Consultant - Ending Violence Against Women

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Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline :03-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
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


  • Provide technical advice on regional and countries’ strategy documents, programme/ project proposals, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to EVAW in the region;
  • Prepare substantive inputs to the UN Women regional programme planning;
  • Provide technical advice and guidance during consultations with key stakeholders, women leaders, human rights experts and UN partners to gather inputs on programme design.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to the Spotlight Africa Regional Program and the Country Programmes;
  • Provide technical support to the UN Trust Fund on EVAW and the Spotlight CSO Fund on EVAW;
  • Provide advice and guidance to the Regional Office Management as well as Multi Country Offices and Country Offices on EVAW, Harmful Practices, SRHR, Gender and Disability and Prevention of Sexual Harassment;
  • Provide technical advice to Programme Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to Country Office and Multi Country Office programme personnel on building and managing partnerships;
  • Develop material for and provide advice on capacity building  to country offices, focused on innovative approaches ;
  • Prepare and submit  donor and UN Women quarterly, annual and other reports on EVAW to Regional Director for approval
  • Identify, develop and implement resource mobilization opportunities in support of the regional programme;
  • Build on the ongoing partnerships with the EVAW Regional Reference Group, EVAW Community of Practice (COP), Council of Traditional Leaders of Africa (COTLA), Global and Regional networks on Gender and Disability;
  •  Provide substantive technical advice  to the Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other regional efforts.
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning; disseminate regionally or globally.
  • Contribute to knowledge sharing and advocacy on the knowledge products on child marriage, gender and disability, tech violence, safe markets produced by ESARO.
  • Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors’ priorities and provide technical support in development of 2021 Annual Work Planning processes by the ESARO and the country offices;
  • Establish partnerships, draft agreements and monitor their implementation;
  • Ensure close cooperation with other UN Women teams; develop alliances and working partnerships.



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.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example


Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Excellent knowledge of results-based management principles and approaches
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on the for-development results
  • Outstanding knowledge in EVAW
  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation
  • Excellent networking skills 
  • Ability to negotiate and interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, Law, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with four additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.



  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Technical expertise in EVAW;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies, CSOs, Traditional Leaders, inter-governmental bodies and donors is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team.



  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of French is an asset.

All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from 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.

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