It has been three decades since the world recognized women’s crucial role in water issues. At the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, it was agreed that “women play a central part in the provision, management and safeguarding of water” the Dublin principles.
That said, two decades later, in 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) concluded that there is a gender gap in water management leadership at all levels of government- national, municipal, and local and it encompasses water utilities, water supply and irrigation community governance groups. Women are rarely involved in decisions relating to water policies and strategies, water resource management, or tariff setting and technology choices. They are not visible in key areas of water-related decision-making. Yet, according to UN Water, engaging women can boost the effectiveness of water projects six or seven-fold.
Bearing this in mind, the OSCE POiD partner HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation established Syrdarya Women Forum (Forum) in 2019 within its National Water Resources Management Project with the ultimate aim of involving women from grassroots to decision making processes in water resources management so that their voices are heard, considered and acknowledged.
The Forum is to serve as a platform to bring together not only women but also a wider range of stakeholders who strive to enhance the role of women in integrated water resources management (IWRM) in Tajikistan.
To this day, the Forum has an established Steering Committee (SM) whose specific tasks are inter alia raising awareness of men and women about the principles of IWRM , evaluating and coordinating gender aspects in projects, lobbying interests of women, providing opportunities for quality education at all levels and for all ages, creating favorable environment for women without gender stereotypes in the development of integrated water resources management in accordance with the 3rd Dublin principle.
Ultimately, the members of the Forum should have adequate knowledge and expertise in order to operate it further successfully. Presently, the members need to learn how to identify and develop Forum’s strategic and action plans as one well-coordinated team.
These Terms of Reference are prepared to recruit a national expert who will be responsible to conduct capacity building training “Working in Teams” and a workshop on developing Strategic Plan for 5 years and Action Plan for 2024. The target group of both capacity-building activities are permanent members of the SC of the Forum.
Objective of Assignment:
The overall objective of this assignment is to increase capacity of the permanent members of the SC of the Forum so that they would successfully lead the Syrdarya Women Forum in the years to come.
Specific objectives are to enhance know-how of the SC members in order to a) collaborate harmoniously and achieve goals as a team and b) acquire proficiency to develop short, mid- and long-term goals that are feasible (executed in a cost-efficient manner) and bear positive results.
Duration of Assignment:
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the overall supervision of the Water and Energy Policy Advisor, the successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:
Tasks pertaining to delivery of the training “Working in Teams”
Tasks pertaining to delivery of the workshops “Strategic Planning” and “Action Plan Development”
Remuneration will be based on the selected consultant’s/expert’s qualifications, experience, the tasks and deliverables for this position and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.
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