UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Businesses run by women (such as those in the agriculture and fisheries related sector) face major establishment hurdles and are frequently unable to respond to emerging economic opportunities. While women have the rights to own assets, including land, and operate businesses in their own name, informal barriers and costs, and social rules, (including sex stereotyping that leads to occupational sex segregation); as well as weak bargaining position also discriminate strongly against women’s economic participation.
Gender inequalities in access to economic incentives and productive resources reduce productivity and output. They prevent women from sharing in the benefits of production, even when they have done most of the work. For example, giving women farmers the same level of land tenure rights as men for the land they work on as men could increase, as per some studies and research, agricultural production in some countries by 20% and thereby make a huge contribution to national and regional food security.
Policy settings and regulatory frameworks often drive these less positive outcomes, engineered by discriminatory social institutions that reproduce gender stereotypes and mind-sets. This needs to be addressed sustainably through in-depth (focused) policy and legislative change.
The above provides the conceptual foundation for the project, “Building Effective Resilience for Human Security in the Caribbean Countries: The Imperative of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in a Strengthened Agriculture (and related Agri/Fisheries Small Business) Sector”, supported by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNHSTF) in collaboration with the UN Sub-Regional Team for Barbados and the OECS (UNST). This project argues strongly that gender inequality and women disempowerment is one of the main determinants of human insecurity.
The project thus aims, through a combination of policy reform advocacy and technical advice, as well as, direct downstream support to up to 2,500 farmers and small agro- and fisheries business entrepreneurs, (the majority women), to advance multi-faceted human security by focusing on the economic empowerment (of women) in these sectors.
By doing so, the project will also lay the basis for the further up-scaling of the impact upon the completion of this 3-year project, and the expansion of its innovative strategy to other sectors. Success expected to be achieved under this project will then provide a major impetus for a broader recognition of the priority of gender equality and women empowerment for enhanced resilience; for stronger economic growth; for a more inclusive society; and finally, for strengthened and sustainable human security.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the assignment
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO – Caribbean Representative, the Business Coach will provide management and organisational support for women farmers groups and women small business entrepreneurs. The focus will be on (1) strengthening overall management and business processes of the women farmers groups and women small business associations; (2) strengthening the Price and Contract Negotiation Capacity of the women farmers and small business entrepreneur groups and; (3) identifying potential for value addition and new market opportunities, including linkages with the eco-tourism sector and other relevant sectors for groups and their members.
Scope of Work and Deliverables
The consultant will be based in Grenada for the full duration of the assignment and will be expected to deliver the following results:
2. Finalized Report “Analysis of Price and Contract Negotiation Capacity of 2 women farmers groups; and Identification of Potential for
Value Addition and New Market Opportunities”
Analysis of Price and Contract Negotiation Capacity; Identification of Potential for Value Addition and New Market Opportunities (Timeframe: 15 Days)
To present the Inventory of Contracts and collectively determine the following:
To undertake the following:
3. Finalised Training Curriculum “Strengthening the Price and Contract Negotiation Capacity of 2 Women Farmers Groups” (Timeframe: 10
Development of a Training Curriculum
4. Facilitation of Training Workshop for the members of the 2 women farmers groups on Price and Contract Negotiation (Timeframe: 5
Facilitation of Training Workshop
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO-Caribbean Representative, with direct reporting to UN Women Programme Specialist for Economic Empowerment and Statistics.
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Required Skills and Experience
The consultant should meet the following criteria:
Required skills and experience:
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Location and Duration:
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|Closing date:||February 28, 2020|