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Local Consultant Document Good Practices on Women´s Organizations Promotion of Women, Peace and Security and Women’s Socio-economic Recovery
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE|
|Application Deadline :||03-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Portuguese|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20 Working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 Working days|
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.
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. Placing women's rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
Under its Women, Peace and Security portfolio, the UN Women Country Office in Mozambique, in partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Action (MGCAS) and with support from the Governments of Iceland and Norway is implementing the Project “Promoting Women and Girls´ Effective Participation in Peace, Security and Recovery in Mozambique.” Promoting and facilitating the documentation of good practices, in particular at community level, is one of the core areas of focus of the project.
The project seeks to document good practices in the different actors’ contribution to the promotion of women, peace and security in 14 districts that were most affected by armed conflicts in 7 provinces – Sofala, Manica, Zambezia, Tete, Gaza, Inhambane and Cabo Delgado.
Documentation of good practices on gender and women’s empowerment helps guide all actors in developing policy, programmes and legislation that better address challenges facing women and girls. Documenting good practices enable one to exploring solutions and taking them to scale to maximize gains for African women and girls within the context of accelerating achievements and realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union Agenda 2063. Further, the documentation of good practices produces a pool of knowledge of what actions took place, when and the way they contributed to a positive change in the lives of women and girls. The process of documenting good practices also provides the opportunity to capture challenges, risks and mitigation to contribute to learning.
Moreover, the documentation of good practices on promotion of women, peace and security and women´s socio-economic recovery will:
· Provide an opportunity to systematically record and share good practices within and between countries and regions, and in turn, increase the potential for accelerating gains for women and girls;
· Demonstrate the diverse ways that organizations/actors address challenges implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and fostering the socio-economic empowerment of women and girls; and
· Broaden the understanding about what works, and encouraging replicability, scalability and/or investment in further documenting successes and challenges in implementation. The documentation of good practices should balance information and details related to the intervention with good analyses to create a knowledge base of what works and why particular approaches succeed in certain contexts.
It is in this context; UN Women seeks to document the good practice of the realization of Women´s Solidarity Camps on Peace and Security that have occurred in the last 2 years in the province of Sofala. UN Women, in partnership with the Sofala Association of Women Sharing Ideas, have realized a couple of women´s solidarity camps on peace and security that brought to light the impact of conflicts on the lives of women and girls in Mozambique and developing grassroot methods of surpassing these hardships and striving for the socio-economic empowerment of women and girls whilst advocating for sustainable and durable peace. Furthermore, the Solidarity Camps on Peace and Security at community level have proven to be an innovative, very effective and low-cost model to gather women and young girls from urban and rural areas to discuss and understand the unique ways in which women and girls are affected at several levels by conflicts in Mozambique as well as draw coping methods and strategies to promote the socio-economic empowerment of women and girls in post-conflict contexts.
II. Objectives of the Consultancy
The main objective of the consultancy is to document good practices in the promotion of peace, security and economic recovery for women and girls by civil society and the women’s movements at grass roots and community level.
Encourage gender equality actors and advocates to learn from these experiences and adopt similar approaches. Make both an empirical and analytical contribution to the field, with the overall aim of maximising the transformative potential of training for gender equality.
Identify the enabling factors that contribute to the success of the intervention in that specific context, including challenges faced by women in promoting peace and engage in conflict mediation at the local level;
Duties and Responsibilities
Corporate Competences and Ethics
• Demonstrate integrity, values and ethics in accordance to UN Women norms
• Promote the vision, mission and strategic objectives of UN Women
• Show respect regardless the race/colour, sex, religion, nationality and age as well as be sensible to cultural adaptation capacity
• Consultant are expected to have personal and professional integrity and abided by the UN Code
• Knowledge of legislation, programme and public policies on gender, women’s economic empowerment, and women’s rights in general in Mozambique
• Demonstrated experience in gender and economics related research
• Leadership and skills to work with autonomy and initiative
• Strong Advocacy skills
• Excellent knowledge of gender equality and women's empowerment in country
• Strong knowledge of UN system
• Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to results management, including support to design, planning and implementation of programme, managing data, reporting;
• Strong Knowledge of WEE and gender;
• Strong capacity in research and capacity development.
