UNDP Consultancy - Revision of the Climate Smart Agriculture Program Guide Jobs in Kenya

UNDP Consultancy - Revision of the Climate Smart Agriculture Program Guide Jobs in Kenya


Background

  • UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. In East and Southern Africa Region, UN Women maintains presence in 13 countries with programme presence in Somalia.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is facing multiple challenges, including rapid population growth, rampant urbanization, climate change, and chronic food insecurity. With agriculture being a key productive sector in African economies, it plays a vital role in promoting women’s economic empowerment and is a contributor to pro-poor growth and poverty reduction especially in rural areas. The agriculture sector, however, has been increasingly challenged in recent times by re-occurring stresses and shocks caused by environmental degradation and climate change.

  • Not only is agriculture affected by climate change, but it also contributes to climate change – it is estimated to be directly responsible for at least 14 percent of all greenhouse emissions, with deforestation and forest degradation accounting for another 17 percent. While there are multiple causes of deforestation, agricultural expansion is by far the most important, highlighting the urgent need to address the competition for land, for both food production, and forest regeneration and protection.

  • Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an integrated approach which uses a combination of technologies and practices to meet food security goals while adapting to, and mitigating, climate change. CSA has been recommended by a range of actors as a means of enhancing farmers’ climate resilience. CSA can be promoted through climate sensitive technical, policy and investment tools and conditions. As women are key players in the agricultural sector, CSA strategies are unlikely to be effective, let alone equitable or transformative, without active attention to gender (Bernier et al. 2015 in World Bank et al. 2015).

  • Together, climate change and gender differentiated adaptation to climate change are important for poverty reduction in Africa because productivity-driven agricultural output growth has a strong causal impact on poverty reduction. CSA has been identified as one of the Flagship Program Initiatives for UN Women and Poverty-Environment Action programming. It focuses on supporting women in agriculture to participate in decision-making fully and equally at all levels as necessary for the development of appropriate policy interventions; deployment of more effective tools, technologies, infrastructure, and institutions to implement measures to build resilience; and the achievement of sustainable resource management for resilient green value chains.

    Rationale for the revision of the CSA Guide:

  • In an effort to progress understanding on programming on climate smart agriculture in East and Southern Africa, UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) commissioned a CSA programming guide to act as a tool for country offices in developing their programming on CSA.

  • The programme guide sought to bring together gender responsive CSA approaches with examples from across the continent and taking into consideration existing knowledge and materials on the same. The aim was that the guide would assess what constitutes CSA programming for UN Women and how this can be implemented in the context of various countries.

  • The CSA guide was developed in 2018-2019 and UN Women in partnership with UNEP would like to review and update the existing guide. The review will entail to incorporate comments from reviewers, reflect the findings and recommendations of the cost of gender gap studies and the interlinkages with CSA programming in ESA and to draw from existing UN Women CSA
    global training modules that were developed to highlight the importance of gender considerations in designing and implementing CSA projects on a global level. This will ensure relevance for country context where agricultural activities must cope with changing climate.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Objectives and scope of work:

  • UN Women Regional Office in partnership with UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Action (PEA) seeks to recruit a consultant to revise the existing CSA programming guide, incorporating the findings and recommendations of the cost of gender gap studies as well as to review the currently developed guide and draw from existing materials so that it encompasses current practices and knowledge. This will include integrating concrete recommendations and actions that reduce the gender gap in agricultural productivity and contribute to gender inclusive CSA.

    Duties and Responsibilites:

  • Prepare an inception report showing opportunities of integrating the gender gap studies in the guide.

  • Revise the programming guide so that incorporates current comments and includes linkages to and data and recommendations from the gender gap studies in analysis and actions.

  • Prepare an updated draft of the CSA guide whose content closely aligns with Global UN Women CSA training modules, to enable UN Women country offices and PEA country projects to apply the GEWE principles and standards established in these materials.

  • Finalize the CSA programming guide once this is reviewed by UN Women and PEA colleagues

  • Conduct a training and dissemination workshop to roll out the programming guide. This includes preparation of dissemination materials, preparation of presentations, training tools etc.

    Deliverables:

  • Revised draft of CSA programme guide with the gender gap findings and recommendations incorporated, closely aligned with the HQ training modules.

  • The final revised CSA programme guide finalized based on inputs provided by UN Women and Poverty-Environment Action.

  • Delivery of the training and dissemination of the programming guide (This includes preparation of the dissemination materials, preparation of presentations etc.

    Competencies

    Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity

  • Integrity

  • Professionalism

    Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues

  • Accountability

  • Creative Problem Solving

  • Effective Communication

  • Inclusive Collaboration

  • Stakeholder Engagement

  • Leading by Example

    Functional Competencies

  • Ability to be flexible and respond to changes to the proposal as part of the review and feedback process.

  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines maintain a high-quality of deliverables and work under pressure.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to communicate and work with diverse people at regional and country office level.

  • Can work independently with limited supervision and as part of a team.

  • Strong understanding on issues related to gender, agriculture, and climate change.

    Required Skills and Experience

    Education:

  • A post graduate degree (master’s degree) in a relevant social sciences field such as social policy, development studies, agricultural economics, or other related field;

    Experience:

  • At least 5 years of proven programming experience with a focus on gender, agriculture, climate change.

  • Experience working on women’s economic empowerment issues.

  • Experience and demonstrated understanding of climate-smart and environmentally sustainable agriculture and how it links to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

  • Experience in East and Southern Africa region is desirable.

    Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Consultancy - Revision of the Climate Smart Agriculture Program Guide Jobs in Kenya


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