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Women’s Political Participation Senior Expert
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||06-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||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 constitute approximately 49% of the country’s population; however, they play a very limited role in decision-making. Nigeria has one of the lowest rates of women members of parliament in Africa.
After the 2019 general elections, only 4.5% of women were elected into the federal parliament compared to 5.6% in 2015 while only 3.8% of women were elected into the states’ Houses of Assembly compared to 5.8% in 2015.
Moreover, there are no legal or institutionalised Temporary Special Measures (TSMs) to accelerate the representation of women. In 2017, CEDAW’s Concluding Observations on the country’s combined seventh and eighth periodic reports, contained a call upon Nigeria “to adopt legislation on temporary special measures in order to increase the participation of women in political and public life, education and employment (…), as a necessary strategy to accelerate the achievement of substantive equality between women and men in all areas covered by the Convention where women are underrepresented or disadvantaged, including employment.”
Women contribute actively to social and economic development and Nigerian women’s representation in the labour force stood at 50.4% Nevertheless, they are more likely to be unemployed than men, dominate the unprotected informal sector, earn less than men for work of equal value, and are poorly represented in public and corporate economic decision making.
In this context, UN Women is implementing a women’s political and leadership project funded by the Government of Canada as part of a regional initiative.
The ultimate outcome of this project is to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in West and Central Africa.
The intermediate outcomes for this Project include:
i. increased effective participation of women as political leaders at the local, national and regional levels; and
ii. Improved legislative practices and frameworks for the promotion of gender balance in politics in the Central African Republic, Liberia, Nigeria and the Republic of Guinea.
In terms of implementation, UN Women in Nigeria works with national governments, parliaments, electoral management bodies, political parties, NGOs and CSOs. The Project provides targeted and technical support and capacity building for key stakeholders through the provision of training, technical assistance, awareness raising and advocacy campaigns.
UN-Women in Nigeria is therefore seeking the services of a senior national consultant to support and lead the technical implementation of the project.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK:
Under the direct supervision of the Country Representative, the Consultant will work with the UN Women team to develop programme activities targeting bringing together women’s groups and networks to form a strong invisible women’s movement with a common goal and agenda towards the attainment affirmative action for increased participation of women in governance. The National consultant will also provide support to facilitate processes for implementation of activities geared towards formation of a strong women movement in Nigeria.
Under this assignment, the Senior National Consultant will be responsible to undertake the following duties:
Summary of Key Functions:
Develop the NWM Program document, work plan and implementation plan
Establish coordination with national partners and other stakeholders and networks
Summary of Deliverables:
Duration of the Assignment:
The total duration of this assignment is initially 6 months starting on October 1, 2019. The Senior National Consultant is responsible for accomplishing the deliverables listed above
Contributions: UN Women will put at the disposal of selected individuals all available materials and necessary information for tasks achievement and will facilitate the meetings and discussions, as needed. During assignment’s related missions, the Consultants may use the facilities of the office (i.e. internet access, printing, copying, local phone calls, including office laptop etc.). However, he or she is expected to use his/her own personal computer for nor office related matters.
Location of work:
The national consultant will be located in the UN Women Office for the implementation of the assignment.
Performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Payment will be disbursed in installments upon the satisfactory submission of the deliverables
Core Values and Guiding Principles
Required Skills and Experience
UN Women 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 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.