Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. UN Women’s goal in Liberia is to promote women’s human rights and gender equality which are key in sustaining and furthering achievements in stability and development. In this regard, its programming in the Country is connected to five corporate priority areas: women’s leadership and political participation; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes ; advancing women’s rights to live free from violence and Gender Responsive Governance. The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) established by 1972 Act, repealing the 1964 Law which created the Department of Agriculture - with the mandate to develop the agriculture sector, calls for putting in place an effective organizational structure and staffed by personnel capable of planning, coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating agricultural development programs. It also ensures that its staff and the farmers are trained to cope with the challenges of developing the agriculture sector. In addition, MOA ensures that agricultural challenges that impede production are investigated and lasting solutions found, and the farmers are provided with the supportive services and the enabling environment to produce. The core general areas of responsibility of MOA consists of agriculture, both smallholder and commercial; plantation crops; fisheries and livestock.
The Ministry’s major activities are coordinated through the following four (4) departments: Administration; Planning and Development; Regional Development and Extension; and Technical Services, each having units and divisions.
Women comprise over half of the agriculture labor force and about two-thirds of the trade and commerce labor force in Liberia. Their role in agriculture is important, particularly in food crops, where they are reported to produce over half of the output, but their production of cash crops is limited. Access to resources and markets is also significantly constrained across the population, especially for women. Challenges faced by women in the agriculture sector are lack of access to land, financing, markets, agricultural training and education, suitable working conditions, and equal treatment. Policies and programs designed to revitalize the rural economy, including its agricultural production, processing and marketing, should consider the role of women and that of women’s groups. Against this backdrop, UN Women Liberia through the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection that is responsible to ensure a well-coordinated system-wide approach in mainstreaming gender in our development process and across all line ministries and agencies seeks to hire a National Consultant to develop an internal Gender Policy and a Costed Action Plan for the MOA.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Objectives of the assignment
Desk Review and development of the consultancy plan 1) Conduct a desk review of existing relevant documents;
Lead and manage data processing and analysis;