UN Women: Consultant - Rapporteuring Services

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Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 14 October, 2012
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UN Women is the UN organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women works on several fronts towards ending violence against women and girls. This includes tackling its main root: gender inequality. Efforts are multiplied through advocacy campaigns and partnerships with governments, civil society and the UN system.

UN Women seeks the service of a Consultant to provide rapporteuring services for UN WOMEN for three workshops.


UN Women believes that the utilisation of arts to communicate gender equality through the frames of reducing sexual and gender based Violence in Southern Africa can lead to formidable impacts. Women in Cross Border Trade: Since 2006, UN Women has been implementing an Africa wide programme aimed at creating wealth and reducing poverty and exclusion among women informal cross border traders (WICBT) in Africa. Phase I of the programme (2006-2009) focused on empirical baseline studies in the four sub-regions. The baseline studies identified numerous challenges facing WICBT, ranging from invisibility due to unavailability of statistics and lack of recognition of their economic contribution to their economies, to weak trade-related institutions, services and resources in support of their activities, deficient implementation of regional trading agreements and protocols, violence, stigmatization and harassment, and lack of information on the opportunities provided by regional trading protocols and agreements. Gender Coordination the Secretary General’s UN reform agenda 1997 noted that human rights and gender should be at the centre of activities of the UN in pursuing world peace, security, economic prosperity and social equity. In order to ensure harmonised well-coordinated activities on gender and human rights by the UN system in Southern and Eastern Africa, it is imperative that there be a unit under the stewardship of the Regional Director’s Team (RDT) to provide guidance and act as the focal point for joint UN action on systematically integrating gender and human rights in the programmes of the Southern African region and also Eastern region. This is envisaged as the Gender and Human Rights cluster within the RDT. The proposed civil society GHRG is a replication of the UN Gender and Human Rights cluster albeit for SARO and the following are its objectives.


The UN WOMEN Regional Office for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands seeks the services of a Consultant to provide rapporteuring services during the following workshop events:

  • The Gender and Human Rights workshop to be held at Kopanong Conference Centre in Benoni from 22 to 24 October 2012;
  • Regional Consultation meeting on Women in Cross Boarder Trade scheduled for the 25 -26 October 2012;
  • First consultative engagement of the Regional Creative Artist Advisory Council which will occur from the 29th of October until the 31st of October 2012;

Specific tasks of the rapporteur:

  • Documentation of a four day gender and human rights workshop (22-24 October) ;
  • Documentation of a two day Consultative Workshop on Women in Cross Boarder Trade (25-26 October 2012);
  • Documentation of  a three-day consultative engagement for the Regional Creative Artist Advisory Group (29- 31 October 2012);


  • Inception meetings  with UN Women;
  • Three final  respective reports of all three workshops including all recommendations, activities in the agenda, breakaway groups, outputs and the achieving plan;


The Consultant will work under supervision of UN Women Regional Director for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands and interact with other partners as prescribed in the TOR. S/he will work on a one-to-one basis with the UN Women programme officers for ending violence against women, programme officer for economic security and rights, UN Women Coordination Specialist, and UN Women Communications Specialist.

The Consultant is expected to work proactively and creatively in a nuanced manner showing excellent organisational skills and team working spirit as well as commitment to the achievement of results. Accordingly s/he is expected to:

  • Work closely and collaboratively with key UN Women staff
  • Ensure that participatory style of engagement unfolds in the workshop and that inputs from all participants are captured in the final report
  • Smooth documentation of all three workshops
  • Engage in inception meetings with UN Women
  • Observe United Nations core values and work from a gender and human rights based approach.

Profile and competencies

  • Formal education equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in communication studies, English literature, and or social sciences. Applicant should prove wide experience as rapporteur in line with women’s human rights and gender issues;
  • Proven work experience in the field of gender equality;
  • Previous experience as a rapporteur in workshops;
  • Familiarity with the Southern African regional context on gender;
  • Proven communication and inter-personal skills;
  • Ability to communicate in French and Portuguese would also be an asset.

Duration of assignment

The consultancy shall be for the period of 21 October- 15 November 2012.
The assignment will be conducted in Johannesburg- South Africa.
Travel: The consultant is not expected to travel.

Contract and remuneration

A Special Service Agreement Contract will be issued in accordance with UN WOMEN rules and regulations. A lump sum payment will be made to the consultant upon receipt and acceptance of the final reports of all 3 workshops.

It should be understood that payments as ascribed above will only be made when deliverables have been reviewed and deemed acceptable to UN Women and research project partners.

As a first step, UN Women requests interested and qualified candidates to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) outlining relevant experience and expertise in the areas covered by the consultancy particularly in communications for development. EOIs should also include an indication of consultant (s) availability.  All submissions will be considered by UN Women to be included in a consultant roster for rapporteurs.


The material arising from the consultancy shall be the property of UN Women and cannot be used without the express consent of UN Women.

To apply, submit a CV, completed United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) and motivation letter to hr.southafrica@unwomen.org. Kindly quote the Reference – ‘- Rapporteur- Regional Creative Artist Advisory Group’ in the subject line of your application. We will not able to track your applications without the reference code provided.

This position only applies for national personnel or others legally authorised to work in South Africa.

Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

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