International Consultant: Regional Spotlight Programme Coordination & FGM Policy & Advocacy Specialist

United Nations Population Fund , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th May, 2021

Job Description

Scope of Work:

This consultancy responds to a need for additional programmatic and technical capacity within the AUC-DHHASD to fulfil their leadership role on behalf of the AUC in the implementation of the SIARPO. The role provides direct support to the African Union Commission (AUC) on the implementation of its agenda to eliminate Gender Based Violence, including harmful practices. With the support of UNFPA, this role’s previous placement brought about a successful International Conference in 2018, which led to the launching of the AU Saleema Initiative on Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation; 2 strong Heads of State and Government Decisions (resolutions); 2 Head of State Reports on action to eliminate FGM on the continent delivered to the AU Summits in 2020 and 2021; and subsequently, a 5-year strategy of the Saleema Initiative. With this role in place, the AUC-DHHASD Department was able engage more consistently and provide greater policy clarity and guidance to its Member States to end GBV and harmful practices. In this way, the proposed consultancy will make a critical contribution to the achievement of the SIARP’s overall objectives.

Furthermore, this role was important in facilitating the development and signing of the Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme, representing the AUC in the development of joint workplans and budgets and working closely with the UNFPA SIARP coordination team to move the programme forward. The reintroduction of this role will support the successful implementation of the acceleration workplans and ensure smooth coordination between the DHHASD and the UNFPA-PCU which is the main coordination point at the programmatic level.

Fast track and support the implementation of the Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme results within the AUC, where there is clearly a human resource capacity deficiency, particularly on Gender within the HHASD Department.
Strengthen the agenda and work of AUC HHASD Department on harmful practices, bringing about consistent action from the regional body to accelerate elimination of FGM across the continent. This contributes to addressing the ICPD unfinished business and on UNFPA’s transformative results areas, particularly on ending gender-based violence and all harmful practices, including child marriage and female genital mutilation.
Work towards strengthening the role and capacity of the AUC HHASD Department to advance continental action on eliminating GBV and harmful practices, leading to well-resourced mandate and agenda by the regional organization, which also reflects stronger results and resilience of UNFPA on the continent.
Be the programmatic coordination point for the UNFPA SIARP coordinator and support the organization of all joint meetings and events between the AUC and the UN.
The role will continue to service the areas below, coordinating closely with SIARP Team (HQ and ESARO) as well as the UNFPA-UNCIEF Joint Programme on FGM team based in Addis Ababa. 

These areas will include:

Outcome 1 -  Support to the Africa Union:

  • Support the implementation and popularization of the African Union’s Saleema Initiative on Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation 5-year strategy, and mobilize support, partners, implementation and accountability at regional and Member States level.
  • Support the Harmful Practices Accountability Framework process and facilitate engagement of all key AU human rights organs in the process, including the Africa Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR), the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, the Pan-African Parliament among others

Outcome 2 - Data and Research:

  • Support the use of data and evidence to strengthen policy and political action by the AU, with the installation of a databank on Female Genital Mutilation, engaging Member States to institutionalize an information, data and evidence sharing process as a critical first step.

Outcome 3:  CSOs Engagement:

  • Support the implementation of the regional CSOs movement of AU to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation in collaboration with the Gender and GBV Technical Specialist and FGM Team in Addis Ababa.
  • Perform any other related assignment as requested by respective supervisors.

Contract Duration and Location of Services to be Delivered:

  • 24 May 2021 –  23 April 2022 (11 months).
  • The consultant will be based at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa.

Monitoring/Progress Control and Supervisory Arrangements:

  • A monthly report of completed and planned activities will be submitted to the Head of Social Welfare, DSA, the UNFPA Spotlight Programme Coordinator and the Global FGM Joint Programme Coordinator. All three parties must clear the report before payment is made.
  • A quarterly planning meeting of all three supervisors and the consultant to agree on work priorities will be scheduled every 3 months.

Supervisory Arrangements:

  • The work of the consultant will be managed on a day-to-day basis by the Head of Social Welfare, DSA, AUC.
  • The UNFPA Spotlight Programme Coordinator and Global FGM Joint Programme Coordinator will meet with the consultant monthly to review work progress as well as requesting brief quarterly performance updates from the Head of Social Welfare, DSA.

Qualifications and Experience:


  • Post-graduate university degree in gender, public health, or other related social science field.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in programme focusing on social sciences, particularly gender issues. A focus on Female Genital Mutilation is an asset.
  • Strong experience in programme and/or technical assistance with the UN System and the AUC.
  • Experience of coordinating engagement with the UN across multiple agencies on behalf of the AU.
  • Field experience in programmes on Female Genital Mutilation and other related areas is an asset.
  • Experience in coordination and organizing advocacy initiatives at different levels.
  • Strong interpersonal, communications and negotiation skills.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English is a requirement.
  • Fluency in one (1) or more UN languages is an asset.


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