Terms of Reference #1National Gender and Climate Specialist for the Tourism Sector

Climate Change Resilience Project



The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and local authority for tourism in Pacific Country X have secured funding from the LDCF to prepare a project that will enhance the resilience of tourism-reliant communities to climate change risks. There is a specific focus on the small and medium-scale tourist operators and their neighbouring communities. Thematic focus areas include: coastal processes, water resources, flooding, emergency access and egress, drought, biodiversity, catchment management and risk transfer. The project will identify the costs and benefits of different adaptation options tailored to specific local contexts and examine the robustness of specific adaptation strategies including the nature and timing of specific adaptation measures in light of the underlying uncertainty on the extent and severity of climate related risks and impacts for each of the selected tourist district areas and its facilities.

UNDP and the host country Tourism Authority (STA) have engaged an international consultant and USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific has supported the hiring of one international coastal management specialist and three supporting national consultants (i.e.,
natural systems, coastal infrastructure and gender specialists)
to assist in the project document (Pro-Doc) preparation. The international consultancy work will involve several missions to the country, with support from national consultants in the research, consultation and project design. The team will be known as the Project Preparation Grant (PPG) team. The engagement of consultants in the PPG team will be utilized to conduct preparatory assessments and consultations for the formulation of a full-size, UNDP/GEF compliant project document.
The main project components to be designed include:

Outcome 2.1: Mainstreamed adaptation in broader development frameworks at country level and in targeted vulnerable areas;

Output 2.1.1: Adaptation measures and necessary budget allocations included in relevant frameworks,

Outcome 2.2: Increased adaptive capacity to climate change in development tourist sector;

Output 2.2.1: Vulnerable physical, infrastructure and social assets strengthened in response to climate change impacts, including variability.

The timeframe for development the Pro-Doc is very tight. The country needs to generate a final document by mid- October 2012. The project is therefore seeking a highly qualified, short-term
National Climate Change Gender Specialist
(‘The Consultant’) who meets the qualifications list below. Under the guidance of the Project Team Leader (TL), The Consultant will undertake the assignment to inform the development of a full Pro-Doc in the standard UNDP/GEF format that will address the main project components of the selected Tourist District Areas (TDAs).

Project Objectives

The overall objectives of the project are to enhance existing climate initiatives by strengthening capacity for long term investment in, and management of climate-resilient sustainable development in the tourism sector. This will be achieved through the realization of the following four outputs:

  • Dynamic, long-term planning mechanisms to manage the inherent uncertainties of climate change introduced in the tourism agency’s policies and strategic plans;
  • Leadership capacities and institutional frameworks is introduced manage climate change risks and opportunities in an integrated manner within the tourism sector strengthened;
  • Climate-resilient policies and measures implemented in priority areas within the tourism sector;
  • Knowledge on adjusting national development processes to fully incorporate climate change risks and opportunities generated and shared across the tourism industry.

Scope of the Assignment

Integrating gender dimensions into national climate changes policies, strategies, action plans and projects or programmes has become critical for realizing Government commitments put in place to respond to climate change impacts and vulnerabilities. This is certainly the case with this project design. To get it right all initiatives require a gender analysis to understand the dynamics of gender differences across a variety of issues critical for achieving adaptation as well as building resilience to climate change. On the basis of the information collected as part of the gender analysis, the Consultant will identify and design a specific and discreet gender component above and beyond gender mainstreaming aspects, with funding commitment, which could address climate change adaptation in the project’s main sectors like
inter alia
water resources, coastal management, tourism, infrastructure, ecosystems, etc.
In regard to assessing the gender sensitivity of climate risk in this project, the following aspects need to be considered when conducting research and preparing recommendations for this assignment:

  • To what extent are gender differences recognized in climate change discussions and research in the tourism sector? If so –how;if not, what are some practical options that could be explored through this project design?
  • What are the ways in which women participate in decisions related to climate change within levels of the tourism sector, through the existing bodies and mechanisms? Which decisions are they involved in and for which are they less involved? Which women participate? What are the barriers to women’s participation?
  • Are the implications of climate change sufficiently understood by men and women in various stakeholders and social groups at the community level so that gender-balanced involvement in decision-making can be achieved?
  • How has gender mainstreaming been incorporated into climate change actions on the part of the tourism sector? If so –how? If not what are some practical options that could be explored through this project design?
  • Is sex-disaggregated data on employment categories, income and tourist arrivals collected and published within the tourism sector? If not, what are the barriers?
  • Are measureable gender-related targets and indicators established for tourism projects at the national and sub-national levels?
  • Are practical tools available to help integrate gender equality in climate protection of the tourism sector? If so –what are these? If not what are some practical options that could be explored through this project design?
  • Have outreach, capacity building, education and training been designed in a gender-sensitive manner? Do they enhance women’s access to and participation in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategies and developmental activities of the tourism sector? What are the lessons learned from past initiatives, and what can we build upon to ensure gender-sensitive outputs and outcomes are achieved?
  • Do adaptation and mitigation strategies support basic human security and the right to sustainable development, for all, and especially for the most vulnerable groups in the Samoan context?

