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International Consultant to coordinate consultation between African Union Commission, faith-based organizations and traditional leaders for ending violence against girls and women
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA|
|Application Deadline :||08-Jul-22 (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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||4 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||4 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.
The EU – UN-AUC 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 responses to addressing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Harmful Practices (HP) and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights (SRH &RR) in Africa.
AU Member States have made tremendous strides in developing and implementing comprehensive legal, policy and institutional responses to VAWG. Specific laws addressing rape, sexual violence in conflict, domestic violence, harmful traditional practices (HTPs) have been enacted; national gender policies and national action plans on VAWG and on Women Peace and Security have been adopted; and the issue remains on the priority list of national, regional, and continental agendas.
Alongside these commitments, there is a wealth of knowledge and experiences of CSOs, traditional leaders and faith-based organizations (FBOs) working on violence against women and girls (VAWG)/SGBV/HP and SRH &RR in Africa. Studies reveal that regional faith-based organizations, and communities of traditional leaders, play a central role in addressing harmful gendered norms and practice, and could act as the gatekeepers to enact meaningful social shifts. Despite their key role in society, especially at the grassroots level, traditional leaders are not always fully engaged in the legislation, policy, and program development on key issues, including EVAWG, HP and SRH &RR. Specifically, there are few platforms to encourage in-depth engagement and consultations between the AUC and regional FBOs and CTLs.
In line with this, UN Women under SIARP Stream I aims to support and enhance partnerships, knowledge and skills of regional faith-based organizations (FBOs) and communities of traditional leaders (CTLs) around AUC decision-making processes and high-level forums in preventing and responding to SGBV, harmful practices and promotion of SRH &RR in Africa. The program will also establish linkages between RECs (including the EAC, COMESA, ECOWAS, and SADC) with traditional leaders and CSOs, including FBOs toward strengthened collaboration and coordination of efforts on EVAWG, HP and SRH &RR.
It is against this background that UN Women held the first round of consultations to support partnerships between the African Union (AU), regional faith-based organizations, and communities of traditional leaders in September 2021: to strengthen their engagement in prevention and response to VAW/G, SGBV, harmful practices and promotion of SRH &RR in Africa. The key outputs from the consultations were the meeting report and guidelines which are expected to support partnerships between the African Union (AU), regional faith-based organizations, and communities of traditional leaders to strengthen their engagement in prevention and response to VAW/G, SGBV, harmful practices and promotion of SRH &RR in Africa.
A second, in person round of consultations is planned to be held, to build on the first round of consultations and current guidelines. The 2nd round of consultations is also expected to fill gaps identified during the initial consultations, including a focus on mapping regional FBOs and CTLs, and providing a more comprehensive overview on how the AUC can strengthen partnerships with regional FBOs and CTLs, with a particular focus on making the partnerships more systemic; and building on the AUC’s work within the Positive Masculinities Initiative
Duties and Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the International Consultant will be to provide overall coordination for the activity, including:
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification
All applications must include (as an attachment) a completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment.