Establishment of a Database of Women in the Infrastructure Development Sector.
The Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (“IDBZ”/“the Bank”) is a national Development Finance Institution (DFI) with a mandate on infrastructure development and financing. The IDBZ was established by the Government of Zimbabwe in 2005 through an Act of Parliament, the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe Act [Chapter 24:14], as a successor institution to the then Zimbabwe Development Bank. The IDBZ is at the centre of national efforts to accelerate infrastructure development as an anchor for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic transformation in Zimbabwe. The Bank aims to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment within its operations and in projects developed, financed and implemented by the Bank.
Guided by the Transitional Stabilization Programme (“TSP”), Agenda 2063, Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”), the Bank primarily focuses on the following high impact sectors which are considered enablers for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development:
- Water and Sanitation (dams, water pipelines, water treatment plants, municipal water and sewer projects);
- Irrigation Infrastructure;
- Transport (roads, airports, railways, border posts); and
- Energy (power plants, transmission and distribution grid networks, etc).
- Housing (on-site and off-site infrastructure, university and tertiary institutions accommodation etc)
The Bank’s secondary sectors of focus include education facilities, health facilities and tourism infrastructure. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is considered a cross-cutting issue across the Bank’s areas of intervention.
Background and rationale (Justification)
The infrastructure development sector in Zimbabwe, and indeed globally, is largely male dominated. The IDBZ has noted with concern that current infrastructure development programmes and economic growth trajectories, among other development stressors, continue to deepen and widen existing gender inequalities.
Researchers have noted that infrastructure development is not gender-neutral and women, particularly in developing countries such as Zimbabwe, face higher risks of inequality as they tend to live in vulnerable environments with poor infrastructure and connectivity.
Limited access to capacity enhancement programs, social services and support further exacerbate their risks and vulnerabilities. Socially based roles and responsibilities of men and women often influence the extent of vulnerability as well as how the communities use existing infrastructure to cope with the impacts of a hazard or disaster. Therefore, the different roles and needs of women and men must be taken into consideration and addressed in all infrastructure development projects.
A gender lens in infrastructure development and operations can further enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of infrastructure investments. Women’s involvement in infrastructure development projects can help to reduce the inequalities and at the same time empower them.
It is against this background that the Bank has been prompted to develop a database of women in infrastructure development (contractors, town planners, engineers, architects, etc) so that they can be involved, visibly noted, and compete for tenders as they come. The database will include, but not limited to, construction industry companies/firms formed by women as well as companies/firms with women employed in leadership positions.
Geographical location of assignment
The assignment will be carried out countrywide for the database to have a national outlook.
The objective is to develop a data base of women in infrastructure development countrywide.
The Database will capture information on women who are participating in the infrastructure development sectors, including their roles and responsibilities for future engagement and acknowledgement.
- Inception Report outlining all needed documents and existing database/lists and all needed information to determine the appropriate base for the database.
- Recommendation report, of not more than 3 pages, for the best base choice and first design draft.
- Presentation of the database design (within 5 days from commencement of the assignment). The Consultant will do a presentation of the database, its different features and use, and how it meets the expectations. The Consultant will receive feedback and if needed modify the database accordingly.
- A full database is shared with the Project Manager and Team within 20 days from commencement of the assignment.
Scope and methodology
The Consultant will suggest a methodology preferably based on mixed methods of information gathering. The Consultant will discuss with the project implementation team the needs of the database and then formulate recommendations.
With the approval of the Project Manager, the Consultant will develop the database.
Interested and qualified Individual Consultants are invited to submit their proposal(s) by 4 August 2020 comprising the following:
- Clearly articulated and detailed technical proposal interpreting the TORs, activities schedule with clear milestones, time schedule (only working days), a breakdown of the proposed budget.
- Profile and capability statement describing experience to carry out the assignment.
- Detailed reference list with contact details indicating the scope and magnitude of similar assignments undertaken in the past five (5) years.
- At least 3 references from previous clients.
- Financial proposal showing clearly the budgeted cost for the work to be conducted by the Consultant under the scope of work above. The financial proposal should be inclusive of all applicable taxes.
Qualifications and experience
- University degree in computer science or related field. An advanced degree will be an added advantage.
- Minimum of 5 years of demonstrable experience in Database development & maintenance
- Comprehensive knowledge of the infrastructure development sectors and players therein.
- Excellent team worker.
- Good analytical and trouble shooting skills.
- Good oral and written skills in English
IDBZ Contacts and Provision of Information
The Consultant will be accountable to the IDBZ through the Bank’s Climate Finance and Sustainability Division and will work closely with the Bank’s Principal Gender Experts and the Head of ICT.
The IDBZ will avail the recently concluded Gender Audit Report and all Bank policies and instruments put in place to ensure gender mainstreaming and integration within the Bank. The Bank will also avail reports which highlight how gender is being mainstreamed in projects design, preparation, appraisal and implementation.
Proposals, with reference “Establishment of Database of Women in the Infrastructure Development Space”, must be sent electronically to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and copying email@example.com by no later than 1600hrs on 4 August 2020.