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Research Consultant

BACKGROUND:
 

The ASEAN Green Recovery through Equity and Empowerment is funded by International Development Research Center (IDRC) Canada and aims to transition to a low-carbon economy in ASEAN’s agriculture sector that promotes livelihoods and green job opportunities for women in support of ASEAN’s COVID-19 recovery plan. The work is guided by a specific Research Methodology that seeks to: 1) understand opportunities and barriers on women’s empowerment and capacity to adopt climate-positive practices, in selected value chains across Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines; and 2) generate recommendations for private and public sector actors to ensure their efforts to transition to a low-carbon economy in ASEAN’s agriculture sector are gender-inclusive and promote livelihoods and green job opportunities for women. 

 

The AGREE Project is being implemented across Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The project applies the Theory of Change model, while the value chain of focus varies per country, targeting vegetables, rice, and corn in Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines, respectively. 

 

At the outcome level, the project seeks to inform the private sector on how to mainstream gender and enhance inclusion into their business practices and investments, amplify best practices on women’s economic empowerment and climate-positive investments in agricultural value chains, which ultimately hopes to contribute to national climate objectives. The project also aspires to contribute to the body of evidence that will aid in informing policy-makers, and help shape aligned policies that will hasten building back better goals of recovery in the short term. In the long run, it is also hoped to scale up their gender mainstreaming policies and climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices to achieve their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) targets for the agriculture and land-use sectors. Ultimately, the policymakers will understand the ‘how’ of transitioning to inclusive and low-carbon economies, including through incentives and public procurement, financing schemes, and policies that align with NDCs, through the AGREE Project.

 

To do this, the project delivers the following outputs:
1) Gender and climate analysis in the value chain for rice, vegetable and corn;

2) Case studies of companies and NGOs on climate-smart and WEE-enabling projects;

3) Pilot projects; and a

4) What Works, What’s Needed Report.

 

Part of the set of activities are also on engaging various stakeholders from the private sector, governments, social enterprises, farmer groups, and research or academic institutions.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY:

The objective of the consultancy assignment is to provide technical expertise to the project’s country partner coordinator, the Philippines Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture (PPSA) in the implementation of the project, specifically, in the data collection, analysis and writing of the What Works What’s Needed Report for the Philippine component of the project.

Purpose
 

The What Work’s, What’s Needed Report (WWWN) cumulatively synthesizes the insights from the gender- and climate-responsive value chain analysis, case studies, workshops/engagements, and research undertaken by the Project, with recommendations to promote gender-responsive, low-carbon agricultural value chains. As the strategy to pursue the project’s outcome 2 and 3 on informing private and public sectors’ policy and programs, the report aims to provide evidence-based recommendations illustrating the needs and solutions to unlock climate funds from government, aid programs, investors, and agribusinesses, with a particular focus on tapping existing development programs related to climate, NDC financing and agri-investments. Consequently, this report would help support the integration of gender and climate lenses into national commodity-related roadmaps, programs, and policies that may be existing or developing.

Parameters

Because women's experiences are poorly understood and under-documented, many interventions to increase women's empowerment in agriculture value chains often fail. Yet, women in Southeast Asia are often responsible for household and farm spending, agricultural labor, and community relations. Meanwhile, training aimed at women might not be informed by best practice for gender-responsive delivery, i.e., adapted to literacy rates, child-care needs. The AGREE projects seeks to contribute a catalogue of what's working, what's needed defining how to scale women's economic empowerment via low-carbon strategies in the following areas:

  • Critical skills needs relevant to agri-tech adoption;

  • Enabling environment for market access;

  • Effective ways of engagement;

  • Cost-implications for business decisions for investing in WEE; and

  • Unlocking climate finance for inclusive agricultural development.


The Project's recommendations will adopt a multi-stakeholder approach. A multi-dimensional perspective is essential to addressing the complex issues. Scaling solutions will involve governments, private-sector and civil society as well as regional, national and sub-national approaches. The reports shall highlight solutions to ascertained value-chain specific-challenges, opportunities, and actionable recommendations to promote climate-smart practices that is also promoting women's economic empowerment.

