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National Consultant to assess gender mainstreaming gaps and opportunities in COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plans in Somalia
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Mogadishu, SOMALIA|
|Application Deadline :||28-Nov-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||60 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 for women as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
Somalia reported the first case of COVID-19 on 16 March 2020 that impacted on the economic activities, along with stringent travel restrictions, school closure, and overburdened the public health services. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, 27,216 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,361 deaths reported in Somalia. The pandemic also induced economic challenges, Social and economic consequences that affected everyday life of men and women across the country significantly. Loss of income and economic opportunities affected households’ food security, livelihood, and access to necessities. This figure may be grossly underestimated due to the limited geographic coverage of testing for COVID-19 and low vaccine uptake as well as poor community awareness about prevention and mitigating the virus, especially among IDPs. The government is ill equipped to upscale COVID -19 prevention and mitigation measures. Even before the pandemic, Somalia women and girls are among the most vulnerable due to protracted conflict, drought and high incidents of infant and maternal mortality.
Like in many disaster settings, women’s health, livelihoods and bodily integrity are particularly at risk as evidenced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems.
Based on the UN Cooperation Framework (2021-2025), UN legislative mandates and the UN Women Strategic Note, the UN Women Somalia Office through the Government of Japan funded project entitled “Prevention of COVID-19 infections among women and girls displaced into IDP and refugee camps in ESAR” aims to strengthen the protection, leadership and empowerment of vulnerable women, men and youth affected by COVID-19 and forcibly displaced into IDP and refugee camps in Somalia.
Specific Outcomes of the Project are:
UN Women Somalia is implementing the Project in partnership with two local CSOs namely Nomadic Assistance for Peace and Development (NAPAD) and Somali Women Development Centre (SWDC) in Mogadishu, Baidoa, Garowe and Kismayo Districts.
The international consultancy is envisaged to identify the challenges faced by women and youth, the gaps in service delivery and assess COVID-19 preparedness and response plans thereby will make analysis and recommendations to strengthen the plans to facilitate a responsive environment, conducive for gender equality and that supports the needs of refugee and host women and girls, in conformity with human rights standards and international best practice.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women’s Somalia Country Programme Manager and working closely with the National Project Specialist, & international consultant the National consultant is expected to assess COVID-19 preparedness and response plans to identify how gender is being mainstreamed, gaps and opportunities to strengthen the integration of gender in these key frameworks to ensure effective prevention of COVID 19.
Specific tasks and responsibilities:
In coordination with the MoWHRD, FMS Ministries of Women, FMS Ministries of Health, CSOs, LEAP implementing partners, UN Women program specialists & under the overall supervision of the UN Women Country Programme Manager, and international consultant, the National consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:
The consultant will be contracted for a maximum of 60 working/ days over 2 months duration starting from the signature of the contract.
Required Skills and Experience
Experience: International consultant:
Management and financial arrangements:
At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.
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.