Short Term Consultancy: Institutional Mapping of Gender-Relevant Norms and Power Imbalances in Planning and Implementation of Climate Resilient Water Investment Projects in Zambia

Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa (GWP-SA)

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REPORTS TO: The Country Programme Manager – Africa Water Investment Programme (Zambia) and the Gender Advisor – Zambia  

DURATION: 15 working days within the period 22nd March to 21st May 2021

CONTRACT TYPE: Short term consultancy contract

LANGUAGE REQUIRED: English

LOCATION: Lusaka, Zambia

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12 March 2021

INTRODUCTION

This consultancy is commissioned by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) as part of the programming for the African Water Investment Programme (AIP) Water Climate Development and Gender Transformation (WACDEP-G) Support Programme in Zambia. The GWP is an intergovernmental organization established in 1996 to support countries in their efforts to implement more equitable and sustainable management of their water resources. The network spans 13 regions with over 3000 partner organizations in 179 countries. It has 68 accredited Country Water Partnerships and 13 Regional Water Partnerships. The global secretariat is in Stockholm, Sweden. More information about the organisation and its activities can be obtained at: http://www.gwp.org.    

GWP Southern Africa (GWPSA) is the regional arm of GWP and was launched in June 2000. Over the years, GWPSA has grown rapidly into a regional network of over 350 Partner organizations concerned with water resources management. GWPSA is implementing the (AIP) (WACDEP-G) Support Programme in Zambia. The AIP-WACDEP-G support-programme takes a gender-transformative approach to address specific gender gaps 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. Implementation of AIP WACDEP-G is in 5 countries and 5 transboundary basins including in Southern African region (Zambia and Zambezi River Basin).

The expected outcomes of the AIP WACDEP-G programme are:

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

CONTEXT OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The GWP undertook a gender analysis study as part of the inception phase of the AIP WACDEP-G from 16th August to 15th November 2020 to inform a gender-transformative approach for strengthening water security and climate resilience in the 5 countries of Africa (including Zambia) targeted by the Water Security and Climate Resilient Development Programme (WACDEP-G). The purpose of the gender analysis was to review existing systems related to gender inequalities in the country to identify gender dimensions and determine inequality situations and analyse the underlying root causes of gendered inequality. Furthermore, the gender analysis was to identify gaps and underlying drivers which are the core barriers to addressing identified inequalities by taking a gender-transformative approach to strengthening water security and climate resilience—clearly defining how inherent inequalities are driving gender unequal practices. Among other findings, the analysis found that a majority of water and climate policies in Zambia have not attempted to integrate gender in a meaningful way. Conversely, policies that do integrate gender often times do it in a tokenistic way that results in surface level mentions of gender but no true change.

 

Therefore, the gap between the gender policy content and gender-related content in water and climate policies provides ample opportunity for bringing together related sectors and actors to increase the gender-relevance of policies related to water, climate, and development policies.  Apart from that, there is need for linking the institutions with mandates for gender with those mandated for governing water, natural resources, and climate. The institutional mapping will build on some of the recommendations made by Includovate consultants and since the gender analysis took the general route of analysing data at the country level, the institutional mapping will focus on specific institutions within the country. It is against this background that GWPSA seeks the services of an individual consultant to conduct the mapping of gender-relevant institutional norms and power imbalances in planning and implementation of climate resilient water investment projects in Zambia and ensure identification of flows of information, gaps in policy development process including design, actors and agencies involved in governing access to and control of water-related assets and services.

OBJECTIVE OF THE CONSULTANCY

The main objective of the assignment is to conduct an institutional mapping of gender-relevant norms and power imbalances in planning and implementation of climate resilient water investment projects in Zambia.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

The specific objectives include the following.

  1. To review the extent to which gender inequalities are being addressed in the 5 key ministries of Gender, Lands, Water, Finance and Planning and to identify key actors and relationships that advance or hinder gender transformation.
  2. To understand the organizational structure and distribution of power and authority among the five key ministries mentioned above in order to determine the influence and exchange of information flows related to gender, water, and climate.
  3. To identify and describe the opportunities for addressing the gaps and root causes of gendered inequalities in Zambia and develop policy recommendations and strategies to do with gender inequalities related to climate change and water development that can feed into key policy processes.

SCOPE OF CONSULTANCY

The scope of services arising from the specific objectives shall comprise the following:

  • To review the extent to which gender inequalities are being addressed in the 5 key ministries of Gender, Lands, Water, Finance and Planning and to identify key actors and relationships that advance or hinder gender transformation.

