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Legal Consultant To Support COTLA/CONATA's Institutional Governance
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based, KENYA|
|Application Deadline :||11-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
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.
UN Women East & Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) maintains a large presence in the East and Southern Africa region, covering 13 countries with a Programme Presence in Somalia. UN Women Strategic Note for East and Southern Africa works to advance social, economic, and political rights and protection of women and girls from violence, including harmful practices, which is in line with its overall Africa Strategy.
UN Women in Africa has been at the forefront of innovating and creating new pathways for leveraging the power of community to transform social norms through the leadership of cultural and traditional leaders. As such, UN Women generated the evidence which anchored this work, which included the development of a compendium of laws on ending child marriage in September 2016 and a 2018 “Multi-Country Analytical Study of Legislation, Policies, Interventions and Cultural Practices on Child Marriage in Africa”. Both documents revealed the importance of interventions directed at transforming the harmful practices and the social norms which goes beyond raising awareness and changing the attitudes of traditional and cultural leaders. This requires interventions working at the nexus of implementation of policies/legislation and shifting harmful dominant cultural and religious practices that negatively affect women and girls. Informed by the findings and recommendations, UN Women initiated an engagement approach to build a social movement of traditional, cultural and religious leaders as the core support of this change process, drawing upon extensive work over the years on positive masculinities.
Through various efforts at country and regional levels, UN Women ESARO working with the African Union, facilitated the establishment of the Council of Traditional Leaders of Africa (COTLA//Conseil des Autorites Traditionnelles D’Afrique (CONATA) in February 2019. COTLA functions as a continental body with a focus to preserve positive cultural practices, customs and traditions while transforming and eradicating negative practices, customs and traditions, especially those that affect the human rights of girls and women. COTLA/CONATA is registered as a non-governmental organization in Nigeria, with a scope across Sub-Saharan Africa. Through continued UN Women engagement with COTLA/CONATA and its members at country level, COTLA joined the Generation Equality Action Coalition on GBV as a Commitment Maker, with the Convenor General attending the Generation Equality Forum in Paris from 30th June – 2nd July 2021.
Since the Council’s establishment, the COTLA Steering Committee has been the leadership body to guide the continental organization. A draft operational guide has been developed and strategy documents to guide the work of the Council in line with its mission to advance progress on the continent to end harmful practices and other forms of violence against women and girls. UN Women has supported these developments through technical and financial support to COTLA governing body meetings and has been requested by COTLA to support the finalization of these governance measures to enable the Council to achieve its commitments and vision. As such, under the guidance of Deputy Regional Director, UN Women ESARO seeks legal services to support COTLA’s institutional governance.
Objectives of the assignment:
This consultancy work is expected to support COTLA to strengthen its governance structure through the finalization of key governance documents and processes
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Deputy Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, the consultant will work in close liaison with UN Women technical staff and COTLA Foal Points from the East and Southern Africa Regional Office, and other offices as relevant. The Consultant will be required to coordinate and work closely with COTLA leadership in the review, revision and finalization of the COTLA Operational Manual, development and finalization of Member By-Laws and the establishment and initial convening of a Board of Trustees. The Consultant will be required to report back to UN Women on progress against the work above to guide the entity’s future partnership with COTLA. UN Women will provide all preparatory documentation in a timely manner and linkages with Council of Traditional Leaders of Africa (COTLA) at the start of the assignment. UN Women will meet all travel-related expenses including a return economy ticket, Daily Subsistence Allowance and related accommodation costs as need may arise guided by the corporate travel policy.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The consultant will submit to UN Women all deliverables within the contract period as follows;
Required Skills and Experience
Please attach a completed P11 to your application. Kindly 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 http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment .
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If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.
UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)