Project details


Project title

Strengthening Domestic Transport Connectivity in the Pacific - Gender Specialist

Country Programme / Action Plan
Tender / Procurement notice
1 May 2019
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20 000 USD

Procurement type

Individual consultants


51065-001 Package Gender Specialist

Funding Agency

ADB - Asian Development Bank, WB - World Bank

Estimated duration

7 months



Date Published: 15-May-2019 Deadline of Submitting EOI: 17-May-2019 11:59 PM Manila local time


Consultant Type Individual
Selection Method Individual Consultants Selection (ICS)
Source National
Technical Proposal Not Applicable

Selection Title Strengthening Domestic Transport Connectivity in the Pacific

Package Name Gender Specialist

Advance Action No

Engagement Period 7 MONTH

Consulting Services Budget USD 21,000

Budget Type Maximum

Approval Number 9331
Approval Date 21-Jun-2017
Estimated Short-listing Date 15-May-2019
Estimated Commencement Date 03-Jun-2019

Open to non-Member Countries No

Additional Information
Possibility of contract extension Not known

Possibility of consideration for downstream assignment Not known

Indefinite Delivery Contract (IDC) No

Country of assignment Kiribati

Country of eligibility for national consultants Same as country of assignment

Contact Information
Project Officer Juan Francisco Gonzalez Jimenez
Designation Young Professional
Asian Development Bank
Contact Person for Inquiries Ari Kalliokoski
Designation Senior Transport Economist
Asian Development Bank


Primary Agency Country Agency Role
Asian Development Bank Regional Executing Agency

Cost Estimate

Cost Items Amount in USD

Remuneration and Other Expenses
All activities and inputs in the TOR but not limited to remuneration, per diem, air travel, miscellaneous travel expenses, report preparation, production, and transmission, land transportation, communications, etc. 18,224
Contingency 1,776


Terms of Reference

Expertise Gender

Expertise Group Population and Health Services
TOR Keywords Gender, Social Development

Source National

Objective and Purpose of the Assignment BACKGROUND

Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) are supporting the Government of Kiribati (GoK) in
the development of the Kiribati Outer Islands Transport Infrastructure Investment Project (the project).
The project aims to improve transport connectivity for communities in selected outer islands (OI) of
Kiribati through provision of sustainable, safe and resilient universal basic access transport
infrastructure. The intervention will include a disciplined focus on capacity development in the
stakeholder ministries.

Nine individual consultants will be selected to prepare Safeguards, Gender, Climate Change and technical
Consultancy to support the Implementing Agencies Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy
(MISE) and Ministry of Information, Communications, Transport and Tourism Development (MICTTD) to assess
the safeguards risks and impacts of the project and prepare the relevant safeguards instruments and
technical designs. These positions are indicated in the following table, which includes indicative
estimates of inputs for each specialist to be provided on an intermittent basis as agreed with the
implementing agencies and WB and ADB. The consultants will be expected to coordinate their activities in
respect of consultations, site visits and sharing of information for reporting in respective
deliverables as required etc.

Expertise – International Person months
Environmental Specialist 2
Social Safeguards Specialist 2
Gender Specialist 2
Climate Change Specialist 1
Civil/Maritime Engineer 2

Expertise – National Person months
Environmental Specialist 4
Social Safeguards Specialist 4
Gender Specialist 4
Climate Change Specialist 2

This consultancy assignment is for the National Gender Specialist (Consultant). The Consultant will
assist the International Gender Specialist in preparing gender due diligence on behalf of the MISE and
the Marine Division of MICTTD. The task of these agencies is to develop, implement, operate and maintain
the infrastructure investments anticipated under the project.

The following project components and activities are being considered as part of the project. They will
be refined and confirmed during project preparation, and will be subject to available financing.

Component 1: Safe Inter-Island Navigation - This component will be implemented at the national level,
and will provide maritime planning support through:
(i) Sub-Component 1.1 Hydrographic surveying - Investigations involving hydrographic surveying and
maritime charting, across all outer islands. These are essential for shipping access and will be the key
enabler for future infrastructure investments.
(ii) Sub-Component 2.1 SAR facilities - Establishment of search and rescue (SAR) facilities, including
construction of a new premises located in Tarawa for the marine division of MICTTD.

