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. The active participation of women and girls in shaping their future, based on a recognition of their dignity and capacities, is posited in several global policy frameworks as a basic condition to promote gender equality and women’s rights. SDG 16 “Peace, Justice and effective, accountable, inclusive Institutions” and SDG 5 “Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls” are understood and implemented together, as interdependent and synergic goals. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the 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 to build effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in support of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. It was launched in September 2017 by the UN Secretary-General and the EU High Representative and Vice President (HRVP). The 500 million Euro Initiative provides a model for partnerships with donors, civil society, and the UN to deliver on the SDGs in a comprehensive manner leveraging comparative expertise. SDG 5 and the achievement of gender equality are placed at the centre of efforts (alongside Goal 16) with the aim to provide an enabling environment for the implementation of all goals. Within the UN, the Initiative will operationalize the UN development system reforms and model a new way of delivering on the SDGs in an integrated way, leveraging collaborative advantages. Three Core Agencies: UNDP (the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population (UNFPA) and UN Women) will work together with other UN agencies to make large-scale investments in priority countries.
UN Women will recruit a consultant to support the spotlight programme. The Consultant will work under the supervision of the UN Women Nigeria spotlight team lead and provide programmatic support through the following responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will work closely with the UN Women Spotlight team to
- Conduct a desk review of abridged versions of the violence against persons prohibition act for an in-depth understanding of various versions that exist
- Adapt the various versions or develop a new most easy to understand abridged version of the law for easy comprehension across various audiences based on their age, educational qualification and language of comprehension (English, Hausa, Pidgin English, Yoruba)
- Attend a joint UN Spotlight meeting with other stakeholders to present draft abridged version to UN Agencies and key stakeholder
Estimated No of Working Days
1. Conduct a desk review of abridged versions of the violence against persons prohibition act for an in-depth understanding of various versions that exist
2. Adapt the various versions or develop a new most easy to understand abridged version of the law for easy comprehension across various audiences based on their age, educational qualification and language of comprehension (English, Hausa, Pidgin English, Yoruba)
3. Conduct a stakeholder review meeting for various stakeholders to review draft abridged versions. All Spotlight UN agencies to be in attendance.
4. Review document based on feedback from stakeholders
5. Facilitate soft-copy of (English, Hausa, Pidgin-English and Yoruba) dissemination and share printable copy with UN Women
6. Share final report with UN Women Spotlight Programme Specialist
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Meeting logistics
- Ability to relate with partners and meeting participants
- Excellent filing skills
- Basic knowledge of gender-based violence
- Ability to make laws and policies understandable to any audience
Required Skills and Experience
Education and Certification:
- A first degree in law and a master’s degree in law, Gender and Humanities
- 5-10years experience in implementing laws, reviewing and interpreting policies
- Good use of Ms. word, excel and PowerPoint
- Experience in a UN agency or international organization is an advantage
- Knowledge of a Nigerian language
- Good communication and written skills
- Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
- Technical experience in thematic area;
- Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
- Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
- Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.
- Fluency in English is required
- Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
- Knowledge of a Nigeria Language is an asset.