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National consultancy for the development of reports on gender performance of target security institutions in Nigeria
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Abuja, Nigeria, NIGERIA|
|Application Deadline :||27-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||55 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.
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. The active participation of women and girls in shaping their future, based on a recognition of their dignity and capacities, is posited in several global policy frameworks as a basic condition to promote gender equality and women’s rights. SDG 16 “Peace, Justice and effective, accountable, inclusive Institutions” and SDG 5 “Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls” are understood and implemented together, as interdependent and synergic goals. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts to build effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
In Nigeria, gender inequality is widespread due to patriarchy, imbalance in socio-economic opportunities, cultural and religious factors and inadequate enabling legal and policy frameworks, among other factors. The violence or threat of violence that women and girls face is a consistent thread, ranging from domestic violence, traditional harmful practices, fear of standing for elected office, sexual harassment of girls and young women, among others, with consequences that constrain women’s autonomy and life chances. Against this backdrop, UN Women works to support Government’s national priorities, which prioritizes the empowerment of women and girls and their contribution to all areas of economic, political and social development. The objective of building and sustaining peace and security across the country is critical for Nigeria, which faces several security challenges including the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, the Farmers/Herders conflict in the Middle Belt, and conflicts over natural resources in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
Nigeria’s National Action Plan (NAP) for implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 acknowledges the need to promote gender-responsive security sector reforms, although full-scale implementation at policy and operational levels remains a challenge to date. Despite ongoing measures by security institutions and partners amidst increasing commitment to gender responsive operations and security institutions, critical gaps and challenges remain. In April 2020, UN Women launched the project “Enhancing Gender Responsive Security Sector Reform and Strengthening Community-Security Relations” with support from the Government of Germany. The project was launched in response to gaps identified in women’s representation in the security sector and the wider need for a gender-responsive approach to security operations. This project aims to enhance gender sensitive security sector (SSIs) operations and foster community dialogue between women affected by conflict and security sector actors through three pillars of engagement. First, at the strategic level, the project will seek to put in place an enabling gender-sensitive policy environment including through policy dialogue and policy development. Second, the project will support capacity building for security personnel through the development and roll-out of relevant training curriculum and materials, particularly for front-line personnel. And lastly, support to meaningful engagement and collaboration by affected women, and women's organizations with security sector institutions and personnel in community security.
Under the first component, UN Women has supported the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs to launch and convene the Security Sector Gender Reference Group, comprising of Gender Advisers and Focal Points from a wide range of security sector institutions, co-chaired by the Armed Forces of Nigeria. The Group objectives include to:
As it relates to the last objective, the group has identified as part of its annual work-plan, the generation of an annual report on the gender performance of Nigeria’s security sector institutions, case studies of good practice, and emerging developments and entry points for policy engagement. It has also developed a basic monitoring framework in this regard. Moreover, UN Women intends to develop a consolidated report of good practices linked to its support on gender-responsive security sector interventions in Nigeria over the last three years. To provide technical support towards this endeavour, UN Women will recruit a national consultant to develop the Annual Report on Gender Performance of Nigeria’s Security Sector, as well as a consolidated report of good practices on gender-responsive security sector intervention in Nigeria, supported by UN Women over the last three years (2019-2021).
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of the consultancy is to develop a Report on the Gender Performance of Nigeria’s Security Sector Institutions, and a consolidated report of good practices on gender-responsive security sector intervention in Nigeria, supported by UN Women over the last three years. Both reports will also include case studies of good practice, lesson learned, and developments and entry points for enhanced policy engagement and performance.
Under the supervision of the UN Women and working closely with the chair and co-chair of the Reference Group, and strong engagement with its members, the consultant will:
In addition, under the supervision of the UN Women management, programme and communications team, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
The selected consultant will be expected to complete the following key-deliverables within the indicative timeframe:
Under the strategic guidance of the Country Representative and in partnership with the UN Women and Reference Group chairs, the proponent will develop and deliver the above listed outputs in accordance with the above outlined timeframe and specifications.
Core Values / Guiding Principles:
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in Law, Social Science, Gender Studies, International Development, Human Rights, Political Science, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies or any related field.
Duration of the Assignment
The assignment is expected to take 55 working days from the date of signing the contract.