Component 2: Resilient Outer Island Access Infrastructure - This component consists of the main civil
works activities to be undertaken on the prioritized outer islands (Abaiang, Beru, Nonouti, Tabiteuea
(i) Sub-Component 2.1 Improvement of Ships to Shore Transfer - Investments include aids to navigation
which will consist of both replacement of existing defective aids, and the installation of new aids
(including illuminated navigation aids for safe night passage). Location of the new navigation aids
will be guided by the hydrographic and charting outputs.
(ii) Sub-Component 2.2 Rehabilitation of Island Access Infrastructure - Following completion of the
hydrographic surveys (Component 1 – which is expected to take 2 years), this sub-component would
finance: (i) the construction of simple concrete boat ramps, (ii) construction of appropriately scaled
port terminals (basic sheds) to provide protection of inward/outward goods and passengers at selected
locations (maximum of 1 per island), and (iii) design and construction/rehabilitation of a range of
maritime infrastructure covering jetties, barges, small scale dredging, and related investments. Given
the remoteness of outer islands, and to take advantage of economies of scale, the project would also
invest in: (i) small renovation works of existing airport terminals with expanded shelter for
passengers; and (ii) airport navigation equipment (wind direction, emergency night landing lights
(portable, not permanent)).
(iii) Sub-Component 2.3 Rehabilitation of Lagoon Crossings - This sub-component will be focused on the
provision of rehabilitation works for bridges, culverts, and causeways to ensure full accessibility on
prioritized outer islands. If funding permits, these works may be undertaken on additional islands in
the Gilbert chain of islands.

Component 3: Institutional Strengthening. This component would provide technical assistance to support
the transport sector development and capacity building for the two implementing agencies MICTTD and
MISE. Proposed technical assistance activities (to be decided during project preparation) include a
comprehensive institutional strengthening component, and the establishment of search and rescue (SAR)
capacity (facilities provided under sub-component 1.1). Complementarity with other donor programs will
be considered. This sub-component could include technical studies and designs required for the
preparation of potential future investments beyond Abaiang and the Southern Gilberts.

Component 4: Operational Support. This sub-subcomponent will finance project management and operational
costs - human resources or goods - associated with implementation of the proposed project.

Component 5: Contingency Emergency Response. This zero-cost component would support preparedness and
rapid response to an Eligible Crisis or Emergency, if needed. Following the declaration of a disaster or
state of emergency, it allows for reallocation of credit and grant proceeds from other project
components under streamlined procurement and disbursement procedures, or a mechanism to channel
additional funds, should they become available, resulting from an emergency. These resources would be
pooled with resources coming from other projects financed by the World Bank in the country. An Immediate
Response Mechanism Coordinating Agency and expenditure management procedures will be defined in an
Immediate Response Mechanism Operational Manual (IRM/OM), to be prepared separately and approved by the
World Bank, in line with guidance provided under OP 10.00, paragraph 12.


Due diligence is to be completed in accordance with country safeguard systems (CSS), WB’s Environmental
and Social Safeguards Policies and Bank Procedures (including the Good Practice Note Addressing Gender-
Based Violence in Investment Project Financing involving Major Civil Works), ADB’s Safeguards Policy
Statement 2009 (SPS) and ADB’s Policy on Gender and Development (1998), Operations Manual C2 on Gender
and Development in ADB Operations (2010), Guidelines for Gender Mainstreaming Categories of ADB
Projects (2011) and Access to Information Policy (2018).

The project has been screened using the World Bank’s gender-based violence (GBV) Risk Assessment Tool
and rated within the Moderate Risk category.

The Involuntary Resettlement Category under the ADB SPS is potentially category B as required lands are
not expected to cause major impacts. The Indigenous Peoples category is potentially category C as the
project is not expected to impact distinct and vulnerable groups as defined under ADB SPS. These
potential categories will be confirmed during the due diligence.

