Gender Advisor (Africa Water Investment Programme)

Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa (GWP-SA)

Lusaka, , ZM


International Water Management Institute (IWMI) on behalf of the Global Water Partnership Southern Africa , seeks applications from suitable candidates to undertake a part-time (50%) consultancy assignment under GWP Africa Water Investment Programme (AIP) Water Climate Development and Gender Transformation (AIP WACDEP-G). The AIP-WACDEP-G Gender Advisor for Zambia and GWP Southern Africa will be technically responsible for the gender aspects of AIP WACDEP-G in Southern Africa and in Zambia. The Gender Advisor will work under the guidance of the GWPSA Technical Advisor and AIP- Zambia Program Manager. S/he will also support the implementation of the AIP programme portfolio in Zambia.

The goal of the Africa Water Investment Programme is to transform and improve the investment outlook for water security and sustainable sanitation for a prosperous, peaceful and equitable society. AIP aims to leverage $30 Billion in investments, by 2030, towards SDG 6 implementation. The overall objective is to enhance job creation through gender sensitive investments in water security, industrialization and climate resilient development.

AIP will promote job creation through gender sensitive investments in water security, industrialization and climate resilient development and support continental efforts towards universal access to safe water and safely managed sanitation.

AIP includes three interrelated strategic objectives aligned to the GWP strategy, ‘2020-2025 Mobilizing for a water secure world,’ Mobilize, Act and Learn’, as follows:

  • Mobilize high level political commitment and finance for investments in water security to support regional and national development, industrialization and job creation
  • Catalyse climate resilient Action and gender transformative investments in water security
  • Accelerate transaction management capacity, knowledge, Learning and project preparation

The programme will be implemented through three interrelated Sub-programs as follows:

  • AIP Water Climate Development and Gender Transformation (AIP WACDEP-G)
  • AIP investments in SDGs on water-energy-food security, regional value chains and industrialization (AIP SDG WEF Investments)
  • AIP Transboundary Water Governance and Investments (AIP Transboundary Waters)

The AIP implementation will initially focus on support to the AIP-WACDEP-G and its scope and this will be later expanded to all AIP sub-programmes once resources become available.

AIP Water Climate Development and Gender Transformation (AIP WACDEP-G)

The AIP-WACDEP-G sub-programme takes a gender-transformative approach to address a specific gender gap at the systemic level: Across Africa, planning, decision-making and institutional processes are not gender-transformative; they reflect the structurally embedded cultural norms, practices and gendered power relations.

The goal of the AIP-WACDEP-G is to ensure that the preparation, development, design, governance and management of ongoing and new climate resilient water infrastructure investments, institutions and job creation interventions strategically advance gender equality. The overall objective is to transform gender inequalities at scale by promoting gender-transformative planning, decision-making and institutional development for climate resilient water investments in Africa. The sub-programme is expected to be a ‘game changer’ across the water sector and beyond, addressing gender inequalities across Africa by taking a gender-transformative approach to development at the water and climate interface. The envisioned system-wide transformation will be achieved by influencing country-wide processes for water infrastructure investments in 18 countries and 5 river basins across Africa. The sub-programme will support and benefit 3.6 million people over the course of 6 years. Targeting to influence $1 billion of gender equal and climate resilient investments from public and private sources.

The expected outcomes of the programme are:

  • Gender-transformative structures, institutions, policies and/or plans for climate resilient water investments and jobs are put in place and implemented
  • Capabilities and motivation of planners to enable gender-transformative planning and design of climate resilient investments developed
  • Embedded gender inequalities in accessing services, control of resources and/or assets are addressed at the local level
  • Gender-transformative projects are implemented and inequalities related to climate vulnerability are addressed

Duties and Responsibilities of Consultant: Gender Advisor for Zambia and GWP Southern Africa

1. Program Development

  • support gender analysis work to be carried out at southern Africa region and in Zambia
  • support the undertaking of capacity needs assessment (gender) for the region and Zambia
  • support the development of detail WACDEP-G work plan, budget and capacity development plan for GWP SA and Zambia
  • Identify opportunities at regional and country levels that are relevant and useful for WACDEP-G
  • Support other GWP Africa regions in their gender analysis work

2. Program Implementation

  • Map out key stakeholders at regional (SADC), transboundary (Zambezi River Basin) and country (Zambia) levels that will have role in implementing WACDEP-G
  • Identify their roles (powers) and interests in relation to implementing WACDEP-G
  • Develop stakeholders’ engagement strategy for implementing WACDEP-G at regional, transboundary and country levels
  • Establish relationships with relevant government and non-government actors mainly with organizations dealing with gender and with gender focal points in other relevant government and non-government organizations
  • Coordinate the implementation of gender focused capacity building activities of the program at regional, transboundary and country levels
  • Support the process of selecting and implementing a demonstration project in Zambia, making sure that the project is oriented to a gender transformative approach
  • Provide guidance to consultants that will be engaged in conducting gender analysis in the region and in Zambia
  • Provide gender related technical support in implementing other GWP programs in GWPSA and in Zambia

3. Program Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation

  • Collect gender related data and information (gender-disaggregated) during the implementation of the program at regional, transboundary and country levels
  • Make sure that program reports (monthly, quarterly and annual) have gender disaggregated data/information
  • Make sure that all reports are contributing to the gender related targets of the Program
  • Review program progress reports from other regions and provide feedback for improvement

4. Knowledge Management and Communication

  • Document key program results and lessons to be generated from the processes and activities of implementing the program mainly focusing on gender aspects
  • Document processes and experiences at regional, transboundary and country levels related to gender
  • Develop knowledge materials (technical notes, articles) based on the results and lessons from program implementation, and also for other related processes
  • Identify platforms, and develop strategies on how to use existing platforms to promote a gender transformative approach at regional, transboundary and country levels
  • Contribute to internal capacity building of GWP in Africa, Southern Africa and Zambia
  • Work closely with the knowledge management and communications team at GWPSA

5. Other Duties

  • Participate in GWPSA Program coordination meetings (physical and online)
  • Support implementation of WACDEP-G at pan-African level with guidance from GWPSA and GWP Africa Coordination Unit (CU)
  • Assist with requests that may come from GWPSA and CU

Location: Lusaka, Zambia with frequent travel to South Africa

Interested applicants should submit a one-page motivation letter which addresses GWPSA’s requirements stated above, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


The Gender Advisor position requires a high level technical/professional expertise. Interested applicants are required to have the following qualifications and experiences:

  • Minimum qualification with Masters Degree in development studies, gender studies, social sciences, or related field.
  • An understanding of development issues including gender inequality and understanding of the institutional and policy environment around water security, climate resilience building and gender equality in the country and in the region
  • At least 10 years of experience in gender analysis, developing gender sensitive or gender transformative activities or plans. Desired but not required- ability/experience to develop trainings and experience with facilitating training/meetings/event).
  • At least four years of working experience in the region and/or in the country preferably in gender equality and social inclusion, women empowerment and gender mainstreaming areas
  • Experience working in the field of climate change, water and natural resources is an advantage
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills and very good organisational and task management skills, demonstrated team work skills and ability to work independently
  • Fluency in English language is a must, another regional language is an advantage.
  • Experience of collaborating and/or working with government institutions and agencies
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people, both independently and as part of a team