Position: Expert Consultant Gender
Location: Rabat Morocco
Reports to: Chief of Party
About GOLDEN RESOURCES
Golden Resources is a company that offers back-office and operational support, as well as local expertise in the gender, M&E, and communications areas.
Summary of Position
GOLDEN RESOURCES is seeking an Expert Consultant Gender for a five-year USAID-funded workforce development project in Morocco. The project may focus on strengthening the workforce and improving the employability of youth, enhancing their career potential for entering the labor market through vocational training services, business-led workforce development partnerships, and job placement.
Under the USAID Career Center, the Career Centers aim to integrate a strong gender focus into the design of activities. This will combine research, data-based visuals and evidence, with actions integrated into every aspect of the project. The USAID Career Center will begin this work with an assessment of the global, regional and country-specific literature on interventions to promote gender equality in the workplace including findings on addressing male norms and attitudes. The Career Center must use individual interviews with a range of actors on social norms (youth, teachers, parents, etc.) TVET and university culture – to assess support being provided to young women and underlying access issues, including impediments to women’s participation in the workforce, business cultures and the stocks and flows of women in the workplace and industry level access.
The objectives of this consultancy are: 1) to provide training to USAID Career Center staff on identifying gender-based constraints to equitable workforce participation and access and entry points for addressing gender constraints; 2) to provide training to Career Center Staff; 3) to present evidence and best practice on promoting gender in an equitable workplace and, 4) to establish guidelines to the project M&E team for continued data collection and analysis related to gender
The gender analysis format used by USAID looks at five domains for the specific issues we are investigating: 1) Laws, Policies, Regulations, and Institutional Practices (some work has
been done on the laws and policies in Morocco so we would focus on barriers and opportunities to implement those laws and policies and focus on institutional practices at schools, TVET and employers vis a vis hiring women/men employees); 2) Cultural Norms and Beliefs – here we would want to focus on regional and urban/rural difference 3) Gender Roles, Responsibilities, and Time Used, 4) Access to and Control over Assets and Resources: 5) Patterns of Power and Decision-making.
This consultancy will produce a report on evidence and best practices in promoting gender equitable workplace and recommendations for activities to reduce barriers to, or opportunities for, gender equity in Career Center workforce development activity designs. The report will be focused on responses to the following questions:
Section 1: Why is addressing female employment important – global snapshot of female labor force participation rates (FLFPR) and situation in Morocco; Impact of low FLFPR on economic growth and women’s empowerment
Section 2: What works? : Summary of current strategies trying to address low FLPRR) – both theoretical (could be useful in testing interventions in Morocco) and programmatic
Section 3: What should USAID Career Center and partners consider integrating into its project design? Offer some prioritized strategies for the USAID Career Center team to consider (a gender analysis and FGD/IDI discussion will help us figure out exactly what is doable given the various contexts within which the USAID Career Center is being implemented (that is what is doable in an urban area may not fly in a peri-urban or rural area culturally.).
PHASE I PREPARATION- DESK-10 DAYS (Pre-travel)
- Desk review of USAID Career Center project design documents, M&E frameworks, research protocols etc.
- Initiation of literature review on global, regional and country-specific empirical and grey literatures on interventions to promote gender equality in the workplace including findings on addressing male norms and attitudes (this is often left out of these kinds of reports). The report will be no longer than 20 pages, with the majority of the report focusing on proven or promising strategies to address gender-based constraints to equitable workforce participation rather than theoretical or policy issues. The goal of the paper is to provide Career Center staff with a solid foundation in international and regional or Moroccan approaches to promote gender equality in the workplace so that they can test approaches they think might be practical and doable in their context.
- Work closely with local gender consultant to collect data locally, prepare training sessions and prepare phase two activities generally.
- Distribute pre-training survey to USAID Career Center team to better understand training needs and expectations. (Working through local consultant.)
- Prepare training sessions on the identification of gender-based constraints to equitable workforce participation and access and gender approach.
