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Gender Specialist 

Dar es Salaam
Abt Associates
Abt Associates uses data and bold thinking to improve the quality of people’s lives worldwide.


AgResults is a $152 million initiative in several countries to improve farmer welfare via prize competitions that encourage the private sector to disseminate innovative practices to farmers. In Tanzania, the AgResults Dairy Productivity project uses prizes to reward firms for selling selected dairy inputs to farmers.


The objective of the assignment is for the consultant to assist the Abt Associates Qualitative Evaluation Lead in the research and field work to produce a “brief” (the “Tanzania Gender Brief”) on gender considerations affecting performance of the Tanzania Dairy Productivity project. The Qualitative Evaluation Lead is US-based and is anticipating a two-week trip to Tanzania beginning in September.

Period of Performance

This assignment will cover about 20 days of work during the period of September 1 to November 11 with at least 15 days to take place before October 15.


The Gender Specialist will work under the direction of Abt Associates Qualitative Evaluation Lead to:

Identify sources and collect literature and data on gender issues in Tanzania’s dairy value chain upon request of the Qualitative Lead;

  • Organize an agenda of meetings and field visits with relevant industry members including AgResults competitors, dairy farmers, dairy input suppliers, dairy processors and organizations, among others, for the
  • Qualitative Lead during her upcoming travel to Tanzania, which is scheduled to begin in September.
  • Organize and coordinate logistical arrangements for field travel and interviews;
  • Travel to the field and attend meetings with the Qualitative Lead during her time in Tanzania
  • Participate in the pre-testing and revision of the draft gender data assessment design and instruments;
  • Collect, enter, and respond to inquiries about qualitative data and other thematic inquiries related to gender in accordance with the assessment design and the Qualitative Lead’s instructions;
  • Provide input into and feedback on gender content in the Tanzania Gender Brief
  • Conduct follow-up activities including inquiries, meetings, field visits, and literature search and review as needed;
  • Assist in a presentation of findings during the week of November 7; and
  • Conduct other tasks to facilitate the Qualitative Lead’s activities, per her requests.


The following deliverables are required by the indicated deadlines:

  • A detailed itinerary with relevant interviews
  • At least 2 days before the Qualitative Lead’s scheduled arrival in Tanzania in September
  • Review of Qualitative Lead’s notes from all interviews attended
  • No later than 2 days after Qualitative Lead shares notes with Gender Specialist
  • Voice recordings from meetings and interviews uploaded to a secure file transfer site to be provided by Abt
  • Associates (if recordings are made, in adherence with assessment’s protocols to obtain consent and protect data confidentiality)
  • Five business days after last interview
  • Data/transcripts from interviews and focus groups entered in templates to be provided by Qualitative Lead
  • Five business days after last interview, tentatively planned for mid-October


The consultant will use up to 20 days of labor. Workdays are presented in the table below. Each estimate includes time for communications and reporting relating to the task.

Task Days

Preparation for data collection, including:

  • Setting up meetings in consultation with Qualitative Lead and provide itinerary,
  • Reviewing and commenting on data collection design and instruments
  • Attend meetings with Qualitative Lead, including taking & revising notes of meetings

Data entry, analysis, and assistance with report writing, including:

  • Entering/transcribing data from focus groups and in-person interviews
  • Responding to questions from Qualitative Lead on data and other gender issues
  • Reviewing and commenting on the draft Tanzania Gender Brief


  • Bachelor’s degree in gender and inclusive development, agriculture, or similar field is required; master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years working on gender issues, preferably in an agricultural development context. and preparing gender analyses.
  • Familiarity with initiatives to develop the Tanzanian livestock sector.
  • Good planning and organizational skills: writing and verbal communication in English.
  • Familiarity with initiatives to develop the Tanzanian livestock sector.

To apply

Interested candidates should send a CV and confirmation of available in August and September to by August 8 with “Tanzania gender” in the subject line. We expect to contact and interview shortlisted candidates by August 12.


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