Description of Responsibilities

The work responsibility of the Consultant shall include the following but may be expanded to other tasks as time and resources allow:

  • Reviewing the literature on gender relations, especially as they pertain to natural resources and the various stakeholders involved in the climate-dependent tourism sector in general and specifically in the Pacific region and Pacific Country X;
  • Interview key informants, either individually or in groups, in Capital City X and field sites A, B and C to identify how women and men, as householders, business owners and workers are impacted differently by the identified risks, their vulnerabilities and capacity to cope and adapt, including issues relating to the gender division of labor, time use, activities, gender division of resources, patterns of public and private decision-making, needs, vulnerabilities, capacities and opportunities in the context of climate change and the tourism sector;
  • From the literature and interviews, identify global and Pacific best practices in gender-differentiated adaptation strategies for the tourism sector;
  • Analyze the findings of the assignment using agreed upon academic and socially accepted methodology;
  • Compiling a detailed report on the findings, highlighting the following:
  • National gender policies and commitments
  • Women’s and men’s respective roles in decision-making at household and community levels;
  • Women’s and men’s different vulnerabilities—access to resources, division of labor, the gender dimensions of different climate change impacts (e.g. droughts and flooding) and how they would affect women and men
  • Understanding how men’s and women’s roles and gender relations change and may complement each other when coping with climate change;
  • Provide recommendations for gender best practices to ensure that participatory planning methods are culturally appropriate, inclusive and can encourage women and men to engage in the process;
  • Explain and evaluate practical barriers to women’s participation in climate change discussions, planning and decision-making within the tourism sector;
  • Ensure that the gender issues identified and analysed are relevant and of interest to both men and women—this will help both sexes formulate ideas and engage in the adaptation process;
  • Establish a method for gender-focused and disaggregated monitoring and evaluation of tourism projects which address climate change.
  • Prepare recommendations for planned outcomes, outputs and activities outlined in the Pro Doc, including identification and design of a specific gender component for the project, with funding commitment. Advise where additions and adjustments may be required to ensure that the project is more gender-sensitive. Provide broader recommendations for STA policies and programmes to address issues identified in the assignment.

The Consultant will be the liaison point for all consultative issues related to gender matters that arise during the project preparation phase. The consultant will facilitate the collection and synthesis of baseline information from key partners and stakeholder discussions, identify the current policy framework and capacity, as well as research gaps for the gender dimensions of the project. The Consultant will assist with consolidating stakeholder input and guide the preparation of the project in line with the project components.


The data collections will be accomplished via a desktop review and stakeholder interviews in the field. The Consultant will submit a work plan with specific plans for methodologies and interview guides to accomplish the required tasks described above. The Consultant will support the PPG team delivery of presentation and information at the two Consultation Workshops at Place A and Place B.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:

The Consultant is expected to produce an electronic copy of the following deliverables:

  • A work plan with methodology, interview guides, timelines and report outline (within five days of work initiation).
  • A first draft report, including a specific gender component, which will be presented to the TL for endorsement, five days prior to the due date of the presentation of the team’s first draft report for national consultation (Estimated length: 30 pages main body and additional pages for annexes).
  • A second draft report (i.e., introduction chapter, literature review, methodology, baseline data findings, conclusions and recommendations for a gender component) which will be presented, for review to the TL and other stakeholders, five days after the completion of the two consultation meetings in Upolu and Savaii. (Estimated length: 30 pages main body and additional pages for annexes).
  • A final report, including a detailed gender component, which incorporates and addresses review comments from the Technical Task Force Committee on Climate Change and other stakeholders. The report should conform with the tasks as spelled out in sections of the GEF Compliant Pro-doc for the UN Agency. (Estimated length: 30 pages main body and additional pages for annexes).