The Environmental Category for the Project under World Bank Safeguard Policy 4.01 Environmental
Assessment is provisionally Category B on the basis that the impacts will not be irreversible or
unprecedented. Other policies that have been triggered during the concept stage include: Natural
Habitats (OP4.04) and Involuntary Resettlement (OP4.12). It is also category B for environment on a
preliminary basis according to ADB SPS. The category will be confirmed following the initial site
visits, project definition and consultations to ensure the appropriate level of environmental assessment
is undertaken. WB and ADB will confirm the category prior to commencement of the environmental
assessment proper.

The safeguards instruments to be prepared will be adequate for submission to the Government of Kiribati’
s Environment Conservation Department for the purpose of gaining environmental approval for the sub-


The consultant, in close coordination and co-operation with other consultants to be engaged, is expected
to support the International Gender Specialist meet the following objectives:

1) Inform the overall project design, to be undertaken in parallel to this assignment.
2) Conduct consultations as required to inform the project design and safeguards due diligence.
3) Prepare the screening and categorization forms and submit to WB and ADB for review and confirmation
prior to commencement of environmental assessment activities.
4) Support Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialists to prepare an Environmental and Social
Management Framework (ESMF) in accordance with Policy OP4.01 and SPS (See note 1 below) for the
activities to be undertaken under Component 2.2, 2.3 (future investments on other islands only,
including causeways and bridges), 3 and 5. ESMF to include GBV risks, mitigation and response measures.
5) Contribute to preparation of a Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation Plan (SECP) for the Project,
with a particular focus on meaningful consultation with women and women’s organizations.
6) Based on gender analysis, develop a Gender Action Plan (GAP) for the project that mirrors the ADB
design and monitoring framework (DMF) outputs and includes gender-inclusive design features, gender
targets and indicators, timelines, cost estimates, assigned responsibilities and implementation
arrangements. The GAP should include consideration of GBV issues as described in the GBV Action Plan
(see point 10 below).
7) Prepare other gender related documents including a Terms of Reference (TOR) for gender specialist
services to implement the GAP.
8) Prepare other documentation related to gender required for the ADB Report and Recommendation of the
President (RRP) (e.g. DMF gender targets, and implementation arrangements of the project administration
9) Contribute to a social assessment and preparation of a Summary Poverty Reduction and Social
Strategy (SPRSS) document for the entire project in accordance with ADB guidelines (See Note 2 below).
10) Contribute to Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Management Plan (ESIA/ESMP) in
accordance with World Bank Policy OP4.01 and SPS (See Note 3 below) for the studies and works to be
undertaken under Component 1, 2.1 and 2.3. including through the preparation of a Gender-Based Violence
Action Plan (to contain Codes of Conduct, requirements for training and awareness-raising and an
incident response protocol). The consultant will ensure coherence between the ADB Gender Action Plan and
World Bank GBV Action Plans.
11) Support MISE and MICTTD to consult with stakeholders and disclose the safeguards instruments.
12) Contribute to the safeguards section of the Project Operations Manual and Project Administration
Manual, operationalising the safeguards instruments into project management procedures. Conduct training
with all implementation agencies (MISE, MICTTD) with regard to the implementation of gender instruments.

1. The ESMF will be equivalent to an EARF according to SPS.
2. ADB. 2006. Poverty Handbook, Analysis and Processes to Support ADB Operations: A Working Document.
3. The ESIA will be equivalent to a category B level assessment according to SPS unless otherwise
confirmed following the screening and categorization (task 3).

Scope of Work Under the overall coordination and supervision of the ADB’s Project Team Leader, and the International
Gender Specialist, the responsibilities of the assignment are to undertake the following, in compliance
with the CSS, World Bank’s safeguards policies, SPS and relevant procedures:

(i) Review of proposed investments: Collect and review gender and social data and information based on
desktop reviews and meetings with the Client and project stakeholders in Tarawa, and the four priority
Outer Islands, to undertake baseline assessments and hold consultations with affected communities.
Screen the proposed investments for gender and GBV issues to assist in the decision to fund the
proposals as part of the project. Engage with the social safeguards, environmental, climate change and
technical design specialists of the project and ensure that the safeguards, gender, climate change and
technical aspects are well integrated.

