Women are disproportionately impacted by conflict, disasters, and climate change. Gender roles and preexisting gender inequalities shape who gains access to early warnings and early action interventions. Effective anticipatory actions must take into account the ways in which women are differently impacted by crises, their specific needs in terms of crisis response, and vulnerabilities and barriers they may face in accessing programming intended to help them weather crises.
IFPRI’s work under output 1.8 of the CGIAR Fragility, Conflict, and Migration Initiative is designed to generate new evidence in order to provide practical and evidence-based recommendations on how crises put women at risk, strategies to build women’s resilience to crisis, and recommendations on how to empower women within early action initiatives.
We plan three broad workstreams under 1.8, each of which would have a variety of outputs, including policy briefs, case studies / discussion papers, and, in some cases, joint events or policy seminars:
● How crises put women’s at risk
● Building women’s resilience to crises
● Empowering women in anticipatory action initiatives
Scope of Work
To develop a gender-sensitive anticipatory action (AA) plan in Nigeria, a consultant is needed to conduct several activities:
● The first is thorough desk research on Nigeria’s current AA landscape and assess its gender sensitivity. This will require an intensive literature review to gather data on existing AA frameworks, and the demographic and socio-economic factors that affect women and men differently in regard to climate-related AA. Particularly, the consultants will focus their research efforts on the populations and climate risks of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe states. The research will also focus on identifying the specific risks and vulnerabilities faced by women and girls in these regions, specifically the impact of flooding and other climate-related disasters.
● Once the desk research is completed, the next step will be to conduct field work to engage with local communities and stakeholders to understand their perspectives and experiences. This will involve conducting interviews and dialogues with women’s groups (e.g., ActionAid Nigeria, Women for Women International in Nigeria), civil society, government officials, non-governmental organizations, and displaced women from the aforementioned states. The aim of these consultations will be to identify the most pressing needs and concerns of women and girls in the target regions, as well as to explore potential solutions and strategies that can be implemented to address these needs.
Based on the findings of the research and consultations, the consultant will then develop a gender-sensitive AA plan for Nigeria. This plan will include specific measures and interventions that address the unique needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls in the target regions. It will also seek to promote gender equality and empower women and girls to participate fully in decision-making processes related to disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, and response. Finally, it will be designed in a way that is sustainable, scalable, and adaptable to changing circumstances throughout Nigeria.
The research methods should comprise a mixed-methods approach, as follows:
● The initial step is a desk review on current anticipatory framework and gendered disaster vulnerabilities and programmatic considerations.
● Quantitative analysis will then be conducted on available data previously collected by IFPRI. There is a possibility of adding research questions to a questionnaire that will be implemented in the region in the following months.
● To provide context to the quantitative data, several qualitative data collection methods will be used. The consultants will consult with IFPRI researchers to determine appropriate sample sizes.
○ The consultant must do the following work in Nigeria:
■ Key Informant Interviews with government stakeholders, NGOs, individual citizens, and CSOs, especially WLOs.
■ Focus group discussions with people displaced by flooding from the Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states surrounding their experiences related to flooding and disaster preparedness. The discussion will focus on the unique challenges they face and their needs.
● Depending on the availability of datasets and the timing of the possible survey questionnaire, qualitative data may be collected in tandem with the quantitative data.
Duration of the Contract:
November 2023 -June 2024
● To be finalized following discussion with the IFPRI research team, but must include one researcher paper (including desk research and field research) and a presentation of findings, and may additionally include an (optional) smaller written deliverable such as a blog post
● Deliverables will be put out on the IFPRI website with co-authorship by at least one IFPRI researcher
Familiarity with anticipatory action programming and humanitarian actors operating in Nigeria
· Knowledge of gender issues in the Nigerian context
Please submit a letter of interest highlighting qualifications mentioned above, along with a detailed budget and resume of the team leader. For individual consultants, please submit a letter of interest and resume. All supporting docs should be uploaded as one pdf to the application section indicating “CV or Resume. Materials should be submitted in English by November 16, 2023.