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  • Organization: Mercy Corps
  • Location: Amman
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Environment
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2018-06-30

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Consultant - Water Innovations Technology (WIT) Gender Assessment - Jordan

Amman (Jordan)

Background:

The Water Innovations Technology (WIT) project is a 5-year $35 million USAID-funded program designed to increase water conservation in Jordan. Jordan has one of the lowest levels of water availability per capita in the world. Renewed action is required to make better use of existing water resources due to economic, population, and climate pressures. The WIT project will contribute to the overall objective of conserving water in Jordan, through the adoption and proven water-saving technologies and techniques, by achieving three integrated outcomes: 1) Water conserving technologies and behavior changes are adopted at the agricultural, community and household levels; 2) Access to financing for adoption of water conservation technology is improved; and 3) Institutions strengthened to support water saving technologies. WIT partners include International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and International Center for Bio-saline Agriculture (ICBA) and another four partners both local and international.

Purpose/Project Description:

The WIT Project has previously conducted a gender assessment and an action plan that is dedicated to the households and communities’ component. With the support of the program team, the consultant will build on this existing gender assessment to design a baseline gender assessment for the agricultural component which represent greater that 80% of the WIT project scope. In addition, the consultant will provide analysis and reporting on the agricultural baseline gender assessment, including challenges and recommendations moving forward. The agricultural gender assessment part is relevant to the previously conducted gender assessment and will be included as a critical annex to the existing assessment.

According to USAID, gender issues are central to the achievement of strategic plan and assistance objectives. Gender analysis should be used to guide long term planning and ensure desired results are achieved. However gender is not a separate topic to be analyzed and reported in isolation. A gender integration approach requires that gender analysis be applied to the range of technical issues that are considered in the development and implementation of WIT strategies. The gender baseline assessment is intended to provide in-depth knowledge of gender-related issues, challenges within the Jordan agricultural sector, while demonstrating practical recommendations to surmount gender challenges within the WIT project. This includes, defining the project-relevant gender challenges and opportunities; describing the best approaches and best-practices for addressing relevant gender issues such as targeted access to finance; and providing additional relevant performance indicators (as necessary) to obtain metrics and measurements of achievements.

The consultant will work closely with the WIT project team, WIT MEL Consultant and Ag team leader to ensure the baseline agricultural gender assessment covers WIT activities and geographical areas. A resulting Gender Analysis and Gender Intervention Action Plan will be critical in WIT project collaboration, learning and adaptation (CLA) processes and reporting narratives. The development of the Gender Action Plan should cover all remaining years of the project, but particular focus should be put on the plan for the upcoming year as it will be part of the annual planning process.

Activities:

The Consultant will:

● Carry out a WIT project desk-review of existing literature (to be collated and provided by WIT project personnel);

● Review WIT project documentation, existing gender assessment and provide input and feedback mainly on gender indicators and their Performance Indicators Reference sheets (PIRS).

● Review the Agriculture component work plan and indicators

● Prepare key gender research questions and tasks, and design a detailed gender research plan;

● Design, prepare and manage (including in a field setting) primary data collection tools, coordinating with WIT personnel as required;

● Clean, manage, analyze and report on primary and secondary data sources;

● Develop quality program recommendations and action plan that reflect gender best-practices within program activities and work-planning needs;

● A presentation of the gender assessment and recommendations to WIT concerned project team including; COP, DCOP, Program Management Officer, Agriculture team and M&E Team to obtain feedback from staff and incorporate questions and concerns into the final gender assessment report. As necessary conduct follow up meetings with partners or stakeholders to answer any outstanding questions;

● Focus group discussions or one to one interviews could be conducted with farmers and members from local communities to hear first-hand from beneficiaries and stakeholders about gender disparities and inequalities and ideas to address them. These meeting can be facilitated by WIT team or partners as needed;

Prepare and present a final report and associated deliverables.

The consultant will carry-out the following activities with the support of WIT personnel:

  1. Baseline Data Collection and Setting of Targets:

In line with WIT project Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP) and in close communication with the WIT Project MEL Manager and Consultant, collect sex and age disaggregated data (SADD) pertaining to the required baseline gender assessment. Identify data collection tools and data analysis methodologies relevant to both, qualitative and quantitative project indicators and assessment processes. Creation of a Gender Assessment Framework (GAF).

  1. Gender Analysis: the work phases consists of the following:

− Design and implement a GAF to help teams identify the gender specific information needed to design and deliver program activities that meet the needs of men, women, boys and girls in their context.

− Analysis of SADD and other information;

− Assessment of roles and responsibilities/division of labor0 including segregation of duties (SoD);

− Consideration and analysis of access to, power and control over agriculture resources (agricultural and water-based resources in particular);

− Examination of patterns of decision-making within the agricultural sector and their intersect with the outcomes contained within the existing WIT project gender assessment;

− Examination of WIT project data using a gender perspective (for example, in the context of women and men’s role in agriculture). Assessment of project data and CLA recommendations aimed at addressing gender reporting needs and gaps.

  1. Project/ Intervention A**ction** Plan:**

To achieve gender-inclusive project results, WIT project and partners need to fully understand and use participatory approaches during all project phases, particularly the inception phase. The baseline gender assessment is critical to the development of an inclusive gender action plan and for the WIT project to apply gender assessment findings to all program activities.

Deliverables:

The Consultant will submit:

● Research plan including timeline;

● Gender Assessment Framework (GAF)

● Data collection tools, tool implementation methodology, training plans/records;

● Data brief, including raw data;

● Final report, including detailed program activity and work-planning recommendations;

● Memo on gender integration in WIT programming and learning pathways;

Timeframe / Schedule:

The anticipated length of this consultancy is approximately 24 days (not including travel days). The expected consultancy start-date is the first week of July, 2018. A final timeline will be developed in consultation with Mercy Corps / WIT project at the beginning of the consultancy to establish deadlines for submission of all deliverables.

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