Team Lead, Gender and Agriculture Specialist (Southern Africa)

Banyan Global
  • Location
    Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Mar 28

Position description


  • Lead the preparation of a detailed work plan for the gender analysis;
  • Lead the team in the preparation of a literature and policy review on gender equality, women and the seed trade;
  • Lead the Initial Team Project Consultations (Pretoria);
  • Lead the team in undertaking gender analysis data collection in the four project countries in line with Section 3 above;
  • Lead Action Planning and presentation on analysis results (country to be selected);
  • Lead data analysis and interpretation;
  • Prepare a draft Gender Analysis Report, and based on comments received, finalize the Gender Analysis Report, including a 2-page fact sheet with key findings on women and cross-border seed trade;
  • Prepare weekly bullets highlighting key findings and lessons learned throughout consultancy.

Banyan Global, an international development consulting firm, is recruiting a Team Leader to conduct a Gender Analysis of the Southern Africa Seed Trade Project. The period of performance is May 1 – October 20, 2017.


The Southern Africa Seed Trade Project is a five-year project launched in December 2015. It is designed to increase the availability of high quality seed of improved varieties to farmers in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and to contribute to increased agricultural productivity and improved food and nutrition security. The project supports activities in three Feed-the-Future focus countries: Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique; and it is also active in Zimbabwe, an aligned Feed the Future country. The Seed Trade Project provides targeted technical assistance to facilitate implementation of SADC’s Harmonized Seed Regulations (HSR). The HSR seek to boost seed trade across the region, integrating smaller and more isolated national seed markets into one, larger SADC market for improved seed access and variety.


  • Gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in the seed trade, including women’s role as seed producers (including both corporate and smallholder farmers) and traders.
  • Gender equality in seed trade policy, as well as gender equitable hiring in government agencies, including the national seed authorities (NSAs) and national plant protection organizations (NPPOs). 

The analysis will place a specific emphasis on the maize, sorghum, legumes, pigeon peas, and vegetables value chains. It will include a policy and literature review, in-country research with seed companies, traders, government officials, and field research at the borders of each of the aforementioned countries. It will also create learning and information dissemination tools (recommendations, fact sheet, and short video) to promote understanding of the issues that women traders and value chain actors face.


  • Doctoral or master’s degree in agricultural and applied economics or other social sciences, including gender studies, law, human rights, economics, development studies or a related field;
  • At least 15 years of experience working in agricultural value chains, including some experience in the Southern Africa region;
  • Expertise in research, gender analyses and assessments, and integrating gender equality into project design and management;
  • At least 15 years’ experience working on international and regional assignments with donor agencies such as USAID or other US Government Agencies, World Bank or UN;
  • Demonstrated experience with gender equality and women’s empowerment related to small-scale economic activity (trade, transport of goods, employment, entrepreneurship, or other);
  • Experience with training and capacity-building related to small-scale economic activity (trade, transport of goods, employment, entrepreneurship, or a related focus);
  • Excellent data analysis and interpretation, and report writing skills;
  • Experience working in Southern Africa;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required;
  • Ability to travel for at least 4 continuous weeks, with a preference for 6 continuous weeks at a time in Southern Africa.

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