Consultant on Women’s Rights and Islam
Ministry of Gender and Family with support from UN Women and UNFPA are hosting a Knowledge Exchange (KE) forum on multiple areas of women’s rights identified in CEDAW, that will be used by all gender advocates and stakeholders in the Maldives empowering them to promote and utilize Islam-based strategies, which affirm gender equality within Islam, and enabling them to push for the incorporation of equality measures into national legislation and ensure full implementation of all CEDAW provisions in the Maldives.
Recognizing specific characteristics of Maldivian society to contribute towards healthy families, where children born from practices such as polygamy, early and unregistered marriages do occur and face obstacles in terms of attaining education and earning a livelihood.
The purpose of this consultancy is to prepare a thematic paper on issues influencing women’s rights in Islam emphasizing the roles of women and men in the family. The paper should focus on evidence, current events bringing as much as possible best practices from other countries in similar socio-cultural situations.
This paper, including other thematic papers, will be compiled into the final report of the KE Forum.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope and diversity of assignment:
In consultation with Expert Group, UN Women and UNFPA, the consultant on women’s rights and Islam will:
- Develop a paper based on existing literature;
- Deliver the findings using an innovative approach at the Knowledge Exchange forum. The expert group will provide guidance following the two-day programme;
- Finalise the paper based on comments and discussions at the KE Forum.
The paper focused beliefs, culture, customs and the gaps: roles of women and men in achieving gender equality within the family.
Place where services are to be delivered: Ministry of Gender and Family, UNFPA and UN Women
Delivery dates and how work will be delivered (e.g. electronic, hard copy etc.): Consultant is expected to work independently
Monitoring and progress control, including reporting requirements, periodicity format and deadline: The Consultant will be briefed and debriefed by the Expert group as well as the Ministry of Gender and Family, UNFPA and UN Women
Supervisory arrangements: The consultancy will be managed by UN Women and UNFPA
Expected travel: No travel
Inputs / services to be provided by UNFPA or implementing partner (e.g support services, office space, equipment), if applicable
- Fulfil the stipulated in the contract and the ToR through review of documents, email communications, and meetings;
- Maintain close and regular contact by email with Expert Group;
- Communicate any complications regarding the assignment as soon as possible.
Ministry of Gender and Family
- Provide relevant documents as required;
- Guide the consultant on the Government's’ priority areas
- Facilitate in obtaining up to date data as identified by the consultant;
- Provide logistic support including organizing meetings;
- Monitor and facilitate the progress of the assignment;
- Facilitate necessary contacts;
- Organize the consultative meeting;
- Approve final deliverables.
- Provide contacts and any available resources;
- Guide the Consultant on issues important to achieving SDGs;
- Finalize and approve the gender analysis paper;
- Issue the payment.
Other relevant information or special conditions, if any:
The other conditions that may apply in the undertaking of the assignment include:
Basis of payment:
A fixed payment of MVR 22,500 will be upon submission and acceptance of the paper and presentation at the KE forum
Format of outputs:
Editable electronic form i.e. MS Office Word format
Language of reports/publications and other documentation and working language in country of assignment:
English and Dhivehi
Ownership of output:
Ministry of Gender and Family, UNFPA and UN Women
- Good analytical, writing, and presentation skills. Fluency in reading, writing, and speaking both English and Dhivehi.
- Computer skills, Excel and various office applications. Demonstrated experience in knowledge and information management.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and to establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization;
- Proven leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Ability to work and deliver under a limited period of time would be an asset.
Required Skills and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in religious studies, gender studies, social science, or related fields
- At least 5 years’ experience in social policy analysis, monitoring, research and evaluation, monitoring and evaluation theory, methodology, technology and tools
- Basic understanding of human rights principles
- Excellent communication and analytical skills in English and Dhivehi languages and demonstrated ability to transfer and impart knowledge.