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