The Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for the African Region (BCCC-Nigeria) is inviting applications for the positions of regional gender & labour expert for the project “Circular and POPs-free plastics in Africa (GEFID11049)” which is being implemented by UNEP, with BCCC-Nigeria as the executing agency. The objective of this project is to reduce the import, production and use of POPs in plastic-containing products and the generation of uPOPs in selected the countries (Kenya, Nigeria, South-Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe).
The project consists of the following four components:
- Component 1:Policy and economic instruments targeting POPs containing plastics.
- Component 2: Circular economy practices to reduce POPs in problematic plastics.
- Component 3: Environmentally sound management of plastic waste containing POPs.
- Component 4: Knowledge management, capacity building and communication
Currently, the project is in the PPG (Project Preparation Grant) phase where funding has been approved for the further preparation of this full-sized project. The PPG will be supported by a regional gender and labour expert. The gender and labour specialist is expected to undertake a gender and labour analysis to effectively mainstream gender and decent work into the design and formulation of the project document.
Specifically, under the direct supervision and guidance of the project coordinator at the BCCC Nigeria, and in close collaboration with national consultants, industry/sector experts, and the technical expert, the regional gender expert will carry out the tasks described below. The below organogram presents all actors involved in the development of this project during the PPG. All work will be home based, with regular virtual meetings with the project team and stakeholders.
Scope of work / Duties
1. Conduct a detailed gender and labour analysis, particularly emphasizing gender issues to be addressed in the intervention
- Support national stakeholder mapping (identification of national gender and labour initiatives relevant to the project sector in the country)
- Review national consultant baseline reports in the 5 project countries, e.g. to identify exposure risks (e.g. in facilities/sector with higher proportions of women, waste management and recycling, informal workers or other vulnerable groups, or proximity to sensitive pollution receptors) and provide guidance for additional information collection by the national consultants and taking into account the context of gender equality and decent work in the world of work in the specific countries, including intersecting and compounding forms of discrimination.
- Review documentation and relevant initiatives in the region to describe the baseline gender and labour initiatives and opportunities in the relevant sectors, including informal sector
- Consolidate baseline information at regional and national level into an assessment of the current situation and gaps. The review should mirror the project’s logframe
Associated Deliverable: Gender and labour baseline analysis report.
2. Prepare a Gender and Labour Action Plan that identifies the critical gender equality constraints in the country context and provides concrete recommendations and suggested activities, where gender equality and labour rights gains can be made within the project:
- Summarize key gender equality and labour rights constraints in the different sectors, based on existing evidence, in each country context to support the refinement/gender mainstreaming of the project indicators, outputs and activities.
- Define gender-disaggregated indicators and labour rights indicators that could be used to monitor progress on gender mainstreaming/ decent work throughout the project
- Integrate relevant gender and labour rights activities into each Component of the project proposed Alternative Scenario
- Mainstream relevant gender and labour considerations into all parts of the project document including at a minimum, the Stakeholder & Private Sector Engagement Plans and the Climate & Risk Analyses and Implementation Arrangements section
- Provide cost estimates and timelines for the implementation of the plan of action
- Summarize the above into a 1-page section for the relevant section in the CEO Endorsement Request template
Associated Deliverable: Gender and labour action plan including activities, budget and indicators to monitor progress.
3. Final review of CEO Endorsement Request and Final Report.
4. Support to other PPG activities as may be appropriate.
Education: The Gender and Labour specialist should have a postgraduate university degree in Social or Natural Sciences or other relevant discipline, preferably with a specialization in gender/labour and project cycle management.
Technical and Functional Experience: The Gender and Labour specialist should have:
- A minimum of 5 years of practical experience in the field of gender equality analysis, gender mainstreaming and labour rights;
- Formal training in gender analysis, gender planning, and labour rights and demonstrated expertise in mainstreaming gender and labour rights in projects and programmes, especially experience in a relevant sector (electronics, building and construction, toys, automotive, textiles in Africa; and expertise in the plastics sector);
- Thorough understanding of the gender and labour context in Africa and experience working with government institutions and international and/or non-governmental organizations supporting gender and labour work;
- Familiarity with gender analysis tools and methodologies (especially in one of the following sectors: electronics, building and construction, toys, automotive, textiles, plastics);
- Knowledge of Circular Economy business models as they apply to the gender sector;
- Strong communication skills and ability to liaise with various stakeholders, including government officials; and
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and copies of educational and other qualifications, and be sent by email only to:
The Executive Director
Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for the African Region
1, Ijoma Road
University of Ibadan
Application Deadline: Friday 17 March 2023