Consultant: Gender Expert

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Cairo, Egypt
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
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International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seeks applications from experienced candidates in the field of gender to undertake a part-time assignment for the project "Wastewater Reuse in the MENA Region: Addressing the Challenges".

Project Background

The Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) has awarded the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) the implementation of the “Waste water reuse in the Mena Region: Addressing the challenges” project in April 2018. The project duration is four years till March 30, 2022.

The Project will contribute to reducing water scarcity, increase resilience to climate change, and mitigate the impacts of human displacement on health and livelihoods. The Project will address the challenges that currently limit opportunities to upscale and accelerate the expansion of wastewater reuse across the region. To achieve this the Project will create and support regional and national Learning Alliances in three countries (Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon). Drawing on experience in the region with existing wastewater reuse strategies, the Project will identify promising innovations and validated reuse models to resolve past management bottlenecks that constrain wastewater reuse. Plans for wastewater treatment and reuse will be developed for six settlements in a participative manner. In Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon, strategic plans and roadmaps for scaling up of wastewater treatment and reuse will be also produced. Across the MENA region, key stakeholders will be engaged, trained, and connected in a network to accelerate the replication of locally viable reuse solutions.

The project is a multi-partner project which aims to contribute to the following outcomes and impact, by delivering the outputs listed below.

2.1 Impact

Safe reuse of treated wastewater is substantially expanded in MENA region by 2030 in alignment with SDG 6.3

2.2 Outcome

Project stakeholders are better equipped for the implementation of sustainable reuse models across the MENA region

2.3 Outputs

  1. MENA Wastewater reuse sourcebook developed to document lessons from existing innovations, validated and promising reuse models, and past management bottlenecks in and beyond the region. The case studies for the sourcebook will inform activities related to outputs 2, 3 and 4.
    • Formal or informal constraints facing women’s participation (rules and norms that shape behavior)
    • Division of labor between men and women and whether there is an increased burden upon women.
    • Men and women’s access to and control over resources.
    • Any other unintended effects occur.
  2. This research will feed into a thematic advisory note on gender and safe reuse, research reports and capacity building materials that contribute to Output 1 (a sourcebook on wastewater reuse in the MENA region, to be developed by the ReWater project).
  3. Local wastewater treatment and reuse plans prepared in six settlements of different scales in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. These will include conceptual designs and associated implementation and management plans for feasible wastewater treatment and reuse solutions in the selected settlements.
  4. National plans for expansion of wastewater treatment and reuse prepared in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. The national plans will include baseline analysis, shared national visions for reuse, and a roadmap to achieve the vision.
  5. Stakeholders’ capacity for safe reuse of wastewater strengthened in MENA. Reuse stakeholders will be targeted, engaged, sensitized, trained, and linked with a network of wastewater stakeholder in MENA to speed up the adoption and replication of reuse solutions.

Objective of the Assignment

The objective of this assignment is to mainstream gender into the ReWater MENA project. Gender aspects will be addressed throughout the wastewater management and reuse at different levels, as follows:

  1. Gender will be an explicit category in research and data collection. Sex and age disaggregated data will be collected for the baseline assessments to assess how women and children practice reuse of wastewater, and to identify the gender impacts of particular reuse interventions. Besides the quantitative data collection, qualitative case studies of reuse will help to identify
  2. The ReWater project will ensure that reuse professionals are made aware of and capable of identifying the gendered impacts of particular reuse interventions, building on the research outputs. Women will be actively stimulated to participate in the LAs and the high-level science-policy dialogues, which will ensure improved access to information for women. Identifying the appropriate stakeholders for the LAs will also contribute to a gender focus in the development of new reuse models.
  3. To build the capacity within the region, the trainings and field visits will include, on aggregate, a minimum of 30% female participants, which is a very ambitious objective in the region. At the local level, stakeholder meetings for participatory selection of reuse models and technologies will include female stakeholders and female facilitators to identify differential outcomes, but also at the national and regional levels, this participation will make a difference.
  4. The project will contribute regionally to increasing awareness of gendered aspects of wastewater reuse, through the RLAs, capacity building exercises, learning alliances, communication strategy, and the regional professional networks of reuse specialists.
  5. To ensure that the project staff, including partners’ staff, is aware of the importance of gender mainstreaming and is qualified to effectively integrate gender in the project activities, a gender training workshop was conducted in 2019. More gender mainstreaming activities are envisaged up to the end of the project in 2022. This will assure that the managers at different organizations fully understand Gender equality, and are capable of being champions for gender equality.

Scope of Work

The assignment envisages the tasks listed below:

Task 1: Develop Gender metrics with quantitative and qualitative indicators – across the ReWater Project

The consultant shall review the workplans of all partners of the ReWater MENA project and develop gender metrics for all activities mentioned in their workplans, with quantitative and qualitative indicators to assess the accomplishment of gender metrics. Gender must be incorporated in methodologies, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for all partners’ activities. This task shall be developed in close relationship with partners. [up to 6 person-days].

Task 2: Participate in the annual gender mainstreaming workshop to be conducted by the ReWater Project

The consultant shall participate in the Gender workshop to be conducted by the ReWater MENA project, providing insights and communicating with partners. [up to 4 person-days].

Task 3: Support the partners in mainstreaming gender opportunities along the year

The consultant shall communicate with all partners and support them and their consultants throughout the year. He/she shall review their key activities and identify gender mainstreaming opportunities along the year, explaining thoroughly the developed metrics and asking them to report the gender-disaggregated data, ensuring the fulfilment of all data indicators. The ReWater MENA project will provide the contacts of the gender contact persons nominated by partners to the consultant. [up to 10 person-days].

Task 4: Compile a report on gender-disaggregated data in partners’ activities

The consultant shall compile a report, evaluating the accomplishment of gender metrics across the project, in a quantified and qualified manner, according to the indicators developed by the consultant. The consultant shall provide his insights and feedback in this report. [up to 5 person-days].

Country of Assignment: Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon

Duration: Approximately 01 year (part-time)

Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, including details of previous experience, together with a cover letter and contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are shortlisted.

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


  • A minimum of Masters level in Gender, Development Studies, Social Sciences., Natural Resource Management and other related fields.
  • A minimum of 5 years post higher degree gender experience related to water issues.
  • Proven ability to develop gender metrics and indicators.
  • Proven good spoken and written English and Arabic.
  • Experience in working in international, multi-country and multicultural teams especially in the MENA region.
  • Past experience on waste water management and gender is an advantage.
  • Proven experience in documenting gender workshops and proceedings.