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Date de clôture : vendredi 16 novembre 2018

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Gender, Women and Civil Society Department and RDGN

E-mail: [email protected] and copy [email protected] and [email protected]

Telephone: +225 20268239/20264246

 

The hereby invites Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in the following Assignment: Local consultancy to prepare a country gender profile

 

FOR EGYPT

  1. The services to be provided under the Assignment include: advance efforts on gender equality through Gender Profile of Egypt
  1. The Gender Profile should reflect the knowledge needs of the African Development Bank in the concerned country. As a guiding document on gender mainstreaming in the Bank’s operations, the Gender profiles will conduct the gender analysis of the sector priorities of the Country Strategic paper (CSP) and formulate the recommendations on gender key issues to be considered during the CSP’s period.

 

Specifically, the key objectives are:

  1. To undertake and review of existing gender analyses through an Issue Paper for Egypt, based on gender analyses, country reports, and identify recently released gender disaggregated data.
  2. To draft, edit and finalize the country gender profile, which will start with identifying key gender inequalities that constrain inclusive growth, develop and assess existing policy and legal frameworks from a gender perspective, and recommend key areas for strategic actions;
  3. To examine the institutional and human resources capacity for advancing gender equality and empowerment of women in the country;
  4. To provide concrete recommendations regarding existing gender gaps and inequalities and for accelerating the advancement of gender equality and the social and economic empowerment of women and their equal participation in decision-making; and
  5. To conduct gender analysis of key sectors priorities of Egypt national development plans including but not limited for example to infrastructure development (with focus on energy, transport, and water and sanitation), agribusiness, employment, and human capital development.
  6. Identify, at a fairly high level of aggregation, the ways in which gender issues intersect with the sectors, and begin to lay out the areas which the more in-depth sector-specific analysis needs to tackle.

 

  • The profile will also take into account the gender dimension in the Bank Group interventions in Egypt. In particular, the gender profile will provide the countries and the Bank with reliable sex disaggregated data, which can be processed and integrated at the all levels of Bank interventions as well as other development partners.
  1. The Gender, Women and Civil Society Department (AHGC) and RDGN invites Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the above-described services. Interested eligible consultants shall provide information on their qualifications and experience demonstrating their ability to provide the services (documentation, references for similar services, experience in comparable Assignments, etc.).
  1. The eligibility criteria, the establishment of a short list and the selection procedure shall be in conformity with the Rules and Procedure for the Selection of Corporate Consultants. Please, note that interest expressed by a consultant does not imply any obligation on the part of the Bank to include it in the shortlist.
  1. The estimated duration of services is 45 working days (over a maximum period of 06 calendar months) starting date is 20 November 2018.
  1. Interested individuals may obtain further information at the address below during the Bank’s working hours: (9h00. – 17h00 GMT).
  1. Expressions of interest must be received at the address below no later than Friday 16th November 2018 at 17h30 GMT local time and specifically mentioning Local consultant for Egypt.

For the attention of:

Ms. Amel Hamza

Principal Gender Expert, African Development Bank Group Agriculture & Human Development Complex Immeuble du Centre de commerce International d’Abidjan CCIA Avenue Jean-Paul II, 01 BP 1387 Tel : +225 20268239/20264246

E-mail: [email protected] and copy [email protected] and [email protected]

 

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SHORTLIST

  1. The shortlist of three to six individual consultants will be established at the end of the request of expression of interest. The consultants in the shortlist will be evaluated on the following criteria on the basis of the CVs and other documents received.
General Qualifications and suitability to the Tasks40
Experience in the specific assignment40
Experience with International Institutions10
Written/Verbal Language Capacity5
Working knowledge of the Africa Region5

CONSULTANCY TO PREPARE A COUNTRY GENDER PROFILE

FOR EGYPT

 

Location:

Home-based with stakeholders consultation – Egypt

 

Type of Contract:

Individual Contract

 

Languages Required:

English

 

Starting Date:

25 November 2018

 

Expected Duration of Assignment:

45 working days (over a maximum period of 06 calendar months)

 

  1. Background

The African Development Bank (AfDB) acknowledges the high importance the Government of Egypt attaches to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of the nation’s women, with a focus on eliminating all forms of inequalities. The Bank would like to reiterate the critical importance he attached to the process of regularly conducting and updating country gender profiles that focus more on strategic priorities and the respective national development plan’s priority sectors. In this context, the Bank is hiring a gender expert to conduct a gender assessment report to inform on the state of gender within the country.

