SCOPE OF WORK
DCCP Gender and Social Inclusion Consultant
Digital Frontiers is a 5-year, $74.4 million project, managed by DAI, that works closely with USAID’s Center for Digital Development (CDD), USAID missions, the private sector, and international and local development organizations to identify successful and sustainable digital approaches and scale their impact globally. USAID has bought into the Digital Frontiers mechanism to implement five Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP) activities.
DCCP is a U.S. Government interagency initiative to promote an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable internet in developing countries. By catalyzing economically sustainable and secure private sector network investments, promoting regulatory reforms and encouraging adoption of cybersecurity best practices, this initiative aims to enable countries to realize the tremendous economic benefit of the digital economy through four key approaches:
- Build Connections: Expand and increase secure Internet access in targeted emerging markets
- Advance an Open Internet: Work with partner countries to adopt policies and regulatory positions that foster and encourage open, interoperable, reliable and secure internet
- Grow Global Markets: Promote exports of U.S. ICT goods and services and increase U.S. company market share in target markets
- Enhance Cybersecurity: Work with partner countries to build cybersecurity capabilities and adopt best practices
An initiative as large and transformative as DCCP presents a huge opportunity to promote gender-equitable technology access and use through the five initial USAID activities. As part of the design and work planning of all DCCP activities being implemented by USAID, Digital Frontiers will integrate country-level gender and social inclusion analysis (GESI) into activity designs and actionable recommendations for DCCP projects.
Digital Frontiers has conducted country-level GESI desk research for the 10 countries where a DCCP activity is implemented. The desk research provides an overview of current gender and technology data; social norms across social strata; laws, and policies involving gender and technology; gender-based opportunity gaps; and both standard F-level/USAID and custom/project indicators. The DCCP focus in South Asia is especially pertinent to a technology-centric gender analysis — in South Asia, women are 70% less likely than men to use mobile internet, and hundreds of villages in Northern India have passed bans on women’s cell phone use. The gender analysis conducted by each project and analyzed by USAID will greatly contribute to the understanding of specific barriers to women’s ICT access and use, as well as mitigating strategies.
The objective under this scope of work is to further develop the country-level GESI desk research into GESI-related indicators, recommendations (i.e. a work plan), and pertinent activities across each DCCP initiative:
- Advancing Timor-Leste’s Autonomous Telecommunications Landscape (ATLATL)
- South Asia Regional Digital Initiative (SARDI)
- Digital Asia Accelerator (DAA)
- Promoting American Approaches to ICT Policy and Regulation (PROICT)
- APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules System (CBPR)
APPROACH AND TASKS
The objective under this scope of work is to operationalize GESI country-level recommendations and support the Digital Frontiers DCCP team to design and develop actionable GESI activities and integrate GESI-related indicators.
- Support development of GESI specific recommendations that are concrete and specific to the country context and DCCP initiatives;
- Identify activity-level gender and social inclusion-related indicators;
- Utilize USAID ADS 205 domains;
- Understand priority “Gender gaps” and design solutions that address the barriers, opportunities, and needs of these issues;
- Specify how proposed interventions will affect women, men, youth, disabled, and marginalized social groups differently;
- Discuss the impact of interventions to strengthen the three Gender Policy goals (gender equality, gender-based violence, female empowerment);
- Identify relevant stakeholders that can support activity implementation (such as CSOs, government ministries, private sector) and have extensive experience conducting GESI work and past development projects.
The GESI specialist will begin with the DCCP ATLATL activity, and upon successful delivery and review of the initial ATLATL recommendations, the consultant will move onto the SARDI and DAA DCCP activities.
- Review GESI country-level analysis to understand current country context
- Draft clear work plan on how to integrate and adapt the recommendations
- Provide design recommendations for DCCP initiatives that will address the gender digital divide and promote digital inclusion
- Identify stakeholders to help implement and sustain activities
- Provide GESI-related guidance across DCCP initiatives
The consultant will report to the Director of Strategy, Design & Learning Komal Bazaz-Smith. The consultant may need to collaborate with USAID and DAI personnel from various offices throughout the project, as indicated by Ms. Bazaz -Smith.
The consultant will provide up to 10 days of LOE from April 13, 2020 – May 29, 2020.
- Strong interpersonal, facilitation & management skills, including very strong listening skills, and a track record of driving to action & results
- Experience developing Gender and Social Inclusion recommendations and activities for USAID
- Strong organizational and management skills
- Knowledge of USAID ADS 205 and requirements
- Knowledge of cybersecurity and ICT issues a plus