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UN Women – 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.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Programme Consultant – Male Engagement
Location: Abuja
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: National Consultant
Duration of Initial Contract: 6 months
Background
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.
About the Spotlight Initiative
The Spotlight Initiative in Nigeria aims to support a Nigeria where all women and girls, particularly the most vulnerable, live a life free from violence and harmful practices. The vision will be realized by addressing the linkages between sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices with related aspects of sexual and reproductive health and rights as a cross-cutting theme.
Focus is on prevention efforts, particularly addressing the root causes of gender-based violence and harmful practices (child marriage and FGM) against women and girls; and ensuring access to inclusive, timely, and quality services for victims and survivors with a vibrant CSOs and women movement. The geographical scope is vertical, supporting interventions at federal, state and community levels and horizontally across 5+1 focus states of Lagos, Sokoto, FCT, Ebonyi, Adamawa and Cross River and the FCT.
The Initiative visualizes to deliver on the following results:
  • Existence and enforcement of non-discriminatory legislative and policy frameworks favorable to protect and empower women and girls where impact is assessed and monitored;
  • Strengthened national and sub-national systems institutions with trained and capacitated staff who coordinate and deliver a multi-sectoral response;
  • Communities, including  community gatekeepers such as traditional and religious leaders, men and boys, community structures and champions, are mobilized and engaged as agents of change to help transform social norms and attitudes towards prevention of violence and harmful practices against women and girls;
  • Women and girls’ capacity with regards their rights to wellbeing is strengthened by  addressing barriers to facilitate timely access to acceptable and quality essential services;
  • National and sub-level institutions have capacities and resources to collectively, analyze and use quality age and gender disaggregated data for decision-making;
  • Empowered women’s rights groups and civil society organizations are better able to advocate, influence and advance programming on EVAWG and HP.
Male members of communities constitute a higher percentage of perpetrators of VAWG/SGBV/HP against women and girls. It is therefore imperative that platforms are established and strengthened to engage male champions, opinion leaders, celebrities, religious/traditional/political leaders, young boys across all sectors in realising the goal of the Spotlight initiative. Getting to a world where women and men are equal is not just a matter of bringing men to the cause. The goals are much bigger: systematic, structural change that will equalize the economic, social and political realities for women and men.
Under the direction of the Spotlight Technical Coherence Specialist and with support from the focal person HeForShe (UN Women) the Male Engagement Consultant is responsible for the engagement of strategic individuals and organizations that will support male engagement for ending violence against women, fostering synergy among multi-stakeholders and CSOs on garnering male support for ending violence against women as well as the development and implementation of an effective advocacy strategy taking into account the following key strategic partners: UN Agencies, HeForShe Supporters, Public and Private Institutions including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Student Supporters. The ideal candidate will provide an implementation and engagement road map for advancing male engagement in ending violence against women which will advance the goals of the Spotlight Initiative.
UN Women is seeking someone who is organized to work effectively and thrive in a fast-paced environment, work well in team settings and have strong prioritization skills.
Duties and Responsibilities
Key Actions:
Liaise with UN Women Spotlight IPs in SI states to:
  • Launch HeForShe initiative in Cross River, Sokoto, Lagos and Ebonyi and support the launch of the HeForShe campaign in other UN Women programme states.
  • Support CSOs to leverage on existing HeforShe initiatives in Adamawa and FCT as well as all target states with key influencers and leaders.
  • Support UN Women partners in Adamawa to strengthen HeForShe initiative
  • Support Spotlight Initiative CSOs working on male engagement to EVAWG
  • Conduct a desk-review of existing platforms for male engagement against SGBV/VAWG/HP
  • Develop an implementation roadmap to guide Spotlight CSOs working on male engagment
  • Design content for visibility/advocacy materials for the Spotlight Initiative (Male engagement/HeforShe)
  • Support CSOs to mobilize men and set up platforms of men against GBV at the community level, that can be used as advocacy platforms for messaging and engagement in the promotion of gender equitable norms, and prevention of EVAW/SGBV/HP/SRHR
  • Support CSOs to identify and train male advocates and champions at different levels (community, state and national) to continuously speak up against VAWG/SGBV/HP and advocate for gender equality and the empowerment of women
  • Support CSOs to engage male opinion leaders to secure support for VAWG, gender equality and the empowerment of women (Class A chiefs, private sector leaders, progressive legislators, politicians at national and state levels)
  • Generally monitor activities of Spotlight partners working on male engagement across the 5+1 states and provide technical guidance
  • Share lessons learned and best practices with colleagues, ensure dissemination of information within the team and in the organization.
