Terms of reference – Consultant – Local Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist

The Alliance is looking for a consultant to provide expertise and support on gender equality and social inclusion for its trade facilitation project in Indonesia

Terms of reference – Consultant – Local Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Specialist

Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation/ Trade Facilitation Office Canada


1.  Background

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) is a public-private partnership for trade-led growth, supporting governments in developing and least-developed countries in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. Alliance projects cut through red tape and end costly delays at borders by bringing together governments and businesses of all sizes as equal partners to deliver targeted trade reforms.

By emphasizing digitisation and delivering other best practices, Alliance projects enable businesses to trade more easily thanks to streamlined and more predictable processes. Governments save time and resources by modernising trade procedures while still safeguarding their borders. Ultimately, Alliance projects boost trade competitiveness and business conditions, which are key drivers of inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction.

The Alliance is led by the Center for International Private Enterprise, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the World Economic Forum, in cooperation with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It is funded by the governments of the United States, Canada, Germany, and Denmark.

Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) is a Canadian not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve lives by creating sustainable trade partnerships for exporters from developing countries with Canadian and foreign buyers. TFO Canada assists Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and Trade Support Institutions (TSIs) from developing countries to access international markets through information, advice and contact services.

TFO Canada seeks an individual to serve as a Gender Specialist on a trade facilitation project in Indonesia that TFO Canada is implementing on behalf of the Alliance. A detailed description for this project-Alliance Indonesia-is in the enclosed Annex 2. The objective of the trade facilitation project is improving risk management in the import control and inspection system for fish and fishery products by the Fish Quarantine and Inspection Agency (FQIA) of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) of Indonesia. It is expected that the proposed project will reduce time and costs of importing fish products because of improved risk management of control systems and import inspections. It is also expected the project will improve effectiveness of control systems and import inspections by incorporating appropriate Food Safety & Quality (FSQ) and Bio Security/Fish Disease (BS/FD) measures.

Based on the above background and in line with the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) strategy for Alliance Indonesia (please see Annex 1), TFO Canada is looking for a Local Gender Equality & Social Inclusion (GESI) Specialist based in Indonesia. Reporting to TFO Canada’s Program Director Asia and working with TFO Canada’s Ottawa and Indonesia based project management teams and technical experts (including Monitoring & Evaluation-M&E-Specialists), the Local GESI Specialist will be responsible for providing expertise and support in the area of GESI with focus on trade facilitation, specifically in Indonesia, to implement Alliance Indonesia project, according to the workplan/schedule and budget and ensuring that the Alliance Indonesia project achieves the GESI indicators and objectives as per the Alliance Indonesia GESI strategy.

Specific responsibilities of the Local GESI Specialist will include:

  • Performing Gender Equality & Social Inclusion (GESI) analysis of the fishery sector in Indonesia, with specific focus on fish and fishery product imports. This will be done through desk research and meetings/consultations with Indonesian private and public sector stakeholders, including with the gender working group inside the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF). The GESI analysis, among others, will:
    • Identify key gender inequalities in fishery sector in Indonesia, particularly for imports
    • Recommend steps to ensure that, at a minimum, the Alliance Indonesia project activities do no harm or do not reinforce gender inequalities
    • Provide Insights for preparing and delivering gender-sensitive training plans and material for BKIPM/FQIA staff and gender-sensitive workshop plans and materials for awareness raising workshops for Indonesian fish importers, exporters, fish business operators and other private sector stakeholders
    • Recommend steps to take to ensure that there is equal access and/or benefit of manuals and guidance material for both men owned/led and women owned/led SMEs
    • Recommend a process for addressing specific issues (i.e. unequal gender impacts, unforeseen consequences for female stakeholders), if any, identified during the implementation process
    • Identify and recommend methods to capture gender disaggregated data
  • Assisting the Local M&E Specialists and project management team (after completion of Component 2) in evaluating the Alliance Indonesia project’s progress in achieving GESI objectives and recommend necessary adjustments.
  • Assisting the local M&E Specialist and project management team (during Component 4) in consolidating the GESI indicators, evaluating achievement of the objectives, and identifying any areas for future gender-trade interventions that can complement the project.

