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To contract the services for a Consultant on Retainer to support the mainstreaming of gender and human security in strategic planning and policy reform.
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-Based, BARBADOS|
|Application Deadline :||18-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||5d 8h 10m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Maximum of 50 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Maximum of 50 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.
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.
Studies have demonstrated that businesses run by women (such as those in the agriculture and fisheries related sector) face major establishment hurdles and are frequently unable to respond to emerging economic opportunities. While women have the rights to own assets, including land, and operate businesses in their own name, informal barriers and costs, and social rules, (including sex stereotyping that leads to occupational sex segregation); as well as weak bargaining position also discriminate strongly against women’s economic participation (World Bank: https://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/unleashing-power-women-entrepreneurs-breaking-down-legal-barriers and Caribbean Development Bank, Gender Inequality Assessments; 2016).
Gender inequalities in access to economic incentives and productive resources reduce productivity and output. They prevent women from sharing in the benefits of production, even when they have done most of the work. For example, giving women farmers the same level of land tenure rights as men for the land they work on as men could increase, as per some studies and research, agricultural production in some countries by 20% and thereby make a huge contribution to national and regional food security.
Policy settings and regulatory frameworks often drive these less positive outcomes, engineered by discriminatory social institutions that reproduce gender stereotypes and mind-sets. This needs to be addressed sustainably through in-depth (focused) policy and legislative change.
The above provides the conceptual foundation for the project, “Building Effective Resilience for Human Security in the Caribbean Countries: The Imperative of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in a Strengthened Agriculture (and related Agri/Fisheries Small Business) Sector”, supported by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNHSTF) in collaboration with the UN Sub-Regional Team for Barbados and the OECS (UNST). This project argues strongly that gender inequality and women disempowerment is one of the main determinants of human insecurity.
The project thus aims, through a combination of policy reform advocacy and technical advice, as well as, direct downstream support to up to 2,500 farmers and small agro- and fisheries business entrepreneurs, (the majority women), to advance multi-faceted human security by focusing on the economic empowerment (of women) in these sectors.
By doing so, the project will also lay the basis for the further up-scaling of the impact upon the completion of this 3-year project, and the expansion of its innovative strategy to other sectors. Success expected to be achieved under this project will then provide a major impetus for a broader recognition of the priority of gender equality and women empowerment for enhanced resilience; for stronger economic growth; for a more inclusive society; and finally, for strengthened and sustainable human security.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the Assignment:
Under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, UN Trust Fund for Human Security and overall supervision of the UN Women MCO - Caribbean Representative, the consultant will be contracted to:
Provide critical support towards the development of pertinent strategic documents to facilitate the understanding and integration of the Human Security Approach into the core strategic planning of the UN system (Multi Country Sustainable Development Framework/United Nations Sustainable Development Framework). Further, the efforts of the consultant will facilitate the sensitization of key decision makers, as well as to serve as a pivotal component for shaping policy reform efforts within the agriculture and fisheries sectors, and influence efforts towards greater gender equality and empowerment for women and youth, which will help to strengthen the resilience of women farmers and agri-preneurs and further enhance their potential economic viability as critical contributors to the agriculture sector.
Scope of Work and Deliverables:
The consultant is expected to deliver the following results:
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO-Caribbean Representative, with direct reporting to the Programme Coordinator, UN Trust Fund for Human Security.
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