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    National Consultants: Baseline Survey

     

    Background
    Analysis of the humanitarian Strategy documents indicate that gender issues, particularly practical and strategic needs as well as the actions targeting this population are not fully taken into account, from the indicator point of view. Only the issues linked with GBV are mentioned in the protection cluster. However, indicators limited to this level are still very global. Even if various actors are willing and able to integrate information and strategies orientated towards gender, data is unavailable and critical resources allocated to attain gender responsive results are minimal. 

    It is therefore based on the priority to reinforce the integration of gender in humanitarian response in Nigeria and to make it more efficient when targeting women and girls, that UN Women has decided to recruit a team of consultants to undertake a baseline survey.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • The baseline survey consultant will carry out this assignment under the direct supervision of UN Women’s Coordinator for this Humanitarian project.
    • The purpose of this assignment is to establish current status of women and girls as well as condition of relevant services and expertise available to meet their needs within the current humanitarian settings in Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe States, Northern Nigeria.

    Objectives
    The objective is to enable UN Women obtain baseline data against set performance indicators related to addressing critical gender gaps in the on-going humanitarian response activities in the following three areas:

    • Comprehensive emergency assistance initiatives for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) women/girls and survivors of SGBV in target areas (psychosocial, medical, justice, security etc);
    • Economic capacity of women and social rehabilitation efforts in place to meet the needs of women affected by crisis for peaceful cohabitation in target areas;
    • Existing coordination mechanisms for a more comprehensive and gender-responsive approach to Humanitarian response in Nigeria.

    The following indicators included in the project results framework reflect critical issues that need to be considered for the baseline survey:

    • Of survivor services put in place;
    • Of survivors of SGBV supported with psychosocial assistance;
    • Of women sitting in decision-making spheres on camp management;
    • Of quick impact Projects supported;
    • Of humanitarian actors trained in Gender/GBV response;
    • Of studies and situation analysis on gender/GBV and on the situation of rescues produced.

    The baseline data gathered will facilitate identification of relevant interventions and actors as well as inform future mid-term monitoring and end of project evaluations thereby facilitating effective measurement of results and attribution to project efforts.

    The following are the expected results from this baseline study:

    • Changes anticipated as part of this intervention clearly identified;
    • Enhanced understanding of gender responsiveness of humanitarian action in the 3 project states;
    • Priority areas on Economic Empowerment for women and girls affected by the insurgency identified and initiated.

    Preparation for the study:

    • Prepare workplan and finalize budget delineating timelines for activities related to this 30-day assignment;
    • Develop relevant research instruments and methodology for the study;
    • Coordinate the work of local data collectors at state level to generate information and pre-test and finalize tools;
    • Prepare an inception report outlining the approach/ methodology to be employed in executing the assignment and a detailed program for the baseline with;
    • Timeline/schedule of activities;
    • Sampling framework;
    • Detailed methodology of how to collect, triangulate and summarize the primary and secondary data (quantitative and qualitative)

    Undertake field survey:

    • Conduct consultations with stakeholders, including relevant government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to gather critical information and clarify issues related to this assignment.
    • Consult with Civil Society Organisations, Development partners and other Non-State Actors at state level to collect information to inform finding and recommendations in the report.

    Undertake gender analysis of existing humanitarian response and coordination mechanisms in the target states, in terms of their capacity to meet the distinct needs of women and girls as against other interest groups:

    • AIdentify the number of women and girls who are currently in IDP camps and host communities in the project states (particularly escapees from Boko Haram captivity and survivors of SGBV), noting the number of those able to access services.
    • Identify existence/non-existence of crisis centers in the 3 project states and determine their capacity to provide holistic integrated emergency assistance to IDP women and girls, as well as survivors of SGBV.
    • Ascertain and assess existing service providers of psycho-social support (individual and institutional), including the Nigeria Police and determine gaps in meeting the needs of IDP and survivors of SGBV.
    • Identify viable economic empowerment alternatives for IDP women and girls and survivors of violence ad number of women and girls who currently gave access to economic empowerment initiatives.
    • Identify UN agencies and other development partners on ground, interventions provided by them and gaps in meeting the needs of target beneficiaries.

    Analyse and synthesize information and data gathered as well as articulate findings and recommendations on ways to systematically strengthen gender responsive humanitarian action for internally displaced persons both in camps and in host communities. Report not to exceed 20 pages.

