International Consultant-For moderation of the session to support partnerships between the African Union (AU), regional faith-based organizations, and communities of traditional leaders



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Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :15-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
17-Sep-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :One Month
Expected Duration of Assignment :One Month

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

The Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Program (SIARP) is guided by the 2030 Agenda, the AU Agenda 2063, AU Gender Strategy, the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol), and other Africa regional instruments. SIARP has a continental scope and will work towards the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls, including harmful practices. The SIARP is implemented in two streams whereby UN Women leads the overall coordination of Stream I that aims to promote regional response to addressing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Harmful Practices (HP) and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Africa.

Stream I focuses on the following pillars: Pillar 1 on legislation and policies; Pillar 5 on quality and reliable data, as well as Pillar 6 on supporting women’s movements and relevant civil society organizations. UN Women further leads in implementation of activities under Pillar 6 of Stream I in close collaboration with the other UN partner organizations namely UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF.  

The African Union Commission is a strategic partner and counterpart of the program, as well as a signatory of the Program Document. The AUC is therefore consulted on all SIARP Stream 1 activities, and where possible there is joint implementation of these activities. Further to this is the role of civil society networks and academic institutions, who provide normative insight and guidance on the key priorities of the initiative

In line with this, UN Women under SIARP Stream I aims to to support and enhance partnerships, knowledge, and skills of regional faith-based organizations (FBOs) and communities of traditional leaders (CTLs) in AUC platforms and other high-level forums in preventing and responding to SGBV, harmful practices and promotion of SRHR in Africa. The program will also establish linkages of RECs (the EAC, COMESA, ECOWAS, and SADC) with the traditional leaders, religious/faith leaders and the CSOs in establishing interlinkages in working on EVAWG, HP and SRHR with the traditional leaders and CSOs.

As part of this area of work, UN Women will organize two consultative sessions amongst the AUC, RECs, FBOs, CTLs, and other civil society groups. The first session is planned for October 5th -7th, 2021. The hybrid session is expected to bring together 50 participants from sub-Saharan Africa, where some participants will attend the session physically while some will join virtually.  UN Women is seeking a seasoned moderator to facilitate discussions at the session at the beginning of October and develop guidelines on engagement with traditional leaders based on the findings of the discussion.

One of the key expected outputs from the event is the development of guidelines form engaging faith and traditional leaders. The moderator would be expected to support the finalization of the agenda and moderation of the October 2021 session and lead the development of both the meeting report and guidelines on engaging faith and traditional leaders in Africa.

Key objectives of the activity

The overall objective of this activity is to support partnerships between the African Union, regional faith-based organizations, and communities of traditional leaders, and strengthen their engagement in the EVAWG, SGBV, harmful practices and promotion of SRHR in Africa.

To achieve this overarching objective, the SIARP will 

  • Undertake a rapid mapping to identify key regional FBOs and CTLs in Africa that will be engaged in the regional consultations with the AUC, as well as mechanisms for engagement 
  • Develop and publish guidelines/framework on engagement with and accountability of regional faith-based organizations, and communities of traditional leaders, in collaboration with the AUC
  • Create spaces for dialogue and joint reflection amongst regional FBOs, CTLs and the AUC to identify emerging opportunities to advance progress on EVAWG, harmful practices as well as sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.
  • Review progress on commitments by regional FBOs, CTLs and the AUC in EVAWG, HP as well as SRHR, with the aim of developing more context specific commitments by the regional FBOs, CTLs, in collaboration with the AUC
  • Increase interaction and strengthen collaboration between different stakeholders, including the AUC and regional faith-based organizations, and communities of traditional leaders, on EVAWG/SRHR/HP/SGBV

Expected Results 

  • Strengthened and systematic partnerships between regional faith-based organizations, communities of traditional leaders, CSOs, and the AUC
  • Renewed commitment and accountability by the AUC regional faith-based organizations, and communities of traditional leaders, in their leadership role in EVAWG, HP and SRHR, through a common position on EVAWG, HP and SRHR; as well as key opportunities for engagement
  • Guidelines on the engagement of faith and traditional leaders developed

Participants

  • Each of the two convenings will bring together 50 participants from all the regions of Africa including regional faith-based organizations, and communities of traditional leaders, and representatives from the AUC, European Union Delegation to the African Union, CSOs (including the responsible partner- RP), RUNOs.
  • The mapping exercise will further inform the profile of the participants. 


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. The moderator will work under the guidance of the SIARP Program Coordinator, CSO engagement coordinator and in close collaboration with the SIARP team and the event planning committee
  2. The facilitator will submit to UN Women all deliverables within the contract period
  3. UN Women will provide all preparatory documentation in a timely manner and facilitate meetings as needed
  4. UN Women will meet all travel related expenses including a return economy ticket, reduced Daily Subsistence Allowance and related accommodation costs
  5. UN Women will pay for the consultancy fees for this assignment as per the signed contractual agreement


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

  1. In-depth knowledge of gender equality and women's rights issues.
  2. Demonstrated ability to moderate high level meetings, produce clear reports and guidance with in-depth analysis and strategic recommendations in English in the relevant field.
  3. Good communication and interpersonal skills, ability to foster networks and partnerships.
  1. Ability to complete complex assignments in a timely manner and delivery quality results


Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in International Development, Human Rights, Law or related field, with a strong expertise in Gender and Governance.  Relevant first level degree with over 10 years of relevant experience can be accepted in lieu of Master’s degree.

Expierence

  • At least 7 years of experience in the development sector preferably in Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.
  • Strong understanding of policy and legal frameworks on gender equality and human rights.
  • Solid experience facilitating/moderating abilities of high-level regional forums
  • Experience in results-based programming on initiatives that address the issues affecting women and girls with hands on experience in project management

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Please note that applications without a completed and signed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • UNWomen Personal History form (P-11) can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment.

UNWOMEN 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.



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