Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist
1. Background of the Project and Assignment
The Department of Foreign and Trade (Government of Australia), in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, is implementing the Australia Indonesia Partnership-Rural (AIP Rural) Program (from 2013-2018). TIRTA is one of AIP-Rural’s sub programs. TIRTA focuses on catalyzing expansion of irrigation services at the tertiary and village system level through increased private sector investment. TIRTA’s work area covers five provinces: East Java, NTT, NTB, Papua, and West Papua. TIRTA’s activities (interventions) are targeted to result by the end of 2018 in an estimated 10,000 small-holder farmers having been able to improve the income from their land by at least 60%.
TIRTA’s operation area in East Java Province covers a 4-10 km wide corridor along the Lower Bengawan Solo, traversing Bojonegoro, Tuban, and Lamongan Districts. TIRTA is engaging private sector investors and seeks to facilitate their investment-related decision-making by, among others, supporting the development of their infrastructure planning and business projections. The TIRTA Team has selected a first batch of investment opportunities as an opening portfolio for its facilitation program.
Expansion of irrigation services will provide farming households with an opportunity to intensify crop cultivation and raise the net value of their annual crop production. Instead of producing one or two crops per year with yield levels varying with rainfall, they will produce two or three crops with higher and more stable yields. Changing cultivation practices impacts on the total labour burden of the household and on the household budget.
Women comprise nearly half of the world’s agricultural workers but have less access than men to productive resources and opportunities. Improving women’s access could increase women’s agricultural yields by 25 to 30 per cent and increase agricultural output in developing countries between 2.5 and four per cent. Yet women’s priorities, needs and interests are often overlooked and so more needs to be done. TIRTA recognises that women, the young or elderly, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and poorer farmers often find it difficult to access opportunities available to move out of poverty. TIRTA wants to include delivery of practical assistance to promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in its program and realizes that the quality of this assistance is important to ensure it has the right impact and benefits.
To support the above, the TIRTA team will develop (i) a women economic empowerment and social inclusion strategy, and (ii) a practical guideline for application of the strategy in its work program. The TIRTA team seeks to acquire consultancy support for development of the strategy and guideline and for a review of its intervention designs in regard of their adequacy in promoting gender equality, women’s economic empowerment, and social inclusion.
2. Objective of the Consultancy
The objective of the consultancy is to support the TIRTA team in promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment, and social inclusion in its investment facilitation process in East Java Province.
3. Scope of Services
The consultant will, for the specific use of TIRTA:
1) review TIRTA team’s current capacity in regard of promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment, and social inclusion, and recommend strengthening actions and support arrangements
2) develop a tailor-made (draft) strategy for promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment, and social inclusion, meeting the requirements of relevant DFAT policies
3) develop an associated practical guideline explaining where and how the strategy can/should be applied
4) review TIRTA’s MRM system (monitoring plans including data gathering methods and tools, and analysis of data and information) and recommend modifications to ensure they comply with the strategy and guidelines
5) review TIRTA’s current set of intervention designs/programmes and recommend modifications to ensure they comply with the strategy and guidelines
The consultant will make presentations of the work in progress to the TIRTA team and facilitate discussions.
The survey will include field visits and in-depth interviews with farming households in selected investment opportunities. The work will make use of TIRTA’s Design Document (June 2014) and Terms of Reference; the TIRTA team’s Stakeholder Mapping (February 2016) and supporting survey data; the recently prepared PRISMA strategy and guidelines for gender equality, women’s empowerment, and social inclusion as a basis for preparation of TIRTA’s strategy and guidelines.
5. Consultant Requirements
TIRTA seeks to engage an individual consultant, meeting the following requirements/desirables:
- Holds a degree in Social Science or Agriculture with specialization in Gender Studies or comparable
- Has at least 5 years of practical research and/or work experience in gender equality, women’s empowerment, and social inclusion, preferably in East Java
- Can effectively communicate in Bahasa Indonesia as well as English
- Lives in or near TIRTA’s operation area in East Java Province
6. Expected Output and Deliverables
Below is a suggested list of activities and related time allocation. The activities will be planned and implemented in close consultation with the TIRTA team’s TL, DTL, and MRM Manager.
Time allocation (days)
|1||Mobilisation travel to Surabaya|
|2||Reading of background documents: TIRTA Design Document (Jun 2014); GESI Survey Report (Mar/Apr 2015); Stakeholder Mapping (Feb 2016); PRISMA GESI Strategy and Guideline (Apr 2016); and other relevant documents that will be provided by the TIRTA Team|
|3||Travel to Bojonegoro (a.m.) and site reconnaissance (p.m.)|
|4||Preparation of work plan and consultations with the Deputy Team Leader|
|5||Initial farming household interviews|
|6||Review TIRTA team’s current capacity in regard of promoting gender equality, women’s economic empowerment, and social inclusion, and recommend strengthening actions and support arrangements|
|7||Develop a tailor-made (draft) strategy for promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment, and social inclusion, meeting the requirements of relevant DFAT policies (use the PRISMA Strategy as a basis)|
|8||Develop an associated practical guideline explaining where and how the strategy can/should be applied (use the PRISMA Guideline as a basis)|
|9||Review TIRTA’s MRM system (monitoring plans including data gathering methods and tools, and analysis of data and information)and recommend modifications to ensure they comply with the strategy and guidelines|
|10||Review TIRTA’s current set of intervention concepts/designs/programmes and recommend modifications to ensure they comply with the strategy and guidelines. Wrap up meeting in Bojonegoro.|
|11||Travel to Surabaya (a.m.), prepare presentations (p.m.) and next day present (p.m.) the recommended strategy & guideline, and the review results to the TIRTA team and invited AIP-RURAL and related project staff|
|12||Finalise the documents based on the feed-back from the presentation|
|13||Demobilisation travel from Surabaya|
7. Input and Location
The total duration of the input is 31 working days. The consultant will work in Bojonegoro, Tuban, and Lamongan Districts of East Java Province, as well as in Surabaya.
The consultant will report to the TIRTA Team Leader.
Local ground transport (for airport transfer)