Consultant to support mainstreaming gender into Cambodia’s REDD+ Action and Investment Plan (Open for International and National Consultants)


Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :20-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
02-Apr-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :37 days (from April 02 -August 15, 2018)
Expected Duration of Assignment :37 days (from April 02 -August 15, 2018)

Background

The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) is a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and is a REDD+ partner country. The objective of REDD+ is to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. REDD+ participant countries may become eligible for results-based payments for verifiable emissions and/or enhanced carbon stocks.

Prior to seeking such results-based payments, Cambodia’s REDD+ programme must establish an implementation framework. The key elements of this framework include a national REDD+ strategy, national forest reference emission level, national forest monitoring system, and a safeguards information system.

Given the importance of integrating a gender perspective into its REDD+ implementation framework and ensuring women and men are equitably involved in and benefit from REDD+ in Cambodia, the RGC has supported various efforts over recent years to promote the incorporation of gender equality and women’s empowerment principles into its REDD+ programme and corresponding implementation framework.

Although there are policies and institutions in place within the country to promote the integration of gender considerations in forestry and other natural resources management sectors, barriers have prevented the effective function of such institutions and implementation of these policies.

Acknowledging these gaps between policy and practice, Cambodia, from 2012-14, agreed to serve as a pilot country in a regional Joint Initiative on women’s inclusion in REDD+, organized by the UN-REDD Programme, USAID’s LEAF programme and WOCAN. Through a country assessment concrete barriers to women’s inclusion and integration of gender perspectives in REDD+ (at institutional & community levels) were examined; corresponding key entry points and recommendations for removing those barriers were formulated; and good practices on gender issues for replication were identified.

In response to these findings/recommendations, in 2014, the Government decided that creating an inter-ministerial Gender Group at the national level would be an effective initial measure to help the REDD+ Taskforce to 1) address some of these identified gender gaps and barriers within its ongoing REDD+ work; and 2) strengthen existing good practices on gender. Made up of four government representatives, the objectives of the Gender Group, as established by Cambodia’s National REDD+ Strategy are: (i) to build awareness on gender among members of the REDD+ Taskforce, Consultation Group and Technical Teams, and (ii) to advise on gender in components of the National REDD+ Strategy (NRS). During the development of the NRS, the Gender Group was actively involved in its consultation meetings and undertook various capacity building and awareness raising activities. Because of these efforts, the NRS integrates gender considerations in its guiding principles and includes the Gender Group in its institutional arrangements for NRS implementation. Efforts are now underway to implement the NRS, and to help guide this work, a National REDD+ Action and Investment Plan will be drafted over the course of 2018.

It is within this backdrop that the Cambodia’s REDD+ programme seeks to engage a consultant to support the Gender Group’s efforts to mainstreaming gender into the REDD+ Action and Investment Plan. The specific objective of this assignment is to assess existing REDD+ country reports, REDD+ sectoral strategies and action plans and undertake follow up field surveys with REDD+ demonstration sites to identify entry points for mainstreaming gender within the National REDD+ Action and Investment Plan.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultant will perform the following tasks:

Task 1: Produce a Work Plan

  • Produce a work plan that outlines tasks, methodology, approach, timeline and deliverables.
  • Present the work plan to Technical Specialist in REDD+ Taskforce Secretariat for comments and feedback.
  • Revise work plan per comments received.
  • Share final work plan to Technical Specialist in REDD+ Taskforce Secretariat for approval.

Task 2: Undertake a desk review to inform the formulation of National REDD+ Action and Investment Plan
Topic 1: Review Protected Area, Production Forest and Fisheries plans and reports:

  1. Review the National Protected Area Strategic Management Plan, National Policy for Production Forestry, and Sub-decree for Mangrove Forest and action plans to identify if the plans integrated gender. If so, identify if and which actions and considerations on gender could also be integrated into the National REDD+ Action and Investment Plan.
  2. Review the implementation reports (e.g.  progress reports, mid-term review report, final report, etc.) for the 5 REDD+ demonstration sites supported by FCPF (these sites demonstrate the implementation of the Protected Area, Production Forest and Fisheries strategic management plans).  For this analysis: 1) assess if and how the 5 REDD+ demonstration integrated gender concerns in design and implementation, including in any consultations undertaken and 2) identify any good practices and/or lessons learned on gender undertaken which can be used to help inform provincial level design within the National REDD+ Action and Investment Plan.

