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Under Component 4 of the FCDO-funded Climate Smart Jobs (CSJ) programme: Climate Smart Land Management and Services, Mercy Corps and partners are implementing the Restoring Ecological Vitality in Vulnerable Ecosystems (REVIVE) project, which will support both smallholder farmers vulnerable to climate change and key market system actors to adopt more sustainable land management approaches, increasing productivity and incomes and reducing environmental risks for entire communities. The aim is to support the flow of finance, skills, and knowledge to allow small and medium farmer communities to become the stewards of their own ecosystems: to ensure commercial viability and to design incentives that will work to restore and protect at the ecosystem watershed or landscape levels. REVIVE seeks to achieve these objectives through the following areas of intervention:
1) Viable and climate impactful sustainable land management products and services are identified and prepared for investment (stimulate supply);
2) Smallholder farmers, (including women and refugees within host communities) have increased information access and skills needed to adapt to, and increased resilience against climate shocks and stresses through sustained uptake of effective sustainable land management practices (stimulate demand);
3) Key barriers which confront the enabling environment and therefore the success of this programme are overcome (for both SMEs and smallholder farmers) with a focus on improving advocacy capacity at community level (improve the enabling environment).
The outputs will ensure that regenerated and improved ecosystem services at landscape/ watershed level are able to support smallholder farmers’, refugee communities' and women’s resilience and climate adaptive capacity.
Purpose / Project Description:
The REVIVE project is committed to promoting Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), with a focus on empowering marginalised groups in Uganda such as women and refugees (50% women, 20% refugees) who are disadvantaged in their access to and ownership of economic resources.
Mercy Corps Uganda requires the services of a consultant to conduct an in-depth gender analysis to better understand the populations the program will be working with to ensure activities and strategies respond to the needs of women and other marginalised individuals.
Objectives of the Analysis
The overall purpose of the GESI analysis is to better understand the gender and social inclusion dynamics among the targeted groups of the project, which will serve to inform safe and gender transformative interventions. The specific objectives of the assessment are to:
This assignment will comprise a two-stage process:
Consultant Activities (Tasks and Deliverables):
The composition of the study team will be further discussed and agreed with Mercy Corps, however it is expected that the Consultant will serve as Technical Lead for the development of the literature review, study methodology and tools. As necessary, Mercy Corps will provide enumerators to support the consultant with data collection, as well as field supervision for quality assurance. The Consultant will be responsible for the following:
Data should be analysed by gender and other intersectional factors (e.g. refugee status), and geographical areas, and specify barriers and opportunities to achieving program objectives.
Major Responsibilities of Mercy Corps:
Mercy Corps will provide the Consultant with necessary support to undertake and implement the assignment and execute the objective of this SoW. Such responsibilities include the following:
Timeframe / Schedule:
Estimated in November 2022 through December 2022.
The Consultant will report to:
REVIVE Team Leader.
The Consultant will work closely with:
Required Experience & Skills:
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 The literature review should include key project documents including the project’s M&E plan and any other information that may help provide specific recommendations for primary data collection.