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Consultant to support the Development of a Gender Policy for the Independent National Electoral Commission in Nigeria - 1 Consultant
|Location :||Abuja, NIGERIA|
|Application Deadline :||08-Aug-12 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||4 months|
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 Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) project is managed by UNDP in support of elections and more broadly, the deepening of democracy in Nigeria. It is funded with contributions from The European Union, the UK Department for International Development (DfID), UNDP, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The project duration is 2010-2015. It aims to consolidate and advance democratic governance and accountability in Nigeria to achieve the country’s stated development priorities and outcomes as specified in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP).
These objectives are pursued through four components:
During the first phase of DGD between August 2010 and May 2011, the support was focused on ensuring a free and fair General Election including support to increase the participation of women in the electoral process as candidates and voters. Gender mainstreaming across the other areas of the first phase of support was another strategy adopted.
In the second phase, DGD support will focus on ongoing legal reform to promote affirmative action and women’s empowerment as candidates or voters. The component will seek to use several entry points: supporting political parties to strengthen internal processes geared to advancing the role of women as candidates for public office and as actors within the party structures. Training women to organize and mobilize public support for their election to public office. Supporting those women who get elected to become effective role models and drivers of change to promote affirmative action and women’s empowerment especially in the National Assembly. As part of gender mainstreaming efforts the project will support the building of the capacity of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) to integrate gender issues into its planning and implementation processes. INEC has identified the development of an institutional Gender Policy as a priority in this first year of DGD.
UNDP therefore seeks the services of an international and national consultant to work with INEC to develop a Gender Policy. The consultants will be required to spend considerable time in Abuja, Nigeria for part of this assignment. Some elements of the assignment can be home based.
The objective of the consultancy is to support the development of a Gender Policy for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultants are expected to perform the following tasks:
The expected output is a Gender Policy document for the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria.
Strategic guidance will be provided by the DGD Project Director, with working level and technical supervision by the DGD Gender Specialist.
Required Skills and Experience
Payment will be made based on the following milestones: