Consultant (Gender Specialist)

  • Location
    Remote, Malaysia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 25

Position description

WorldFish is an international, non-for-profit research organization that works to reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty by improving fisheries and aquaculture. With a 45-years track record of leading-edge science, WorldFish generates research evidence and innovations to inform sustainable practices and inclusive policies that enable better livelihoods and healthier diets for millions of poor people, particularly women, who depend on fish for food, nutrition and income. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR , the world’s largest global partnership on agriculture research and innovation for a food secure future. Headquartered in Penang, Malaysia and with regional offices across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, WorldFish leads the cross-disciplinary CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH).


Partnership for Aquaculture Development in Timor-Leste Phase 2 (PADTL2), funded by New Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) New Zealand, builds on the sound foundations laid by the first five-year phase (2014–2019) for the scaling of genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT) farming in Timor-Leste. The PADTL2 project targets to increase availability of farmed fish using sustainable aquaculture practices and enhance accessibility of consumers to fish, which will lead to improvement of food security and nutrition with the incorporation of more fish into the Timorese menus. The USAID has funded Accelerating Aquaculture Development in Timor-Leste to complement and to accelerate achievement of the goal of the on-going PADTL2 to advance nutrition-sensitive aquaculture in environmentally benign and sustainable ways in Timor-Leste. Gender equality and social inclusion will be addressed as cross-cutting themes in all activities of PADTL2 to ensure women’s roles in the project and their empowerment enhancement.


The successful consultant or partner team will design and develop, in close collaboration with the PADTL2 Project Leader and members, the gender-related analyses and the gender integration within PADTL2 to complete the deliverables of

  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Analysis Report, and
  • Gender and Inclusive Development Action Plan (GIDAP)

that will include but not be limited to:

  • Conduct the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Analysis, as stipulated by USAID’s ADS 205 (Integrating Gender Equality and Female Empowerment in Program Cycle);
  • Identify key gender and social inclusion-related issues and constraints and to specify how proposed interventions will affect women, men, youth, disabled, and marginalized social groups differently;
  • Conduct the gender and social inclusion analysis, outline the details of a gender and socially inclusive approach that would be utilized in all aspects of the Activity, including design, implementation, staffing, MEL, partnerships, and others. The plan should describe how interventions will be planned, structured, implemented and evaluated to ensure gender considerations are identified and prioritized as an essential element of discrete interventions to maximize the sustainability and impact implementation efforts; describes mitigation measures and indicators, and monitors progress against indicators;
  • Data collected through the Activity should also be disaggregated by sex and age. Indicators will similarly reflect a disaggregation by sex and age. Based on the gender analysis, the Recipient will also propose custom indicators to adequately measure progress on gender and social inclusion. These will be noted in the GIDAP.

The successful consultant or partner team will gather the resources via online search of peer-reviewed and grey literature as well as discussions with working group members, email requests, and consultations with funding agencies, partners, and stakeholders in Timor-Leste.



Consultant or organizations (with sufficient capacities and human resources) who have:

  • Degree(s) in one of the social sciences or international development with evidence of in-depth technical training in the area of gender equality;
  • A strong track record of high quality gender analysis and outputs;
  • Demonstrated expertise in gender integration in MEL design and delivery, assessments, data analysis, visualization, knowledge management, capacity building, and/or training;
  • Familiarity with the ADS 205 (Integrating Gender Equality and Female Empowerment in USAID’s Program Cycle);
  • Keen analytical abilities and systematic thinking skills;
  • Previous experience of working with USAID and familiarity with Timor-Leste context is preferred.

Deliverables and Timing

The successful expert or team of experts will produce the following two high quality deliverables:

  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Analysis Report
  • Gender and Inclusive Development Action Plan (GIDAP)

Produce a GESI Analysis, using the five domains detailed in ADS 205, the key gender and social inclusion-related issues and constraints and to specify how proposed interventions will affect women, men, youth, disabled, and marginalized social groups differently.

The GIDAP must include, at a minimum: a section that lists and prioritizes the gaps and constraints identified through the gender analysis; a discussion of other social inclusion barriers such as ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation; a table that lists the mitigation measures and actions necessary to address and close gaps in access to services, and indicators to measure progress; a statement on how gender and social inclusion mainstreaming costs are calculated at the input level; a messaging section that describes gender and social inclusion-related outreach to target populations, including success stories and social media; a plan for how the selected IP will build gender-related competency with and for its own staff, e.g., training, mentoring, and internships; and an ongoing stakeholder list that tracks the sex of primary stakeholders engaged and highlights the level and types of involvement of gender experts, women’s associations and businesses, and other relevant organizations.

While the successful consultant or partner team are responsible for successful delivery, both outputs are to be co-authored with the PADTL2 Team.


Applicants should indicate overall budget. This should include indication of fees/per day rates of individuals involved, and any other expenses.

Location and Duration

The successful consultant should be available to commence the consultancy by 15 April 2021. The consultant will have an overall duration of 2 months, with both outputs fully completed by 9 August 2021. This position is open to nationals & international applicants.

Availability of Experts

Experts must be available throughout the duration of an assignment. The duration can range from weeks to months. In some cases, the assignment can be shortened or extended depending on business needs.

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