National Consultant to Register the Council Of Traditional Leaders Of Africa (COTLA)/Conseil Des Autorites Traditionnelles D’Afrique



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Location : Lagos, Nigeria, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :12-Aug-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :30 Working Days
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 Working Days

Background

COTLA/CONATA is a pan African movement of progressive Traditional Leaders primarily established to end child marriage, FGM/C and other harmful practices in Africa by 2030. COTLA/CONATA’s primary focus is to preserve positive cultural practices, customs and traditions while at the same time transforming and eradicating altogether all negative practices, customs and traditions especially those that affect the human rights of girls and women. COTLA/CONATA was established in Lagos, Nigeria in December 2018 following a series of dialogue with Traditional Leaders on ending child marriage and female genital mutilation across Africa organised by UN Women.  UN Women facilitated dialogues with Traditional Leaders starting with a consultation that was held in Nairobi in August 2018, then regional dialogues that took place in Blantyre (Malawi), Cairo (Egypt) and Lagos (Nigeria).

The movement was officially launched by the President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, in his capacity as AU Presidential Ambassador on ending child marriage, on 10th February 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the margins of the AU Heads of State and Government Summit. COTLA/CONATA envisions a well-organized and vibrant pan African platform for progressive Traditional Leaders which harnesses the power and influence of African culture to respect human dignity, human rights, gender equality, and attain sustainable development of Africa in line with the AU Vision 2063.   Its mission is to harness and amplify the voices of progressive Traditional and Cultural Leaders at continental, regional and national levels to meaningfully contribute towards an integrated, stable, resilient, environmentally sustainable, prosperous and developed Africa that respects the human rights of girls and women. 

COTLA/CONATA aims to create pathways through which Traditional and Cultural Leaders can more constructively engage and contribute at AU, regional, national and local levels to move towards the attainment of Africa’s development, human rights and respect for girls’ and women’s rights with progressive cultural values. Its purpose is to secure, renew, deepen and act on commitments of governments and African Traditional and Cultural Leaders to end child marriage, FGM/C and other harmful practices, and promote gender equality through recognition and harnessing of the power and influence of culture, customs, norms, and traditions as they relate to state laws and international human rights instruments.

The objectives of the COTLA/CONATA are as follows:

  • Create and sustain a transformational Pan African progressive Traditional Leaders movement that embraces cultural dynamism and respect for the human rights of girls and women in Africa.
  • Promote dialogue and partnerships that facilitate positive actions to address negative cultural practices, traditions, and customs to end child marriage & FGM/C, and promote gender equality in Africa. 
  • Ensure action and accountability on all commitments and targets agreed at local, national and international levels towards the respect of the rights of girls and women

Following the launch in February 2019, COTLA/CONATA has focused on developing and setting up its own governance, organisational and institutional systems. COTLA/CONATA is led by a convernor general with three Deputy Convenor Generals, one of the Deputy Convenor oversees West Africa, (Anglo) and (French) and North Africa, the second Deputy Convenor oversees East Africa, Southern Africa and South Africa and the third Deputy Convenor oversees Policy, Advocacy & Outreaches. Lagos, Nigeria, has been selected as the Coordinating Secretariat for COTLA

COTLA/CONATA is currently being supported by UN Women and Africa Union and entering into partnerships with other regional or national institutions and bodies to help its achieve its objectives.  


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

UN Women is seeking to hire a consultant who will lead the preparation of documentation/ registration process and development of operational manual for COTLA/CONATA to enable its carry out its function as a full-fledged legal organization and movement

Specifically, the Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

   Task1: Facilitate the development of the group’s Constitution, Articles of Association and others relevant    documentation (English and French versions) for registration with the leadership of COTLA/CONATA 

    Task 2: Work with the relevant registration institutions to register the group as an  NGO relevant government bodies(Corporate Affairs Commission)

    Task 3: Facilitate the issuance of a certificate of registration for the group

    Task 4; Develop an Operational Manual and Guidelines for COTLA in consultation with the COTLA leadership

Key Deliverables

  • Read all the relevant reference documents on the group (1 Day)
  • Submission of draft constitution, Articles of Association and other statutory documentations and share with the group leadership and UN Women for review and inputs (8 Days)
  • Submission of finalize constitution and other statutory documentations (5 Days)
  • Submission of receipts, and relevant notification of registration process (5 Days)
  • Submission/presentation of a certificate of registration t (1 Day)
  • Submission of Operational Manuals and Guidelines for COTLA(10 Days)


Competencies

Core Values and Guiding Principles

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling UN Women values and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to UN Women’s mission and vision.
  • Able to work effectively within a team.
  • Displays cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Able to multi-task and juggle competing demands.
  • Can assess and prioritize work needs quickly.
  • Able to relate to external partners, including other international organizations and agencies, NGOs, , etc.

Functional Competencies

  • Knowledge of organizational development processes
  • Knowledge and expertise in administrative practices and company incorporation
  • Capacity to work with diverse groups, networks and partners including governments, donors and civil society.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with people from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
  • Results based management skills.
  • Ability to produce well-written documents demonstrating excellent interpersonal communication skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Degree in Business Administration, Social Science, International Development, Law, Human Rights, Political Science, International Relations, or another related field.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in organizational development and /or business management
  • Knowledge and experience of working in business management and incorporation environment
  • Knowledge of documentation and knowledge products
  • Knowledge of program management and results-based management tools
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner; ability to organize work efficiently and deal with multiple tasks
  • Previous experience working in West Africa is an asset

Language:

  • Excellent oral and written English skills 


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.

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