Usage

At the outcome level, the outputs of the consultancy seek to amplify existing and/or emerging private sector practices primarily on climate-positive practices and women’s economic empowerment. In the midterm, it is also hoped to scale up climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices of more private sector actors in the agriculture sector. Through this evidence, the outputs of the consultancy also aspire to contribute to the body of evidence that will also inform policy-makers; help shape and align policies that will hasten to build back better goals of recovery in the short term. Ultimately, the policymakers will understand the ‘how’ of transitioning to inclusive and low-carbon economies through incentives and public procurement, financing schemes, and policies that align with Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) through the AGREE Project.

SCOPE OF WORK:

The work is expected to commence by 15 January 2024 and be completed not later than February 29, 2024

 

The AGREE Project team shall be providing support on documentation backup and in organizing alignment meetings with targeted stakeholders

 

The delivery of the work are broken down as follows: 

 

  • Submission of the overall plan for execution of the What Works, What’s Needed Report including the credentials, i.e., CVs and other administrative documents to proceed with the work;
     

  • Key elements of the process are: 

    • Level-off scope, outcomes, and process in carrying out the delivery of the outputs, obtain initial data from the AGREE Research Team, including, but not limited to critical learnings in the analysis, and stakeholders involved
       

    • Desk review and compendium of target policies for influencing 

      • Review existing gender- and climate- policies and programs in the countries and their state-of-progress, highlighting challenges, structural barriers and opportunities.
         

    • Design and facilitate Consultation Workshop and Stakeholder meetings

      • Review and/work together with the stakeholders involved in the production of the Gender- and Climate Analysis in the Corn Value Chain

      • Interview and gather perspectives from various stakeholders including private sector, public sector, civil society and partner agencies. 
         

    • Writeshop

      • Work with relevant government institutions and programs to conduct workshops, integrating key gender issues and considerations related to climate change, as well as gender-responsive climate change actions/measures and issues to jointly develop recommendations.
         

    • Validation and Review
       

    • Final Drafting 
       

    • Submission and Finalization inclusive of at least one round of reviews from Grow Asia
       

  • The main report no more than 40 pages, excluding annexes that contains: 

    • Executive Summary, no more than 2 pages;

    • Supporting documents, i.e., complete documentation of the process undertaken, including but not limited to, notes from workshops, interviews/focus group discussions/site visits/photos/videos conducted across the 3 countries, survey data (excel files), and other secondary data from research
       

  • A presentation deck to be used in learning events related to the launch of the report.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A firm/organization/individual of good standing with a relevant portfolio of works on research, and policy development. Thematic expertise on agriculture, climate adaptation and resilience, and gender is a plus. 

  • Preferably, composed of at least 1 expert, and support staff

  • Strong knowledge of ASEAN context for gender and climate change discussions in agricultural value chains

  • Familiarity in private sector engagement and multi-stakeholder approach

  • Strong knowledge and network on institutions engaged in the AGREE Project is a plus.

DURATION OF THE WORK:
 

The work plan shall be agreed upon by both parties but shall not be beyond 46 days.

SUBMISSION AND ASSESSMENT OF TENDERS:

 

Interested entities/consultants shall submit his/her/their proposal containing relevant information about his/her/their organization, portfolio of works (at least 2 samples of works) and the following essential components, not later than 29 December 2023 to secretariat@ppsa-ph.org.

  • Technical Workplan containing bill of activities, and methodology of execution

  • Budget Proposal containing required calendar days by deliverable inclusive of taxes
     

PPSA may request additional materials from potential suppliers/partners, as needed. Assessments will include interview(s). Final selection shall be made not later than January 10, 2024.

To submit, email the proposals to secretariat@ppsa-ph.org, cc: angel@ppsa-ph.org, monica@ppsa-ph.org no later than 29 December 2023 at 5:00 PM GMT+8.

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As a multi-stakeholder platform, we believe all voices matter, and we actively seek to bring them to the table. Aligned with this ethos, the Philippines Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture is committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or gender identity.

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