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National Consultant to Support Development of Media Capacity Building Tools and a Media Monitoring Framework on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA|
|Application Deadline :||26-Jan-20 (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 :||Forty (40) working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Forty (40) 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.
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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 center of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women is implementing the Women’s Leadership and Political Participation Project (WLPP), Wanawake Wanaweza Phase II (2018 – 2022). The Wanawake Wanaweza project is in line with UN Women Strategic Plan 2018 – 2021 as well as the National Gender and Development Policy, the SDGs, CEDAW and other international and regional commitments, such as the African Union Agenda 2063. One of the project’s component aim at transforming gender norms so that women are accepted as legitimate and effective leaders including through capacity strengthening of the media and development of campaigns that sensitize the media and the general public on the need for women in public life at all levels.
The significant role of the media in influencing opinions and shaping important discourse that affects society is undisputed. As a trusted source of information, and with the ability to reach a large number of people, the media shapes perceptions and consequently the culture and its beliefs and entrenched norms. A 2016 report by BBC Media Action in Tanzania showed that gender responsive media programming on issues of governance and leadership led to increased political knowledge among both women and men, and increased women’s political participation. Furthermore, the programming resulted in changes in men’s perceptions on whether women can play a role in politics. Thus, for women to access equal opportunities in political spaces, they need to be given equal coverage and be featured in key national issues in the news media. Yet, according to the UN Women Gender and Media Handbook Tanzania, news stories are still dominated by a masculine narrative, reflecting gender biases where serious news with social or political significance is associated with men, and less serious topics are associated with women.
In this regard, UN Women in partnership with UNESCO aims to equip the media with the necessary skills to shift current practice and to ensure gender responsive media coverage of women in politics. To achieve this, UN Women is seeking the services of a national gender and media specialist with extensive years of experience in training and developing training materials. The expert will work closely with an international consultant in the development of the tools.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Head of Women’s Leadership and Political Participation, the national consultant will work closely with an international consultant in the development of a Media Training Manual, Media Guide, and Media Monitoring Framework. With a specific focus on women’s leadership and political participation, these comprehensive tools will be significantly informed by and seek to build on the Gender and Media Handbook Tanzania 2019, in order to achieve three key objectives:
3. To strengthen the capacity of the media to address violence against women in politics, in and through the media (online and offline).
Fees and terms of payments: Payment will be made in three installments as follows:
The consultancy shall be undertaken over a period of 40 days that will start running from the date of signing the consultancy agreement.
The consultant is expected to develop and submit a work plan as a pre-requisite for signing of agreement.
Required Functional Competencies
Key Performance Indicators
Core Values/Guiding Principles
Required Skills and Experience
Submission of Application and Criteria for Selection:
Interested national consultants need to submit the following documentation in support of their application: