CONSULTANCY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A GENDER EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS APPROACH FOR THE GEAP PROGRAM
I. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
MEPST was established in 2002 by the Government of Kenya and European Union. EU later relinquished their position to the Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA) through a Trust Deed of 2013. The Trust is a development organization with a purpose to grow small holder farmers and Agri SMEs to increase productivity, income and enhance competitiveness for job creation especially for youth and women. This is achieved through capacity building which includes skills development, technical support, business advisory, financial and market linkages. Our focus is to facilitate support and provision of integrated financial and business development services for small holder farmers and Agri SMEs in Kenya.
About GEAP Programme
MESPT is implementing the Green Employment in Agriculture Programme 2021 –2025 with funding from DANIDA. The programme is aligned to and fits the mandate of MESPT, Kenyan Vision 2030 as well as the Danish Strategy for Development Cooperation and humanitarian action “The World 2030”. Specifically, it contributes directly to the Denmark-Kenya Strategic Framework outcomes on; “Accelerated decent employment creation in MSMEs and improved competitiveness of targeted value chains in agriculture which contribute to transforming the economy towards greener and more inclusive growth”. In this partnership and programme, MESPT plans to engage in six agricultural value chains chosen in line with the priorities of the Denmark-Kenya strategic framework 2021-2025.
MEPST acknowledges that the Kenyan government has ratified and is committed to attaining Gender equality as articulated in international treaties and protocols such as the Universal Declaration on Human rights (1948), Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (1979), Jomtien World Conference and Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). Cognizant of this, MESPT shall align its strategic objectives to international treaties, Constitution of Kenya, Vision 2030, Sexual Offences Act (2009), the Millennium Development Goals and various international protocols relating to labour, education and human rights of women, girls and men.
MESPTs strategic framework spells out gender and human rights as cross cutting issues and key guiding principles for MESPT development interventions. We will endeavour to increase women’s access to and control of productive resources, increase decision making power at the household and community level and promote meaningful involvement of women in all the projects of its work.
We actively seek to engage with our partners and diverse supporters to champion gender justice by tackling harmful gender norms and practices. MESPT believes that the achievement of gender equality requires transformative complementary actions to promote women empowerment and rights, engage men as beneficiaries across its operations as partners, beneficiaries, and agents of change, including addressing gender gaps, unequal policies, and discrimination.
Gender responsive programing lies at the core of MESPT’s mandate as we seek to achieve our mission to grow small holder farmers and Agri SMEs to increase productivity, income and enhance competitiveness for job creation especially for youth and women.
III. OBJECTIVE OF THE CONSULTANCY
The objective of the consultancy is to support the development of an inclusive approach, reflecting gender and human rights as cross-cutting issues in programme implementation. This includes providing guidance for embedding, monitoring, and realizing the outcomes of GEAPs implementation plan.
1) To assess gaps in the current approach by GEAP programme in relation to gender and human rights as a cross-cutting issue.
2) To examine the extent to which the GEAP programme, procedures and resources adhere to gender equality and human rights-based approach.
3) To generate recommendations that enhance inclusion of gender and human rights-based principles and practices.
IV. SCOPE OF WORK AND METHODOLOGY
1) This assignment will be carried out in context of GEAPs output areas of focus; Market Access & MSME Development, Food Safety and Agricultural productivity, Green Transformation, Access to Finance/Credit
2) The consultant is specifically expected to identify how well gender and human rights-based principles are incorporated into the different programme cycle management that drives GEAP’s work.
3) Review advocacy, IEC materials and communications materials and activities to determine the extent to which messages are gender transformative.
4) Map out and identify the livelihood, gender and human rights specific needs within the programme.
5) Identify opportunities and measures required to promote the inclusion of the various groups in the target value chains under GEAP.
6) Identify best practices which can be adopted by women, youth, and marginalized communities to stop environmentally unsustainable practices as we strive towards green transformation.
7) Formulate recommendations to enhance the implementation of a gender equality and human rights-based approach programming.
V. EXPECTED CONSULTANCY APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY.
The consultant is expected to develop an appropriate methodology and implementation plan clearly demonstrating how this assignment will be carried out including but not limited to:
1) Literature review of key documents including but not limited to Programme Documents, Strategic Plan and Progress Reports, County Situational Analyses Reports, Proposed VC models, Capacity assessment reports etc.
2) Interviews and/or focus group discussions with relevant MESPT staff and beneficiaries.
3) Key Informant Interviews with selected county government officials, gender experts / human rights civil society organizations, research institutions, university departments, government institutions.
4) Facilitation of a validation workshop with key respondents of the assignment.
5) A debriefing workshop with the POs and Management where review findings and recommendations will be presented and discussed and a draft plan of action for how to proceed is agreed.
The expected outputs from this will be the following.
1) An Inception Report explaining the review team’s understanding of the TOR, the general approach to the assignment, the methodology to be used as well as a tentative work plan.
2) A draft report outlining the key issues in gender equality and human rights within GEAP programme.
3) Provide a final report after the validation of the report through incorporating feedback from stakeholders and.
4) A clear implementation plan and/or action plan that mainstreams gender equality and human rights-based approach in each of the targeted value chains
VI. REQUIRED SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The consultant will have the following minimum qualifications:
i. A Master’s degree in Gender and Development, Agribusiness Agriculture, Management, Project Management, Strategic Management, or their equivalent with a strong understanding of gender issues in Agriculture
ii. Knowledge of broad definition and implementation of gender equality and human rights- based approach in developing contexts.
iii. Proven project management skills and understanding of gender equality and social inclusion and human rights-based approach.
iv. Practical experience in gender mainstreaming across the value chains and market systems development for not less than 10 years.
v. Verifiable proof of previous engagements in similar activities/assignments.
vi. Excellent communication and reporting skills.
a. Proven experience of conducting gender audits.
b. Proven experience of developing gender strategies for organizations focusing of agriculture
c. Excellent communication and facilitation skills
VII. INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENT
The assignment will be for a period not later than 60 calendar days from the date of signing a contract. There will be provision for discussion of the inception report and implementation plan with MESPT for validation of final report and inclusion of comments where applicable. MESPT will facilitate validation and debrief workshop costs.
VIII. PAYMENT PLAN
The consultant is requested to quote a fee that will cover all their costs including transport, accommodation where applicable and other incidentals.
The payment plan to the consultant will be as follows: –
a) 30% upon presentation of an acceptable inception report and implementation plan of the assignment.
b) 30% upon presentation of an acceptable assessment draft report.
c) 40% upon presentation of a final assessment report document and action plan.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should send detailed technical proposals with a CV and examples of previous work and a covering letter explaining how their experience addresses the requirements of the TOR to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org by 4th August 2021 before 5.00PM