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National Consultant to Conduct a rapid assessment, review and develop Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Policy for the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Monrovia, LIBERIA|
|Application Deadline :||04-Jun-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||1d 6h 49m|
|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 :||30 working days within the period 20 June - 31 August 2023|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 working days within the period 20 June - 31 August 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.
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 in Liberia focuses on four thematic areas (1) Governance and Participation in Public Life (2) Women Economic Empowerment, (3) Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, and (4) Women, Peace, and Security. UN Women also works closely with the UN Country Team in integration of women’s rights and gender equality in all spheres of UN work.
UN Women together with UNDP has been supporting the National Election Commission (NEC) of Liberia to mainstream gender in the election process and promote women’s political participation in Liberia. The NEC is the Electoral Management body of Liberia, responsible for conducting and supervising all public elections and referenda in Liberia. It was established by an act of the Liberian Legislature in 1986, and its functions are governed by the Liberian Constitution and other electoral laws. The NEC is responsible for voter registration, candidate nomination, ballot preparation, polling station management, vote counting, and results declaration. It is also responsible in ensuring that all electoral processes are conducted in a free, fair, transparent, inclusive and gender responsive manner.
The NEC has taken several measures to mainstream gender in electoral processes and promote women's participation in electoral activities. For instance, the NEC has established a gender unit that is responsible for promoting gender mainstreaming in all of its activities. The gender unit of the NEC has developed a gender policy that guides the Commission's efforts to promote women's participation in electoral activities. The policy outlines strategies to increase women's participation in voter education, voter registration, and voter mobilization. It also provides for the inclusion of gender-sensitive language in electoral materials and the promotion of women's leadership in the electoral process.
The NEC has been implementing the Liberia Electoral Support Project (LESP) since 2020 and two additional projects with UN Women since 2021. Among the key interventions are promoting gender responsiveness of the NEC and influencing political parties to be gender sensitive. Consultations with the NEC have revealed the need to review the gender policy and develop a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Policy with an action plan. The policy and action plan will include both internal and external domain strategies to strengthen gender and social mainstreaming mechanisms, increase the representation of minority groups, and systematize gender and social inclusion training and capacity building. The aim is also to foster all-inclusive perspectives throughout the Liberia’s electoral processes during and post 2023 election. To develop a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Policy, a rapid gender audit is necessary to get a baseline data and ascertain the extent to which the National Elections Commission (NEC) is responsive to gender equality and inclusivity principles in its policies, systems, and practices. The assessment will be guided by the principle of intersectionality by including women from all walks of life (women of all ages, disability status, living conditions) with due consideration to the fact that women are not a homogeneous group.
In this context, UN Women is seeking to engage a national consultant to conduct the rapid gender audit, review the existing gender policy and draft disability policy and develop a new Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Policy for NEC.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will be responsible for conducting a rapid assessment and develop a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Policy of NEC. Specifically, the Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
Prepare Inception Report
Conduct of NEC’s Rapid Gender Audit
Develop Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Policy.
DELIVERABLES AND DURATION
Duration of the Assignment
The assignment is estimated for 30 working days over a two-month period, with travel within Liberia.
The selected consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables:
Upon receipt of the deliverables and before the payment of the first instalment, the deliverables and related reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by NEC, UN Women and UNDP. The period of review is one week after receipt.
All data collected by the consultant must be submitted in Word, PowerPoint or Excel formats and will be the property of NEC, UN Women & UNDP. Final reports will follow the United Nations Editorial Manual, which can be found here.
Confidentiality and Proprietary Interests
The Individual Consultant shall not either during the term or after termination of the assignment, disclose any proprietary or confidential information related to the consultancy service. Proprietary interests on all materials and documents prepared by the consultants under the assignment shall become and remain properties of UN Women, UNDP and NEC.
Institutional arrangement and reporting
UN Women will contract one consultant who will work to undertake the assignment as described in this ToR. The consultants will report to UN Women and will be directly reporting to UN Women but will be accountable to NEC at every step of undertaking the Audit and development of the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Policy.
Required Skills and Experience
Required skills and Experience
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