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Consultant to Develop Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines for National Drought Management Authority (NDMA)

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Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline : 04-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 5d 13h 18m
Additional Category : Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 17-Sep-2018
Duration of Initial Contract : 30 Days
Expected Duration of Assignment : 30 Days

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The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was established in 2010 to support gender equality and accelerate efforts towards the attainment of the rights of women globally. UN Women supports women’s equal participation in all aspects of life by working with UN Member States to develop and apply global standards and frameworks for achieving gender equality; supports national governments and the civil society to design and develop laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these standards. In 2012, UN Women established a Humanitarian Unit anchored within the Women, Peace and Security pillar that works to consolidate and support humanitarian work, including DRR- Disaster Risk Reduction, preparedness, risk prevention and mitigation, at the global, regional and national levels. UN Women’s engagement in humanitarian action and DRR is to ensure consistency and sustainability in addressing gender equality concerns across the humanitarian-development continuum.

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Kenya faces a wide range of natural and human-induced hazards such as, drought, floods, landslides, collapsing infrastructure, human and animal disease, urban and forest fires that impact negatively on her development agenda and reduces the full realization of the benefits anticipated from Vision 2030. The country continues to suffer from climate variability and the nature of the El Nino/La Nina induced drought has been unpredictable. The 2014-2018 drought affected more than 3.4 million people leaving them in need of humanitarian assistance, with women, girls and children disproportionately affected. This has further been exacerbated by invasion of fall army worms (FAW) that have destroyed over 200,000 hectares of food in farms; resource-based conflict especially in drought prone counties, displacing more than 2000 people, most of them being women and children; and caused the outbreak of diseases such as cholera and instability from terror related threats. The drought has increased the burden on women and girls, since many assume additional responsibilities as heads of households while men migrate in search of water, pasture and employment in the nearby urban centres. This creates additional vulnerability to sexual exploitation and abuse, unwanted pregnancies, exposure to HIV infections, early/forced marriages, child labour, trafficking and female genital mutilation.

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Considering the recurring disasters, Kenya has made significant strides in Disaster Risk Management (DRM). The constitution of Kenya (2010) integrates articles that support DRM down to the county government level and offers in it an opportunity to propagate DRR activities down to the communities. The country has developed a draft DRM policy and bill which are in the process of enactment. The creation of DRR institutions such as National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC), National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), National Disaster Management Unit (NDMU, the Parliamentary Caucus, and the National Platform for DRR are evidence of initiatives undertaken by the government. The county governments have gone further to develop County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP) that have integrated some elements of disaster risk management and peace and security while others have gone further to develop disaster management related policies and programmes. Overall, the country is making advances in creating an enabling environment for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SF DRR 2015-2030).

UN Women’s Humanitarian and DRR work in Kenya seeks to advance and support the government’s efforts and priorities identified within MTP III in disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action. The objective of UN Women work is to ensure that Peace, security and humanitarian action are shaped by women’s leadership and participation in alignment with the Political Pillar of Vision 2030, and to Medium Term Plan 3 under: National Value and Ethics (Ending Drought Emergencies; Security, Peace building and Conflict Resolution) and Cross Cutting Areas (Disaster Risk Management). The objectives are also aligned to UN Women’s Global and Regional strategies that seeks to support strategies and to develop capacities of women to lead and participate in decision-making, reduce their risks to disasters as well as in building their resilience to disasters.

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The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) is a public body established by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) Act, 2016. The Act gives the NDMA the mandate to exercise overall coordination over all matters relating to drought management including implementation of policies and programmes relating to drought management. UN Women continues to support NDMA to ensure gender is well mainstreamed in Kenya’s efforts to drought management. Gender gaps have been identified as one of the challenge in ensuring efficient and effective drought management in Kenya. To address these gaps and ensure drought early warning, risk reduction, response, and recovery strategies address the existing gender dimensional needs and strengths of women, men, boys and girls, UN Women seeks a consultant to develop an easy to use gender mainstreaming guidelines for the National Drought Management Authority. The goal of this undertaking is to support institutionalisation of gender in NDMA for sustainability.

The mainstreaming guideline will be used by the National Drought Management Authority and possibly replicated by other relevant State and Non-State Actors in Kenya to ensure gender is mainstreamed in their institutional capacity development, policy and strategy formulation, and programme design, implementation, and reporting.

Duties and Responsibilities

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Develop an inception report detailing the workplan, information gathering methodology and tool(s), key stakeholders for consultation at national and county level;
Review NDMA policy and programme documents and develop a clear outline of key gender issues;
Organize and consult with key stakeholder on what is to be included in the mainstreaming guidelines;
Develop a draft gender mainstreaming guideline and have it reviewed by UN Women quality assurance staff;
Meet with stakeholders to validate the mainstreaming guidelines;
Finalize the guideline;
Compile a final report capturing key lessons learnt.

Core Competencies

Ethics and Values:
Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:
Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:
Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

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.
Communicating and Information Sharing:

Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.

Conflict Management:

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Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

 Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
Core Values/Guiding Principles


 Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


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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.

Functional Competencies
Mature judgment, initiative and independent;
Research experience;
Full computer literacy;
Ability to think out-of-the-box;
Ability to present complex issues in simple and clear manner.

Required Skills and Experience


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Master’s degree in in social sciences, gender and development, humanitarian studies, disaster risk management, climate change, food security and resilience, or similar.

At least 10 years of relevant professional field experience;
Must demonstrate extensive knowledge of Gender mainstreaming and women participation in DRR and CCA, and FSL work;
Previous experience in development institutional guidelines;
Training and facilitation skills including experience in organizing and facilitating trainings and consultations with stakeholders;
Working experience with UN system is desirable.

Language Requirements:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Kiswahili.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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