National Gender Consultant for Adaption of Small Scale Agriculture for Improved Food Security

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Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality, and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of substantive equality between women and men.

The fundamental objective of UN Women is to enhance national capacity and ownership to enable national partners to formulate gender responsive laws, policies, and upscale successful strategies to deliver on national and international commitments to gender equality and women empowerment.

Under its Strategic Note 2018-2023; PNG Country Office focuses on delivering programmes that are aligned to global norms, policies and standards under four thematic areas;

• Women’s leadership and political participation

• Women’s Economic Empowerment

• Ending Violence Against Women

• Women, Peace, Security and Humanitarian Actions

The PNG Country Office is currently working on developing its 2023-2027 Strategic Note. In ensuring the strategic note is aligned to national priorities and responsive to emerging issues impacting women and girls, the office is forging new partnerships focussing on climate change, environment and disaster reduction. This is also in furtherance to resolutions from the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CSW66).

Project description

UN Women has partnered with the Global Green Growth Institute PNG to prepare a funding proposal to the Adaptation Fund for a potential USD 9.9m for a project titled Adaptation of Small-Scale Agriculture for improved food security of resilient communities in Papua New Guinea (ASSA) to be implemented through the South Pacific Commission and PNG Dept for Agriculture & Livestock with oversight from PNG Climate Change & Development Authority.

The project if funded, will provide integrated solutions to key barriers preventing adaptation in the agricultural sector in three provinces (Enga, New Ireland, and Milne Bay) identified by the Government of PNG under its Climate Resilient Green Growth (CRGG) project. This will be achieved through the implementation of three components outlined below

Component 1: Small scale Climate proofed agricultural production

Component 2: Climate-resilient postharvest solutions and access to markets

Component 3: Capacity building and knowledge management for scaling-up Climate Resilient

Agricultural practices

The partnership requires UN Women to carry out a gender assessment and an action plan which will form a critical part of the overall proposal development to the Adaptation Fund Board and Secretariat. To carry out the gender assessment work, UN Women is seeking the services of a local consultant with a solid background on the country’s gender equality and women’s empowerment concerns in PNG.

The consultant is also expected to have sound knowledge on impacts of climate change and its adverse effects on food security and how advances in digital transformation can be used to leverage adaptation efforts in the impacted communities in Enga, Milne Bay and New Ireland. The consultant is expected to work with responsible government departments at both national and subnational levels, with civil society, and stakeholders across key sectors of relevance to this project.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Deputy Country Representative in PNG and direct supervision of the Programme Manager for Strategic Initiatives, the Consultant will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

1. Review and finalize a gender assessment methodology and tools for UN Women’s approval together with an overall workplan for the assignment

  • Review the draft gender assessment methodology proposed by UN Women and make any required modifications.
  • Draft data collection tools and analytical framework
  • Prepare a work plan for UN Women approval.

2. Conduct data collection in three provinces which includes

  • Conduct a desk review of existing reports on gender and climate change, including key CRGG documents including, project & evaluation reports, CRGG Preliminary Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Assessment Report for 2020, FAO’s PNG Country Gender Assessment, FPCD Sweet Potato Value Chain Analysis
  • Conduct semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions based on approved methodology including selected staff at Provincial and District agricultural officers, with representatives of donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other development partners, as well as with women groups such as women in agriculture network, women cooperative societies and men farmers and networks.
  • Carry out stakeholder mapping of key target women leaders/groups and Beneficiary Assessments of the proposed project in three target provinces

3. Draft a gender assessment report including an action plan for validation

  • Draft a gender assessment report identifying major needs and concerns in close consultation with UN Women
  • Draft an action plan for UN Women to further validate and finalize with partners proposing a few clear tangible suggestions for the integration of gender in areas of intervention (e.g., sectors of concentration, thematic area), including from a programmatic perspective.

4. Validate the draft assessment report and action plan

  • Organize and facilitate events to validate the draft reports with partners in close consultation with UN Women.

5. Incorporate gender assessment and action plan in the ASSA project proposal.

  • Participate in proposal development meetings
  • Provide written submissions to the ASSA proposal in close collaboration with UN Women



Key Task


Number of days (Approx.)



A final assessment methodology, tools and consultancy work plan –

Assessment methodology and work plan


17-19 October


A draft assessment report – last week October

Assessment report draft

15 days

12 November


A draft Action Plan presented to reference group for feedback – 1st week November

Action plan draft

5 days

25 November


Final report presented to UN Women Country office

Final ASSA report

1st week of December

  • A final assessment methodology, tools and consultancy work plan – 3rd week November
  • A draft assessment report – second week November
  • A draft Action Plan presented to reference group for feedback – 25 November
  • Final report presented to UN Women Country office – 1st week December.



UN Women will also cover the costs of daily subsistence allowance (DSA) for Port Moresby and other areas within the country as per standard UN rate, as well as the most direct economy airfare for missions, as per UN Women regulations, for all approved official travel.

UN Women will provide transport in the field only, consultant is expected to arrange own transport within Port Moresby and from homebased to Port Moresby. This should be included in the financial proposal.


The Consultant will be required to provide their own local communications such as SIM cards. Some internet access is available while in Port Moresby however the consultant is expected to arrange his/her own internet access in the field. These costs should be included in the lump sum fee of the financial proposal.


The consultant will be provided with a UN security briefing and will be required to follow UN security rules and guidance.


The Consultant will arrange private insurance and the cost of which will be included in the financial proposal.

Office space and facilities:

The consultant is expected to work remotely using her/his own computer and other means of communications but may access the UN Women office for printing of relevant documents or should he/she be required to work on-site at any point during the assignment.


Required functional competencies:

  • Substantiative knowledge of and experience in research and qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and reporting, knowledge of gender equality including CEDAW.
  • Strong commitment to and good understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational skills and strong self-direction.
  • Ability to prioritize and work under pressure with colleagues at all levels.

Core Competencies:

  • Professionalism - sound knowledge of global gender equality issues, including gender equality in access to justice and constitutional reform; feminist legal theory and gender mainstreaming in research and advocacy.
  • Experience in inter-agency or inter organization collaboration an advantage.


  • Excellent communications skills; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prepare succinct, evidence-based analytical reports.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Minimum of Masters degree or equivalent in Gender Studies and or International Development


  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in programme work and policy research, focusing on qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis at a national or international level.
  • Experience with UN and interagency work highly desirable.


  • Fluency in English is required and Tok Pisin.

Submission of application

Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application to the UNDP website not later than 11 October 2022 COB (PNG time).

Submission package

  • CV
  • Letter of Interest containing the statement on candidate’s experience in the field of recruitment
  • Financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount breakeaking down lump sum professional fee, communication and transport costs.

All aplications must include (as an attachment) the CV and the financial proposal

Without financial proposal your application will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. Please note that only candidates selected will be contacted.

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