Gender and Civil Society Organization Expert
The Parliamentary Centre is looking for a Gender and Civil Society Organization Expert to provide strategic content and technical advice to guide and support the Centre’s new Inclusive Legislatures for Gender Responsive Policies Project’s (ILGRP) team based in Ottawa and overseas in Ghana and Togo. The project description can be found below.
As the lead Gender/CSO expert, working with both the HQ and Local Gender/CSO advisors based in the Ghanaian and Togolese field offices, you will advise and assist in the development of the country-level gender equality strategies, advise on the design and implementation of the project activities, M/E, and on the overall project progress. Your supportive role will ensure that the project team is aware, trained and includes GE/GBA+ approaches throughout the different delivery stages of the project. Using sound results-tracking approaches and tools you will ensure that project outcomes correspond to the FIAP and GE3 requirements and PMF.
Given the project’s focus on enhancing the equitable and inclusive participation of women and youth in democratic decision-making processes through the facilitation of Parliament and CSO engagements. In your expertise role, you will develop and facilitate connections with local CSOs, including women’s groups to ensure their integration and participation in and throughout the project. To be effective, you will be an integral and proactive member of the project team, who will be involved early in the planning stage and consistently throughout the project’s implementation.
You will be fully bilingual and able to operate professionally in both English and French. The assignment is based in Ottawa, with potential travel to the field in countries (subject to the evolution of COVID-19-related travel restrictions). The assignment can be done remotely. However, relocation support to Ottawa is not available. The assignment is open to those legally authorized to work in Canada. Visa support is not possible.
Starting date: Upon signature of the Contribution Agreement with Global Affairs Canada. (expected by mid-January 2022).
Duration f the assignment: 1-year consulting contract with possibility of extension (project slated to run 2022-2026).
- Deadline to apply is Friday 28, 2022, 23h59.
- Please consult the full and definitive consultancy announcement available here.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.
The CDN Gender/CSO Expert assignment includes the following deliverables:
- Act as the principal resource on gender equality issues, practices, and policies relevant to the project and in the project context.
- Provide support to the country project Gender/CSO advisors.
- Coordinate and roll-up the gender analysis in the targeted legislatures, assess, and identify gender gaps for the PIP baseline.
- Provide the identification, collection, and analysis of relevant information on gender equality.
- Regular reporting on gender-related issues that arise in the projects; and produce updates and reports related to gender issues, women empowerment, and social impact.
- Act as resource person in capacity building, knowledge sharing events, and other relevant activities on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Conduct gender-based analysis, and contribute to the other technical studies (economic, policy, capacity, social) required for project design.
- Assess the institutional gender equality capacity of partners and key stakeholders.
- Provide gender-based analysis and technical advice for project proposal and associated project implementation plan (PIP).
- Provide input and advice on expected results at intermediate and immediate levels in the Theory of Change (logic model).
- Identify supporting outputs and activities to achieve gender equality outcomes.
- Review the key findings of the gender-based analysis in the outcomes of the project.
- Identify gender-related assumptions, risks, and mitigating strategies.
- Assist in monitoring results against the PMF and gender equality strategy.
- Provide inputs to project reports.
- Provide inputs into all aspects of the project work plan and budget.
- Draft the project gender equality strategy.
- Coordinate with country Gender/CSO advisors the implementation of the gender equality strategy and related project activities.
- Provide input into defining, collecting, and analyzing sex-age disaggregated baseline data; define gender-sensitive, and sex-age disaggregated indicators and targets for the draft performance measurement framework (PMF).
- Strengthen project team, implementing organizations and partners’ gender equality knowledge, skills, and capacity with training and tools.
- Contribute to mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Consultant profile / Expertise required
- Advanced university degree in international development, governance, women/gender studies, political science, governance, or relevant discipline.
- A minimum of 8 years of progressive responsible experience in a similar or related position.
- Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge focused on providing policy advice, technical assistance and/or programming around gender equality, GBA+, women’s empowerment and women’s rights issues.
- Demonstrated success in implementing gender and social inclusion strategies and activities in the context of providing advisory services or implementing gender interventions.
- Substantial knowledge of good practices in mainstreaming gender in institutions in projects.
- Working knowledge on the FIAP, and both the GE and GBA+.
- Ability to conduct training and capacity building to staff and implementing partners on gender equality, women inclusion integration.
- Experience on developing gender sensitive indicators, benchmarking tools and monitoring and evaluation analysis.
- Experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as conducting field-based assessments.
- Ability in monitoring progress against milestones and deadlines.
- Experience with RBM reporting and GAC projects.
- Strong links with international, regional, and national networks on gender equality and women’s rights, an asset.
- Work experience in a similar capacity, preferably in a project environment or working for an International NGO.
- Knowledge of the Africa national community development and gender policies is an advantage.
- Must be a self-directed, highly organized person who can effectively prioritize and follow through on multiple initiatives simultaneously.
- Strong communication skills, specifically strong verbal communication and report writing skills in English and French is a requirement.
About the Parliamentary Centre
The Parliamentary Centre offers an opportunity to join a multicultural, value-driven, highly experienced, dynamic and growing team of international development professionals.
We encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity.
Inclusive Legislatures for Gender-Responsive Policies
Ghana and Togo
The five-year initiative (2022-2026) will support the partner parliaments to adequately assess the relevant gaps in their capacity and formulate, in a transparent and accountable fashion, their own detailed plans for strengthening their capacity to incorporate gender aspects across the exercise of their legislative, oversight and representation roles.
Pursuing a holistic learning-by-doing approach, the project will assist the three parliaments in turning the plans into reality by supporting them to apply a gender lens to specific pieces of legislation, including budgets that each parliament is working on as well to the parliamentary oversight of specific aspects of the governments’ work.
The project will include a substantial focus on engaging civil society groups as well as individual women and girls and having their voices taken into account in the decision-making process. Ultimately, these experiences will inform the development and institutionalisation of practices and tools aimed at making the parliaments’ legislative and oversight work more inclusive and responsive to the needs of women and girls. Engaging with two parliaments in a concerted effort will be an efficient way to provide support to their efforts to become more inclusive and responsive while also allowing for cross-fertilization and learning from each other’s experiences. Given that Ghana and Togo present a mix of different governance and legal systems, their experiences can also provide an opportunity to identify lessons learned, best practices and models that can be of relevance and use across Sub-Saharan Africa.
The project is expected to have a direct impact on the capacity of at least 200 parliamentarians (at least 50 women) and an estimated 350 000 (particularly poor and marginalized) women and girls. About 35 civil society organizations including women’s right groups, along with an estimated 300,000 women and girls, particularly the poorest and most marginalized, will be able to share their views on legislation/policies and to provide direct feedback to decision-makers on how their lives are impacted by government programs.
Finally, by helping the parliaments of Ghana and Togo build practical capacity to apply a strong gender lens to the execution of their legislative and oversight roles. The project will offer a deeper understanding of how governance challenges can be better addressed in achieving the goals of Canadian Government’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), as well as larger internationally shared goals such as pandemic interventions and the SDGs.