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Gender and Economics Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, KENYA|
|Application Deadline :||24-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 months|
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.
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.
Women in East and Southern Africa represent the most deprived group of the population in spite of their paramount social and economic role. They have limited access to, and control over critical resources, as a result of social, cultural and economic norms. UN Women’s programmatic work to support women’s economic empowerment in the region is centered around three pillars: (i) Improving women’s access to climate resilient agricultural value chains; (ii) Promoting and strengthening women entrepreneurship; and (ii) Enhancing women’s income security and social protection.
COVID 19 hit East and Southern Africa at the beginning of the second quarter of 2020. The pandemic has exacerbated existing gender inequalities in economic opportunities across East and Southern Africa where most people earn their livelihoods through the informal economy. The shock triggered by COVID-19 came at time when the region’s economy was already plagued by rising income inequality, financial fragility and mounting debt, and limited fiscal space by Governments. The socio-economic impact of the pandemic affected women disproportionally in the region as a result of their overrepresentation among very small businesses, and informal and vulnerable workers. The lockdown measures have also increased the unpaid care burden of the region or rates of Gender Based Violence against women and girls.
The populations most at risk during pandemics such as COVID 19 include those who depend heavily on the informal economy; are in areas prone to shocks; have inadequate access to social services or political influence; limited capacities and opportunities to cope and adapt and little or no access to technologies. In Kenya COVID-19 has exposed the extent of inequalities between women who comprise 50.5 percent of the total population and men in Kenya in terms of social and economic systems. Women were already more likely to be multidimensionally poor than their male counterparts (65 percent compared to 56 percent of men). Women in Kenya also comprise 70% of low wage earners. Many work in the informal sector employed or running micro and small enterprises. Layering gender on to these vulnerabilities, brings into sharp focus how pandemics such as COVID-19 are likely to deepen gender and other inequalities. Addressing the shocks to women’s economic and productive lives, as well as their economic and social rights, is central then to Kenya’s immediate and long-term recovery plans and to “building back better”. In 2020, it is believed that up to 14.3m Kenyans were affected by Covid-19 more so, the 36.1% who live below the poverty line, especially women.
The restrictions in movement and social distancing leads to isolation in which domestic violence can thrive. The strain due to a reduction or loss of incomes by male heads of households and lack of healthy outlets to deal with the psychological strain of not meeting the social norm expectations on being a provider are some of the factors that are contributing to the spike in GBV in Kenya. Overall, there was a 75% increase in calls to the national Health Care Assistance Kenya (HA)K hotline during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya (comparing February 2020 call data and May 2020).
To respond to the crisis, Governments across the region are spending significant resources to provide immediate support measures and to boost economic recovery through ‘fiscal stimulus’ packages. It is important to ensure that adopted economic stimulus and recovery package are gender responsive and address equity gaps. UN Women has developed a range of policy tools to support Governments in identifying and addressing the gender impacts of the pandemic, including one on “How to Assess and Engender Fiscal Stimulus Packages to Respond to the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19” which is the focus of this assignment and can be accessed through http://unwo.men/Aj0750EBf6L .
UN Women, with support from the Government of Korea, is launching the programme “Engendering Fiscal Stimulus Packages and Recovery Efforts Adopted in Response to the COVID-19 Health and Economic crises” to support Governments in East and Southern Africa in engendering fiscal stimulus packages through direct advice and technical assistance, as well as advocacy and policy dialogue. UN Women is seeking to engage the services of a national economist to conduct the assessment, serve as project coordinator and expert for the implementation of the project in Kenya.
Reporting to the Policy Advisor – Women’s Economic Empowerment within the ESARO office and working closely with the WEE Analyst/Team Lead at the Kenya Country Office, the National consultant is responsible for implementing the programme “Engendering Fiscal Stimulus Packages and Recovery Efforts” which includes coordinating relationships with national partners and stakeholders, monitoring and reporting, and managing the finances. He/she will work under the overall guidance and support of the Regional Programme Coordinator, Gender and Economics in the Regional Office.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment:
Management of Kenya based Project:
Technical assistance and advice on engendering fiscal stimulus packages:
Capacity Building Initiatives for partners and other stakeholders:
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Required Skills and Experience
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.
UN Women Personal History form (P-11) can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment/application-process
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.