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National Consultant to support the Development of a Gender Profiles for the Government of Namibia
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||02-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||45 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 and Rationale:
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.
UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office (SAMCO) works to advance implementation of the agency’s normative, operational and coordination mandate, in close partnerships with the Government of Namibia, the United Nations Country Team and civil society organizations.
SAMCO and the Government of Namibia acknowledge the centrality of gender equality and the empowerment of women to national development. This is reflected in national and international commitments to achieve gender equality goals, as outlined in national socio-economic policies including the National Gender Policy, the Country’s 5th National Development Plan 2017/18- 2021/22 also aiming at attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), CEDAW and Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA). Assessment of progress towards achieving the SDGs has been done and concrete steps taken towards strengthening the socio-economic response to advance national development priorities. In this regard the government, with the support of SAMCO plans to produce a country gender equality profile (CGEP). The production of the profile provides an opportunity to increase national knowledge on progress and gaps in achieving gender equality, strengthening monitoring systems, and providing evidence to inform strategic policy priorities and upscale gender equitable programming to advance the development agenda going forward.
The Country Gender Equality Profile will focus on the country’s priority development sectors. It will provide updated information the situation of women and men, key gender equality challenges, the differential effects of COVID-19 on women and men and identify priority actions required to tackle gender disparities. The Gender profile will build on lessons from ongoing programmes encouraging developments/approaches, which are worth replicating. The envisaged comprehensive gender analysis indicating gender roles of women and men in the selected sectors: in their socio-economic position, needs, participation rates, access to resources, control of assets, decision making, individual freedoms and human right conditions will be used to guide the development of strategies, policy, and interventions.
The process shall be supported by an Advisory Group acting as technical backstopping, comprising a broad range of stakeholders, including representatives from government, the United Nations, academia, and the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
It is anticipated that the profile shall be used to inform ongoing and planned law & policy engagements, supporting decisions and priorities to respond to the current socio-economic context, monitoring achievements and national development planning, upscaling and expanding of existing programmes and development of new initiatives. The profile shall also serve as a reference point and guidance to Development Partners, Civil Society, and the Private Sector. Overall, the profile will assist in accelerating and institutionalising mainstreaming of gender and women empowerment concerns across all sectors and levels, for maximum impact in achieving gender equality and poverty reduction. It shall further serve as a reference for setting a forward-looking gender equality agenda in line with national, regional and international norms and standards.
The objective of this assignment is to undertake a comprehensive multi sectoral gender analysis in Botswana, culminating into a Country Gender Equality Profile. Specifically, the key objectives are:
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of tasks:
The Namibia Country Gender Equality Profile will combine description, qualitative analysis and statistical data in a manner that is useful for the planning, programming and preparation of gender specific programmes and projects that are gender responsive. The national consultant shall undertake the following:
Legal and policy frameworks for gender equality:
Institutional Capacity for Gender Mainstreaming:
Social norms, cultural practices and Gender Equality:
Gender Analysis of the Economic Sector:
Voice and participation in public life:
Gender and environment in Namibia
Development Partner Coordination Mechanisms for Gender Equality:
The methodology to be adopted in carrying out this exercise combines desk review, focus group discussions, meetings, interviews as well as a consultative workshop. This Country Gender Profile will be developed in close consultation and coordination with the Gender Coordination Unit. The process shall be supported by an Advisory Group acting as technical backstopping. The consultant shall work in close collaboration with the Gender Coordination Unit in the country. More specifically, to deliver on the expected output, the consultant shall:
Depending on the COVID-19 regulations at the time of the consultancy, the meetings and consultations above may be carried out virtually.
Format and content of the Country Gender Profile for Namibia:
The Country Gender Profile will follow the format outlined below:
Content of the Country Gender Profile:
The Gender Profile should reflect the knowledge needs of the government of Namibia, the UN and partners. There needs to be a "context" chapter or section, which should be very brief. It should include a summary of gender dimensions of poverty, gender in the current context of the economy, legal and policy frameworks referenced against national and international norms and standards on gender equality and women empowerment, and socio-cultural issues where these can be seen as relevant for national development planning, the work of the UN. Where possible, and based on available literature, these should include observations on the strengths and limitations of these areas, and the implications for the advancement of gender equality, women's rights and women's empowerment in Namibia.
Duration of the Assignment:
The duration of the assignment is nine (9) weeks for the national consultant (45 days in full-time equivalent); and commencing tentatively in November 2021. The schedule of execution of the mission will be adjusted according to the needs of the government of Namibia and UN. The nine weeks in full-time equivalent will tentatively be scattered over a period of 3 to 4 calendar months’ maximum. The consultant will sit Ministry of Gender Equality Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Directorate: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment.
The following are the major expected deliverables:
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Required Skills and Experience