Job Vacancy Re-Posting: Gender Equality Technical Specialist for Indonesia and ASEAN - Deadline 7 July 2023









Field Support Services Project (FSSP) Indonesia is a five-year project funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and managed by Cowater International. FSSP provides administrative, financial, procurement, and logistical services, as well as support to the in-country development programming for the Government of Canada through the provision of technical specialists in gender equality, governance and human rights, and environment and climate action and assisting GAC in procuring and managing local development initiatives. These programs take place in Indonesia and the ASEAN regions




Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP 2017) seeks to eradicate poverty and build a more peaceful, more inclusive and more prosperous world. Canada firmly believes that promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls is the most effective approach to achieving this goal. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (SDG 5) is central to all our international assistance efforts because it will drive progress toward achieving the other SDGs. In Indonesia and ASEAN, while Canada’s development cooperation programs will continue to be guided by the FIAP, emphasis will also be placed on the implementation of Canada's Indo-Pacific Strategy (announced in November 2022).


Canada’s Indonesia Development Cooperation Program is aligned with the Government of Indonesia’s 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan/RPJMN and focuses on the following priorities:

  • Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls: Increase women’s and girls’ voices and leadership in political and economic life, strengthen their access to productive resources and participation in the economy, support health and nutrition, and advance and protect their rights, notably sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Environment and Climate Change: Support Indonesia's climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, including through the protection and restoration of vulnerable marine and terrestrial ecosystems, while promoting green, inclusive and sustainable growth and livelihoods.
  • Explore innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships and financing initiatives for achieving the SDGs.

Canada works with a wide range of international and local civil society organizations, and multilateral organizations. Canada collaborates with several Indonesian Ministries (such as Finance, National Development and Planning, Environment and Forestry, Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Department of Family Planning) in the implementation of Canada’s international assistance program in Indonesia.


Canada’s ASEAN Development Cooperation Program focuses on the following priorities:

  • developing ASEAN human capital by investing in people, including promoting life-long learning, sustainable economic growth and the protection and rights of vulnerable populations; and
  • strengthening ASEAN regional stability by advancing peace and security, gender equality (with a particular emphasis on women’s empowerment) and disaster management.




Global Affairs Canada (GAC) requires the services of a Gender Equality Technical Specialist (the Consultant) to provide technical assistance and support to the Indonesia and ASEAN International Assistance Programmes. Specifically, the Consultant will work closely with all the officers of the Indonesia and ASEAN Programmes to provide advice on gender equality and women’s empowerment; engage with relevant gender equality actors; make relevant linkages to GAC’s programmes; provide analysis for strategies, projects and briefings; and represent GAC as requested.




Working on a day-to-day basis under the direction of the FSS Project Manager and in close coordination with GAC’s Sector Team Lead and GAC HQ specialists, the expected services of the Gender Equality Technical Specialist will include, but not be limited to:


a.     Provide advice and support to GAC management, programmes and projects as listed below:

§  Compilation, analysis, interpretation and reporting on selected gender issues, including gender-based violence (GBV), using statistical data, research and reports;

§  Provision of analysis and substantive inputs to GAC on project and programming; and strategic documents;

§  Advice on possible areas for GAC project support and adjustment of on-going projects and programmes to ensure that GAC programmes are in line with national/regional policies and priorities;

§  Production and launch of gender equality reports;

§  Contribution to national, regional and inter-agency initiatives related to gender issues; and

§  Representation of GAC in different working groups and interagency working groups. 


    1. Facilitate knowledge building through the following:

§  Facilitate the development of knowledge and the advancement of gender equality within GAC projects and programmes as well as participate actively in corporate GAC knowledge creation;

§  Provision of options and advisory inputs to GAC programmes and projects, ensuring the latter are responsive to national/regional policies, priorities and strategic plans as well as GAC's policies, especially the FIAP;

§  Contribute actively to knowledge networks and communities through the identification of best practices and lessons learned;

§  Conduct assessments of the country's/region’s gender equality policies and their impact on GAC’s operational and future programs; and

§  As necessary, provide training and capacity-development support on gender issues to GAC implementing partners, Government, ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Institutions and ASEAN Member States officials and other development stakeholders.