The first stage of the work will involve undertaking a review of existing gender analysis through an Issue Paper (20 pages maximum), which will survey existing gender analyses, country reports, and identify recently released gender disaggregated data. The Issue Paper will set the baseline and reference point for the Country Gender Profile, which will focus on the country’s priority development sectors. It will provide updated information particularly with regard to offering an overview of existing projects and programs addressing gender inequity identifying major donors and their priorities, as well as major gaps in funding and project/program coverage. It will therefore have a practical approach, which is focused on what is done already, what needs to be done, and what have been encouraging developments/approaches, which are worth replicating.

The African Development Bank will use the key gender issues raised by the Country Gender Profile and aligned with the National Plan for Gender Equality, as reference for Bank’s operations (projects and programs design). The report will also serve to provide an analysis and recommendations for the Government of Egypt to better direct its programs and policies and to provide guidance to development partners and NGOs. Overall, the Country Gender Assessment will assist in integrating gender concerns for maximum impact and will inform the Bank’s Country Strategy Paper (CSP).

 

  1. Country Context

In 2016/17, real GDP grew an estimated 4.1%, slightly underperforming the 4.3% in 2015/16. Growth is driven mainly by investment and private and public consumption, as well as by net exports, which contributed positively for the first time in two years. This positive performance reflects the government’s reform efforts to achieve fiscal consolidation, more inclusive growth, and an improved business environment. The approval of a three-year International Monetary Fund (IMF) program in November 2016 showed the success of those efforts. Growth is projected to be 4.8% in 2017/18 and 5.5% in 2018/19, boosted by restored investor confidence but partially diluted by high inflation. Inflation rose to an estimated 23.3% in 2016/17, from 10.3% in 2015/16, and is projected to decline to 21.2% in 2017/18 and 13.7% in 2018/19.

Macroeconomic conditions show signs of improvement. On the demand side, the Ministry of Finance’s July 2016–March 2017 data indicate year-on-year growth of 17% for investment, 4.4% for private consumption, and 2.4% for public consumption. The 72% increase in exports was partly offset by the 47% increase in imports. On the supply side, eight key sectors, representing about two-thirds of GDP, led growth: telecommunications (grew 9.3%), construction (grew 8.5%), wholesale and retail trade (grew 4.7%), nonoil manufacturing (grew 4.7%), natural gas (grew 4.6%), real estate (grew 4.3%), agriculture (grew 3.1), and general government (grew 2.9%). Tourism declined 6.7%.

The labour market has been heavily influenced by the economic ups and downs of the years following the revolution of 2011. As growth expands, opportunities in formal employment have not been able to keep pace with the economy due to the obstacles to welfare transfer (inflationary pressures, currency depreciation, etc.). On the supply side of the labour market, in 2015, overall labour force participation stood at 52.9%. The labour force participation of women in Egypt is markedly different to men. Women have a lower labour force participation rate, a higher unemployment rate and a much lower formal private-sector employment rate. Female labour force participation in Egypt is not only low, but has also shown little sign of increasing over the years, rising from 20.3% in 1998 to only 24.7% in 2008 and 26.0% in 2014.

Egypt’s HDI value for 2015 is 0.691— which put the country in the medium human development category— positioning it at 111 out of 188 countries and territories. It is above the average of 0.631 for countries in the medium human development group and above the average of 0.687 for countries in Arab States. Egypt outperforms its human development “medium countries” group on the 3 dimensions of the Human Development Index, namely health, education and income.

But, Egypt still suffers from social vulnerabilities, mostly affecting its youth, notably poverty, unemployment and inequality. About 26% of Egyptians currently live in poverty, up from 19.6% in 2007/8. Similarly, unemployment stood at 12.8% as of March 2015 -down from 13.4% in May 2014 but still on the high side-, with youth and women weathering the worst especially those with a higher education (44%). The percentage of youth who reported not finding jobs that match their experience or qualifications grew from 8% to 13.8% in the past 5 years, and a significant number has exited the labor market out of discouragement or has had to endure with jobs in the informal sector often with little or no benefits. This reflects, among others, the wide skills mismatch between market needs and what is provided by the education and vocational training system coupled with limited entrepreneurship culture.

