We are looking for an ecofeminist consultant (f/m/x)

We need to protect our forests to fight the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and for sustaining life on earth. We believe forest governance can only be sustainable when it is inclusive and rights-based, protecting the rights of people that depend on the forests. Therefore we work to increase the participation of women, in all their diversity, in policy and decision-making regarding land rights and forest governance, and to strengthen lobby and advocacy (L&A) to hold governments accountable. Although the landscapes we focus on are often located thousands of kilometers away from the Netherlands, Dutch policy has a direct and significant impact on forest-dependent women. We therefore seek to analyse the gender dimensions of Dutch forest policies and come up with recommendations for them to become more inclusive and gender transformative. For that purpose we are looking for an ecofeminist consultant.

Background

As a technical partner of the Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) and its Forests for a Just Future programme, we support the Alliance with the meaningful inclusion of gender in the programme. With decades of gender expertise, our role in the programme is aimed at increasing the understanding of linkages between gender justice and environmental/climate justice, with the objective to promote inclusive forest governance and policies.

We work very closely with our strategic partner, the Global Forest Coalition[1] (GFC). Building on their findings and methodologies for conducting feminist analysis of forest and climate policy-making, we would like to carry out an analysis of international forest policies of the Dutch government. See GFC’s latest publication here: Gender Justice and Climate Action publication .

The objective is to come up with concrete recommendations for Dutch policy makers, which will feed into our campaigns and advocacy work ahead of the Convention on Biological Diversity COP (25 April-8 May 2022), UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) (6-15 July 2022, where the Netherlands will have a Voluntary National Report) and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP (7-18 November 2022).

Deliverable

An inspiring policy brief of maximum 15 pages that presents a feminist analysis of international Dutch forest policies, as well as concrete recommendations that are relevant for Dutch policy makers in a national and international context. As our target audience includes not only policy-makers in the Netherlands but also international organisations impacted by and lobbying on Dutch policy, the publication should be written in English.

Activities

  • Delivering a timeline and plan for developing the policy brief
  • Agreeing upon timeline and methodology with the WECF/GFC project team
  • Mapping the relevant international Dutch forest policies, including by consulting the Dutch Alliance members
  • Mapping gender policies linked to forest (or environment/climate) conservation/governance, including by consulting the Dutch Alliance members.
  • Writing the publication of maximum 15 pages, and a 1-page summary
  • Discussing feedback in two rounds with the WECF/GFC project team
  • Delivering a clean document that is ready for lay out before April 1 2022 (design will be the responsibility of WECF)
  • Presentation of main findings and recommendations during a GLA skill-share ahead of the CBD COP (date to be decided)
  • Presentation of main findings and recommendations at a workshop on the Afrikadag in the Netherlands (28 May, Amsterdam)
  • Presentation of main findings and recommendations to relevant stakeholders, including representatives of the  Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (modalities and dates to be decided)

Timeframe

14 February –  21 February: Development of timeline and methodology

21 February – 1 March: Mapping of policies for analysis

1 March – 1 April: Writing the publication

1 April: Deadline for clean document

Tbc April: Presentation findings during GLA skill-share

28 May: Presentation findings at workshop Foundation Max van der Stoel’s Afrikadag

Our offer

31 full days – to cover 4 days a week in the period 14 February to 31 March, and the presentation of the findings in April/May. If circumstances allow, the consultant is welcome to join our international team in the WECF office, located in the centre of Utrecht. Working remotely is also possible.

Profile of the consultant (f/m/x)

  • Ecofeminist who is eager to contribute to forests for a just future
  • Strong understanding of linkage between gender justice and climate justice
  • Experience in writing inspiring policy briefs including concrete and relevant recommendations
  • Political antenna and knowledge of relevant Dutch and international policy processes
  • Ability to read and understand Dutch policies
  • Ability to write in English to a high standard
  • Critical view on existing forest policies and nature based solutions
  • Capacity to write a policy brief from an intersectional perspective
  • Ability to prioritise and stick to a deadline

About us
WECF International is a non-profit network dedicated to a gender-just and healthy planet for all. Our international network consists of over 150 women’s and civil society organisations in 50 countries. We believe that a sustainable future and environment needs feminist solutions reflecting the lives of people on the ground. That is why we work on transformative gender equality and women’s human rights in interconnection with sustainable development and climate justice.

Application process
Please send your motivation letter, CV (including reference to previous publication(s)) and your quote by email to Laura Bernard at laura.bernard@wecf.org, mentioning “Application ecofeminist consultant” in the subject. The deadline for applications is Monday 31 January 2022, 10:00 CET. Interviews will take place in the same week, online. If you have any questions, please contact Laura by mail and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

[1] The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) is an international coalition of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples’ Organisations defending social justice and the rights of forest peoples in forest policies
https://globalforestcoalition.org