    • Prepare and submit a draft baseline report for review and feedback;
    • Submit final Baseline report with inputs and comments integrated;
    • Conduct de-briefing meeting at the UN Women Office;
    • Inception report and workplan with duration not exceeding a span of 30 working days, to be approved by UN Women. Workplan to take into consideration all the tasks outlined in section V above;
    • Research/review instruments and methodology;
    • List of intended contacts and stakeholders to be engaged/interviewed in this assignment;
    • A modest budget for the Baseline Survey review activities;
    • Draft and Final analytical and process reports of all activities within the framework of the assignment with clear recommendations.

    Competencies
    Corporate Competencies:

    • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
    • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women;
    • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
    • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

    Functional Competencies:

    • Highly developed research assistance skills;
    • Strong analytical skills, and ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources;
    • Able to use the Internet and other research and applied statistical tools effectively;
    • Identifies priority activities and assignments;
    • Teamwork - excellent interpersonal, organizational and management skills and ability to work within multi-disciplinary teams.

    Development and Operational Effectiveness:

    • Able to manage complex problems proactively and effectively, including responses to field based emergencies;
    • Ability to operate effectively in a changing and complex environment, and to produce results under stress;
    • Consistently approach work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
    • Proven organizational and communication skills;
    • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills;
    • Demonstrate openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
    • Strong analytical capabilities;
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

    Required Skills and Experience
    Education:

    • Advanced degree in Law, Conflict Studies, Human Rights, Gender Studies or any other relevant field.

    Experience:

    • Minimum 10 years professional experience in the area of peace building, conflict resolution, peace and security, human rights, gender and/or development preferably in Nigeria;
    • Strong research background. Experience in data collection and analysis;
    • Knowledge of women’s rights issues in the context of Peace and Security, gender equality and SGBV matters;
    • Able to work independently with efficiency and competence;
    • Excellent written and oral skills.

    Language:

    • Fluency in English;
    • Fluency in a major local language of northern Nigeria will be highly valued.

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    Research Assistants - Baseline Survey

     

    Background
    Analysis of the humanitarian Strategy documents indicate that gender issues, particularly practical and strategic needs as well as the actions targeting this population are not fully taken into account, from the indicator point of view. Only the issues linked with GBV are mentioned in the protection cluster. However, indicators limited to this level are still very global. Even if various actors are willing and able to integrate information and strategies orientated towards gender, data is unavailable and critical resources allocated to attain gender responsive results are minimal.

    It is therefore based on the priority to reinforce the integration of gender in humanitarian response in Nigeria and to make it more efficient when targeting women and girls, that UN Women has decided undertake a baseline survey and requires three (3) Research Assistants (one per state - Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe).

    Duties and Responsibilities
    The following are the expected results from this baseline study:

    • Changes anticipated as part of this intervention clearly identified;
    • Enhanced understanding of gender responsiveness of humanitarian action in the 3 project states;
    • Priority areas on Economic Empowerment for women and girls affected by the insurgency identified and initiated.

    Under the guidance of and reporting directly to the supervising baseline survey consultant, each Research Assistant will be responsible for the following generic on-demand activities:

    • Compile, analyze and synthesize information for the supervising baseline survey consultant;
    • Perform research assistance to carry out data collection in respect of the baseline survey assignment in this initiative;
    • Support the development of methodologies, reports, briefs, etc. on specific issues;
    • Characterize specific groups in terms of different indicator;
    • Performing background research assistance (qualitative and quantitative);
    • Deliver the specific products described above within the established deadlines.

    Competencies
    Corporate Competencies:

    • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
    • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women;
    • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
    • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

    Functional Competencies:

    • Highly developed research assistance skills;
    • Strong analytical skills, and ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources;
    • Computer literate; must be able to use the Internet and other research and applied research tool effectively;
    • Identifies priority activities and assignments;
    • Teamwork - excellent interpersonal, organizational and management skills and ability to work within multi-disciplinary teams is critical.

    Development and Operational Effectiveness:

    • Able to manage complex problems proactively and effectively, including responses to field based emergencies;
    • Ability to operate effectively in a changing and complex environment, and to produce results under stress;
    • Consistently approach work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
    • Proven organizational and communication skills;
    • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills;
    • Demonstrate openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
    • Strong analytical capabilities;
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

    Required Skills and Experience
    Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree in Politics, International Relations or related Development field. Master's Degree may be an additional asset.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 5 years' experience in the area of field data gathering preferably in Nigeria;
    • Strong research background. Experience in data collection and analysis;
    • Knowledge of women’s rights issues in the context of Peace and Security, gender equality and SGBV matters;
    • Able to work independently with efficiency and competence;
    • Excellent written and oral skills.

    Language:

    • Fluency in English.
    • Fluency in a major local language of northern Nigeria will be highly valued.

