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About the Spotlight Initiative
The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership between the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. The Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Program aims to address regional bottlenecks and support regional commitments towards Ending Violence against Women and Girls (EVAWG) including strengthening existing strategies and initiatives. The project contributes towards the achievements of gender equality and women’s empowerment as a precondition and driver for the achievement of the African Union Agenda 2063 Goal 17, and Sustainable Development Goal 5, and prioritizes strengthening existing strategies and initiatives, such as the AU Gender Strategy, the Gender Observatory, and the AU Campaign to end Child Marriage and AU Initiative on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The Spotlight Initiative adopts a strategy of harnessing the respective strengths of multi-sectoral, multilevel partnerships which will support the acceleration of transformative change. This will be achieved through working with individual member states, the African Union (AU), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the Pan-African Women Organization.
Rationale for the Development of the Regional Action Plan for Africa on EVAWG.
The development and rollout of a Regional Action Plan on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) including Sexual and Gender Based Violence/ Harmful Practices (SGBV/HP) and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights (SRH&RR) has as its purpose redressing the factors that have impeded progression towards the elimination of violence against women and girls on the African continent. The need for the Regional Action Plan is therefore pre
empted by the lack of a number of member states to prioritize the development and implementation of national Action Plans as well as poor commitment by regional and national partners to increase investment on EVAWG by integrating SGBV/HP and SRH&RR into the planning and budget frameworks; and the need to fast track, monitor, and report on member states’ compliance, commitment and achievement on EVAW. With only 26 countries out of 55 AU member states with NAPs on EVAWG, there is a need to have a regional framework to boost member states’ efforts to EVAWG. The proposed Regional Action Plan will serve as a regional framework that will guide regional partners and member states to translate global and regional commitments into strategies and actions to be undertaken at regional and national levels on ending violence against women and girls through the development of a Regional Action Plan with a Monitoring and Evaluation framework on EVAWG including SGBV/HP and SRH&RR.
The Process for the Development of the Regional Action Plan for Africa on EVAWG
The development of the Regional Action Plan is led by UNDP in collaboration with Equality Now. UNDP has recruited a team of consultants who are currently developing the Regional Action Plan for Africa on EVAWG. This process will involve a number of actions/ sub-activities:
The consultant(s) shall have the overall responsibility of supporting Equality Now in offering technical expertise in the development of the Regional Action Plan and related activity actions including the regional consultations, review of the inception reports, draft action plan, regional validation reports and rollout of the Regional Action Plan and training manual.
The Consultant shall be expected to do the following in support of the development of the RAP:
The consultant(s) is prescribed a timeline as follows:
It is estimated that the consultant (s) will offer support to Equality Now for an approximated 25- 30 days spread out over a period of not more than 5 months, from December 2021. As such, the estimated timelines above are indicative and meant for guidance only. Indicated dates may change.
The following are required expertise and qualification of the Consultant(s):
Qualified and interested candidates are requested to apply by emailing the following application materials to [email protected] and a copy to [email protected] with the subject “Consultancy: Support for the Development of a Regional Action Plan for Africa on EVAWG”:
Please note that applications shall be received via email only. The deadline for application is 11:59 pm EAT on 29th November 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
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