Topic 2: Identify organizations, partners and stakeholders (government, CSOs, NGOs, etc.) in Cambodia that have supported socially inclusive and gender-responsive national policy processes and consultation and engagement efforts. This review can look beyond the natural resource management and forestry sectors, to identify good and concrete examples. As a starting point of this exercise, the consultant should check the UN-REDD/USAID LEAF/WOCAN country assessment and documentation on Cambodia’s community-based REDD+ (CBR+) projects (to be provided by UNDP at start of consultancy). To note, other documents and literature should also be reviewed as part of this task. The good practices and lessons learned identified from this review can be used to help inform the formulation of the National REDD+ Action and Investment Plan.
Task 3: Conduct field surveys (as necessary)

  • Based on the results of the documentation review for the REDD+ demonstration sites supported by FCPF (e.g. Task 2, Topic 1), determine if ground-truthing in the field is necessary and follow up field surveys with the demonstration sites is required to fill in any gaps of information. Reasons to conduct field surveys can include to 1) assess whether and to what extent they integrated gender considerations; 2) further identify any good practices and/or lessons learned on gender undertaken; and/or 3) desk review revealed no evidence that gender considerations were integrated. The scope of work for the field covers a maximum of 3 REDD+ demonstration site field visits (at 4 days each).
  • If follow up in the field is necessary, work with Gender Group and UNDP Cambodia to 1) develop a matrix for selection criteria for the REDD+ demonstration sites supported by FCPF to be visited (based on desk review results); 2) determine the approach and methodology for field work; and 3) identify the stakeholders who should be interviewed and consulted with at the demonstration sites to obtain the gaps in information. The consultant will then organize and undertake the necessary interviews/consultations with stakeholders at the applicable demonstration sites.

Task 4: Produce outline for first draft report

  • Based on results of the desk review (Task 2) and any necessary field surveys (Task 3), develop a detailed annotated outline for the report for review by the REDD+ Gender Group, and Technical Specialist in the REDD+ Taskforce Secretariat. The report should include the following information: 1) background information including objectives and methodology used; 2) results of desk review on the topics discussed above for Task 2; 3) results of any field research undertaken; and 4) concrete recommendations for how and where the National REDD+ Action and Investment Plan should mainstream gender.
  • Present the outline to the REDD+ Gender Group, Programme Analyst in UNDP and Technical Specialist in the REDD+ Taskforce Secretariat for comments.

Task 5: Produce first draft report

  • Per the agreed upon outline with the REDD+ Gender Group, Programme Analyst in UNDP and Technical Specialist in REDD+ Taskforce Secretariat, develop the first draft report. The draft report should be no more than 30 pages, excluding annexes.

Task 6: Produce second draft report

  • Prepare the second draft report incorporating all comments received from the REDD+ Gender Group, Programme Analyst in UNDP and Technical Specialist in the REDD+ Taskforce Secretariat. The report should be no more than 30 pages, excluding annexes.
  • Present the second draft report to the REDD+ Gender Group, Programme Analyst in UNDP and Technical Specialist in the REDD+ Taskforce Secretariat.

Task 7: National validation workshop

  • Work with UNDP Cambodia to conduct one national consultation workshop with the REDD+ Taskforce, Consultation Group and Technical Teams, as well as other organizations and government stakeholders working on gender as necessary (tbd) to share and validate findings of the consultancy report. It is expected that the consultant will present the findings and recommendations of the report during the workshop via a PowerPoint presentation.

Task 8: Produce final report

  • Based on any feedback obtained from the validation workshop, revise the second draft report as necessary. The report should be no more than 30 pages, excluding annexes.
  • Present the final report to the REDD+ Gender Group, Programme Analyst in UNDP and Technical Specialist in the REDD+ Taskforce Secretariat for approval.

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=44618 for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.


Competencies

  • Strong facilitation and coordination skills;
  • Strong analytical, writing and communication skills, including the ability to articulate ideas in a clear and concise manner;
  • Experience with UNDP and/or UN agencies is an advantage;
  • Familiarity with UN-REDD Programme or REDD+ initiatives is an advantage;
  • Flexibility and ability to operate in different cultural settings and with a variety of stakeholders, in a culturally and gender-sensitive manner.

 


Required Skills and Experience

Education:  

  • A master degree in gender studies, anthropology, social science, human geography, natural resource or environmental management or other relevant social sciences.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of relevant working experience in the areas of gender policies or social development in in the environmental field;
  • At least 5 years of experience in women’s inclusion and gender related policy development;
  • Strong experience in developing policies and strategies for gender and climate change and/or natural resource management programmes and/or projects;
  • Proven experience in facilitating policy dialogue with government officials and within communities in the field;
  • Proven knowledge in design and/or use of participatory approaches in natural resource management;
  • Experience in advising on natural resource management and/or climate change related themes;
  • Strong experience in providing strategic advice and dealing with the government and development partners and stakeholders.

Language Requirement:

  • Fluent in English
  • Or international candidates, a good understanding of Khmer language (speaking, writing, and reading) is an asset

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=44618  for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.

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