National Consultant to provide technical support to the drafting of a Gender Policy

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, Monrovia, Liberia

Skill Required:, HR and AdminIT and ICTPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th October, 2020

Job Description


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.


Objectives of the assignment

  • The main objective of this consultancy is to draft and finalize an Internal Gender Policy for the MOA and develop a five-year costed action plan with clear goals and targets, in a participatory manner. In addition, the assignment will envisage to institute mechanisms that promote gender sensitive planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring. At the same time, it will also foresee that adequate resources are allocated, training needs identified, and capacity building opportunities are available to benefit women, men, girls and boys equitably. The Gender Policy for the MOA will articulate the gender responsiveness of Central office, regional offices and county offices in developing and coordinating a gender-responsive strategy to meet the challenges in the ministry and equip employees with the relevant skills and knowledge to become real agents of change in coping with the situations from a gender perspective. It will be a realistic document that reflects the real life needs in the Ministry. Scope of work and tasks Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Country Representative of UN Women Liberia and direct supervision from the Program Specialist on Governance and Gender Responsive Budgeting, and in close collaboration with the Deputy Minister for Planning and Development, the Consultant will perform the following tasks:

 Desk Review and development of the consultancy plan  1) Conduct a desk review of existing relevant documents;

  • Conduct preliminary consultations with the MOA Senior Management and the Gender Unit of the MOA, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP), Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, GRB Technical Working Group and UN Women for development of the  consultancy plan/inception report.  Task 2. Conduct an institutional gender assessment or gender audit to inform the development of the Gender Policy at the MOA

Data collection:

  • conduct desk review and interviews to prepare institutional assessment and capacity building needs to facilitate   preparation of the Gender Policy;

 Lead and manage data processing and analysis;

  •  Develop a well-structured gender assessment/gender audit report that comprehensively outline the  findings, methodology, challenges, recommendations, list of persons interviewed
  •  Conduct a workshop to enhance their capacity in gender mainstreaming.   Task 3.  Develop a Gender Policy and Costed Action plan with the MOA
  •  Based on   the gender assessment/gender audit results, finalize the Gender Policy and develop a detailed Costed Action Plan (2021-2025) with clear goals and targets. The plan should further state roles and responsibilities for concerned stakeholders and outline an implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting framework and include an indicative budget;
  •  Develop a concept note to organize the workshop for the validation of the Gender Policy and facilitate the validation workshop;
  •  Incorporate recommendations from the validation workshop into the Gender Policy and the Costed Action Plan.
  •  Submit the Gender Policy for approval by MOA Senior Management.



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