Thursday, July 2, 2020

International Consultant at UN Women

More Headline Stories

IG orders Ondo Police Commissioner to restore officers attached to Akeredolu’s deputy, Ajayi

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the Commissioner of Police in Ondo, Bolaji Salami, to restore the security details of the Deputy...

11 Nigerians arraigned over $6m fraud in US

11 Nigerians have been arraigned in a US court for their alleged role in a large-scale conspiracy to commit $6m bank fraud in southern...

Over 1m Nigerians applied for N-Power in less than 48 hours – FG

The federal government has revealed that over one million people applied for the N-Power program, after the application portal was opened for 48 hours. The...

Court orders police to pay N15m to families of 3 Shiite members who were killed in Abuja

The Nigerian police was on Monday June 29, ordered to pay a N15 million fine over the alleged killing of 3 Shiite members in...

Iran to use Interpol to arrest Trump over the murder of a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani

Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over the murder of a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani; asks Interpol to help Iran has issued an arrest...




UN Women – In July 2010, the United nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: International Consultant – Capacity strengthening of women Agribusiness Associations/Cooperatives engaged in the Shea-butter value-chain in Niger State, Nigeria

Location: 12 days: Homebased, 28 Days-Niger
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: International Consultant
Duration of Initial Contract: 40 working days

Background

  • UN Women is grounded in the vision of equality as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, it 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.

Background of the Consultancy
UN Women Nigeria is implementing a two-year pilot project on Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment through Climate-Resilient Agribusiness in Nigeria. The project aims to close the gender gap in ownership and control of productive agricultural resources including land, and to enhance productivity, access to services and markets for smallholder rural women farmers and entrepreneurs engaged in the rice and shea value chains in Niger and Ebonyi state respectively. The pilot project seeks to deliver the following results:

Increased agricultural productivity through climate smart agricultural practices by women farmers increased
Expanded access to diverse high value markets by women through value chain development
Strengthened capacities and trade opportunities by women through ICT platforms
Improved institutional coordination and knowledge management through research for development

Although agriculture remains one of the most important areas of women’s work in Nigeria, women farmers face key structural barriers that limit their access to land, information, finance, infrastructure, technologies, extension services and markets. Women still have less access than men to resources and climate change adaptation mechanisms. Closing the gender gap in access to resources and climate smart agricultural and agri-business technologies through informed investments that remove these barriers, represents a great opportunity for rural women’s economic empowerment, overall economic development, and societal resilience to climate change in Nigeria.

In the  shea butter agri-businesses value chain, women are unable to  derive the full value of their efforts because they often lack the skills, technology, and financial resources to take advantage of the most financially rewarding stages of the chain, namely value-additive processing and marketing. Through the pilot project, UN Women will strengthen the capacities of the targeted women agri-business associations and/cooperatives in Niger State to move up the shea butter value chain. The assistance will involve enhancing their capacities in value-additive processing of shea products to meet international quality standards and improving their access to diverse and competitive national and international markets.

Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of the Consultancy:

  • As part of the pilot project, UN Women Nigeria is seeking the services of an international consultant to strengthen the capacity of selected women agribusiness associations and cooperatives in Niger State on improved shea butter processing to meet international quality standards, and enhance their market competitiveness and access.
  • The specific objectives of the assignment include: (i) to train the targeted associations and/ cooperatives on improved value-added processing of shea butter in to various high quality products, (ii) to facilitate quality certification of their products, (iii) to strengthen their marketing  skills and practices, and (iv) to facilitate their access to competitive markets including the Fair Trade markets in Europe and America.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The consultant will undertake activities as detailed below to strengthen the targeted women agribusiness associations and cooperatives in terms of good governance and management practices, and good practices in value-added processing and marketing of shea butter products for the domestic and international markets.

