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NATIONAL CONSULTANT TO CONDUCT A GENDER ANALYSIS AND PROPOSE A STRATEGY THAT AIMS AT DISMANTLING BARRIERS TO EDUCATION FOR GIRLS AND BOYS
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Juba, SOUTH SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||08-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||50 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 United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) mandate provides for support to catalytic and innovative programmes which promote gender equality, women’s empowerment, and human rights. Education is a human right and an essential tool for achieving equality, development, and peace. Non-discriminatory education benefits both men and women and ultimately equalizes relations between them. To become agents of change, girls must have equal access to educational opportunities. Literacy of women is key to improved health, nutrition, and education, and to the empowerment of women as full participants in decision making in society. Investment in formal and nonformal education and training for girls and women, with its exceptionally high social and economic return, has proved to be one of the best means of achieving sustainable development and economic growth. Every person must have access to basic education and other essential services. Without such access, the poor, and their children, will have little opportunity to improve their economic status or to participate fully in society. In recognition of the history of inequality and discrimination affecting women in South Sudan, women are entitled to remedial and affirmative measures. The purpose of such measures shall be to enable women to compete and participate based on equality with men in political, social, and economic life, and to gain access to opportunities and positions in public and private institutions.
It is against this background that UN Women is looking for a consultant who is passionate about education and literacy to conduct a gender assessment and propose a strategy that aims at dismantling barriers to education for girls and boys while improving the quality of education for both girls and boys in South Sudan. The findings from the gender analysis will inform the education sector on how learning outcomes can be improved for girls attending school at the three levels: primary school, secondary school, and tertiary education including TVET at secondary and tertiary level and non-formal TVET/ Vocational training access
What is known is that at each level of education, different barriers to girl’s education are experienced including negative community attitudes about the value of girls’ education, increasing domestic responsibilities, onset of puberty, early pregnancy, early marriage and the threat of sexual harassment, exploitation, and gender-based violence (GBV). These are compounded by poor parent/guardian-teacher/school relationships and inadequate hygiene/WASH facilities in schools. There are also many barriers to learning within the classroom and access to non-traditional education stream at tertiary level and TVET i.e Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For instance, teaching practices that privilege gender or are non-inclusive; teachers’ dispositions for gender bias, differential expectations of girls and boys; and poor-quality learning materials containing gender stereotypes. These and other factors discourage girls from learning.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main objective of this consultancy is to conduct a gender analysis of existing conditions and barriers to education faced by girls and boys at the three levels (primary, secondary and tertiary) and in 4 locations in South Sudan. Given the role of teachers in the education system, the consultant will also examine the number of teachers (disaggregated), teachings and teaching practices at pre-service and in-service levels with a gender lens and make recommendations regarding how the education sector can mitigate systemic barriers to education.
A Gender Assessment which includes, but is not limited to the following:
A Gender Strategy that includes, but is not limited to the following:
Required Skills and Experience
The application must include:
Please note, the system will only allow one attachment, and, hence please combine the multiples files while uploading the attachment.
Qualified women candidates are highly encouraged to apply.