(ii) Assist the International Gender Specialist to contribute gender analysis to the Environmental and
Social Management Framework (ESMF) (for Component 2.2, 2.3 (covering potential future investments on
other islands only, including bridges and causeways), 3 and 5 of the Project):
(1) Gather baseline data to prepare a gender context relevant for the project and to assist with
the screening of risks and impacts (secondary published and unpublished data, information from key
informants, no primary data collection is expected).
(2) Based on the project typologies proposed in the WB’s Project Concept Note (PCN), ADB’s Concept
Paper (under preparation) and field notes, scope and screen the potential benefits, risks and impacts
(including cumulative impacts) for women and girls, and propose mitigation measures that will be
undertaken within the project to avoid or mitigate. This will include, amongst other things: impacts on
vulnerable people/communities, construction and operational risks and impacts of physical investments,
etc. Because the locations of investments are unknown, and most activities are just concepts, this will
be a high level screening and scoping based on existing information. Prepare a matrix of activities,
impacts and mitigation measures.
(3) Review the outputs of gender and GBV and citizen engagement assessments by the Task Team and
include them in the relevant parts of the ESMF.
(4) Prepare a simple (easy to implement) screening and scoping checklist / process for the OIIU
(Outer Islands Implementation Unit) to use in their work planning to identify and implement gender and
GBV aspects in a timely manner, to identify the potential risks and impacts of subprojects, identify
whether gender instruments should be prepared (such as ESMP or codes of practice), and the
implementation and supervision requirements.
(5) Focusing on gender aspects assess the capacity of the OIIU to implement the ESMF and suggest
capacity building activities in the ESMF to be implemented during project implementation,
(6) Prepare, in co-operation with environmental, socials safeguards and climate change specialists,
the ESMF document generally in accordance with the following table of contents:
i. Introduction
ii. Purpose and Scope of the ESMF
iii. Description of the Project, Components and Typology of Subprojects
iv. Environmental and Social Context
v. Legal, Policy Framework and Regulatory Requirements
1. World Bank/ADB Safeguards Policies
2. Applicable Country Legislation and Regulations
3. Gap Analysis
vi. Potential Environmental and Social Impacts and Measures to Mitigate
vii. Environmental and Social Screening, Assessment and Review of Subprojects. A separate
screening process should be given for each project typology, as necessary, and safeguards instruments to
be prepared (including the requirement for GBV Codes of Conduct, Action Plan and Response Protocol, as
for ESMP above). The process will include the stages required for assessment and review and clearance of
the assessment and safeguard instruments
viii. Grievance Redress Mechanism (including measures to safely and confidentially address GBV
complaints as above)
ix. Consultation and Disclosure Summary
x. Project Implementation Arrangements, Responsibilities and Capacity Building related to
gender aspects
xi. Contribute to annexes (e.g. Screening Form for Potential Environmental and Social Issues,
Stakeholder Engagement Plan, RPF (if necessary), summary of pre-appraisal consultations, land due
diligence summary, codes of practice), as necessary.

(iii) Support the Social Safeguards Specialist to prepare the Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation
Plan and facilitate Consultation during Project Preparation with a focus on gender aspects;
(1) Undertake a stakeholder analysis from a gender perspective
(2) Prepare gender objectives for stakeholder engagement
(3) Support the Social Safeguards Specialist to identify gender sensitive methods, purpose and
timetable for engagement activities throughout the Project (including the preparation and implementation
phases). This should be informed by the social assessment and ESMP/ESMF process
(4) Ensure appropriate gender engagement in the stakeholder engagement plan, including by women’s
committees, women representatives to the island council, and relevant civil society organisations. This
activity should be led by the International Gender Specialist.
(5) Identify roles and responsibilities for implementation of the plan
(6) Prepare a budget for implementation.
(7) Support MISE and MICTTD to have early consultations with key stakeholders during the
preparation of the project and to present the draft Project Design, ESMP, ESMF, RPF and SECP.

