The gender data and statistics work done by UN Women as part of the global Making Every Woman and Girl Count (Women Count) programme includes a focus on identifying and addressing gender data and capacity gaps in all areas of work.

Violent conflict is one of the most immediate and impactful triggers for violations of human rights, including sexual and gender-based violence, forced migration and displacement. Africa and more specifically the Horn of Africa is particularly conflict and disaster prone, having differential and devastating consequences on women and girls. Women in the region continue to work against enormous odds to build and sustain peace. Some of the problem areas identified by the regional thematic lead include: very few peace agreements contain gender equality provisions; very few of the peace mediators, negotiators and signatories are women; women too often remain side-lined behind those holding the guns whose dominance extends to every aspect of peace; inequality is one of the root causes of conflict and instability; prioritizing military spending over investing in peacebuilding, education, health and other public programs, is misplaced at best and destructive at worst.

The adoption of the Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) recognized and enshrined the inclusion of women and gender analysis in peace and security processes. UN Women’s work on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) in the ESA region is guided by this UN Security Council Resolution and the nine resolutions promulgated subsequently. As a collective they create the global framework also referred to as the WPS agenda, which is built on three premises:

  • Full and equal participation of women in peace and security governance at all levels.
  • Protecting women and girls during and after armed conflicts.
  • Applying a gender perspective in the planning, implementation and monitoring of all peace and security related processes.

The WPS agenda consist of four pillars, namely: Peace building processes, conflict prevention, protection and relief and recovery. There are various national and regional indicators frameworks that were developed for the purposes of monitoring progress in WPS, namely National Action Plans on UNSCR 1325 and Regional Action Plans which are developed and implemented by Regional Economic Commissions, which are informed by the AU Continental Results Framework (CRF) for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the WPS agenda in Africa. Within Horn of Africa, six Member States have developed National Action Plans (NAP) on the implementation of the UNSCR 1325 (Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda), Ethiopia is currently in the process of developing their first NAP. IGAD developed it first Regional Action Plan (RAP) in 2011 with the aim of accelerating the implementation of the WPS commitments across the IGAD region. IGAD is currently in the process of finalizing its second-generation RAP on UNSCR 1325, responding to the rapidly changing peace and security context across the region and the evolving nature of the challenges facing women, girls and other vulnerable groups.  With the ever-changing dynamics regarding peace and security in the IGAD region, the WPS agenda is crucial. This agenda can only be adequately addressed by having comprehensive data for policy formulation and implementation in the region.

It is within this context that IGAD and UN Women are seeking the services of 8 consultants based in IGAD Member States. The main purpose of the consultancy will be to identify current and potential data sources (administrative, alternative data sources, and survey data) and sourced from Government and non-Governmental bodies and that can be used to produce statistics on WPS in the sub-region. Administrative data systems in this context is understood in its widest sense i.e. systems that capture operational data of any entity be it Government, CSOs, INGOs etc. There is also a need to identify data and capacity gaps associated with this data so that appropriate strategies and programs can be developed to bridge the data and capacity gaps.

The outputs of the 7 national consultants will contribute towards the design and development of a published guidance on how to develop and strengthen the collection and use of WPS in the IGAD sub-region and how to improve the measurement and monitoring of trends in this area of work.

The consultants will work under the direct supervision of the UN Women ESA Regional Gender Statistics Specialist and IGAD Head of Statistics. The work will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the Women Peace and Security thematic advisor in the UN Women ESA regional office, as well as the IGAD statistics unit and IGAD Gender Affairs Department.

One consultant will be appointed for each of the following countries in the IGAD region:

Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda

Consultants will be working remotely but will be required to be based in the country for which he or she applies. In the case of Sudan, the study will be a desk review of data that is available and an assessment of the extent to which availability has been impacted by the current humanitarian crises.   

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work in all other countries:

  1. Collect available WPS indicator data from 3-5 member states on key WPS indicators;
  2. Map, assess and identify the problems in the data systems that contribute towards current data gaps;
  3. Provide actionable recommendations for filling the identified data gaps.


  1. One report per country that summarizes the results of the assessment;
  2. One PowerPoint presentation which highlights the key findings of the country and recommendations;
  3. Raw data sets used for analysis.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

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

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Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrate ability to network amongest actors in the Human Rights sector
  • Competent in working with and using human rights and non-discrimination data;
  • Analytical skills;
  • Good report writing and editing skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Minimum master’s degree in law, human rights, development studies or related field;
  • Formal certification in statistics or demography will be an advantage.


  • Minimum 7 years experience in women, peace and security or related work in at least one of the countries in the sub-region you are applying for;
  • Minimum 5 years research and data analysis experience;
  • Appropriate work experience with different organizations, in more than one country in the sub-region for which you apply, will be an advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English, French, or Arabic is required depending on the country concerned. All reports and PowerPoints must be completed and presented in either English or French. 

All applications must include (as an attachment) a completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from

Please note that the system will only allow one attachment and candidates are required to include in the P-11 form links for their previously published reports and articles completed within the last two years. Applications without the completed and signed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


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