Consultant, Women’s Economic Empowerment at UN Women

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. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization's goals on 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, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Consultant, Women’s Economic EmpowermentLocation: AbujaAdditional Category: Gender EqualityType of Contract: Individual ContractPost Level: National ConsultantStarting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 25th June, 2018Duration of Initial Contract: 3 MonthExpected Duration of Assignment: 3 MonthsBackgroundUN Women’s office in Nigeria works to advance implementation of the agency’s normative, operational and coordination mandate, in close partnership with the Government of Nigeria, the United Nations Country Team and civil society organizations.  The UN Women Nigeria Country Office prioritizes women’s economic empowerment as one of its core programmatic areas of focus. UN Women’s efforts to enhance women’s economic empowerment in the recent past has included support to women entrepreneurs in ICTs, facilitating women’s financial inclusion, through a partnership with Mastercard, and supporting women IDPs in conflict-affected areas in the North East of Nigeria to re-engage in agricultural activities.UN Women has also embarked in designing a flagship program on women’s economic empowerment through agribusiness, which will be implemented with other UN partners in support of the government of Nigeria’s Economic recovery and Growth Plan.Additionally, UN Women Nigeria commissioned a study on gender sensitive procurement in Nigeria at the end of 2017. The study showed that despite Nigeria having one of the highest number of female entrepreneurs in the world, women-owned businesses do not secure government contracts, suggesting systematic gender disparities in the Nigerian procurement system.As a follow-up to the study and its important findings, and as part of UN Women global high-impact Flagship Programming Initiative (FPI) in the field of women’s economic empowerment, UN Women Nigeria wishes to contract a Consultant to undertake a series of additional interventions particularly related to promoting gender sensitive procurement and women entrepreneurs’ access to public procurement.Duties and ResponsibilitiesUndertake a global review of preferential procurement policies in NigeriaFacilitate a multi-stakeholder dialogue on UN Women’s baseline study on:The status of public procurement and engagement by women-led businesses;The global review of procurement policies. The meeting will discuss options for a gender sensitive affirmative procurement policy and legislative measures.Support South-South Learning and capacity building by conducting a lesson learnt session from case study countries (e.g. Kenya and South Africa) to substantiate the crafting of appropriate policy and legislative instrumentsConduct a review of procurement training packages available to government procurement officers, and develop a component on affirmative procurement measures to support their implementationDeliverables:A global review of procurement documents to bolster advocacy with government, the National Legislative Assembly and private sector in support of WOBs.A multi-stakeholder dialogue on UN Women’s baseline study and the global review of gender biased procurement policies is organized and provides options for a gender sensitive affirmative procurement policy and legislative measures.Travels are organized for main stakeholders and lessons learned support the crafting of appropriate policy and legislative instruments in Nigeria.Procurement training packages available to government procurement officers are revised and include a component on affirmative procurementA review of of institutions providing trainings on procurement for business persons is conducted to inform the establishment of an institutionalized training program to support WOBs’ engagement in public procurement (in collaboration with BPP, UN and other relevant government MDAs)A high-level advocacy dialogue between WOBs, government and private sector actors is organizedConduct a review of institutions providing trainings on procurement for business persons and their respective training packages, to inform the establishment of an institutionalized training program to support WOBs’ engagement in public procurement (in collaboration with BPP, UN and other relevant government MDAs)Facilitate a high-level advocacy dialogue between WOBs, government and private sector actors, to discuss ways of addressing the needs of WOBs i.e. appropriate services and support incl. financial solutions.Support advocacy dialogue and outreach interventions to expand partnerships for UN Women’s program interventions in the area of Women’s Economic Empowerment 

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