Consultant_Comprehensive Gender Analysis (Buea Bamenda), Consultant_Analyse Compréhensive Genre (Buea Bamenda), International Rescue Committee

Consultant_Comprehensive Gender Analysis (Buea Bamenda), Consultant_Analyse Compréhensive Genre (Buea Bamenda), International Rescue Committee

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Requisition ID: req24631

Job Title: Consultant_Comprehensive Gender Analysis (Buea Bamenda)

Sector: Gender

Employment Category: Consultant

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Buea, Cameroon

Job Description


IRC started operations in Cameroon in 2016 to address the growing concerns of those affected by Boko Haram-related violence in the country’s Far North. Assistance to displaced populations extends across the Far North, including Mayo Sava, Mayo Tsanaga, and Logone & Chari, providing assistance programs to improve access to water and improve hygiene practices in displaced and vulnerable host communities, cash transfer programs to enable vulnerable families to meet basic needs and improve food security, and protection programs, including addressing the specific needs of women and girls. Field offices are located in Maroua and Kousseri with a representative office in Yaoundé.

As a result of the growing crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon, IRC expanded its operations to the South West region in August 2018 and to the North West in December 2019. IRC provides vital humanitarian assistance to internally displaced populations, with a field base in Buea and Bamenda.

IRC Cameroon commits in its 2021-2025 strategic action plan to continue to provide essential humanitarian services, focusing on community safety and ensuring that affected populations can meet their basic needs, while building the resilience of beneficiaries, particularly women and girls. IRC Cameroon is funded by European and American donors.

Objective de la consultance :

In its multi-year strategic action plan, IRC has adopted gender equality as a cross-cutting priority outcome for all programs (WASH, ERD, Protection, etc.). This is reflected in the development of a results-based monitoring and evaluation system that ensures that data collected is disaggregated by age and sex. In addition, IRC implements gender-based analysis in its programs to assess the ability of projects to address gender issues and to ensure that barriers related to gender dynamics that prevent women, men, girls and boys and various groups from equitably accessing services in communities are addressed. This ensures that the gender dimension, which is the consideration of gender specificities, is integrated into all humanitarian interventions of the country program, in other words, promoting systematic gender mainstreaming.

Thus, as part of its commitment to achieving its ambitions of fostering gender equality, diversity and inclusion in its programming, IRC Cameroon’s country program will work with a consultant to conduct a comprehensive and intersectional gender analysis (CGA) that will target communities and programs in the various contexts in which IRC Cameroon operates. The results of the CGA will be used to inform existing and future program activities and enable IRC Cameroon to implement more gender-sensitive and inclusive programs that recognize the specific needs and risks faced by women, girls, men and boys and the most vulnerable groups-and do not exacerbate the inequalities faced by women and girls taking into account the socio-economic conditions of each, which may constitute layers of vulnerabilities.

IRC aims, through this mission, to:

  1. Explore the differential needs by gender, age, ethnicity, religion, or other exclusionary factors of host communities and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in a representative sample of the different contexts in the North West and South West in the crisis-affected regions where IRC operates.
  1. Identify and understand current gender inequalities, risks, and opportunities for women, girls, men, boys, and other vulnerable people, including barriers to accessing services.
  1. Gather information to better understand the impact of gender inequalities and other exclusionary factors on people’s free will, their relationships, and the ways in which they interact with the systems and services around them, including access to water, sanitation and hygiene, health care, education, protection, and livelihoods.
  1. Assess how the level of team knowledge, operational approaches, and program implementation systems selected by IRC affect gender inequalities and how these inequalities impact programs. This will also include an analysis of the formal and informal legal framework that may impact people’s access to rights and services.
  1. Assess and map available IRC services, and the extent to which they meet the identified needs of men/boys/women/girls and diverse groups, as well as the existing gap in meeting the specific needs of women and girls and the most vulnerable groups, and where the specific needs of women and girls remain under-addressed.
  1. Make recommendations on how IRC program activities should adapt to improve accessibility, safety, and relevance for women and girls, men, and boys.
  1. Make recommendations on how to implement IRC programs to actively influence the identified inequities.
  1. Show case examples from each sector where a transition to gender transformative programs is possible.


