WorldFish Center Consultant - Jobs in Zambia
WorldFish Center Consultant - Jobs in Zambia
WorldFish is an international, non-profit research and innovation organization reducing hunger, malnutrition and poverty across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. For over 45 years, our work on sustainable aquaculture and fisheries has improved the lives of millions of women, men and youth.Background
Women and men do not always equally participate or benefit from food systems in low- and middle income countries and there remain untapped opportunities for women’s empowerment in food systems. Climate change not only puts food systems under stress, particularly in Africa and Asia, it is also a potential threat to gender equality in agriculture and food systems. First, women make out a large proportion of smallholder farmers and tend to be highly dependent on agriculture and natural resources and have less diversified livelihoods than men. That makes women smallholder farmers more vulnerable than men to climatic shocks and stressors. Second, women face structural gender inequalities and have fewer and lower-value assets, less access to land, capital, labor, agricultural inputs, and social and institutional networks. Additionally, in many cases, women’s access to and use of climate-smart technologies is constrained due to social norms and gender roles that limit their agency, both at the household and community levels. Such inequalities impede women’s ability to respond to, adapt to or mitigate climate change impacts (Puskur and Lecoutere 2022).Research Framework and Objectives
The aim is to implementa pilot study using an experimental or quasi-experimental research design in Northern and Luapula provinces identified as hotspot areas as detailed below testing one (or more) of the below hypotheses on indicators of the key outcomes. The study will test the hypotheses of the gendered food systems framework against the background of climate change in climate–agriculture–gender inequality hotspots in Zambia.
The gendered food systems framework which identifies key domains in gender transformation in food systems will form the basis for the hypothesized relationships between the changes intended through the intervention and the envisioned outcomes that will be established with the impact assessment (Figure 1).The specific hypotheses to test in the framework of the study can relate to the effect ofEnhancing gender-equal access and control over resources, technology and/or information;
Encouraging less gender-discriminatory and more positive social norms and ideas of masculinity;
Improving women’s leadership (governance and policy, including at local level); and/or
Changing structures, policies and institutions such that they do not discriminate by gender (including at local level) on two key outcomes.
These key outcomes include
Gender equality and women’s empowerment; and
The gender equality in terms of engagement and benefits from food system and climate resilience.
The study will use a quasi-experimental research design in Luapula and Northern provinces of Zambia identified as climate–agriculture–gender inequality hotspot in Zambia. The consultant will finalise the intervention and control study site in collaboration with WorldFish. The activity is also expected to build upon the experiences of GAAP. The consultant is expected to adopt both quantitative and qualitative methods, including case studies to assess the actual and expected changes that have occurred in targeted communities (including positive and negative, direct and indirect) as a result of the climate smart inclusive business models, input and output aquaculture markets established by WorldFish in the targeted communities.
Roles and Responsibilities
Working closely with the WorldFish MEL unit and the project leadership in Zambia and Malaysia. The consultant will:
Develop a research design for conducting a rigorous impact assessment, specifying the data needs, samples, method of analysis.
Specify the metrics (quantitative and qualitative) for assessing changes in the key outcomes, including
Gender relations and women’s empowerment (e.g. using the pro-WEAI, among others); and
Gender Equality in other aspects of food systems (adoption, production, incomes, nutrition, ecosystem health indicators) and/or climate resilience.
Collect high-quality data;
Analyze the data and write a high quality publishable gender impact evaluation report
Identify lessons learned and develop practical
recommendations for WorldFish/FISH, the Donor, and the project stakeholders that may help inform the design and implementation of similar future projects (with defined sustainability pathways) and activities in the future;
Incorporate feedback from stakeholders in a timely, objective and transparent manner and;
Submit a final report, manuscript and both raw and clean electronic data sets to WorldFish.
Skills, Experience and Knowledge (required to perform this job)
Qualifications of the service provider:
The lead consultant must possess an advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in any of the following: Agricultural Economics, Social Science (Sociology/ Social Anthropology), Statistics/Population Studies, Project/Program Management or Project/Program Evaluation, Impact evaluation methodology;
The evaluation team should consist of people with a diverse set of skills including impact assessment, strong understanding of gender theory and practice, understanding of fisheries and aquaculture.
Experience in implementing evaluations including impacting assessments in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus in aquaculture, fisheries or agriculture sector(s).
Must have executed similar assignments in Zambia or other southern African countries in the last 5 years.
Experience in developing and implementing mixed methods research designs.
Demonstrated experience incorporating ethical considerations that arise with researching human subjects.
Track record of writing detailed and yet concise evaluation reports. He/she must provide two similar or related evaluation reports done in the past 5 years.
Experience in leading or co-leading evaluation teams.
Data management and data curation.
Data analysis and report writing.
Proficiency in the use of technological aids for enhancing collection of quality data, analysis and presentation.
Fluency in written and spoken English.
Clear, practical, robust, logical and complementary methodological approaches are desired and,
Clear justification of study site/location choice and intended respondent numbers and selection, whether random or otherwise.
How to apply
This opportunity is open to all applicants. The selection of consultants will be based on the relevant qualification and experience, and the most competitive proposal. The interviews are expected to be held in August 2022 and only shortlisted consultants will be notified and expected to attend the interview. The successful consultant should be available to commence the consultancy contract for maximum of three (03) working months in between August and December 2022.
All applicants are required to follow the instruction on the submission of the proposal as per below, online, latest by 20 August 2022:
Introduction to the organization, your experience and examples that illustrate your work and team’s ability to conduct the impact assessment using (quasi-)experimental methods and illustrating an strong understanding of gender theory and practice (max 1 page)
Proposed intervention, specific research question and research hypothesis that will be tested, research design and methodology to conduct the impact assessment, building on the proposed framework and research hypotheses (max 2 pages)
A detailed timeline of activities including field visits and schedule of deliverables. (max 1 page)
A budget estimate with a breakdown indicating costs of personnel, services and supplies, travel, workshops, communication and, indirect costs etc., as applicable and, a proposed payment schedule. (max 3 pages, and, if needed, details in annex)
The consultant must submit two samples of evaluation or impact assessment reports conducted in the past 5 years
CVs of the any collaborators (CVs can be submitted as an annex and do not count towards your 7 pages; each CV should not be more than 2 pages)
The proposal should be a maximum of 7 pages.
For more information and job application details, see; WorldFish Center Consultant Jobs in Zambia
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