Consultant for Gender Mainstreaming GCF

Consultant for Gender Mainstreaming GCF

Job title: Consultant for Gender Mainstreaming GCF


Job description: Result of Service

  • The consultant will ensure gender mainstreaming throughout the implementation of project activities, for which he/she will be responsible for the design and implementation of the Project’s Gender Action Plan, which should include the direct actions of the Project Coordinating Unit team as well as the activities of implementing partners (UNDP, UNEP, FAO and MADES – Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development) and implementing partners (INFONA – National Forestry Institute, etc.).

The action plan envisages:

  • Ensure that the implementation of the National Forest and Sustainable Growth Strategy contributes to gender equality in the forest and land use sector.
  • Ensure that women and men benefit equitably from the operation of the fund, and that funding contributes to the reduction of gender gaps, including considering differentiated roles related to forests and dependence on forest resources between men and women, and existing areas of inequality in decision-making and access to land and resource use rights.
  • Define baselines and specific objectives related to the Gender Action Plan together with the implementing partners at the beginning of the project.
  • Build capacity of the team and implementing partners to implement and monitor the gender action plan.
  • Design with implementing partners the strategies for monitoring indicators and collecting gender-disaggregated data.
  • Accompany and periodically review the work plans of the different implementing partners to reinforce the implementation of the gender approach.
  • Advise the FNCC (National Climate Change Fund) on the incorporation of the gender approach in the requirements for applicants for resources to be granted through the REDD+ window of the FNCC.
  • Support in the review of the gender focus of funding proposals received under the FNCC REDD+ window.
  • Facilitate actions to promote that FNCC grants and financial products in its REDD+ window are developed considering a gender approach and contribute to reducing gender gaps.
  • Build the capacity of key staff of partner institutions involved in the project on “why”, “what” and “how” to integrate a gender approach in their work;
  • Review and provide input to reports or communication materials to ensure that they follow the guidelines of the Gender Action Plan.
  • Ensure the inclusion of gender-disaggregated data in safeguards reporting, as appropriate. Identify additional sources of funding – public or private – for the implementation of the ENCBS in the country.
  • Ensure that communication and knowledge management products are developed in an inclusive manner, considering the differential access to information and communication needs of men and women.

Work Location

  • Asunción, Paraguay

Expected duration

  • 12 months with possibility of extension.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
  • The UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium-Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)
  • In 2017, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved its REDD+ policy: a USD 500 million funding package, accompanied by a detailed and comprehensive process for countries to apply for results-based payments (RBP). To ensure a fair allocation of funds, no country can apply for more than 30 percent of the total set-aside envelope, in other words no more than USD 150 million. The GCF has assigned carbon from REDD+ a value of USD 5 per tonne, and a scorecard procedure to determine eligibility and how much each country will be paid, including a potential 2.5% bonus for non-carbon benefits (NCB).
  • Access to GCF payments will be through Accredited Entities (AE), which must coordinate with national REDD+ Focal Points and GCF National Designated Authorities (NDAs).
  • In November 2019 and with the support of UNEP as AE, the Government of Paraguay signed a results-based payment agreement with the GCF for 9.8 million Tons of CO2 equivalent from avoided deforestation during the period 2015-2017. The Government of Paraguay committed to the GCF to use the payments received to generate further CO2 emission reductions through the implementation of the National Strategy for Forests and Sustainable Growth (ENBCS).
  • The implementation of the RBP Programme in Paraguay will be executed jointly with the UN-REDD Programme agencies (UNDP, UNEP and FAO) with the administrative support of the UNOPS offices in Paraguay.
  • The programme foresees the implementation of a component to strengthen the capacities of state institutions for forest monitoring and management, including the development and implementation of early warning systems for fires and deforestation, territorial planning and the participation of indigenous peoples, the private sector and rural communities, and the promotion of sustainable forest management and the promotion of good agricultural and livestock practices. In addition, the programme will promote the National Climate Change Fund and the creation of economic promotion instruments for the implementation of activities that result in the reduction of emissions from deforestation and/or forest degradation.
  • The gender approach in the framework of the project will take into account gender considerations in the “National Forest Strategy for Sustainable Growth” (ENBCS), which seeks to reduce gender gaps by ensuring the participation of women in all spheres of forest-related decision-making, considering the differentiated roles related to forests and the dependence on forest resources between men and women; and with the objective of ensuring equal access to services such as forest-related education, credit and land.

The project will also follow the gender approach set out by the UN-REDD Programme which pursues three complementary objectives:

  • To ensure that the principles of gender equality and women’s empowerment inform the formulation, prioritization and implementation of REDD+ policies and measures and that they are fully integrated into them;
  • Comply with gender equality provisions contained in international REDD+ agreements, including safeguards; and
  • Promote gender mainstreaming in REDD+ planning, implementation, monitoring and knowledge management activities to implement REDD+ measures with a gender perspective and contribute to SDG 5 on gender equality.
  • For this purpose, the UNEP office for Latin America and the Caribbean requires additional capacity, in the form of a consultant, to support the project´s gender mainstreaming for the implementation of the activities of all project implementing partners, the design of the overall gender strategy of the project and the accompaniment in the monitoring and tracking of the respective indicators. In this way, it is expected to reduce gender gaps by ensuring the participation of women in all areas of decision-making related to the expected impacts of the project, considering the differentiated roles related to access to forest benefits and dependence on forest resources between men and women.
  • This post is in Asuncion, Paraguay, under the direct supervision of the UN-REDD Programme Management Officer in UNEP Regional Office in Panama. The consultant will prepare a monthly report with the activities developed. The consultant will work Initially home-based, then at Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Asuncion, Paraguay, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, 40 hours per week, from Monday to Friday, full time.
  • The candidate is expected to carry out the planned activities efficiently and effectively.

Qualifications/special skills

  • Academic Qualifications: University degree in Social Sciences, Political Science, Development, Gender or related field is required. Qualification in other subject matter in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in the area can be accepted in lieu of a degree in Social Sciences, Political Science, Development, Gender.
  • Master’s degree in the above-mentioned fields would be an asset.
  • Experience: At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in program management, including program design, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building is required,
  • A minimum of three years’ experience working in a gender-related area is required.
  • Experience working and coordinating with government agencies and/or donors is an advantage.
  • Experience working in the UN system is an asset.
  • At least two years of experience leading teams effectively is an asset.
  • Knowledge of gender-responsive budgeting is an asset.
  • Language: Fluent Spanish required.
  • Basic English required.

Expected salary:

Location: Asunción

Job date: Mon, 28 Jun 2021 05:35:23 GMT

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