Gender Organisational Capacity Assessments Consultancy at WUSC

Consultancy Ashanti Region WUSC
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Deadline: 28/02/2021
Qualification: Degree
Work Experience: Experienced
Industry: Public Sector

Company Profile

WUSC (World University Service of Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision. Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million. We have over 90 staff in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.

Job Description

  • WORK PACKAGE: Gender Organisational Capacity Assessments
  • LOCATION: Ghana 
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 19, 2021
  • EXPECTED START DATE: March 8, 2021
Innovation in Non-traditional Vocational Education and Skills Training (INVEST) is a 5-year project (2020-2025) funded by Global Affairs Canada and implemented by World University Service of Canada (WUSC). The INVEST project will build sustainable pathways to enhance economic empowerment, well-being and inclusive growth for 5,000 urban poor young women in Accra, Kumasi, and Sekondi-Takoradi. To achieve this goal, INVEST will test and scale innovative, sustainable models to improve the enabling environment, reduce gender-specific barriers to women’s economic participation, and enhance access to decent work for marginalized women in high-growth, non-traditional sectors. INVEST focuses on three non-traditional sectors with an average of three occupations per sector. The project is currently in the process of prioritizing sectors and occupations, but the current short list includes : Construction; (Electrical, Painting and Decorating, Welding, Drafting, Tiling); ICT (Computer Hardware and Networking, Business Computing); and Automotive (Auto-electrical and Auto-mechanics).
As part of the project implementation planning process, WUSC seeks to engage the services of an individual(s) or firm to conduct:
  1. Research to unravel the incentives that drive industry to emphasize gender equitable practices and policies in human resource decision-making, including hiring, staff development, promotion, safeguarding and support; 
  2. An assessment of existing successes and gaps in industry-led gender-sensitive skills training and workplace solutions offered to female employees or trainees by private sector employers.
The above studies are not mutually exclusive and it is also envisaged that there will be marginal variance in respondents for the two research. As such, data collection should be done simultaneously but results should be captured into different reports. The selected service provider will be required to generate a long list of potential respondents for both studies using the INVEST focus sectors vis-à-vis occupations as guide. The final list of respondents will be reviewed and signed off by WUSC before commencement of data collection.
Study One
Main Objective
To explore incentives that catalyze companies to prioritize gender equitable practices and policies in human resource and procurement decision-making.
Specific Objectives
  1. To determine and rank factors companies consider in making decisions in hiring, promoting, retaining female employees (or apprentices) and contracting female service providers; 
  2. To establish the importance placed by companies in identified factors to make decisions in hiring, promoting, and/or retaining of female employees (or apprentices) and contracting female service providers
  3. To ascertain the outcome (technically and/or financially) of companies using gender equitable practices and policies to make their human resource and procurement decisions.
  4. To determine if companies have strategies to: 1) increase the % of women employed and, 2) support and promote women on the job.
Study Two
Main Objective
To assess outcomes and gaps in gender-sensitive skills training and workplace solutions offered by companies.
Specific Objectives
  1. To determine skills training and workplace solutions that companies have developed to: enhance the market-relevant skills of, and create a conducive work environment for female employees or trainees;
  2. To evaluate evaluate the extent to which existing procedures are promoting gender sensitive workplaces and skills training;
  3. To ascertain the positive and negative outcomes of implemented gender-sensitive skills training and workplace solutions.
  • Generate a comprehensive list of potential respondents for both studies. Where needed, WUSC could provide lists to augment list from service provider
  • Develop a screener and screen list of potential respondents 
  • Undertake literature review to harvest methodology, guide design of data collection instruments and support interpretation of results for both studies
  • Develop data collection tools for the two studies
  • Collect data from respondents
  • Undertake analysis of primary data for both studies
  • Develop a draft research report respectively for the two studies;
  • Participate in dissemination workshop to share research output with WUSC
  • Develop two final research reports (one for each study) incorporating comments from WUSC in draft report and dissemination workshop
The two studies should be carried out in Accra, Sekondi-Takoradi and Kumasi. Peri-urban areas for the three cities could be factored.
  • Final list of respondents (with contacts) that serve the purpose for the two studies 
  • Data collection instruments for the two studies
  • Two draft research reports submitted to WUSC for review – one for each study.
  • Research output shared with WUSC at dissemination workshop 
  • Reviewed draft research reports with comments from WUSC and outcome from dissemination workshop factored
  • Two final research reports – each research report should not be more than 20 pages (excluding annex).
The two studies are expected to commence on March 8 to April 9, 2021. The estimated level of effort for both assignments is 18 days.
The total budget for both studies is CAD $12,500. The amount includes fees for consultants and operational expenses.

Required Skills or Experience

  • At least 10 years of experience conducting human resource analysis and gender organizational assessment (if a team or firm, this will be applicable to the team lead)
  • Extensive knowledge in the  Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) landscape in Ghanaian context
  • Solid understanding of Ghana’s private sector environment and decision making processes
  • Understanding of women’s employment, leadership and inclusion programs in the private sector context
  • Sound methodological and participatory research skills
  • Ability to identify strong stories, angles or leads for engaging context
  • Good planning, organization and flexibility skills enabling delivery of products in a timely manner
  • Knowledge in occupational health and safety (OHS) or Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality (HSEQ) or Industrial Inspection and compliance will be an added advantage
  • Excellent writing in English, editing, attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of gender equality
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptive

How To Apply

Interested individual(s) or firm must provide a proposition as single document including:

About the consultancy 
  • Technical proposal describing the approach for the two studies and draft work plan outlining how the studies will be conducted within the timeline (max 5 pages);
  • Financial proposal detailing the budget needed to achieve the assignment taking note of the amount allotted for the exercise.
About the service provider:
  • CV of service provider (lead consultant and two team members, if applicable). Each CV should not be more than 5 pages;
  • Three examples of past similar assignments with reference – summary of two and one full report.
Applications should be submitted at by 5pm GMT Friday, February 12, 2021. All questions and related correspondence should be directed to the ATTN of the Business Development Advisor at
Note: INVEST focus sectors and occupations will be shared with service providers during the inception meeting. The format for the research reports will also be shared to guide the write-up.

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