2. Essential Qualifications

  • A degree with a relevant specialization including but not limited to women/gender studies, sociology, anthropology, etc
  • At least 05 years’ relevant experience in gender program design, implementation, or analysis for international organization/ development projects in Indonesia
  • Knowledge and experience in the management of Indonesian gender statistical bases.
  • Excellent speaking, writing and presentation skills in Bahasa and English
  • Ability to conduct primary/secondary research in Bahasa and English
  • Good computer applications (including digital communication applications)
  • Willingness and ability to work in Indonesia

3. Level of effort

TFO Canada’s compensation for the local GESI specialist will be based on 7.5 hours per day with a maximum of 15 days as follows:

Activity Timeframe Level of Effort (LoE)
GESI analysis June – August 2022 07 days
GESI analysis June – July 2023 03 days
GESI analysis August – September 2023 05 days

TFO Canada is inviting interested and qualified individuals to submit a cover letter and CV. Cover letter should include up to 3 specific examples of experience with programs/projects relevant to this position.

Deadline: Applications with subject line “GATF Indonesia: Local Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Specialist” should be submitted to tfocrc@tfocanada.ca no later than 28/02/2022.

Any questions/clarifications required in order to complete the application can be sent via e-mail before the deadline to mahmud.hossain@tfocanada.ca.


ANNEX 1 – Alliance Indonesia Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Strategy

Indonesian women play an important role in the fishery industry in Indonesia, particularly in post-harvesting activities. While men play an almost exclusive role in fishing and fish transportation activities, women are much more engaged in fish processing, marketing, and trading. It is reported that small-scale fish trading is mainly done by women. Nevertheless, the participation levels of women and men in fisheries value chains are relatively comparable in terms of working hours and income contribution. Given the division of roles and responsibilities between men and women, it is not surprising that men were found to be more knowledgeable in fishing activities while women have more knowledge in fish processing and marketing. This has been reinforced at the community level through perceptions that women are not suitable for fishing activities, either due to physical factors or to their childcare and domestic responsibilities. As a result, men control the access to physical resources (ships, fishing gear and industrial-scale processing units), whereas women tend to have access to small-scale processing units and local marketing activities (Source: FAO Country Gender Assessment in 2019 ). In trading (export/import) firms, there is a tendency to increase the role and participation of women, along with companies becoming more formal and more organized. Roles such as quality assurance are increasingly being held by women, along with the implementation of a more efficient and technology-based work system. Meanwhile, men dominate roles such as production managers.

There is a gender bias in the aspect of business ownership, where men get more social and economic support to hold this position. Business ownership in the fish value chain is still dominated by men. According to the information provided by FQIA on mackerel, sardine and tuna importers, 19.42% of the firms (27 out of 139) have female ownership. Also 19.42% of the firms are SMEs.

Consultations with women-owned/managed businesses in this sector during the Alliance Indonesia scoping exercise revealed that that there are no regulations/procedures that are designed to address the different challenges women face, especially related to gender norms that tend not to appreciate women’s capacities in doing business and trade. Women are also faced with the responsibility of unpaid care work, which limits them in carrying out trade activities.

Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) attaches great important to gender equality in fish and fishery industry and is one of the most progressive ministries in terms of implementation of gender mainstreaming in Indonesia. This is reflected through the Ministry’s Guidelines on Gender Mainstreaming in Marine and Fishery Sector (2012) and gender integration in the Medium-term Development Planning of MMAF (2019-2024), as well as efforts to empower women through technological innovation and market access to strengthen women’s position in the value chain of fishery products .

