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Consultant to support the regional dialogue and webinar on impacts and engagement of women and girls in COVID 19 Response and Recovery
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, KENYA|
|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 :||2 months|
UN Women, is grounded in the vision of equality and enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works to eliminate discrimination against women and girls; to empower women; and achieve equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. In East and Southern Africa Region, UN Women maintains presence in 13 countries with programme presence in Somalia and Zambia
As the world battles one of the largest health emergencies resulting from COVID 19 that has affected over 25 million and killed over 800,000 people, effective and consistent engagement of women and girls at all levels remains a challenge. This is despite that fact that the crisis is already affecting women and girls disproportionately due to pre-existing inequalities. Gendered implications are already being seen, and whilst early evidence suggests that fatality rates are higher amongst men than women, the socio-economic impact on most at-risk women are already being recorded, from exacerbating violence against women, sexual abuse for girls especially in displaced and overcrowding settings to decreasing women’s livelihoods and resilience strategies
To minimize the spread and start the recovery path, an all-inclusive and gender sensitive approach is needed at regional, national and community levels. To Build Back Better, communities, particularly women and girls should play a major role and be at the canter of response and recovery given their responsibilities in hygiene matters, caring for the families including the sick, educating children and handling of household affairs among others.
According to a guidance note by CEDAW, “Governments, multilateral institutions, the private sector and other actors should ensure women’s equal representation, including through women’s rights organisations, meaningful participation and leadership in the formulation of COVID-19 response and recovery strategies, including social and economic recovery plans, at all levels and recognize women as significant agents for societal change in the present and post COVID-19 period” This is in line with the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS:2016) commitment which called for gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights to become pillars of humanitarian action as well as increased programming to enable women and girls to take on roles as leaders and decision-makers.
To strengthen the engagement of women and girls in COVID-19 response and recovery including those living with disabilities, UN Women ESAR in collaboration with other UN agencies (UNHCR, UNFPA, OCHA etc) is planning for two major activities:
To achieve these, UN Women ESARO seeks the services of an international consultant to support in the planning and organizing of these activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities:
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Required Skills and Experience
The consultant should take note that all UN Women knowledge products are taken through a plagiarism check and must comply with the global standards of below 15% in line with UN Women quality assurance process.
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.