United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Individual Consultant (Gender Expert to Develop Gender Mainstreaming Strategy and Gender Action Plan for The Zambezi Valley Biodiversity Project)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

  The Government of Zimbabwe, through the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry (MECTHI), in partnership with the UNDP, is implementing a 6-year GEF funded project entitled “Strengthening Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management and Climate-Smart Landscapes in the Mid to Lower Zambezi Region of Zimbabwe”, known locally as the Zambezi Valley Biodiversity Project (ZVBP). The project is implemented under a National Implementation Modality (NIM) in which MECTHI is the Implementing Partner. This is a child project under a global parent programme entitled “Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development” - known for short as the Global Wildlife Programme (GWP). The project seeks to address multiple threats to biodiversity and sustainable community development in the Lower Zambezi, which include poaching and associated wildlife trade, retaliatory killing of wildlife, deforestation and associated land degradation due to unsustainable Agriculture and firewood consumption, and uncontrolled veld fires. The Zambezi Valley Biodiversity Project is a multifocal intervention, the objective of which is to promote an integrated landscape approach to managing wildlife resources, carbon and ecosystem services in the face of climate change in the protected areas and communal lands of the Mid to Lower Zambezi Regions of Zimbabwe. The project has 4 components namely: Component 1. Strengthening capacity and governance frameworks for integrated wildlife and woodland management and wildlife/forest crime enforcement in Zimbabwe; Component 2. Strengthening Zimbabwe's PA estate and CAMPFIRE Wildlife Conservancies in areas of global BD significance; Component 3. Mainstreaming BD and ES management, and climate change mitigation, into the wider landscape; and Component 4. Knowledge Management, M&E and Gender Mainstreaming. The project is being implemented in Muzarabani, Mbire and Hurungwe Districts as well as Mana Pools National Park, and Chewore, Sapi, Hurungwe, Dande, Charara and Doma Safari Areas. The project area includes wards located near protect areas with communities relying on natural resources for survival. The project will carry out activities that seek to improve the livelihoods of communities that resides within the project area. In many communities, women and men have different roles in agriculture and food production, land use, accessing water and energy, natural Resource Management and conservation, and household activities, among others. Women are primarily responsible for activities such as managing seed, foraging for food or medicinal plants, and food processing and preparation, while men manage incomes and profits and make decisions on resource allocation. This division of roles based on gender is often a result of gender-based inequalities that limit women’s rights to, ownership of, and access to land and other productive resources. The needs of man and women are different hence the need to have a gender mainstreaming strategy in place that will assist in maximize benefits from natural resources in the project area. The overall purpose of this assignment is to Conduct Gender Analysis and develop a costed Gender Action Plan with a clear set of measurable gender indicators. The actional plan should have an indicators monitoring plan. Gender Indicators will be used to assess impact of the project activities on gender equality and involvement of women in sustainable wildlife and natural resource management. UNDP is seeking the service of a local gender expert to undertake and develop a Gender Analysis and Gender mainstreaming Action Plan for the Zambezi Valley Biodiversity Strategy.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will be responsible for the following outputs and related activities:
  • Conduct a detailed Gender Analysis to understand the linkages between gender equality and biodiversity
    • Within the broader context of the priorities and objectives of the project, the consultant will be expected to carry out analyses to identify the roles, responsibilities, rights, resources and access to decision-making of women and men, respectively, which need to be taken into account, as well as constraints to women’s or men’s full involvement in, contribution to, and benefits from biodiversity activities which must be specifically addressed;

    • Conduct participatory gender analysis (geographical area/community) to fully consider the different needs, benefits, impacts, risks and access to/control over resources of women and men (including considerations of intersecting categories of identity such as age, social status, ethnicity, marital status, etc.). This will include collection of gender responsive baseline data relevant to solution planning, implementation and monitoring; and identification of the share of female and male direct beneficiaries.

  • Develop Gender Action Plan
    • As needed, conduct consultations with key stakeholders including women organizations on the gender issues related to the project and collect stakeholders' feedback and incorporate these comments into a Gender Action Plan and the project results framework;

    • Identifying ways and means to ensure that the entry-points are gender-responsive - ways and means need to be sought for effectively influencing processes and procedures to ensure they are planned and implemented in a gender-responsive manner and lead to positive outcomes for gender equality, the empowerment of women and women’s enjoyment of human rights, as well as for the sectoral/thematic area;

    • Assess potential negative impacts of the project on gender equality and specific activities to mitigate and/or minimize them, and incorporate into UNDP's Social and Environmental Standards process.

