National Consultant - Gender, Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Action

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline :04-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :30 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :2 months

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.

In Kenya, the UN Women Country Programme contributes to the Third Medium Term Plan of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big 4 Agenda. It is aligned to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) of 2018-2022. UN Women’s Strategic Note 2019-2022 envisions a state where gender relations empower women and men to make informed decisions, have equal access to and use of quality services, and control resources and assets in a secure, accountable, and inclusive nation. The Strategic Note has prioritized the following four impact areas: 1) Women leadership in decision making, 2) Women’s Economic Empowerment, 3) Ending Violence against Women and Girls, and 4) and Women, Peace and Security. In addition, UN Women is also mandated to coordinate and promote the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda.

The UN Women-supported Country Gender Equality Profiles (CGEPs) are in-depth, national-level analyses of the status of women and men based on both statistical and qualitative data. The purpose of the CGEPs is to strengthen national understanding and data on the advancement of international, regional, and national commitments towards GEWE. They will also be a primary source for evidence-driven advocacy and programming for national stakeholders, international development partners, and the UN System to advance the gains and overcome bottlenecks at the national, regional, and global level. The CGEP goes beyond only a quantitative analysis and to includes qualitative analysis framed around root causes and international norms and standards. The focus and nature of the qualitative analysis is to be driven by national needs and contexts.

The Kenya CGEP will be produced in close alignment with other like-minded development partners who are planning complementary analytical work. A CGEP Advisory Group consisting of gender experts drawn from the UN, government, development partners, and civil society will support the process, providing advice on the key aspects and stages of the CGEP’s development, including methodology, approving the proposed outline, and clearing the final content.

The CGEP will have two key sections. The first section will be an in-depth gender analysis of the economic, legal, political, and social situation and challenges in Kenya. The second will be a more in-depth sectoral gender analysis.  The focus of this consultancy will be an in-depth gender analysis of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian assistance in Kenya that will form part of the second section of the in-depth sectoral gender analysis.

The analysis should provide an assessment of the importance of the sector in the economy and social fabric of the country or region, the institutional and legal framework that regulates the sector, how the sector implements national gender equality and anti-discrimination policies, the gender gaps, barriers, and challenges in the sector, and how it responds currently to the different gender needs and interests of women and men (and girls and boys as appropriate), in all their diversity. It will: 

  • Provide an understanding of the current and potential impact of the sector on gender equality, and conversely the impact of gender inequality on the sector.
  • Identify and document key gender-based discrepancies, gaps, barriers, and challenges that need to be addressed in the disaster risk reduction and humanitarian assistance sector at national and sector policy and practice levels to ensure women and men, in all their diversity, can influence, participate and benefit equally from efforts in this sector.  Interrogate the impact of discriminatory social norms and attitudes for access to benefits from DRR and humanitarian assistance efforts, to influence the sector’s policies.
  • Identify gaps in research and disaggregated data related to DRR and humanitarian assistance in the sector concerning gender equality and inclusion, and in the capacity of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics as well as other state machinery and propose how these could be addressed.
  • Identify examples of good and promising practice, and, through participatory methods, key entry points and strategies to address gender gaps in this sector through programming and normative mandates.

Duties and Responsibilities


Carry out a sectoral gender analysis of the integration of gender in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Humanitarian assistance in Kenya.

Key performance indicators

Gender analysis of the disaster risk reduction and humanitarian assistance sector.


  • Inception report - The desk phase should include a thorough analysis of all existing documents available. The resulting report will set out the precise methodology and plan for the consultations and workshops, and for the drafting of the Gender country profile and sector analysis.
  • Organization of consultations and workshops with key stakeholders identified during the desk phase. These consultations/workshops will be organized – to the extent possible – jointly with other development partners engaging in complementary analysis.
  • Brief reports for each consultation/workshop.
  • Sector analysis in an agreed-on template to contribute to the Country Gender Equality Profile document.
  • Presentations of draft findings to UN Women, government, other development partners, and the CGEP Advisory group.
  • Presentation of the final report to UN Women and other key stakeholders in the gender sector including government, development partners, and civil society groups. 


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

  • Ability to establish, build and sustain effective relationships with clients
  • Ability to create, edit and present information in clear and presentable formats, using appropriate IT functionality
  • Excellent event planning skills
  • Excellent knowledge of social media and communications strategy and methods
  • Ability to identify relevant events and stories and communicate them to a mass audience
  • Strong multimedia skills
  • Knowledge of disaster risk reduction, humanitarian assistance, gender equality, and women’s empowerment in Kenya

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification

An Advanced University degree in gender studies, international development, economics, or related disciplines is required; a Ph.D. is a plus.


  • Minimum of 10 years of demonstrated extensive experience that combines research and programs in gender and international development at the national and international level is required.
  • Specific experience and expertise in gender analysis, gender mainstreaming, and women’s rights work in Kenya.
  • Specific expertise on the nexus of disaster risk reduction, humanitarian assistance, and gender equality.  
  • A track record of evaluations, analytical reports, and publications on gender issues.
  • Knowledge of the socio-cultural, economic, and geopolitical contexts of Kenya is an advantage.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills. 

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English is required


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