Team: Programs | Commitment: Consultant | Location: Republic of Georgia

International Gender and Economic Development Advisor

BACKGROUND:

Restoring Efficiency to Agriculture Production (REAP) activity is a five year inclusive enterprise development program that aims to increase incomes and employment in rural areas by delivering firm-level investment and technical assistance to agribusiness enterprises that provide inputs, services, training and cash markets to smallholders. REAP catalyzes increased private sector investment and commercial finance to the agribusiness sector, mitigates risk for rural SMEs and entrepreneurs, and expands commercially sustainable linkages between service providers, producers, post-harvest enterprises and local business consulting firms.

REAP mainstreamed gender throughout program activities through gender transformative enterprise development programming that focused on women’s economic empowerment and the promotion of gender equitable agriculture and agribusiness development including men’s engagement. Through REAP’s matching grants and technical assistance program, REAP-supported a large cohort of emerging women entrepreneurs to access financing, network, develop business plans, improve their marketing and launch agribusinesses. Concurrently, REAP worked with its entire portfolio of grantees to design and implement enterprise development interventions that transform unequal gender relations to promote shared power, control of resources and decision-making within the firm.

 

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this assignment is to work closely with REAP’s Gender Specialist to develop a gender impact assessment report. The report is aimed to review and capture REAP’s impact on the engendering of agribusiness development programming. The selected international consultant shall lead the development of the report while providing coaching and mentoring to REAP’s Gender Specialist. The reports should be completed no later than July, 2018 and will be utilized in REAP’s Final Report.

The gender impact assessment report shall include case studies and good practices that effectively illustrate example methodologies to facilitate the proper development of de facto women-owned agribusinesses[1] in Georgia.

 

[1]An agriculture business that is at least 51% owned by one or more women, and management and daily business operations controlled by one or more women (in line with the USAID definition: http://www.usaid.gov/business/small_business/small-business-program).

De facto women-owned agribusinesses are those agribusinesses where women are not included as token/pro forma women, but do have the real authority and power as described in the definition of ‘woman-owned agribusiness’.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Act as a resource person and coach on international development focused interventions in the area of agribusiness-related gender integration and women’s economic empowerment;
  • Review and analyze REAP’s gender strategy, project documents and specifically, REAP’s gender-related materials and gender activities conducted to-date;
  • In collaboration with REAP’s Gender Specialist, propose to REAP’s management the methodology and design for the gender impact assessment, including illustrative case studies illustrating REAP’s support to women-owned agribusinesses;
  • Provide high-level technical guidance and recommendations throughout the drafting of the reports;
  • In collaboration with REAP’s Gender Specialist, draft the agreed upon reports;
  • During the assignment, provide necessary coaching to REAP’s Gender Specialist.

QUALIFICATIONS and SKILLS:

  • At least Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences (gender and economic development, development economics) or other development­ related fields (e.g. gender and agribusiness development, women’s economic empowerment).
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the area of gender-integration and women’s economic empowerment focused on economic development/private sector development and/or agribusiness development.
  • Completion of USAID Gender 103 training for gender advisors will be an advantage.
  • Proven technical expertise in the field of gender and economic development/agribusiness development, including conducting analysis of projects/programs from a gender perspective.
  • Thorough knowledge of gender-related methodologies and best practices for promoting women’s economic empowerment at the global level.
  • Fluency in English is required. 

TIMING and LEVEL OF EFFORT:

The assignment is expected to be carried out over the period of May – July, 2018, with final deliverables submitted no later than July 31, 2018. Intermediate deliverables will be agreed upon with the selected candidate and will be included in the final scope of work. The consultancy is expected to combine remote work for the review of documentation and report writing as well as field trips throughout Georgia to meet with beneficiaries. Total level of effort is expected to not exceed 20 days, inclusive of travel.

 

DEADLINE:

Qualified candidates should submit their resumes highlighting relevant experience with contact details of at least three professional referees along with writing samples from reports and or assessments authored by the candidate that is similar to the given scope no later than April 9, 2018. Only candidates with proven similar experience will be shortlisted and contacted for the interview.