Strengthening of organizational capacity:

  • Assess the management capacity the selected five women agribusiness associations and cooperatives engaged in shea butter value chain in Niger State.
  • Design a training program to strengthen the governance and management capacity of the targeted organizations
  • Develop a training module covering, but not limited to the following topics:
    • Strategic planning and participatory consultation and self-assessment tools
    • Principles of good governance
    • Leadership and organizational management
    • Financial literacy and management
    • Development of business plan
  • Conduct on-site training to members of the targeted organizations based on the modules developed and validated by stakeholder

Strengthening of value-added processing capacity:

  • Conduct an audit of the range of shea butter derivatives currently produced by the members of the selected five women agribusiness associations and cooperatives, and their production practices
  • Design a training program to strengthen the capacity of members of the targeted associations and cooperatives on improved value-added processing of shea butter products based on good practices recognized internationally
  • Advise the project stakeholders on the acquisition of the appropriate, low-cost technology needed to implement the good practices in value-added processing of shea butter
  • Develop a training module on good practices in shea butter production to guide the training of 500 participants with low formal educational background (limited capacity to read and write)
  • Conduct on-site training on internationally accepted good practices in the processing of varieties of shea butter products, product traceability, coding, stabilization, and conservation

Strengthening of marketing capacity:

  • Develop training materials and conduct on-site training on international good practices in packaging branding and labelling standards
  • Provide advice and assistance in the target women agribusiness associations with information on the acquisition packaging materials
  • Provide support to the targeted women cooperatives and associations to increase their access to local, national, and international supply chains, branding, new business opportunities and partnerships including Fair Trade market opportunities

Deliverables:

  • Inception report generated with the following content – the status of the organizational capacity of the targeted women agribusiness associations and cooperatives, the shea butter processing practices among members of the associations (including the type of technology, and the diversity of the products); the marketing practices and a recommendation on appropriate technology and equipment for establishing a common processing facility
  • A training program developed to strengthen the institutional, value-added processing and marketing capacity of the targeted women agribusiness associations and cooperatives
  • Training modules (adapted to the needs of the target associations and cooperatives) developed on organizational governance and management, good practices in value-added processing and marketing including product traceability, branding, and labeling as well as access to Fair Trade market opportunities and validation with project stakeholders
  • On-site training on organizational governance and management including financial management, good practices in value-added processing and marketing of shea butter products delivered to the targeted women agribusiness associations and cooperatives.
  • A final consultancy report on the training activities and recommendations generated and submitted to UN Women.

Expected Timeline:

  • The consultancy will be conducted for a total period of 40 days. The consultation period is expected to include home-based work (12 days) and on-site activities (28 days).

Competencies
Core Values:

  • Integrity: Demonstrates consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Respect for Diversity: Demonstrates an appreciation of the multi-cultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

  • Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity
  • Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  • Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative
  • Teamwork: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multiethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communication and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others
  • Conflict Management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent understanding of gender equality issues and, more broadly, women’s economic empowerment.
  • Minimum HND or university degree in manufacturing, entrepreneurship, agricultural economics, gender or another relevant field.
  • Extensive experience in conducting trainings or workshops for women organizations in value additive processing of food and other agricultural commodities.
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including experience of facilitation of trainings or workshops and presentation.
  • Ability to establish and sustain effective relationships with clients, demonstrating understanding of client’s perspective; anticipate client needs and addresses them promptly.
  • Leads and works with teams effectively, demonstrating emotional intelligence and good judgment.
  • Excellent skill in written and spoken English.

Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:

  • HND, or B.Sc., or Master’s Degree or equivalent in the field of Manufacturing, Business Development, Entrepreneurship, Agricultural Economics, Gender or related fields

Experience:

  • Excellent knowledge of gender, and experience in capacity building of women agribusiness associations and cooperatives
  • At least 8 years of proven experience in conducting training in value-added processing, and organizational governance and management
  • Knowledge of the shea-butter value chain in West Africa
  • Experience in developing training materials
  • Strong communication skills. Business intelligence and documentation expertise and experiences
  • Experience of working with communities, government institutions NGOS and international organizations
  • Good facilitation skills
  • Experienced in delivering training courses to women with limited formal education

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required
  • Ability to speak Hausa language is an asset.

Application Closing Date
29th May, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
  • UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.





CLICK TO RECEIVE LATEST JOB NEWS ON YOUR PHONE


CLICK TO RECEIVE LATEST JOB NEWS ON YOUR TELEGRAPH

Contact: info@fellowpress.com

  

  



- Advertisement -

More articles

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

- Advertisement -

Latest Post

Switzerland to impose 10-day quarantine on arrivals

By Habiba BrogerThe Swiss government will impose a 10-day quarantine on arrivals from ‘high-risk’ countries from July 6, according to a statement by the...