It is anticipated that this assignment will be completed within an overall total of 20 person-days spread over a period from August and September 2012.

Required and Recommended Qualifications


  • A minimum of a Master’s degree or higher degree in Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Political Sciences, Development Studies, Tourism, or Gender/Women’s Studies
  • A minimum of ten-year experience in the area of gender research and analysis, project design and implementation of field-based, institution building and policy programs, stakeholder consultations, gender monitoring and evaluation and mainstreaming including policy analysis and design of programmes that address gender equality issues, of which, at least five years of experience should be in Pacific Country X.
  • Strong research and writing skills
    research design, data collection using a variety of methodologies, analysis and reporting). Ability to locate gender data, analyze data using simple statistics and translate findings into useable conclusions and recommendations.
  • Skills in social research and statistics will be an added advantage
  • Strong proficiency in oral and written English with excellent communication skills as demonstrated by an ability to express ideas clearly, logically and effectively.
  • Computer literate with competencies in word processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentation and the use of Internet.
  • A citizen of the Pacific country
  • Past work with gender dimensions of tourism


  • Experience working with United Nations agencies.
  • Experience in gender analysis and climate change.
  • Experience working on the social dimensions of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Submission of Applications

Interested and qualified consultants are invited to submit their application materials to the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific (genderconsultant@adapt-asia.com). They should provide a cover letter explaining their capacity and experience for the assignment described above, a detailed CV, a five-page writing sample in English and contact information for three traceable referees.
Applications close 2pm on Friday 31
. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

Terms of Reference #2 Social, Cultural and Gender Expert for Pacific Country Y



USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific is a five-year project of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The project assists eligible Asian and Pacific countries to gain improved access to finance for climate change adaptation. USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific has established a financing facility that provides a combination of technical assistance, capacity building and networking related to accessing climate adaptation funds. USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific also works with regional, international and U.S. partners to share and replicate best practices among national and local stakeholders. The project serves 13 countries in Asia and 14 countries in the Pacific Islands. It is implemented by AECOM, a global leader in providing fully integrated professional technical and managerial support services for a broad range of markets, and several sub-contractors.

In partnership with UNDP, USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific is supporting the Government of Pacific Country B with a range of climate change-related issues through an economy-wide approach. This approach integrates climate change adaptation and disaster relief, recovery and mitigation into national development planning and programming, targeting communities as first responders to natural disasters. In 2012, UNDP supported this Pacific Country with undertaking a Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review which examined recent public expenditures related to climate change adaptation, and relevant policy and institutional frameworks for managing anticipated risks and opportunities. That analysis led to recommendations on how to integrate climate change in national development planning and budget management. Building on the findings of various nationally led initiatives, UNDP has partnered with the Government of Pacific Country B and outlined a program to promote catalytic changes in advancing adaptation to climate change at all levels. The program promotes an economy-wide approach to climate change adaptation. The program seeks to increase the efficiency of integrating adaptation and disaster relief, recovery and mitigation into the national development policy, planning, and budgeting processes. It aims to enhance the resilience of important economic assets and livelihoods for communities country-wide so that they can better cope with climate change induced disasters. Financing for this program has been committed from the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF).

The main project components include:

  • Strategic integration of climate change adaptation and DRM in national development policy, planning and budgeting through an economy-wide approach;
  • Enhance resilience of communities as first responders of climate change-induced hazards;and
  • Monitoring and Evaluation and Knowledge Management.

In order to operationalize the program that is currently in the conceptual stage, UNDP will initiate a six to twelve-month project preparatory phase. During this period, in-depth consultations with key stakeholders and beneficiaries, potential partners as well as technical feasibility/capacity assessments will be completed to help define an operationally viable and compliant UNDP-GEF/LDCF project document.

Primary Objectives of the Consultancy

UNDP is committed to promoting social and gender equality and empowerment of youth and disabled people in its country programs. The Social, Cultural, and Gender Expert (The Expert):

  • Assess the extent to which all social groups are participating in the decision-making and implementation of development interventions in targeted communities.
  • Develop and recommend measures that promote social and gender equality and youth empowerment for all interventions of the program.

The Expert will work closely with staff from the government of Pacific Country Y and the UNDP Country Office, as well as the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Project Preparation Specialist and the Project Preparation Team Leader.

