Oxfam tuyển nhóm tư vấn

Oxfam GB cần tuyển nhóm tư vấn thực hiện dự án tại Lào Cai. Hạn nộp hồ sơ: 7/5/2010. Thông tin chi tiết như sau:

Gendered market selection and mapping for Oxfam interventions in Lao Cai province

1 Background
Women in Vietnam are increasingly engaged in agricultural markets yet their engagement does not always translate into increased incomes for women or improved household welfare and food security. Experience suggests that under the right
circumstances, collective action in markets can promote women’s empowerment and enhance their livelihoods. To identify the “right circumstances” for women, gendered market analysis is required.

A number of researches have been conducted by academic and development agencies on issue of sub-sector selection and value chains analysis, majority of them, however, address mainly economic impacts to the poor in general while mention little about women. This research, in contrary, will centre on connection between women and the market. It analyses how women are affected, benefited and empowered by engaging in the market as well as proposes potential approaches and interventions to develop women’s economic leadership.

Underlying research framework applied in this research is Oxfam Great Britain (OGB) gendered market selection and mapping framework. The framework helps clarifying the potential (or not) for women smallholders to gain power and benefit from certain
products or markets for those products. We can make better choices on interventions to help women ‘upgrade’ in value chains and into new markets and market services.

We expand gender analysis to how market institutions and services may replicate and reinforce gendered beliefs and economic roles – whether market chain actors like traders, processors, exporters and producer organisations, or market services
providing finance, enterprise development, certification or agricultural extension. We aim to identify the most significant opportunities and leverage points to change/shift women’s positions in the market systems.

The study will address several dimensions of gender barriers in households and markets in an integrated way. This will be undertaken in broad partnership with multiple actors, including government actors, at local and national levels to respond to
agricultural marketing issues confronted by rural women and their producer organisations.

The research will be carried out in one of OGB’s on-going programme areas – Lao Cai province – where there is a favourable climatic condition for agriculture production as well as having diverse ethnic groups.

2 Overall Objectives
To undertake gendered market sub-sector selection, market mapping and value chain analysis for identification and recommendation of intervention plans in Lao Cai province.

3 Specific Objectives
• To identify possible sub-sectors through process of gendered market selection;
• To analyse potentials for business and for women’s economic leadership through process of gendered market mapping, including participatory value chain analysis;
• To identify barriers that prevents women from accessing and controlling economic resources within value chains and possible strategies to overcome such barriers;
• To recommend Oxfam on potential implementation plan;
• To identify supports from different stakeholders and propose appropriate plans possible to develop the sub-sectors;
• To propose evaluation indicators to measure the successes and impacts of the
interventions upon project’s completion.

4 Methodologies
The study will be a combination of desk study and field visit to Lao Cai province. The target groups of the study are women, producer groups with special emphasis given to marginalized groups including female-headed households and ethnic minorities.
5 Outputs
The report includes, but not limited to, those aspects:
• Market situation and market trends of the products;
• Constraints in production and market access of potential products;
• Current status of women’s access to market (in selected commodity chains), comparison in term of women’s access among studied commodities/subsectors, barriers prevent them from accessing market;
• Social, economic and environmental impact analyses upon interventions;
• Potential risks in production and market access;
• Intervention plans covering production, marketing, learning and advocacy;
• Potential partners involved in implementation of project.
• Recommendations of evaluation indicators to measure successes and impacts of interventions;
The report should be presented in both English and Vietnamese following OGB’s format.

6 Timeframe
The selection of consultant team to be made by the second week of May 2010. The assignment to be conducted between mid-May and mid-June 2010.

7 Desired consultants
• Sound knowledge and experiences in market study, value chain analysis and private sector development;
• Strong gender analytical skills, especially women economic leadership and gender equity;
• In-depth knowledge of research methods with particular focus on participatory methods, including in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and product or behavior trials;
• At least 5 years of experience with demonstrated monitoring and evaluation knowledge, skills and experiences of rural development programme;
• High level written and verbal English and Vietnamese communication skills;
• At least a Bachelor’s degree in economics, development studies or social sciences.

8 Deadline for application
Applying consultant teams are requested to submit an application to OGB via email (preferred) or post no later than 7th May 2010. The application should include method, process, time-frame, detailed planning of activities, detailed budget projection
(including PIT), responsibility and working days of each team member, full CVs of each team member and proposed structure of final report. Consultant team might be invited to discuss their application with OGB staff during the selection process.

9 Contact person
Nguyen Quang Dong
Local Programme Officer (Ext: 109)
Oxfam Great Britain
22 Le Dai Hanh St., Hanoi
T: +84 4 3945 4362
F: +84 4 3945 4365
E: nqdong@oxfam.org.uk