The gender gap in Egypt is wide and requires accelerated action. Despite some efforts made by the successive governments, the 2015 Africa Gender Equality Index ranks Egypt 35 (out of 52 countries). It points to little progress particularly within the areas of economic and political participation. This performance reflects cultural norms and barriers that women face to access education services, communicate their voice and participate in economic and political affairs. The unemployment rate of females is fivefold higher than for males (38.1 % versus 6.8%), and around 4.5 times higher for young women versus young men. In rural Upper Egypt, female productivity is particularly hindered by lack of access to land, finance and household responsibilities. Deficiencies in public service delivery, for instance in transport, prevent women from accessing jobs, education, health services and markets because of cultural norms that constraints female mobility in Egypt, particularly in rural areas.

Other areas of concern are the lack of gender data in economic sectors and strengthening of national machinery to effectively coordinate and promote gender mainstreaming at all levels of government.

  1. Objectives

The objective of this consultancy is to undertake an overall gender assessment of Egypt, culminating in the development of a country gender profile. Specifically, the key objectives are:

  • To undertake a review of existing gender analyses through an Issue Paper, which will survey existing gender analyses, country reports, and identify recently released gender disaggregated data.
  • The development of country gender profile, which will start with identifying key gender inequalities that constrain inclusive growth, development and assess to existing policy and legal frameworks from a gender perspective, and recommend key areas for strategic actions;
  • To examine the institutional and human resources capacity for advancing gender equality and empowerment of women;
  • Provide concrete recommendations regarding existing gender gaps and inequalities and for accelerating the advancement of gender equality and the social and economic empowerment of women and their equal participation in decision-making; and
  • To identify key sectors priorities of Egypt’ national development plan including but not limited for example to infrastructure development (with focus on energy, transport, and water and sanitation), agribusiness, employment, and human capital development.

 

  1. Description of the main tasks to be undertaken by the consultant

The Egypt Gender Profile should combine description, analysis and statistical data in a manner that is useful for the planning of policies, programs and projects that are gender-sensitive. The Technical team to undertake the assignment is composed of the Principal Statistician-Economist on gender, the Country

  1. Economist of Egypt, the Principal Gender Officer of Egypt and the consultant. The specific assignment of the consultant will cover these followings:
  2. Examine the socio-cultural, economic and legal factors that hinder the efforts of gender equality in Egypt;
  3. Assess the institutional capacity of sectorial ministries and other stakeholders to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in Egypt. Basically, the institutional assessment will be done where the African Development Bank projects are specifically intending to provide institutional support and capacity-building.
  4. Evaluate sectoral policies and strategies from a gender perspective and identify good practices and shortcomings;
  5. Collect secondary data regarding gender issues by sector, in particular for infrastructure, private sector, industrialization, water, health, education, energy, science and technology;
  6. Up-date existing data on gender gaps and conduct a gender analysis in the Country Strategy Paper’s Pillars prepared by the African Development Bank together with Egypt’ national development plan priorities;
  7. Update major needs and concerns with regard to the closing of gender gaps in Egypt and identify the coverage of these by other development partners and the Bank; the gaps in coverage that the African Development Bank could complement; and new areas where the Bank could make a considerable impact and opportunities for programs;
  8. Make recommendations to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women in the economic, social and participation in the decision-making process; and
  9. Propose the outline of a priority program of intervention in the field of gender in Egypt.

 

  1. Methodology

The methodology to be adopted in carrying out this exercise combines desk review, focus group discussions, meetings, interviews as well as a consultative workshop. More specifically, to deliver on the expected output, the Consultant and the Technical Team will:

  • Meet with the relevant ministries and consult on the proposed methodology and content of the study;
  • Collect and review gender disaggregated statistical data and gender assessment/analysis conducted by development partners, governmental institutions, universities and civil society organizations;
  • Conduct in-depth interviews with members of key Government departments and institutions, development partners and other key stakeholders, including civil society organizations and universities, aiming to identify gender disparities, challenges, opportunities and good practices;
  • Review Development Partners interventions and their contribution to the closing of identified gender gaps, including research reports, and sector analyses;
  • Review gender policies and strategic plans of the sectors and identifying their contribution to gender equality;
  • Organize focus groups with key stakeholder’s groups including representatives of CSOs, associations of rural women, religious and community leaders, women entrepreneurs (including beneficiaries of microfinance programs);
  • Conduct a half a day-workshop to discuss with relevant stakeholders the preliminary findings of the study and its recommendations and integrate comments into final draft Country Gender Profile; and
  • Carry out any other work related tasks assigned by the African Development Bank.

