|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.
Nigeria’s central role in ECOWAS, its large population and strong economy is a strategic player in West Africa and in sub-Saharan Africa more generally. However, Nigeria faces several security challenges including low-intensity conflicts over resource wealth, crimes and kidnappings and in recent years, the onset of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East which poses the biggest humanitarian challenge in Nigeria. It has caused displacement, disruption of livelihoods, food insecurity, increasing rates of severe acute malnutrition, and severely weakened basic social services and protection mechanisms. The situation has been further aggravated by the involuntary return of IDPs from neighboring countries registered by the Nigerian Immigration Service in 2017. Amongst them, the most vulnerable are women, adolescents, older persons, child headed households who are exposed to high protection risks including gender based violence.
UN Women, with the support of the Government of Japan, is implementing a project on Protection, Empowerment and Resilience Building in Borno and Yobe States. The project will empower communities and build resilience through promoting social and behavior change including women’s empowerment to mitigate and address the root causes of GBV as well as promote access to information and services. It will support need-based and market driven income generating activities (IGAs) for vulnerable women with the necessary technical and financial support to empower women economically and reduce the risk of GBV. The project will also support male involvement and participation to promote positive behavior change to reduce GBV and put a strong focus on building the capacity of humanitarian actors to enhance gender mainstreaming in programming processes.
Under the strategic guidance of the UN Women Country Representative, with day-to-day reporting to the Deputy Representative, the Policy Specialist will facilitate the launch and kick-start the implementation of the Project, including establishing the requisite project oversight management structures in Borno and Yobe States and develop Terms of Reference for their effective operation. He/ She will manage the preparatory phase of studies to be undertaken (the assessment of the formal and informal judiciary system, a research on preferred and economically empowering livelihoods activities by women, and Mapping the level of representation of women in leadership committees). He/ She will develop TORs for the recruitment of consultants for these studies and support consultants with the requisite documents to facilitate desk reviews. The Policy Specialist will support the project team to roll out the project implementation plan, monitor activities and deliver timely reports. Additionally, He/ She will facilitate the process of developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be signed between UN Women and The Economic Community of West African States (The ECOWAS Commission). He/ She will develop an Action Plan for the operationalization of the MOU and a Proposal for resource mobilization for the ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association (ECOFEPA).