Gender Mainstreaming Consultant

Deadline 10th August 2018.

The Roma Education Fund (REF) is looking for Gender Mainstream Consultant to ensure gender sensitive project intervention in Western Balkans and Turkey. This is a short-term consultancy engagement in the frames of the REF’s project “Increased education opportunities for Roma students and Roma youth in Western Balkans and Turkey”, funded by European Union. The Consultant should identify opportunities and entry points for mainstreaming gender into the Project. Accordingly, it is expected from the Consultant to undertake a gender analysis in the inception phase of the project and provide recommendations for effective gender mainstreaming into the design of activities, their implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project.


The project “Increased education opportunities for Roma students and Roma youth in Western Balkans and Turkey” is aiming to contribute to improved social cohesion through increased education attainment and improved employability of marginalized Roma populations, as well to foster cross-country and regional dialogue and knowledge transfer. The actions of the project strive to:

  1. Promote equal participation in quality education for Roma children and youth at all educational levels (pre-school, primary, secondary, university and vocational), and to improve educational outcomes (including preventing school drop-out) with a special focus on reducing the wide gap between male and female education levels;
  2. Improve Roma youth employability, with a particular focus on gender-sensitive measures in employability, and smooth transition between end of studies and labor market;
  3. Promote desegregation and systemic durable change for Roma in the education sector by producing a change of attitude towards Roma and Roma communities; by strengthening the capacities of relevant central and local institutions through regional exchange of experiences; and by using Roma role models as actors of change.

The primary target group of the project will be up to 4,700 disadvantaged Roma children and their parents in the seven target countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey (project’s countries). Project’s Activities are: 

  • Expanding access to quality Early Childhood Education/ECD services;
  • Expanding access to quality primary school education;
  • Increasing performance and employability of Roma secondary school students;
  • Increasing access and participation of Roma students in tertiary education and transition to labor market;
  • Contributing to policy development and regional knowledge exchange and communication.

More information here.