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Individual Contract: Mapping of Political Parties and Gender Equality: National Case Study (Gender Audit of Political Parties at UNITED NATIONS ENTITY FOR GENDER EQUALITY AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN



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(Job Code/title: Individual Contract: Mapping of Political Parties and Gender Equality: National Case Study (Gender Audit of Political Parties

Duty Station: NIGERIA (Homebased)

Type of Contract: Individual Contract

Duration: 40 Working Days

Application Deadline: 06-Oct-2017


Women’s leadership and political participation is one of UN Women’s primary areas of work as mandated in its inception, recognizing the integral role of women in strong and stable democratic processes. Through its Leadership and Governance section, UN Women works to implement Goal 1 of the Entity’s Strategic Plan 2014-17 “Women lead and participate in all areas of decision-making. UN Women’s theory of change for women’s political empowerment and leadership, based on the achievements of women in politics and lessons learned to date, envisions a four-pronged strategy: (1) support development and implementation of robust legal frameworks and administrative arrangements that promote gender balance and facilitate women’s participation; (2) expand the pool of qualified and capable women to run for election;

(3) transform gender norms so that women are accepted as legitimate and effective leaders; and

(4) support women leaders in gender-sensitive political institutions to attract, promote and retain women leaders, and highlight the constructive contribution they make to decision-making.

Aligned with this strategy, UN Women’s West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) in Dakar, Senegal, launched a new, Multi-Country Programme in 2017, spanning four countries in the region: Central African Republic (CAR), Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria. The proportions of women in lower/single houses of parliament in these four countries (CAR – 8.7%; Guinea -21.9%; Liberia -12.3%; Nigeria – 5.6%) are below the sub-Saharan Africa average (23.8%), and have largely stagnated. A key component of the Programme therefore involves the provision of technical support to political parties – the main vehicle for women’s election to office – to enhance their capacity to promote gender balance in politics and become more gender sensitive institutions by; nominating more women candidates to winnable positions; adopting voluntary, gender-sensitive reforms to internal party processes and statutes; devising and implementing gender-sensitive policies and strategic plans; and devising codes of conduct which sanction discriminatory behaviour and harassment, among other strategies.

In this context, UN Women is seeking to engage a consultant to conduct and publish a “gender mapping” of political parties and prepare a country case study in Nigeria, which will examine the extent to which parties are gender-balanced and gender-sensitive institutions in the region, and identify priority needs and areas for technical support to be provided through the Programme.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Gender Studies, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, or relevant field and/or equivalent practical experience.


  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Research experience, communications, advocacy experience are assets.
  • Substantive experience in women’s leadership and participation and/or violence against women.
  • Experience in working in a multicultural environment.
  • Sound knowledge of international standards on human rights, women’s rights and related instruments.
  • Experience with UN Intergovernmental processes including those related to women’s empowerment, gender mainstreaming and gender equality is an asset.
  • Experience working with multi-stakeholder organizations is essential: governments, CSOs, and the UN/ multilateral/bilateral institution

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Working knowledge of English and other UN languages is an asset.

Method of Application

Interested candidates are encouraged to log on to: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=74757

Please submit the following to demonstrate your interest and qualifications:


Submit to: RFPNGATEC@unwomen.org

CV and P11

One page methodology (full methodology will form part of inception report if selected)

See Annex 1 of the detailed job description for guidance)



Submit to RFPNGAFIN@unwomen.org

Daily fee for 40 Working days (All-inclusive daily fee)

Cost implication for Field work

Interested individuals are kindly requested to submit an all-inclusive daily consultancy fee.

The applicable cost for travel from home to duty station (Abuja) (most economical route) will be provided for by UN-Women.

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