Vacancy Announcement: Consultant to conduct an equivalence gap analysis for Indigenous peoples and gender | WWF

Vacancy Announcement: Consultant to conduct an equivalence gap analysis for Indigenous peoples and gender

Posted on
03 December 2020
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND (WWF)-GUIANAS AND PROTECTED AREAS COMMISSION (PAC)
TERMS OF REFERENCE - SCOPE OF WORK
FOR SHORT TERM CONSULTANCY
 
CONDUCT AN EQUIVALENCE GAP ANALYSIS FOR
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND GENDER
 
Project:
“PROMOTING INTEGRATED OCEAN AND PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE IN GUYANA: THE EASTERN GATE TO THE CARIBBEAN”
 
EuropeAid/150699/DH/ACT/Multi-7
 
Deadline for Application: December 13 2020




 
A.OBJECTIVE.
 
Execution of an Equivalence Gap Analysis to allow marginalized groups, Indigenous peoples (IPs) and Women, to fully and effectively engage in the process of Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance and Marine Spatial Planning in Guyana.  The project must be able to obtain adequate and precise information on the actual discrepancies and how to best mitigate these discrepancies between the existing project approach and the ideal practical approach for inclusiveness towards IPs, gender and marginalized groups set out in our laws, regulations and policies in Guyana. The study must be able to: identify who are the most marginalized groups in each coastal community and why; analyse what strategies may be applied to ensure that stakeholders from marginalized groups are enabled to participate actively, fully and fairly, and with an understanding of the different motivations, stakes, and constraints of an action/process and ; Allow implementers to take measures to ensure that the project outputs do not directly or indirectly result in adverse impacts on marginalized groups.
 
In Guyana, the action will engage Coastal Communities and Stakeholders between Regions 1 through to 6 including but not limited to:
  1. Local Communities
  2. Indigenous Communities
  3. Fishermen, Fishermen’s Co-operative Societies and Federations (Limited) and Friendly Societies (and other legally registered fishers)
  4. Women and Women Groups
  5. Other Marginalized and Minority Groups
These consultations will mainly (but not limited to) be done in the following locations in Guyana: Greater Georgetown; Rosignol; New Amsterdam-Upper Corentyne; Essequibo-Pomeroon; Charity; Marawhanna; Shell beach Protected Area, Mabaruma; Lower and Upper East Coast; West Bank; Upper West Coast; Lower West Coast; Moruka; Bartica; Essequibo Islands/West Demerara.
 
  1. BACKGROUND (of the project)
 
The EU-project is implemented through a partnership between WWF Guianas and Protected Areas Commission (PAC) Guyana. It aims to significantly enhance the governance and protection of marine and coastal resources of Guyana through collaborative processes with all ocean stakeholders, improved knowledge of the coastal and marine environment, enhanced capacity of key stakeholders and informed marine spatial management. It aims to develop a comprehensive Marine Spatial Plan for the coastal and marine area which will contribute to improved marine protection and strengthened governance. With this project, we hope to enable substantial progress towards achieving the Aichi targets 4, 6, 10, 11 and 14 under the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).
 
The project area supports important fisheries, major nursery grounds, spawning grounds and a rich diversity of marine species and is of both regional and global significance. Whilst key threats and activities are recognised (overfishing of some species; increased hydrocarbon exploration) there are significant data gaps which hamper efforts to sustainably manage the coastal and marine environment.

Throughout the project, activities and policies will be implemented to ensure that women, indigenous, marginalized and or minority groups (e.g. local villages, local fishers) are fully involved and invited to participate in the MSP process. As such there will be direct or indirect positive impacts on women and on the dignity, human rights, livelihood system or culture of Indigenous Peoples. The impacts on social economic conditions, such as the livelihood, distribution of resources and benefits, of women, indigenous people, marginalized and minority groups will be identified, addressed and mitigated through interventions, such as providing co-management options and alternative livelihoods packages of their own choosing.

In this MSP project, specific impacts for Women, Indigenous, marginalized and or minority groups include: Increased participation and voice through a transparent and structured mechanism, leading to more inclusive coastal and marine planning and reduced conflict; a culturally acceptable and gender sensitive mechanism to provide resolution of communities’ concerns, complaints, and grievances; more productive relationships and improved dialogue with government; sustainable access to resources; understand the importance of MPAs for coastal and marine conservation and how MPAs might benefit livelihoods; adds legitimacy to their local knowledge; increased confidence in and ownership of information produced.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Guianas and the Protected Areas Commission (PAC) under the EU funded project titled: “Promoting Integrated Ocean and Participatory governance in Guyana: The Eastern Gate to the Caribbean”, invites application for a short term consultant to conduct: (1) an Equivalence Gap Analysis for Indigenous Peoples (IP) and (2) Gender- in relation to their  engagement and participation in marine and coastal planning and implementation processes in Guyana.  
 
