National Constitution and Gender Expert on Nigerian House of Representatives
UN DP
Abuja, NIGERIA
2d ago

Duties and Responsibilities

Purpose and Objectives of the Assignment :

The purpose of this short-term consultancy is to support UNDP and UN Women to provide gender technical expertise to support parallel efforts of the ongoing constitution review process and passage of the GEOB through engagement of a gender and constitutional consultant.

Specific objectives :

Support the House of Representatives (HoR) review committee to mainstream gender in the constitution review process, particularly in the analysis of constitution review proposals and to make recommendations for the adoption of gender sensitive reforms.

To track progress of gender bills in the constitution review process and work with the HoR legal draftsperson to strengthen existing bills relevant to women’s rights and gender equality, particularly around women’s political participation.

Develop a strategy for engaging CSOs and other key stakeholders to advocate for the adoption of gender reforms in the ongoing review process.

Support advocacy efforts towards passage of the GEOB.

Liaise and share information with the UN Women Consultant supporting the review process in the Senate to synergize efforts in both houses of assembly.

Main Tasks : The consultant will support the constitutional review committee of the National Assembly, and perform the following tasks :

Support to the House of Representatives Constitution Review Committee

Be a part of the technical team of consultants supporting the work of the HoR Constitution Review Committee.

Attend all meetings of the HoR constitution review committee and make presentations and provide strong justification for the adoption of gender-sensitive reforms.

Work closely with the lead consultant of the HoR review committee, clerk of the committee and legal draftsperson to analyze proposed bills from a gender perspective and track progress of gender bills.

Advocacy for passage of the GEOB

One-on-one outreach to technical consultants of the HoR to sensitize them and advocate for the adoption of gender reforms in the ongoing constitution review process.

Package of background and reference materials on the constitutional review process including the HoR’s plan of action to inform advocacy initiatives.

In collaboration with the consultant supporting the senate, conduct consultations with CSOs and other key stakeholders to develop a strategy for engaging the National Assembly to ensure the adoption of gender sensitive reforms.

Presentations on the constitution review process and proposed gender reforms to selected opinion leaders, such as the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), etc.

Presentations to key stakeholders on the GEOB process to create awareness and correct misconceptions.

Reporting

Provide monthly updates on all HoR and joint meetings with the SCRC.

Mid-assignment report highlighting achievements, challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for improved engagement on the gender-sensitive constitution and passage of GEOB.

Provide end of consultancy report of UN Women / UNDP’s support to the HoR constitution review committee and on GEOB with compilation of lessons learned from UN Women’s support to the constitution review process and efforts to pass the GEOB.

Deliverables :

Monthly updates on all HoR and joint meetings with the SCRC.

Mid-assignment report.

End of consultancy report.

Hiring Agency and Specific Consultancy Requirement :

UN Women in collaboration with UNDP is seeking the services of a national consultant with strong experience in legal framework, the development of gender-sensitive laws in Nigeria, policy review and development and strong knowledge of the Nigerian 1999 constitution.

The National consultant should have a background in constitutional law with strong linkages with the Nigerian National Assembly.

CORE VALUES :

  • Integrity : Demonstrates consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UNDP and UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism : Demonstrates professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Respect for Diversity : Demonstrates an appreciation of the multi-cultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff.
  • Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

    COMPETENCIES :

  • Ethics and Values : Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
  • Organizational Awareness : Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Development and Innovation : Take charge of self-development and take initiative.
  • Teamwork : Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communication and Information Sharing : Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence : Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.
  • Conflict Management : Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing : Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making : Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

    Required Skills and Experience

    Education and certification :

    PhD in legal studies

    Special focus on constitutional law / studies is desirable

    Experience :

    At least 15 years of experience in law and legal research.

    Experience in combination of gender analysis and legal frameworks / constitutions is mandatory.

    Proven experience in conducting legal research and drafting bills.

    Experience in presenting research papers and facilitating working sessions.

    Strong ties with the National Assembly and the GEOB TWC.

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

    Proven experience working with the National Assembly on law reforms.

    Strong knowledge of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution.

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

    Excellent analytical and reporting skills.

    Language Requirements :

    Fluency in written and spoken English is required

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