Feminist Economist Consultant Retainer

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Dakar, SENEGAL
Application Deadline :08-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :26 November 2021 to 26 November 2022

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 is mandated with gender equality and the empowerment of women; a global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. It supports Member States set and implements global standards for achieving gender equality and coordinates gender within the United Nations. UN Women is headquartered in New York and has a presence in 76 countries, with 6 regional offices and 7 liaison offices. UN Women’s Strategic Plan for 2022-2025 focuses on four thematic outcomes: Women’s leadership; Women’s economic empowerment; Ending violence against women and girls; and Women’s engagement in peace, security, and humanitarian action. As part of its work for women’s economic empowerment, UN Women is mandated to ensure that all women have income security, decent work, and economic autonomy (Outcome 3 of UN Women’s Strategic Plan).

Women in West and Central 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 work to support women’s economic empowerment in the region is centered around: (i) Improving women’s access to climate resilient agricultural value chains and green jobs in the context of the transition to the green economy; (ii) Promoting and strengthening women entrepreneurship; (ii) Enhancing women’s income security and social protection; and (iv) engendering macro-economic policies.

UN Women West and Central Africa is seeking to engage the services of a feminist economist to support country offices through analytic work and capacity building on different aspects of gender and macroeconomics.

Duties and Responsibilities


The consultant will report activities under the overall guidance of the UN Women’s WEE Regional Policy Advisor, and under the direct supervision of the Regional Feminist Economist while working in UN Women’s in Country offices, and partners. The consultant shall deliver a number of services from the list below. Final deliverables will be defined based on specific demands from countries, from those in the list below:

Analytic work

  1. Develop methodology to conduct analysis to assess the economic cost of gender gaps and pilot methodology through country analysis;
  2. Conduct gender analysis of budget/public expenditure, including ex-ante and ex-post analysis depending on the needs, in order to support implementation of Gender Responsive Budgeting initiatives at the country level
  3. Develop a step-by-step guide to increase fiscal space for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (GEWE) reform in low-income countries
  4. Conduct country level fiscal space analysis applying the guide in 3 countries in West and Central Africa
  5. Provide advice to countries on Gender responsive budgeting; gender in Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFF) and any other gender-responsive financial costings using online and in-person modalities of technical assistance
  6. Adapt existing training materials on gender and economics and deliver training to different audiences (Government officials, UN Women staff, Parlamentarians, Civil society orgnaizations) on different aspects of gender and economics

The expected results at the end of the mission are as follow:

a)   Increased capacity of policy makers, civil society and other stakeholders in West and Central Africa to advocate and undertake gender responsive economic policy reforms

b)   Increased capacity of UN Women country staff in West and Central Africa to engage in policy dialogue and reform to promote gender responsive, inclusive growth

c)   Improve evidence focused on West and Central Africa to support gender responsive economic reform

Duration of the assignment and duty station 

This is a home-based assignment with travel within West and Central Africa. This assignment is for 60 days from 15th November 2021 to 15th November 2022. The consultant may travel for project-related workshops, safety regulations permitting. Costs of project-related travel will be covered by UN Women.


The payment of the services will be based on daily rate. It will be paid every three months upon the submission of timesheets indicating the number of days (or portions thereof), worked in the previous three months, and the tasks associated with those days.


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

  • Excellent knowledge of women´s economic empowerment;
  • Ability to synthesize research and draw conclusion on the related subjects;
  • Commitment to accomplish work;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and responds positively to critical feedback;
  • Strong knowledge of the region;
  • Excellent networking skills;
  • Ability to perform qualitative and quantitative policy research;
  • Excellent analytical skills;

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in gender and economics.
  • A Ph.D. in gender and economics highly desirable.


  • Minimum 10 years of experience or proven track record working on gender and macroeconomics conducting research, policy analysis and advice and capacity building.
  • Experience doing research and providing technical assistance in the areas of Gender Responsive Budgeting, Financing for Development Processes, Gender analysis of macroeconomic policy, methodologies to assess economic cost of gender gaps, or other gender and macroeconomics issues is an asset.
  • Experience developing and delivering training on different subjects in the field of gender and economics is an asset.
  • Knowledge of gender and economics issues in West and Central Africa is an asset.


  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required.
  • Working knowledge of a second language (French) is desirable.

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