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Consultant to document, strategies on community solutions that promote Sexual Reproductive Maternal and Neonatal Child and Adolescent Health rights in humanitarian settings within the Horn of Africa
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home Based (with travels to select humanitarian settings in ESA Region if possible)|
|Application Deadline :||16-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 Working days|
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.
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 focuses 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 among others. Additionally, Women and girls are often more greatly affected in both sudden and slow-onset emergencies and are at increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, unintended pregnancy, maternal death and illness, and sexual and gender-based violence. UN Women Program on Women’s Empowerment in Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child and Adolescent Health (SRMNCAH) rights in humanitarian settings in the Horn of Africa Region (POWER) seeks to address some of these challenges.
The Horn of Africa (HoA), which consists of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda has currently 20 million people affected by crises which has a negative impact on the most vulnerable population’s ability to access sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services; and also leaves them particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse, including defilement and rape. This is further compounded by the social distancing and restrictions imposed during COVID-19 making it difficult to make available and access the services in many countries specifically in humanitarian settings.
Several on-going crises in HoA has led to large movements of people within and between countries and significant local, national and regional impacts. Wide geographical and socioeconomic disparities impact access to health services, and coverage of priority SRMNCAH interventions is sub-optimal both in the development and humanitarian settings throughout. Discrimination against women and girls including gender-based violence, economic exclusion, and the disparity in access to quality and affordable SRMNCAH services is common across the region. In humanitarian settings, many women and girls are vulnerable due to the limited health care facilities, lack of information and some-times difficulties in access or inability to access services due to their vulnerability. Their situation is made more challenging during public health emergencies such as COVID 19.
Experiences of dealing with Ebola and other public health and humanitarian crises have taught us about the consequences we may see if SRMNCAH services are not prioritized. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19, and with the closure of schools, there is escalation in unintended pregnancies especially among adolescent girls. There are reports of pulling of resources from routine health services. The pandemic risks the reversal of gains made in the access SRMNCAH services and protection of women and girls. Limited access to SRMNCAH services especially, menstrual hygiene products and sexual and reproductive health services including post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) kits will exacerbate risks to girls reproductive health. Instances are not lacking where due to fear of infection the family and care givers are reluctant to permit adolescent girls to access such services.
The importance of reproductive rights and access to quality health services for women and girls are enshrined in a wide range of normative frameworks, including the Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action, the Programme of Action of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Important for the implementation of Agenda 2030, the actions under this programme will contribute towards meeting commitments under the SDG Goal 5 on gender equality where all the targets are relevant, but specifically the target 5.6 on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. Additionally, multiple targets across Goal 3 on health are significant for SRMNCAH. At the regional level, several instruments and policies are in place to promote SRMNCAH which include the African Union Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Continental Policy Framework (2005) which is operationalized through the Maputo Plan of Action. There are several national and sectoral policies around SRMNCAH and refugee rights that have been considered in design of POWER.
Overall goal of the POWER Programme and Results:
UN Women POWER program is aimed at addressing the barriers that are preventing women, children and adolescents from demanding and realizing their rights to SRMNCAH services and seek to achieve the following outcomes (results) in humanitarian settings:
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:
Reporting to the Program Advisor-EVAW, and working closely with the Humanitarian Specialist and the EVAW/SRMNCAH focal persons in the country offices, the consultant will provide technical support in documenting, sharing and replicating of best practices and strategies on community solutions that promote SRMNCAH rights in humanitarian settings. She/he will work in close collaboration with the UN sister agencies, specifically, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR, Government and CSO partner agencies.
She/he will contribute to UN Women’s work on SRMNCAH focusing on gender equality and women empowerment, taking into consideration the women with disabilities in line with the principles of leaving no one behind.The consultant will be responsible for providing regular updates to UN Women on the progress and submission of the deliverables in a timely manner.
Duties and Responsibilities:
ESARO conducts a plagiarism test on all submitted reports and the maximum accepted rate is 20%. Reports exceeding this percentage will not be accepted.
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Required Skills and Experience
UNWOMEN 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.