1:  Natural coastal defence systems strengthened to reduce the exposure of coastal communities and key infrastructure to climate risks.
  • Output 2: Strengthening the policy and institutional framework for the implementation of an integrated coastal zones management in Gambia.

An International Gender, Community and Enterprise Development Specialist is required to contribute to the formulation of the GCF project proposal in line with UNDP and GCF guidelines. The project development phase will include stakeholders’ consultations and data collection for the establishment of baseline data for the project results framework. The consultant will work with the project development team to ensure that stakeholder consultations are gender responsive, to integrate the gender analysis results into the project document and to use the results to identify opportunities and gaps to help better understand and address gender concerns within the project context.  UNDP will also mobilize a team to support the preparation of the proposal package in time for submission to the GCF Secretariat (aimed for end of August 2018). The Consultant is expected to work with and coordinate with the team below under the guidance of and supervision by UNDP.

The supporting team will consist of the following:

  • Project development Consultant: To lead the formulation of a GCF project document. in line with GCF/UNDP guidelines.
  • Gender, Community and Enterprise Development Specialist: Conduct gender analysis related to the scope of the proposed project and develop a gender and community involvement plan.
  • Finance Expert/Specialist: To develop an integrated financial model, including cost-benefit analysis of proposed interventions.
  • Environment and Social Safeguards Specialist: Conduct detailed assessment of Social and Environmental Risks Support International consultants to conduct desk reviews, access to documents/reports, arrange meetings/consultations etc as per their TORs and developing safeguards.
  • National Consultants: Support International consultants to conduct desk reviews, access to documents/reports, arrange meetings/consultations etc as per their TORs.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP is seeking to recruit a Gender, Community & Enterprise Development Specialist to ensure that gender considerations are fully mainstreamed into all relevant components of the GCF project document as well as produce a participatory gender analysis and action plan for the project.

The objective of the assignment is to explain how the GCF project will contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment, identify entry points for mainstreaming gender considerations in to the project components, ensure that the project results framework and theory of change are gender responsive and to develop a gender action plan to advance women’s empowerment and promote gender equality.

 The consultant may assist with capacity building and other aspects of GCF project preparation to ensure gender considerations are mainstreamed into the project document.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Do a participatory gender analysis for integration into the project document;  Fully mainstream gender considerations into the project document;
  •  Develop a gender Action Plan;
  •  Based on the outcome of the analysis, make recommendations pertaining to the adoption of proposed gender sensitive interventions in the context of the project.

Expected outputs and deliverables

Participatory Gender Analysis:

This deliverable will be fully integrated into the project document and used to inform the process of developing the results framework and theory of change.  The participatory gender analysis may consist of:

  • Analysis using the guiding questions in the gender analysis template (Annex 2) to understand the national and local context, and understand issues around gendered division of labour and time use, access and control, power and decision making, and knowledge and capacities.  A review of national gender statistics, time-use surveys, national action plans, and qualitative data generated through policy and academic research and participation assessments should be used to inform the analysis;
  •  Stakeholder consultation analysis, interviews and relevant information;
  • A baseline survey on:  women’s participation in project design, participation in national/ local activities/ meetings; women’s planning processes; women’s livelihood and economic activities; women’s specific adaptation needs; women and men’s participation in decision making processes; men and women as project beneficiaries; roles of men and women in collection and use of biomass fuels; gender differences in water access and use; roles of men and women in ecosystem management / community adaptation; differential impact of climate change / chemicals / POPS / on women; etc.].

Gender considerations fully mainstreamed into project document, including:

  •  Working with the project development team using the findings from the gender analysis, develop the project’s results framework ensuring that gender-responsive outcomes, baselines, targets, and indicators are included; ensure that all applicable indicators are disaggregated by sex and other relevant, intersecting forms of identity;
  •  Working with the project development team using the findings from the gender analysis, develop a gender-responsive theory of change; ensure gender considerations are integrated into the project’s theory of change, including discussion of impact, assumptions, evidence and risks.

Gender Action Plan:

  •  A Gender Action Plan for the project with concrete outputs to facilitate implementation of activities that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Note to file on process to mainstream gender considerations into the project document:

The note to file is an opportunity for the consultant to highlight any key lessons, issues, risks and recommendations (for example, notes for the mid-term review, recommendations to the Regional Technical Advisor or Project Manager) related to gender mainstreaming during any aspect of the project document development process and project implementation not covered elsewhere.

The consultant will report primarily to the UNDP and the appointed officer from the MECCNAR/NEA as well as consult with other members of the Project Preparation Team, as appropriate.  

Competencies

  • Demonstrated understanding of the links between sustainable development, social and gender issues;
  •  Excellent analytical, writing, advocacy, presentation, and communications skills;
  • Good inter-personal communication skills, flexibility;
  • Knowledge in linkages between gender, resilience and disaster risk management.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree in gender studies, gender and development, environment, sustainable development, social sciences or closely related area.

Experience:

  • At least 7 years’ experience in gender mainstreaming, women’s empowerment and sustainable development in the Gambia/West Africa/natural resources management;
  •  5 years’ experience carrying out participatory gender analysis; experience collecting and formulating gender responsive indicators and sex-disaggregated data and preparing gender responsive project analysis; developing gender action plans;
  • 5 years’ experience in analysis of gender issues in the Gambia/West Africa/natural resources management;
  • 5 years’ experience working on policy and programmatic issues with national and local governments and civil society organizations including community organizations;
  • Demonstrated work experience with various stakeholders in government as well as development partners on gender issues;
  • 5 years’ experience with GCF project development and results-based management methodologies is highly desired/required.

Language and other skills:

  • Fluency in English both written and oral.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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