The outputs of the GESI laboratory in India, covered in these terms of reference, are three loan
proposals (hereafter, the proposals) on disadvantaged groups in select states and endorsed by state
1. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) South Asia Department (SARD) has recently developed a gender
equality and social inclusion (GESI) framework with accompanying guidance notes. The purpose is to
assist the SARD’s GESI teams, sector divisions, resident missions, and project teams in fulfilling the
GESI-related mandates of ADB’s Strategy 2030 in South Asia. The GESI Framework provides guides for
delivering the first two operational priorities (OPs) of Strategy 2030: OP1 is “addressing remaining
poverty and reducing inequalities,” and OP2 is “accelerating progress in gender equality.”
2. The SARD GESI Framework is the result of a two-year assessment, which involved a review of reliable
secondary data and consultations with government officials, identity- and advocacy-based civil society
organizations (CSOs), and academics in South Asia. It builds on ADB’s established practices in
integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment approaches in its operations. It also seeks to
address one of the key findings of this consultative process—which is the need to respond to
intersecting inequalities experienced by women and excluded and vulnerable groups more systematically
due to their overlapping disadvantaged identities and conditions: gender, disabilities, age (older
people and disadvantaged youth), social identities (e.g., caste, ethnicity, and religion), sexual
orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC), geographic location and
income status, and migrant status—through its operations (i.e., country partnership strategies and
portfolio and pipeline programs and projects) in its six developing member countries (DMCs).
Screening Criteria 1
"The international GESI experts should have at least 10 years of in-depth experience in GESI-related work in South Asia, proven ability to facilitate stakeholder consultations, publishing records in relevant fields,"
Screening Criteria 2
"Preferably a post-graduate degree in social science, sociology, socio-anthropology, social psychology, or other related fields."