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    National Gender and Economic Rehabilitation Officer

     

    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.

    UN Women, with funding from the Japanese government, is implementing a one year project titled ” Mainstreaming Gender into Humanitarian Response in Nigeria” This project is a humanitarian action component of UN Women’s current Peace and Security programme in Nigeria. It is designed to address the needs of internally displaced women and girls especially survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). It will focus on filling critical gender gaps in the on-going humanitarian response activities in three areas:

    • Strengthen emergency assistance initiatives to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) women/girls and survivors of SGBV in target areas.
    • Improve the economic capacity and social rehabilitation of women affected by crisis for peaceful cohabitation in target areas.
    • Strengthen humanitarian coordination mechanisms for a more comprehensive and gender-responsive approach in Nigeria.

    Under the overall guidance and direction of the supervisor, the Project Officer provides project support to the effective management of UN Women programmes in the Country Office by contributing in the project design, formulation, implementation and evaluation.  S/he supports the delivery of UN Women programmes by analyzing results achieved during implementation and supporting appropriate application of systems and procedures.  She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Summary of Key Functions:

    • Provide advice on the project aimed at ensuring internally displaced women and girls have increased access to adequate survivor service;
    • Contribute to the empowerment of women and girls IDPs and their vulnerable host communities;
    • Strengthening humanitarian coordination systems in target states;
    • Monitoring and evaluation;
    • Donor reporting.

    Provide advice on the project aimed at ensuring internally displaced women and girls have increased access to adequate survivor service:

    • Advices the project coordinator on the project direction and options at the state level based on a knowledge of the humanitarian response, priorities, challenges and emerging issues;
    • Contribute to the establishment of functional crises centers in target states and communities;
    • Ensures target survivors of gender based violence receive support while maintaining confidentiality of survivors:
    • Participates in the initiatives by other relevant stakeholders in the assigned focus area translating UN Women’s priorities;
    • Engage with government agencies tasked with ensuring support for victims gander based violence;
    • Facilitates the collaborative relationships with other UN agencies, experts, government counterparts ensuring timely and efficient delivery of inputs related to the humanitarian response.

    Contribute to the empowerment of women and girls IDPs and their vulnerable host communities:

    • Review project proposals from CSOs and cooperatives as it relates to the empowerment of women and host communities;
    • Ensure UN Women collaborates with other organisations working in the area of economic empowerment for internally displaced women and girls.

    Strengthening Humanitarian Coordination Systems in Target States:

    • Ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment consideration in the implementation and planning of the humanitarian strategic response plan in target states;
    •  Provide technical and capacity building support to  humanitarian and Government actors, including the coordination system;
    • Ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment needs and rights are adequately and sustainably integrated into all humanitarian response;
    • Ensure good partnerships with the UN Agencies, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society etc.

    Monitoring and Evaluation:

    • Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan in-line with the principles of Result-Based Management;
    • Ensures humanitarian data is captured as required by the donor;
    • Collects knowledge on current and emerging trends by gathering relevant information on projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices;
    • Contributes to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
    • Manages the project’s appraisal and evaluation according to results-based management requirements;
    • Supports the effective application of RBM tools and monitoring achievement of results.

    Donor Reporting:

    • Work closely with partners and consultants to ensure timely submission of progress and final reports to donor;
    • Provide inputs to the donor reports in terms of accomplishments.
    • Ensure close collaboration with UN Women Administrative and Finance Staff to ensure efficient financial management and efficient transfer and tracking of funds for grants and contractors.

    Competencies
    Corporate Competencies:

    • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
    • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women;
    • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
    • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
    • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

    Functional Competencies:

    • Knowledge and experience of working on  gender, elections and democratization processes;
    • Substantive knowledge of issues on gender equality and women's empowerment;
    • Outstanding team-building, organizational and communication skills;
    • Capacity to work with diverse partners including governments, donors and civil society.

    Required Skills and Experience
    Education:

    • Master's Degree in Economics, Gender and human rights related disciplines, Sociology, Psychology, Social Sciences or related field.

    Experience:

    • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level with development projects preferably including some experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects. Knowledge of gender and human rights issues desirable.
    • Experience with working with Internally Displaced Persons.
    • Experience in Economic Empowerment of Women is an added advantage.
    • Must have good knowledge and experience of gender issues as it affects the northern Nigeria.
    • Must have good working knowledge of M&E especially as it relates to gender issues.
    • Prior experience in the UN System and the Region will be an asset.

    Language:

    • Fluency in English is required;
    • Knowledge of official national language essential.
    • Working knowledge of Hausa is a requirement.

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