 

  1. Format and content of the Country Gender Profile for Egypt

6.1         Format:

The Country Gender Profile is a document of 20 pages maximum, detailing all above-mentioned information with all statistics disaggregated by sex. This document should contain an analysis of the current situation, gaps, challenges, opportunities, and recommended actions. In addition, it features an executive summary of 3 pages maximum to be included in the next CSP.

 

6.2         Content:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  1. CONTEXT AND PURPOSE
  1. Country Context
  2. Purpose of the Country Gender Profile
  • Methodology
  1. Structure of the Country Gender Profile
  2. POLICY, INSTITUTIONAL AND LEGAL FRAMEWORKS
  3. Policy Environment, Macroeconomic policies
  4. Institutional Framework

 

  1. Legal Framework
  2. THE STATE OF GENDER EQUALITY IN EGYPT
  3. Systemic Country issues
  4. Gender and Poverty
  • Gender and human capital Gender, Leadership and Political Participation
  1. Gender and the Economy:

Overview of Women’s Economic Empowerment;

Gender in Agriculture; Gender in the Services Sector;

Gender and infrastructure (energy, road and water),

  1. Gender and Climate Change
  2. AfDB AND OTHER PRINCIPAL DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS IN EGYPT
  3. POTENTIAL FOR ACTION AND PRIORITY AREAS
  4. RECOMMENDATIONS
  5. CONCLUSIONS

 

  1. Output/Deliverables and Timelines

Under the direct supervision of the Principal Gender Officer, Principal Statistician-Economist on gender and the Country Economist, the consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:

Output / DeliverableActivityTentative DateNo. Of Days
Annotated Outline of the draftDraft outline of the issue paper25 November5 days
issue paper2018
Review and comments from theConsolidate   comments   and   recommendations30 November5 days
AfDBreceived  from  key  stakeholders,  including  the2018
African Development Bank
First Draft of Issue PaperPreparation and submission of the draft issue paper7 December7 days
2018
Consolidated comments from theReview  of  the  issue  paper  taking  into  account10 December3 days
AfDB, and the Government ofcomments received by stakeholders2018
Egypt
Revised draft of the issue paperSubmission of the final version of the issue paper15 December5 days
and final submission2018
consultation with  in EgyptOfficial introduction of the consultant to the AfDB17- 192 days
(stakeholders meetings)Team and the Government, including meetings withDecember 2019
relevant ministries and key stakeholders, as well as
data collection.
First draft of the country genderPreparation and submission of the first draft of the5 January 20195 days
profileCountry Gender Profile
2018
Review of the first draft of theConsolidate comments and recommendations3 days
country gender profile from thereceived from key stakeholders, including the8 January 2019
African Development Bank, andAfrican Development Bank, Civil Society
Organizations, and the Government of Egypt
the Government of Egypt
Revised draft of the countrySubmission of the final version of the Egypt Gender18th January10 days
gender profile and finalProfile
2019
submission

 

  1. Duration of Services

This is a 45 working days (over a maximum period of 06 calendar months) consultancy, beginning on 20th November 2018

  1. Competencies

Core Values and Guiding Principles:

Integrity:

  • Demonstrate the values of the African Development Bank without consideration of personal gain, resist undue political pressure in decision-making, no abuse of power or authority, stand by decisions in the organization’s interest, and take action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.

Professionalism:

  • Show pride in work and achievements, demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter, conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments and achieving results, motivated by professional rather than personal concerns, show persistence when faced with challenges, and remain calm in stressful situations.

Respect for Diversity:

  • Work effectively with people from all backgrounds, treat all people with dignity and respect, treat men and women equally, show respect for and understand diverse opinions by examining own biases and behaviors to avoid stereotypical responses, and do not discriminate against any individual or group.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Building support and political acumen.

Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring:

  • Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation.

Working in Teams:

  • Building and promoting effective teams;
  • Able to work virtually using communication technologies.

Communicating Information and Ideas:

  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Able to write in clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally.

Self-management and Emotional intelligence:

  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization.

Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:

  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
  1. Required Skills and experience

Education: Advanced university degree in gender, economics or related disciplines is required; a PhD in economics is a plus.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 7 years of demonstrated extensive experience that combines research and capacity development in the area of gender and economics and/or women’s economic empowerment at the national and international levels is required.
  • Proven record of publications on economics and gender, including publications on this topic in English with renowned institutions, is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating multi-cultural training for adults.
  • Knowledge of socio-cultural, geopolitical, economic and environmental country context is an advantage. Excellent writing skills and analytical skills.

Languages: Excellent command of written and spoken English.

 

 

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