Consultant, Promoting GESI in Trade Policymaking, Paraguay
Funded by Global Affairs Canada, the Expert Deployment Mechanism for Trade and Development (EDM provides technical assistance to Official Development Assistance (ODA)-eligible countries to maximize the development impacts of trade and investment. Over seven years (2018-2025), EDM will invest CAD $16.5 million to support Canada’s developing country trading partners to negotiate, implement and benefit from and adapt to trade and investment agreements with Canada.
This assistance is consistent with the approved EDM Country Needs Assessment Plan for Paraguay, Mandate 1, Trade Policy Capacity Building, and the EDM Performance Measurement Framework, Immediate Outcome 1210, enhancing the ability of partner country governments to strengthen, implement and measure legislation, regulations, policies and/or standards that support inclusive trade and investment agreements with Canada.
The consultant(s) will:
- Design and deliver training on the methodology of Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) and its application in inclusive trade and investment policymaking. The training should be structured as two, separate learning events:
- a seminar on the methodology of GBA+, for a broader public policy audience; and
- a more focused and interactive workshop on applying GBA+ to trade and investment policymaking, for ministries responsible for trade and commerce, and ministries, agencies, and non-governmental organizations engaged in the promotion of gender equality and social inclusion.
The related training materials should include a list of additional resources for self-directed learning, including bibliographies, online resources, related training courses, etc. The training events and materials should be prepared in both English and Spanish. In view of the current travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the training events will be delivered remotely (virtually), either in Spanish or with simultaneous interpretation.
- Prepare a written report on barriers, in Paraguay, to participation in trade and attraction of foreign investment by businesses owned or led by women, Indigenous Peoples, and other underrepresented groups, and measures to address these barriers.
- Provide advice, on a responsive basis and for a short period, to participants in the training events, to answer additional or unresolved questions.
The direct beneficiaries of this assistance are the participating ministries, agencies, and civil society organizations. The indirect beneficiaries will be the women, Indigenous Peoples, and other entrepreneurs who will be assisted under the policies, programs, and services developed with the assistance of EDM technical experts.
Bidders must have extensive knowledge and experience in:
- Gender-based analysis, its use in public policymaking and the extension of the methodology to include other underrepresented groups (“Plus”).
- Trade policy, including recent developments in the integration of gender equality and social inclusion provisions in trade agreements.
- Research methods.
- Adult education.
- The delivery of technical assistance in developing countries.
- Starting date: November 15, 2021
- Proposed duration: 6 months
- Mission plans, including a detailed costing and proposed work schedule.
- Draft outlines of the training program, all training materials (presentations, case studies, exercises, readings, etc) and written reports.
- Both draft and final versions of all training materials and written reports.
- Completed EDM Performance Measurement Framework template for the TA, including baseline data and targets against EDM indicators.
- Final Narrative Report on Mandate: Due within 30 calendar days of completion of all TA activities. The report shall describe activities delivered; results achieved (versus initial expected results and baseline); lessons learned of relevance to future EDM activities; integration of GESI and environmental considerations within the TA, and, expenses incurred by the Consultant in carrying out this mandate. This report will be reviewed and approved by EDM prior to being shared with Global Affairs Canada.
Proposal Submission Process
The deadline for submission is October 25th (5 pm EST), 2021.
For your proposal to be considered, please name your document in the following format:
- Cover letter
- Proposal that includes the following:
- Your approach to implementing this TA, taking into account COVID-related travel restrictions. Provide as much detail as possible. (10 pages maximum)
- Describe your approach to ensuring that gender equality and social inclusion are considered in all aspects of the TA, including approach, content, and delivery. (2 pages maximum)
- Describe your approach to ensuring that environmental components are considered in all aspects of the TA, including approach, content, and delivery. (1 page maximum)
- Outline your project management and monitoring strategy for the implementation of the activities. (3 pages maximum)
- Indicate all personnel who are being proposed to implement this project, their roles and responsibilities. Include all CVs of proposed personnel/experts. (3 pages maximum per CV)
- Provide an estimated level of effort (in days @ 7.5 hrs per day) and provide consulting rates (in CAD$) for each proposed personnel and/or expert who will be implementing the project.
Please submit your proposal as a single PDF document through the Cowater Career Page (attach your PDF document under the Cover note, do not upload your resumes separately). Emailed proposals will not be accepted. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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