Technical Assistance (TA) Request: Promoting gender equality and social inclusion in trade policymaking
Expertise Required: Expert in Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) and Trade
Deadline to Apply: November 30, 2021
Funded by Global Affairs Canada, the Expert Deployment Mechanism for Trade and Development (EDM provides technical assistance to Official Development Assistance (ODA)-eligible countries to maximize the development impacts of trade and investment. Over seven years (2018-2025), EDM will invest CAD 16.5 million to support Canada’s developing country trading partners to negotiate, implement, benefit from, and adapt to trade and investment agreements with Canada.
EDM is a demand-driven project that will benefit potential partners – including governments, local private sector groups and civil society organizations – through capacity building and technical advisory support on policy reform issues that have a high potential to reduce poverty and gender inequalities and support progress in trade and investment agreement negotiations.
Paraguay has been identified by Global Affairs Canada as a priority country for trade technical assistance under the EDM, in the context of the ongoing Canada-MERCOSUR FTA negotiations. Assistance provided under the EDM is expected to strengthen Paraguay’s capacity to participate in the negotiations, implement the resulting agreement, and benefit from the opportunities it creates.
Paraguay has achieved impressive economic growth in recent years, and poverty has been reduced by half over the past decade. Despite these achievements, roughly 20% of the population remains below the poverty line, and poverty reduction has slowed. Further economic growth and poverty reduction depend, in large measure, on increased trade and investment. The central trade challenges are: diversify production by strengthening the manufacturing and services sectors; move agricultural production higher up the value chain; and improve trade infrastructure, including strengthening border controls to increase tariff revenue and reduce re-exports. Barriers to foreign investment include an uncertain regulatory environment (principally gaps in the regulatory regime), perceived corruption and weakness in the judicial system.
Paraguay is committed to improving gender equality and social inclusion. To that end, it has developed: (a) The National Development Plan 2030 - Axis 1: Poverty reduction and social development; (b) the National Poverty Reduction Plan; (c) the Fourth National Plan for Equality between Women and Men - Axis 3.4 Economic Empowerment; and (d) Agenda 2030, focused on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Despite these efforts to establish the legal and institutional basis to advance gender equality and social inclusion, women, Indigenous People, and other GESI groups remain underrepresented in the senior ranks of government, business and trade, and face all the classic barriers to participation in the economy.
The Paraguay Ministry of Women’s Affairs, in partnership with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples, the Network of Women Entrepreneurs of Paraguay and the Agency for Development and Integration of the Itaipu Region, have requested EDM technical assistance to better integrate gender equality and social inclusion in trade policymaking and to strengthen trade and investment promotion programs and services targeting underrepresented groups.
The focus of this technical assistance in trade and investment policy is to introduce intersectional gender-based analysis and principles of inclusiveness to trade policymaking – based on the Canadian model of Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)applied to trade policy- as well as to identify barriers to the participation of underrepresented groups in Paraguay.
Linkage to EDM Preformance Measurement Framework
This assistance is consistent with the approved EDM Country Needs Assessment Plan for Paraguay, Mandate 1, Trade Policy Capacity Building, and the EDM Performance Measurement Framework, Immediate Outcome 1210, enhancing the ability of partner country governments to strengthen, implement and measure legislation, regulations, policies and/or standards that support inclusive trade and investment agreements with Canada.
Description of technical Assistance Request
The Consultant (s) will:
- Design and deliver training on the Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) methodology and its application in inclusive trade and investment policymaking. The training should be structured as two separate learning events:
- a seminar on the methodology of GBA+, for a broader public policy audience; and
- a more focused and interactive workshop on applying GBA+ to trade and investment policymaking, for ministries responsible for trade and commerce and ministries, agencies and non-governmental organizations engaged in promoting gender equality and social inclusion.
The related training materials should include a list of additional resources for self-directed learning, including bibliographies, online resources, related training courses, etc. The training events and materials should be prepared in both English and Spanish. However, because of the current travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the training events will be delivered remotely (virtually), either in Spanish or with simultaneous interpretation.
- Prepare a written report on barriers, in Paraguay, to participation in trade and attraction of foreign investment by businesses owned or led by women, Indigenous Peoples and other underrepresented groups, and measures to address these barriers.
- Provide advice, on a responsive basis and for a short period, to participants in the training events to answer additional or unresolved questions.
The direct beneficiaries of this assistance are the participating ministries, agencies and civil society organizations. The indirect beneficiaries will be the women, Indigenous Peoples and other entrepreneurs who will be assisted under the policies, programs and services developed with the assistance of EDM technical experts.
Technical Expert PRofile/Expertise Required
In the near term, the success of this assistance will be measured in the increased knowledge of officials and civil society participants. In the longer term, its success will be measured in increased economic activity – including trade and investment – by enterprises owned or led by women, Indigenous Peoples and other underrepresented groups.
Bidders must have extensive knowledge and experience in:
- Intersectional gender-based analysis and its use in trade policymaking, with a willingness to familiarize themselves with and apply the Canadian model of GBA+ as applied to trade policy-making.
- Trade policy, including recent developments in integrating gender equality and social inclusion provisions in trade agreements.
- Research methods.
- Adult education.
- The delivery of technical assistance in developing countries.
- Starting date: December 15, 2021
- Proposed duration: 6 months
- Mission plans, including a detailed costing and proposed work schedule.
- Draft outlines of the training program, all training materials (presentations, case studies, exercises, readings, etc) and written reports.
- Both draft and final versions of all training materials and written reports.
- Completed EDM Performance Measurement Framework template for the TA, including baseline data and targets against EDM indicators.
- Final Narrative Report on Mandate: Due within 30 calendar days of completion of all TA activities. The report shall describe activities delivered; results achieved (versus initial expected results and baseline); lessons learned of relevance to future EDM activities, integration of GESI and environmental considerations within the TA, and expenses incurred by the Consultant in carrying out this mandate. This report will be reviewed and approved by EDM prior to being shared with Global Affairs Canada.