Recruitment of a consultant to develop an Evidence-based Regional Action Plan for Africa

Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :05-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :100 Working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :100 working 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.


UNDP's core vision is to help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion. Addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key aspect of UNDP's approach to achieving its core vision. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and UNDP’s Strategic Plan, gender equality is both a goal and an essential catalyst to progress across all development outcomes. The UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2021, the third such strategy, provides a road map to elevate and integrate gender equality into all aspects of UNDP's work to reduce poverty, build resilience and achieve peace in communities and territories, helping to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda.

The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030. The design and implementation of the programme are guided by the AU’s Agenda 2063, the priorities of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), and the Maputo Plan of Action for the operationalization of the continental policy framework for sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as other key regional instruments. The Spotlight Initiative Regional Program for Africa aims to address regional bottlenecks and support regional commitments towards EVAW including strengthening existing strategies and initiatives, such as the AU Gender Strategy, the Gender Observatory, and the AU campaigns to end Child Marriage and African Union Initiative on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation. Stream I of the regional programme for Africa focuses on three pillars: (1) Legislations and policies, (5) Quality and reliable data, and (6) Strengthening the women’s movement in its relations with the African Union and other regional players. Under Stream I, UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA, and UNICEF are recipient UN organizations (RUNOs) that are jointly implementing resources and providing technical assistance and guidance to the AU, regional Civil Society Organization (CSOs), and other stakeholders for the implementation of the regional joint programme.

This work is related to the activity that seeks to Support the AUC to develop and rollout an evidence-based Regional Action Plan with an M&E Framework to provide strategic direction for Regional Partners and Members States to translate their commitments into action to EVAWG including SGBV/HP and SRHR.

Therefore, UNDP seeks to recruit a national consultant to support the development and rollout of an evidence- based Regional Action Plan with an M&E Framework in relation to EVAWG/HP and SRHR.

Duties and Responsibilities

The National Consultant will be also responsible for the following tasks

  • Support the preparation of the inception report with the work plan on the design, and methodology which indicates the contents and areas of focus of the Regional Action Plan with an M&E Framework including the draft outline of the proposed regional action plan;.
  • Undertake desk research, review, and analysis of relevant regional/national action plans to fully understand and take stock of existing regional/national action plans; and M&E Framework in relation to EVAWG/SRHR;
  • Support the regional consultations in partnership with AUC, UNDP and Equality Now to understand the key areas of focus and the gaps and to inform the content of the Regional Action Plan;
  • Based on the regional consultations, support the development of a comprehensive Regional Action Plan with an M&E Framework that can be used by the regional partners and other key stakeholders;
  • Support the development of the Regional Action Plan with an M&E Framework on EVAWG including SGBV/HP and SRHR which focuses on prevention and response strategies that are based on evidence, and that can be systematically monitored and evaluated to assess their effectiveness;
  • Share the draft Regional Action Plan with an established technical working group comprising of all RUNOs and Regional Partners including (AUC, RECs, and CSOs) for their review and feedback. Work with the UNDP programme team, AUC and Equality Now to conduct a virtual/online regional validation meeting with key stakeholders to validate the final draft Regional Action Plan and for your incorporation and final manual;
  • Present the final endorsed Regional Action Plan to UNDP and AUC for approval;
  • Develop a plan for the rollout of the Regional Action Plan;
  • Support the rollout of the Regional Action plan through consultation and validation workshops online/in-person with the AUC, other regional bodies, and member states;
  • Produce consultation and validation workshops reports with recommendations based on the inputs from workshop participants


  • Demonstrate solid professional competence and expert knowledge in the area of EVAWG and SRHR;
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Be able to communicate easily and effectively, using various communication channels;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Good knowledge of the African Union, RECs and other regional partners;

Required Skills and Experience


  •  Masters Degree in gender and development, social work, law, human rights, development studies, public policy, human rights,economics, business administration or any other social science discipline;


  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in undertaking regional consultations, design of national/regional action plans related to EVAWG and SRHR, and rollout of newly developed action plans/tools relevant to the assignment;
  • Thorough understanding of laws and policies including existing national action plans on EVAWG and SRHR in the Africa Region context, and experience working with regional organizations/institutions (AU/RECs) supporting efforts of EVAWG and SRHR;
  • Practical experience in integrating EVAWG and SRHR into development programs in various contexts through applying diverse tools, approaches;
  • Experience in, and ability to coordinate and interact at the professional level with partners including AUC, RECs, UN Agencies, and the Member States;
  • Current knowledge and understanding of the latest development on national, regional and/or international laws/policies including national action plans on EVAWG and SRHR in Africa;


  • Fluency in English, both written and oral. Working knowledge of another UN language preferably French (relevant to the region in which this position is based) is an asset;


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