Namibia nationals: Gender and Stakeholder Specialist for the CUVECOM PPG/IP

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Windhoek, , NA

The GEF Council has recently approved the Project Identification Form (PIF) for the full-sized project titled “Enhanced Water Security and Community Resilience in the Adjacent Cuvelai and Kunene Transboundary River Basins (PIMS 4756)” implemented through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). UNDP is now commencing a detailed project preparation phase expected to last until September 2021. The PIF was approved by the GEF Secretariat on 11 December 2020. At the end of the preparation phase, UNDP will finalize a project document for approval/endorsement by the GEF CEO.
The project is being designed to strengthen the joint management capacity of Angola and Namibia for the sustainable management of natural resources in the adjacent Kunene and Cuvelai River basins for the sustainable and resilient development of the basins. Basin-wide cooperation and evidence-based joint management and planning by basin countries will be promoted through the application of the participatory IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management) approach and strengthening of institutional and technical capacity of the Cuvelai Watercourse Commission (CuveCOM) and the Permanent Joint Technical Commission (PJTC) for the Kunene River. This will be a GEF IW foundation phase project, supporting the two governments to produce Transboundary Diagnostics Analysis (TDA) and Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for each basin. The 6 project components are as follows:
1. Strengthening the transboundary and conjunctive water resources management in the Cuvelai River basin;
2. Strengthening the transboundary water resources management with future development scenario analysis in the Kunene River basin;
3. Strengthening the governance of the Cuvelai and Kunene River Basins to foster joint management by the two countries in the most cost-effective manner;
4. Strengthening institutional, technical and operational capacity in Angola to sustainably develop and manage the sub-region’s water tower located in southern Angola;
5. Enhancing the community participation in IWRM to build resilience in their livelihoods;
6. Outreach and Knowledge Management for replication, upscaling and stakeholder engagement



National Gender and Stakeholder Specialist will be a gender and social inclusion expert with experience in in-depth
gender analysis and local community engagement in Namibia. Core tasks include preparing the Gender Analysis, Gender
Mainstreaming Plan and Gender Action Plan, as well conducting stakeholder mapping and analysis to develop a Stakeholder
Engagement Plan. S/he will also be responsible for conducting reviews of national policy and legislative frameworks; review
of relevant past and ongoing projects for lessons, including project evaluations; and for identifying and confirming cofinanciers
to the project. A detailed description of expected deliverables is included below.
Gender Analysis (Component A)
A gender analysis will be prepared to fully consider the different needs, roles, benefits, impacts, risks, differential access to
and control over resources of women and men (including considerations of intersecting categories such as age, social status,
ethnicity, marital status, etc.) and to identify appropriate measures to address these and promote gender equality and
women’s empowerment. .
Financial planning, co-financing and investment mobilized (Component A)
Co-financing and investment mobilized – as defined in the GEF Policy and Guidelines on co-financing – will be confirmed, and
additional sources identified through a series of consultations with partners to ensure a coherent and sustainable financing
package for the project, including post-GEF grant phase to the extent possible. The GEF is seeking high cofinancing/
investment mobilized to GEF grant ratios with a preference for grants, loans and other public investments over inkind
co-financing. The GEF also expects the Government to significantly support the costs associated with project execution
(i.e. PMC).
Stakeholder analysis (Component A)
Building on the initial identification of stakeholders in the PIF, an appropriately scaled analysis of project stakeholders will be
undertaken. This stakeholder analysis will provide the foundation for development of the project’s Stakeholder Engagement
Plan and will facilitate prioritization of engagement activities with particular stakeholder groups and individuals. See the
UNDP SES Guidance Note on Stakeholder Engagement.
Stakeholder Engagement Plan (Component B)
At a minimum, the Plan must include the following elements:
? Stakeholders who have been and will be engaged (based on stakeholder analysis), including potentially marginalized
or disadvantaged groups/individuals (the ‘who’);
? Key stakeholder objectives and interests (the ‘why’);
? Steps and actions to achieve meaningful consultation and inclusive participation, including information
dissemination and any special measures required to ensure inclusive participation of marginalized disadvantaged
groups/individuals the dissemination of information (the ‘how’);
? Breadth and depth of stakeholder engagement throughout the project cycle, and decisions that need to be made
through stakeholder engagement (the ‘what’);
? Timeline for engagement activities and how they will be sequenced, including information disclosure (the ‘when’);
? Indicators of stakeholder engagement and monitoring plan;
? Roles and responsibilities for ensuring effective stakeholder engagement through implementation of the Plan; and
? Resource requirements and associated budget.
? A project-level Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) will be described in the Stakeholder Engagement Plan and
established in the first year of project implementation. See the UNDP guidance on GRM and sample TOR.
? A comprehensive Stakeholder Engagement Plan is required.
See the UNDP SES guidance on Stakeholder Engagement, the standard SEP template, and the GEF guidelines on stakeholder
Gender Action Plan and Budget (Component B)
The gender analysis conducted in Component A along with relevant findings from the stakeholder analysis and background
studies, will form the basis of a Gender Action Plan to guide gender mainstreaming during project implementation. The
Gender Action Plan must include indicators, targets, timeframe, responsible party and budget which are linked to the project’s
components/outputs, outcomes and activities. As part of the work of preparing the Gender Action Plan, indicators should be
proposed for inclusion in the Results Framework to facilitate the monitoring of the proposed gender mainstreaming actions.
Validation Workshop and Report (Component C)
A validation workshop will be held with relevant stakeholders to present, discuss and validate the project activities, and the final draft of the UNDP-GEF project document. A validation workshop report will be prepared unless the overall rate of the project safeguards changes from medium to low.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Diplomacy and tact.




  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as gender studies, gender and development, women and environment, or women and sustainable development.


  • Minimum 7 years of demonstrable experience in the technical area of gender mainstreaming, community development, and stakeholder engagement in Namibia;
  • 3 years experience in carrying out participatory gender analysis; experience collecting and formulating gender responsive indicators and sex-disaggregated data and preparing gender responsive project analysis; developing gender action plans;
  •  Demonstrated understanding of the links between sustainable development, social and gender issues;
  • Demonstrated experience working on policy and programmatic issues with national and local governments and civil society organizations including community organizations;
  • Experience in facilitating gender responsive stakeholder meetings is highly desired;
  • Experience with project development and results-based management methodologies is highly desired;
  • Excellent analytical, writing, advocacy, presentation, and communications skills are required.


Language Proficiency:

  • English excellent
  • Able to demonstrate communication in writing, speaking, reading and synthesize information.

How to apply:

To apply please access UNDP Jobs site

Recommended Presentation of Offer;

  • Completed Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  • Personal CV or a P11 Personal History form, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  • Brief description of approach to work/technical proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a proposed methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment (max 1 page).

Financial proposal:

Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (based on the number of working days mentioned ToR.


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  • Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

Incomplete applications will be excluded from further consideration.

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