4 Sep 2020

Assistant Researcher at UNDP

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United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality are translated into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts while building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The Government of Tanzania (GoT) is in the process of preparing its third Medium Term Plan (2021/22 – 2026/27). Since 2016, Mainland Tanzania has been implementing the National Five-Year Development Plan 2016/17– 2020/21 (FYDP II) under the theme: “Nurturing Industrialization for Economic Transformation and Human Development”. The theme of FYDP II incorporated the focus of the two frameworks, namely growth and transformation (FYDP I) and poverty reduction (MKUKUTA II). Key interventions of FYDP II were strategically set to ensure the desired outcomes. These include: (i) promotion of growth and industrialization for economic transformation; (ii) enhancement of human development; (iii) improvement of the enabling environment for enterprise development; and (iv) improving implementation effectiveness. Gender equality is embedded in FYDP II and an important means and outcome of “unleashing Tanzanian women, men, girls’ and boys’ potentials to contribute to the envisaged social-economic transformation”.

The first two Medium Term National Frameworks are aligned with Tanzania’s Development Vision (TDV) 2025 which aspires to have Tanzania transformed into a middle income and semi industrialized nation by 2025, characterized by: (i) high quality and sustainable livelihoods; (ii) peace, stability and unity; (iii) good governance and the rule of law.  Vision 2025 articulates the desire to eliminate all forms of discrimination including gender-based discrimination as it states that:

Ideally, a nation’s development should be people- centered, based on sustainable and shared growth and be free from abject poverty. For Tanzania this development means that the creation of wealth and its distribution in society must be equitable and free from inequalities  , and all forms social and political relation which inhibit empowerment and effective democratic and popular participation of all social groups (men and women , boys and girls , the young and old and the able – bodied and disabled persons)  in society. In particular, by the year 2025 racial, and gender imbalances will have been addressed such that economic activities will not be identifiable by gender or race. All social relations and processes which manifest and breed inequality in all aspects of society- i.e. law, politics, employment, education and culture) will have been reformed.” (Vision 2025 doc.pg.3).

Given this background, UN Women as part of mandate to support Member States’ priorities and efforts on GEWE is partnering with UNDP and the Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoFP) to support the development of FYPD III. In this regard, UN Women wishes to hire two national consultants to support mainstreaming gender in the FYPD III process, make key recommendations, and provide technical advice to the government throughout the FYDP III development process.

Under the overall guidance of the Lead National Consultant, the Research Assistant will be responsible for the following key functions.

  • Contribute substantial inputs to the development of the inception plan/ report and methodology.
  • Conduct a literature review of national and sector policies/plans and legislations relevant to the assignment and summarize results as requested.
  • Collect and analyse data and provide insights into review of FYPD II, Situation Analysis on GEWE with recommendations, and relevant Policy Briefs on Data, Integrated National Financial Framework (INFF) and Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanisms.
  • Conduct interviews with a variety of actors, using participatory methodology developed by the lead consultant.
  • Attend meetings, workshops related to the assignment and act as the principle note-taker/rapporteur.
  • Assist in the logistical support and planning of meetings, workshops, dialogues and focus group discussions with key stakeholders.
  • Summarize and keep records of interviews, dialogues, focus group discussions and other relevant documents.
  • Assist in the authoring of the Gender Review Report, Situation Analysis with recommendations and relevant Policy Briefs on Data, National Integrated Financial and Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanisms.
  • Manage and respond to correspondence.
  • Perform any other related tasks assigned by the Team Lead.
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Closing Date : 12th September, 2020.

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