Vetted Roster Update – Individual Consultants: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

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Overview :

As the development network of the United Nations, UNDP supports African countries in developing national and local capacities to advance human development and accelerate progress toward the achievement of SDGs and the Africa Development Agenda 2063.  It is our aim to help the region to achieve rapid inclusive growth by encouraging a strong private sector, social protection for the most vulnerable and employment opportunities, especially for the young. In addition, UNDP promotes agricultural transformation to bolster food security and incomes across the region. It also helps to empower women so they can participate in all spheres of activities, from the economic to the political. Secondly, UNDP aims to strengthen the resilience of African societies by working to prevent conflict, build peace and pave the way for long-term recovery, ensuring development progress is preserved and built upon. The organization also helps to minimize the impact of natural and climate-related disasters, collaborating with countries to prevent losses and help them to recover wherever these events occur. In doing so, Gender equality and women’s empowerment is regarded as one of the core strategies for achieving Africa’s development.  UNDP, Regional Service Centre for Africa, is supporting African member states, the African Union and to adopt and implement gender equality and women’s empowerment policy reforms and initiatives.  Underpinning this approach is the need for a transformative and sustainable strategies for gender equality.  Indeed, a policy and programming focus on harnessing the potential of women is an important economic and social driver for more inclusive and sustainable development.  It is UNDPs view that, policies and programmes that unintentionally leave out or disenfranchise women will never be successful over the long term. Nor can inclusive growth be achieved if women’s empowerment is compartmentalized or seen as a separate activity from what are traditionally perceived as the core functions of government.

Despite widespread recognition of women’s rights and the benefits that accrue to all of society from equitable treatment and access to resources and opportunities for women and men, inequalities persist. At the regional and national levels, there is growing recognition that as African women attain higher measures of economic and social well-being, benefits accrue to all of society; despite this growing understanding, removing inequalities for women has not kept pace. Significant gaps between men’s and women’s opportunities remain a major challenge and a severe impediment to structural economic and social transformation that is still the goal of all African countries.

With continued commitment on gender equality and women’s empowerment, UNDP has successfully been undertaking several programmes aimed at supporting both the African Union and African member states address gender inequality and women’s empowerment as well as worked strategically with civil society organizations and the UN agencies initiating transformative programme interventions.  The Regional Programme for Africa and two other specific projects on Gender and Women’s Empowerment are a good example of some of the existing initiatives, with a focus on; i) the Fostering Inclusive Participation and the Effective Contribution of Women in Economic and Political Empowerment and ii) Building an enabling environment for women´s economic empowerment and political participation in Africa.  

To ensure continued support to our initiatives, UNDP’s Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA) invites candidates to send their applications for inclusion in a Vetted external expert’s roster. The process of including candidates in the Expert Roster are described in the later sections of this advertisement

To be considered for inclusion in the roster, applicants would need to have expertise in one or more of the following areas:


Expertise 1. Women in peace and security:

  • Gender in migration and prevention of violent extremism;
  • Mediation, conflict resolution and recovery;
  • Women’s participation in decision making in peace architecture and security organs;
  • Transitional justice;
  • Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

Expertise 2. Women in Democratic Governance:

  • Constitution-making processes;
  • Engendering electoral processes (electoral law, women’s presence as decision makers in Electoral Management Bodies, or EMB, women’s candidacy, women’s presence in political parties, women’s registration, violence against women in election);
  • Justice, transitional justice, and women’s human rights;
  • Corruption, nepotism, and African Peer Review Mechanism.

Expertise 3. Economic Empowerment:

  • Gender, gender budgeting, the macro economy and unpaid care economy;
  • Gender and economic policy, modelling, and statistics;
  • Access to finance, social protection, and productive resources (land, capital, credit, input in agriculture, technology, and technical skills and training);
  • Access to employment, labor market and trade;
  • Gender and the private sector management;
  • Expanding women’s leadership roles in private sector and value chains.

Expertise 4. Environment and Climate Change:

  • Disaster risk reduction;
  • Clean/renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro, and new technology);
  • Gender in green and blue economy and access to natural resources (land, oceans, and mining);
  • Women and girls’ education and orientation to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM);

Expertise 5. Structural, Cultural and Social Barriers to Gender Equality:

  • Masculinity and patriarchy;
  • Working experience with communities and traditional and religious leaders on the issue of gender and customary norms (female genital mutilation, or FGM, and child marriage);

Expertise 6. Cross-cutting areas:

  • Gender mainstreaming and policy research, analysis, design, and strategy formulation;
  • Working experience in gender responsive legal framework (reforms – domestication of international – regional commitments/adoption);
  • Gender policy and projects monitoring and evaluation;
  • Gender equality advocacy and training tools development;
  • Design and facilitation of capacity development initiatives for gender mainstreaming;
  • Design and development of materials for communicating gender equality results (knowledge management and communications);
  • Management of a development project with an objective of advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment (capacity-building and mentorship).

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter, clearly identifying the “Areas of Expertise and Sub-Expertise” as mentioned in the background section above.
  • Updated Personal CV and Personal Information Form (PIF) , including past experience from similar projects, and email, telephone, and any other contact details for references.
  • Daily professional Fee. This can be indicated on the cover letter 

Additional Information:

  • This call for experts is not linked to other UNDP rosters or to a specific UNDP recruitment opportunity;
  • The purpose of this call for experts is to add additional experts to the UNDP RBA Experts Roster. As a result, Candidates who have previously been vetted and maintained in UNDP RBA Roster/s are not required to apply;
  • Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to inform the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process;
  • Interested individual consultants can submit the above documents (Cover letter,CV and the PIF from ) in one of the following two addresses;

For any clarifications please write to Mr. Getachew Araya at:- [email protected]

For detailed information, please refer to Annex 1- Terms of Reference.

Documents :

Terms of Reference_ Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
PROCUREMENT NOTICE_Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Deadline :


UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA) – ETHIOPIA

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