PSDFD/ABEE/Land and Gender Expert

Organization: UNECA - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa


Result of Service

The consultancy aims to enhance the gender-specific capacity of the ABEE and ALPC to facilitate gender-equitable land governance and women’s entrepreneurship.

Work Location

Addis Ababa

Expected duration

The consultant is expected to work for a period of six months upon signing of his/her contract. The consultant will work under the supervision of Chief, Agriculture and Business Enabling Environment Section, Private Sector Development and Finance (PSDFD), ECA and in close collaboration with the Economic Affairs Officer

Duties and Responsibilities

Context and background

Land is an integral issue underlying Africa’s transformation agenda and has the potential to serve as an inclusive basis for development. Land is not only a critical productive asset, but a foundational asset upon which economies are constructed. Specifically, women’s land tenure security is essential both to their empowerment at a micro-level as agricultural producers in a household, and at a macro-level for unlocking transformative social and economic benefits. Securing women’s tenure security can increase agricultural productivity and shared household decision-making, thereby increasing the total amount of resources available to the family for nutrition and food security. Improvements in women’s land rights are associated with household welfare outcomes such as increased health expenditure and improved educational achievements for children. Despite the well-documented potential benefits, in much of the developing world women have fewer rights to and control over far less land than men, and land of lesser quality.

Over the last couple of years, ALPC has strengthened the programmatic and institutional mechanisms for mainstreaming gender and empowering women through a diverse range of measures, most important of which is the development of a Gender, Women and Land program.

The primary objective of the Gender, Women and Land program is to advance gender inclusive and equitable land governance in line with the AU agenda on land. The program promotes gender equality and female empowerment in relation to land through two interrelated strategies to ensure land policies and programs deliver benefits equally to men and women according to their different needs. First, gender is mainstreamed to account for the gender dimensions of land issues and interventions in line with the LPI/ALPC Gender Strategy. Second, targeted or preferential measures are employed to address land issues that affect women uniquely or disproportionately in an attempt to reverse women’s disadvantaged position in relation to men.

Specifically, gender based inequalities and exclusion around land are addressed through five key intervention areas: research, advocacy, capacity development, institutional strengthening and partnerships building. The ALPC program also includes a monitoring component to track implementation of the AU Declaration on Land.

Duties and responsibilities
i). Supporting ABEE’s and ALPC’s institutional capacity to facilitate gender-responsive implementation of the AU agenda on land and agriculture by providing strategic/technical guidance on design and implementation.
ii). Building coherence, synergies and resources in support of the implementation of the AU Declaration on Land
iii). Undertaking advisory missions to Member States in preparation for demand-driven training and other targeted support on strengthening women’s land tenure security.
iv). Developing training modules and delivering training on strengthening women’s land tenure security
v). Lead in the preparation of Guidelines for strengthening women’s tenure security as per AU STC decision
vi). Promoting evidence based advocacy for gender inclusive and equitable land governance (AU Summit side event)
The consultant will work under the supervision of Chief, Agriculture and Business Enabling Environment Section, Private Sector Development and Finance (PSDFD), ECA and in close collaboration with the Economic Affairs Officer

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in gender, land governance and land policy related disciplines, including law, land administration, agricultural economics, agriculture development fields, natural resources management or related fields.
Experience: A minimum of 7 years progressively responsible experience in land and gender related field especially developing and implementing land policies and land administration strategies, programs and projects is required. Experience in policy advice, capacity development, project implementation, partnership building and resource mobilization in support of gender and women’s land tenure security is desired.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the other is an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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