Position title: Gender Specialist Consultant
Place of performance: Mogadishu, Somalia
Apply by: 31/07/2020
Start date: 01/08/2020
Duration: up to 3 months (@22days/month)
Qualification: Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Governance (in particular Local governance), Political/Social Sciences, Development Planning, Programme Management, or related fields.
Sector experience: Minimum of 6 years of demonstrable relevant Gender Programmes experience and/or minimum of 4 years of demonstrable relevant Social Cohesion experience.
Geographical experience: Minimum of 6 year of experience in Africa (essential).
Language: Fluency in English and Somali are essential.
CTG stands for Committed To Good. With an ethical approach at the heart of all that we do, it is a description that makes us proud. Respect for the fundamental human rights of our staff, and those our staff encounter, is a cornerstone of our values. We strive for gender equality, inclusion and diversity, providing fair and equal opportunities for all. We take a zero tolerance approach to corruption and stay true to local labour laws and all local statutory requirements. In operation since 2006, today we are honoured to serve clients in 15 fragile and conflict-affected states assisting with disaster relief, peace building, humanitarian aid and development programmes through our specialised recruitment, HR management and operational services.
Overview of position
The fundamental mission of our client is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does Â— in programmes, in advocacy, and operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to ‘children’s rights into action. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of our client, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations. Our client is one of five United Nations partners implementing the Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery (JPLG); other partners are ILO, UNCDF, UNDP, and UN-HABITAT. The first phase of JPLG commenced in April 2008, and the programme has now entered its third phase (2018-2023). JPLG is aligned to the National Development Frameworks, the Somali Stabilization Strategy, the Somali ‘government’s Wadajir Framework for Local Governance and the ‘UN’s Strategic Framework for Somalia. JPLG is implemented in partnership with the Federal Government of Somalia, the Federal Member States of Somalia and the Government of Somaliland with an average annual budget of approximately USD 30-35 million. JPLG pursues a comprehensive capacity development approach aimed at local authorities, state and federal administrations and communities. It builds on existing capacities and focuses on the design and development of policies and systems, capacity-building and institution strengthening, civic education, district planning and budgeting, public and private sector participation in service delivery, and local economic development. In so doing, the JPLG supports a ‘top-‘down’ process covering policy development for local governance and decentralization and ‘bottom-‘up’ empowerment of communities to demand and participate in local governance and economic development. The JPLG approach aims at placing the relevant government institutions in the driving seat for policy, capacity development and service delivery, with a focus on local government institutions and in line with established policies, procedures and systems. Our client’s main focus of interventions is supporting participatory and inclusive governance approaches, including civic education, participatory planning and social accountability mechanisms and systems, and supporting decentralized service delivery in health, education, social protection and water management. Together with UNDP, our client is leading on ‘JPLG’s efforts to strengthen gender equality and social inclusion in local governance. The programme adopts a two-pronged approach: mainstreaming gender and inclusion across the programme (in policy reforms, dialogue platforms, capacity-building and service delivery), while supporting a dedicated outcome aimed at improving local government engagement with citizens, particularly women, youth and minority groups. UNDP will lead on efforts within local government institutions, while our client will lead on efforts within the community and on strengthening community engagement with local governments. The two agencies will collaborate closely and leverage their respective resources and expertise to ensure the achievement of JPLG gender and inclusion aims.
Under the overall supervision of the Client Programme Specialist (Local Governance), in coordination with the JPLG Gender Taskforce, Client zonal JPLG staff and other JPLG agencies, and colleagues in the Social Policy, Equity and Gender section, the postholder will provide technical support and oversight for the implementation of gender and inclusion activities under the Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery (JPLG). The role will oversee strategic design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of our client’s contributions to gender equality and social inclusion in local governance under the JPLG programme, with a focus on strengthening the representation, inclusion, retention and voice of women, youth, IDPs and minority groups in local government councils and administration, and in public decision-making processes (planning, budgeting, oversight, accountability, etc.). The position will also work closely with the JPLG Gender Taskforce and facilitate the smooth and timely coordination, implementation, of the tasks outlined in the Gender Task for TOR. The Gender Specialist Consultant will specifically be tasked with the following:-
Will report to Project Manager
Qualifications required: Essential: