Kenya: Gender Equality Strategy Consultant

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Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 13 Feb 2018

Vacancy Number CFA/IOMSO/001/2018
Position title Gender Equality Strategy Consultant
Position grade External Consultant
Duty station Nairobi, with frequent travel to Somalia
Appointment type: External Consultant
Position rated on: NO
Reports directly to: DDR Programme Coordinator

Estimated closing date:9 days
Estimated start date: ASAP
Posting channel IOM All Users, Relief web
Complete WBS (up to the 5th level)

In support of institutionalizing and mainstreaming gender equality and women’s socioeconomic empowerment, the Federal Government of Somalia’s (FGS) Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development (MoWHRD) has developed a draft National Gender Empowerment Strategy (NGES). To accomplish this, the MoWHRD consulted with various stakeholders including government officials, community representatives, women’s rights organisations, civil society organizations (CSOs) and international organizations. An implementation plan for the NGES has also been developed, identifying seven priority areas: (1) Economic Empowerment; (2) Health; (3) Education; (4) Political Participation; (5) Ending Violence against Women; (6) Women, Peace and Security; and (7) Access to Justice. As the NGES is set to be operational for a duration of ten years once passed, its effective and efficient implementation will require collaboration and cooperation of stakeholders at all levels.

IOM Somalia has implemented a series of programmes aimed at providing sustainable socioeconomic opportunities for youth at risk and ex-combatants, including women. These programmes deliver skills-based training, rehabilitation, and reintegration support to these vulnerable populations, as well as provide capacity building support to federal and regional governments. IOM Somalia has thus been provided funding by AfDB to support the development and design of a comprehensive strategy document, including action plan, on the NGES priority area “Economic Empowerment”, which will be attached to the NGES as an annex. The selected Service Provider will develop this strategy document. The annex will clearly but not exclusively:

  • Outline the current political, social, and economic context for women in Somalia;
  • Detail existing national economic legislation, particularly with a gender consideration;
  • Identify context specific and practical opportunities for enhancing women’s participation in the private sector and other approaches to expand income generation opportunities for women;
  • Identify reasonable and sustainable national targets for improving women’s economic empowerment as per a concrete theory of change;
  • Identify and categorize various stakeholders and assign responsibilities to them as appropriate.

To accomplish this, the Service Provider will conduct a range of activities including a literature review and field research on the socioeconomic background of Somali women and current women’s empowerment operations, as well as provide context specific analysis encompassing the economic, social, and political context. Furthermore, the Service Provider will facilitate independent and group consultations amongst national and international stakeholders, with an aim to reach general consensus on the final strategic document.

Finally, the consultancy will also include a capacity building component, with the Service Provider leading a thorough training for government officials and other stakeholders on the newly developed strategy document once it has been completed and approved. Training will take place in Somalia at locations to be determined.

III. Responsibilities and Accountabilities

The Service Provider agents will report directly to the IOM DDR Project Manager (PM) under the general guidance of the IOM DDR Coordinator. The PM will provide some relevant background documents to supplement the Service Provider’s research. Otherwise, the Service Provider is expected to be able to work independently and support themselves. The key tasks of the Consultant will include:

• Comprehensive literature review of related materials;
• Inception report outlining the proposed methodology, research tools, stakeholder engagement, etc.;
• Mission report after completion of field visit to conduct research and consultations with stakeholders;
• Annex on Economic Empowerment, attached to the NGES;
• Pre-training report on proposed curriculum, methodology, and schedule;
• Training for government and other stakeholders on the Annex;
• Post-training report summarizing training activities, recommendations for future government activities, and outlining necessary follow-up items for IOM.
• As needed, provide advice on gender consideration pertaining to other IOM Somalia DDR projects.

Deliverable Delivery Date Associated Payment
Literature review
Inception report 15 March 2018 15%
Mission report 15 April 2018 30%
Draft of Annex on Economic Empowerment
Training presentation on the findings, Annex contents and implementation approach 10 May 2018 35%
Training for government
Post-training report
Finalization of Annex on Economic Empowerment 28 May 2018 20%

IV. Required Qualifications and Experience
Master’s Degree in gender studies, international development, political science, or a related field; PhD will be an advantage.


• At least 8 years of organizational experience in gender policy development at the international level. Experience related to Somalia an advantage;
• Proven experience providing capacity building training for government. Experience related to Somalia an advantage;
• Superior research, analysis, and writing skills;
• Experience collaborating with high level government officials;
• Fluency in English is required; working knowledge of Somali a strong advantage.
V. Languages
Required (specify the required knowledge) Advantageous

English- Fluent
Somali – Working knowledge

VI. Competencies
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:

Accountability- Creates a respectful office environment free of harassment and retaliation, and promotes the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA)
Continuous Learning- Contributes to colleagues' learning
Communication- Actively shares relevant information
Professionalism- Persistent, calm, and polite in the face of challenges and stress
Teamwork- Contributes to, and follows team objectives


Interested and qualified applicants should submit the following documents as part of their application:

1.) Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter
2.) Copies of education certificates/diplomas
3.) Relevant list and samples of produced and/or published works

How to apply:

How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit CV, cover letter, and supporting documents (i.e. copies of education certificates/diplomas, and copies of relevant work) indicating the Vacancy Notice Number (SVN No) with three professional referees and their contacts (both email and telephone) to:

Closing Date: 13 February 2018, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting period: 05.02.2018 – 13.02.2018.

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