Home based Consultant, Gender and Humanitarian Action Developing Guidance on Working with Women’s Organizations and Intersectionality in Humanitarian Contexts



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Location : Homebased
Application Deadline :14-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Oct-2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :50 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.


Background

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.

Crises tend to affect women and girls differently and disproportionally. Pre-existing gender-based discrimination and inequalities exacerbate the impact of crises on women and girls as inequality tends to worsen in humanitarian contexts, leaving women that are already facing enormous challenges with fewer options for recovery. Intersecting aspects of identities including disability, SOGIESC, women headed households, young women, adolescent girls, older women, or women belonging to indigenous, minority or marginalized groups, can additionally further determine how people are affected and how they recover.  Still, current assessments show persistent gender bias in which women’s needs are neglected and systematically underfunded.

UN Women’s humanitarian unit, as part of the Peace, Security and Humanitarian Section, works to ensure that women play a greater role in and are better served by humanitarian response and recovery. UN Women is integrating gender in humanitarian planning cycles and responses and supporting humanitarian actors to better address and respond to the intersectional needs of women and girls. The organization also focuses on supporting women and girls in all their diversity to meet their needs in times of crisis, recover from crisis, build resilience and strengthen countries’ abilities to rebuild better and equal. To this end, UN-Women prioritizes support to amplify women’s voices, leadership and agency through technical and financial support to women’s organizations, including those women’s organizations on intersecting identities (disability, SOGIESC, community led). UN-Women currently contributes to humanitarian and refugee coordination mechanisms in 47 country and regional contexts and supports over 1,200 local women’s organizations to guide and implement humanitarian activities, improving gender-equitable outcomes and accountability to affected populations. As UN Women is scaling up its programmes in humanitarian settings, the organization now seeks to develop two internal guidance to capture lessons learned and promote standardization of its work with women’s organizations and on working on intersectionality (disability, SOGIESC, minorities etc) in humanitarian contexts.


Duties and Responsibilities

Objective and Scope:

The objective of this assignment is to document UN Women’s humanitarian programme models and develop two internal guidance documents that capture lessons learnt and facilitates replication and scale-up. The first guidance document seeks to analyze UN Women’s current partnerships with local women’s organizations in humanitarian settings and provide practical guidance on how UN Women and other humanitarian actors can best support their engagement and leadership of humanitarian responses to best support their agendas. The second internal guidance document will analyze UN Women’s work on intersecting aspects of identities (including disability, SOGIESC, women headed households, young women, adolescent girls, older women, or women belonging to indigenous, minority or marginalized groups) to capture lessons learnt and promote standardization of UN Women’s humanitarian programming models through practical guidance.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Chief and the Research Specialist of the Humanitarian Normative and Coordination Action.     

The following are the key deliverables of the consultancy that should lead to the production of  two final internal guidance documents:

  1. Develop a detailed Inception and  Workplan, to be approved by UN Women.
  2. Review key internal documentation (programme documents, annual reports etc.) as well as external documentation (policy documents, academic and grey literature as relevant) as relates to UN Women’s work with women’s organizations and intersectionality.
  3. Conduct internal and external consultations to inform the development of the products.
  4. Develop an initial Outline for the Guidance notes to be submitted to UN Women for comments and feedback
  5. Complete a draft Guidance Note on support to women’s organizations in humanitarian action, to be submitted to UN Women for comments and feedback.
  6. Complete a draft Guidance Note on Intersectionality in humanitarian action, to be submitted to UN Women for comments and feedback.
  7. Finalize a Guidance Note on support to women’s organizations in humanitarian action that is ready for publication and incorporates UN Women’s comments and feedbacks.
  8. Finalize a Guidance Note on Intersectionality in humanitarian action that is ready for publication and incorporates UN Women’s comments and feedbacks.
  9. Participate in  webinar training(s) for UN Women staff to introduce the products.

To complete the deliverables, the Senior Researcher will be required to review existing materials as well as undertake remote interviews with UN Women’s staff members and partners. The two guidance notes should provide practical guidance to standardize UN Women’s approach in humanitarian settings based on lessons learned and successful practices.  

Outputs and Deliverables:

The following deliverables are expected to be completed:

 

 

Deliverables

 No. of working days (total 35 days)

1

Development of workplan

 

2 days

2

Review key documentation and conduct internal and external consultations and interviews.

12 days 

3

Draft outlines for the Guidance note on Support to women’s organizations and outline for Guidance note on Intersectionality

4 days

5

Complete a draft Guidance Note on support to women’s organizations and complete a draft Guidance Note on intersectionality

20 days

6

Finalize Guidance Note on support to women’s organizations and finalize Guidance Note on intersectionality

10 days

7

Participate in  webinar training(s)

2 days

 


Competencies

Corporate Competencies: 

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement

 

Functional Competencies: 

  • Demonstrated grasp and understanding of gender issues, in general, and preferably in the UN system.
  • Excellent knowledge of principles and methods of knowledge management and evaluation, particularly in the context of international development.
  • Strong analytical skills, including ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information with a discerning sense for quality of data.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to work with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Creativity, innovation, and initiative.
  • Result oriented.
  • Ability of facilitation.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, humanitarian action or a related field is required.

Experience:

  • Demonstrated grasp and understanding of humanitarian and gender issues, in general, and preferably in the UN system.
  • Excellent knowledge of principles and methods of knowledge management, particularly in the context of international development.
  • Familiarity with the humanitarian system and its processes
  • Track record of report writing and/or research reports on gender-related aspects of humanitarian action/peace and security/development

 

Language:

Full proficiency in English (written and spoken).

 

Recommended Application

The following documents should be submitted:

 

  1. Personal CV and P11 (All applications must provide the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment), indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  2. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how they will approach and complete the assignment. A methodology is recommended for intellectual services, but may be omitted for support services [Note: this is optional for support services]; 

 

IMPORTANT

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

 

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

 



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