Gender Expert Consultant

Cardno Emerging Markets
  • Location
    Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 06

Position description

Cardno US implements the USAID Papua New Guinea (PNG) Biodiversity Program. Parallel to the biodiversity program, Cardno US will implement the new White House Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Program (WGDP), also funded through USAID. By linking these projects together, efforts to empower women in PNG will be enhanced while PNG’s capacity to manage it environmental resources will be strengthened. Both programs will focus on building the capacity of women along natural resource based value chains in PNG, as a method to improve economic outcomes for women and promote conservation of the country’s exceptional biodiversity. The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity program specifically will support capacity building and development of economic opportunities and enterprises of women working in natural resource-based activities. It is widely recognized that investing in women often pays significantly higher social and development dividends than many other options. The biodiversity program will reduce threats to priority biodiversity hotspots in PNG by supporting communities to manage their customary lands and waters, and effectively identify alternative livelihoods, with WGDP ensuring the empowerment of women is kept at the center of program work.

The Biodiversity Conservation Program seeks a Gender Expert to work with local PNG National Gender Experts to conduct a gender assessment across two project areas that at once focuses on lacing these two programs together while maintaining each program’s integrity and recognizing each program’s separate targets and indicators. The consultant is expected to conduct an assessment for the Biodiversity Program and develop a written integration plan for the biodiversity and WGDP initiatives that effectively leverages and blends each program’s contributions to biodiversity conservation and wise use of natural resources while maintaining attribution of activities to funding. The WGDP is expected to build and expand on the successes of the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFAT’s) Pacific Women’s Program as well as other programs to be identified.

The Gender Expert must be aware of USAID’s global approach to gender and equity, and be capable of bringing those principles into the PNG biodiversity conservation program’s gender assessment. The Gender Expert is expected to work with program Gender specialists and PNG national consultants to design and conduct the assessment, and use the assessment to design an initial work plan for the Biodiversity Program and WGDP with the program Gender team leader. The Gender Expert will provide leadership and advice to the program’s Gender team leader in terms of conceiving, developing, and carrying out an innovative program focused on women’s empowerment, specifically economic, that addresses the targets of the both the biodiversity and WGDP programs. Gender-sensitive solutions and strategies must be at the core of the work and reflect realistic promotion of gender equality and the prevention of gender-based violence in PNG.


  • Conduct a literature review on existing gender assessments (country and donor based – USAID, DFAT, IFC, ADB, World Bank, UNDP, etc.)
  • Review biodiversity program work plan and WGDP concept note, as well as Pacific Women Leadership reports and assessments;
  • Meet with potential WGDP partners (CARE, CIPE, and BFCW, among others), and Biodiversity Program partners (TKCP, WCS, and TNC) to assess their projects, methodologies and tools, that can best be integrated;
  • Develop methodology and survey as needed for gender assessment in biodiversity program areas and specific assessment tools to address data missing from existing reviews – the assessment shall focus on the following as it pertains to biodiversity improvement:

o community and civil society engagement
o economic stability – access to land, training, livelihoods, financial independence
o gender based violence – prevalence, prevention, interventions

  • Manage qualitative and quantitative data collection across program areas
  • Serve as the team lead and oversee the roll out of the gender program assessment;
  • Write draft and final report that includes a proposed program budget (funding levels will be provided)
  • Present initial findings at program start-up workshop that will take place in February 17-21, 2020.


  • Literature review on existing gender assessments
  • Review and recommend specific gender-focused and gender sensitive interventions indicators for biodiversity program and WGDP
  • Develop Work Plan and Integration Plan for WGDP
  • Develop methodology and tools for gender assessment
  • Generate gender assessment report DRAFT
  • Presentation of initial findings at program start-up workshop
  • Complete gender assessment report FINAL


Required Minimum Education:  BS/BA in relevant field of study (MS/MA preferred)
Required Experience:  At least 10+ years of experience development studies, gender studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, or monitoring and evaluation
Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience working directly with community groups, livelihood programs, grants programs and other activities specifically focused on gender;
  • Experience working as a gender consultant for at least 5 years;
  • An understanding of the context of gender within PNG, with significant recent experience in country or regional gender analysis in the development context and/or in other sector areas such as Economic Growth, Health and Education, and/or Democracy and Governance.
  • Experience in developing gender-sensitive indicators as well as in monitoring and evaluation methods.
  • Knowledge of USAID and other global strategies for gender empowerment and equity;
  • Experience working on biodiversity or natural resources programs from a gender lens a plus;
  • Excellent conceptual, oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and to meet management deadlines;
  • Experience in Papua New Guinea a plus.

Estimated Period of Performance: 1 April, 2020 – 30 June, 2020
Estimated LoE: 36 days (likely two trips to PNG with additional domestic travel in PNG to target geographies in Madang and YUS Conservation Area in Morobe)

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