Type de contrat
Contrat de prestation de services
Genre, droits et modernisation de l'Etat
Date limite de candidature
Durée de la mission
Indépendant / Entrepreneur Individuel
approx. 3.5 months
Departement Economie Durable et Inclusive - EDIN > Pôle Entreprenariat et Innovation
Mis en ligne le : 25/08/2023
The objective of this assignment is to prepare a Gender Strategy and a Gender Action Plan for IYBA-SEED in coordination with other Implementing Partners of the project, across the 5 target countries (Benin, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Togo)
Expected deliverables (compulsory deadlines have been set - see attached ToR):
Specific objectives and main duties
The specific responsibilities and main duties of the gender expert under this assignment are:
Developing a comprehensive Gender Strategy aligned with the IYBA-SEED programme’s objectives and EU regulations in coordination with other Implementing Partners of the project, across 5 target countries. This will include meetings and interviews with different stakeholders: representatives of the 5 European development agencies (including Project Management Unit but also Gender experts of each Agency), Country Teams, local civil society representatives, local gender experts, etc.
The gender strategy will include:
Developing the project Gender Action Plan, outlining specific activities, tasks, timelines, responsible parties required to implement the strategy, in consultation with the project team, the EU and Expertise France’s Gender Expert.
The Gender Action Plan will include:
Expertise France is the French public international cooperation agency. It designs and implements projects which aim to contribute to the sustainable development of partner countries, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda and the priorities of France’s external action.
The project “Investing in Young Businesses in Africa – Supporting Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development” (IYBA-SEED) is co-funded by the European Union (DG INTPA), the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Team France and SlovakAid, for a period of 4 years (2023-2026). It is implemented by a consortium of leading European development agencies, including Enabel (Belgium), Expertise France (France), GIZ (Germany), SAIDC (Slovakia) and SNV (Netherlands). The consortium is led by Expertise France.
IYBA-SEED is part the Team Europe Initiative of the same name (TEI IYBA), in particular of its third Block aimed at “supporting the ecosystem, with a special emphasis on women and young people”. For information, the first two Blocks of the TEI IYBA are aimed at increasing financial and technical support for enterprises and entrepreneurs at (pre-)seed stages.
IYBA-SEED takes an “Ecosystem Strengthening” approach: it targets the entrepreneurship ecosystem and its actors, in order to reach young businesses (i.e. SEED beneficiaries) which are defined as:
The project aims to “contribute to creating decent jobs and resilient economies by strengthening entrepreneurship ecosystems in a number of sub-Saharan countries so that they can increase access to Business Development Services (both financial and non-financial) for SEED beneficiaries” in 5 countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Benin, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Togo).
IYBA-SEED works on four key components / specific objectives
Currently, the Country Diagnostics are being implemented in each of the five implementing countries with the objective to provide the information needed for the development of Country Action Plans and an International Action Plan tailored to the gaps and needs identified.
The Action Plans will contain activities tailored to the local contexts and needs, including activities either specifically designed for women, or activities intended to ensure better participation of women, targeting the improvement of the gender equity in access to Business Development Services.
CONTEXT OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The IYBA-SEED project will incorporate issues of women’s economic empowerment and gender equality in all respective outputs and outcomes; indeed, as SEED beneficiaries, women entrepreneurs have been specifically targeted for this intervention. Under component 1, women-led business associations and networks will be intentionally mapped and strengthened, in terms of their connections to other Entrepreneur Ecosystem actors as well as in terms of their service offerings. The goal is for women entrepreneurs, as SEED beneficiaries, to have access to relevant support services at all stages of the development of their business ventures. IYBA-SEED will similarly support specific measures that address adverse underlying business norms and values, in a culturally sensitive way, by addressing perceptions of women at work (component 3) and supporting conducive and gender-transformative business environment reforms (component 2). Component 4 serves as the capitalisation of IYBA-SEED and seeks to make country diagnostics and maps, as well as overall lessons learned on Ecosystem Strengthening, available to a wide range of stakeholders. The aim is that women entrepreneurs will use this information to access the services they need to grow their businesses, while Entrepreneur Ecosystem actors will develop more relevant and inclusive service offerings, and other stakeholders will apply the key takeaways when designing and implementing future projects targeting women entrepreneurs as beneficiaries.
In a similar vein, IYBA-SEED will bring a perspective of gender-equality to each project phase, from diagnostics to capitalisation. The mapping exercise of the diagnostic phase will identify the existing services available to female entrepreneurs, as well as the “gaps” to be remedied throughout the project. It will also highlight obstacles within the political and cultural spheres which limit the trajectories of women entrepreneurs; these conjectures will be validated through the various Deep Dives. Throughout the implementation phase IYBA-SEED will promote the inclusion of women on project teams and will intentionally seek gender-balanced and gender-transformative dialogues. The capitalisation phase will finally ensure that national and regional learnings, tools, and good practices will be published in formats and on platforms which are accessible to women, and that they will contain gender-relevant content.
Qualifications and skills required
The Communication Expert will report to the Project Coordinator (Expertise France).
In order to draft a well-informed Strategy and Action Plan fully reflecting the spirit of the project, the Expert will work closely with the PMU team members in Brussels and have regular interactions with project teams in IYBA SEED countries (Benin, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Togo).
As part of this assignment, the project will cover the following expenses: per diem, accommodation and transport during any missions outside of the expert’s place of residence, visa fees if necessary.
The working language will be English and French.
Location and length of assignment
The Expert should preferably be based in Brussels.
Desired start date of the service: 02 October 2023
Type of contract: service provision contract
Documents to be supplied:
The estimated duration of the assignment is 49 working days.
Candidates interested in this opportunity are invited to submit their application as soon as possible. Expertise France reserves the right to pre-select candidates before the deadline for applications. If you do not receive a reply from us within 3 weeks after deadline, please consider that your application has been unsuccessful.
The selection process will take place in two stages:
See attached ToR for expected deliverables compulsory deadlines and indicative number of working days.
Le processus de sélection des candidats s'opérera selon le(s) critère(s) suivant(s) :
Date limite de candidature : 08/09/2023 17:41
Document(s) joint(s) : IYBA-SEED_Gender expert (ToRs) FINAL.pdf
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