Gender Consultant

Gender Consultant

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Consultant Title: Gender Consultant 

Program Objective: To conduct a gender review of the Amalima program

Level of Effort: 21 days

Amalima requires the services of an experienced Gender Consultant to conduct a gender review in the four Amalima districts of Bulilima, Mangwe, Gwanda, and Tsholotsho.  The consultant will review the strengths and weaknesses of the Amalima gender mainstreaming strategies and identify factors that can enhance gender equality and women empowerment during program implementation and beyond. The consultant will document any observed evidence of change (intended and unintended) due to gender mainstreaming in Amalima interventions, and will provide recommendations on how to enhance the program’s gender strategy during the extension period.   

The goal of this assignment is to better understand if the current gender strategy of the program is achieving the desired results and to receive practical recommendations, based on best practices, of additional actions that can be taken by the project in the remaining two years of implementation to enhance the impact of program activities as they relate to gender. 

TASKS

The Gender Consultant will work closely with the Amalima Gender Specialist, Field Program Coordinator, and other relevant Amalima staff to conduct a gender review covering the following components:

1. Conduct a desk review of literature and Amalima program documents and reports and then develop a work plan for the gender review. (5 days)

2. Travel to Zimbabwe and conduct qualitative research in the field through key informant interviews and focus group discussions with program beneficiaries, and key stakeholders. (10 days)

3. Before leaving Zimbabwe, present the initial findings to Amalima staff (including the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Gender Advisor, and Field Program Support Coordinator) (1 day)

4. Write a draft report of the findings and recommendations for program improvement for review and comments from Amalima staff in DC and Bulawayo (3 days)

5. Finalize report of the findings and recommendations for program improvement in a clear, concise, and usable written report. (2 days)

DELIVERABLES

The expected outputs will include the following components:

1. Work Plan for the Gender Review written in Microsoft Word. The Work plan should include:

• Research questions/objective

• Literature review

• Methodology

• Data collection tools

2. Debrief with Amalima COP and relevant program staff to formally present and share findings and recommendations prior to completion of assignment in Zimbabwe

3. Draft gender review report, written in Microsoft Word and no longer than 15 pages, excluding annexes.  The report should include:

• Executive summary

• Research methodology

• Gender review of findings and recommendations

• References

• Work plan as an annex

• Data collection tools as an annex

4.Final gender review report, written in Microsoft Word and no longer than 15 pages, excluding annexes. The report should include:

• Executive summary

• Research methodology

• Gender review of findings and recommendations. The review should focus on the gender-related actions the program has taken, their effectiveness, and the extent to which the gender strategy is achieving the desired results. Recommendations should be practical and implementable given the scope of the program, remaining length of project, and budget. 

• References

• Work plan as an annex

• Data collection tools as an annex

Qualifications

• At least Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences or other development related fields (e.g. women’s economic empowerment);

• 7+ years of experience in the area of gender-integration and women’s empowerment, preferably on projects in the agricultural sector;

• Professional experience in conducting gender analyses or evaluations of development projects funded by international donor, USAID project experience preferred;

• Strong written and verbal English required;

• Prior experience in Southern Africa, particularly Zimbabwe, preferred

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Monitoring & Evaluation Intern

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Location: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

The M&E intern will report to and work directly with the MEL Manager. The intern will   conduct learning unit research and support routine M&E work. She/he will support and learn all aspects of research, monitoring, evaluation and learning including but not limited to data collection, entry, analysis and report writing. 

Specific Duties

  • Support preparatory work for agricultural outcome surveys, including mobilizing enumerators, survey materials and lists of interviewees 
  • Support collection of quantitative and qualitative data using both formal and informal approaches
  • Capture research data using appropriate software
  • Support analysis of agricultural outcome survey data using SPSS or related packages to produce various statistics including confidence interval and standard error of estimates
  • Support district MEL team by ensuring a regular supply of (blank) training registers and other data collection tools
  • Maintain a tracker on routine data entry into the electronic database and facilitate data flow in the MEL unit (between HQ and districts)
  • Support report writing of special studies

Qualifications

  • The position is targeted at students studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Research Methods and Quantitative Skills (including software), Agriculture, Nutrition, Communications/Writing or other relevant field.
  • A strong interest and solid foundation in research methods and tools is a requirement. Applicants must have a support letter from their learning institution.  

To apply Qualified candidates should send their detailed CVs and cover letters to: Amalima.consultancy.services@gmail.comand write title of the position they are applying for in the subject line by 9th  April  2018.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.