Deadline: 01 June, 2020

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

UN Women is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Private Sector Liaison Consultant in Nigeria.

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was established by General Assembly resolution 64/289 of 02 July 2010 on system-wide coherence, with the mandate to assist countries and the UN system itself to progress more effectively and efficiently towards the goal of achieving gender equality, women’s empowerment and upholding women’s rights.

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the UN, 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.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) constitute a broad and ambitious agenda for the world to achieve by 2030. Although governments are the primary drivers for achieving the goals, it is acknowledged that public sector resources, particularly in developing countries, will be insufficient to meet the targets and it would be vital to forge collaborations with the private sector. The 17 SDG Goals include a stand-alone goal on gender equality, SDG Five. Globally, a growing number of companies are investing in SDG Five by supporting women’s economic empowerment. To date, multinational companies have collectively invested more than $300 million and launched programmes on employment and empowerment.

UN Women envisages the private sector in Nigeria as integral to realising the SDGs, and equally, its five-year Strategic Note (2018–2022).  UN Women’s global work with the private sector and foundations provides a blueprint on how to collaborate with the private sector in Nigeria.

Responsibilities

  • Liaison and partnership management with the private sector
  • Undertake regular mapping exercise of the private sector in Nigeria to identify opportunities for engagement and partnership with UN Women
  • Provide ongoing advice to UN Women on how to better engage private sector companies as development partners
  • Facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and relevant research on women’s empowerment and gender equality to private sector companies to facilitate partnership-building
  • Undertake ongoing assessments of opportunities on CSR programmes of private sector companies to identify opportunities for building synergies with UN Women’s programming priorities
  • Elaborate concept notes and proposals to facilitate resource mobilisation through programming partnerships with the private sector
  • Oversee the delivery of gender technical support services to private sector companies
  • Elaborate and oversee implementation of a strategy to facilitate wide scale adoption of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) by private sector companies in Nigeria
  • Oversee, on request, the provision of targeted, costed technical support services to companies to improve the gender-responsiveness of their internal policies, using the WEPs Gender Analysis Tool
  • Facilitate strategic convenings with private sector companies to share innovative ideas and strategies for enhancing gender-responsiveness of their internal policies and CSR programming activities, and to adopt affirmative procurement practices

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Social Science, Economics, Gender Studies, International Development, Law, Human Rights, Political Science, International Relations, or other related field
  • Seven years, minimum, of relevant professional experience in working with the private sector in Nigeria
  • Experience working in women’s empowerment and gender equality
  • Good knowledge of the SDGs and women’s empowerment principles
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently; ability to organise work efficiently and deal with multiple tasks
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills
  • The consultant will be required to work full time, reporting to the UN Women office

To apply and for more information, click here.

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