Expert on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Provisions in Trade Agreements


Closing Date December 13,2022 Location Remote Work Type -
Salary Range - Experience Level  - Job ID  
Job Description


Job Title: Expert on gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) provisions in trade agreements
Sector: Trade and Gender
Position Type: Consultancy
Position Location: Remote
The deadline to apply is December 13, 2022.

Funded by Global Affairs Canada, the Expert Deployment Mechanism for Trade and Development (EDM) provides technical assistance to Official Development Assistance (ODA)-eligible countries to maximize the development impacts of trade and investment. Over seven years (2018-2025), EDM will invest CAD $16.5 million to support Canada’s developing country trading partners to negotiate, implement and benefit from and adapt to trade and investment agreements with Canada.
EDM is a demand-driven project that will benefit potential partners – including governments, local private sector groups and local civil society organizations – through capacity building and technical advisory support on policy reform issues that have a high potential to reduce poverty and gender inequalities, and support progress in trade and investment agreement negotiations.
Paraguay has been identified by Global Affairs Canada as a priority country for trade technical assistance under the EDM, in the context of the ongoing Canada-MERCOSUR FTA negotiations.  Assistance provided under the EDM is expected to strengthen Paraguay’s capacity to participate in the negotiations, to implement the resulting agreement and to benefit from the opportunities it creates.
Paraguay is committed to improving gender equality and social inclusion.  To that end, it has developed: (a) The National Development Plan 2030 - Axis 1: Poverty reduction and social development; (b) the National Poverty Reduction Plan; (c) the Fourth National Plan for Equality between Women and Men - Axis 3.4 Economic Empowerment; and (d) Agenda 2030, focused on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Despite these efforts to establish the legal and institutional basis to advance gender equality and social inclusion, women, Indigenous Peoples, and other marginalized groups in the senior ranks of government, business and trade, and face all the classic barriers to participation in the economy.
There has been a steady increase in recent years in the number of trade and investment agreements that include provisions to promote gender equality and social inclusion.  The nature, content and coverage of these provisions have also been changing.  Early agreements included non-binding commitments to cooperation between the signatories to promote education and training, and to increase the representation of marginalized groups in the policymaking process.  More recent agreements have included legally-binding obligations to ensure non-discrimination and provide market access preferences to promote greater participation in trade.
Paraguay has little experience in integrating gender equality and social inclusion provisions in trade and investment agreements.  For this reason, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay – the agency responsible for leading trade negotiations – has requested training for negotiators and trade policy officials to deepen their understanding of such provisions and how they have been implemented.
This assistance is consistent with the approved EDM Country Needs Assessment Plan for Paraguay, Mandate 1, Trade Policy Capacity Building, and the EDM Performance Measurement Framework, Immediate Outcome 1100 More inclusive trade or investmenti commitments within exploratory discussions, negotiations and agreements between Canada and EDM partner country governments.
The technical expert(s) will:

  • design a training course (Spanish and English versions) for trade policy officials on the evolution, content, implementation and impact of gender equality and social inclusion provisions in trade and investment agreements;
  • design related training materials (manuals, presentations, background readings, list of additional resources for self-directed learning, including bibliographies, online resources, related training courses, etc.) in a form that will provide continuing resources for training and professional development (Spanish and English versions);
  • deliver the training (in Spanish; can be with simultaneous interpretation) to officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government departments responsible for trade policy and negotiations.

The direct beneficiaries of this assistance are the participating officials of government ministries and agencies directly involved in trade negotiations and policymaking.  The indirect beneficiaries will be the women, Indigenous and other entrepreneurs who will benefit from the provisions negotiated by Paraguay in future trade and investment agreements.  
In the near term, the success of this assistance will be measured in the increased knowledge of officials.  In the longer term, its success will be measured in the number of gender equality and social inclusion provisions in trade and investment agreements negotiated by Paraguay and in increased participation in trade and investment by enterprises owned or led by women, Indigenous Peoples, and other marginalized groups.
Bidders must demonstrate extensive knowledge and experience in:

  • Trade policy, including recent developments in the integration of gender equality and social inclusion provisions in trade agreements.
  • Trade negotiations, including the negotiation of gender equality and social inclusion provisions in trade and investment agreements.
  • The design and delivery of adult education.
  • The delivery of technical assistance in developing countries.


  • Starting date: January 2023
  • Proposed duration: 3 months


  • A detailed work plan, work schedule and budget for the delivery of activities.
  • Draft and final training program and teaching materials and pre and post workshop, evaluations.
  • Final Narrative Report on Mandate: Due within 30 calendar days of completion of all TA activities. The report shall describe activities delivered; results achieved (versus initial expected results and baseline); lessons learned of relevance to future EDM activities; expenses incurred by the Consultant in carrying out the TAA; gender equality and social inclusion outcomes, environmental outcomes, document officials trained/participating in activities (name, gender, job title, institutional affiliation). This report will be reviewed and approved by EDM prior to being shared with Global Affairs Canada.
  • Contribute as necessary to the development of EDM communication materials and participate in an EDM roundtable highlighting key results achieved

For your proposal to be considered, please name your document in the following format:
Name of Technical Assistance Request (found above), Consultants Last Name, First Name
(Proposals can be submitted by a single consultant or a consortium of consultants).
Your proposal should contain the following sections:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Proposal that includes the following:
    • Your approach to implementing this TA, taking into account COVID related travel restrictions. Provide as much detail as possible. (10 pages maximum)
    • Describe your approach to ensuring that gender equality and social inclusion are considered in all aspects of the TA, including approach, content, and delivery. (2 pages maximum)
    • Describe your approach to ensuring that environmental impacts are considered in all aspects of the TA, including approach, content, and delivery. (1 page maximum)
    • Outline your project management and monitoring strategy for the implementation of the activities. (2 pages maximum)
    • Indicate all personnel who are being proposed to implement this project, their roles and responsibilities. Include all CVs of proposed personnel/experts. (20 pages maximum)
  3. Provide estimated level of effort (in days) and provide consulting rates (in CAD$) for each proposed personnel and/or expert who will be implementing the project.

Please submit your proposal as one document through the Cowater Career Page. Emailed proposals will not be accepted. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] 
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