The Consultant is expected to undertake the following:

  1. Identify and analyse actual inequalities existing in the respective ministries.
  2. Examine and analyse the extent to which gender inequalities are acknowledged and being addressed in the five ministries mentioned above with respect to planning and implementation of climate resilient water investment projects and programmes.
  3. Use the rapid capacity needs assessment that was conducted by the WACDEP-G Gender Advisors to come up with a capacity building plan for addressing gender inequalities through the gender transformative approach. Further stakeholder engagements and consultations may be undertaken to enrich the plan.
  4. Identify and analyse the key actors and their relationships that (may) advance or hinder gender transformation with regards to planning and implementation of climate resilient water investment projects and programmes including the identification and analysis of gender relevant institutional norms, systemic barriers, practices and power.
  5. Review the Policy Analysis that was conducted as part of the Gender Analysis for the WACDEP-G Support Programme and develop a plan, strategy and policy recommendations for advancing the various legal and institutional frameworks up the Gender Ladder until true transformation is attained.
  • To understand the organizational structure and distribution of power and authority among the five key ministries in order to determine the influence and exchange of information flows related to gender, water and climate.

The Consultant is expected to undertake the following:

  1. Review Analyse and understand the distribution of power and authority within and among the five key ministries of water, lands, gender, national planning and finance, especially as it relates to influence on and exchange of information flows related to gender, water development and climate resilience.
  2. Map and analyse information flows and exchange about gender, water and climate resilience within and among the five key ministries.
  3. Identify and analyse gaps in information flows, exchange and policy design with respect to gender, water development and climate resilience across and within the five key ministries mentioned above.
  4. Identify actors and agencies involved in governing access to and control of gender, water related assets and services and climate resilience.
  5. Recommend strategies for mitigating the gaps in information flows, exchange and policy design with respect to water, climate and gender.
  • To describe the opportunities for addressing the gaps and root causes of gendered inequalities in Zambia and develop policy recommendations and strategies, and institutional changes (systems and procedures) to do with gender inequalities related to climate change and water development that can feed into key policy processes.

The Consultant is expected to undertake the following:

  1. Recommend Describe entry points, capture opportunities and develop policy and institutional recommendations for addressing the identified gaps and root causes of gendered inequalities in the five key ministries that can feed into key policy processes such as the national adaptation planning process and review of the water, climate and gender policies.
  2. Identify capacity development needs for addressing the identified gaps and root causes for gender inequalities in terms of information flows and key policy processes.

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES

The expected deliverables of the assignment are as follows:

  1. Inception report- highlighting a detailed approach, methodology, data collection tools including the report outline, a work plan showing timelines, to be submitted within 5 working days from the commencement of the assignment.
  2. A draft institutional mapping report clearly responding to the TORs.
  3. A final institutional mapping report.

The Consultant shall be expected to present the preliminary findings (online) to the GWP team based in Zambia and South Africa.

REPORTING AND SUPERVISION

The Consultant will report to the Zambia AIP Country Manager on administrative matters, and to the Zambia AIP WACDEP-G Gender Advisor and the GWPSA Regional Gender Advisor on technical matters. Overall guidance will be provided by the GWPSAF/ACU Technical Advisor (WACDEP –G).

TIME SCHEDULE

The study is planned to take place over a period of 15 working days (period between 22nd March to 21st May 2021) and this includes data collection, data analysis and report writing.  All the deliverables, including annexes and reports should be submitted in writing in English and the same will be reviewed and approved by GWPSA.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

The Consultant should fulfil the following requirements:

EDUCATION

The consultant should have minimum qualification of a master’s degree in social sciences, gender studies, development studies or water and climate/environmental sciences. Specific qualification in gender would be an added advantage.

EXPERIENCE

  1. An understanding of gender inequality and understanding of the institutional and policy environment around water security, climate resilience building and gender equality in the country and the region.
  2. At least 10 years’ experience in conducting institutional mapping and development initiatives.
  3. Experience in facilitating training/meetings/event on confidence building and advocacy in areas of gender transformative approaches.
  4. At least five years of working experience in the country and/or region, preferably in gender equality and climate change, water and natural resources would be an advantage.
  5. Excellent analytical and writing skills and good organisational and task management skills.
  6. Experience in collaborating and/or working with government institutions. 

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