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National Research Consultant on Gender, SSR and WPS Agenda – Mogadishu, Somalia

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Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya

Xafiiska Ra’iisul Wasaaraha

The Federal Republic of Somalia

Office of the Prime Minister

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Post title

National Research Consultant on Gender, SSR and WPS Agenda

Contract

Individual Contract

Organization unit

Office of the Prime Minister – Peace building Unit and UNSON-UNDP  integrated  Security  Sector Reform  (I-SSR) Section

Duration

4 months

Location

Mogadishu, with travel to the Federal Member States

Deadline for Application

24/June/ 2021

Job description

Background: The Integrated Security Sector Reform (I-SSR) Section of UNSOM and UNDP provides strategic advice and technical support to the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States-led security sector reforms in-line with the Comprehensive Approach to Security (CAS), the National Security Architecture Agreement, the Transition Plan, and the National Development Plan 9/Mutual Accountability Framework. The integrated approach allows UNSOM to meet its mandated tasks, as reflected below, with UNDP and UNSOM working to deliver the Security Sector Governance component. The work of the I-SSR Section is based on the agreed CAS principles of ensuring that Somalia’s security institutions are affordable, acceptable and accountable.

On the auspices of Gender mainstreaming, advancing women’s role in security institutions and implementation of WPS agenda in the security sector reform programs I-SSR section in collaboration with Office Prime Minister of Federal government of Somalia will jointly implement the advancement of women’s participation in the Somali Security and WPS agenda project to identify barriers, tackle both social and culture norms experience and support women’s role in security sector. Somali Women often are excluded from decision-making and political processes, as well as from post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Although the 2017 Security Pact called for the adoption of a “strategy to mainstream gender and the WPS Agenda across the security sector”, and despite the 2019 Women’s Charter for Somalia calling for zero tolerance of gender-based violence, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women has yet to be adopted – and Sexual and Gender Based Violence. Underlining the absence of sex-disaggregated data and analysis about women’s participation and representation in the security sector hampers a more strategic engagement to increase women’s representation in the sector.

A thorough assessment of this situation will facilitate strategic and meaningful engagement of international partners in general, and UNSOM, with national counterparts. Key priorities are to identify national barriers and entry points to women’s meaningful participation in the security sector in Somalia.

Target the FGS and the FMS political leadership, and leading ministries and institutions of the security sector within Somalia’s federation, and create an important platform to promote the WPS agenda in the country’s security institutions by setting baselines, by reviewing the current challenges and policies, and by informing policy reform for equal participation of women in the security sector. Ensuring inclusion and active engagement of civil society, community elders, youth and women groups, both at the FGS and the FMS level and allow a better understanding of the obstacles women face in the country’s security sector; enhanced strategic coordination of the implementation of the WPS agenda in the country’s security sector; as well as an increased advocacy and networking on the overall inclusion of women in the security sector, in particular in decision-making and leadership that will in-turn improve the institutionalization of gender related issues in Somalia’s security institutions and to promote women’s meaningful participation in the Somali security sector by assessing current obstacles to their recruitment, retention and promotion, and by identifying measures to address them.

Scope of work:

The geographical scope be the Mogadishu. Banadir region and the five Federal Member States.

The duration of the assignment will be 4 months from 01 July 2021 till 30 October 2021

Specific tasks of the consultancy will include the following:

Undertaking research and drafting an assessment report entailing:

Mapping of women’s representation in the security institutions, including land and sea forces, in quantitative figures and disaggregated by unit structure, rank, hiring, position and role.

Identification and analysis of cultural, structural, political, legislative gaps and institutional barriers to women’s recruitment, retention and promotion in the Somalia’s security sector, including the types of SGBV to which female personnel may be subjected in the security sector, and the level of efficacy of the accountability mechanism.

Identification of norms, policies and commitments of the FGS and FMS to advance the recruitment, retention and promotion of women at all levels of the security sector, such as the quota system, and analysis of the level of implementation of these policies, including those that address SGBV, and the challenges for their fulfilment.

