Consultancy - Gender and Inclusion Mainstreaming Strategy for the IPARD IF Program and design of online training course

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The Indigenous Peoples Alliance for Rights and Development (IPARD IF) is a five-year United States Agency of International Development (USAID) Global Development Alliance (GDA) with a grant that runs from July August 12, 2020, through August 11, 2025. The IPARD IF will be implemented through Indigenous National Development (IND) Programs aimed to secure rights, enhance capabilities, and create self-determined economic opportunities for Indigenous Peoples in targeted countries worldwide. With an award of $6,500,000 with a Private Sector match of $6,500,000, the FSC Indigenous Foundation will be Implementing Agency convening multi-sectoral alliance including Indigenous Peoples organizations.

The goal of the IPARD IF Global Partnership is to empower Indigenous Peoples’ organizations and catalyze an enabling environment where Indigenous Peoples can manage, develop, and govern their territories based on the principles of self-determined development, traditional practices, natural resource management, and respect for their customary rights.

According to the Technical Approach contained in the Program Description, IPARD IF Life-of- Program will focus its activities around three key objectives:

Objective 1: Organize and convene a Capacity Development Program for Indigenous Peoples’ organizations and stakeholders (Institutional Strengthening): This objective seeks to strengthen the capacities of Indigenous Peoples’ organizations, primarily through the development of monitoring, leadership, management, organizational, technical, and negotiation skills.

Objective 2: Foster an enabling environment for Indigenous Peoples’ recognition, effective participation, and joint decision-making in matters affecting them. (Political Incidence, rights, and Inclusion): Creating an enabling social, political, and institutional environment will encourage collaborative decision-making efforts, social coalitions and partnerships, and mobilization of resources to support self-determined Indigenous initiatives. Indigenous Peoples’ organizations will more effectively influence policy-making decisions with this enabling environment through an Indigenous Peoples Governance Forum. These organizations will also be able to better engage with governments to promote, develop, and implement agreements and policies that support responsible businesses and investments and protect Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

Objective 3: Promote Indigenous Peoples' sustainable development based on self-determined economic models (Business Partnerships and Indigenous Economies): Through this objective, the Partnership will create business linkages with the private, public, and civil society sectors, and will also improve the institutional, technical, and financial sustainability of Indigenous Peoples self-determined development strategies.

First, it will strengthen Indigenous Peoples’ organizations through activities to improve capacities for business development. Second, it will identify improvements and innovations to Indigenous value chain systems and opportunities for private sector engagement. Third, it will promote the development of Indigenous-led economic models for self-reliant and sustainable economic development of Indigenous communities.

The IPARD IF Program will be managed by the FSC Indigenous Foundation at the Panama City Headquarters office. IPARD IF will be led by the Program Director, three Technical Leads, one for each Objective, a Finance and Administrative Manager, a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Lead, and Regional and Country managers for the main countries of influence.

Given the size of the operation worldwide, IPARD IF will need to implement some programmatic activities through strategic partners and consulting firms in each country, by contracting specific portions of the technical scope, to reinforce the work conducted and supervised by Program’s staff. These contracting activities will need to be published and compete openly under the USAID rules and regulations, following also FSC-Indigenous Foundation administrative and acquisition procedures, to ensure the transparency of the processes.

The IPARD IF Program wants to commission the implementation of the Gender and Inclusion Strategy for the implementation of the IPARD IF Program. The objective of the strategy is to ensure that the implementation of IPARD IF guarantees women's empowerment and inclusive participation, so that the results of its implementation provide benefits to all program partners. This means taking measures and actions to address inequities in terms of opportunities for participation and access to the benefits derived from the implementation of the Program.

Promotion of gender equality and inclusion is underscored as a critical imperative for fostering resilience, and peace for sustainable development in the world. To this end, gender is identified as one of the priority cross-cutting policy themes to be mainstreamed in all activities of any program at different levels. Gender and inclusion of marginalized groups is multidimensional: it encompasses social, political, cultural and economic dimensions, and operates at various levels. Social inclusion is dynamic, it impacts people in various ways and to differing degrees and depends on and influence people’s ability, opportunity, and dignity. To that effect, all IPARD IF activities should address gender equality and inclusion through design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation alongside specifically targeted interventions to address Indigenous Peoples issues in the region within the framework of IPARD IF’s mandate and service delivery mechanisms.

Furthermore, IPARD IF carries out interventions to promote gender equality and inclusion in the countries of intervention, in line with mandates from international treaties, declarations and policies, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination

Against Women, The Beijing Platform for Action, the Sustainable Development Goals, Women, Peace and Security Framework and Commitments, The International Conference on Population and Development, UN Framework Convention for Climate Change, The Hyogo Framework for Action, Accra Agenda for Action, and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, among others.

At the same time, IPARD IF committed to delivering capacity development on gender and inclusion issues as training for stakeholders involved in the Program is a transformational process that aims to provide knowledge, techniques, and tools to develop skills, changes in attitudes and behaviors. Training is a continuous and long-term process that requires political will and commitment from all parties in order to create an inclusive, aware and competent society to promote social inclusion.

