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Consultant - Ending Violence Against Women
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Nairobi, KENYA|
|Application Deadline :||03-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 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.
About the Programme/ Portfolio
UN Women Eastern & Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) maintains a large presence in Eastern and Southern Africa region, covering 13 countries with program presence in Somalia and Zambia. In accordance with the UN Women Strategic Note, which is premised on the Africa Strategy, UN Women works to advance social, economic and political rights and protection of women and girls from violence including harmful practices. The program also focusses on those from marginalized, excluded and under-represented groups, including rural women, women with disabilities, women living with or affected by HIV, women survivors of violence, women migrants, elderly women and others.
UN Women EVAW Program provides strategic advice and direction in the areas of Ending Violence against Women, Ending Child Marriage, FGM and other Harmful Practices, Protection and Empowerment of Women and Girls with Disabilities and Prevention of Sexual Harassment at work place through leveraging on the global and regional guidance including the UN Women Africa Strategy.
2. EVAW Context in ESARO/ESA Region
Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic and a human rights violation. More than 1 in 3 women (36.6%) in Africa report having experienced physical, and/or sexual partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner.. Across Africa, 125 million girls and women alive today were married before their 18th birthday. An estimated 200 million girls and women alive today are believed to have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). Using the evidence generated from the study. Prospects for Ending Child Marriage in Africa: Implications on Legislation, Policy, Culture & Interventions, UN Women mobilized approximately 400 traditional and religious leaders to agree on areas where these leaders can be agents of transformation in addressing these harmful practices, through a series of sub-regional consultations that took place in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Egypt. Thereafter, on February 11 2019, with the support of UN Women and in partnership with the African Union, the Council of Traditional Leaders of Africa (COTLA) was launched under the leadership of the President of Zambia H.E. Edgar Lungu who is the AU Champion against Child Marriage. COTLA’s mission is to stop cultural and traditional norms and practices that discriminate against women and girls, especially child marriage and FGM.
The European Union and the United Nations have launched the Spotlight Initiative aimed at addressing all forms of violence against women and girls, and harmful practices and promote SRHR. Spotlight Initiative aims to support transformative change on the ground to end violence against women and girls. The EVAW program also provides technical support to the regional and country specific Spotlight Program and also initiatives ending child marriage, FGM and harmful practices through engagement with the traditional leaders, youth, CSOs and other stakeholders.
Premised on the UN Women global strategy, UN Women ESARO undertook a multi-country study on Gender and Disability, which highlighted “Discrimination of girls and women with disabilities (GWWD) characterizes all the countries in East and Southern Africa Region (ESAR). Only the level and intensity of such discrimination varies. This discrimination takes place at home, in access to education, social and health services, employment, and inheritance as well as in social relations. Accordingly, the EVAW program will also build on the on-going initiatives through participation and technical support to global and regional initiatives on protection and empowerment of women with disabilities.
Reporting to the Deputy Regional Director, the international consultant will act as Programme Advisor and will provide strategic guidance and technical support of the EVAW programme/projects for results, working together with UN Women Country Offices in the region, UN Women AU Liaison Office and with the programme and operations units in the East and Southern Africa Regional Office.. The Programme Advisor will also liaise with the regional inter-governmental organizations, development partners, and regional platforms of women’s organizations, including those working on gender and disability. She/he will work in close collaboration with programme and operations team, UN Women policy advisors in the Regional office, UNW AU Liaison Office and relevant program units at UNW headquarters, ensuring successful programme implementation.
The Programme Advisor will provide technical expertise on gender equality and women’s empowerment with a holistic approach to address opportunities and challenges in ending discrimination and violence against women in the programme participating countries. The Programme Advisor will provide an analysis of policies and practices to senior management and compile lessons learned for formulation of strategic interventions, including support on resource mobilization.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Provide timely and quality technical advice and support to M/COs on EVAW, ending child marriage, FGM, Gender and Disability, prevention of sexual harassment.
2. Oversight, coordination and technical support to Zambia, Malawi and Ethiopia COs on India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA Fund) program and support to following deliverables:
i) Direct program support including supervision of staff in Zambia;
ii) Oversight and timely implementation, program delivery and liquidation of advances;
iii) Timely finalization and submission of quarterly and final consolidated technical and financial report to the donor.
3. Development, review and technical inputs to the knowledge products on EVAW (including RO led Access to Justice for Women study, IBSA, POWER programs and Spotlight programs)
4. Technical and coordination support to strengthening partnerships and resource mobilization efforts on EVAW, Gender and Disability and SH in ESA Region.
5. End of consultancy report capturing key deliverables, lessons learned and the way forward (implementation plan), covering among others, policy recommendations and guidance to strategic planning and positioning on EVAWG/HP in ESAR.
Required Skills and Experience
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
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.