(iv) Prepare a Gender Action Plan that mirrors the ADB design and monitoring framework (DMF) outputs and
includes gender-inclusive design features, gender targets and indicators, cost estimates, timelines,
assigned responsibilities and implementation arrangements;
(1) Conduct a detailed gender analysis as guided by ADB’s Gender and Transport toolkit
(2) Through review of secondary data, interviews with relevant stakeholders in Tarawa and on outer
islands, and incorporation of relevant assessments conducted by WB/ADB:
i. Outline relevant gender context, legislation and policy, including socioeconomic profile
of key stakeholder groups and sex disaggregated data;
ii. Assess and identify potential gender differentiated impacts of the project (positive and
negative) and document key barriers for women in accessing and using transport infrastructure (including
any issues of gender-based violence), gaps in women’s participation and/or employment anticipated within
the project, and potential risks to safety of women and girls as a result of project activities (in line
with GBV content of ESMP/ESMF);
iii. Develop strategies to address these barriers and gender gaps within the scope of the
project, maximising potential benefits and safety impacts for women;
iv. Identify possibilities for promoting the inclusion and promotion of women across the
project scope, including within implementing agencies, contractors and community-led works, search and
rescue operations, etc. This should include strategies to ensure relevant workplaces are safe and
supportive for women employees;
v. Identify criteria for prioritization of potential infrastructure based on gender
vi. Collect sex disaggregated baseline data and develop indicators to measure the success of the
Gender Action Plan, for inclusion in the project Results Framework.

(v) Contribute to other gender related documentation:
(1) Prepare terms of reference for gender specialist services to implement the GAP and project
gender features
(2) Prepare other documentations related to gender required in the ADB report and recommendation of
the President (e.g. DMF gender targets, implementation arrangements of the project administration
manual, summary poverty reduction and social strategy).

(vi) Support the Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist to prepare Environmental and Social
Impact Assessment / Management Plan (for Component 1, 2.1 and 2.3 of the Project) ;
(1) Review the proposed activities (hydrographic surveys) and physical investments (SAR facility,
navigation aids installation, causeway rehabilitation) based on the Project Concept Note (PCN), Concept
Paper and field notes compiled by the Task Team, including any associated facilities such as laydown
areas, access roads, material sourcing locations and other activities that will be necessary to
implement the projects (regardless of funding sources).
(2) Undertake a social assessment in accordance with OP4.01 and OP4.12, documenting the gender and
gender-based violence context, cultural context and specific needs and vulnerabilities of the
potentially affected people and beneficiaries. This can be achieved through secondary data, focus group
discussions and key informant interviews (See Note 4 below).
(3) Assess the proposed project investments for social risks and impacts.
(4) Review the CSS and identify gender and GBV related gaps that need filling to ensure compliance
with WB safeguard policies and SPS.
(5) Review the capacity of the implementing agencies (MISE and MICTTD) to implement gender and GBV
related activities and comply with the laws and WB/ADB policies and identify strategies for improve
capacity during project preparation and implementation.
(6) Support the Social Safeguards Specialist to prepare a Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM). The
GRM should include measures to safely and confidentially address GBV complaints, including by immediate
referral to relevant service providers (medical, social, and police/justice).
(7) Prepare a budget for implementation of the ESIA/ESMP and SECP.
(8) Prepare, in co-operation with environmental, social safeguards and climate change specialists
the draft ESMP in accordance with Policy OP4.01 and SPS. The ESMP should cover all activities relating
to the surveys and infrastructure investments, including sourcing of aggregates, disposal of waste,
management of contractors and their workforce, health and safety of workers and the community, hazardous
substances management, GBV risk mitigation and response, etc.

The ESMP should also include:
(i) Description of the project including confirmed investments and potential investments to be
confirmed during project implementation.
(ii) Environmental and social risks and impacts of confirmed and potential investments, based on
the sensitive receptors in the location.
(ii) Mitigation, monitoring and reporting activities
(iv) GBV Action Plan, including Codes of Conduct and an incident Response Protocol (See Note 5
(v) Procedures for including the ESMP requirements in bid documents.
(vi) Implementation arrangements
(vii) Capacity building plan;
(viii) Grievance Redress Mechanism;
(ix) Budget
(x) A summary of consultation
(xi) Supporting data / information

(9) Prepare tools to assist with generic activities / impacts, such as codes of practice and
checklists, report templates, bid document clauses, draft terms of reference for technical assistance,
consultation methods.
(10) Support MISE and MICTTD to consult with key stakeholders.
(11) Prepare the final ESMP.

