WLSA and the Zimbabwe Gender Commission

The Zimbabwe Gender Commission and WLSA have a keen interest in promoting an equitable and sustainable development of mineral resources and intends to roll out projects that will realize that. The mining sector is at the moment is the fastest growing sector spurring the economic recovery process. However it should be noted that although minerals tend to generate significant revenues for the state and multinational corporations, these revenues are not used to underpin development that benefits all segments of the population, especially the poor whose majority are women. Mineral resource wealth is not shared equally by all in Zimbabwe. While elites may capture the profits disproportionately, marginalised social groups – including women – are less likely to experience the benefits of extraction, and are affected differently by virtue of their gendered roles in the economy and society. Although women are involved in the mining sector as entrepreneurs, workers and members of communities affected by mining operations, they still derive limited benefits because they are still marginally represented in the sector.  Women also tend to be less able to participate in decision-making forums relating to extractive questions. International transparency and accountability initiatives have been seeking to improve the management of natural resources through promoting citizen involvement and information disclosure in the extractive sector. Recently, some are also trying to incorporate gender issues into their work to ensure that women’s experiences and voices are not excluded from the transparency movement. . However, the absence of a mining and mineral policy and a gender neutral Mines and Minerals Act leaves the mining industries unaffected by the gender and women’s empowerment policies and statutes.

Rationale of the study:

This study is being undertaken to establish the extent to which women were involved and benefitting from the mining sector. The study will identify and analyse the systemic barriers, challenges and opportunities to ensure the economic empowerment and participation of women in the governance of the mining sector. This study is to identify policies, legislative, administrative frameworks and supporting activities that can be adopted to propel women’s economic empowerment in the mining sector as entrepreneurs, workers and community members. The study will provide recommendations together with strategies and mechanisms to further strengthen women economic empowerment and participation in the mining sector. Therefore seeks to assess the extent to which the mining industry in Zimbabwe has responded to the national, regional and global norms and standards on gender equality and equity and women’s economic empowerment women. It will also identify opportunities to consolidate gains already made for the empowerment of women in mining and detail challenges and constraints women in mining could be experiencing and propose recommendations for their amelioration.

Objective of the Task: The purpose of the proposed research is to analyse the participation of women and men in governance of the extractives value chain. The research is expected to ascertain the opportunities and inhibitors to full participation of women in the extractive sector management. There is a need to analyse the extent to which women and men are differentially poised to take up governance opportunities presented by the extractive industry both at national and local community levels. The study will identify policies, legislative, administrative frameworks and supporting activities that can be adopted to propel women’s economic empowerment and participation in governance in the mining sector as entrepreneurs, workers and community members.  The findings of the study would be used to inform key stakeholders in government, private sector and Development partners to design and implement strategies to enhance the participation of women in mining.

Wholly, the research will provide important baseline data, insights and recommendations around which ZGC and WLSA can then develop strategies for campaigning for gender equity in accessing governance opportunities presented by the mining sector and building the capacity of women to claim their rights. The research will inform the process of our advocacy engagement framework at the national and local levels from a gender perspective.

Skills and Experience: The study shall be carried out by a consultant/ consultants that shall have the following skills and competencies: a) At least a Masters Degree Gender Studies, Law, Social Science, Development Studies, Economics or other relevant disciplines.

  1. b) High quality skills and demonstrated experience in research, particularly, gender and/or women’s rights-related research, contextual analyses and baseline studies.
  2. c) Demonstrated understanding of constitutional and policy environment on extractives sector, gender mainstreaming, women’s economic empowerment, community rights and citizens participation, influencing in the Zimbabwean context or region .
  3. d) Excellent analytical and report writing skills, such as policy briefs for advocacy
  4. e) Fluency in spoken and written English and local languages

Tax and VAT arrangements: withholding tax from the consultancy fees in conformity with the prevailing government rates will be deducted and submitted the same to the Government of Zimbabwe. The consultant will be entitled to a copy of tax submission certificate on request from WLSA.

Supervision: The overall supervisor of this assignment will be technical team comprising ZGC and WLSA.

Requirements: Consultants who meet the requirements of this assignment should submit Expression of Interest of MAXIMUM OF 5 PAGES which should include the following: a) Suitability statement that express commitment to availability for the entire period of the assignment. b) Brief statement on the proposed methodology including a detailed work plan. c) Updated curriculum vitae of the consultant / consultant clearly spelling out the relevant qualifications and experiences. d) Contacts of two organizations that have recently contracted the consultant to carry out similar tasks. e) Financial proposal with daily costs per activity which shall be part of the 5 pages.

Application Process: Expression of Interest that clearly articulates the consultant(s) understanding of the terms of reference, methodology for executing the work including key deliverables and tentative budget should and clearly indicated “Expression of Interest for Consultancy to undertake a study on Participation of Women in the Extractives Governance Framework can be submitted to on or before 1000 hours local time on Monday 29th Oct, 2018.