JOB DESCRIPTION

  I.  Position Information  
  Consultancy to serve as a resource person to conduct an analysis of the 2019 General Elections from a gender perspective and produce a report for publication.

Position: 1

Number of days: 8 Days

Department: NWTF Programmes

Reports to CEO, NWTF

Location:    Abuja, Nigeria



II. Organizational Context

  The Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund is a non-profit organization focused on closing the gender gaps at all levels of governance.  Since 2011, The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) has been working to improve women’s leadership and political participation through four (4) thematic areas; Grant Making and Fundraising, Gender Advocacy, Leadership development, Research & Information. Our strength has been consistently women’s political participation and closing the gender gaps.

NWTF’s focal areas include: Leadership Development for skill building and capacity development for women; support to women candidates across political parties lines Research & Communications targeted at improving the data available for sustained advocacy and Gender Advocacy for political parity, fairness, and equity in government at all levels by addressing a range of issues which concern women with emphasis on moving election campaigns away from money and into issue-based campaigns that stress equitable access to political, socio-economic resources, as well as social justice and security for all.


Program Areas:

Creating Spaces focuses on training and encouragement of women into political parties of their choice and engagement with male political leaders. She Should Contest aims at encouraging women to run for office and igniting support for female aspirants and candidates by promoting their profile and efforts, Gender and Election Watch which is a gender and election tool to observe the participation of women in elections from a gender perspective.  #OurVoteCountsNG aimed at integrating the marginalised groups in the electoral process and the Gender and Accountability Project. So far, we have mobilized an online movement and pool of voters for women across Nigeria including a growing Young Women Leadership and Political Participation Project.


III. Project Purpose

  The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) is seeking to place a greater focus on the implementation of the Gender and Election Watch (GEW) election     reports to enhance the impact and value of election observation from a gender perspective in Nigeria. NWTF GEW Election Observer reports examined the participation of women in the just concluded 2019 General elections in Nigeria and where appropriate, made some key recommendations for improvement.

The Nigerian Women Trust Fund in partnership with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and with support from the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) seeks to carry out a gender analysis of the 2019 general elections which would be publicized. The publication of a gender analysis report on women’s participation in the elections is one of the activities envisaged to support ongoing work in the electoral process. The gender analysis report will examine the gender recommendations and issues identified in NWTF’s GEW election observation reports and other relevant documents across Nigeria; interrogate the recurring themes, gaps and best practice; and distil these findings into a publication with recommendations for action that could impact in particular on Election Management Bodies (EMBs); political parties; the legislature; and women leaders and aspirants.

The overarching objective of this publication is to provide the state of play concerning current gender and election administration and participation of citizens from a gender perspective; and to develop a basis to work closely with Independent National Electoral Commission, Political parties and other strategic stakeholders and development partners to make further progress on gender and election matters.


IV. Summary of Key Functions and Deliverables

The Consultant is expected to produce this work over a period of 10 days. Tasks include:

1.      Review, research and gather relevant information regarding gender and governance from NWTF GEW Election Observer reports across the states of project implementation and other relevant documents to analyse the identified gender and related recommendations and issues identified in the election observation reports;

2.      Amplifying the recurring themes, gaps and best practice; and distilling these into a research document that will be publicized, including recommendations for Election Management Bodies (EMBs); political parties; the legislature; women leaders and aspirants, and civil society.

3.      Produce and submit an outline for discussion with the Nigerian Women Trust Fund Project Team that covers the respective document within one week of the signing of contract.

4.      Produce and submit a working draft of the research document two weeks after the signing of contract for discussion with the NWTF.

5.      Have regular communication with the CEO to monitor progress over the life of the contract.




The main deliverable of the assignment will be a report with recommendations for publication on the analysis of the 2019 General Elections from a gender perspective and with possible chapter framework as outlined below:

·         Executive Summary

·         Introduction

·         Objective of the study

·         Methodology of the Study

·         Findings Chapters (including challenges)

·         Conclusions & Recommendations


V. Expected Results

1.      A gender analysis publication showcasing the global, continental and regional gender targets for political inclusion and what is the state of accession/implementation by Nigeria?

2.      A document making the case for inclusive elections: what would the fulfillment of the gender targets (in the area of political leadership) by all relevant stakeholders mean for development across Nigeria (impact/scenario analysis)?

3.      The current trends when it comes to participation of women in elections across Nigeria.

VI. Supervision

Strategic guidance will be provided by the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund Chief Executive Officer and the programme team.  
VII. Recruitment Qualifications  
Education: ·         Advance Degree or certification in Social sciences/Humanities, Gender, Political Science, International Relations, Law, Development studies, Media, communications or related field.  
Experience: ·         Minimum of 10 years knowledge and working experience of gender mainstreaming, political parties’ administration, research and policy development at national and wider levels, promoting gender equality in electoral and governance processes

·         Previous relevant professional work experience in international Organisations and / or non-governmental agencies involved in political/campaign

·         In-depth knowledge of development issues and management in developing country contexts.

·         Substantive experience in developing high-level research and working with international teams.

·         High-level communication and facilitation skills, especially for engaging with stakeholders for research.

·         Experience in conducting strategic planning processes, managing organizational change processes.

·         Strong facilitation skills – ability to guide discussions with audiences of varying backgrounds, negotiate, training experience etc.

Functional Competencies of Consultant

·         Demonstrated understanding of issues related to gender and politics including in the context of advancing inclusive democracy.

·         Knowledge of international normative frameworks on gender, politics and inclusive democracy.

·         Recent research and development experiences with government, regional bodies and/or international Organisations will be considered an asset.

·         Demonstrated experience working with projects/programmes on gender, politics, democracy, 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.


Language Requirements: ·         Fluency in English  

VIII.   Payment modality

a.      First payment (30 %) upon submission of outline for the development of the gender analysis document and first draft of the document

b.      Second payment (40 %) upon review of possible comments on the first draft and forward of a second draft

c.       Final payment (30 %) upon submission of the edited and final copy of the gender analysis document