(vii) Project Operations Manual and Capacity Building:
(1) Assist in the preparation of the Project Operation Manual by operationalising the ESMP, ESMF,
SECP and RPF and RP requirements, documenting clear roles and responsibilities and the implementation,
monitoring, evaluation and reporting of safeguards activities and outcomes.
(2) Conduct at least one workshop to present the draft ESMP, ESMF, RPF, RP and SECP to the
implementing agencies and key stakeholders and provide capacity building on:
i. Roles and responsibilities for implementing agencies on World Bank/ADB projects
ii. Roles and responsibilities for MISE, MICTTD, DFED and OIIU for the KOITIIP safeguards,
including GBV risk mitigation and response.
iii. How to implement the GRM and what is good practice, including measures to safely and
confidentially manage GBV cases.
iv. How to implement the ESMP, ESMF, RPF, RP and SECP and what is good practice.

4. Note that community discussions should not address individual’s experience of violence. Any
additional information required on GBV risks and available services should be gathered through secondary
data and key informant interviews. Any questions in focus groups should be limited to service
5. As described in WB GBV Good Practice Note on addressing GBV in IPF involving Major Civil Works.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output The following deliverables shall be submitted to MISE / MICTTD for their review and approval, as well as
for the No Objection from the World Bank/ADB and clearance by the relevant national authorities, at the
time and in a manner stipulated below:

(1) A detailed work plan in electronic copy within 2 weeks from the contract commencement date,
including travel plans;
(2) Contribution to the Project Activity Design via written memos and emails as required;
(3) Stakeholder consultation materials;
(4) Draft ESIA/ESMP, ESMF, SECP, Gender Action Plan and gender related documents (as outlined above),
RPF and RP reports in conformity with World Bank/ADB safeguards and gender policies and national
environmental / social legislation (electronic copies). Allow two weeks for MISE, MICTTD and the Banks
to review the draft and compile the comments;
(5) Final ESIA/ESMP, ESMF, SECP, Gender Action Plan and gender related documents, RPF and RP reports
ready for submission to the implementing agencies and the donors (electronic and hard copies as
(6) Address comments and resubmit Final copies, if required, within 1 week; Final cleared ESIA/ESMP,
ESMF, SECP, Gender Action Plan and gender related documents, RPF and RP reports ready for disclosure
(electronic copies);
(7) Contribution to the Project Operation Manual: integration of safeguards and gender into the project
operational procedures;
(8) Capacity building workshop(s) with all implementing agencies to present the ESIA/ESMP, ESMF, SECP,
RPF, RP and POM.

Minimum Qualification Requirements (i) Academic: University Degree in sociology/social policy or other relevant field from a recognized
(ii) Expertise:
- More than 10 years’ experience in social impact or gender assessment with at least 5 years’ work on
social issues of infrastructure projects in the Pacific or small island States or similar environments.
A Master’s degree in the areas listed above is desirable but not mandatory.
- Demonstrated experience in gender and gender-based violence prevention and response, with particular
emphasis on gender analysis and mainstreaming and development of policies for the prevention of Sexual
Abuse and Exploitation.
- Experience of using gender analysis tools and methodologies in the transport sector is required.
- Familiarity with World Bank and ADB safeguards policies, or those of other international development
agencies, with at least 5 years’ of direct and practical experience working on projects funded by these
- Strong reporting and writing skills and excellent communication (verbal and written) skills in English.
- Knowledge of social and gender/gender-based violence issues in Kiribati and the Pacific is desirable.

Minimum General Experience 10

Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment) 5

Regional/Country Experience Desired

Schedule and Places of Assignment (chronological and inclusive of travel)

Schedule Type Intermittent

Max. Working Days/Week Home Office 5
Field 6

City and Country Working Days Estimated Start Date Estimated End Date Other Details (use if place selected is Others)
Tarawa, Kiribati 66 03-Jun-2019 02-Sep-2019
Other City, Kiribati 22 03-Sep-2019 16-Dec-2019 Outside Tarawa