Consultancy for the Assessment of women economic empowerment and gender parity among rural households in Adamawa and Kebbi States

Country: Nigeria
Organization: Oxfam
Closing date: 30 Sep 2020

This assessment will help in tracking and documenting relevant outcome level indicators of PROACT as the project winds down soon. The following are the relevant outcome indicators of the project which the research will be helping to track among others:

a. Percentage and gender of VSLA members reporting greater control over household and own-account income; and

b. Percentage increase in the proportion of production gained by women working on selected value chain;

c. Percentage of women in the target communities who have been able to access productive resources in selected value chains, in the duration of the project.

d. Percentage of women with improved gender relationship within their households;

e. Percentage of women occupying leadership positions in groups and different community organizations platforms.

Performances of the above indicators are periodically tracked within the project’s monitoring and result measurement frameworks and this external and independent assessment will further help to validate the findings of previous internal surveys.

The purpose of this consultancy is to acquire the services of a seasoned professional (individual or firm) towards establishing the relevance of PROACT’s intervention components at empowering rural women and in promoting gender parity. The following objectives are of interest:

i. Analyse the Impacts of PROACT’s interventions on Women Empowerment Agency and Gender Parity in Adamawa and Kebbi States.

ii. Determine the inhibiting and enabling predictors of women economic empowerment and gender parity in Adamawa and Kebbi States

iii. Assess the level of social and behavioural changes that have taken place at households and community levels in relation to women empowerment and gender parity;

iv. Determine key social and behavioural changes that have taken place across rural communities where the project is being implemented; and

v. Obtain recommendations in all areas identified above, founded on evidences, for future program designs and knowledge management.

This research will support Oxfam’s, and Partners’, efforts at providing evidences that gender inequality issues, relevant to the objectives of the project, are being adequately addressed with verifiable improvements. The study will be focusing on the degree to which women have been empowered in their households and communities and the degree of inequalities between women and men (who are married or in some other form of partnerships) using the following sub-indices:

I. The Five Domains of Empowerment (5DE):

· Domain I – Decision making over agricultural production (or related agricultural value chain activity): access to knowledge about production, in-person training and extension services etc.

· Domain II – Access to productive resources: ownership, access, and control over lands; community-managed savings groups, inclusive financial products, financial education; social and behaviour change etc.

· Domain III – Control over use of income and expenditure: access to training on entrepreneurship (income generating activities, financial literacy etc), smallholder sourcing scheme, secured deposit mechanisms, employment opportunities for women, social and behaviour change at the household and community levels, control over income etc.

· Domain IV – Group participation and leadership: participation in groups, leadership in groups, literacy and numeracy training, political education and participation etc.

· Domain IV – Time allocation: time and labour savings technologies, unpaid household care works, gender disaggregated time poverty, and men’s support to their spouses at the household levels etc.

II. Gender Parity Index (GPI): this refers to women empowerment relative to men within the same household by comparing their 5DE profiles.

Qualification and Experience of Consultant

· An advanced degree in Development Studies, Sociology/Rural Sociology, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Sustainable and Inclusive Development or other related fields.

· Cognate and requisite experience in gender justice programming approaches such as RCA, GALS, GEMS, WEAI etc.

· Demonstrated capacity in integrating gender equity and diversity concerns in programming, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation.

· Extensive experience in livelihood programmes and projects, preferably in northern Nigeria.

· Significant experience working with the Federal, State and Local Government Areas in Nigeria including in conflict areas.

· Sound knowledge of rural enterprise, rural financing, women economic empowerment, family farming, agricultural markets and agricultural private sector actors.

· Sound knowledge of policy issues related to social protection, disaster risk reduction, inclusive markets, and climate change.

· Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills.

How to apply:

Application

Interested and qualified consultants who meet the qualification and experience outlined should download the RFQ package from OXFAM website: from https://nigeria.oxfam.org/get-involved-work-us/procurement-consultancy

Deadline of submission: 30th September 2020

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