Gender Audit Consultant/Humanitarian Sector Consultancy to conduct a gender audit of two selected sectors of the humanitarian response
Nigeria, Maiduguri
6h ago

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives and planned outcomes

The gender audit consultant is expected to conduct a participatory Gender Audit, which will assess how the two sectors have been mainstreaming gender priorities at sector level and at partner levels programmatically, and recommend measures for further enhancing gender mainstreaming in all actions of the sectors (looking for example, at quality of gender analysis under the HNO for the priority sectors and the programmatic priorities as well as resource allocations under the relevant sections of the HRP).

Specifically, the Gender Audit aims to :

  • Assess the extent to which the livelihood and protection sector plans and strategies are gender responsive, and how sector partners are mainstreaming a gender perspective in their programming, in accordance to global standards, including the IASC gender standards commitments;
  • Determine the extent to which sectors have been able to articulate gender priorities and assess existing knowledge, capacity and resources within the relevant clusters to promote the empowerment of women and girls in humanitarian settings;
  • Develop recommendations for promoting gender equality principles and strengthening gender responsive programming in alignment with IASC gender policy and accountability framework and other humanitarian standards and frameworks, such as the Agenda for Humanity, with the view to strengthening integration of gender related commitments in sector plans, strategies, programs, communications and practices.;
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses with respect to gender mainstreaming, and provide actionable recommendations, including short and medium terms steps necessary to deliver effective and quality gender responsive programming that addresses and meets the needs of the affected population with particular focus on the needs and priorities of conflict / crisis affected women and girls.
  • Assess the quality and effectiveness of existing mechanisms aiming to further strengthen their participation and engagement in priority setting in relation to the humanitarian and crisis response and enhance accountability and results for crisis affected women and girls, men and boys including on PSEA / SH related matters.
  • Methodology

    The Consultant will work closely with UN Women staff, protection and livelihood sector leads, partners, OHCT members and the Humanitarian Gender Technical Team and adapt the ILO participatory gender audit tool to conduct the gender audit of two humanitarian response sectors, Protection and Livelihood.

    To have a clearer understanding of the context and gender mainstreaming in the northeast humanitarian response so far as well as guide development of an inception report demonstrating how the proposed gender audit adopted in line with context realities, the consultant will have inception meeting with the two sector leads, women led CSOs, Ministry of Women and Affairs and Social Development and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Similarly, the consultant will work with focal points and partners as the designated contact point in setting up meetings, exchanging information, providing documentation, organizing and facilitating workshops (where necessary) to the sectors partners.

    The gender audit will be concluded with a feedback session where initial findings are presented to UN Women team and to the sectors partners for comments / feedback and the development of a strategy / work plan in relation to the next steps.

    The selected consultant will organize and conduct a gender audit of the livelihood and protection sectors within the context of the North East Nigeria humanitarian operations, covering Borno and Yobe States.

    S / he, will provide conceptual, as well as technical, expertise for the efficient delivery of the gender audit activities.

    The audit design and methodology will be discussed and agreed with the UN Women team and key stakeholders from the clusters and GIHA members?

    at the beginning of the consultancy. The consultant will use different methods : desk review, questionnaire, interviews, and focus groups / discussion sessions during the assignment.

    The gender audit will review the quality of gender mainstreaming in the livelihood and protection sector programming, to provide a baseline for progress in the two sectors to identify capacity gaps and inform the development of sector specific gender mainstreaming guidelines, strategic processes, plans and resource mobilization and allocation.

    A two-pronged approach will be used-focusing at both the sector level and partners capacities, resources and strategies in relation to gender mainstreaming.

    The gender audit will focus on the following areas :

  • General statistics / Quality of Gender analysis and Gender responsive humanitarian needs assessment;
  • Management and gender mainstreaming support at the sector level in relation to development of plans and strategies; including yearly plans in the HRP, HNO, advocacy strategies and technical support
  • S ector planning, prioritization and resource allocations with focus on gender elements and priorities
  • Sector partners’ resources and capacities in relation to supporting and implementing gender responsive humanitarian action and areas for capacity development;
  • Gender mainstreaming in programmes and advocacy / communication related actions and initiatives
  • Staffing and human resources required for gender responsive humanitarian action
  • Financial resources / budget; monitoring and evaluation
  • Partnerships for the advancement of gender responsive humanitarian action
  • Mechanisms to enhance accountability towards the crisis affected women and girls-men and boys, linking this discussion to existing community based complaint mechanisms
  • Report should :

  • Contain an executive summary (mandatory)
  • Be analytical in nature (both quantitative and qualitative)
  • Be structured around the key issues / entry points highlighted above and related findings / lessons learnt
  • Include key findings and good practices as well as opportunities and entry points to scale these up
  • Include recommendations and a strategy on the next steps
  • Key Deliverables

  • Inception report and Methodological plan, tools and time-frame
  • Briefing session during the process of data collection
  • Number of workshops and sessions with stakeholders as part of the inception, roll out and validation of the gender audit
  • Final report, including recommendations, action plan and monitoring strategy for the developed action along with an MIS tool.
  • Debriefing session with Senior Management Team
  • Key Performance Indicators

  • Gender Audit workplan;
  • Gender Audit instruments (examples : matrix with key questions and means of verification, questionnaires, interview protocols, meeting programmes, focus group methodologies, etc.)
  • Documented records of interviews and observations with stakeholders. Draft Gender audit findings.
  • Presentation of findings to key stakeholders
  • Draft report delivered to UN Women for consideration and for comments.
  • Enhanced understanding of the UN Women mandates in the Project.
  • Competencies


  • Integrity : Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism : Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity : Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff.
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.


  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability and Responsibility
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

  • Gender and policing in humanitarian context
  • Excellent knowledge of Gender and Humanitarian, Women’s rights and participation in leadership and decision making
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Knowledge of the North East Nigeria humanitarian crisis and its gender impact
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Full compliance with UN Women s regulations and operating procedures
  • Ability to plan work assignments and to establish priorities
  • Ability to break down complex information and simplify to facilitate understanding by persons with limited literacy
  • Negotiating skills and ability to work at all levels with others to reach mutually benefiting and lasting understandings
  • Excellent investigation skills and experience engaging vulnerable populations to bring he desired issue to the fore.
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; capacity to recognize and respond appropriately to the ideas, interests and concerns of others;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • Required Skills and Experience

    Education and Certification

  • Postgraduate degree in international relations, gender, development studies relevant social science subject
  • ILO Participatory Gender Audit certification desirable
  • Experience

  • Excellent knowledge of gender, and progressively responsible experience in gender mapping and analyses, conducting gender audit and promoting gender equality and gender mainstreaming, including in humanitarian settings and in relation to humanitarian and crisis response
  • Previous experience or engagement with conflict affected communities.
  • Proven experience of developing and delivering multi-stakeholder workshops and focus group discussions
  • Excellent English written and verbal skills
  • Knowledge of issues related to gender equality in Nigeria is desirable
  • Knowledge of gender mainstreaming in humanitarian programming and planning is desirable
  • Working for an international NGO desirable
  • Language Requirements

  • Excellent oral and written English language skills, and one of the languages spoken in the North-East. Knowledge of Hausa is desired
  • 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.

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