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Location : Dar es Salaam and Kigoma, TANZANIA
Application Deadline : 16-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 24-Sep-2018
Expected Duration of Assignment : 15 working days
UN Women (UNW), 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. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality are translated into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts while building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The UN Women Tanzania Country Programme is part of the United Nations Delivering as One and included as part of the UN Development Assistance Programme, (UNDAP) II (2016-2021) Outcome area “The economy is increasingly transformed for greater pro-poor inclusiveness, competitiveness and improved opportunities for decent and productive employment”, the UN Women Tanzania, Country Strategic Framework 2017 – 2021; the UN joint Programme for Kigoma Region 2017-2021 on Goal 5 ‘Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women’), CEDAW and other international and regional commitments.
The UN Women’s project, Women’s Economic Empowerment -Increasing Entrepreneurship Skills for women UN Joint Programme for Kigoma (2017-2021) aims at ensuring that “Women, especially the poorest and most excluded, are economically empowered and benefit from development”. The project covers three districts of Kasulu, Kibondo and Kakonko in Kigoma Region.
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Justification of the consultancy:
The economic empowerment of women is a human rights and social justice issue, but it also reduces poverty, and strengthens economic growth and development. Interventions aimed at promoting women’s economic empowerment will help in achieving full recognition and realization of women’s economic rights and, ultimately, sustainable development. Studies have shown that countries with a high level of gender equality are more successful in reducing poverty than those with a low level of gender equality. While recognizing the role of private sector in economic growth processes, it is equally important to invest in basic social services, social protection and infrastructure to improve people’s lives particularly women and girls.
Enabling women to become successful in business development requires addressing underlying policy and regulatory constraints which falls under the LGA mandate.
Information available in the Socio- economic profiles, district plans and budgets for Kibondo, Kakonko and Kasulu, have gender mentioned however the budget allocations to e.g. infrastructure, do not sufficiently prioritize the specific needs of women. Consultations with women entrepreneurs from the three districts indicate that women spend a lot of hours on unpaid care and domestic work e.g. taking care of children, and other family members, food preparation, fetching water or firewood, and are therefore time-poor and have less time to engage in income generating activities. Most women also indicated that they don’t own land or other productive resources to increase their income. They lack access to both, technology as well as information. While some women indicate that they belong to various self-help groups like VICOBA and other social networks, some also indicate that their husbands don’t allow them to join such groups. Such marginalization constitutes a major obstacle to socio-economic development of the women, their communities and the economy at large.
In November 2017 UN Women engaged two national consultants to conduct a tailor-made training for LGA experts and District Councillors on gender responsive planning and budgeting as well as identification of interventions in LGA planning to enhance women’s economic empowerment. The training resulted to development of Action Plans for Women’s Economic Empowerment in each district of Kakonko, Kasulu and Kibondo.
UN Women would now like to engage a consultant to:
Conduct a refresher training to the LGAs on Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting;
Review the implementation of the Women Economic Empowerment Plans developed in November 2017 and gather lessons learned, challenges faced and agree on the next steps;
Work with the Ministry of Health, Community Development Gender Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) to support and strengthen the implementation of the Women Development Fund in the respective LGA.
The development objective underlying the proposed training is to build capacity of LGA officials involved in development planning to ensure that the government plans are addressing the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in terms of their access to capital, technology, information and prioritizing interventions that will reduce women’s time poverty.
To refresh the knowledge of LGA Officials and policy makers on local economic development and gender responsive planning and budgeting;
To follow-up the implementation of the activities for local economic development, gender responsive planning and budgeting as agreed in last year’s planning sessions and to identify good practices, and discus mechanisms to address emerging challenges;
To support the LGAs to strengthen the implementation of the women development funds in the respective LGAs.
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Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will have an overall responsibility to lead the training, to produce reports, and to liaise with UN Women.
The consultant will deliver on the following:
Liaise with MOHCDGEC to develop a tailor-made refresher training module for the promotion and access of women development funds and for the Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting – GRPB;
Gather from the LGAs their lessons learned, challenges, agree and outline the next steps for the implementation of women economic empowerment plans;
Train a total of 60 participants from the three LGAs, Regional Secretariat and with support from selected Central Government Ministries. The training will be conducted in Kiswahili and will take place in Kasulu district on 1st October to 5th October 2018;
Manage all reporting requirements for the training, compile and submit the final report.
The consultant in collaboration will be responsible for delivering the following:
Meeting with UN Women on 19th September 2018;
Provide all training materials by 26th September 2018 to UN Women for review along with a programme for training;
Incorporate UN Women feedback into the training modules prior to training;
The consultant will provide UN Women with a draft report in English for comments and review as per the objectives listed above by 8th October 2018 and next steps for the different districts;
UN Women will provide feedback on the report by 10th October 2018;
The final report incorporating UN Women’s feedback will be submitted by 12th October along with copies of all finalized training materials in English and Swahili. The report and training materials will be provided in both soft copy and one hard copy.
Respect for Diversity;
Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
Creative Problem Solving;
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills;
Ability to synthesize information into analytical report to inform strategic decision-making and partnerships;
Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills;
Sharing knowledge and experience, communicating ideas and managing information flow;
Respond positively to feedback and differing points of view;
Ability to prioritize and complete tasks in a very limited time span under pressure.
Required Skills and Experience
-master’s Degree in Gender, Economics, Sociology, Law or other related field of study and preferably with experience in training/facilitation (a PhD is preferred).
At least 10 years’ experience working on gender and women’s economic empowerment;
Significant experience in carrying out gender training and applying gender mainstreaming to the empowerment of women and women’s rights.
High proficiency in written and spoken English;
Knowledge of Kiswahili is a must.
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.