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Job Posting: Consultant for gender in mining tool

Mining provides vital commodities for a wide range of products and services and has done so through the centuries. But mining also contributes to many of the challenges that the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are trying to address – environmental degradation, water scarcity, negative impacts on human rights, displacement of populations, worsening economic and social inequality, armed conflicts, gender inequality and gender-based violence, tax evasion and corruption, and increased risk for many health problems. Particularly, more studies are showing that women are more likely to suffer from the negative social, economic and environmental impacts related to mining. Gender is emerging as an important theme for many stakeholders involved in the mining sector, including governments, donors and civil society, and they are at times struggling to better integrate gender considerations into the governance structures of their mining sectors.


This is why the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) and the Environmental Governance Programme (EGP), a joint Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiative, have partnered to create a Diagnostic Tool to inform governments and help them reach their gender and sustainable development goals.


Scope of work

The aim of this consultancy is to produce a Diagnostic Tool that can advise governments and regulators on how to integrate gender into the governance of the mining sector at national, regional and local levels to mitigate the social and environmental risks from mining on women, including risks to women’s health, protection from violence and exploitation, and maximizing equitable sustainable development outcomes for women. This includes an understanding how gender issues are systematically integrated in laws, regulations and at each stage of policy making along the mining project cycle, and their current and future impact on women. A special focus should be given to addressing gaps and opportunities for women’s meaningful participation in decision making about mining, access to information and redress, with reference to Principle 10 of the Rio Principles. The diagnostic tool produced will also be useful to other public and private stakeholders, including civil society organizations and the private sector.


Reporting lines

The consultant will report to the project manager of IGF and work in close collaboration with the members of the IGF/UNDP/SEPA steering committee throughout the assignment.

The assignment is for approximately 35 to 40 days between September 1st, 2018 and February 20th, 2019.

Competencies and Qualifications

  • Minimum MA/MSc in a Mining related field, Social Science, Environment, Development Economics, Public Policy or other relevant field
  • At least seven (7) years’ experience in consulting in mining governance, rule of law, human rights, community engagement, public administration or related assignments
  • Must be knowledgeable of and familiar with the human rights approach to environmental governance,
  • Highly developed analytical skills with ability to produce high quality analytical material, assessments and policy papers
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Design skills/samples of work


If you are interested in this work, please submit your resume with a cover letter explaining why you would be the best candidate for this role, 3 references and any written work that is relevant to the object of the study to Joelle Deschambault, Project Administrator at jdeschambault@iisd.ca before August 24, 2018 at 5 pm EST. You can find the full scope of the position here.


About the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF)

The IGF supports more than 60 nations committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure that negative impacts are limited, and financial benefits are shared. It is devoted to optimizing the benefits of mining to achieve poverty reduction, inclusive growth, social development and environmental stewardship and focused on improving resource governance and decision making by governments working in the sector. It provides several services to members including: in-country assessments; capacity building and individualized technical assistance; guidance documents and conference which explore best practices and provide an opportunity to engage with industry and civil society. The IGF emerged from the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has served as Secretariat for the IGF since October 2015. Core funding is provided by the Government of Canada.

About the Environmental Governance Programme (EGP)

The EGP, a joint Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Initiative, responds to the challenges many developing countries face in implementing environmental policies and integrating environmental and social concerns into broader sustainable development policy making for more sustainable development outcomes. The programme strengthens the environmental, gender, human rights and rule of law dimensions of public administration work in large-scale mining sectors. 

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