Caritas

Call for Consultants

	 	 

Call for Proposals

For the project Sustainable and Inclusive Rural Economic Development (SIRED), implemented by Caritas Switzerland in Kosovo, funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADA).

A. Call for Proposals

Caritas Switzerland [hereafter CaCH] is looking for proposals from consultants [hereafter referred to as the Consultant] in line with the following Terms of References (TOR).

Offers should include:

  • proposal incl. a critical analysis of project objectives and TORs; the proposal must include a concept incl. envisaged methodology and detailed work schedule;
  • a financial proposal with proposed daily rates;
  • CV and brief outline of relevant experiences.

Deadline for submission of offers is 31 May 2020. Please send your offer to Vera Haag Arbenz, Country Director Kosovo, Caritas Switzerland: vhaag@caritas.ch.

B. Terms of Reference (ToR)

1. Background

12 years after independence, Kosovo still faces many challenges, among them weak institutions, high unemployment and labour market inactivity (particularly among women and girls), migration, persisting gender inequality across different sectors, as well as discrimination of minority groups. The agriculture sector is characterized by limited production and organizational capacity, lack of access to knowhow & skills as well as environmental risks. SIRED aims to facilitate more sustainable and inclusive market systems and contribute to poverty reduction for rural populations, particularly women and marginalized groups. The suggested theory of change is to reduce poverty and exclusion in rural areas thanks to more sustainable and inclusive market systems. The program will increase income of producers and other market actors, enhance market access and cross-border trade as well as improving women’s access, agency and growth in the selected market systems. The program builds on Caritas Switzerland (CaCH’s) sound experience in capacity and organizational development, in organic agriculture and certification, market systems development and cooperation with smallholder farmers in Kosovo. The empowerment of women and inclusion of marginalized groups is a crosscutting theme mainstreamed throughout the project, while gender equality is also a specific objective. The program is implemented by CaCH, in cooperation with the Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), the Kosova Women’s Network

(KWN), the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Ministry of Agriculture in Kosovo.

The program SIRED is in line with the Strategy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls of the Austrian Development Agency as well as with the EU Gender Action Plan II. The Intersectional Gender Analysis is part of the minimum standards of the Austrian Development Cooperation as an integral part of the design for all new programs and projects and is used for evidence-based and results-based management.

The consultant (or a team of consultants) will conduct an Intersectional Gender Analysis during the Inception Phase (June – October 2020). In the same timeframe, a Market Systems Analysis will be conducted for the same project, led by a team of an international and a local consultant. The Intersectional Gender Analysis shall consider/ build on the key findings and recommendations of the Rapid Gender Assessment, conducted by KWN during Jan./Feb. 2020, prior to the inception phase, as well as preliminary results from the Market Systems Analysis. The Consultant(s) will also be involved in the implementation of the Market System Analysis in order to ensure that the approaches and methodologies applied consider gender aspects.

The result of the Intersectional Gender Analysis will be used for the design of the SIRED project and operational measures, monitoring and evaluation of results, impacts as well as for lessons learned.

2. Objective of the project and assignment

More sustainable and inclusive market systems contribute to poverty reduction and to women’s economic empowerment, benefitting especially women and marginalized people of rural populations in Kosovo. The project aims at systemic changes which improve access to markets, goods and services for as many of the poor and marginalised people as possible in a sustainable manner.

The Intersectional Gender Analysis shall analyse constraints and barriers for women and men of different social backgrounds to access the labour market in the pre-selected municipalities and sub-sectors of the SIRED project. Barriers in terms of access to finance, markets, information, training and decision-making shall be identified. This includes an assessment of how the gender division of labour and patterns of decision-making in private and public life at the community level in the project area affect women’s participation in the labour market also regarding intersectional forms of discrimination. Based on a do-no-harm approach, the analysis shall suggest ways how to avoid negative consequences related to women’s economic empowerment, such as the risk for increased SGBV, exploitation, etc.

Considering these findings, the Intersectional Gender Analysis shall analyse in-depth the sub-sectors suggested in the Rapid Gender Analysis that are most conducive for the inclusion of women of all ethnicities in the pre-selected municipalities. Criteria could be, but are not limited to, current level of female participation, potential growth / opportunities for women in the sub-sector, potential for entrepreneurism, existence of potential partners open to include more women, as well as the level of informality in the pre-selected sub-sectors.

As recommended by the Rapid Gender Analysis, the sub-sectors to be closer analysed by the Intersectional Gender Analysis are berries (i.e. blueberries, raspberries, strawberries), honey, medical & aromatic herbs, non-timber forest fruits and pickled vegetables.

Furthermore, the Gender Analysis shall apply an intersectional approach to collect gender sensitive information and relevant sex-disaggregated data about the situation of marginalized and vulnerable people in the project area in terms of their specific needs, access to resources and services, control of assets, access to finance and information, participation in decision-making, capabilities and decision-making powers.

