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Consultant to develop a Project Proposal and support start-up of programme activities on women’s economic empowerment
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Abuja, NIGERIA|
|Application Deadline :||25-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
UN Women grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Women’s economic empowerment is a priority area of focus for the UN Women Nigeria Country Office. The key interventions of focus, as outlined in the five-year Strategic Note of the Country Office (2018-2022), are supporting women’s economic empowerment through climate-resilient agribusiness, and promoting women’s entrepreneurship through Affirmative Procurement.
Drawing on the findings of a baseline study on women’s access to affirmative procurement, which the Nigeria Country Office commissioned in 2018, the Office is seeking to design a full-fledged flagship programme on affirmative procurement to respond to policy, capacity and knowledge gaps that continue to limit economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses.
Concurrently, the Country Office is embarking on the implementation of a multi-country proposal entitled ‘Contributing to the Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa through Climate Smart Agriculture ’, which aims to strengthen women’s agricultural productivity and access to markets in selected agriculture products in Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. The project seeks to close the gender gap in agricultural productivity by increasing women’s access to resources. It is expected to reach over 50,000 women across the four countries over three years providing them with entrepreneurial and financial capacities, affordable technology and value addition, and using information and communications technology (ICT) to increase access to markets and to finance. The project is aligned with UN Women’s Development Results Framework 2: “Women, especially those living in poverty and vulnerability, are economically empowered and enabled to reap the benefits of development”.
UN Women is seeking to recruit a consultant to lead the elaboration of the Affirmative Procurement flagship programme, and also to kick start implementation of the new Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Program in Nigeria.
Under the overall strategic guidance and direction of UN Women’s Country Representative, and with day-to-day reporting to the Deputy Representative, the consultant will elaborate a full-fledged programme document and budget on affirmative procurement and support the process of starting the implementation of the CSA project. She/he works in close collaboration with UN Women Regional Adviser for Economic Empowerment. The consultant will also work with government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women strategy under Women’s Economic Empowerment portfolio.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
Elaborate Flagship Programme Proposal on Affirmative Procurement
CORE VALUES / GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree in Economics, International Development, Gender, Applied Anthropology, or in other related Social Sciences.
Minimum 10 years relevant experience at the national or international level in managing project and programs. Experience working in the field of women’s economic empowerment is required.
Prior experience with the UN System and in Nigeria will be an asset.
Fluency in English is required
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.