International Consultant to develop guidelines to address gender and social norms including masculinities that perpetuate HIV and GBV among women and girls

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Location : Home Based, SOUTH SUDAN
Application Deadline :26-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :25 days

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The Unified Budget, Results, and Accountability Framework (UBRAF) is UNAIDS instrument to maximize the coherence, coordination, and impact of the UN’s response to AIDS by combining the efforts of the UN Cosponsors and UNAIDS Secretariat. The UBRAF aims at achieving UNAIDS long-term vision of zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero discrimination by catalysing and leveraging resources for the AIDS response but also for broader health, development, and human rights outcomes. UN Women as an important partner in this process collaborated with UNAIDS in 2020 and 2021 to address key HIV/GBV thematic linkage areas. This year, UN Women has a special focus on policy-oriented tools through its defined plan to develop guidelines to address gender and social norms including masculinities that perpetuate HIV and GBV among women and girls. Indeed, there are several studies on GBV and social norms including masculinities but there has never been a single study that relates HIV and GBV in the face of toxic masculinities in South Sudan that this study seeks to address.

Organizational Context:

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace, and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women has been working in South Sudan since 2011, implementing programming in the areas of; Women Peace and Security; Women's Leadership and Participation; Women’s Economic Empowerment; and Ending Violence against Women and Girls. UN Women is also working in partnership with NGOs, other UN agencies, and local and national government entities, to leverage humanitarian response efforts and bridge the humanitarian-development nexus. These efforts are also to promote gender-responsive planning, programming, effective gender coordination, gender justice, women peace and security, as well as challenging inequalities that are based on entrenched gender norms, harmful to women and girls.

UN Women has a triple mandate, and in addition to the coordination and operational actions touched upon above, UN Women ensures that a comprehensive and dynamic set of norms, policies and standards on gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls is strengthened and implemented. Specifically, in South Sudan this sees the Government of South Sudan fulfilling its international reporting obligations on CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action, UNSCR 1325, Maputo Plan of Action, and the Sustainable Development Goals. 


The new UNAIDS strategy highlights the importance of gender equality in tackling the HIV epidemic. Target 7 in the Strategy aims for 90 percent of women and girls to live free from gender inequality and gender-based violence to mitigate the risk and impact of HIV. Among others, the strategy highlights mobilizing communities to promote egalitarian gender norms, engage men and boys and end gender-based, sexual, and intimate-partner violence as a critical action. The proposed guideline will advance and guide policy intervention to HIV/GBV related issues in the country and it will serve as a main point of advocacy within and outside the UN System including the government of South Sudan and the stakeholders that work with us.

Duties and Responsibilities

The key objectives of the consultancy are below:

The objective of this guideline is to provide intellectual guide on HIV/GBV relates in the face of toxic masculinities through a thorough examination of literature and consultations that will examine a comparative area of intervention of Awiel, Bor and Akobo. the study is expected to produce two main tools. The guideline on HIV/ GBV interlinked with social norms and toxic masculinities and Actions coalition on addressing harm traditional practices. 

The consultants will employ a participatory methodology to carry out the Review, considering current restrictions on travel and meetings during the global health crisis prevailing in 2020. The consultants will engage relevant actors, including within the UN system, donors, think tanks, academia and CSOs, with an eye on ensuring wide ownership of the process and its findings. Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Country Representative, the Consultants will perform the following functions in South Sudan:


The consultants will be expected to deliver on the following:

  1. Inception paper: the paper should include proposed literature, consultations, and piloting guidelines;
  2. Draft report (max 8000-10000 words, Times New Roman, 12 font) and Executive Summary of no more than 2 pages to promote the dissemination of and communications on the Review.  The draft should include an overview of the research methodology;
  3. Draft presentation.  The draft guideline will be presented by the consultant at an expert meeting to be organized by UN Women; 
  4. Submission of Final report.  The final paper will include a full description of the methodology used, key findings and recommendations, including for policy and programming.


Integrity/Commitment to mandate:

  • Acts in accordance with UN WOMEN values and holds herself/himself accountable for actions taken. Demonstrates personal commitment to UN Women’s triple mandate and to the organizational vision.

Knowledge sharing/Continuous learning:

  • Takes responsibility for personal learning and career development and actively seeks opportunities to learn through formal and informal means;
  • Learns from others inside and outside the organization adopting best practices created by others;
  • Actively produces and disseminates new knowledge.

Valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciates differences in values and learns from cultural diversity;
  • Takes actions appropriate to the religious and cultural context and shows respect, tact and consideration for cultural differences;
  • Observes and inquires to understand the perspectives of others and continually examines his/her own biases and behaviors.

Managing Relationships:

Working in teams:

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues inside and outside of UN WOMEN to allow the achievement of common goals and shared objectives. Actively seeks resolution of disagreements and supports the decisions of the team.

Communicating information and ideas:

  • Delivers oral and written information in a timely, effective and easily understood manner;
  • Participates in meetings and group discussions actively listening and sharing information;
  • Frankly expresses ideas with the intent to resolve issues, considers what others have to say and responds appropriately to criticism.

Conflict and self-management:

  • Manages personal reactions by remaining calm, composed and patient even when under stress or during a crisis and avoids engaging in unproductive conflict;
  • Expresses disagreement in constructive ways that focus on the issue not the person. Tolerates conditions of uncertainty or ambiguity and continues to work productively.

Working with people:

Empowerment/Developing people/Performance management:

  • Integrates himself/herself into the work unit seeking opportunities to originate action and actively contributing to achieving results with other members of the team;
  • Knows his/her limitations and strength, welcomes constructive criticism and feedback, and gives honest and contractive feedback to colleagues and supervisors; 
  • Seeks new challenges and assignments and exhibits a desire to learn. Accepts responsibility for personal performance participating in individual work planning and objective setting seeking feedback and acting to continuously improve performance. 

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in one of the social sciences, gender studies, peace and conflict studies, or related field.

Skills & Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience in programme evaluation, M&E, and operational research; 
  • A minimum of five years professional work experience in gender and peacebuilding (research/programming/policy) is required;
  • Knowledge of development and implementation of gender and peacebuilding programmes/projects/research and/or evaluation of Ending violence against women and girls projects in UN contexts. Familiarity with the HIV/AIDS and GBV is an advantage.  

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) international consultant, and English and local Arabic for the national consultants.

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  • Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. Personal History Form P11 that can be downloaded from

Qualified women candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

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