Political Participation Consultancy
United Nations Development Programme
8d ago

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the UN Women Representative in Nigeria, and in close cooperation with programme staff, the international consultant will provide the technical support and coordination required to implement the women’s political participation (WPP) portfolio ahead of 2019 elections.

To achieve this objective, the consultant will undertake the following tasks :

  • Oversee the implementation of the work plan on WPP, including the flagship programme initiative and its related deliverables, in close coordination and as agreed with the government, partners and United Nations Country Team, particularly with UNDP.
  • Convene and attend meetings with partners to coordinate work and programme activities.
  • Provide technical support to key partners and electoral stakeholders as needed to support the implementation of gender responsive electoral arrangements
  • Support the implementation of a training / mentoring programmes for aspiring women candidates.
  • Facilitate and coordinate the development of a communications and advocacy strategy to support women’s political participation and leadership with national partners.
  • Provide technical assistance to develop an advocacy strategy to transform gender norms and support advocacy with, media outlets and journalists on gender-
  • responsive media coverage.

  • Support local NGOs / CSOs to deliver gender-responsive messaging and advocacy on WPP.
  • Develop and implement a strategy to prevent and mitigate violence against women in elections (VAWE), including a launch event of the UN Women-
  • UNDP programming guide on Preventing Violence Against Women in Elections.

  • Undertake other programme activities in support of women’s political and electoral participation as required.

    UN Women Nigeria CO’s work plan on Women’s Political Participation implemented

    Strategy to prevent and mitigate violence against women in elections (VAWE) developed and implemented.

    UN Women-UNDP Programming Guide on Preventing Violence Against Women in Elections launch event in coordination with UNDP and key national stakeholders

    Communications and advocacy strategy to transform gender norms, to sensitize the media and electorate on the need for women in public life developed

    Preparation of a comprehensive handover note upon completion of consultancy that includes context and programme / policy recommendations, including status report on all tasks and deliverables and any other relevant information


    Core Values and Guiding Principles

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling UN Women values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates a commitment to UN Women’s mission and vision;
  • Able to work effectively within a team;
  • Displays cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability

    Able to multi-task and juggle competing demands

    Can assess and prioritize work needs quickly; and

    Able to relate to external partners, including other international organizations and agencies, NGOs, grassroots community groups, etc.

    Functional competencies

    Sound practical knowledge on women’s political participation programming including on gender responsive electoral processes (i.

  • e. sex disaggregated data collection, prevention and mitigation of violence against women in elections);
  • Previous experience in field-based election in a variety of cultural and political contexts;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with people from varied cultures and professional backgrounds, demonstrating excellent interpersonal communication skills

  • Results based management skills;
  • Ability to produce well-written reports and / or programme documents demonstrating analytical ability;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience in working with UN Women or UN or international NGOs on women’s political participation.

    Education :

    Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, or relevant field and / or equivalent practical experience

    Experience :

    At least 7 years of experience integrating gender equality and political participation and representation; including proven experience integrating gender equality and electoral cycle, women’s political participation, and gender based electoral violence mitigation

    Sound knowledge of international standards on human rights, women’s rights and related instruments

    Experience with UN Intergovernmental processes including those related to women’s empowerment, gender mainstreaming and gender equality

    Experience working with multi-stakeholder organizations is essential : governments, CSOs, and the UN / multilateral / bilateral institutions.

    Experience in programme design and results-based management

    Experience with UN electoral assistance processes

    Language : Fluency in oral and written English is required

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