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Job Location:Nairobi, Kenya

Project Title: Women in Manufacturing - Mainstreaming Gender and Inclusion

Location: Nairobi, Kenya (with travel to the rest of the country)

Time period: October 2019 – March 2019

Amount of time: Up to 65 days over a six-month period



The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has been the premier applied research institute focused on women and girls for the last four decades.  All research we undertake serves to advance ICRW’s mission of improving the status of women and girls, promoting gender equality, and eradicating poverty. ICRW’s focal areas of research include gender-based violence, healthy transitions to adulthood, economic empowerment, HIV/AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.  Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ICRW also operates regional offices in Asia and Africa.

With funding from Business Advocacy Fund (BAF), the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) will conduct formative research on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) in manufacturing in collaboration with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM). The research will provide evidence on the status of women in the manufacturing sector in Kenya. KAM and ICRW have identified a gap in data on the status of women in the Kenyan manufacturing sector which makes it difficult to develop appropriate policies and practices.  The aim of this project is to understand the status of women in manufacturing in Kenya and the context in which women leaders, employees, and entrepreneurs in the manufacturing sector operate. Research methods will include a legislative and policy analysis, survey, key informant interviews and focus group discussions.   The results from the project will describe the challenges and opportunities that exist, the measures that can be taken to mitigate these challenges, and what can be done to enhance the opportunities for increased involvement and visibility in the manufacturing sector.

ICRW seeks a consultant based in Nairobi, Kenya to support the planning, lead data collection and analysis, and report writing for the Women in Manufacturing project being carried out in collaboration with the Kenya Assocation of Manufacturers.  The research project will involve a policy and legilative analysis as well as surveys and interviews with actors in the various manufacturing sectors.  The consutlancy will be for a duration of up to 65 days from September 2019-March 2020, with fieldwork in Nairobi and the rest of the country.

Throughout the engagement the Consultant will work and communicate closely with the ICRW research team.


ICRW seeks a consultant who has significant, demonstrable experience in gender and labor markets and human rights. The consultant will be required to contribute to the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data as well as lead report writing. The consultant will supervise a team of research assistants who will carry out a survey with KAM member organizations and focus group discussions.  The consultant will conduct key informant interviews with subject matter experts in-country and should be an experienced gender researcher with at least 6 years of experience in conducting economic analysis for gender equality. The consultant should be fluent in English as well as Swahili.  The consultant will work closely with the ICRW Africa Regional Director and other ICRW team members.


  • Coordinate closely with the ICRW Africa Regional Director and other team members prior to data collection to understand research objectives, tools and plan for logistics;
  • Contribute to the systematic review of peer-reviewed and gray literature on the status of women in manufacturing in Kenya – as employers and employees in the manufacturing sector. This will require developing and refining systematic search criteria for use in Google Scholar, Science Direct, and sampling through key agencies and institutions such as ILO, ITUC, UN Women, World Bank, ADB, and the IADB, among others.  The consultant will be required to obtain pdfs of all documents, summarize those relevant to the research initiative and contribute substantively to the overall literature review;
  • Review all project documentation, the research strategy, and other preparatory materials, as provided by ICRW;
  • Lead and/or participate in key informant interviews;
  • Ensure comprehensive documentation, translation, and clarification as needed of interview notes;
  • Provide feedback/input as needed; and
  • Be involved in the drafting of findings and the final report.


  • Final formative research plan detailing the activities to be conducted
  • Bibliographic material and media reports relevant to the status of women in manufacturing in Kenya. 
  • Toolkits, and training guides.
  • Final data collection instruments
  • Interviews conducted, with a transcript for each interview (20 IDIs, 10 KIIs and 10 FGDs)
  • Draft final report


  • Master’s degree in a related field (economics, sociology, gender, international development or other social science) required.
  • Substantial experience in and knowledge of gender, manufacturing, WEE, labor and human rights.
  • Significant experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Demonstrated experience of policy and academic research design, implementation, analysis and reporting.
  • Significant experience interviewing a range of actors and subjects.
  • Fluency in English and Swahili.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, at least one relevant writing sample, daily rate requirements and contact information for at least two references by 17:00 East Africa Time (EAT) on September 23, 2019. Because of the volume of applications received, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. ICRW is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V.

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