UN Women

National Consultant (Factsheet Development)

UN Women

Job Description

  Ethiopia is committed to promoting Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women by signing and ratifying most of the International and Regional Instruments including the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW, 1979), Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (DEVAW, 1993), Beijing Platform for Action (BDPFA 1995), Millennium Development Goals (MDGs, 2000) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2015), The African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) and the Maputo Protocol (2003). In order to implement these instruments, Ethiopia has taken positive steps including legislative measures  such as  Constitution of Ethiopia (1995), National Policy on Women (1993), NPW, NAP-GE 2006), the Revised Family Law (2000), The Criminal Code (2004), GTP I and GTP II and currently the 10-year perspective plan. All these instruments address gender inequalities and violation of civil and Human Rights of women.

Women in Ethiopia are entitled to affirmative action measures which are enshrined in the Constitution of Ethiopia as well as in most of the International Human Rights instruments aiming to rectify the pre-existing inequalities between women and men. Article 35 of the Constitution of Ethiopia guarantees the rights of women to enjoy full rights in all walks of life including political participation. Article 38 of the Constitution also clearly states that every Ethiopian national, without any discrimination based on sex or other status, has the right to vote and be elected.

Since 2015, 38.8 percent of the total seats in Ethiopian Parliament have been held by women, which is a remarkable progress compared to that of 1995, which stood at 2 percent (The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia, NEBE 2019). The 2018 Ethiopian Reform has significantly increased women’s representation in the Cabinet to 47.6 percent. This noticeable increase in the number of women in leadership and decisionmaking positions has made Ethiopia to be one of the top five countries who showed advances in the Gender Gap Index for the year 2019. This is a progress in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration Platform for Action (Beijing+25). Despite the progress made so far, women in Ethiopia continue to face numerous challenges including deprivation of their political rights and violence against women in election processes, which is escalating from time to time in a steady manner. As a result, women are underrepresented and still hold disadvantaged positions in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), established in the year 2000, is an independent National Human Rights institution tasked with the promotion and protection of human rights in Ethiopia. The EHRC is also engaged in advocacy work as one of its strategies to close the gap of inequalities as well as protection of rights. Improving the efficiency of the advocacy work, the Commission requires reliable data to adequately address the gender gaps and violation of rights.

Currently, EHRC, in close collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality (UN Women), is implementing a project with the objective of ensuring gender responsive electoral processes in the upcoming Ethiopia’s 6th general election and beyond. Presently, the EHRC, in collaboration with the UN Women, is seeking a Consultant/s to conduct a desk review- prepare, compile, or develop a set of fact sheets on women’s political participation and decision- making in Ethiopia taking the international and regional instruments / frameworks as well as national policies into account. It is also envisaged that the Fact Sheets will serve as reliable sources of information for any stakeholders, Government offices, NGOs, CSOs, political parties, women’s groups, etc.


For women to fully enjoy their constitutional and human rights, they need to have access to reliable information and education, which in most cases they are denied of. Women are remote from information and education. This is also the case regarding their rights participate in political processes. Availability and accessibility of contextualized, user-friendly Fact Sheets would help women to be better informed and be aware of their rights. Fact Sheets compile and highlight relevant information and are evidence-based knowledge products disseminated to wider communities. They provide up- to- date facts, key information and relevant instruments about the issue/ topic identified in a clear, concise, summarized, and easy to understand (reader-friendly) manner. In addition, factsheets provide new information including research findings, summary of survey reports, brief statistical data, etc. which are very useful for evidence-based advocacy and knowledge creation.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant/s is expected to carry out the following tasks:
  • Review and identify relevant documents (international, regional and national) that guarantee the rights of women including civic and political rights in relation to women’s rights to political participation that are endorsed by Ethiopia.
Reference documents include but are not limited to:
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW 1979), General Assembly Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (DEVAW 1993), Beijing Platform for Action (BDPFA 1995), MDGs (2000), SDGs (2015), The Constitution of Ethiopia (1995), National Policy on Women (1993), Recent research findings and Demographic Data (CSA).
  • general recommendations of treaty bodies that are developed to elaborate on set of human rights provisions.
  • Organize and compile relevant information on gender and political participation in general and gender responsive election process, in a clear, concise, summarized and easy to understand (reader-friendly) manner.
  • Format the information in knowledge products containing summarized text with statistical data in booklets, brochures, and flyers, among others. The Fact Sheets will be prepared in English and for later translation into Amharic.
  • Carry out a pre-testing to check for any clarity issue, cultural sensitiveness, before publication and wide distribution.

The consultant(s) is expected to deliver the following outputs:
  • An inception report explaining the understanding of the task by the consultant/s and including thematic areas for the proposed factsheets, draft content, and preliminary list of references.
  • Three gender sensitive and user-friendly sets of factsheets that convey up-to-date facts, information, normative frameworks at international and regional level ratified/endorsed by Ethiopia and statistical data or a summary of research findings on gender and political participation of women and gender responsive election process which can further be used to develop flyers, brochures or any other advocacy materials.
  • Brief case studies to substantiate the facts, where possible.
  • Final Report on the deliverables and any further recommendations for another set of factsheets.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example
Functional Competencies

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced degree or equivalent in Gender, Governance, Development, Human Rights, Law, or another relevant field.

  • Minimum of 5year experience in the field of gender and elections, governance, human rights, leadership and related fields.
  • Good understanding of women’s rights particularly women’s right to participate in public and political life.
  • Extensive experience in communication, preparation and documentation skills on women’s rights especially in the area of gender, human rights, and electoral processes.
  • Proven experience in developing, compiling and publishing materials in a condensed and userfriendly manner.
  • Good organizational and planning skills ability to meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with International and Regional instruments and the Ethiopian policies is necessary.
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11) can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment

  • Fluency in both Amharic and English languages.
  • The factsheets are expected to be developed both in English and Amharic
UNWOMEN is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence
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