PROJECT CONSULTANT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF MANUALS TO STRENGTHEN WOMEN’S AGENCY AND VOICE THROUGH BUILDING LIFE SKILLS (RESILIENCE, CONFIDENCE, NEGOTIATION, CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS, & EFFECTIVE DIALOGUE) RECRUITMENT
PROJECT CONSULTANT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF MANUALS TO STRENGTHEN WOMEN’S AGENCY AND VOICE THROUGH BUILDING LIFE SKILLS (RESILIENCE, CONFIDENCE, NEGOTIATION, CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS, & EFFECTIVE DIALOGUE)
Women’s Rights and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) is a women focused non-governmental organization whose mission is actualizing the legal rights of women in private and public spaces through locally driven solutions. WRAPA envisions a Nigeria where there is improved access to social justice for women. WRAPA core programs revolve around the enhancement of access to justice for Nigerian women especially the weak and vulnerable whose knowledge of their rights and capacity to seek redress is limited. This is achieved through the delivery of legal aid and counseling services to meet the protection needs of women within Nigeria’s three (3) legal systems. Its core programmes also include mobilization, research, sensitization, against gender based violence, capacity building on legal reforms as well as public education on domestic and international law, Islamic Law. Other direct interventions support affirmative action campaigns for increased participation and inclusion of women in governance.
We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position below:
Job Position: full time Individual Contract
Job Type: project Consultancy
Duration: 7 working days
Application deadline: 17th August, 2020
Supervisor: Senior Program Coordinator
Gaps in legal and social frame works compounded by weak enforcement are the key drivers in the growing impunity for VAWG and Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria. Redress for survivors and accountability by perpetrators are in abysmal figures for violations in private and public spaces. Efforts by organizations, working on Violence against Women and enactment of legislations at federal and state levels especially the Violence against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act 2015, the adoption of National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 are yet to show significant changes. However, the establishment of Sexual Assault Referral Centers (SARC), and Sexual Domestic Violence Response Teams, across the country is gradually availing VAWG survivor’s defined, specialized and formal support. Despite all these efforts the legal provisions, socio-cultural practices and hurdles in the administration of justice provide women with little protection against violence.
The institutions of faith and culture are grounded in theological legitimacy. This qualifies them to frame discourse on issues aimed at extracting commitments for peace, justice and social equity. In addition, these institutions are considered an embodiment of moral values, which confers on them some influence in personal and family spheres, as well as social attitudes and behavior. Religious and Traditional Leaders, institutions and organizations are important influencers in Nigeria. These organizations are considered to have more legitimacy, respect and influence than secular NGOs. They are more established and have closer links with communities. They are held in reverence with less suspicion and even exercise limited enforcement capacity. These organizations also serve as arbitration platforms in dispute resolution relating to family life. Limitations however abound in legal frameworks, offering little or no respite to VAWG survivors thereby limiting women’s capacity to seek justice for abuses especially for violations within family settings.
Against this background, WRAPA is looking to employ the services of a consultant responsible for the development of training manuals on life skills (Resilience, Confidence, Negotiation,Conflict resolution skills, Effective negotiation and dialogue). The development of this training manual is aimed at building the bridge from information to behavior change that strengthens the voice and agency of women and girls to challenge multiple forms of deprivations and abuses experienced in their lives. WRAPA believes in a silver bullet of empowering women and girls through developing the “power from within”, thereby contributing to challenging gender norms and demanding accountability from leaders of culture and faith within communities and the wider society.
The project’s objective is Increasing accountability working with faith and culture leaders to strengthen protection mechanism and reduce VAWG prevalence.
To engage a Consultant that will work in close collaboration with the project team to develop easy and simple training manual on life skills aimed at strengthening/enhancing voice and collective agency of women and girls to demand accountability for VAWG within communities and beyond.
Also, to develop training manuals to strengthen women agency and voice on:
a.Women’s rights, legislation & best practices for effective policy and practice advocacy (Prevention, Protection & Response)
b. Social accountability through effective coordination & appreciative inquiry
c. Life skills (Confidence, negotiation & conflict resolution skills, dialogue , resilience)
Scope of Work
Develop a step-by-step manual that informs and educates women and girls on their intrinsic ability to create a shift in social norms through expressions of skills, thematic and implementation focus.
a) Effective dialogue and negotiation beyond family and kin, but with leaders of culture & faith;
b) Confidence to claim their fundamental and basic human rights;
c)Capacity to intervene skillfully in domestic violence, and other familial & community context GBV, and;
d)Pro activity in anticipating crisis, and personally or collectively strategizing to live through and beyond travails.
ii) This is a training manual, and should contain modules that includes; content with interactive sessions/exchange with participants; reflection on relevance and experiences; skills into practice for contextual internalization; and tools for evaluation.
Functional Competencies of Consultant
- Demonstrated understanding of issues related to gender, resilience, diplomacy, conflict resolution and women rights.
- Demonstrated experience working with projects/programmes on gender, women’s rights and empowerment, arbitration, advocacy and capacity building.
- Strong analytical and communication skills, including demonstrated ability to synthesize complex information and produce high quality practical advisory reports and knowledge products.
- Ability to work independently and produce high quality outputs in a timely manner, while understanding and anticipating evolving needs.
The project consultant will work directly with the project team and undertake the following task:
• Carry out literature review on best practices and similar successful programmes
• Develop context sensitive and flexible approaches most suited in the target communities
• Harmonize approaches, related and relevant content in a manual form
• Delivery of a first draft product for review
• Revision of manual with project’s team comments/feedback.
• Submission of final product.
- Demonstrated understanding of the WRAPA fundamental values and principles.
- Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.
- Promotes enabling environment for open communication and learning.
Educational and Personal/Organizational Qualification
The successful candidate should ideally possess:
- Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible relevant experience, preferably in the promotion of women’s access to justice, international, national laws and policies on gender equality and women’s rights.
- At least 5 years of experience in the development and provision of support programmes for survivors of Gender Based Violence, including legal services and advice.
- At least 5 years of experience in programme design, implementation, reporting, and monitoring, preferably in the field of access to gender justice.
- Good experience in conducting workshop and management, including participatory training approaches;
- Good knowledge of latest development in international best practices related to the topic.
- In-depth knowledge of development and women’s rights issues.
- Substantive experience in developing high-level research and working with project teams.
- High-level communication and facilitation skills, especially for engaging with stakeholders for research.
Method of application
Please send the following document as a single file to [email protected]
i. Curriculum Vitae & Cover letter detailing your experience addressing the key responsibilities & person requirement.
ii. Application sent after the deadline will not be accepted.
NB: Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates would be contacted.