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Job Position: Consultancy – Technical Assistance to Women Entrepreneurs (WEACT)
The Women’s Economic Advancement for Collective Transformation (WEACT) project sits under the Economic Justice programmatic portfolio at Oxfam in Ghana. Among other themes, the portfolio works to maximize Oxfam’s impact on rights to sustainable and inclusive livelihoods through women economic leadership and engaging with the private sector, civil society actors and government at local, national, regional and global levels.
The WEACT project is funded by Global Affairs Canada under the Innovation for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Ghana (IWEEG) programme with the overall aim of enhancing economic empowerment, well-being and inclusive growth for women in Ghana. The initiative is in line with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance policy.
Oxfam plays a facilitating, supporting and convening role to ensure the success of this initiative, bringing together seven key partners in a spirit of co-creation: SEND Ghana, Friends of the Nation (FoN), Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF), Tungteiya Women’s Association, Shea Network Ghana, Norsaac and Viamo.
Objective of the WEACT Project
The broader objective of the project is to enhance women’s economic empowerment, well-being and inclusive economic growth for women in the shea and cocoa value chains. The project will address the gender-specific barriers for women, including female youth, working in agriculture and in the informal economy of the shea and cocoa sectors in Upper West, Upper East, Northern, Savanna, Western and Western North Regions. The project will increase the ability of women and young women to individually and collectively overcome legal and social barriers; improve capacity for household members to recognize, reduce and redistribute unpaid work; increase access to innovative and viable gender-responsive business models; and enhance equal access to productive resources for women, including gender-responsive financial products and land ownership and use.
The project will also increase women’s agency and leadership to become economically empowered through multiple entry points. It will bring together many stakeholders working collaboratively and banking on their strengths and areas of influence to shift gender-related attitudes and behaviours across the agricultural sector. More than 5400 women (ages 18 to 60) will benefit directly from the project by receiving technical and financial support to empower them economically. 1,200 women will participate in dialogue spaces with traditional and religious leaders. 900 women will receive gender-responsive skills-development training, and 60% (540) of them will receive direct technical and financial assistance over a 2-year period (270 per year) for the development of alternative or additional livelihoods.
In line with the project objectives, we are seeking an expert to provide technical assistance including reviewing business plans, coaching and mentoring to women in the shea and cocoa value chains to successfully launch additional or alternative livelihoods.
The geographic scope of the project includes 18 communities in 9 districts and across 6 regions. See table for the details.
1. Northern Region:
|1. Savelugu||1. Diare
|2. Mion||3. Salankpang
|2. Savanna Region:||3. West Gonja||5. Kananto
|3. Upper East Region:||4. Garu||7. Gbelinginvuusu
|4. Upper West Region:||5. Sissala West||9. Sorbelle
|5. Western Region:||6. Amenfi West||11. Ananekrom
|6. Western North:||7. Aowin||13. Asuaklo
|8. Suaman||15. Kwasuo
|9. Sefwi-Wiawso||17. Sui
Objective of the assignment:
To provide technical assistance including business plans review, coaching and mentoring to 270 women in the shea and cocoa value chains across the 18 project communities. (15 per community).
- Engage women entrepreneurs to understand and assess the feasibility/profitability of their choice of businesses or businesses already engaged in.
- Support women entrepreneurs to review their business plans.
- Recommend markets to link the women entrepreneurs.
- Provide coaching and mentoring to the women entrepreneurs to transition from entrepreneurial skills training to launch their businesses.
The ultimate outcome of this assignment is to support women in the shea and cocoa value chains to engage in profitable livelihood ventures within or outside the shea and cocoa value chains as additional or alternative livelihoods to strengthen their economic positions.
Scope of work and Deliverables:
|Main Activity||Specific Activities||Output / Deliverables|
|Provide technical assistance including business plans review, coaching and mentoring to selected women beneficiaries in the project communities.
||Assessment and coaching/mentoring templates
Detailed report on the assignment; indicating the form of technical assistance rendered, the businesses of the women and the existing and emerging markets
Additional Assignment Requirements
The consultant will be expected to undertake the following:
- Submit draft report
- Convene periodic meetings with the project team to update them on progress.
- Abide by Oxfam policies for research and protecting data.
- Work in collaboration with the WEACT Project team at Oxfam and partners.
- Submit final report
The assignment is expected to be completed within 36 consultancy days. Kindly develop your work plan into weekly deliverables.
- The assignment seeks a candidate with experience and skills in providing technical assistance for women entrepreneurs in rural communities
- The candidate must have experience working with women in agricultural value chains (having worked with women in the cocoa and shea value chains will be a plus) and at the community level.
- Must be willing to collaborate with the WEACT Project team and Partners in delivering the work.
- Must be willing incorporate useful comments from the WEACT Project team and other reviewers
- Be available and willing to undertake field trips to the project site to conduct face to face engagements to access and provide technical assistance to rural women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.
Selection will be based on:
- Technical evaluation of the proposal elaborating approach/methodology, work plan, and budget.
- Establishing your credibility in undertaking assignments of a similar kind.
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Submission of Proposal
Kindly send your technical proposals with detailed budget (Consultant’s fees, Travel costs and other direct costs) to email@example.com by 25th January 2022 at 5:00pm (GMT).
Submissions should include a cover letter, understanding of the scope of work, past work experience on the subject, gender-sensitive methodology and CVs of the consultant.
Your e-mail should have the subject line – ‘Technical assistance to women entrepreneurs’.
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