WEP is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-religious and voluntary organization whose vision is to ensure a society where the environmental, economic and political rights of women, children and youths are protected. Our mission is to empower women and youths to effectively address the environmental, economic and political issues that affect them. WEP has United Nations ECOSOC Special Status, Observer Status to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With the Observer Status, WEP can participate as a major group organization in contributing to the intergovernmental decision making process in the UN-System.
Small-Scale Cross-Border Trade (SSCBT) is often neglected in the discussions on African trade policies, although remains an imperative to local economic growth. The operation of small scale trade cross border trade within the Sub-African region has been timeless sustaining economic resilience of many households. In a context of feminisation of economic opportunities, SSCBT is often considered as offering employment and income opportunities to women traders. Therefore, SSCBT plays a vital role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 2 and 5) although still limited, increasing attention is being paid by policy makers to this sector. Despite the seeming importance of these activities to regional trade, national economic development, poverty alleviation, the organization of regional markets and regional integration it remains a significantly under-represented in the development discourse.
As this backdrop, WEP under the project Promoting Women’s Socio-economic Rights (POSER), funded by African Women Development Fund to mainstream gender issues in institutional policies of border agencies. Integrating a gender perspective into the work of state institutions responsible for border management can have a significant impact on the ability of border officers to recognize and respond to the different needs and vulnerabilities of women small scale traders. It can also help them to learn from the experiences and insights of members of border communities. This contributes to more effective trade facilitation process while complying with human rights standards. Advancing gender equality through the work of the border security sector is part of the responsibility of governments to protect and promote the rights of all, in accordance with commitments made at national and international levels.
In order to achieve the aforementioned, WEP seeks to engage a consultant to produce training manual to support capacity building of border agencies to develop plans and strategies to integrate gender in their procedures and practices. The manual is expected to provide guideline to raise the consciousness of border officials to domesticate regional policies into their strategies and operations. We believe if the border officials have the right mind-set and training, women small scale traders will have an enabling environment to conduct their business in an atmosphere devoid of violence and intimidation.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION:
- Masters’ Degree in any management and social science field.
- At least 5 years of working and research experience in trade including those of customs administration and other border agencies as well as the private sector.
- Excellent experience in economic empowerment issues, including working with financial institutions. Proven experience in gender analysis and women’s empowerment.
Interested applicants should send their applications indicating clearly in the subject line of the email the position being applied for (in Caps E.g. CONSULTANT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF TRAINING MANUAL) to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
All applications should be sent in on or before June 14th, 2020.
Applications should include the following:
- As part of the application package, submit a proposed training manual outline to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- At least two references.
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.