Using the Comprehensive Gender Analysis (CGA) toolkit, IRC Cameroon aims to gain a detailed understanding of existing gender gaps within host communities and IDPs and to examine a representative sample of projects in each sector, with the goal of designing and implementing diverse and inclusive gender-responsive programs. The toolkit is designed to collect qualitative information through focus group discussions (FGDs) and in-depth key informant interviews (KIIs) to build on existing program data and an initial literature review. These data are used to conduct a comprehensive gender-based analysis using the ecological model and then to facilitate a dialogue on how the analysis informs and impacts the Cameroon KII interventions in a phased approach that takes into account the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to obtain the necessary information for the CGA, the consultant will conduct the following:

Phase 1: Desk Review

– Background reading to gain an understanding of the context of the Cameroon program, the humanitarian situations in which IRC intervenes, and gender norms, roles, relationships, and stereotypes in the various contexts in which IRC intervenes.

– Review of existing IRC program data

– Review of existing research and gender-specific information on IDPs and host community populations.

Phase 2: Data Collection

– KIIs with IRC clients and/or community members, and local decision-makers including duty bearers such as health or protection workers, and local field authorities:

– KIIs with IRC program staff in all program areas and at all levels (officers, managers, coordinators, sector technical groups)

Phase 3: Data collection (in the field, taking into account COVID-19-related barrier measures to avoid or minimize infection)

– FGDs and KIIs with IRC clients and/or community members and local decision-makers and authorities in locations identified by the IRC team in North West and South West;

Phase 4: Gender Analysis and Program Review Workshop

– In Yaoundé, Buea and Bamenda (also reached remotely)

Phase 5: Workshop to present the main findings of the gender analysis in Yaoundé and at a distance

This workshop should be facilitated by the consultant. It should be participatory and comparative in order to initiate discussion with IRC strategic staff and to make substantive decisions regarding the recommendations and priorities identified.

Phase 6: Sensitization of Implementation Staff

Sensitization workshop for implementing staff, including managers and officers of each program on i) the key concepts of gender analysis, the rationale and relevance of gender mainstreaming, ii) the main findings of the analysis and the recommendations, iii) (and this is the most important point), the operational transcription of the recommendations: what staff will need to adapt, modify, look at from a new angle in order to promote gender equality in current and future interventions.

Data Collection

The distribution of FGDs will be as follows for each location:

Target groups

Data collection

Researchers/Census Takers

Members of host communities

2 FGDs with each group highlighted below (10-14 people per group, hand washing, face mask and social distancing measures to be followed) :

– Boys 13-17 years; Girls 13-17 years

– Men 18-34; Women 18-34

– Men 34 and older; Women 34 and older

– Women and girls with disabilities

– Men and boys with disabilities

– Pregnant/lactating women

– Parent groups

KiIs with:

– KIIs – teachers, school administrators, parent group leaders

– KIIs – doctors, nurses, health center administrators

– Community leaders

– Members of the formal governance structure (as it exists in the community)

In each cluster of geographic locations, there must be a team of enumerators.

They will be the language in which the focus groups will be conducted.

There will be two women and two men for each team (4 people in total).

Internal displaced population

2 FGDs with each group highlighted below (10-14 people per group, hand washing, face mask and social distancing measures to be followed) :

– Boys 13-17 years; Girls 13-17 years

– Men 18-34; Women 18-34

– Men 34 and over; Women 34 and over

– Women and girls with disabilities

– Men and boys with disabilities

– Pregnant/lactating women

– Parent groups

KiIs with:

Protection committees (if present);

NGOs/OCBs/local associations

Deliverables :

The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Initial report covering the consultant’s understanding of the assignment, detailed work plan, tools, structure of the final report prior to fieldwork.
  • Synthesis of key findings from the initial screening
  • Training workshop for data collectors on gender and data collection tools
  • Conduct all focus groups and key informant interviews with the support of at least 12 IRC staff and investigators.
  • Conduct interviews with staff from the various IRC projects
  • Provide a clean Excel version of the database with all raw data and translated data
  • Conduct a one-day analysis and recommendation workshop with the following people:

o   Coordinators, and program managers

o   Technical advisors

o   Field coordinator/manager, senior field staff.

o   Data collectors

o   M&E staff.

o   Grants staff.

o   DDP

  • Draft report for review in French and summary in English.
  • Final report including summary, results and interpretation of results, conclusions, recommendations, and illustrative photos.
  • Final report in PowerPoint format.
  • Summary of the final report for external publication.