Provision of recommendations to increase women’s representation and participation in the security sector, including drafting of a proposal for a communications campaign to attract women’s talent for the security sector.

To develop the report, the consultant will engage with the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States counterparts such as Ministry of Internal Security, Ministry of Defence, Somali Police Force, Somali Defence Forces, National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), Immigration and Border Security and Custodial Corps, as well as female personnel in the security sector, women’s civil society organizations and other stakeholders,  with the OPM Peacebuilding Coordination Unit and I-SSR section having the oversight on the assessment.

The Consultant will also work closely UNSOM ROLSIG team, i.e. I-SSR, UN Police and Defence Sector Reform Sections, and the good offices and engagement of UNSOM leadership with the country high-level authorities on the need to elevate the discussions on the implementation of WPS agenda in the security sector and will engage with UNDP M&E and data experts, UNSOM and UNDP Gender Experts in formulating the mapping exercise and extraction of information, the analysis and the drafting.

Key Measurable Deliverables

Assessment report of women’s representation and participation in the security institutions

The national consultant will draft a report, which shall address the following: –

Mapping of women’s representation in the security institutions, including land and sea forces, quantitative figures and disaggregated data by unit structure, rank, hiring, position and role.

Identification and analysis of cultural, structural, political, legislative gaps and institutional barriers to women’s recruitment, retention and promotion in the unit sector, including the types of SGBV to which female personnel may be subjected in the security sector, and the level of effectiveness of the accountability mechanisms.

Identification of norms, policies and commitments of the FGS and FMS to advance the recruitment, retention and promotion of women at all levels of the security sector, and across all locations in Somalia, and analysis of the implementation of national policies, including those that address SGBV and CRSV, and the challenges for their satisfactory achievement.

Provision of recommendations to increase women’s representation in leadership positions and participation in overall security institutions, including producing a draft proposal for a national community outreach campaign to attract women to the security sector.

present the findings in some of the consultations processes.

Provide daily situation report, weekly situation report and Monthly activities report to both I-SSR and OPM Peacebuilding Coordination Unit offices.

Reporting

National Research Consultant on Gender, SSR and WPS Agenda reports to the Gender Focal Point of the I-SSR Section and OPM Peacebuilding Coordination Unit office assigned person for project oversight.

Recruitment Qualifications and Competencies

Education: Master’s degree in Law, Political Sciences, Governance, Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Public Administration, International Relations, International Law, Public Policy, or related fields. A degree from a military staff/war college is strongly preferred, or any other related field. A first-level university degree in combination with five additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience and skills:

At least Three years of responsible experience in the areas of gender and human rights and SSR.

Previous experience working with security agencies.

Experience in research, Mapping, reporting and drafting strategic analysis.

Good understanding of the political, social, cultural and gender dynamics of Somalia

Demonstrated knowledge of gender mainstreaming in security sector reform;

Demonstrated experience in supporting capacity building exercises with proven experience in providing technical support with a facilitation role;

Institutional knowledge of the UN and FGS would be an asset;

Excellent communication skills.

Good in report and research writing.

Experience in data collection and formulation mapping questioner.

Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

No criminal record.

No evidence of any criminal of terrorist associations.

Demonstration of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity.

Language and other skills

Good knowledge of English and Fluency in Somali is required.

Assessment Method:

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Submission of application

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application via email hrm@opm.gov.so and copy unsom-rolsig-i-ssr@un.org

Submission package

CV

A cover letter with a brief presentation of your consultancy explaining your suitability for the work and link to portfolio of work.

All relevant academic certificates

NISA Certificate, CID Certificate, Passport and or National Identification Card.

Applications submitted after the 24 June 2021will not be accepted.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply

Villa Somalia, Telephone  +252-615661212E-mail: ps@opm.gov.so or  primeminister@opm.gov.so Mogadishu,Somalia

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