The general principles of IPARD IF regarding the inclusion of women and other marginalized groups in the Program are:

  1. Non-discrimination due to gender, religion, social conditions, physical conditions, age;

  2. Full and effective participation and inclusion of all stakeholders of the IPARD IF Program;

  3. Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity;

  4. Equality between men and women;

  5. Increase the participation of marginalized groups; and

  6. Respect for the evolving capacities of youth.

The Strategy to be prepared will be applied during the life of the program (until August 2025). There will be a mid-term evaluation of the Strategy's implementation to make adjustments if necessary.


General Objectives

The Strategy seeks to guide the IPARD IF team in the countries where it operates and in its regional and global activities, to ensure a gender equality and inclusion approach in the implementation of IPARD IF. It is also expected to serve as a technical-operational guide for the design of national plans that are gender-responsive an include marginalized groups. The Strategy will serve as a framework for dialogue between Indigenous Peoples' Organizations, the public sector, the private sector and civil society organizations involved in the implementation of the Program in each of the countries where we work to contribute to the institutionalization of sustainable, culturally appropriate, socially sensitive development that respects the rights and aspirations of Indigenous Peoples.

Specific Objectives:

  • To identify the appropriate tools and priority actions which need to be undertaken to support gender-responsive and inclusive programming.
  • To provide guidance on the appropriate entry points best suited to support effective gender and inclusion responsive implementation.
  • Increase women's economic empowerment, participation in Indigenous Peoples Organizations and public policy activities.
  • Ensure the participation of other marginalized groups in IPARD IF Program.
  • Use IPARD IF Gender and Inclusion Mainstreaming Strategy as a model to provide capacity development to the Program's stakeholders on this issue.
  • Strengthening the team and providing tools to develop the capacities of the stakeholders of the Program.
  • Propose recommendations for enhancing opportunities for IPO, government institutions and other stakeholders to implement their own strategies.

Illustrative Tasks:

  • Prepare and present a work plan for the consultancy to be approved by the PL on Capacity Development & Inclusion.

  • Diagnosis of the IPARD IF activities where gender equity and inclusion actions should be included developed with representative IPO.

  • Prepare a draft of the strategy, in accordance with the USAID and FSC and IF Policies on Gender and Inclusion with special attention to the potential roles, benefits, impacts and risks for women and men and other marginalized groups to ensure meaningful participation that will result from program interventions.

  • Support the program's information and communication strategy and informational materials through the formulation of messages designed specifically for women and men independently, and other marginalized groups, whenever relevant.

  • Develop a methodological proposal to evaluate entry points for gender and inclusion mainstreaming in the Program's activities that takes into consideration the guidelines established in USAID and FSC safeguards policies and IF guidelines on the subject.

  • Develop three online training and capacity building course for 1. Indigenous Peoples Organizations, 2. Government Agencies and 3. Private Sector.

  • Develop a strategy to ensure the mainstreaming of gender and inclusion issues within the IPARD IF Program and guarantee that women spaces are reserved in program decision-making, as well as that gender equity concerns are expressed during the Program consultations at all levels, in all program policies, programs, administrative and financial activities and procedures and the performance indicators monitoring framework. The Strategy should include a section on monitoring, learning and evaluation.

  • Organize a validation workshop to review the proposed Strategy and the content of the on-line courses with the IPARD IF team and the IPARD Steering Committee (SC) and representatives of selected IPO.

  • Conduct an internal Capacity Development training course for the IPARD IF and SC on gender and inclusion and to validate the Strategy.

  • Finalize the Gender and Inclusion Mainstreaming Strategy.

  • As part of the final report to accompany the Strategy, document the learning process of developing the Gender and Inclusion Mainstreaming Strategy and develop a knowledge management document with recommendations, good practices and lessons learned.

The specific project milestones/products under this consultancy are as follows:

  1. Work Plan
  2. Kick-off Meeting
  3. Gender Diagnosis
  4. First Draft Gender and Inclusion Mainstreaming Strategy
  5. Development of three online courses on gender and inclusion for 1. IPO, 2. Government agencies and 3. Private sector.
  6. Draft Final Gender Mainstreaming and InclusionStrategy
  7. Validation of Strategy with IPO, IPARD IF and SC and Internal Capacity Workshop
  8. Final Approved Gender and Inclusion Mainstreaming Strategy and final design of the three final on-line courses and final report


Product 1: (30%)

  • Work Plan (A draft work plan must be submitted 7 days before contract signing)
  • Gender Diagnosis
  • First Draft Gender and Inclusion Mainstreaming Strategy

Product 2: (30%)

  • Three online courses for IPO, government and private sector
  • Validation Workshop of Strategy and online courses
  • Internal Capacity Development training course

Product 3: (40%)

  • Final Approved Gender and Inclusion Mainstreaming Strategy and final design of the three final online courses

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) in Gender Studies, Social Sciences, Human Rights, Development Studies or related field.
  • At least ten (10) years of relevant professional experience in designing gender mainstreaming and inclusion strategies) in the Public Sector, International or Regional Organization.
  • Demonstrated experience in curriculum or training materials development for adult learners, especially in the area of gender and inclusion training.
  • Fluency in spoken and excellent writing skills.
  • Be committed to the values and underlying principles of ‘gender equity and inclusion’
  • Demonstrates integrity, sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age.
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.

