Consultancy for Gender in Behavioural Change Communication for Smoke Free Villages

Consultancy for Gender in Behavioural Change Communication for Smoke Free Villages

  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Full-time
  • Contract type: Short term consultancy contract

Company Description

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a not-for-profit international development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in 38 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development. For more information, please refer to our website:          

Cooking on wood pollutes the air in kitchen areas, so that cooks, and their children, are exposed to an equivalent of smoking up to 10 cigarettes per day. This results in severe respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


In Cambodia, there are around 2.5 million families still using traditional cookstoves with solid biomass such as wood, charcoal, and agricultural waste. WHO estimates around 11,000 people in Cambodia died prematurely per year due to indoor air pollution; poor health condition also increases vulnerability to COVID-19.


Begin in May 2020, the EnDev project Accelerating Markets for Advanced Clean Cookstoves, has embraced a novel approach together with the local authorities to implement the Behavior Change Communication (BCC) methodologies for Smoke Free Villages. Seven target communes in three provinces have been selected to implement this approach, aiming to reduce health risk of smoke exposure and environmental pollution.

The project aims to deploy BCC tools and ToT in an equative manner and to coordinate the facilitation of the activities in a gender sensitive way.

With regards to gender, in the 2019 WB report “Beyond Connections”, the cooking-energy gender gap analysis pointed to nuanced differences between man and women, with the main observation that the benefits of clean cooking are mostly coming to women with switching to an improved or clean fuel stove, both of which have fewer emissions than three-stone or traditional stoves do.

The USAID NOURISH project drafted in 2015 a gender analysis with regards nutrition, health, WASH and agriculture, and stated that although women in Cambodia have equitable access to primary education, health services, labor force participation and micro/small business ownership, and decision-making at home, the situation is complex.


Although the gaps are less obvious in Cambodia than in straight out patriarchal societies, the project expects that a well guided gender assessment can significantly help to contribute to the market and to the outreach to women in rural Cambodia.


SNV applies its Balancing Benefits approach to ensure that Gender equality is well embedded in the project by applying SNV’s Balancing Benefits model. Balancing benefits consists of actions to address gender issues through empowerment and transformational change in gender relations. SNV helps women grow their businesses and promotes inclusion of women in energy supply chains e.g. as sales agents or as technicians, in management or administrative positions. One of our partners to develop tools and test models is Energia:

Job Description

The overall objective of the assignment is to look through a gender lens into SNV’s innovative Behavioural Change Communication campaign for Smoke Free Villages, including its operations, M&E structure and materials, with the aim to provide actionable advises that maximise gender inclusion and safeguarding of equality.

The BCC activities aim to reach out to 7,000 households and has only just started its first rounds of sensitization of villagers with respect to the negative impacts of traditional cooking, in two of the three targeted provinces. Under the project, the tools and approaches are continuously subject to reflection and improvement, and in this ongoing process, the gender expert will actively take part by bringing in suggestions and advices on the basis of his or her analysis and observations.

To this affect, gender expert will execute a scan of the tools, materials and ToT guidebooks. S/He will pay field visits to get informed about the status by interviews, observations of ToT and the BCC roll out, and by separate focus group discussions.

The consultants will therefore participate in meetings and reflections of the BCC team of SNV to understand the background and to help progression and improvement.

The consultant will provide verbal an inputs and help in the write up and revision of materials: the BCC materials and execution, the M&E framework and promotional materials.

Also knowledge documents like the concept note Smoke Free Village and Learning Briefs will be part of the assignment including one dedicated to gender.


  • Bachelor’s degree/Master's degree in social science, environmental science/management and gender
  • At least 5-7 years experience in the development sector and gender
  • Demonstrable knowledge, skills and experience BCC roll out
  • In-country network / experience working in Cambodia
  • Fluence in written and spoken English

Additional Information

Contract Type: Local Consultancy

Expected Start Date:           1st November 2020

End Date:                         31 March 2021 with possible extension

Duty Station:                          Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Riep, Kampong Speu

 Additional Comments:    Requires individual

How to Apply

If you believe that your credentials meet the above profile, we invite you to submit 1. a motivation letter 2. your CV 3. Indication of your daily consultancy fee (net). Consultant must reside in Cambodia.

We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Any form of solicitation by phone or other means will be treated as disqualification of the candidate. SNV is an equal employment provider.




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