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National Gender Specialist for Nationally Determined Contributions Process

Kampala (Uganda)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kampala (Uganda)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: 2018-02-27

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s Global Development Network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in over 170 countries, employing participatory approaches to developing local solutions to national and global development challenges. UNDP’s core vision is to help countries achieve simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.  We do this through three main areas of work which are: (1) sustainable development (2) inclusive and effective democratic governance, and (3) climate and disaster resilience.
Addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key aspect of UNDP’s approach to achieving its core vision. Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment are seen as goals in their own right and are also central to the achievement of UNDP’s development mandate. UNDP is guided in its work by its Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017 which details how UNDP works towards gender equality in each of the goals and key results set out in the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017.
Several countries have integrated gender equality into their NDCs at different levels, and at least 65 countries have considered gender as part of their national priorities either within the adaptation and/or mitigation areas of work.  UNDP plays a central role in building countries’ capacity to implement Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), given its previous INDC support experience, its technical expertise in related areas, and its on-the-ground presence in over 170 countries.
The UNDP NDC Support Programme (NDC-SP) will build on the foundation and extensive results achieved under the LECB Programme (2011-2017) and work to enhance technical and institutional capacities of public, private sector and social actors to scale up mitigation actions that support NDC implementation. In addition, the Programme will work in select countries to integrate gender equality in NDC planning and implementation processes within the broader sustainable development context. These dual aims will be achieved through strengthened climate governance, removal of barriers to LEDS and NAMA implementation, and an improved investment environment that address barriers to public and private finance. The gender-responsive approach will be integrated into NDC implementation plans in select countries to have gender mainstreamed into institutional, policy and planning frameworks for national climate action and mitigation actions.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP is seeking to recruit a National Gender Specialist to ensure that gender outputs, activities and considerations are fully implemented as part of and mainstreamed into the project. In addition, it will also develop a participatory in-depth gender analysis to refine and inform the execution of activities in the 2018/2019 workplan in order to make sure the activities and outputs are gender-responsive and transformational. The objective is to ensure that the project contributes to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, and the gender work it’s performed with high quality standards and in a timely manner according to the Results Framework (RF) indicated in the Project Document and the Multi-Year Annual Work Plan (MAWP).

Tasks and Responsibilities

The lead implementing partner for the NDC-SP is Ministry of Water and Environment, through Climate Change Department; therefore, the Gender Specialist will undertake the assigned tasks under the day to day supervision from the CCD and quality assurance support from UNDP. The Gender Specialist is expected to ensure that all aspects of the project related to the gender work indicated in the RF and MAWP are developed, implemented, monitored and reported. S/he will perform, in coordination with the NDC-SP Project Manager, the following tasks:

Management and Coordination Tasks

Develop and manage ToR for any short-term/specialized consultancy to support the implementation of the gender work,

Prepare concise and results-oriented progress report every six months related to the gender work,

Participate in the Project Steering Committee Meetings and prepare presentations/documents as requested,

Convene monthly calls for the first six-months with the NDC-SP Project Coordinator, Global Support Unit Focal Point, UNDP CO (CC/Environment Programme Officer and Gender Focal Point and/or Regional Gender Advisor) and UNDP HQ to discuss progress and substantive issues.

The Gender Specialist is expected to identify and develop partnerships with gender equality/women’s governmental institutions, UNDP Programmes (particularly UNDP NAPs GSP and NAP Agriculture Programme), UN Women, relevant UN Agencies, national/local women’s NGOs/CSOs and relevant national stakeholders.

As requested by the government counterparts and NDC-SP Project Coordinator, the Gender Specialist will assist with capacity building and other aspects of the project implementation to ensure gender considerations are well-understood and mainstreamed into the project actions.

Assist with organizing and promoting learning and knowledge events at the national and subnational levels in coordination with other key partners and stakeholders.

