The Gender Analysis Competency Framework is a description of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to conduct gender analysis. The framework outlines the core competencies for varying levels of experience.
The Framework is broken into three sections:
- The 5 W’s (What, Why, Where, When and Who of Gender Analysis)
- How: Applying Gender Analysis
- Organizational and Cultural Support
While the competencies are separated out into individual categories, they are clearly interrelated.
The framework identifies three levels of competence: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. These do not necessarily align with seniority.
- Basic: Appropriate for those who are interested in understanding gender analysis or expected to participate in part of the process; or for senior leaders who need to know how to commission and interpret gender analyses.
- Intermediate: Appropriate for those practicing gender analyses in day-to-day work; or for those expected to work with experts.
- Advanced: Appropriate for gender advisors or those working in the area of gender equity; or for those who need to be experts in gender analysis.
The framework is appropriate for several applications:
This framework is intended for assessing individual-level competencies. However, for gender analysis experts to be effective, they need to operate in a supportive organizational context. This includes: leadership support (including at least a basic level of gender analysis competency on the part of leaders) as well as resources (time, money, personnel) for individuals to develop the competencies and to execute gender analysis. Without these organizational supports, investing in the development of individuals’ competencies will have limited impact.
This document was prepared by the Institute for Gender and the Economy with financial support from Women and Gender Equality Canada.
It is available for you to adapt for your own uses, with proper credit to the original source. Please cite this document as: Institute for Gender and the Economy, “Gender Analysis Competency Matrix”, 2020, www.gendereconomy.org/gender-analysis-competency-framework.