Consultant for the Design of Joint UN Programme on Women, Peace and Security in Somalia

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Location : Nairobi, with Travel to Somalia, KENYA
Application Deadline :19-Feb-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :75 working days


UN Women’s revised Strategic Note 2014-2016 identifies security as the overall objective for UN Women’s work in Somalia. The revised Strategic Note responds to the Somali New Deal Compact and the UN Integrated Strategic Framework. The revised Strategic Note emphasizes that addressing gender equality and women, peace and security is key to achieving Somalia’s development goals. The main objective of UN Women’s engagement in Somalia is to improve security for women. It has been established that women suffer more than men from the impact of war. Given two decades of civil war and ongoing extreme fragility in Somalia, women require security in a number of areas in order to become empowered actors in society. These areas entail increased access to justice, access to political decision-making, protection from violence and abuse, as well as economic empowerment. Despite a longer period of relative stability in Somaliland, these key areas remain a substantial challenge also for Somaliland women.

In 2016 UN Women Somalia will focus in particular on Political Participation and Access to Justice, given the needs as well as available funding and existing programs. This will be reflected in the application of two UN Women flagships, namely on 1) Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership; and 2) Women’s Access to Justice – both under the umbrella of the UN Women global Strategic Plan Impact Area 1: Women’s Political Empowerment (WPE).

Three outcomes will be addressed under this Impact Area: 1) women are promoted as leaders in gender-sensitive political institutions; 2) electoral frameworks and arrangements promote gender balance in elections; and 3) legislation, justice policies and budgets related to justice are gender-responsive and respond to the impunity for the violation of women’s rights. These outcomes are all key in ensuring that gender issues are mainstreamed in the fledgling establishment of a democratic and Rule of Law-based system in Somalia. UN Women Somalia will further scope work on eliminating violence against women, and anticipate broader engagement on women and security issues in the next Strategic Note period, from 2017-2019.  

To this end, UN Women Somalia will recruit a consultant to support the development of a Joint UN programme on Women, Peace and Security. The consultant will work under the supervision of the Country Programme Manager and in close coordination with UNSOM and other relevant UN Agencies, Funds and Programs, as well as other UN Women staff.

Purpose and Objective of the Consultancy

The purpose of the consultancy is to address the requirements of the UNSCR 1325 and its subsequent resolutions to ensure appropriate, tailor made, realistic and coordinated interventions to further promote the ongoing peace and state building process in Somalia by ensuring a more comprehensive effort to address security for women and to tap into the resources that women have to contribute to peace and security.

The objective is to develop a joint UN programme using the New Deal aid architecture modality including the Peace and State building working groups, in particular PSG2 on security; the Somali Reconstruction and Development Facility (SDRF) approval and coordination mechanism; and the MPTF funding mechanism. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The scope of work is to:

  • Review UN Women global and regional strategic initiatives on women, peace and security, as well as key initiatives by other institutions and key academic work to assess relevant lessons learned from elsewhere, and identify relevant potential best-fit for Somalia;
  • Design and implement a consultation process for input to the development on a joint UN programme on women, peace and security, and design the programme. Consultations should be held with relevant federal and state level governments, civil society organization, academics, development partners, UN AFPs, UNSOM, and with UN Women HQ and relevant ESA UN Women Country Offices;
  • Identify how the initiatives on The State of Somali Women and Men Flagship best can fit into the WPS joint programme;
  • Based on these discussions identify potential roles for different UN AFPs and UNSOM, as part of an umbrella strategic policy and monitoring framework, as well as initiatives/projects/programmes that could report under an overall monitoring framework for WPS;
  • Design the secretariat function for the JP on WPS which will include the overall strategic monitoring of progress towards addressing gender equality, women empowerment, and the key strategic issues as identified in the UNSCR1325 and its subsequent resolutions;
  • In close coordination and consultation with UNSOM’s Human Rights Office and Gender office, propose, discuss and agree on specific strategic roles in the overall umbrella framework for the JP on WPS;
  • Identify how UN Women’s ongoing programmes on rule of law and women’s political empowerment and leadership best can fit into the overall WPS programme;
  • Arrange donor consultations along the way during the design process to ensure a close dialogue with donor partners;
  • Draft the JP WPS programme document, facilitate its inclusion in the pipeline for the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF), facilitate discussions at the Peace and Security Working (PSG) group level, and finalize the project documents for review of the SDRF.      

The Consultant is responsible for ensuring the following:          

  • Ensuring close coordination and discussions with the UN Women Somalia Country Programme Manager throughout the assignment. Work closely with the Programme Manager for Strategic Monitoring and reporting and with the formulation team for the Strategic Note 2017-2019, and other UN Women Somalia staff and consultants, as required;
  • Meeting with key government institutions (including federal and state level ministries responsible for security, defense, and women empowerment), civil society partners, donor partners (including the Embassies of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the UK), relevant UN partners (in particular UNSOM, the RCO, ROLSIG, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO), the Gender Team Group peers, and key academic and research institutions specializing in peace and security issues in Somalia;
  • Design a JP on WPS that reflects UN Women global Flagship Programmes Initiatives, including a relevant and tailor made Theory of Change at goal and outcome level, and that is realistic, tailor-made and cutting-edge for addressing women, peace and security in Somalia.


  • Inception Note identifying work plan and methodology, at the start of the assignment (no later than 7 working days after the start of the assignment);
  • Weekly or more frequent briefings with the UN Women Somalia Senior Management team to discuss and consult on issues, progress, challenges, and to agree on way forward;
  • Draft Concept Note for internal review in UN Women and discussion with UN Partners;
  • Final Concept Note for discussion with donors and government institutions;
  • Participation in PSG2 Working Groups to inform and discuss the planned JP on WPS;
  • Draft Joint Programme document on WPS for review with partners;
  • Final Joint Programme document on WPS for approval by SDRF.



  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Core Values and Ethics:

  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and able to work in a multi-national environment;
  • Support the Organization’s corporate goal;
  • Comply with UN WOMEN rules, regulations and code of conduct;
  • Integrity.


  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Build effective client relationships and partnerships;
  • Interact with all levels of staff in the organization;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Build and share knowledge;
  • Make valuable practice contributions.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication;
  • Excellent oral and written skills;
  • Listen actively and respond effectively.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.

Functional Competencies:

  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical speciality relating to the position;
  • Possess basic knowledge or organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master degree in Law, Human Rights, Security Studies or related field.


  • Minimum 7 years extensive experience working with security, justice and governance in fragile contexts, including programme management experience;
  • Experience in design and implementation of rule of law, security sector reform and civil/military programming and responses;
  • Experience designing comprehensive responses to crises situations;
  • Team leader experience from relevant assignments in fragile contexts required;
  • Experience working with UN agencies including joint UN programming and experience an advantage;
  • Knowledge of  Human Rights and Gender programming in Somalia or relevant fragile and conflict affected states required;
  • High level of proficiency in computer systems, internet navigation and various office applications.


  • Fluency in the English language required, with strong, confident command of both written and oral.

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.

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