Managing knowledge and learning
• Promote knowledge sharing and a learning culture;
• Team working; and
• Strong communication skills, oral and written in Portuguese and English; knowledge of local languages is an asset.
Ethical Code of Conduct
• Independence: Consultant shall ensure that independence of judgment is maintained, and that evaluation findings and recommendations are independently presented.
• Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
• Impartiality: Consultant shall operate in an impartial and unbiased manner and give a balanced presentation of strengths and weaknesses of the policy, program, project or organizational unit being evaluated.
• Conflict of Interest: Consultant are required to disclose in writing any past experience, which may give rise to a potential conflict of interest, and to deal honestly in resolving any conflict of interest which may arise.
• Honesty and Integrity: Consultant shall show honesty and integrity in their own behaviour, negotiating honestly the evaluation costs, tasks, limitations, scope of results likely to be obtained, while accurately presenting their procedures, data and findings and highlighting any limitations or uncertainties of interpretation within the evaluation.
• Competence: Consultant shall accurately represent their level of skills and knowledge and work only within the limits of their professional training and abilities in evaluation, declining assignments for which they do not have the skills and experience to complete successfully.
• Accountability: Consultant are accountable for the completion of the agreed evaluation deliverables within the 30 day timeframe and budget agreed, while operating in a cost-effective manner.
• Obligations to Participants: Consultant shall respect and protect the rights and welfare of human subjects and communities, in accordance with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights conventions. Consultant shall respect differences in culture, local customs, religious beliefs and practices, personal interaction, gender roles, disability, age and ethnicity, while using evaluation instruments appropriate to the cultural setting. Consultant shall ensure prospective participants are treated as autonomous agents, free to choose whether to participate in the evaluation, while ensuring that the relatively powerless are represented.
• Confidentiality: Consultant shall respect people’s right to provide information in confidence and make participants aware of the scope and limits of confidentiality, while ensuring that sensitive information cannot be traced to its source.
• Avoidance of Harm: Consultant shall act to minimize risks and harms to, and burdens on, those participating in the evaluation, without compromising the integrity of the evaluation findings.
• Accuracy, Completeness and Reliability: Consultant have an obligation to ensure that evaluation reports and presentations are accurate, complete and reliable. Consultant shall explicitly justify judgments, findings and conclusions and show their underlying rationale, so that stakeholders are in a position to assess them.
• Transparency: Consultant shall clearly communicate to stakeholders the purpose of the evaluation, the criteria applied and the intended use of findings. Consultant shall ensure that stakeholders have a say in shaping the evaluation and shall ensure that all documentation is readily available to and understood by stakeholders.
• Omissions and wrongdoing: Where consultant finds evidence of wrong-doing or unethical conduct, they are obliged to report it to the proper oversight authority.
• The evaluator will have the final judgment on the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation report, and the evaluator must be protected from pressures to change information in the report. If the evaluator identifies issues of wrongdoing, fraud or other unethical conduct, UN Women procedures must be followed, and confidentiality be maintained. The UN Women Legal Framework for Addressing Non-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct defines misconduct and the mechanisms within UN Women for reporting and investigating it.
Required Skills and Experience
At least 5 years’ experience in development work with specific emphasis on gender equality and women’s empowerment focusing on women economic empowerment;
Demonstrated hands-on experience in development, monitoring the implementation and the evaluation of development projects, capacity building and resource mobilization;
Recognized experience in the field of gender and development;
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems; and
Have experience documenting and producing knowledge products.
Fluency in written and spoken English and Portuguese. Fluency in the local languages spoken in Mozambique is desirable.