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Ethiopia has shown its commitment towards safe migration by ratifying and implementing various relevant national and international instruments including the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Ethiopia has also developed a comprehensive migration policy pending endorsement and adoption by the government. The draft migration policy focuses on approaches that ensure that the human rights of migrants, regardless of gender or age, are respected at all stages of migration, and that the specific needs of vulnerable migrants including women and girls are properly understood and addressed. It also has standalone objectives on gender which are to adapt overseas employment policies and support systems to be fully sensitive and responsive to gender issues and ensure the availability of gender sensitive data and the provision of tailored protection and assistance services to all migrants. 

Building on the concrete steps and the commitment of government actors and other relevant stakeholders the three-year Germany-funded project “Making Migration Safe for Women” is working to ensure that migration is safe for women migrating from, into, through and back to Ethiopia, and that international norms and standards for protecting and promoting migrant women’s rights are strengthened. The programme also aims to improve the use and collection of sex-disaggregated data and provide robust evidence and research on migrant women to inform national policy making. It also seeks to empower migrant women, returnees and strengthen civil society organizations to advocate for the protection of migrant women rights.

The rapid assessment will provide analysis of the situation of women migrating from, to, through and back to Ethiopia based on existing literature and formulate recommendations on how to improve their rights protections and access to services for policy makers and service providers in the migration governance.

Duties and Responsibilities

 Under the direct supervision of overall oversight of the National Coordinators for Making Migration Safe for Women project and overall oversight by the Deputy Country Representative, the consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Inception report including methodology and workplan developed and submitted to UN Women.
  • Desk review of existing literature (qualitative and quantitative information and data) on the situation of women migrating from, to, through and back to Ethiopia.
  • Analysis of relevant policy, legal framework and services related to migration governance in Ethiopia from gender perspective.
  • Lead analyses including systematic document review and triangulation.
  • Developing a draft report based on desk research/review, data collected and analysis with substantive findings, conclusions, and recommendations.  
  • Addressing feedback and comments received from UN Women Country Office.  
  • Submission of the final report to UN Women.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the supervisor within the framework  of the assignment as per the Terms of Reference.


Estimated working days

Deliverable 1:

-Inception report-outlining the consultant’s understanding of the assignment and proposed methodology and workplan

-Presentation of inception report

4 working days

Deliverable 2:

  • Final inception report incorporating feedback.
  • Data collection notes (including desk review, questionnaire, etc.)
  • First draft report

22 working days

Deliverable 3:

-submission of final report, with all the feedbacks incorporated and

-Presentation (Internal UN Women staff)

4 working days


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder engagement

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Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in relevant subjects: gender and development, migration governance, law, social sciences, human rights, or other relevant areas or bachelor’s degree with two years of additional work experience

Experience and Skills

  • At least seven years of technical experience on the linkages between gender and migration, including intersectional forms of discrimination.
  • A proven track record in policy research and analysis, and analysis of data and information in field of gender equality and women’s empowerment is required.
  • Strong technical experience including policy analysis and programming on gender and migration in Ethiopia.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Excellent drafting and analytical skills to produce and present concise reports.
  • Experience working with UN Women or the UN system and a solid understanding of its programming, coordination, and normative roles at the regional and/or country level is an asset.

Language requirements

  • English (with demonstrated abilities of writing high quality reports).
  • Amharic   


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