Location : Tunis, TUNISIA
Application Deadline :28-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
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 :30 work days
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 work days


The situation of women in Libya remains challenging. The active contribution of women in the 2011 uprising was widely recognized by Libyan society at large, providing Libyan women with opportunities to participate in key institutions. Although women represent almost 15% of the parliament, their voice is weak and fragmented. The unit to support and empower women created by the Presidency Council, in 2016, is still largely existent on paper alone. 

Women’s rights in Libya face major challenges that threaten previous progress and limit the improvement of women’s status. The role of women in society has faced setbacks in the face of the rise of armed Salafist and other conservative groups and in the face of the general security environment which when mixed with conservative societal norms can lead to severe restrictions on women’s movement and the ability of women to participate in public fora.  

Recent discussions held by UNDP Libya with a wider range of Libyan women activists from different parts of Libya indicated that there is a determination on the part of Libyan women to form part of the future of their country and to be involved in decision making processes at all levels. Further, a recent study funded by the British embassy and the UNDP Libya review of its gender profile in Libya revealed that there is a need to develop local peacebuilding and mediations skills, to raise awareness on legal and political rights, to mentor and nurture business skills, and to systematically respond to GBV. This can form the basis for a discussion amongst actors for future programming and for adapting existing programming with a view to addressing some of the challenges faced by Libyan women.

The main objective of this the gender and women empowerment programme is to address gender equality and women’s empowerment in Libya through encouraging mechanisms for improved coordination on gender mainstreaming across UN agencies, and ensuring that all UN agencies including UNDP fulfil their obligations to gender mainstreaming. 

UNDP has developed a Gender Strategy 2018-2020 to strengthen the integration of gender equality into UNDP’s work through a two-pronged approach (I) mainstreaming gender in all programme; and, (ii) dedicated interventions that empower women and promote gender equality. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Project Manager, SFL or delegated official, the consultant will:

  • Provide gender advice on the UNDP Libya programme, identifying areas of opportunity to intervene to address women’s needs or to draw on women’s agency to advance shared goals, notably SFL–Stronger for Libya and SLCRR, identifying the risks of inadvertent harm or exclusion, the opportunities to enhance their impact on areas of life which are of greatest importance to women, and the scope to enhance women’s agency in supporting shared objectives;
  • Identify knowledge gaps which limit UNDP Libya’s ability to identify women’s priorities and to detect risks of harm, and to propose means of plugging those gaps


  • Development of Ubari pilot under Women’s Networks for Local Peace, from (existing) Concept Note to project proposal funded by willing donor;
  • Delivery of (one) successful women’s review workshop for SFL in early July, and provision of report summarizing lessons identified through it, and implications for SFL–Stronger interventions to reflect those lessons;
  • Gender analytical commentary on papers for the SFL Output 3 workshop (provisionally 9th-11th July), and post-workshop gender assessment report;
  • Gender analytical commentary on stock-take consultation process and ToRs for Ubari and Benghazi under SFL–Stronger to identify risks and opportunities for enhanced interventions;
  • Review of gender aspects of ToRs under SLCRR for gender sensitivity;
  • Identification of specific activities under SLCRR for women’s employment (especially in the innovation component) that enhance women’s economic independence without placing them at additional risk.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity.

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge of the Libyan context and the current transition would be an advantage;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to build trust;
  • Excellent organizational, team-building and planning skill;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effective in team, delivering through and with others.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualification:

  • Master’s Degree in Gender studies, or public policy / social science Discipline with a concentration of in gender or/and inclusion.


  • At least 10 years of working experience in the field of gender/inclusion and institutional capacity building in gender mainstreaming and inclusion;
  • A professional with strong practical expertise in gender and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate policy and action plans of national wide project; 
  • At least 2 years of working experience on gender and inclusion issues in MENA region;
  • Demonstrated solid and practical experience of theory and methodology of gender mainstreaming and inclusion of the marginalized groups including persons with disability and minority groups in policies and programmes;
  • A Demonstrated understanding of the legal provision of the affirmative action and how implementation on the same can be achieved with reference to the electoral process;
  • A clear understanding of public institutions and their administrative structures;
  • Strong interpersonal and coordination skills;
  • Strong report writing, record management and communication skills;
  • Good knowledge of gender and women empowerment;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, programme development and implementation, results-based management and reporting.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential;
  • Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Documents to be included when submitting the proposal:

  • Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications;
  • Motivation Letter describing their interest in the assignment and why they are the most suitable for the work;
  • Curriculum Vitae or Personal History Form (P11) including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references;
  • Financial Proposal Form, providing a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems) is to be provided by the offeror;
  • Detail Terms of Reference, P11 Form and Financial Proposal Form can be found in the following link:
  • Please submit your Technical and Financial proposals to the following e-mail address no later than 28 May 2019 to Email:

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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