PHASE II TRAINING-IN COUNTRY- 22 DAYS (o.a. September 1-September 25, 2015)
- Meet with the USAID Career Center team and collaborators (University of Marrakesh researchers etc.) to get a strong grounding in current project design and activities, research priorities and current M&E framework, current activities to promote gender equality, address GBV etc.
- Deliver training sessions for the USAID Career Center team to help the team to identify gender-based constraints to equitable workforce participation and access and entry points for addressing gender constraints. Local consultant or USAID gender advisor (depending on interest of USAID to build her capacity) would be co-facilitator.
- Complete and present to team literature review on global, regional and country-specific empirical and grey literatures on interventions to promote gender equality.
- Conduct focus group discussions (FGD) and/or in-depth interviews (IDI) with the USAID Career Center target populations (disaggregated by age group, sex, occupation/vocation, education and location) some which may be complementary of local research already being conducted by FHI 360 in partnership with the University of Marrakech. Local consultant would be co-facilitator/collaborator in conducting, transcribing and analyzing and writing up FDG and IDIs results.
- Provide analysis and recommendations for research design to assist the USAID Career Center in integrating gender into its learning process:
- Liaise with University of Marrakech researcher to review planned research projects and advise on integration of gendered perspective/questions into research tools;
- Propose research questions exploring gender inequalities, challenges and opportunities to address gender inequality into existing research/learning process agenda;
- Provide technical support to U of M team to analyze and present gender-specific research findings;
- Review USAID Career Center learning process/agenda and recommend/suggest priority research questions
- Deliver training workshops on gender approach to the Career Center team (training will include fundamentals of gender analysis, gender sensitive indicators plus other specific issues identified through assessment). (in collaboration with local gender consultant)
- Develop training needs assessment survey and interview guide for Career Center team (using Survey Monkey)
- Conduct at least one training per Career Center team site (15 staff) : number of trainings will depend on a) number of staff per site (maximum 20 per session) and b) number of Career Center offices
- Analyze pre- and post-test results
- Submit training report(s)
- Training session for the USAID Career Center team
- Finished practical “how-to guide” for USAID Career Center staff and collaborators for identifying and addressing gender-based constraints to equitable workforce participation
- Twenty page report on evidence and best practices in promoting gender equitable workplace and recommendations for activities to reduce barriers to, or opportunities for, gender equity in Career Center workforce development activity designs.
- Report summarizing qualitative findings from FGD and IDI with target populations.
- Training delivered on gender integration to the Career Center team (training will include fundamentals of gender analysis, gender sensitive indicators plus other specific issues identified through assessment).
- Guidelines to the project M&E team for continued data collection and analysis related to gender sensitive indicators tracking activities designed to reduce gender gaps and barriers.
- A plan for how the USAID Career Center can conduct research which sufficiently integrates gender analysis with a view to medium and longer term Career Center outcomes as defined in MELP. (Working with local consultant.)
TRAINING REPORT- DESK-5 DAYS (Completion post-travel)
- Compare pre and post training survey results, write up and submit report
- Analyze qualitative data (FGD, IDI) and submit report.
- Practical guidelines and checklists for addressing gender-based constraints to equitable workforce participation for use by the USAID Career Center team and for integrating activities throughout the scope and life of the project. (Working with local consultant.)
- Training Report
Total Proposed Level of Effort:
The total level of effort proposed for this assignment is 37 days. This includes 10 work days pre-travel, 22 work days in country and 5 work days post-travel. The consultant is expected to work hand in hand with a local gender consultant identified by the USAID Career Center. A goal of this consultancy is to sufficiently integrate gender analysis with a view to medium and longer term analysis objectives, including through strengthened local capacity.
The consultant will report to USAID Career Center COP, Mona Tep as technical point person responsible for the quality of deliverables related to this consultancy.
Please supply a resume and a cover letter and send them to [email protected] with “Expert Consultant USAID Career Center/GR” in the subject line by July 5th, 2015.
 Date of earliest availability by consultant.
 Consultant will receive program MELP upon being contracted.