Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the assignment
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO - Caribbean Representative, the consultant will undertake a gender-responsive review of national agriculture and small business programmes run by Governments, Non-Government organisations, the Private Sector and other relevant stakeholders and their incentive schemes in 5 participating countries in the project, “Building Effective Resilience for Human Security in the Caribbean Countries: The Imperative of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in a Strengthened Agriculture (and related Agri/Fisheries Small Business) Sector”. These countries are Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada and Saint Lucia. The review will identify the support measures and incentives available in the agriculture, fisheries and small business programmes generally, such a access to finances, tools of the trade, and equipment, but will also specify the existence of special assistance provided to specific target groups including women smallholder farmers, fishers and women small business entrepreneurs. The analysis of incentive schemes within each sector will, at a minimum, outline the range of support activities and/or assistance provided.
Scope of Work and Deliverables
The consultant can work from their home country for the full duration of the assignment and will be expected to deliver the following results:
- Desk review of agriculture and fisheries programmes and incentive schemes in the 5 target countries”;
- Desk review of small business programmes and incentive schemes in the 5 target countries;
- Develop an outline of the document “Gender-Responsive review of national agriculture and small business support programmes and incentive schemes” for discussion and approval by UN Women;
- Prepare the draft document “Gender-Responsive review of national agriculture and small business support programmes and incentive schemes”;
- Draft a “Directory of Services available to support women smallholder farmers, fishers and women small business entrepreneurs.”
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO-Caribbean Representative, with direct reporting to UN Women Programme Specialist for Economic Empowerment and Statistics.
Core Values / Guiding Principles:
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
- Strong gender responsive budgeting, economic analysis, social research and analytical skills;
- Excellent written and oral communications skills including the conveying complex concepts and recommendations, in a clear and persuasive style tailored to match different audiences;
- Ability to interact independently as part of a team;
- Ability to multi-task and operate effectively in stressful situations.
Required Skills and Experience
Required skills and experience:
- Advanced University Degree in any of the following areas: Gender and Development, Public Policy, Sociology, Agriculture, Business Administration, Economics.
- Minimum five years’ experience working on gender and social research within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), evidenced by a written body of work, is required;
- Experience working in the agriculture and fisheries sector within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is an asset;
- Experience working in the small business sector within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is an asset.
- Fluency in oral and written English is required.
- Minimum of three client references that include the name of the contact person, title and contact information.
- The consultancy fee will be negotiated before contracting. Each payment will be based on a predefined and formal agreement between UN Women and the consultant and will be disbursed based on satisfactory completion of agreed deliverables.
Hardware, Software and Communication:
- The consultant must be equipped with a fully-functional laptop, which must run at least Windows 7. The consultant must be reasonably accessible by email and telephone (preferably mobile). The use of reliable, internet-based telecommunications application software (Skype or equivalent) is required.
Location and Duration:
- The consultant can work from their home country (no travel is required);
- The consultant will be engaged for a maximum of 40 working days during the 3rd April 2020 – 30th June 2020.
- Interviews will be conducted with the shortlisted applicants;
- The consultant contracted will be required to sign a statement of confidentiality and freedom from any conflict of interest with potential future contractors with respect to the TORs and work that they will be delivering.
Application Deadline : 28-Feb-20 (Midnight New York, USA)