International Consultant-Consultant to produce a compendium of exceptional women and girl leaders in Africa

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Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :31-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :20 days within a period of 2 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :20 days within a period of 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.


Africa has progressive  normative  frameworks  that  guarantee  gender  equality  in  social,  economic  and political affairs. Through years of activism and legal reforms, many countries are seeing progress in terms of women’s rights and status in societies. However, the continent is far behind from living up to the standards of our  legal frameworks. Women and  girls’  potential  has  not  been  fully  utilized  in  various sectors, among others  because  it  is  hampered  by  underlying  structural  inequalities  that  perpetuate  harmful  cultural practices, negative social norms and lack of bodily autonomy resulting in the sidelining of women.

Despite the various challenges, history proves that African women have been the backbone of the continent and continue to be so. Women’s contribution to our economies is evident in agriculture, environment, climate change entrepreneurship, governance, ICT, health, arts, science and many other fields. African women’s contribution  is not documented enough because history has been told by men and has little reference on women’s legacy. There are many unsung heroines who are making a difference in their fields at grassroots  level,  in  their communities,  and through years of  struggle  while few  have  gotten  the  space in public life including in politics and governance.

The International Women’s day is annually celebrated on the 8th  of March. In some countries, the month of March is officially recognized as women’s history month and is commemorated throughout the month. Moreover, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) takes place in March annually along with side- events of the CSW. In 2021, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) stakeholders at a global level including from  Africa met  and discussed from 15-26 March 2021  the CSW theme  for the year which focused on  “women’s  full  and  effective  participation  and  decision-making  in  public  life,  as  well  as  the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”. Ahead of the  global  consultations,  African  Union  (AU)  Ministers  of  Gender  and  Women’s  Affairs  held  virtual consultation on 26 February 2021 and recognized the exceptional contributions of women leaders including in national  COVID-19  response  and  recovery  efforts.  They  further  underlined  the  need  to  accelerate women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in line with Africa Union’s Agenda 2063 and sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Against  this  background  and  in  commemoration  of  the  International  Women’s  month  as  well  as  the AU theme  of the year 2021  "Arts,  Culture  and  Heritage:  Levers  for Building  the Africa  We  Want", the African Union Commission’s (AUC) Women, Gender and Youth Directorate (WGYD) in partnership with the United Nation Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Office of the UN  High Commissioner  for  Human  Rights  (OHCHR),  and  the  United  Nation  Population  Fund  (UNFPA) propose   to develop a compendium of stories and contributions of exceptional African women and girls highlighting their leadership journey. The stories will capture women and girls’ lived experiences and the impact of their contributions. The compendium will be a living document that will be updated periodically to  promote emerging  stories  and  achievements  of  African  women   and  girls   as   leaders   in  their  own fields.   The compendium   will   be   launched   at   the   margins   of   the   mid-year   AU-Regional   Economic Communities  (RECs) coordination summit in July 2021.

The objectives of the compendium are to:

  • Honor the leadership  and  achievements of  African Women  and girls in various  sectors and share their leadership experience.
  • Document the stories and achievements of women leaders and inspire African girls and women to see beyond the existing structural barriers and assure them that they can thrive in their chosen field.
  • Provide the evidence that Africa can  prosper, be  peaceful and integrated if it  leverages on the potential of its women and girls. In so doing,
  •  Mobilize stakeholders to create an enabling environment and support  female  leaders  and their initiatives.


The purpose of this initiative is to produce a compendium that documents the stories and contributions ofwomen and girl leaders on the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 Africa celebrations

Duties and Responsibilities

Towards  the  development  of  the compendium,  the   consultant  will  support the following tasks;

  • Conduct research on all the nominations submitted through AU website and authenticate the validity of the nominations.
  • In close consultation with AUC and the relevant technical teams, support the selection process in line with agreed upon criteria.
  • Draft comprehensive narration of stories constituting no more than one page dedicated for each selected leader based on the content of submissions.
  • Compile inputs from the technical team, edit, structure, and proofread text.
  •  Develop a compendium narrates stories of women leaders in an engaging literary style.


Compliance with UN core values

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Commitment to UN Women’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment

Required Skills and Experience

Education background and experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, gender/women's studies communications or a related field is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with four additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Must possess strong skills in analysis, communication/presentation, research methods and writing.
  • Demonstrable ability to work under pressure with strict deadlines.
  • Must be willing to work with others in a team and with ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Please note that applications without a completed and signed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11) can be downloaded from

Language and other skills

  • Excellent knowledge of written and oral communication in English and French
  • Full command of Microsoft applications, particularly Word, and other relevant software.

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.

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