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.
Inview of the below, UN Women seeks to engage a professional Consultant, with excellent analytical, writing and editing skills, amongst other competencies to develop and develop a Comprehensive Media Tool Kit for the programme “Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria”, funded by European Union.
We are recruiting to fill the position of:
Job Title: National Consultant, Women Peace & Security (WPS), Review Peace Architectures in Adamawa, Plateau & Gombe States
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Pre-classified Grade: National Consultant, Fee+ DSA+Travel costs
Duration: Seventy Five (75) days
Supervisors: Programme Manager – WPS, UN Women Nigeria Country Office UN WPS Selection HQ
In view of the aforementioned issues, challenges and gaps, UN Women is implementing a programme funded by the European Union which pilots a model for EU/UN collaboration on Women, Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria. The programme tagged “Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria” supports the Federal Government, three Northern States of Nigeria (Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau), and selected constituted Local Government Areas (LGAs) to strengthen women’s leadership, advance gender equality and improve protection for women and Children in conflict settings Efforts are also being made to replicate some activities in Borno and Yobe States.
The 3 Year programme (2014-2017) is composed of three inter-locked components, each with their own specific objectives:
- Strengthening women’s role in conflict prevention, peace-making and peace building;
- Mitigating the impact of conflict upon women and girls, and;
- Establishing a conducive environment for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and monitoring of equality commitments in Nigeria.
- Interventions are coordinated through a results-based strategy to raise the capacities of Nigerian institutions, women’s groups and gender equality advocates to participate effectively in conflict prevention and peace building initiatives, both within state and non- state institutions.
- The activities related to each thematic area, for example women’s leadership in peace-making initiatives; improved rights-violation monitoring/reporting and protection services; and national implementation of women, peace and security, and gender equality frameworks will pursue common overall objectives while remaining flexible to fit the specificities of each of the target states.
- The review will build on findings of the baseline survey carried out by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru on behalf of the UN Women in Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau States between January and March 2015, and other related work.
- The Review will identify gaps and opportunities to engage women in regional, national and local conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuiding structures and responses. It will also recommend strategies to fill these gaps and suggest approaches for a more effective gender-sensitive and gender-responsive peace and security architecture. The recommendations should also include ways in which relations among the state and non-state actors can be strengthened.
- Although State-level peace architecture was analyzed in the Baseline Survey, a detailed review will be prepared by the consultant. The review will contain findings and recommendations to state government to strengthen the gender dimension of State Peace and Security architecture and synergy among key actors.
- The programme is being implemented in partnership with UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund; the Federal Ministry at Women Affairs and Social Development: State governments of Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau and under the overall leadership and coordination of UN Women, the overall implementing agency.
- The Programme incorporates a strong communication and knowledge management element which is expected to contribute to broader societal change towards gender equality and generate valuable lessons learned that will be documented for possible replication in similar ventures.
- The inception Phase of the programme was successfully completed in April, 2015.
- Among other key activities, a Baseline Survey was conducted in the three target states. The study contributed in setting targets state measurable indicators so well as defining strategic direction for the full implementation of the initiative and the attainment of set goal and objectives.
- A critical deliverable for the programme is the review of existing peace and security architecture from a gender and human rights perspective in the three target states. It is therefore in this contest that UN Women intends to engage a Nigerian National Consultant who will form a team and lead the process of the review.
Objective of the Assignment
- Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Programme Manager, Women Peace and Security and the WPS Section of UN Women Head Quarters, the Consultant will form and lead a team to undertake the studies in each of the three states and offer options and experience drawn from international best practice.
- The Consultant will engage relevant stakeholders, including Government Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs). CSOs, Development Partners, Security Agencies and exiting Peace Committees in each state, with dear collaborates roles in the implementation, monitoring and reporting of relevant elements of the peace architecture.
- The consultants will also assess the activities and plans of other donors – notably the National Stability and Reconciliation Programme of UK DflD – as well as of other UN Agencies such as UNDP, to ensure substantive coordination and synergy wherever possible.
- The specific objectives of the assignment is to review the existing peace and security architecture in Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe States from a gender and gender rights perspective and provide recommendations to strengthen the system for sustainable peace and security.
The Consultant will perform the following task:
- Form a technical research/review team, lead and coordinate the processes involved in the review of Peace and Security Architecture in Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe States.
- Undertake desk reviews of relevant peace and security literature and documentation in Nigeria, with special focus on gender dimension in Northern Nigeria.
- Collect relevant gender disaggregated data at federal and state levels on existing peace and security mechanism, including Early Warning and Early Response, Local Peace and Security Programme and their capacity to reduce insecurity.
- Drawing from the baseline survey of the Northern Nigeria Women Peace and Security Programne, identify gaps and needs particularly in the engagement of women in peace and security in the three states of focus and the impact of violent conflicts and insurgency in neighboring states of Yobe and Borno.
- Based on the findings of the baseline survey and other primary and secondary data, develop a Gender Sensitive Peace Architecture for each of the target states.
- Drawing from review findings, both locally and internationally, identify opportunities for mainstreaming gender perspectives is peace and security frameworks in Northern Nigeria.
