National Consultant to undertake Mapping of Gender Related Discrimination amongst Women with Disabilities
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works 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 centre of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. It also contributes to gender equality and empowermnet of women and girls with disabilities.
Many countries in the region have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the corresponding Optional Protocol (CRPD), the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, and the Continental Plan of Action of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities. Several women’s rights instruments also specifically mention the needs of women and girls with disabilities, including General Recommendation 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action, Protocol of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women, and the Southern Africa Development Cooperation Gender Policy. The government has since initiated measures to ensure that the embedded principles and rights are implemented.
Despite wider adoption of international, regional, and national instruments guaranteeing the rights of women and girls with disabilities, significant gaps remain in implementation. Information and data on women and girls with disabilities is limited in East & Southern Africa (ESA), and their specific needs are not always addressed in initiatives promoting women’s empowerment. Women and girls with disabilities in ESA are more likely to experience gender-based violence, have less access to education and economic opportunities, and are excluded from the political system.
The Naitonal Consultant with a focus on Gender Equality, Empowerment of Women and Girls with Disabilities, and Disability Inclusion, will work under the overall strategic direction, guidance and oversight of the Regional Program Manager-EVAW, the International Consultant and in consultations with the other program teams at ESARO.
The National Consultant will contribute to UN Women’s work on gender equality, empowermnet of women and girls with disabilities and disability inclusion in line with the principles of leaving no one behind. In this context, the consultant will undertake the mapping of gender-related discrimination amongst women with disabilities in the East & Southern Africa Region.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
- Assist with technical and programme support;
- Assist research and analysis support;
- Assist snowledge building and sharing and advocacy efforts support;
- Map and outline key stakeholders for establishing and strengthening strategic partnerships.
- Teleconference with the International Consultant and EVAW Program Manager in preparation of the Inception Report;
- Inception report includes:
- Planned activities with the timelines;
- Analysis and tabulation plan (statistical excel template outlining required indicators, cross-tabulations, correlation and regression analysis from the Census and VDHS);
- Detailed annotated outline for the report;
- Summary factsheet of the disability monograph.
- Data analysis and report writing (in collaboration with International Consultant):
- Preparation and contribution to the research and field work on mapping;
- Contribute to the finalization of interview questionnaire;
- Mapping of organizations working on rights of women with disabilities in the ESA region;
- Assist the international consultant with outreach, interviews with the target partners/audiences.
- Assist in review of factsheets, data available with government, MIW Gender and Disability and other networks on data related to select countries.
- Assist the International Consultant with finalising report (including addressing feedback and comments received on draft report), stand-alone summary and powerpoint presentation.
- Technical and editorial inputs on the draft report preparted by the international consultant;
- Assist the international consultant with finalization of the report;
- Assist the international consultant in preparation of a briefing document and a presentation from the study.
Impact of Results:
The key results expected will have positive impact on the overall effectiveness of UN Women East & Southern Africa Region’s work related to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls with disabilities, by contributing directly to achieving relevant Goals in UN Women’s Strategic Plan. Specific results include:
- Assist the international consultant in documenting the various forms of discrimination faced by women and girls with disabilities in ESAR, drawing on both desk research and key informant interviews;
- Highlight variation in the experiences of women and girls with disabilities, particularly across types of disabilities and countries;
- Assist compile available data on the prevalence of disability among women and girls in ESA and the social, political, and economic challenges they face and highlight key information gaps;
- Assist Map potential partners for UN Women programming and advocacy, especially regional civil society organizations that represent women and girls with disabilities;
- Assist the international consultant in preparing the recommendations on priority areas for UN Women ESARO programming on the empowerment of women and girls with disabilities to focus on, including types of disabilities, countries, and issue areas.
- Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
- Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
- Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
- Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity;
- Communicating and Information and Knowledge Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication, share knowledge, and strive for effective communication;
- Work in teams: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
- Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative;
- Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making;
- Conflict Management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
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- Good knowledge of gender equality and disability inclusion related issues;
- Good understanding of to the rights of women and girls with disabilities;
- Ability to communicate sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies;
- Proven networking skills, and ability to mobilize support on behalf of UN Women;
- Ability to write policy papers, speeches, briefings;
- Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports in order to inform management and strategic decision-making;
- Ability to draft policy papers, speeches, talking points, briefings etc.;
- Ability to develop and maintain roster of experts, and a databank of research institutes, academics, civil society experts, etc. of direct relevance to the focus area.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master degree (or equivalent) in research-oriented social science with extensive knowledge of and experience in assisting the designing and undertaking quantitative social/health/surveys as well as qualitative research.
- At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in gender equality, women’s empowerment, women and girls with disabilities and ending violence against women, specifically, in undertaking research studies on above areas;
- Knowledge and experience with statistical data analysis; (examples of completed relevant studies to be mentioned in the application);
- Experience in designing and managing programmes and advocating for gender equality and the empowerement of women and girls with disabilities, ideally with some experience in developing countries;
- Prior work experience in the East & Southern Africa region on similar surveys;
- Familiarity with the UN systems and procedures and monitoring tools will be an asset;
- Written (excellent drafting skills) and oral proficiency in English is required;
- Knowledge of another UN working language is desirable.
Note: Female candidates with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.