Key Deliverables:
  • HeforShe campaign, launched in Lagos, Ebonyi, Cross River and Sokoto States
  • Report of desk review finalised and submitted
  • Implementation roadmap developed and utilized
  • Advocacy platforms (one per SI state) for messaging and engagement in promotion of gender equitable norms set up
  • At least 30 male advocates including PLWD identified and trained to continually speak up against VAWG/SGBV/HP in each SI State
  • Two convenings for engagement of male opinion leaders (Class A chiefs, private sector leaders, progressive legislators, politicians at national and state levels) conducted (reports, attendance sheets, photographs etc)
  • Lessons, stories form the field, information and best practices shared with colleagues within the team and the organisation.
  • Report of activities completed and submitted.
Competencies
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.
Functional Competencies:
  • Strong knowledge in thematic area
  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation
  • Strong networking skills.
Required Skills and Experience
Education:
  • A Master’s Degree in Politics, International Relations, Communications, Marketing, Public or Business Administration, Social Sciences or other relevant field is required;
  • A combination of a Bachelor’s Degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s Degree.
Experience:
  • Minimum 7 years working in conceptualizing, building and playing a leadership role in transformative organizing campaigns/movements or Programme / Project Management experience, when combined with a master’s degree is required;
  • Previous experience working in national politics presidential / political party election campaigns and / or international advocacy campaigns;
  • Experience in the UN is highly desired;
  • Experience in a consultancy / advisory role is an asset;
  • Familiarity with the Sustainable Development Goals is an asset.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of a Nigeria Language is an asset.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
Job Title: Programme Consultant, VAPP
Location: Abuja
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: National Consultant
Duration of Initial Contract: 1 month
Background
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. The active participation of women and girls in shaping their future, based on a recognition of their dignity and capacities, is posited in several global policy frameworks as a basic condition to promote gender equality and women’s rights. SDG 16 “Peace, Justice and effective, accountable, inclusive Institutions” and SDG 5 “Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls” are understood and implemented together, as interdependent and synergic goals.
Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts to build effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in support of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. It was launched in September 2017 by the UN Secretary-General and the EU High Representative and Vice President (HRVP). The 500 million Euro Initiative provides a model for partnerships with donors, civil society, and the UN to deliver on the SDGs in a comprehensive manner leveraging comparative expertise. SDG 5 and the achievement of gender equality are placed at the centre of efforts (alongside Goal 16) with the aim to provide an enabling environment for the implementation of all goals. Within the UN, the Initiative will operationalize the UN development system reforms and model a new way of delivering on the SDGs in an integrated way, leveraging collaborative advantages. Three Core Agencies: UNDP (the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population (UNFPA) and UN Women) will work together with other UN agencies to make large-scale investments in priority countries.
UN Women will recruit a consultant to support the spotlight programme. The Consultant will work under the supervision of the UN Women Nigeria spotlight team lead and provide programmatic support through the following responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will work closely with the UN Women Spotlight team to:
  • Conduct a desk review of abridged versions of the violence against persons prohibition act for an in-depth understanding of various versions that exist
  • Adapt the various versions or develop a new most easy to understand abridged version of the law for easy comprehension across various audiences based on their age, educational qualification and language of comprehension (English, Hausa, Pidgin English, Yoruba)
  • Attend a joint UN Spotlight meeting with other stakeholders to present draft abridged version to UN Agencies and key stakeholder.
Competencies
Core Values:
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism.
Core Competencies:
  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
Functional Competencies:
  • Meeting logistics
  • Ability to relate with partners and meeting participants
  • Excellent filing skills
  • Basic knowledge of gender-based violence
  • Ability to make laws and policies understandable to any audience.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and Certification:
  • A First Degree in Law and a Master’s Degree in Law, Gender and Humanities
  • 5-10 years experience in implementing laws, reviewing and interpreting policies
  • Good use of Ms. Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience in a UN agency or international organization is an advantage
  • Knowledge of a Nigerian language
  • Good communication and written skills.
Experience:
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Technical experience in thematic area;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of a Nigeria Language is an asset.
Deadline: 22nd November, 2019.How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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