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Consultant to undertake a gender-responsive review of national agriculture and small business support programmes and incentive schemes
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Bridgetown, BARBADOS|
|Application Deadline :||28-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3 months|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Studies have demonstrated that businesses run by women (such as those in the agriculture and fisheries related sector) face major establishment hurdles and are frequently unable to respond to emerging economic opportunities. While women have the rights to own assets, including land, and operate businesses in their own name, informal barriers and costs, and social rules, (including sex stereotyping that leads to occupational sex segregation); as well as weak bargaining position also discriminate strongly against women’s economic participation (World Bank: https://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/unleashing-power-women-entrepreneurs-breaking-down-legal-barriers and Caribbean Development Bank, Gender Inequality Assessments; 2016).
Gender inequalities in access to economic incentives and productive resources reduce productivity and output. They prevent women from sharing in the benefits of production, even when they have done most of the work. For example, giving women farmers the same level of land tenure rights as men for the land they work on as men could increase, as per some studies and research, agricultural production in some countries by 20% and thereby make a huge contribution to national and regional food security.
Policy settings and regulatory frameworks often drive these less positive outcomes, engineered by discriminatory social institutions that reproduce gender stereotypes and mind-sets. This needs to be addressed sustainably through in-depth (focused) policy and legislative change.
The above provides the conceptual foundation for 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”, supported by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNHSTF) in collaboration with the UN Sub-Regional Team for Barbados and the OECS (UNST). This project argues strongly that gender inequality and women disempowerment is one of the main determinants of human insecurity.
The project thus aims, through a combination of policy reform advocacy and technical advice, as well as, direct downstream support to up to 2,500 farmers and small agro- and fisheries business entrepreneurs, (the majority women), to advance multi-faceted human security by focusing on the economic empowerment (of women) in these sectors.
By doing so, the project will also lay the basis for the further up-scaling of the impact upon the completion of this 3-year project, and the expansion of its innovative strategy to other sectors. Success expected to be achieved under this project will then provide a major impetus for a broader recognition of the priority of gender equality and women empowerment for enhanced resilience; for stronger economic growth; for a more inclusive society; and finally, for strengthened and sustainable human security.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO - Caribbean Representative, the consultant will be contracted to 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 as 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 and identify recommendations for improvements to the schemes in relation to beneficiaries of the specific sector.
This review should consider, reflect, and build upon the recently completed desk review and development of a “’How To’ Guide for Women Farmers and Small Business Entrepreneurs on Practical Steps for Land and Business Registration”, prepared by Dr. Tessa Barry, which can be obtained from UN Women-MCO. Information gathered through these activities will help to inform the wider policy environment which this project seeks to influence in relation the impact on gender equality and the economic empowerment of women, in this instance, within the agriculture and fisheries sector.
The consultant can work from their home country for the full duration of the assignment and will be expected to deliver the following results:
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