Detailed Tasks

The UNDP Country Office and the Project Preparation Team Leader will coordinate the team of experts, including the Social, Cultural and Gender Expert, who are providing technical inputs for this preparation phase. Their task is to create a full-fledged project document. For overall guidance and quality assurance oversight, the Government of Pacific Country Y, the Project Preparation Team Leader and other experts on the PPG team will be involved.

The Expert will assess the current level of all social and women’s groups’participatory involvement in decision-making/implementation of development interventions in targeted communities. The assessment will involve different methodologies to collect information on the extent of the participation of women and various social groups, including youth, in the conceptualization, decision-making and implementation of development interventions in targeted communities, as they relate to all the planned activities of this project, especially those under Outcome 2 of the LDCF project. The Expert will identify shortcomings, challenges and obstacles in the active engagement of all social and womens groups.

Based on this assessment and identified gaps and opportunities, the Expert will provide recommendations on:

  • How the specific needs of different women and men and women in various social groups can be considered in these processes.
  • Opportunities to strengthen their roles and bring about transformational change in people’s lives and community well-being in the context of activities to be financed by the LDCF
  • The design of specific approaches which will ensure that planned activities under all the outcomes of this project, especially Outcome 2 of the LDCF project (Annex A) are socially and gender inclusive and lead to strong social and gender equality results.
  • How women’s empowerment initiatives and their contributions to equitable climate-resilient national policies and programs be enhanced and given greater visibility.

For this purpose, the Expert will travel to Pacific Country Y at least once (no more than two missions based on prior approval of the UNDP CO) and engage in:

  • Multi-stakeholder consultations and planned meetings with communities that will benefit from the LDCF project, relevant Ministries, NGOs (including grassroots/community groups), resident and non-resident development agencies,as arranged by the UNDP-led project development team.
  • Collaborative meetings with the UNDP staff and Government stakeholders who are currently working on the Gender Equality Program and Gender Responsive Governance Program for Samoa, and Youth Programs to identify synergy opportunities, ensure consistency and avoid duplication of efforts between the programs and the LDCF project.



Deliverables, Outputs and Schedules

  • The Expert will draft a workplan with tasks, deliverables, interview guides and a report outline within one week of starting the assignment.
  • The Expert will provide a draft and final report for this assessment, including key recommendations and action points that should be taken into account in the design of the LDCF Project. The draft will be presented and discussed with the UNDP-led Project Development Team to ensure that it meets the consultancy objectives and contributes to the design of the LDCF project, as articulatedin the UNDP Project Document that is prepared for GEF approval. The report will include:
  • A project implementation approach or methodology that ensures that the LDCF project, especially the activities outlined under Outcome 2, contribute to concrete and tangible equality results, which are in line with the Government of Samoa’s priorities on gender and social issues. The design must also be in line with UNDP’s 2008-2013 Gender Equality Strategy and other global and regional resources on social and gender issues and climate change adaptation. In this context, the expert will ensure that the project document integrates specific social and gender outputs and activities (if relevant) and the necessary budget allocation to undertake these.
  • A final Strategic Results Framework for the project proposal which integrates a country-specific social and gender perspective by including appropriate baselines, capacity assessments, targets, indicators and sources of verification.
  • The Expert will develop also detailed Concept Note (length to be determiend) which defines specific activities that will be budgeted within the full-fledged project document, and it will ensure women and youth contribution to and involvement in equitable climate resilient national and subnational policies and programmes. In this regard, the Expert will give particular attention to “Output 2.1.2 Development of micro-businesses (business incubators for youth/women;business hubs for youth, etc.) on agro-food, manufacture and tourism with a sustainable and resilient value chain approach, to promote diversified livelihoods”and ensure that the detailed concept note provides specific guidance on how the project design can ensure that vulnerable women and women-headed households benefit directly and substantially from livelihood development activities.

Duration of Assignment, Duty Station &Expected Places of Travel

The assignment covers 50 working days. The Consultant will be home-based with one or two expected missions to Pacific Country Y.


All required tasks and reporting of deliverables by the specialist will be managed and coordinated by the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Project Preparation Specialist.

Required Skills


  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in international development, public administration, development economics, gender/women’s studies or related field of expertise


  • At least ten years of professional work experience as a gender specialist on development projects.
  • Experience in developing and implementing social and gender mainstreaming strategies in on-the-ground projects, especially within Pacific region.
  • Experience with national development and economic planning processes.
  • Sophisticated understanding of social, gender and cultural issues in the context of human development.
  • Experience in social aspects and climate change adaptation/ sustainable development analysis and research, policy development and project management.
  • UNDP/UN experience, particularly in development programming in the Pacific region would be an asset.
  • Work in the Pacific Region is preferable.