    1. Assist in managing for gender equality results in projects:

§  Provide tools and advice for effective integration of gender equality within Results Based Management tools, and monitoring achievement of results;

§  Provide advice for effective monitoring in measuring progress on gender equality results by reviewing project reports, providing inputs to TORS for monitors and evaluators, assisting the GAC project officer in field visits, and providing suggestions and recommendations for improving monitoring toward GE results;

  • Provide technical assistance and support in areas such as designing and conducting gender-based analyses (GBA) and assessments, and developing toolkits, resource guides, and other technical resources;
  • Design and conduct gender-based analysis and gender-based assessments;
  • Ensure gender equality best practice and tools are translated into actions in all programmes at both national and regional levels;


    1. Assist in the creation of strategic partnerships and provide support in mobilizing resources for gender equality:

§  Facilitate partnerships with government institutions, bilateral and multilateral donors, private sector, civil society based on GAC’s FIAP, country/region needs and donors' gender equality priorities;

§  Perform gender-based analysis and research on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation for the advancement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;

§  Produce periodic updates and briefs on country/region gender equality development situation to be used by stakeholders;

§  Undertake selected studies/research on emerging gender equality development concerns that feed into government/development partners processes,
advocacy and promotion of awareness of GAC’s mandate;

§  Participate in public and policy advocacy for GAC gender equality policies within the SDGs, pro-poor and equitable economic growth at relevant forums, conferences and trainings.


    1. Developing and maintaining gender equality networks. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Organize or contribute to gender equality donor meeting(s) and other related meetings;
    • Provide support to GAC’s Indonesian Program sector lead with regard to Canada’s co-chairmanship of the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Coordination Group;
    • Design and facilitate gender equality meetings, trainings, and workshops, using appreciative, participatory methodologies and approaches; and
    • Collect and share innovative approaches to gender equality integration and the empowerment of women and girls, and participate actively in relevant professional (formal and informal) communities.


    1. Providing general support for the operation of GAC’s field office activities in Indonesia. This includes, but is not limited to:

·      Database support and data collection on gender equality;

·      Documents review and editorial support related to gender equality;

Organize GE meetings, document GE meetings/visits with photos, write GE event updates for social media or further publications, and write GE meeting reports.


    1. Providing oral and written briefings on any of the above services through ad-hoc and regular meetings/conference calls with GAC’s Indonesia and ASEAN programs..


    1. Any other relevant tasks as assigned by the GAC.





Master’s Degree in Gender/Women’s Studies, Gender and Development or other relevant discipline, or a Bachelor’s degree with relevant training in gender equality or equivalent experience.


Minimum Experience:

Minimum 8 years of professional experience at senior level advisory positions in gender equality, women’s/girls’ empowerment in Indonesia or ASEAN Region;


As required by GAC, the Gender Equality Technical Specialist will have a solid knowledge of general and specific gender issues, a good knowledge of the Indonesia and the ASEAN context, general knowledge of official development assistance principles, and a good knowledge of the Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP).




  • Demonstrated strong understanding of gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment issues;
  • Demonstrated ability (through previous similar assignments) to analyse, compile and synthesize information in coherent and succinct formats;
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of international development programmes and projects;
  • A drive for results, including a proven track record of high standards/accountability for work products, meeting deadlines, an ability to prioritize tasks within the scope of the work program and strategies for working collectively with others on the team to deliver products of the highest caliber;
  • Client oriented; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and a professional commitment to promote a culture of gender equality and social inclusion.


