Position Title: Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Lead, Partnerships for Infrastructure (P4I)

Duration: To be engaged on an as needs basic via short-term contract to June 2024

Required: Suitably experienced parties to provide technical advisory services across a range of areas related to gender equality, disability and social inclusion


Program Background


About P4I


Partnerships for Infrastructure (P4I) is an Australian Government initiative partnering with Southeast Asia to foster inclusive growth through sustainable infrastructure. P4I works with and provides services to Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The focus is on infrastructure planning and prioritisation, procurement, and policy and regulation, using technical advisory services, government partnerships, and regional learning and networking. All services include the cross-cutting priorities of gender equality, disability and social inclusion, and disaster risk reduction and climate change.

Delivered through a single team, the initiative is led by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in collaboration with Ernst & YoungAdam Smith InternationalThe Asia Foundation and Ninti One.

P4I has a regional hub office in Bangkok, with staff in Canberra and each target country location. More information about P4I is available at www.partnershipsforinfrastructure.org


P4I’s Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) approach seeks to foster transformational change in the inclusion and empowerment of women, people with disabilities and Indigenous and marginalised peoples in Southeast Asia.

This approach directly supports P4I’s second intermediate outcome (IO): Southeast Asian agencies increasingly embed gender equality, disability, and social inclusion into infrastructure decisions and contributes to the successful achievement of all other IOs. These outcomes are framed clearly within P4I’s overarching goal to contribute to the development of quality infrastructure development in Southeast Asia.

The purpose of this tender is to identify experienced parties (individuals or companies) who can complement the existing GEDSI resources within P4I to provide country-based expertise on:

Design and quality assurance of GEDSI activities

Technical expertise in the implementation of GEDSI activities.


Panel members are engaged through a Tasking Note and are then mobilised quickly for specific consultancy opportunities when they arise, minimising application and contracting processes.

Scope of Work

P4I invites applications from suitably experienced individuals or organisation(s) to form a GEDSI Panel of Expertise. The Panel is a database of organisations and individuals with demonstrated experience delivering high quality GEDSI technical assistance relevant to P4I’s mission and in line with the following technical services:

fostering organisational linkages (through partnership agreements between Australian and regional governments and other entities, dialogue platforms, study tours and secondments);

technical and policy advice (quick response advice, capacity building, policy analysis and recommendations, procedures and tools, coaching);

project advice (pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, safeguards analysis, inclusion and resilience advice, financing strategies, procurement support, project costing), and;

knowledge and learning (policy and dialogue fora, knowledge products, research, external communications, education and training).

The scope of works will vary across a range of categories:

  • Strategy and Planning
    •              Governance and policy
    •        Human-centred design/ universal design
    •       Public Financial Management
    • Gender-responsive budgeting
    • Social analysis
    • Research
    • Social impact measurement
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Sector
    • Infrastructure
    • Digital
    • Energy
    • Telecommunications
    • Transport
  • Thematic
    • Gender equality and women’s empowerment
    • Disability
    • Social inclusion
    • Indigenous
    • Disaster risk reduction and climate change
    • Resettlement
    • Fragile States / Post conflict
  • Relationship and Engagement
    • Capacity building
    • Civil society
    • Community consultation  

Selection criteria

At least 7 years’ experience as a GEDSI specialist in international program delivery.

Post-graduate qualifications related to GEDSI, economics, and/or international development from a well-recognised institution.

Demonstrated understanding of GEDSI in an international development context. Demonstrated understanding of GEDSI in infrastructure development in Southeast Asia and/or Australia will be an advantage.

Excellent professional writing, editing, communication and presentation skills (in English).

Ability to work in a complex environment across a diverse team (both virtually and in person).

Proven ability to prioritise, coordinate and drive multiple activities while producing high-quality outputs.

Terms of engagement

Successful candidates will be contracted through a Deed of Standing Offer contract.

Members of the panel will be engaged through Tasking Notes, distributed by P4I activity leads to suppliers with services and rates reflecting those put forward by candidates during the Request for Quotation process. Tasking Notes will include additional relevant terms such as duration of the engagement. Suppliers will be free to engage on activities once the tasking note is signed by the P4I’s Senior Operations Manager.  

Opportunities will be made available to members on an as-needed basis and offered in a range of ways, including, but not limited to: open calls to all panel members; limited calls for expressions of interest; and occasional cases of sole sourcing.

Each opportunity is dependent on an assignment’s requirements and the skillsets of the available panel members. Inputs will vary in terms of scope and duration, depending on the needs identified.

Being a member of P4I’s GEDSI Panel provides no guarantee of work. The panel will operate in accordance with Australia’s Commonwealth Procurement Rules.

Please note, all Intellectual Property created under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) contracts or subcontracts is vested with the Australian Government (or its nominee) immediately upon its creation.

Application Instructions

When applying to the panel, please include the following information:

Details of individual’s name and CV of relevant works (2-pages maximum). If an organisation, please include organisation name, the names of advisers being nominated and include their CVs.

A brief cover letter that speaks to your CV’s details, outlining how your experience, capabilities and qualifications are relevant to the tender scope of works and P4I’s objectives (1 page maximum)

Specialisations you would like to be considered for, as detailed in the Scope of Works, by filing out the GEDSI Panel – Register of experience.

Names and contact details of three referees. One from your most recent consultancy, the second from a recent long-term employment and the third of your choosing.

Please provide a quotation on the provision of your services for a single day using AUD currency.

Please submit applications and queries to the P4I Procurement Manager at tenders@partnershipsforinfrastructure.org, with the subject: “GEDSI Panel of Expertise.”

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm (Bangkok time) on Monday 28 November 2022.

Preferential Procurement

Suppliers located in P4I’s partner countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam) are strongly encouraged to apply. We can also accept applications from those who wish to work remotely from other countries.

P4I is committed to promoting and empowering local Indigenous and marginalised groups from within the region and strongly encourages suppliers identifying as such, or with experience to engage such groups, to apply.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contractors are strongly encouraged to apply.

ANNEX: GEDSI Panel – Register of experience

Please add an ‘X’ to all categories that apply.

GEDSI-Specific Expertise Category                                 
Strategy and Planning Governance / policy  
Human-centred design / universal design  
Public Finance Management  
Gender-responsive budgeting  
Social analysis  
Social impact measurement  
Sector Infrastructure  
Thematic Gender equality and women’s empowerment  
Social Inclusion  
First Nations Australian  
Indigenous / Ethnic minorities  
fragile states / post-conflict  
Relationships and Engagement Capacity building  
Civil society  
Community consultation  
Australian Government  
Other bilaterals  
Multinational Development Banks  
Country Southeast Asia/ASEAN  
Timor Leste  
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