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Gender Equality & Social Inclusion (GESI) Advisor - Madagascar

About Resonance

Resonance is an award-winning, Certified B Corporation consulting and implementation firm that delivers market-based solutions to address the world's toughest social and climate challenges. Our core service areas include partnerships and private sector engagement (PSE), design and innovation, innovative financing, and learning and change management.

Duties

POSITION MANDATE 


Since 2021, Resonance has worked with the United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA) on a project called Mainstreaming Private Sector Engagement in Humanitarian Programming (MAPS-H). This project aims to help USAID/BHA integrate PSE into its humanitarian assistance programming and overall operations. The MAPS-H project is designed to offer flexible and on-demand assistance to USAID/BHA, addressing specific PSE and partnership needs through practical support and technical assistance.  

To address the multifaceted humanitarian crisis in Madagascar, USAID/BHA has engaged MAPS-H to carry out a Private Sector Landscape Assessment (PSLA) within Madagascar, focusing specifically on the Grand Sud and Grand Sud-Est regions. Through the PSLA, our team will seek to identify opportunities for USAID/BHA and its implementing partners to collaborate with private sector through strategic partnerships that aim to support business objectives while improving resilience and livelihoods at the household level.  

Resonance will engage a Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) Advisor to integrate gender/disability equity and social inclusion perspectives into key deliverables, work products and tools for the PSLA in Madagascar, with the aim to ensure a contextually appropriate GESI lens is applied and the team is being inclusive, realistic, and culturally relevant in our approaches, activities, and recommendations. 

OUTCOMES / ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

In coordination with the MAPS-H Activity Team, the GESI Advisor will be responsible for integrating gender/disability equity and social inclusion perspectives into key deliverables, work products and tools for the PSLA in Madagascar. S/he will help incorporate actionable recommendations and guidance into PSLA deliverables, partnership concepts, PSE approaches, and recommendations to USAID/BHA to apply a GESI lens and ensure inclusivity of marginalized populations, contextual relevance, and alignment with GESI theory and industry best practices. S/he will advise the team to ensure the ‘Do No Harm’ principle is applied to proposed partnership concepts and client recommendations. To achieve these objectives, the GESI Advisor will carry out the following tasks:  

  • Provide contextual insights into the cultural, societal, and economic dynamics within Madagascar to inform technical inputs and strategies related to gender, women's empowerment, and the inclusion of people with disabilities and socially marginalized populations;
  • Engage in design conversations with the PSLA team, as appropriate, to understand the thought process behind development of partnership concepts and other outputs in order to provide a GESI lens to the design;
  • Review stakeholder interview guides, other relevant assessment tools, partnership concepts, and PSLA deliverables (e.g., slide deck, final report, etc.) and provide expert input to ensure they are written/designed with contextual relevance, cultural appropriateness, and a GESI lens to be inclusive of women/girls and socially marginalized populations in Madagascar;
  • Analyze data from key informant interviews and focus group discussions with stakeholders, ensuring a gender-sensitive, disability-inclusive approach in data collection and analysis; 
  • Provide actionable, contextually relevant recommendations for the PSLA team and/or USAID/BHA to implement to ensure a GESI lens is applied through PSE and partnership development activities;
  • Ensure assessment recommendations and proposed partnership concepts abide by the Do No Harm principle and are not disruptive of local norms and cultural dynamics; and 
  • Conduct desk research, leveraging existing literature and findings to inform GESI mainstreaming strategies and methodologies, as relevant. 

DELIVERABLES  

  • Written, practical feedback that is grounded in a strong understanding of GESI and the context in Madagascar on assessment tools, work products, and deliverables, with specific guidance on how the PSLA team can better integrate opportunities to elevate marginalized populations and ensure inclusivity through a locally contextual GESI lens, while abiding by the Do No Harm principle;
  • Written analysis of PSLA primary and secondary data (as appropriate) to identify GESI-related themes, takeaways, and opportunities. Application of this analysis to inform written input to deliverables such as partnership concepts and PSE-related recommendations to USAID (see above bullet); 
  • Other related deliverables, as assigned. 

Qualifications

REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant technical area such as sociology, gender studies, business administration, economics, supply chain management, international development, agricultural studies, humanitarian assistance, or a related field;  
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of progressive experience in mainstreaming gender, women's empowerment, and inclusion of people with disabilities and socially marginalized populations as part of a project management role, as a practitioner/specialist or similar capacity; 
  • Deep understanding of the cultural, societal, and economic norms and roles in Madagascar, particularly in the Grand Sud and Sud-Est regions, and their implications for resilience and equity concerning gender, women's empowerment, the inclusion of people with disabilities, and socially marginalized populations; 
  • Familiarity with market systems, industry sectors, key livelihoods, and value chains in the Grand Sud and Sud-Est regions of Madagascar (in order to apply a relevant GESI lens to our PSLA and its various tools, deliverables, and work products); 
  • Familiarity with the humanitarian context in the Grand Sud and Sud-Est regions of Madagascar, and in particular the impact of shocks and stressors on households; 
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively on a team assignment;  
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills;   
  • Fluency in English and working proficiency in French and/or Malagasy is required; 
  • Experience working with USAID and its Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance is preferred.  

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  

As a part of the responsibilities of this job, the employee is required to communicate, detect, converse with, discern, convey, express oneself, and exchange information orally and in writing with others. The employee must be able to remain in a stationary position, sitting at a desk for prolonged periods, move or traverse inside the office and facilities; operate, activate, use, prepare, inspect, place, detect, or position computers and other office equipment, such as a calculator, copy machine, furniture, and computer printer. The employee must be able to make substantial repetitive motions of the wrists, hands, and fingers.  

Additionally, the consultant is expected to utilize their own laptop and cover costs related to their ability to perform the work, including but not limited to WiFi, mobile data, and any necessary work equipment.  

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