International Consultant on Gender and Climate Resilient Agriculture
UN Women, Monrovia, Liberia
Closing Date for Applications:
Duties and Responsibilities
- The consultant, supported by a UN Women focal point, will produce a project document for the a flagship programme in Liberia guided by the global concept note, “Women’s Empowerment through Climate-Resilient Agriculture: Improving Women’s Access to Land and Other Productive Resources in sub-Saharan Africa” and other documents provided, desk research, and consultations with relevant national stakeholders and potential partners (government, civil society organizations, UN agencies, women’s organizations, donors.).
- The structure and table of contents of the document will broadly follow UN Women’s Programme and Operations Manual, specifically Annex D on Programe Document (p. 22).
- Key sections of the project document are the situation analysis, strategy and partnerships, results and resources framework, implementation and management arrangements, and indicative budget.
- The project document will leverage inputs particularly around the situation analysis and partnerships that may be already available.
- The project document will reflect the CRA flagship programme’s four outcome areas, adapted to the specific country context: (i) Increase women’s land tenure security, (ii) Improve the productivity and reduce time and labour burdens of women smallholder farmers by ensuring equal access to climate-resilient productive resources and information; (iii) Remove financing barriers to allow women farmers to invest in climate-resilient agriculture, and (iv) Promote opportunities for women farmers to participate in, and move up the green value chain.
- It is envisioned that these outcomes will be reached through a number of cross-cutting approaches, as should be indicated by the situation analysis and strategy and partnerships identified, includinginter alia baseline assessment, development of data and indicators, mobilizing women farmer groups and cooperatives, multi-stakeholder advocacy, building capacities, and developing financial products and services for women farmers and enabling their access.
- The situation analysis should succinctly lay out the needs and challenges faced by women smallholder farmers in the country, as well as their strengths and capabilities, particularly in terms of land tenure security; access to climate-resilient tools, services, and technologies; financing possibilities and constraints; and potential of green value chains and markets.
- It should identify the major actors, both governmental and non-governmental, international and national, and their interventions in these areas – “who is doing what.” It should begin to identify the thematic areas and localities/regions where the CRA might initiate activities.
- The strategy and partnerships section further develops these themes in delineating the specific approaches that will be implemented to reach the outcomes, where, and with whom.
- Potential partners should be discussed, including women’s farmer organizations and cooperatives, as well other the actors. Roles and responsibilities should be defined.
- The results framework presents the outcomes, outputs, indicators, activities, means of verification, and assumptions/risks of proposed strategy, followed by a section describing the arrangements for project implementation and management, including the implementing partners.
Education and certification:
- Minimum of Master’s degree in gender, development or environmental studies; economics; agricultural sciences; or related disciplines.
- A minimum of ten years of professional policy and/or programming experience;
- Has worked in the country or West Africa / Sahel region on gender and land/climate/agriculture;
- Background in conducting research and analysis in these or related fields;
- Substantial experience in developing project documents in the broad thematic area;
- Technical experience in gender, land, and climate-resilient agriculture;
- Experience with UN Women or another UN agency highly desirable.
- Fluency in English is required.