Design materials (agenda, powerpoint) on “why” we are making these programmatic changes and have discussions on common practices they can change and how they can begin to implement programs in a gender-sensitive and inclusive manner.

IRC responsabilities

  • Provide detailed guidance at a kick-off meeting in dialogue with the consultant
  • Provide the full gender analysis toolkit and technical guidance on its use (Gender Unit supporting)
  • Provide an overview of the programs and activities implemented by IRC in Cameroon in general.
  • Organize and attend the analysis and design workshop
  • Identify IRC staff and interviewers who will be involved in this analysis
  • Provide timely document review of draft and final reports

Data and information management

All data and information received during this engagement will be treated as confidential and will only be used for engagement activities. All intellectual property rights arising from the performance of this engagement are assigned to IRC. The contents of the written materials obtained and used herein may not be disclosed to third parties without the prior express written permission of IRC.


A detailed work plan will be developed in consultation with the consultant. Phases 1-6 are expected to be completed by May 31, including the finalized report.


Consultant Director: Sylvaine Lempereur Deputy Program Director

Madina Dia, Regional Gender Advisor, West Africa based in Dakar, Senegal for quality control of technical aspects.



  • Relevant undergraduate degree in social sciences, human rights, anthropology, gender studies or development. Other types of degrees may be accepted if they are consistent with substantial experience in gender research and analysis.
  • 5 years of relevant experience in qualitative research and gender-sensitive and ethical qualitative analysis (essential).
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting in-depth gender and human rights training.
  • Demonstrated experience in humanitarian projects, preferably in West Africa.
  • Fluency in written and spoken French and good knowledge of English.
  • Considerable experience conducting focus groups and key informant interviews on sensitive topics specifically related to gender roles, norms, relationships and stereotypes with diverse populations.
  • Experience analyzing and coding qualitative data (using Dedoose, ATLAS.ti or other software)
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to articulate the link between results, analysis, and program recommendations.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Flexible attitude toward receiving feedback.


Ability to listen and understand the needs of others and contextualize them.

Ability to dive into details without getting lost in them.

Proactive and motivated approach to work.

Ability to identify priorities, draw conclusions and propose concrete, operational and realistic recommendations

Good adaptability and culturally sensitive attitude

High level of organization and time management, as well as the ability to learn quickly and produce high quality work under tight deadlines.

Can discern the difference between confidential and public information, and can anonymize sensitive information.

Note: The list of professional and personal responsibilities and skills is considered indicative and not exhaustive; actual duties may differ or change depending on office priorities and the period of the assignment.

For more information please reached out to  :

Sylvaine Lempereur, Deputy Director for Programs, Mobile : +237 664 687 176 ;

Edwige Flore Leba-Tchuenkam, Human ressources coordinator,


– Send your technical and financial proposals to the contacts above.

– Applicants should include

o CVs of team members

o References from previous assignments for similar tasks

o Sample of final consultant reports; the subject of an evaluation and analysis report on which you have worked.

o Technical proposal including the methodology that will be used for each phase

– Financial proposal including detailed costs per phase and per type of cost

NB: Your financial proposal must take into account all costs of the consultancy/service, the number of consultant days and daily fees.

IRC is an equal opportunity employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

IRC and IRC employees must adhere to the values and principles contained in the IRC WAY (Standards of Professional Conduct). These are integrity, service, accountability and equality. Consistent with these values, IRC operates and enforces policies on protection of beneficiaries from exploitation and abuse, child protection, workplace harassment, financial integrity and retaliation.

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