Organize a National Workshop. Once the in-depth gender analysis developed, a national workshop will be held among key stakeholders including key line ministries, CSO, UN Women, UN Agencies, UNDP CO, CCD, donor delegates, UNDP NAP colleagues, etc. The objective of this workshop will be to bring together key actors and stakeholders, to present the project and key findings of the gender analysis to confirm barriers and entry points to be addressed by the project as well as to identify any other key activities. UNDP GSU staff will be expected to attend these events.

Ensure that all aspects of the project implementation are gender responsive: work with the project implementing and monitoring team to ensure gender-responsive outcomes, and ensure that all applicable indicators are disaggregated by sex and other relevant, intersecting forms of identity i.e discussion of impact, assumptions, evidence and risks are gender responsive

Development of an in-depth gender analysis (to be started in February, 2018)

The Gender Specialist will support the development of an in-depth gender analysis to better understand where women and men are situated in climate change priority sectors, the barriers for women’s empowerment and participation in contributing to each sector, and the opportunities for policy articulation to strengthen the integration of gender equality into NDC planning and implementation processes. This includes sectorial analyses, analysis of sex and gender disaggregated data for evidence-based identification of gender differences in vulnerabilities, gaps in resources, and opportunities for supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation actions. This will also include setting of programming objectives/actions in at least 2 key sectors, development of indicators, and a baseline for monitoring and reporting; multi-stakeholder consultations (interviews, surveys, working sessions, etc) and one national workshop.

The Gender Specialist will perform the following tasks:

  • Develop a detailed methodology and work plan for the in-depth gender analysis, an approximate timeline needed to complete the study and the required technical resources. 
  • Conduct a desk review of the relevant climate and gender-related policies, mechanisms, institutional structures and frameworks to assess the national gender situational analysis. It will also identify priority sectors and conduct a capacity needs assessment within key climate sectors and gender machineries for gender mainstreaming in the NDC process.
  • Conduct interviews, surveys, working session as part of a multi-stakeholder consultative process to key Government actors and other stakeholder groups (i.e. civil society, academia, private sector, UN Agencies) involved in the relevant climate and gender decision making and planning processes to ensure broad integration of perspectives. 
  • Organize a national workshop on gender integration into the NDC planning process.
  • Carry out a participatory gender analysis to fully consider the different needs, roles, benefits, impacts, risks and access to/control over resources of women and men, relevant to inform the NDC implementation.

Other specific tasks

  • Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Develop a Gender Action Plan for the project with annual outputs to facilitate implementation of activities that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Provide inputs to the UNDP Social and Environmental Screening Procedure including assessing potential impacts of the project on gender equality and specific activities to mitigate and/or minimize them
  • Prepare communication products to increase publicity for the thematic area gender including the drafting of related success stories and updating of the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment portfolio of the project.
  • Assist in analysis and research of the status of gender equality and women’s empowerment in Uganda including evolving developments, constraints, opportunities and successes. 
  • Identify and propose potential areas/opportunities for support and intervention by UNDP beyond the NDC for resource mobilization.
  • Support the monitoring the gender equality and women’s empowerment thematic area of the NDC implementation. 


  • Substantive experience conducting research and analysis in the area of gender equality and at least one other related theme, including climate change mitigation and/or adaptation, NDC, environment and/or sustainable development.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and facilitating capacity building processes in developing countries.
  • Strong understanding of the links between climate change/environment and gender issues.
  • Demonstrated experience working on policy and programmatic issues with national and local governments and civil society organizations.
  • Experience or strong familiarity with the work of UNDP and/or other multilateral, bilateral and civil society development partners.
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner

Required Skills and Experience

  • Work experience in relevant technical areas for at least 7 years in climate change/environment and gender;
  • Proven ability to undertake gender analysis, design relevant criteria and gender strategy;
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues related to climate change/environment, NDCs, Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)
  • Experience in designing and facilitating capacity building processes;
  • Master’s degree in any of the related areas: gender, climate change, environment, sustainable development.


Important applicant information

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UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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