Request for expression of interest for consultancy service to conduct a national gender assessment of the land sector in IGAD Member States | Land Portal

BACKGROUND:

The “Improving Land Governance in IGAD Region” project aims at facilitating implementation of the AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in accordance with the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa, in order to facilitate access to land and security of land rights for all land users in the IGAD region, especially vulnerable groups such as pastoralists, women and youth. The countries in the IGAD region have different laws governing land as a consequence of their colonial history, diversity of cultural and religious norms, and endowment with natural resources. They are also at various levels in undertaking land reforms. The region is characterized by political instability, with the largest number of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) on the continent. Desertification, climate variability and climate change are major concerns in this region, a region that has substantial desert mass. Drought and floods pose serious challenges for land management.

In the IGAD Region, national organisation as a structuring principle of societal and political action can no longer serve as the orienting reference point. This creates the need for increased cooperation among nations. The IGAD region finds itself in a time where economic, social and political developments in one country are increasingly affected by developments in others; and where opportunities and threats to people are no longer exclusively the responsibility of individual governments; The transnational sphere of land governance in the IGAD region is built neither upon nor beyond national institutional frameworks (full integration). Rather, the transnational sphere of land governance in the IGAD region transcends national borders while at the same time being entangled in historically contingent institutions and shaped by actors rooted in locally and nationally diverse contexts (Convergence). In dealing with cross border contexts in land governance, it is important to understand how transnational rules are implemented on the ground, how they are monitored by civil and public actors, and whether there is any learning from local experiences going on, or not.

With the support from the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), IGAD is desirous to ensure that as it embarks of land sector reforms, it has the evidence to roll out gender responsive reforms and programs. To generate the requisite evidence, it is important to undertake a gender analysis of the land sector considering the different aspects of land governance.

 

OBJECTIVE OF THE CONSULTANCY:

The purpose of the gender analysis is to provide information on specific realities and barrier and opportunities faced by both men and women not only in access, control, and ownership of land but also in participation and representation in land administration and land management bodies both in the formal and informal institutions including government (both centralized and decentralized) institutions, private sector, academic, civil society and traditional/cultural institutions.

 

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE:

To develop a standard guide on integrating gender into land reform implementation programs. The consultant is expected to:

 

  1. Review existing gender guides on mainstreaming gender in land sector reforms to identify key issues and gaps
  2. Develop a gender mainstreaming manual for practitioners providing them with guidance on critical issues to consider when implementing land  reforms including the development of law, policy and institutional frameworks
  3. Present the guide at a validation meeting.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • The National Expert is expected to have the following qualifications:
  • The National Expert should have expertise in research and conducting gender assessments
  • The Expert should have a PhD in land management, land economics, gender studies, public policy, population studies or law with 5 years of professional experience, or A master’s degree in a field relevant to the assignment, such as land tenure, land ,management, land economics, Gender studies, Gender Economics Public Policy, Social Development, combined with at least 5 years professional experience; or A Bachelor’s degree in land management, land economics, law, gender studies, population studies with 10 years of professional experience
  • Very strong writing and analytical skills
  • Fluency in English is mandatory. For Djibouti, Fluency in French is mandatory.

 

DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The Consultancy is for a total of 21 days spread over three months. The final product i.e. the movie as well as all the raw material and project files, should be delivered to IGAD no later than 28th February 2020.

 

SUPERVISION AND REPORTING:

The IGAD Land Governance Expert based at the IGAD HQs Djibouti will be the contact person for the duration of the assignment and will also provide relevant background documents and publications.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Remark:  It is important that the two consultants come from different IGAD Member States.

Each application should include the following:

 

  • Cover letter with the applicant’s current contact information including how the candidate’s previous experience matches the consultancy objectives as well as their interest for the position (not longer than two pages).
  • CV of consultants and professional references or letter of recommendation;
  • Samples of recent similar assignments
  • The email must clearly state the assignment applied for and marked: “Developing a Practice Manual and Tools for Mainstreaming Gender in the Implementation of Land Reforms and Practices”.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Women applicants are encouraged.

 

  • Applications must be submitted not later than 8th November 2019 at 5:00pm by email to:

Procurement Unit

Administration and Finance

IGAD Secretariat

Avenue Georges Clemenceau

E-mail: procurement@igad.int

Copy to: hrunit@igad.int

P.O. Box 2653,

Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti

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