Language requirements:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English is required.

Submission of Applications

Interested and qualified consultants are invited to submit their application materials to the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific (genderconsultant@adapt-asia.com). They should provide a cover letter explaining their capacity and experience for the assignment described above, a detailed CV, a five-page writing sample in English and contact information for three traceable referees.
Applications must be submitted by close of business (Bangkok time) on Date X
. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

Terms of Reference #3 International Gender Specialist

Strengthening Community Resilience to Climate-Induced Natural Disasters

in the Here to Eternity Road Development Corridor in Asian Country A



Local communities in Here to Eternity (HTE) Road Development Corridor of Country A are already experiencing highly unpredictable weather events, including high intensity rainfall, extended drought and dry periods and variable seasonal timings. Recent climate change projections for the country suggest that these trends are likely to continue in the future and potentially intensify, including: increasing surface air temperatures;increasing intensity and frequency of extreme heat events;increasing intensity and frequency of extreme rainfall events;and gradual increases in mean sea levels. These factors translate to a range of disaster-related hazards and risks for vulnerable, natural resource dependent, rural communities. Local consultations carried out during the NAPA process revealed some of these effects. The reported impacts of climate induced disasters include landslides and flooding from rapid rainfall run-off, damage to homes and public infrastructure (particularly roads and bridges), reduced access to markets and related loss of income.

The Government is investing heavily in transport infrastructure as a basis for securing the country’s long term development goals. This investment recognizes both the challenging physical environment and the increasing climatic variability of recent years. For this reason, investments in key arteries (East-West and North-South) are building in greater physical redundancy into designs and maintenance schedules with support from various multilateral and bilateral donors. However, these measures tend to be limited to the existing Rights of Way (RoW) and their immediate vicinity. By contrast, many of the challenges of sustaining the value of these investments over the long term require consideration of the wider landscape. For example, through watershed management measures that can help to move and filter surface water through rather than over the soil profile. At this point, such measures are only being considered in a very piecemeal way.

For the HTE Road Development Corridor, there is no strategy in place that can link wider landscape management to road infrastructure management. Consequently, existing landscapes can present an additional hazard to infrastructure maintenance rather than acting as a buffer protecting this infrastructure from disaster events. This situation undermines the Government’s ability to secure the necessary social and economic benefits to bring vulnerable communities out of poverty in a way which is sustainable in the long term. In response to this challenge, the Government of Country A has requested LDCF funding to protect critical economic infrastructure from climate induced natural hazards (flooding, landslides, wind damage). Proposed strategies include better policies, strengthened local disaster risk management institutions and investments in risk reduction measures within the HTE Road Development Corridor.

The proposed project is linked with the World Bank investment in the upgrade of critical economic infrastructure in the HTE Road Development Corridor, together with complementary disaster recovery and mitigation measures with a total indicative co-financing of approximately USD 65 million). While the additional risks to this infrastructure from climate related disasters are being factored into the design and works within the RoW of the main road, and some of its branch roads, wider measures to manage climate and disaster risks both to assets and related livelihoods are yet to be designed. These additional risks will be addressed through a joint approach to be implemented through the WB local disaster risk management component and the proposed LDCF grant.

Therefore, the LDCF project will be designed to accomplish a number of objectives. It will enhance knowledge and understanding of critical local drivers of climate induced natural disasters. It will strengthen the capacities of local disaster risk management institutions to effectively assess, plan, budget and deliver investments in climate change related disaster prevention, which are linked to critical economic infrastructure and assets in the HTE Road Development Corridor. It will also strengthen capacities to implement direct, community-driven investments to reduce climate change and disaster induced losses to critical infrastructure assets and the wider economy.

Gender Dimensions

This consulting assignment for an International Gender Specialist (The Consultant) is based upon the premise that natural disasters do not affect people equally. In fact, a vulnerability approach to disasters would suggest that inequalities in exposure and sensitivity to risk as well as inequalities in access to resources, capabilities, and opportunities systematically disadvantage certain groups of people, rendering them more vulnerable to the impact of natural disasters. Since women are affected differently by climate change than men, and quite often more severely, it is critical that the project undertakes gender disaggregated approaches to climate change impact and vulnerability assessments.

Therefore, the project preparation phase will make special efforts to identify gender specific vulnerabilities and gender specific roles to elicit behavioral changes necessary for adaptation processes. It will also identify and design components of these additional measures so that they provide tangible socio-economic benefits directly to vulnerable women and their families.

