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National Consultant: Baseline Survey for Emergency Assistance to Women/Girl IDPs and other Women/Girls Survivors of Insurgency in Northern Nigeria
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe States and F.C.T, NIGERIA|
|Application Deadline :||14-Jun-16 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 :||26 Working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||26 Working days|
In recent time, Nigeria has experienced insurgent attacks largely by the terrorist insurgent group popularly known as Boko Haram. Both spontaneous unprovoked attacks and indeed, armed clashes between governmental forces and terrorist groups have created massive displacements in different parts of Nigeria, especially in the North East.
By the second half of 2015, more than 1.4 million civilians were said to be internally displaced while 400,000 individuals had crossed borders into neighbouring countries to seek refuge, particularly in Cameroon, Niger and Chad. Insecurity caused by this incessant insurgency is affecting the poorest and vulnerable and hinders social cohesion. A recent research conducted by UN Women West Africa Regional Office (WCARO) based in Dakar shows that over 80% of the displaced (IDPs and refugees) live with host families, who are in most cases extremely poor, further deteriorating the living standards of these communities, thereby making them even more vulnerable.
Humanitarian actors have observed, a rise of 30% of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) during the second half of 2015, reaching to 980,000 in 2015. This has drastically accentuated the humanitarian needs and signals a necessity to strengthen the humanitarian response, particularly from a gender perspective, given that majority of those affected are women as research demonstrates.
Women and children represent more than 60% of displaced persons. The conflict and insurgency attacks occur mainly in North-East Zone of Nigeria. Violations of human rights, especially the rights of women and children are more frequent in the attacks of Boko Haram. Since the beginning of year 2014, more than 2000 women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram, some of them were forced to marry and to take part in suicide bombings (Amnesty International, 2015).
In a recent report produced by Human Rights Watch, Post-trauma and long-term counseling in the areas worst-affected by the Boko Haram assault are greatly needed. Maiduguri’s Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital said between 10 and 20 percent of people living in Borno need emergency mental-health services. The report also points out that doctors interviewed by an international journalist described being overwhelmed. They noted that every day between 20 and 30 people show up requesting counselling, a marked increase over previous years.
Analysis of the humanitarian Strategy documents indicate that gender issues, particularly practical and strategic needs as well as the actions targeting this population are not fully taken into account, from the indicator point of view. Only the issues linked with GBV are mentioned in the protection cluster. However, indicators limited to this level are still very global. Even if various actors are willing and able to integrate information and strategies orientated towards gender, data is unavailable and critical resources allocated to attain gender responsive results are minimal.
It is therefore based on the priority to reinforce the integration of gender in humanitarian response in Nigeria and to make it more efficient when targeting women and girls, that UN Women has decided undertake a baseline survey and requires three (3) Research Assistants (one per state – Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe).
Duties and Responsibilities
The following are the expected results from this baseline study:
Under the guidance of and reporting directly to the supervising baseline survey consultant, each Research Assistant will be responsible for the following generic on-demand activities:
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Required Skills and Experience
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.