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CONCORD is looking for a consultant on GAP III Parallel Implementation Report

CONCORD, the Confederation of European NGOs working on sustainable development and international cooperation, representing over 2,600 NGOs, is seeking to recruit a consultant to conduct research on the implementation of the European Unions Gender Action Plan (GAP III) in at least Kenya and the Philippines.

The European Commission published its Action Plan on Gender Equality and Womens Empowerment in External Action 20212025 (GAP III) in November 2020. While it was an improvement from the previous GAP, it still remains to be seen what actual impact GAP III will have for women and girls in the EUs partner countries.

The real impact of GAP III will, however, be somewhat difficult for external stakeholders to track. The European Commission will not continue to publish yearly GAP implementation reports, but will perform only one mid-term review in 2023. In addition, an independent evaluation which accompanies the mid-term review will only focus on one of the thematic areas of GAP III, namely womens economic empowerment. This is clearly a missed opportunity to address other potential shortcomings or gaps in the implementation of GAP III. To address this, CONCORD Europe will produce a parallel report in which we take a more holistic look at GAPIII implementation in at least two carefully chosen local contexts (Kenya and the Philippines), and one further country if the budget, methodology, and timeframe for the research allows.

Aims, objectives and scope
The main objectives of the research are the following:
1. To investigate whether the implementation of GAP III is leading to transformative change for women and girls, men and boys, in all their diversity in EU partner countries, what the key enablers and barriers for change seem to be and what could be done to ensure greater impact in the remaining years of GAPIII implementation.
2. To showcase examples of how the EU is implementing GAP III.

To achieve this, we are looking for a consultant who will travel to Kenya and the Philippines to conduct one study visit per country. These studies will help us analyse whether GAP III is having an impact on the lives of women and girls, men and boys, in all their diversity, in partner countries, and examine to what extent the European Commission and the EEAS have advanced on the application of a gender-transformative and intersectional approach in GAP III implementation. To do so, the consultant will have to evaluate whether GAP III projects address root causes of gender inequality, and aim to transform agency as well as power relations and structures that reinforce gendered and other intersectional inequalities in partner countries.

Specific duties and responsibilities :
1. Conduct extensive desk research, using multiple types of source information, into the issues outlined above.
2. Developing a methodology (e.g. a set of qualitative questions) to probe how GAP III projects address the aforementioned key elements of a gender-transformative-and intersectional approach.
3. Conducting interviews with:
-EU Delegations in case study countries, including gender focal point;
-International and local womens rights organisations, feminist movements and national, local and grassroots organisations working to advance gender equality, and other civil society organisations, as well as other key stakeholders if relevant;
-Government officials in case study countries;
-Embassies and development agencies of EU Member States.
4. Based on this, draft a report that evaluates whether the implementation of GAP III is leading to transformative change in the case study countries, and identifies areas of progress and gaps in the implementation of the GAP III, and develop recommendations on how to improve the implementation for redress in the GAP III official mid-term review.

The consultant(s) will produce the following tangible deliverables:
1. A draft report (+/- 15-20 pages).
2. Full bibliography of all resources consulted and people interviewed.
3. Transcripts of interviews.

The total consultancy budget cannot exceed EUR 17, 000 including VAT. This budget is directed to cover travel expenses, the research process and the drafting of the report.

If for safety or other reasons the study visit to a country is not possible, the budget would be adapted after deducting the days budgeted for the visit.

Considering that the consultant is an independent contractor, the consultant is solely and exclusively responsible for all social security and tax obligations, including V.A.T., related to the fees and/or any other amounts paid in virtue of this Consultancy Agreement. These are by no means employment contracts

Application Procedure
To apply for this post, please upload to our website, and in one single PDF, the following documents by Wednesday 11 January 2023, 23:59 Brussels time:
A CV outlining your relevant expertise for this assignment;
A short proposal (max 1 page) on how you will undertake the research (work plan, methodology) and a price quote (budget);
Professional references and/or proofs of similar consultancy work undertaken;

Interviews will be held in the weeks of 16-20 January and 23-27 January 2023.

If you have any questions, you may contact Eva Luna Maes: evaluna.maes@concordeurope.org 

CONCORD is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, colour, religion and belief, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. All employment decisions are made entirely on merit. All qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply regardless of their national origin, race, color, disabilities, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or age.

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