Position : Gender and Social Safeguard SpecialistDuration : starting from February 2019 to next 26 MonthsLocation : Naypyitaw (Ministry Office)Project DescriptionThe Irrigated Agriculture Inclusive Development Project (IAIDP), a sector project, will increase agricultural value added by improving irrigation and strengthening agricultural value chains in three regions of Myanmar's central dry zone (CDZ). It will support the development of district-wide agricultural value chains and the modernization of irrigation systems in Magway district of the Magway region, Shwebo district of the Sagaing region, and Meiktila and Yamethin districts in the Mandalay region during a 7-year implementation period.Based in the Project Management Unit (PMU), the Specialist will work closely with the Implementing Agencies (Department of Irrigation and Management of Water Utilization and Department of Agriculture, the Loan Implementation Social Consultant (LISC), and non-governmental organization (NGO) teams to facilitate implementation of the Project’s Gender Action Plan (GAP). The Specialist’s input will be intermittent throughout the Project implementation phase with a total of 28 person months input. The next sections discuss the gender and social safeguard functions.Responsibilities:a. Gender. The Specialist’s main tasks will be related to mainstreaming gender guided by the GAP which ongoing activities throughout construction and project implementation. Based on the PPTA recommendations, the Specialist will:• prepare implementation guidelines to complement the GAP for women’s participation in the Project;• support gender targeted interventions by promoting women participation in subproject planning, implementation, operation and maintenance, and monitoring of irrigation management and agricultural production interventions;• provide oversight for women inclusion in subproject feasibility reports and compliance with GAP particularly in identification of rural livelihoods support for women (on-farm and off-farm);• provide technical support to NGOs for preparation of gender sensitive training programs including supervisory support for training and related activities such as workshops and seminars;• arrange gender awareness training for the Executing Agency, Implementing Agencies, and Project partners;• together with NGOs, other PMU staff, the Implementing Agencies and partner staff at district and township levels undertake capacity building with a gender inclusive lens with farmers groups, WUGs and any other Project beneficiaries as part of the Irrigation Management component;• coordinate with the PMU’s Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to develop a range of gender disaggregated indicators that will enable effective monitoring of women’s development. Provide training on gender indicators and monitoring for those involved in monitoring. Lead the efforts to monitor GAP implementation; and• support other PMU staff and specialists to incorporate gender sensitive resource management interventions to ensure women’s interest in the proposals, studies, activities and evaluations.b. Social Safeguards. The Project’s social safeguard overall responsibilities will be led by the LISC. However, the Specialist will have social safeguard tasks responsibilities, mainly when the safeguard checklists and due diligence reports need to be completed for pipeline projects at the feasibility stage, and again at the beginning of construction when the contractor’s land negotiators require monitoring to ensure land agreements are completed in line with the Project’s Resettlement and Ethnic Group Framework (REGF). Based on the PPTA recommendations, the Specialist will:• support the LISC’s activities by preparing the logistics including and arranging meetings with stakeholders. Facilitate meetings in local languages and provide oral summaries and/or written minutes of meetings in English. Contribute advice and feedback with regards to REGF checklist and due diligence reports which are the responsibility of the LISC;• support training activities for REGF. Contribute to and reproduce training materials in Bamar. Organize and facilitate REGF training to the Executing Agency, Implementing Agencies, and Contractor staff;• For any resettlement plans or ethnic group plans, undertake the field surveys with households and stakeholder engagement requirements in Bamar under the guidance of the LISC;• Collect monitoring information for the REGF on a schedule determined and agreed with the LISC and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist; and Collaborate and support external monitoring required for the REGF.
• The Gender and Social Specialist will have national qualifications in social or environmental sciences and at least seven years’ experience in gender development on community driven development projects. • Knowledge or experience with the Asian Development Bank’s social safeguard policies will be particularly useful. • Good communication skills, both written and oral, are essential. • Proficient English in working environment• Prefer candidate who has ADB project experience or TA projects with Government/Ministry• Good English and communication skills (written and verbal)• Willingness to travel extensively to remote places
- Staff housing for non-Nay Pyi Taw based (live in other cities)- Office transportation- Travel allowance for Field Trip if needed
- Work experiences in Ministry- Work experiences in donor funded project by ADB
- Opportunities for promotion
- Possibility for job training
- Learn new skills and techniques
Mekong Economics has a broad base of experience in the Greater Mekong Subregion. We have worked on large projects for numerous donor agencies including the World Bank, several divisions of the United Nations, Australian Aid, Finnish Aid, Irish Aid, the Asian Development Bank, and several governments. Projects cover a wide array of topics, among them health, education, international trade policy, and infrastructure. MKE applies our expertise in a variety of manners: surveys, monitoring and evaluation, market analysis, data reviews, and baseline evaluation, and more.