National Consultant-Conduct an assessment about gender, youth, children, elderly and disability issues mainstreaming at federal and regional levels and prepare a comprehensive manual for the mainstreaming of the issues



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Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :10-Dec-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
19-Dec-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :52 working days during the period 21 December 2022 to 30 April 2023
Expected Duration of Assignment :52 working days during the period 21 December 2022 to 30 April 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.


Background

Ethiopia has been showing increasing progress in terms of ensuring gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) and ensuring the rights, participation and benefit of children, youth, the elderly and persons with disabilities. The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) has demonstrated its commitment through (1) accepting major international and regional frameworks including CEDAW, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), the Convention  on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC), the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals  (2) putting in place adequate legal frameworks starting from the constitutional protection of the rights of women, children and youth, the elderly and persons with disabilities (3) issuing policies, strategies and action plans starting from the National Women’s Policy in 1993, the National Action Plan on Gender Equality  (2006-2010) and the Development and Change Strategy and Package (2017, the National Child Policy, the National Youth Policy, the National Plan of Action on Persons with Disabilities (4) Setting up the national institutional framework of the mainstreaming of these issues including the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs (formerly the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth), bureaus of women, children and youth/social affairs at regional level and lower structures and directorates at sector ministries and (5) the incorporation of gender and social inclusion into its development plans and agendas, as evidenced most recently by the 10 Years Development Plan (2020-2030).

These efforts have brought about changes in the participation and benefit of women, children, youth, elderly and disability in the economic, social and political realms. In terms of the economic aspect, there has been an increase in all-inclusive access to vital resources such as land and property, participation in the labor force and in engagement in income generating activities especially through micro and small enterprises and self-help groups. Social protection schemes have also been rolled out with focus on vulnerable groups of the society including women, children, youth, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Despite this progress however, for the most part Ethiopian society still lives in a patriarchal social structure that underlies the unequal social power relations between men and women, boys and girls. Children still face different forms of violence and exploitation. Youth unemployment is a critical concern. Persons with disabilities encounter a variety of barriers including physical, environmental and attitudinal barriers.  Institutional constraints in technical and financial capacity and human resources in the national machinery for the mainstreaming of these issues have also been a bottleneck to effectively implement the laws and policies on GEWE.

As per the Proclamation on the Definition of Powers and Duties of the Executive Organs (Proclamation 1263/2021), ensuring that policies, strategies, laws, development programs and projects formulated benefit women, children, youth, persons with disabilities and the elderly and facilitating conducive conditions to persons with disabilities, the elderly and segments of society vulnerable to social and economic problems for their full participation and benefit from equal opportunities is one of the common powers and duties of all government ministries. In addition, the proclamation has given the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs the mandate to “devise strategy and standards for mainstreaming of issues of women, children, youth, persons with disabilities, elderly and other vulnerable groups in the development policies, programs and projects and evaluate the same; follow up and supervise the same”.

Taking this into consideration, the MoWSA in collaboration with UN Women has decided to conduct a comprehensive review of the situation of the mainstreaming of the issues of women, children, youth, persons with disability, the elderly and other vulnerable groups at the federal and regional levels. Therefore, UN Women is seeking to hire a national consultant to undertake the assessment and draft a comprehensive manual for the mainstreaming of the issues.


Duties and Responsibilities

UN Women in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs will recruit a national consultant for the assignment. The national consultant will have the following main tasks and responsibilities,

  • Identifying key areas of concern and gaps that need to be addressed in the mainstreaming of the issues of women, children, youth, persons with disabilities, social and vulnerable sections of society
  • Presenting best practices on the mainstreaming of the issues from global, regional and national experiences
  • Reviewing national, regional and international normative framework and commitments as well as manuals, guidelines, directives and other documents on the mainstreaming of the issues
  • Conducting interviews and focus group discussions with relevant stakeholders
  • Facilitating inclusive consultations with all relevant stakeholders on the draft study
  • Preparing and submitting a draft inclusive mainstreaming document addressing all the issues

    EXPECTED OUTCOMES

  • Draft study report on the status of mainstreaming of the issues of women, children, youth, persons with disabilities, the elderly and other vulnerable groups at the federal and regional level
  • Draft comprehensive manual on the mainstreaming of the issues

Deliverables

  • Inception report which clearly depicts the understanding of the ToR, details the agreements made between MoWSA, UN Women and the consultant undertaking the assessment regarding the proposed research methodology and core tasks to be undertaken for this assignment
  • Well-developed and comprehensive research methodology and data collection tools for the conduct of the assignment
  • Draft Study report on the status of mainstreaming of the issues of women, children, youth, persons with disabilities, the elderly other vulnerable groups of society
  • Reports of interviews, FGDs and Consultations with relevant stakeholders
  • Draft Comprehensive Manual on the mainstreaming of the issues
  • Final Study Report and Mainstreaming Manual


Competencies

Core Values and Guiding Principles

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling UN Women values and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to UN Women’s mission and vision.
  • Able to work effectively within a team.
  • Displays cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Able to multi-task and juggle competing demands.
  • Can assess and prioritize work needs quickly.
  • Able to relate to external partners, including other international organizations and agencies, NGOs, grassroots community groups, etc.

Functional Competencies

  • Sound expertise in gender equality, women’s empowerment and social inclusion issues
  • Academic and practical research experience.
  • Capacity to work with diverse partners including governments, donors and civil society.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with people from varied cultures and professional backgrounds
  • Ability to produce well-written documents
  • Demonstrating excellent interpersonal communication skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Educational:

  • An advanced university degree or equivalent (Masters or PhD) in Gender and Social Inclusion, Law, Sociology, Development Studies, or relevant Social Science fields.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of professional experience in gender analysis, development work and gender mainstreaming or 5 years of experience for PhD holders.
  • Experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative data analysis and synthesizing information into concise, analytical written documents.
  • Ability to carry out gender and inclusive focused research and analysis that are able to contribute to the formulation of policies, procedures, guidelines and programmes/projects on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce well written, well researched and high-quality reports is essential.
  • Experience in the development of manuals and guidelines

Language and other skills

  • Language: Excellent knowledge of written and communication in English and Amharic is required.
  • Computer skills: full command and experience in Microsoft applications, statistical software applications and electronic data collection software such as SPSS, STATA,CSPro, Survey Solution, etc.  

Application:

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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