- Undertakes gender analysis of existing peace and security architectures globally with the aim of documenting best practices and lessons learned.
- Review and document findings and lessons learned from other international experiences at integrating gender perspective in contents of conflict and insecurity and bring value addition into the Northern Nigeria WPS programme.
- Develop relevant research instruments and methodology.
- Engage local data collectors at federal and state levels to generate information required to strengthen existing peace and security architecture in target states from a gender perspective.
- It is expected that the Consultant would adopt participatory methodologies at every stage of the process, involving all relevant stakeholders at federal and state levels.
- This will involve gap analysis, focus group discussion (where appropriate), community dialogue, key informant interviews (Klls) with selected Stakeholders, memoranda from relevant stakeholders (especially the Civil Society Organizations), Validation/Review Meetings with Stakeholders, Desk Review of existing local, national and international documents and instruments in relevant areas, amongst others to achieve expected outputs.
Scope of Work
- The review of the existing Peace and Security architecture from a gender and human rights perspective will be conducted in Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe States, as well as Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. Efforts will be made to concentrate more on each of the state capitals and the selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) for Programme implementation (i.e. four LGAs per state).
The Consultant will be supported by team members to:
- Develop the research/review methodology for the assignment.
- Develop a comprehensive peace and security architecture from a gender and human rights perspective in each of the target state, reflecting synergy at local, state, national and regional levels for publication and dissemination.
- Conduct data analysis of key findings, and provide comprehensive report with substantive recommendations to stakeholders at all levels.
- Facilitate stakeholders validation meetings in each of the target states on key findings, gaps analysis and recommendations, as well as the revised version of peace and security architecture in each of the target states.
The deliverables for the assignment are as follows:
- Programme implementation plan for the assignment.
- A Comprehensive Gender Strategy/Peace and Security Architecture for Government Stakeholders in Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe States, as well as national and regional integration for sustainable peace and security.
- Final report (narrative and financial) of all activities conducted within the framework of the assignment with recommendations.
- Methodology including research and review instruments.
- Report to situation Analysis on Peace and Security Architecture in Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe States, Nigeria. The report, among others should contain analyzed data, including tables and background information covering findings, value addition to knowledge management, conclusions and recommendations.
- Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions as well as values and ethical standards, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
Ethics & values:
- Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents.
- Demonstrates commitment to UN Women’s mission and vision.
Cultural Sensitivity and Adaptability/Valuing Diversity:
- Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
- Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
- Master’s Degree or equivalent in Security studies, Gender studies, Social Sciences or related disciplines.
- A minimum of 15 years of relevant international experience in women;
- Demonstrated competencies in the application of gender analysis tools and methodologies;
- Demonstrated competencies in the conduct of participatory multi-stakeholder approaches;
- Of which a minimum of 15 years of demonstrated international experience in conducting gender analysis and developing gender responsive policies, programs and strategies;
- Strong knowledge of the women, peace and security agenda, in particular the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and subsequent resolutions;
- Written and oral proficiency in English is required.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their technical and financial proposals, as well as CV’s of proposed team members, showing their qualification, technical competence and experience relevant to the assignment, via email to: [email protected] , the subject for the application should be Submission of Proposal tom the Review of Peace and Security Architecture.
Send hard copy to:
WAEC Building 2nd Floor,
10 Zambezi Crescent,
Evaluation of Proposals
Proposal received will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
- Technical Evaluation: (Total obtainable score -70)
- All proposals that passed through the preliminary evaluation will be scored out of 70 based on the criteria mentioned in the table below. To quality in the technical evaluation a proposal must obtain minimum 70% of the total obtainable technical score or at least 49 points. Any proposal obtaining a score less than the minimum required score (49) will be technically disqualified. Proposals achieving 70% or more points in the technical evaluation will be considered for financial evaluation,
- Years of experience in national and or international level in development field (15 marks);
- Capacity and experience on research, data analysis and statistical methods (20 marks):
- Extensive experiences on Gender. Peace and Security Architecture Analysis and Reviews at local and international levels (25 marks);
- Experience with UN system and its programme (10 marks).
- Applicants may also be invited for a face to face or Skype/telephone interview as part of the technical evaluation process. The interview shall not bear any additional score but shall be used to validate the scores given above by assessing the knowledge on the subject matter.
Financial Evaluation: (Total obtainable score- 30):
- All technically qualified proposals will be scored Out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals receive points according to the following formula:
- p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated;
- y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal;
- u = price of the lowest priced proposal;
- z = price of the proposal being evaluated.
Supervision and Performance
- The consultant will work under the direct guidance and supervision of the Programme Manager. UN Women Nigeria Office and the Peace & Security Unit, UN Women Head of Office and UNICEF’s Project Coordinator.
- The consultant will regularly brief the UN Women Country Team and UNICEF on the progress.
- Based on clearance by the UN Women and Evaluation Group Chair, the consultancy fee will be paid on agreed installments payments in line with target deliverables.
- The Consultant will receive the final remuneration after successful completion of assignment positively evaluated by UN Women
Application Deadline 23rd October, 2015.