- Jobs by States: Abuja FCT
- Career Level: Entry-level
- Experience: 5 - 9 Years
- Gender: Both
- Industry: NGO / Non-Profit Associations
- Qualification: MBA/MSc/MA
|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.
Women in West and Central Africa represent the most deprived group of the population despite their paramount social and economic role. They have limited access to, and control over critical resources, as a result of social, cultural and economic norms. UN Women’s programmatic work to support women’s economic empowerment in the region is centred around three pillars: (i) Improving women’s access to climate-resilient agricultural value chains; (ii) Promoting and strengthening women entrepreneurship; and (ii) Enhancing women’s income security and social protection.
COVID19 hit West and Central Africa at the beginning of the second quarter of 2020. The shock triggered by COVID-19 came at a time when the region’s economy was already plagued by rising income inequality, financial fragility and mounting debt, and limited fiscal space by Governments. The socio-economic impact of the pandemic affected women disproportionately in the region as a result of their overrepresentation among very small businesses and informal and vulnerable workers. The lockdown measures have also increased the unpaid care burden of the region or rates of Gender-Based Violence against women’s and girls.
To respond to the crisis, Government across the region are spending significant resources to provide immediate support measures and to boost economic recovery through ‘fiscal stimulus packages. It is important to ensure that the adopted economic stimulus and recovery package are gender-responsive. UN Women has developed a range of policy tools to support Governments in identifying and addressing the gender impacts of the pandemic, including one on “How to Assess and Engender Fiscal Stimulus Packages to Respond to the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19”.
In Nigeria, the Government has pledged to prioritize women as beneficiaries of the stimulus packages that are being conceptualized/rolled out. UN Women has stepped up its engagement with the government and civil society to identify the gender impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and how to address them in national policies. In recent months, UN Women has conducted a rapid analysis of the Government’s fiscal stimulus package, has engaged with the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning, to organize a policy dialogue to identify opportunities for improving the gender impact of the stimulus program, and has facilitated dialogue with women businesses associations and key representatives from women’s organizations to identify priorities for women-led businesses in economic recovery strategies.
With the support from the Government of Korea, UN Women is now launching the program “Engendering Fiscal Stimulus Packages and Recovery Efforts Adopted in Response to the COVID-19 Health and Economic crises” to support Governments in West and Central Africa in engendering fiscal stimulus packages through direct advice and technical assistance, as well as advocacy and policy dialogue. Nigeria is one of the countries participating in the program. UN Women is seeking to engage the services of a national economist to implement the global project in Nigeria.
Duties and Responsibilities
|Reporting to the Country Representative, the consultant works in close collaboration with the regional feminist economist in UN Women’s Regional Office, UN Women’s program and operations teams in the Nigeria Country office, and implementing partners. In particular, the consultant is expected to perform the following functions:
Technical assistance and advice on engendering fiscal stimulus packages
Required Skills and Experience
|Education and certification