The consultant (or a team of consultants) shall, in the pre-selected sub-sectors and municipalities, draw up the reasons for unemployment among different groups of women, informality, vulnerability as well as the main barriers in agriculture, the labour market and make recommendations on how to address and overcome these barriers.

3. Methodology

  • Participatory, mixed-method approach (quantitative & qualitative methodology), to be further specified;
  • Mapping of potential employers re. anti-discrimination, equal opportunities, affirmative measures in hiring/promotion, availability of information concerning rights.

4. Expected Outputs and Deliverables

  • Sex-disaggregated data re. producer organizations, including members, policies they have as per above (and ethnicity/other criteria of marginalized);
  • Description of main barriers in the pre-selected municipalities and sub-sectors re. access to labour market, finances, information and resources for the target groups;
  • and provision of realistic recommendations on how to overcome them within the programme context;
  • Confirmation of most conducive sectors for women ‘s economic empowerment, as suggested in the Rapid Gender Analysis;
  • Suggest baseline indicators and gender responsive targets for all program outcomes;
  • Reviewed LogFrame with proposed changes indicators and targets;
  • Draft report by 31 August 2020;
  • Presentation of preliminary findings in synthesis workshop involving/in cooperation with the consultants of the market system analysis;
  • Final report by 15 October 2020.

5. Consultancy Profile

  • Track record in the area of gender, inclusion of minorities, ideally in the field of agriculture and rural development;
  • 8-10 years of experience in private sector development and women’s economic empowerment;
  • Knowledge of MSD approach is an asset;
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written; oral and written skills in Albanian and Serbian is an advantage;
  • Prior experience with gender/inclusion/women’s empowerment projects in the Western Balkans is a strong asset;
  • Fully available during at least 50 working days in the timeframe of the inception phase.

6. Management and Reporting

  • The external consultant(s) will conduct the Intersectional Gender Analysis under the guidance of Caritas Switzerland and the Kosova Women’s Network. The consultant shall be in the lead in conducting the research, analysis and reporting;
  • Overall responsibility is with the country director of CaCH in Kosovo, in close cooperation with the SIRED project manager;
  • The work of the consultant(s) will include both, field work in different municipalities of Kosovo as well as desk work.

7. Timeline and scope of assignment

This study is to be completed between June 2020 and October 2020

  • Deadline for submission of offers 31 May 2020
  • Selection & contracting, tent. TOR review 1-5 June 2020
  • The assignment will start on 8 June 2020
  • Briefing meeting (Skype) is foreseen on Monday, 8 June 2020
  • Scope of the assignment is approx. 50 consultancy days (to be determined)
  • Final Narrative and Financial Report: 15 October 2020 to vhaag@caritas.ch

8. Roles, Responsibilities and Payment Conditions

Obligations of Caritas Switzerland

  1. Consultant fee: agreed directly between Caritas Switzerland and the Consultant;
  2. Travel to and from mission destination and home location as well as boarding and lodging are covered by Caritas Switzerland directly; additional expenses by the consultant, if relevant, shall be evaluated for reimbursement against bills and receipts presented by Consultant;
  3. Local travelling, administration, communication and tentative workshop costs are covered directly by CaCH. Additional expenses by the consultant, if relevant, shall be evaluated for reimbursement against bills and receipts presented by Consultant;
  4. CaCH provides a car and driver as well as necessary translation services during the field mission.

Obligation of Consultant

The Consultant shall:

  1. Execute all tasks specified above;
  2. Adhere to proposed methods and work schedule or immediately inform the in the contract specified contact person in case of needed adjustments;
  3. Submit the above specified deliverables in time.

Conditions of Payment

  1. The payment shall be affected according to number of days worked;
  2. The payment is due upon approval of the final report;
  3. The Consultant shall be responsible for all his/her insurances and taxes;
  4. In case the consultant’s quality of work does not satisfy CaCH, CaCH reserves the right to terminate the contract. The remuneration will be adjusted to the number of days worked;
  5. CaCH reserves the right to cut the remuneration if the report is not delivered in time or is of unsatisfying quality;
  6. The parties strive to solve potential disagreements amicably;
  7. In case the parties do not reach an amicable solution, the case shall be referred to the court of Lucerne/Switzerland.

9. Mandator

The consultancy is to be carried out under the mandate of Caritas Switzerland. The mandator must be informed about upcoming difficulties and adaptation during the analysis.

10. Application process

Interested consultants are asked to provide a written proposal, as specified above, until 31 May 2020 to vhaag@caritas.ch . In case of questions or for further information, please contact Ms. Vera Haag Arbenz +383 45 160 124; e-mail: vhaag@caritas.ch

Pristina, 18 May 2020

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