International Consultant, Coordination of High-level multi-stakeholder continental summit (Re-advert)

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :11-Dec-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :2.5 months, until March 31st ,2023
Expected Duration of Assignment :2.5 months, until March 31st ,2023

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 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 by four UN agencies (UN Women, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNDP), 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.

The African Union Commission is a strategic partner and counterpart of the program, as well as a signatory of the Program Document, and where possible, there is joint implementation of these activities. Further to this is the role of civil society networks and academic institutions, who provide normative insight and guidance on the key priorities of the initiative.

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a global pandemic and the most pervasive and widespread human rights violation. More than 1 in 3 women (36.6%) in Africa report having experienced physical, and/or sexual partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner. Across Africa, 125 million girls and women alive today were married before their 18th birthday. An estimated 200 million girls and women alive today are believed to have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). A 2020 study by UNFPA, Avenir Health, Johns Hopkins University and Victoria University points to the risk of 13 million additional child marriages and 2 million more cases of female genital mutilation over the coming 10 years as a result of COVID. Reproductive health and sexual health are an integral part of health, integrally linked to the right to health. Attaining and maintaining women’s and girls’ rights and health therefore implies respecting and promoting fundamental human rights of women and girls.

The AU has a strong and comprehensive normative and institutional framework on gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights, one that continues to evolve and become stronger. The Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa, the Maputo Protocol and the AU Gender Strategy are key components of this normative Framework; as are the continental Campaigns on Ending Child Marriage; FGM; Maternal Mortality (CARMMA), Gender Is My Agenda and Free to Shine.


African civil society, and women’s and girls’ rights organizations and networks, in particular, are critical actors in promoting and monitoring legal, policy and institutional reform on each of the priority areas of the SIARP, i.e., VAWG, HP and SRH&RR. Within civil society are multi-disciplinary coalitions and networks which provide opportunities for transformative and sustainable change, and play a central role in legal and policy reform as well as social norm change. Such impact happens when women’s rights

organizations and networks, with youth leaders, faith-based organizations, organizations of persons with disabilities, traditional leaders, broader civil society as well as governmental actors join forces and work around shared agendas. There has also been advancement in the area of monitoring and accountability on AUC and REC commitments to gender equality, for instance in the monitoring frameworks of the AUC and RECs themselves and/or civil society barometers (e.g.  (e.g. the SADC Gender Protocol Alliance’s SADC Gender Protocol and the  EAC Gender Equality and Development Barometer developed by EASSI).

It is against this background that the SIARP will convene a high-level multi-stakeholder continental summit in the side-lines of the African Union Summit in October 2022 to showcase, network and promote cross-learning among CSOs (especially women’s CSOs), AU Member States, AUC, UN system, development partners and other relevant actors) on EVAWG, SGBV/HP and SRH and RR. To facilitate this event, UN Women seeks to engage the services of an international consultant, who will provide technical and administrative support in the design, coordination and implementation of the activity

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the International Consultant will be to provide technical and administrative related support and coordination, including:

  • Undertake a mapping to identify key and emerging regional CSOs and networks undertaking innovative initiatives on ending VAWG, HP, and promoting SRH and RR.
  • Develop selection criteria to identify which CSOs, coalitions and networks will be engaged, and agree on their roles before, during and after the summit
  • Develop the roadmap, concept note, agenda, meeting report and CSO statement in collaboration with the SIARP team, other UN Agencies, the AUC and the civil society organizations and networks.
  • Oversee the facilitation and reporting on the high-level summit
  • Support the development of post summit priorities, including the dissemination of the CSO Joint statement on Ending VAWG that will be shared with the AUC and member states, as well as joint advocacy plans by the civil society organizations and networks  

Consultant Deliverables

  • Development of an activity concept note, agenda and roadmap  
  • Drafting of the list of participants
  • Finalisation of the Activity Report
  • Development of a joint statement on VAWG
  • Feedback and input into the statement
  • Finalization of the report


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

  • Strong understanding of and commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and women's empowerment and its policy implications
  • Experience in leading regional convenings with diverse, high-level stakeholders
  • Experience leading and partnering with women’s rights CSOs and networks
  • Excellent facilitation and networking skills, including interactive approaches to promoting safe spaces for exchange and interaction
  • Ability to work with and engage diverse, high-level stakeholders from across the African continent
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and in a team.
  • Personal commitment, ability to work without constant supervision, and capacity to work effectively and harmoniously with diverse groups of people from across the African continent
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  • Outgoing individual who is comfortable working in a team-oriented setting and possesses the ability to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Excellent writing, analytical, research and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent in coordinating events, developing reports and assessing project performance.
  • Extensive experience of managing in a multidisciplinary team and sustaining various aspects of project activities.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification

  • M.A/ M.Sc or Post graduate degree in gender, development studies, social science or related fields


  • Experience of a minimum of 7 years working on similar or comparable assignments, including designing high level events
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people, including high level partners
  • Full command of Microsoft applications, particularly Word, and other relevant software.

Language requirements

  • Fluency in English is required
  • Working knowledge of the French language is an asset.


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. 

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.) 

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