Specific gender-related outputs have already been developed in the Project Identification Form (PIF). These indicate that we must:

  • Take stock of available gender responsive climate risk and vulnerability assessments
  • Develop a succninct methodological guide for community-level climate change vulnerability and risk assessments to be applied within the HTE Road Development Corridor
  • Apply the gender-responsive assessment methodology to at least 35 administrative units, informing district and sub-district level planning, prioritization and budgeting, with a specific focus on gender (Output 3.1 of the project document).

Terms of Reference

The consultant will:

  • Design and guide a gender-responsive vulnerability assessment which can clasify the most vulnerable groups in the target districts and sub-districts, based on socially constructed definitions of vulnerabilities;
  • Identify gender-specific exposures to climate related risks, sensitivity and adaptation needs of target population;
  • Analyze existing baseline data on climate related disasters and disaggregate, where possible, the possible damages and losses incurred by men and women, including gender specific mortality rates);
  • Analyze and disaggregate the benefits in the process of recovery and compensation (as relevant);
  • Elaborate the underlying causes of gender-specific exposure to climate related disasters and vulnerabilities;any identified inequalities in exposure and sensitivity to climate related disasters as well as inequalities in access to resources (e.g. land tenure, access to water, forest stewardship etc);
  • Identify women’s role in spearheading the behavioural changes that are necessary to instigate adaptation processes in relation to flood / flash flood/ landslide risks to target infrastructure;
  • Use the findings and conclusions of the risk and vulnerability assessment to recommend gender- responsive options under all Outcomes of the project, including the outcome-level indicators;
  • Guide the Project Development Specialist and the technical team on how to best integrate budgeted gender-specific activities into climate change related disaster risk management programming;
  • Guide the project formulation team on building specific activities that create opportunities for women to act as important agents of change towards adaptive behavour;
  • Work together with the Project Development Specialist and the technical team to provide design inputs to one or more community-driven investments so that they deliver economic benefits directly to vulnerable women and their families;
  • Identify the roles the women can play in securing effectiveness of early warning systems, as possible and relevant. This task could include identifying elements of the early warning system that the project may need to put in place in order to effectively reach out and address women’s exposure and preparedness to climate risks;
  • Provide narrative contributions to the project document which clearly articulate and justify the rationale for gender-responsive options under each individual outcome of the project;and
  • Work closely with the Project Development Specialist and contribute to finalization of a gender-sensitive Results Framework and definition of indicative budgeted project activities that address gender issues.


  • Create the methodological guide for
    community level climate change vulnerability and risk assessments
    to be applied within the HTE Road Development Corridor
  • Apply the guide to at least 35 administrative units, informing district and sub-district level planning, prioritization and budgeting, with a specific focus on gender (output 3.1 of the project document);
  • Provide narrative inputs which incorporate gender findings from the vulnerability and risk assessments for the Project Document and Endorsement Document so that there is meaningful integration of gender dimensions into the project strategy, gender activities and indicators for the various project outcomes
  • Provide written recommendations for the design of one or more community driven investments that deliver tangible economic benefits directly to vulnerable women and their families.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Hold at least a Master’s degree in fields with relevance to the gender dimensions of disaster management (e.g., gender studies, rural development, development planning)


  • At least ten years of professional experience in gender-responsive approaches to disaster management, natural resource management, infrastructure or climate change with demonstrated track record of relevant experience and expertise (publications, reports, project proposals)
  • Extensive knowledge of Country A or other countries in Southeast Asia, demonstrated by previous experience and involvement in the country/region
  • Experience in gender-sensitive project design
  • Evidence of development and/or implementation of specific gender-related activities.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the relationship between climate change/environment issues, gender equality and gender mainstreaming.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English is required, including both verbal and writing skills


  • Technical expertise in gender considerations in disaster management solutions
  • Ability to communicate effectively in order to articulate complex, technical information
  • Good knowledge of results based management.

Level of Effort and Location

25 days from September 2013-April 2014, including 10 days in-country

Submission of Applications

Interested and qualified consultants are invited to submit their application materials to the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific (genderconsultant@adapt-asia.com). They should provide a cover letter explaining their capacity and experience for the assignment described above, a detailed CV, a five-page writing sample in English and contact information for three traceable referees.
Applications must be submitted by close of business (Bangkok time) on Date X
. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.