Request for expression of interest for consultancy service for developing a practice manual and tools for mainstreaming gender in the implementation of land reforms and practices | Land Portal


Land governance across borders or transnational land governance looks at rule making, standard setting and institution building across borders. Empirically, one can see a variety of patterns of regulatory governance emerging. The studies commissioned by IGAD in 2016 reviewing the of land governance systems in the IGAD Member States identified four transnational elements:

  • State sovereignty over land;
  • Legal pluralism (customary and statutory);
  • Gender biases in access to land;
  • Land tenure insecurity and land conflicts. 

In the IGAD Region, national organisation as a structuring principle of societal and political action can no longer serve as the orienting reference point. This creates the need for increased cooperation among nations. The IGAD region finds itself in a time where economic, social and political developments in one country are increasingly affected by developments in others; and where opportunities and threats to people are no longer exclusively the responsibility of individual governments; The transnational sphere of land governance in the IGAD region is built neither upon nor beyond national institutional frameworks (full integration). Rather, the transnational sphere of land governance in the IGAD region transcends national borders while at the same time being entangled in historically contingent institutions and shaped by actors rooted in locally and nationally diverse contexts (Convergence). In dealing with cross border contexts in land governance, it is important to understand how transnational rules are implemented on the ground, how they are monitored by civil and public actors, and whether there is any learning from local experiences going on, or not.

IGAD through this project with support from the Swedish Embassy seeks to improve the performance of the land administration function in the IGAD region moving these closer to convergence and enabling the implementation of cross border initiatives that have a bearing on land. This project intends to deliver the following four result:

  1. Enhanced Capacity Development of IGAD Region on gender responsive land administration.
  2. Strengthened gender mainstreaming in land administration for the IGAD Region.
  3. Strengthened Capacity of the IGAD Region to implement land monitoring.
  4. Strengthened IGAD Land Governance project coordination and Implementation.



To improve the way knowledge about land reforms is understood, communicated and used so that decision makers, practitioners and decentralized land governance structures both formal and informal are well equipped to develop and implement policies and projects that support land tenure security, livelihoods and sustainable land management.



To develop a standard guide on integrating gender into land reform implementation programs. The consultant is expected to

  1. Review existing gender guides on mainstreaming gender in land sector reforms to identify key issues and gaps
  2. Develop a gender mainstreaming manual for practitioners providing them with guidance on critical issues to consider when implementing land  reforms including the development of law, policy and institutional frameworks
  3. Present the guide at a validation meeting.



The Consultant/firm team is expected to have the following qualifications:

  • The Lead Consultant should have expertise in IEC tools development.
  • The Lead Consultant should have a PhD in land management, land economics, gender studies, public policy, population studies or law with 5 years of professional experience, or A master’s degree in a field relevant to the assignment, such as land tenure, land ,management, land economics, Gender studies, Gender Economics Public Policy, Social Development, combined with at least 5 years professional experience; or A Bachelor’s degree in land management, land economics, law, gender studies, population studies with 10 years of professional experience.
  • The second Consultant should be an expert in Gender Mainstreaming. A minimum Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) in relevant area (gender studies or social sciences) with 10 years relevant professional experience. A Master’s Degree or PhD will be considered an asset; Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience in mainstreaming gender in development projects and policies; Record of participation in at least 2 assignments of similar size and degree of complexity (consultancy services in the area of gender mainstreaming in projects, programmes or policies);
  • Knowledge of analytical methods and tools for mainstreaming gender in land reforms or related areas is considered an asset;
  • Sound understanding of gender and development issues in the IGAD Region;
  • Excellent communication, presentation, report writing and analytical skills;
  • Mastery of oral and written English
  • Very strong writing and analytical skills



The Consultancy is for a total of 21 days spread over three months. The final product i.e. the movie as well as all the raw material and project files, should be delivered to IGAD no later than 28th February 2020.



The IGAD Land Governance Expert based at the IGAD HQs Djibouti will be the contact person for the duration of the assignment and will also provide relevant background documents and publications.



Remark:  It is important that the two consultants come from different IGAD Member States.

Each application should include the following:

  • Cover letter with the applicant’s current contact information including how the candidate’s previous experience matches the consultancy objectives as well as their interest for the position (not longer than two pages).
  • CV of consultants and professional references or letter of recommendation;
  • Samples of recent similar assignments.
  • The email must clearly state the assignment applied for and marked: “Developing a Practice Manual and Tools for Mainstreaming Gender in the Implementation of Land Reforms and Practices”.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Women applicants are encouraged.


  • The deadline for submitting the applications  will be at or before 5:00pm on 15th November 2019 and address for submitting the offer will be:
  • The Expression of Interest and any request for clarification should be addressed to the following E-mail addresses:


Procurement Unit

Administration and Finance, IGAD Secretariat

Avenue Georges Clemenceau

P.O.  Box 2653

Djibouti, Rep. of Djibouti

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