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Gender Equality in the Energy Sector in Brazil

The British Embassy in Brasília is commissioning an evidence-based study to support the Prosperity Fund Energy Programme.


The British Embassy in Brasília is commissioning an evidence-based study to assess i) gender diversity in the energy sector in Brazil; ii) the impacts of clean energy on women; and iii) gender-responsive strategies in the design, implementation and evaluation of energy interventions to inform and support the Prosperity Fund Energy Programme.

The aim of the proposal is to identify and analyse gender equality indicators, best practices and propose recommendations on how the programme can improve the livelihoods of women and children, including through increased women participation in the energy sector in Brazil and through gender mainstreaming in the project. The report should provide an analysis of the positive impacts of women participation in the energy sector and the benefits of affordable and accessible clean energy to poorer households.


The British Embassy in Brazil is seeking a gender and energy specialist to undertake research to assess and analyse data regarding gender diversity and mainstreaming in the energy sector. The report should tackle the following main areas of study:

(1) indicators both on the public and private sector on women’s participation in the energy sector, the sector’s biggest gaps for reaching gender equality, best practices already in place and recommendations for reaching gender equality

(2) Impact assessment of women in the energy sector in Brazil, how their presence in decision-making can influence best and more diverse practices supporting an inclusive and successful clean energy transition

(3) Assess the impacts of transitioning to clean energy on women

(4) Propose gender-responsive strategies to be applied in the design, implementation and evaluation of energy interventions.

Issues to include:

  • highlight all relevant gender considerations, crosscutting gender issues related to time poverty, lack of electrification in rural areas, women’s health and well-being and under-representation in employment and decision making across the energy sector
  • propose specific indicators related to issues identified above to be incorporated into the programme´s log frame
  • consider a gender-responsive approach through designing opportunities for women in energy technology and innovation
  • understand the extent to which gender is being mainstreamed in energy policies at national levels
  • produce credible and reliable data (sex, disability, and age disaggregated)

The work should result in the delivery of a report on gender on energy sector in Brazil including (i) Data on women in the energy sector, analysis and propositions of possible actions; (ii) Analysis of the impact of women in the decision making process in the energy sector and of gender-responsive considerations throughout the entire project cycle.

Data on women in the energy sector, analysis and propositions of possible actions should consider the number of women working in all areas inside the energy sector and their main role. This data will feed in to an analysis of the biggest challenges for women on the energy sector. It should also consider what are the successful best practices to increase the number of women on the Energy Sector. As a result, it should point out action plan that the British Embassy in Brasília can implement through the energy programme.

Impact analysis of women’s role in the energy sector should assess the effects of lack of diversity in decision-making process in women’s lives. It will point out possible existing gaps in Brazil’s public policies in promoting gender equality and set out recommendations to include more women. It should indicate the impacts of stronger women participation in promoting transition to clean energy. As a result, we should be able to contribute to ensure the SDG 5 is successful.

Issues to assess while considering gender impacts may include:

  • the expected impact of the intervention (benefits and losses) on girls, boys, women and men of all ages, in the context of prevailing gender norms
  • the impact on gender norms at household, community or wider societal levels. This should include any consequences for changes in status, power and influence between girls/women and boys/men and any significant changes anticipated in their roles, responsibilities and expectations
  • does the intervention address the immediate and underlying barriers that prevent many girls and women from accessing opportunities created?
  • how will any risks and unintended negative consequences be avoided or mitigated against, and monitored? Consider specific risks, including gender based violence
  • are relevant outcomes and outputs being measured, including through results data disaggregated by age and sex?
  • consider particular challenges related to the energy sector in Brazil: displacement of women and poor groups; land grabbing as a result of large investment in wind plants; violence against women and no free mobility as a result of lack of public lighting and energy access

The outputs to be delivered are:

  • full Report in English, digital and physical
  • executive summary in both languages, English and Portuguese, digital and physical
  • report presentation to be held at British Embassy or British Consulate

All the surveys and studies should be supported with evidence and sources of research. It should consider the most recent information available.

Sending the proposals

The proposals must include:

  • all elements which will be considered for tender evaluation (more information in Evaluation criteria doc), such as names and curriculum of the technical team of consultant (s) who will undertake the study and suggested methodology and sources to be applied in the research
  • financial proposal of the study considering all charges and fees, in the range presented in item 5 of the Terms of Reference

The parties interested to apply for this work should submit their proposals to by 12:00pm 25 October 2018. For any queries during the application time, please forward an email to

Terms of Reference

Full information on the document attached.

Evaluation Criteria

Please see evaluation criteria on the document attached.

Published 17 October 2018