Required skills and experience:


The Consultant is expected to possess skills and experience in the following fields:

  • Proven experience in conducting gender-based analysis, development of strategies for both the integration of gender equality as well as gender equality-specific initiatives, development and execution of gender-based needs assessments;
  • Substantial experience in design and monitoring gender equality projects and ensuring gender issues are integrated into all programs
  • Strong understanding of gender equality concepts and demonstrated experience in applying gender-based analytical tools and conceptual frameworks to programming; 
  • Support and provide relevant inputs in planning, financing and implementing of development plans from a gender equality and girls’/women’s empowerment perspective;
  • Previous experience in writing comprehensive reports on gender equality aimed at informing programme design and implementation;
  • Demonstrated experience working on gender equality policy and programmatic issues with national and local governments and civil society organizations including women’s rights                   organizations;
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners, and building strategic alliances and partnerships in support of gender equality;
  • Developing and implementing conceptually innovative approaches to the provision of gender equality technical expertise;
  • Ability to think strategically and integrate diverse information on gender equality from varied sources; and
  • Experience working in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.


The following skills and experience will be an asset:

  • Experience in conducting Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+), in women empowerment, and/or in addressing gender inequality across the sectors addressed by the FIAP action areas; 
  • Experience carrying out participatory gender-based analysis;
  • Experience collecting and formulating gender-sensitive indicators and sex-age group disaggregated data and preparing gender-based project analysis; developing gender equality action plans;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the links between sustainable development, social and gender issues;
  • Experience in designing and facilitating different types of meetings and workshops on gender equality using a variety of participatory methodologies and approaches;
  • Experience in facilitating gender responsive stakeholder meetings is highly desired;
  • Experience working with GAC and or other key donors in the region such as AUSAID or USAID; and
  • Experience with project development and results-based management methodologies is highly desired.


Language Requirements:


The Consultant must be fluent in Bahasa and possess the following levels in English:


Oral        = 4 – Advanced Professional Proficiency

Reading = 4 – Advanced Professional Proficiency

Writing   = 4 – Advanced Professional Proficiency


Most of the reporting will be written in English.




The Consultant will work from their home base with meetings/interviews with GAC colleagues and external experts. The Consultant is not permitted to sub-contract. He/she may conduct an extensive literature review, and perform triangulation by interviewing experts, if necessary.


The Consultant will report to the FSS Project Manager. Payment is conditional upon satisfactory delivery of the assignments. In the event that travel to other regions or cities is necessary, all necessary costs will be borne by GAC, through the Field Support Services Project (FSSP).




The total expected duration of the assignment is approximately 180 days. All reports must be finalized and submitted within this period. The Consultant is expected to start in July 2023.


Payments will be processed monthly upon the presentation of an invoice detailing the level of efforts for each deliverable.


How to apply:


Interested individual consultants must include the following documents when submitting the applications

to latest by Friday 7 July 2023:


1.   CV indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and

telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

2.   Brief statement as to why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the


3.  Financial Proposal shall be submitted in the following format:

  • The financial proposal should specify an all-inclusive daily rate for up to 180 working days;
  • The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses

that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee and when applicable any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract, not including travel expenses.


Qualified women are encouraged to apply.


Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful

candidate(s) about the outcome or status of the selection process.


Evaluation of Application


The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated

and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out

of set of weighted technical criteria (70% - Comprising of 15% scores of desk review, 25% written test, and 30% scores of interview) and financial criteria (30%). The proposals that achieve a minimum of 70% in the technical desk review shall be further considered for interviews and written tests. The Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by FSSP for the assignment.


Technical Desk Review

The technical desk review is based on the following:


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Academic qualifications of the Consultant.

10 points


Minimum 8 years of professional experience at senior level advisory positions in gender equality, women’s/girls’ empowerment in Indonesia or ASEAN Region.

30 points


Proven experience in conducting gender-based analysis, development of strategies for both the integration of gender equality as well as gender equality-specific initiatives, development and execution of gender-based needs assessments.

20 points


Substantial experience in design and monitoring gender equality projects and ensuring gender issues are integrated into all programs.

20 points


Demonstrated experience working on gender equality policy and programmatic issues with national and local governments and civil society organizations including women’s rights organizations;

20 points


Total points

100 points


NB: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points (70% of the desk technical review) will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.





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