Gender Objectives and Indicators

Alliance Indonesia aims to improve the risk management of fish and fishery product imports into Indonesia that will benefit both men-owned and women-owned Indonesian importers and fish business operators but there are no specific objectives or activities that aim specifically address gender-specific barriers to trade or business participation. Therefore, referring to the OECD Gender Marker, the proposed project is determined to be “Not Targeted (Score 0): the project/programme has been screened against the marker but has not been found to target gender equality”

The table below provides the activities and indicators for the Alliance Indonesia project, which align with the Ministry’s efforts to implement gender mainstreaming in fishery sector:

Project Component Gender-specific Indicators Activity Other Gender Mainstreaming activities


· Number of women participants


Perform Gender Equality & Social Inclusion (GESI) analysis and use the findings to ensure at minimum that the proposed project does no harm and does not reinforce gender inequalities



· Linkage with gender mainstreaming initiatives at MMAF


· Collaboration with gender working group (Pokja Gender) inside MMAF



· Collaboration with network/ association of women enterprises



· Integration of GESI materials in developing training manuals and guidance


· Number of women participants, including women owned/led SMEs


Consultation with men and women to ensure equal access and benefit of training manuals and guidance


• Minimum target for women participants, including women-led/ owned SMEs




· Number of women participants


· Consultation with men and women to ensure equal access and benefit of improved monitoring system procedures




· Number of women participants, including women owned/led SMEs


· Consultation with men and women to ensure equal access and benefit of improved monitoring system procedures





The trade facilitation project “Improving risk management of import control and inspection system of Fish Quarantine and Inspection Agency (FQIA) in Indonesia,” addresses the current lack of appropriate risk management in Indonesia’s import control and inspection system that does not fully consider appropriate FSQ and BS/FD measures and does not consider pre-border risk management (based on country risk and exporter performance).

The main stakeholders of the proposed project are FQIA, fish business associations (Indonesian Canned Fish Entrepreneurs Association-APIKI, AP5I- Indonesian Fishery Producers Processing and Marketing Association), Nestle Indonesia and Indonesian importers of mackerel, sardine and tuna. APIKI and AP5I are the private sector champions.


The project has four components, which are described below:

  1. Assessment of Current Status and Issuance of Revised Guidelines (January – September 2022)

Planned activities include:

  • Establish baseline of key indicators
  • Conduct field visits to market, labs, business operators, Technical Implementation Units (TIUs) and Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)
  • Review existing legislation, guidelines and Standard Operational procedures (SOPs)
  • Review and assess existing risk management and inspection provisions/components pre-border, at border and post-border/market
  • Review gender situation in fish and fishery sector
  • Develop detailed risk management guidelines and monitoring systems for pre-border, at-border and post-border/market
  • Provide technical assistance (technical workshops and meetings) to seek feedback and consent from FQIA regarding proposed revised risk management system

The main outputs are:

  • Project initiation report
  • Assessment report of existing monitoring and control system covering FSQ and BS/FD
  • Assessment report of existing gender situation in fish and fishery sector
  • Revised guidelines and SOPs for risk management covering Food Safety & Quality (FSQ) and Biosecurity/Fish Disease (BS/FD) risks


  1. Capacity Building and Awareness Raising (October 2022 – May 2023)

Planned activities include:

  • Develop training plan and manuals for improved monitoring system covering both food safety and quality, biosecurity, Risk Management/HACCP
  • Develop guidance manual on Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary measures (SPS)
  • Provide training courses covering BSQ, BS and HACCP to FQIA staff and relevant private sector representatives
  • Conduct study visits to countries with best practices in monitoring and control system

The main outputs are:

  • Procedure manual and training material on FSQ, BS/FD, risk management/HACCP
  • Guidance document on SPS measures
  • Training, awareness raising and study visit activity reports


  1. Validation of Control System in 02 Major Exporting Countries (June – July 2023)

Planned activities include:

  • Provide technical assistance to FQIA in preparation for audit visits
  • Conduct audit visit to Country 1 on its fishery products export risk monitoring/control system
  • Conduct audit visit to Country 2 on its fishery products export risk monitoring/control system
  • Establish risk profiling of import products from the audited 2 major exporting countries

The main outputs are:

  • Audit visit reports


  1. Monitoring, Evaluation, and Feedback (August – September 2023)

Planned activities include:

  • Assess implementation status of revised risk management system by monitoring and evaluating FQIA work processes and interviewing fish importers and fish business operators and compare with baseline established in Component 1
  • Provide recommendations for more efficient and sustainable operationalization of the revised risk management system

The main outputs are:

  • Assessment report of FQIA’s implementation status of revised risk management system with recommendations for any changes needed to improve its operationalization.