The Malawi Government through Environmental Affairs Department in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change, received support from UNEP to implement a project titled “Strengthening institutional capacity to plan, monitor and coordinate the implementation of policies, strategies and national programmes for the sound management of chemicals and waste”. The project is expected to run from 2022 to 2024.

The project aims to strengthen the institutional capacity to plan, monitor and coordinate the implementation of policies, strategies and national programmes for the sound management of chemicals and waste. The project will result in increased awareness of the public and decision makers on the life cycle management of chemicals and waste.

Objectives and scope of the Consultancy 

 The overall objective is to mainstream gender into the design and formulation of the project activities and prepare results-based three-year work plan for gender inclusion throughout the project duration. The gender expert is expected to contribute to increased awareness among targeted chemicals and waste management stakeholders and their role in implementing gender equality and the empowerment of women in their policies.

Scope of the Assignment 

 Undertake situation analysis on gender mainstreaming in chemicals and waste management. The analysis should include but not be limited to:

Desk study review on gender mainstreaming, equality and the empowerment of women and other documents relevant for the assignment;

Stakeholder mapping;

Consider gender decision of labour access to and control of resources and technologies; women’s and men’s needs and preferences; opportunities for and constraints on women participation;

  • Based on gender analysis, develop a plan of action that identifies opportunities and entry points for mainstreaming gender into the project. The plan of action for gender mainstreaming should mirror the project’s log frame and include the development of gender-specific project components, gender-responsive targets and indicators.


Qualifications and Experience 



Advanced University Degree in Gender Studies, Social or Natural Sciences or other relevant discipline preferably with a specialisation in Gender and Project cycle management.

Work Experience 

Minimum of 5 years practical experience in the field of gender equality and mainstreaming

Formal training in gender analysis and gender planning and demonstrated expertise in mainstreaming gender in projects and programmes;

Thorough understanding of the gender context in Malawi, and experience working with government institutions

Familiarity with gender analysis tools and methodologies in the specific area of intervention

Knowledge of chemical and waste management is an advantage

Strong communication skills, and ability to liaise with various stakeholders including government officials


Fluency in written and oral English and Chichewa.



The allocated working time for this assignment is 90 days. The consultant will be expected to avail themselves as and when needed during the duration of the project.

Bidding Instructions

Interested consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the assignment. Expressions of Interest will be evaluated in accordance with the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Act of 2017. Participation is open to all eligible bidders. Contact Ms Carol Theka on [email protected] or Mr Chifundo Chinyama on [email protected] for more information.

Expressions of Interests must be delivered in a written form to the address below by 2 pm on 7th November 2022. Late submissions will be rejected.

The Chairperson, IPDC, Environmental Affairs Department, Lingadzi House, Off Robert Mugabe Crescent, P. O. Box 394, Capital City, Lilongwe 3.