C. STATEMENT OF WORK
 

General tasks for the consultant

Conduct an Equivalence Gap Analysis for Indigenous Peoples (IP), Marginalized and Minority groups and Gender in relevance to the EU- Funded project: “Promoting Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance in Guyana: The Eastern Gate to the Caribbean”, while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.
Specific Tasks for the consultant:
 
  1. Produce a detailed work plan for the exercise of conducting an Equivalence Gap Analysis for Indigenous Peoples (IP), Marginalized and Minority groups and Gender
  2. Conduct Literature/desktop review and existing project approach
  3. Establish contact and engage with target groups.
  4. Conduct field visits, stakeholder meetings or hearings at selected sites.
  5. Conduct research to define and describe the status of target groups with regards to their ability to participate fully and fairly in the process of Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance and Marine Spatial Planning in Guyana.
  6. Provide an accurate understanding of the actual discrepancies or inconsistencies between the existing project approach and an ideal practical approach, or approaches, towards the defined marginalized groups; Indigenous Peoples (IP) and gender and how to best engage and mitigate these issues.
  7. Conduct an impact assessment of the existing policies and proposed policies by the analysis, and provide mitigation measures for undesirable impacts, identified by the analysis, on the defined marginalized groups; Indigenous Peoples (IP) and Gender
  8. Provide insights into the successful participation and engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Women amongst the stakeholders within this project, from the perspective of these marginalized groups; Indigenous Peoples (IP) and Gender
  9. Conduct a presentation on findings from IP, Marginalized and Minority groups and Gender to key stakeholders.
  10. Any other duties assigned based on consultancy.
 
  1. DELIVERABLES
Details of Deliverables                                                 
 
Deliverables Description
  1. Development of detailed workplan
Develop a workplan stipulating the target groups, the proposed methodologies or work procedure and implementation of the specific tasks for the consultant.
  1. Compile and produce evidence of engaging with target groups

     
Provide evidence of engaging the different target groups (for example notes and agenda of meetings, questionnaires, Interview questions, participant list, photographs etc.)
  1. Progress Report
Submit a progress report to update on the status of the tasks assigned
  1. Equivalence Gap Analysis for Indigenous Peoples in relation to Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance and Marine Spatial Planning in Guyana Report
A final Equivalence Gap Analysis Report for Indigenous Peoples in relation to Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance and Marine Spatial Planning in Guyana.
  1. Equivalence Gap Analysis for Gender and other Marginalized and Minority groups in relation to Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance and Marine Spatial Planning in Guyana Report
 
A final Equivalence Gap Analysis Report for Gender and other Marginalized and Minority groups in relation to Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance and Marine Spatial Planning in Guyana.
 
All data and information gathered from desktop review, and interviews and engagements with stakeholders
 
Please note: The assignment will preferably be carried out by a consultancy team to meet the diverse challenges for this analysis. The consultants should mutually arrange the planning and division of the work.
 

E. QUALIFICATIONS

 
Education: A bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, Economics, Development Studies, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Conservation, Anthropology or related discipline and an advanced degree in one of the aforementioned subjects. Substantial relevant experience will be considered by candidates without an advanced degree.
Skill
  1. At least 5 years’ experience in community engagement, stakeholder consultation and IP and Gender in Latin America and Caribbean regions.
  2. Works well both independently with minimal management direction and with a team
  3. Excellent networking, facilitation, leadership, and communication skills.
  4. Experience in working with marginalized groups, communities, women and Indigenous Peoples.
  5. Understanding of the social, economic and cultural issues pertaining to conservation, and environmental protection in the Guianas.
  6. Good writing and interpersonal skills. Excellent writing, interpersonal skills and strong communication skills in English would be an advantage. An understanding of Guyanese Creolese will also be beneficial.
 
F.  REPORTING
 
The duration of the consultancy should be three (3) months commencing December, 2020 and ending March, 2021.
  1. ELIGIBILITY
 
This assignment takes place as part of an EU funded project, Applicants need demonstrate that they are legally established in an eligible country as per the rules on participation in procurement procedures and grants of the European Development Fund. https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prospect/internal/noauth/externalDocumentDownload.htm?id=104074&lang=en
 
  1. APPLICATION DEADLINE AND PROCEDURES
Please send your application by 13 December 2020. Applications should include: a cover letter, CV (s) of expert (s) / consultant (s), a proposal for completing tasks and deliverables including a description of the methodological/conceptual approach to carry out the assignment, a workplan and a budget breakdown, to humanresources@wwf.sr.