  • Develop a costed gender action plan M&E Annex and ensure that the M&E system of the project can provide gender-disaggregated data and analysis.
    • The Gender Action Plan should be with outputs to facilitate implementation of activities that promote gender equality and women's empowerment. This will include mechanisms/measures/interventions to support gender mainstreaming integration into biodiversity planning mechanisms and Capacity Building activities including the development/formulation of gender-responsive/strategies/policies to address gender and biodiversity related issues. The Gender Action Plan will also identify specific additional impact on gender and contribute to development of specific activities that would enhance participation, empowerment, leadership and institutional strengthening. The Gender Action Plan must therefore include gender targets, indicators and the related costed M&E plan.

  • Provide guidance and recommendations to the design of proposed activities and to related Training Programs.Submit raw data, Report and annexes as required by UNDP.

The consultant will work under the guidance of Head, PRECC Unit, in consultation with the Project Manager. The duration of the assignment is 20 days, and the work must be completed over 60 days. Expected deliverables and related weights
  • Presentation and approval of an Inception Report with detailed Methodology and Stakeholder engagement plan, 10%;

  • Gender Analysis report, 30%;

  • Costed Gender Action Plan that includes gender targets, indicators and the related M&E plan, 30%;

  • Final report with in-depth quantitative and qualitative Gender Analysis and action plan and relevant annexes, 30%.

Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

High Level of Professionalism:
  • Strong analytical, quantitative and problem-solving skills;

  • Ability to provide clear messages on complex information;

  • Ability to seek and synthesize information from a variety of sources and draw solid conclusion based on in depth analysis;

  • Accuracy and attention to detail;

  • Good communication skills, including the ability to write high quality reports, conduct studies and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise style;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, teamwork and adept at working with people of diverse cultural and social backgrounds;

  • An understanding of and ability to abide by the core values of the United Nations.

Strong Planning & Organizing Capacity:
  • Organizes and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources and multiple reporting relationships;

  • Plans, coordinates and organizes workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines;

  • Demonstrates ability to quickly shift from one task to another to meet multiple support needs;

Demonstratable Teamwork:
  • Works collaboratively with partners to achieve organizational goals;

  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;

  • Facilitates the development of individual and multi-cultural/team competencies;

  • Ability to provide substantive training and mentoring, and manage teams.

Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced Degree Social Studies, Development Studies or in gender issues, gender development, sustainable development or related fields.

  • At least 7 years of practical working experience in gender mainstreaming, women's empowerment and sustainable development; previous experience in supporting UNDP will be an added advantage;

  • Knowledge of Human rights (including human rights-based approach and human rights impact assessment); gender equality and women’s empowerment (including gender mainstreaming and gender analysis);

  • Experience in carrying out participatory gender analysis; collecting and formulating gender responsive indicators and sex-disaggregated data and preparing gender responsive project analysis; and developing gender action plans and related M&E frameworks for gender mainstreaming;

  • Demonstrate expertise in gender issues in the environment or biodiversity management/ conservation Demonstrated knowledge of sustainable development environmental management issues, and other related sustainable human development issues.

Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English.

Application procedure: Applicants are requested to upload copies of:
  • Latest CV highlighting the relevant experience;

  • Updated P11 Form template of which can be downloaded from this website - http://www.sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc.

  • A detailed technical proposal on undertaking the tasks and evidence of previous work;

Please group all your documents (CV, P11, Technical Proposal and certificates) into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document. Incomplete applications will not be given consideration. Applicants must reply to the mandatory questions asked by the system when submitting the application Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted. Evaluation criteria: The Consultant will be evaluated based on qualifications and the years of experience, as outlined in the qualifications/requirements section of the ToR. In addition, the Consultant will also be evaluated on the following methodology: Technical Criteria weight: 70%; Financial Criteria weight: 30%; The award of the contract shall be made to the Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the Terms of Reference. “UNDP is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff, and equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Well qualified candidates, particularly women and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply”. 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. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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