Expert assignment: Gendеr-sensіtive Valuе Chain Analysis – Garment/Apparel Sector 55 views

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF Canada) is seeking a qualified consultant (individual or firm) to undertake a gender-sensitive value chain and market analysis for the SEW Ukraine project. This assignment will include the preparation of a consolidated value chain report. Please see the full TOR of the assignment (link enclosed at the bottom of this apge).

Assignment location: Ukraine, Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Dnipropetrovsk regions

Timeframe: 3 months

Excerpts from the TOR (enclosed) are provided below:

Value chain refers to the full range of activities that are required to bring a product (or a service) from conception, through different phases of production, to delivery to final consumers and disposal after use.

Further, a value chain exists when all the stakeholders in the chain operate in a way to maximize the generation of value along the chain. The value chain analysis seeks to understand the various factors that drive the incentives, growth, and competitiveness within a particular industry and to identify opportunities and constraints for increasing the benefits of stakeholders operating throughout the industry.

The purpose of this assignment is as follows:

  • To identify opportunities for the integration of vulnerable women into the garment sector value chain, either in the labor force, as new entrepreneurs, or increasing value addition of existing women-owned enterprises.
  • To identify and analyze potential constraints, that could adversely impact this integration.
  • Based on the analysis, to make recommendations, as to project interventions that would maximize the possibility of successfully integrating vulnerable women into the garment sector.

This analysis will contribute to project interventions and workplans. The results of this analysis will be shared with project stakeholders.

The research will include but not be limited to target participants (small producers of clothing, textiles, souvenirs, car interiors (fabric and leather components), repair shops specializing in footwear and clothing repairs, and production suppliers), project target population (including key informants, women in search of work and vulnerable groups), industry experts, project partners and public/private sector representatives (including major garment sector employers, local and global buyers). The field phase of the analysis will be conducted in the selected project regions – Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Dnipropetrovsk. Besides, the desk component of the research should cover Ukraine in general and the regions which concentrate the garment industry’s strongest production and supply chains.

The deliverables of the consultancy will include the draft and final report (one electronic copy in PDF format and one in world format) in English with at least the following sections below covered:

  • Executive summary
  • Background and the socio-economic context of the value chain
  • Methodology and documentation of the process
    Limitations and challenges, lessons learned
  • Findings from gendered value chain analysis (see Expected Outputs in the full assignment TOR)
  • Conclusion and recommendations (see Expected Outputs)
  • Annexes (including, but not limited to a list of interviewed informants, a list of industry stakeholders, their role in the value chain and potential contribution, role in the project, etc)

Please submit the following documents to [email protected]  no later than 4:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 28th, 2021, including the position title (“Value Chain Analysis”) in the subject line. Please note that consultants can apply for this position as an individual (1 person) or an organization (1 company). In the case of a company application, a maximum of 2 consultants are expected to implement the assignment.

Candidates interested in the assignment are expected to provide the following documentation:

  1. Current resumé or company profile with a statement of experience. A minimum of 3 references should be provided.
  2. A technical proposal with a detailed response to the TOR, with a specific focus on the scope of work, expected outputs and deliverables, the methodology to be used, and key selection criteria for respondents.
  3. Initial work plan and delivery timeframes.
  4. A financial proposal with an applicable daily professional fee and other modes of payment.
  • To help us track our procurement effort, please indicate in your email  where ( you saw this tender/procurement notice.

CDF Canada thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Important: the interested applicants are strongly encouraged to download and study the complete assignment TOR (link enclosed).


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CDF Canada is an international development organization building prosperity in communities around the world.  We work with local partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America to establish and grow community-owned co-operatives to help people achieve more prosperous, self-reliant lives.  In 2017 alone we impacted 213,000 women, men and children by focusing on food security, community and economic development, financial inclusion, local leadership capacity building, climate change adaptation and resilience, peace and development and gender equality. As new nations emerged from the old Colonial world order after WWII, Canadian co-operative leaders felt a renewed commitment to use the co-operative model to help communities around the globe move out of poverty. It was a radical notion at a time when missionary and charity work dominated such outreach.  Formed in 1947, the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada soon became the focus for Canadian efforts to foster self-reliant, member-owned co-operative movements in the far-flung corners of the world. This included Northern Canada, where CDF Canada helped Inuit communities establish their own co-operative stores. Since those early days, CDF Canada has held steadfast to the seven co-operative principles, mobilizing the abundant talents and resources of Canadians and their co-operatives to help partners in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Eastern Europe build lasting pathways to prosperity. Co-operation and the simple notion of people pooling their time and resources to achieve together what they cannot achieve in isolation remains at the heart of everything we do at CDF Canada.


Co-operatives and credit unions are powerful tools that create long-term growth and prosperity in communities around the globe. With over 70 years of on-the-ground experience in international development, CDF Canada has helped local partners in over 40 developing countries create and strengthen co-operative enterprises and networks. Each creates jobs and opportunities, mobilizes savings and loans, reduces vulnerability, improves nutrition and livelihoods, helps women and men govern their co-operatives democratically, and access the opportunities and resources they need. We support co-op federations in providing services to member co-operatives and work with governments to enact co-op friendly laws and regulations. Our expertise resides in the lessons we carry forward from each project we undertake and in the individuals we mobilize from the Canadian co-operative sector and beyond. Our philosophy and approach integrate careful consideration of gender equality and women’s empowerment, the promotion of financial inclusion, and resilience and environmental sustainability.

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