Duration and time frame

The total duration of the consultancy is expected not to exceed 12 weeks from date the contract is signed.

Products, Descriptions and Deadlines for submission

1) Product: Work plan

Description: It must include a calendarized action plan with a schedule of activities that clearly indicates the timing, activities, and deliverables.

Deadline: 10 working days after signing of the contract

2) Product: Diagnosis of the program activities where gender equity and inclusion actions must be included

Description: Should include:

  • Conceptual framework used for the gender and inclusion focus analysis.
  • Detail the Gender and Inclusion Analysis
  • USAID and FSC gender and inclusion guidelines and policies: (1) Description of USAID and FSC safeguards, (2) Methodology for identifying gender equity entry points for the IPARD IF work plan and LOP planned activities, (3) First proposal of measurement indicators to be incorporated into the Program's Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning System.

    Deadline: Three weeks after signing of contract

3) Product: First Draft Gender and Inclusion Mainstreaming Strategy

Description: Should include:

  • Acronyms
  • Glossary of terms related to the gender equity and inclusion approach.
  • Introduction
  • The process of elaborating the Gender and Inclusion Mainstreaming Plan for IPARD IF
  • Matrix of results and actions
  • Validated indicators of compliance with gender and inclusion mainstreaming.
  • Section on recommendations for continuous capacity growth, increasing the leadership and the capacity of IPARD IF team as agents of change.
  • Systematization of the gender equity plan preparation process, gathering recommendations, good practices and lessons learned.
  • Bibliography

    Deadline: Five weeks after signing of contract

4) Product: Prepare three online courses for three stakeholders (Indigenous Peoples Organizations, Government Agencies and Private Sector)


  • Design of curricular structure
  • Adjustment of content for development of e-learning material.
  • Adaptation of contents according to the different stakeholders (IPO, government agencies and private sector) to be addressed.
  • Graphic design and layout of course materials.

    Deadline: Nine weeks after the signing of the contract

5) Product: Validation workshop for strategy and on-line courses

Description: Organize a training for IPARD IF and SC team to review the content of the strategy and the content of the on-line courses

Deadline: Nine weeks after signing the contract

6) Product: Internal Capacity Development Training for IPARD IF and the SC

Description: Internal virtual training for IPARD IF on gender-responsive and inclusive approaches

Deadline: Ten weeks after signing the contract

7) Product: Final Gender and Inclusion Mainstreaming Strategy

Description: Final Strategy document including a section on knowledge management, lessons learned and final recommendations for the IPARD IF Program. The recommendations section of the report should be detailed and specific. Additional guidance on any high-level recommendations or actions proposed earlier should be outlined further detail. For example, specific emphasis on key capacity development activities which should be undertaken in addressing the institutional and organizational gaps and capacity constraints which exist, should be clearly outlined and identified. Specificity around the type and the method of implementation of these capacity building interventions should also be captured. Other noted interventions such as multi- stakeholder consultations should also be included, and best practices highlighted in terms of the scope and goals.

Deadline: Twelve weeks after signing the contract

Selection process

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. IPARD will select the consultant with the most experience in similar consultancies within the funds available in the consultancy.


For the duration of the assignment, the consultant will report to the Capacity Development & Inclusion Program Leader. She will coordinate with the IPARD IF team to provide observations and feedback to the consultant. A final electronic report in English will be submitted upon completion of the consultancy.


The Capacity Development & Inclusion (CD&I) Leader will supervise the consultancy. Regular weekly meetings will be conducted between the CD&I Leader and the consultant to monitor the progress, consult necessary steps, and provide advice.

Reference documents

IPARD Program Description

Intellectual property rights, patents and other proprietary rights

The Indigenous Foundation shall be entitled to all intellectual property and other proprietary rights including but not limited to: patents, copyrights and trademarks, with respect to products, processes, inventions, ideas, know-how, documents and other materials prepared or collected by the consultant in consequence of or in the course of the performance of this consulting engagement, and the consultant acknowledges and agrees that such products, documents and other materials constitute work performed under the Indigenous Foundation's engagement.

How to apply

How to apply

Both Technical Proposal and Cost Proposal must be submitted to:

Interested consultants should submit technical and financial proposals including:

  • Minimum 3 references of previous and verifiable work including contact information (company, name, position, email and nature of work).
  • Financial offer valid for 60 days.
  • Proposal of the consultancy approach and budget.

Women are encouraged to apply for this consultancy opportunity.