International Consultant on Women’s Economic Empowerment

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Application Deadline :18-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :3d 10h 20m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
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Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women South Sudan has developed a Strategic Note for the period 2019-2021 which is aligned with the South Sudan Development Plan and the United Nations Cooperation Framework (2019-2021). Within this plan, targeted gender equality and women’s empowerment interventions are undertaken to increase development effectiveness. To this end, UN Women supports an integrated community aimed at consolidating response particularly at state level. The integrated model combines for example, functional literacy with economic empowerment and capacity building; and functional literacy and economic empowerment for peace building and ending violence against women.  The integration of gender equality is intended to ensure that mainstreaming takes place in all areas of operations and programming, and real progress is made in supporting South Sudan in reducing gender inequalities and improving the lives of women.

The key programmatic areas for UN Women South Sudan elaborated in the Strategic Note and annual work plan are as follows:

  1. Increase women's leadership and participation;
  2. Increase women's access to economic empowerment and opportunities;
  3. Prevent VAWG and expand access to services; and
  4. Increase women’s leadership in peace, security and humanitarian response.

Since 2014, UN Women have been implementing a humanitarian assistance programme aimed at addressing critical gender gaps in humanitarian response and enhancing resilience and wellbeing among women and girls in IDP settlements and their host communities. The programme components include improving access to livelihood opportunities, preventing/ reducing violence against women and girls in the target communities and building and sustaining peace.  The Programme also strengthened the capacity of the Ministry of Gender and Humanitarian Affairs, and other international and national humanitarian actors, including the coordination system (especially the HCT and the Cluster system).

Reporting to the Deputy Country Representative, the International Consultant on Women’s Economic Empowerment will work closely with the Programme Specialist on Women’s Economic Empowerment to support the implementation of key interventions on women’s economic empowerment and women peace and security and humanitarian action.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Deputy Country Representative and in coordination with the Women Economic Empowerment Programme Specialist, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide support to the program team and field implementing partners to integrate gender equality and women economic empowerment strategies within all aspects of program design, planning, implementation, reporting processes, and M&E systems, including concept notes and proposals for sub-projects, annual work plans, M&E plans, and semi-annual and annual reports;
  • Conduct gender analysis and gender responsive policy-relevant research on the country office’s priority areas for gender equality and economic empowerment of women;
  • Provide evidence-based input to support advocacy and support programme implementation;
  • Conduct ongoing assessment of social and financial barriers to women’s participation in agriculture, entrepreneurship, the labour force and provide strategies to address these barriers;
  • Participate in writing proof-reading and providing comments on draft research papers, project documents and reports as required;
  • Contribute substantively to discussions on the Women Economic Empowerment portfolio and other intersecting programmes at UN Women South Sudan, Country Office;
  • Contribute to proposal drafting and resource mobilization to augment UN Women’s impact in South Sudan;
  • Support strategic partnerships with a special focus on engagement with the private sector by preparing relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, discussion papers, WEPs profiles, and participating in public information events;
  • Identify knowledge gaps and develop relevant knowledge management tools and knowledge products (briefs; good practices; lesson learned papers; case studies; etc.) in the collaboration with the M&E Specialist;
  • Collaborate with the Communications and Programme team to document research results, facilitate multi-stake holder dialogue on research results and ensure policy recommendations emerging from the dialogues taking forth.


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.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge and expertise in gender research and policy analysis;
  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to draft and communicated high quality clear and concise outputs;
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis and indicators, especially gender-related statistics and indicators;
  • Capacity to set priorities, self-organize research work and to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time;
  • Capacity to engage and communicate with partners from private sector and leverage partnerships within WEPs and other platforms;
  • Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with government counterparts, UN agencies, donors, and NGO partners;
  • Proven excellent written skills;
  • Ample knowledge and use of computer office tools (word, database, spreadsheets, etc.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Economics, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required.


  • A minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible work experience in the Economic Analysis of Public policies, A gender analysis of economic policies, public sector, development policy and/or research with a strong focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Technical experience in women’s economic empowerment;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international best practices in gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Experience in coordinating and liaising with government agencies, academia, NGOs and/or donors;
  • Experience in writing proposals and development of strategic documents;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Experience in South Sudan or in crisis environment is preferred.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required; Arabic is a plus;
  • Excellent writing skills. Experience in writing analytic papers and reports (to be assessed through writing sample;
  • Excellent command of written English, other UN languages an asset.

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Qualified women candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

    In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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