Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment Consultant

Deadline: 06.24.2011

In accordance with its multi-year programme of work (2010-2014), the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2012 will consider 'The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges' as its priority theme. In order to contribute to a full understanding of the issue and to assist the Commission in its deliberations, UN Women in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) will convene an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on 'Enabling rural women's economic empowerment: institutions, opportunities and participation' from 20 to 23 September 2011 in Accra, Ghana [TBC].

The objective of the consultancy is to assist UN Women in preparing for the EGM on 'Enabling rural women's economic empowerment: institutions, opportunities and participation'. The EGM will assess the situation in different sectors and across the world, identify good practices and formulate concrete recommendations for policymakers to support the economic empowerment of rural women. The findings and recommendations of the meeting will provide input to the Secretary-General's reports to the CSW on the priority theme and to the draft agreed conclusions of the CSW.

The Consultant will work between 1 July 2011 and 31 October 2011 under the overall supervision of the Economic Adviser of the Economic Empowerment Cluster and the National Planning Adviser of the Governance Cluster in consultation with gender advisors at FAO, IFAD and WFP.

The consultant will prepare a background paper (20-35 single-space pages) for the EGM, based on strong factual evidence. The paper is expected to develop the issues covered in the concept note and provide an overview of the up-to-date research produced by Governments, academics, NGOs and the private sector, policy papers of major international and regional institutions, and intergovernmental policy frameworks/mandates. The background paper will identify key global and regional trends in rural women's economic status, identify key challenges and strategies to overcome them, lessons learned and good practices.

Location of assignment: The consultant will undertake the assignment off-site.

Remuneration: The applicant is requested to submit a financial proposal as a lump sum by deliverables (see below) and travel expenses (including airfare, per diem, visa, etc.).

Travel: The consultant will travel to attend the EGM that will take place from 20-23 September 2011, and present the background paper. Travel expenses of the consultant should be included in the financial proposal for the consultancy (see above).

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