Nigeria ṣe igbasilẹ ọran ojoojumọ ti o ga julọ ti 790

Nipasẹ Abujah RachealNigeria ni ọjọ Ọjọrú gba silẹ nọmba rẹ tuntun ojoojumọ ti o ga julọ ti awọn ọran 790 COVID-19, ti o mu...

Seyitan ti o fi ẹsun kan D’banj fun ifipabanilopo ni a ko fi si i – ọlọpa

Awọn ọlọpa orilẹ-ede Naijiria ti sẹ titii Seyitan Babatayo, iyaafin ti o fi ẹsun kan akọrin, D'banj, ti ifipabanilopo. Orisun ọlọpa kan ti o sọrọ...

Seyitan who accused D’banj of rape was not detained — Police

The Nigerian police has denied detaining Seyitan Babatayo, the lady who accused singer, D'banj, of rape. A police source who spoke to Vanguard, said D’banj...

COVID-19: Nigeria records highest daily case of 790

By Abujah RachealNigeria on Wednesday recorded its new highest daily figure of 790 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections to 26, 484. The Nigeria Centre...

Covid-19: Oyo Govt releases guidelines for schools resumption

The Oyo state government has announced some important guidelines which schools are expected to follow to ensure a smooth resumption in the state. The State...

COVID-19: Government guildlines qualifies fully as persecution of Christians, says Oyakhilome

Reverend Chris Oyakhilome, senior pastor of Christ Embassy, has once again kicked against the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the government for religious gatherings. Speaking...

PDP aspirant withdraws from Ondo governorship race

By Aderemi Bamgbose Mr John Ola-Mafo, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant has withdrawn from the Ondo State Governorship election scheduled for Oct. 10. Ola-Mafo announced...

Interstate travel: FRSC urges motorists, passengers to exercise patience

By Stanley Nwanosike The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has urged motorists and passengers to exercise patience due to anticipated increase in vehicles on the...

Bayelsa records 2 COVID-19 related deaths, 7 infections

By Christian Ogbonna Bayelsa has recorded two additional COVID-19 related deaths and seven new infections as announced by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Dr...

WHO warns against use of masks during exercise

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned people against wearing masks while exercising, saying masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. WHO gave the...

Kwara sets up post-COVID-19 Recovery Committee

Kwara State Government has inaugurated a seven-member Committee on Action Recovery Economic Stimulus Programme (CARES), to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on businesses. Gov....

Gov Lalong calls for digitisation of courts

By Martha Agas Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau has called for investment in the digitisation of courts to enhance its efficiency in the country. The governor...

Interstate travel: Not our intention, place to increase fares -NURTW

By Lucy OgalueThe National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), on Wednesday, says it is not the intention of the union or in its...

Niger Govt. signs N1.8bn MoU to build 1,200 houses

Niger Government, on Wednesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Family Home Funds, a financing firm, to develop 1,200 housing units at a...

Aisha Buhari pledges support to families of fallen heroes

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has pledged her continued support to widows of late Nigerian soldiers to enable them to become economically self-reliant. She made...

Girl, 17, wins COVID-19 essay competition in Lagos

A 17-year-old girl, Barakat Adeoti, has emerged the winner of a COVID-19 essay competition for secondary schools in Badagry, Lagos State. The News Agency of...

Truck loses control, kills 4 in Ibadan

A truck loaded with beverage crushed to death four persons and severely injured four others, when it lost control from brake failure, the Federal...

AKK gas pipeline project excites Ajaokuta residents

By Edith Ike-Eboh Residents of Ajaokuta in Kogi state have  expressed joy  on  the construction of the Ajaokuta Kaduna Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project by...

AKK gas pipeline commercially viable, can repay in 10 years – Contractor

By Edith Ike-Eboh Mr Emeka Okwuosa, Chairman Oilserv Ltd., says the Ajaokuta-Kaduna- Kano (AKK), gas pipeline project is commercially viable and can service its loan...

CLICK TO RECEIVE LATEST JOB NEWS ON YOUR PHONE


CLICK TO RECEIVE LATEST JOB NEWS ON YOUR TELEGRAPH

Contact: info@fellowpress.com