Freetown (Sierra Leone)
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, U N Women is working 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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, U N Women is leading and coordinating the United Nations System to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translates into action throughout the world. It is providing strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant factors.
UN Women has recently developed a set of 12 global flagship programming initiatives that respond to its Strategic Plan, of which “Women’s Access to Land and Productive Resources for Climate-Resilient Agriculture” (hereafter CRA) is one. The CRA flagship programme is aligned with Goal 2 of UN Women’s Strategic Plan that “women, especially the poorest and most excluded, are economically empowered and benefit from development.” UN Women intends to develop national programmes in Sierra Leone . For this purpose, U N Women will recruit an international consultant with significant expertise in the broad area of gender, land rights, and climate-resilient agriculture as well as strong programme development capacities to formulate, the national project document in Sierra Leone for UN Women.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant, supported by a UN Women focal point, will produce a project document for the CRA flagship programme in Sierra Leone guided by the global concept note, “Women’s Empowerment through Climate-Resilient Agriculture: Improving Women’s Access to Land and Other Productive Resources in sub-Saharan Africa” and other documents provided, desk research, and consultations with relevant national stakeholders and potential partners (government, civil society organizations, UN agencies, women’s organizations, donors.).
The structure and table of contents of the document will broadly follow U N Women’s Programme and Operations Manual, specifically, Annex D on Project Documents (p. 22). Key sections of the project document are the situation analysis, strategy and partnerships, results and resources framework, implementation and management arrangements, and indicative budget. The project document will leverage inputs particularly around the situation analysis and partnerships that may be already available.
The project document will reflect the CRA flagship programme’s four outcome areas, adapted to the specific country context: (i) Increase women’s land tenure security, (ii) Improve the productivity and reduce time and labour burdens of women smallholder farmers by ensuring equal access to climate-resilient productive resources and information; (iii) Remove financing barriers to allow women farmers to invest in climate-resilient agriculture, and (iv) Promote opportunities for women farmers to participate in, and move up the green value chain.
It is envisioned that these outcomes will be reached through a number of cross-cutting approaches, as should be indicated by the situation analysis and strategy and partnerships identified, including inter alia baseline assessment, development of data and indicators, mobilizing women farmer groups and cooperatives, multi-stakeholder advocacy, building capacities, and developing financial products and services for women farmers and enabling their access.
The situation analysis should succinctly lay out the needs and challenges faced by women smallholder farmers in the country, as well as their strengths and capabilities, particularly in terms of land tenure security; access to climate-resilient tools, services, and technologies; financing possibilities and constraints; and potential of green value chains and markets. It should identify the major actors, both governmental and non-governmental, international and national, and their interventions in these areas – “who is doing what.” It should begin to identify the thematic areas and localities/regions where the CRA might initiate activities.
The strategy and partnerships section further develops these themes in delineating the specific approaches that will be implemented to reach the outcomes, where, and with whom. Potential partners should be discussed, including women’s farmer organizations and cooperatives, as well other the actors. Roles and responsibilities should be defined.
The results framework presents the outcomes, outputs, indicators, activities, means of verification, and assumptions/risks of proposed strategy, followed by a section describing the arrangements for project implementation and management, including the implementing partners.
The indicative budget should cover the costs of implementation over 5 years.
Duration of the assignment
21st August – 10th October 2017
Deliverables and Timeline
Desk research 1 week
Consultations with key stakeholders and potential partners 1 week Draft situation analysis, strategy and partnerships 1 week
Deliverable One: Present draft situation analysis, strategy and partnerships for comments 11-15 September Revisions as necessary and drafting of remaining sections 1 week
Deliverable Two: Present full draft project document for comments 18-20 September
Revisions as necessary
Deliverable Three: Final draft of project document 29 September
Location of assignment
At least one week of the assignment will be in-country based in the UN Women Country Office in Sierra Leone. The remainder will be home-based.
The consultant will work under the supervision of the UN Women Country Representative.
- Lump sum, paid in two tranches against deliverable One and when the final draft is approved.
Any consultant travel expenses will be paid separately by U N Women in accordance with prevailing rules and regulations.
CORE VALUES/GUIDING PRINCIPLES
- Integrity: Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of U N Women in actions
- and decisions, in line with the U N Code of Conduct.
- Cultural Sensitivity/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.
- Professionalism: Sound knowledge of global and national women’s empowerment and gender equality
- issues, including the gender dimensions of land tenure security and climate-resilient agriculture;
- experience in inter-agency collaboration an advantage.
- Communication: excellent communications skills; strong interpersonal skills; ability to prepare
- professional and practical published material.
- Teamwork: excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and
- working relations, both within the U N system and externally; ability to work in a multicultural and
- multi-ethnic environment with respect for diversity.
- Ethics and Values: Demonstrating / Safeguarding Ethics and Integrity.
- Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
- Self-management and Emotional intelligence: Creating synergies through self-control.
- Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning: Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the
- learning of others.
- Familiarity with the work of U N Women and other multilateral, bilateral and civil society development
- Technical experience in gender, land, and climate-resilient agriculture.
- Strong understanding of programme development and results-based management including monitoring
- and evaluation.
- Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints, and to work independently
- and exercise good judgment.
- Ability to work collaboratively and operate effectively across thematic areas.
- Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
- Minimum of Master’s degree in gender, development or environmental studies; economics; agricultural sciences; or related disciplines.
- A minimum of ten years of professional policy and/or programming experience;
- Has worked in the country or West Africa / Sahel region on gender and land/climate/agriculture;
- Background in conducting research and analysis in these or related fields;
- Substantial experience in developing project documents in the broad thematic area;
- Excellent writing skills;
- Experience with U N Women or another U N agency highly desirable.
- Fluency in English.