Terms of Reference
Title: Gender and Natural Resource Management Specialist
Thematic Area : Livelihoods
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Our aim is to influence policy and practices to meet livelihood challenges in the face of climatic and socioeconomic changes emerging in the HKH region.
To do this, ICIMOD bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional collaboration. ICIMOD delivers impact through its six Regional Programmes of Adaptation to Change, Transboundary Landscapes, River Basins, Cryosphere and Atmosphere, Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and Himalayan University Consortium.
These regional programmes are supported by the four Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions, and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and for the future.
The Livelihood Thematic Area focuses on promoting diversified and sustainable livelihood options in the HKH region and strengthening social dimensions within the work of ICIMOD and its partners. It seeks to enhance understanding of the human-environment interface, rural-urban linkages, and driving forces of change and their underlying causes.
It also provides expertise on Strategic Institutional Functions (SIFs) such as gender, governance, poverty and inclusive development, and economic analysis to further ICIMOD’s goals. As mountain women and girls are often disproportionately affected by climate and socioeconomic changes, ICIMOD aims to strengthen its work on gender and social equity through the integration of, and increased focus on, gender analysis in its programmatic work and by making ICIMOD a more gender-sensitive workplace.
ICIMOD is looking for a gender expert with substantive conceptual and theoretical knowledge and understanding of gender issues in natural resource management, climate change, and social systems; who is capable of providing technical expertise integrating social and gender dimensions, perspectives and approaches into ICIMOD’s regional programmes, initiatives and thematic areas; and who has substantial experience conducting research and policy advocacy and ensuring gender-positive impacts.
Responsibilities and tasks
Under the overall supervision of the Livelihoods Theme Leader and in direct coordination with the Gender Strategic Institutional Function (SIF), the Gender and NRM Specialist will be responsible for integrating gender perspectives, concepts, methodologies, and action plans into the regional programmes, especially the Transboundary Landscapes and River Basins Regional Programmes, and supporting the implementation of the programmes of the Gender SIF.
The Gender and NRM Specialist will perform the following functions:
Collaborate with ICIMOD’s thematic areas and regional programmes and initiatives to integrate gender issues and analysis in the context of natural resource management into programme activities and thematic research
Develop and integrate gender-sensitive research methodologies, tools, and activities into the programmes and initiatives
Undertake field research and visits as required by programme activities Provide inputs for project and programme development and monitoring and evaluation in order to integrate gender analysis and outcomes into regional programmes and initiatives
Promote and scale out relevant gender concepts, approaches, and analytical frameworks for application in the context of the Hindu Kush Himalayas Produce and support the production of high-quality knowledge products on the gender dimensions of natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods and participate in advocacy initiatives
Participate in the annual review and planning process Training and Capacity Development:
Organize, conduct, and contribute to internal and external training events, workshops, and seminars on gender issues to strengthen the capacity of ICIMOD and its partners to integrate gender dimensions in their work and to share knowledge Identify capacity building/strengthening needs required for partners and design specific training programmes on gender and NRM for researchers involved in initiative activities
Support partners to include gender perspectives and dimensions in their work
Organize regional training events and workshops and coordinate with partners
Organize, actively participate in, and provide inputs to internal ICIMOD meetings concerning gender issues, research, and activities
Coordinate with and assist the Gender SIF to identify and implement gender-focused institutional programmes and work as a team player in ICIMOD to promote gender equality and support activities that promote institutional goals
PhD in social sciences or related field (e.g., sociology, anthropology, development studies, gender and women’s studies, geography, environmental studies)
At least 3-5 years of post- qualification experience in applying gender concepts, analysis, and approaches in development programmes, particularly in the fields of gender, forestry, water, and other natural resource management and rural livelihoods
Experience in qualitative and quantitative gender research methods as well as the development and implementation of gender analysis and conceptual research frameworks
Experience in and knowledge of mountain development and gender issues, preferably in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region
Experience with qualitative and quantitative gender research methods and the development and implementation of gender analysis and conceptual research frameworks in relation to gender-based research and policy initiatives
Sound knowledge and understanding of gender, natural resource management, and development concepts, theories, analytical tools, approaches, and frameworks
Strong planning and organizing skills
Excellent conceptual and strategic research design skills and strong analytical skills
Proven track record of high-quality writing skills and publications on development, natural resource management, and gender issues
Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work effectively across multicultural and multidisciplinary teams
Experience (at both the field and policy levels) and knowledge of gender issues in the HKH
Proven ability to think analytically and critically and to translate ideas, insights, and learning into action by promoting synergy and cooperation among programme teams
Excellent writing and verbal communication skills in English
Strong commitment to ICIMOD’s vision and mission and core values of equity, fairness, diversity, and empowerment of marginalized social groups
Motivated to travel to remote areas of the HKH region as required
The duty station is Kathmandu; frequent travel and field work in the region will be required.
Three years, of which the first six months is probation.
Starting date is as early as possible, preferably by 1 May 2015.
Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are competitive compared to other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Gender and Equity Policy
Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender fair policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a Day-Care Centre at the campus and is committed to gender mainstreaming at the organisational and programmatic levels.
Method of application
Applicants are requested to apply online before 02 Mar 2015 through ICIMOD’s Online Application System.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.