UNWOMEN – Sustaining Peace and Reconciliation in Liberia

UN Women’s goal in Liberia is to promote women’s human rights and gender equality which are key in sustaining and furthering achievements in stability and development.  In this regard, its programming in the Country is connected to four corporate priority areas: women’s leadership and political participation; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; engaging women in all aspects of women, peace and security processes; advancing women’s rights to live free from violence and gender responsive governance. In addition, UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s joint work in advancing gender equality.

In Liberia, the lives of many women are particularly insecure due to inequalities and their exclusion in equal and informed participation in the maintenance, promotion and sustenance of peace and security in Liberia. This derives from structural factors that are deeply rooted in political, economic, social, and cultural dimensions. Some of the remaining peacebuilding challenges and grievances that pose potential risks to women and/or youth include the following:

  • Land tenure and property rights.
  • Poverty and Limited economic opportunities for women and high youth unemployment.
  • Exclusion of women, rural women, women with disabilities and young women from peacebuilding processes exacerbated by discriminatory practices where male political leaders discredit women’s contributions and hence hinder a sustained peace and weakens social cohesion in communities.
  • Societal inequalities and sexual and gender-based violence, which has thus weakened social cohesion in communities.

In addition, intersectoral discrimination is a structural problem, caused by stereotypes, negative and hostile attitudes, particularly with regard to persons with intellectual disabilities and mental health difficulties, young women and rural women.

Outputs and activities :

Under the overall guidance and management of the UN Women Liberia Country Office, Peace and Security Programme Specialist and supervision from the Project coordinator on Women Peace and Security in collaboration with OHCHR, the Implementing Partner/s is expected to achieve the following outputs and targets by the end of the project:

Output 1.2. Women Organizations in Grand Bassa and Nimba have strengthened capacities to implement, monitor, report and promote evidence-based advocacy to ensure implementation of the NAP WPS.

Activity 1.2.0. Jointly with UN Women and OHCHR develop selection criteria for women’s organizations  and marginalized women in Nimba and Grand Bassa

Activity 1.2.1. Organize two validation workshops of a County gender Assessments that will be conducted by a GRB specialist to inform the planning and budgeting process in targeted counties

Activity 1.2.2.  Support to organize tailored gender responsive planning, and budgeting trainings including mentoring sessions to ensure that national and local budgets (county social development Fund) integrate actions from the NAP WPS

Activity 1.2.3. Facilitate South-South mutual learning between Liberia and other countries on implementation of NAP WPS and innovative financing for the promotion of GE by organizing a serios of video conferences, development of knowledge products.

Activity 1.2.4. Roll-out awareness raising activities, develop and disseminate user-friendly knowledge products, toolkits to support the implementation of the NAP WPS. It includes layout and design, translation into local languages of  knowledge products,  including the simplified version of the NAP WPS.

 

Output 2.1. Women Organizations have strengthened capacities to implement, monitor, report and promote evidence-based advocacy to ensure implementation of the NAP WPS.

Activity 2.1.1. Conduct trainings on advocacy, NAP WPS, GRB,  and social auditing,  for marginalized women and local women organizations  in Nimba and Grand Bassa

Activity 2.1.2.   Support targeted women organizations and marginalized women to share findings of social audit  with local authorities

Activity 2.1.3.  Strengthen the capacities of women’s group and vulnerable women such as rural women, young women, and women with disabilities so that they can hold the government accountable for the implementation of the NAP WPS. Vulnerable women will  learn how they can discuss and agree on which peacebuilding activities from the NAP WPS they want to deliver and how much they will spend on each peacebuilding activity from the resources available at county and/or national levels

Activity 2.1.2 Support women peace huts in targeted counties (Grand Bassa) to roll out sustainability plans, which include economic empowerment activities.

Activity 2.1.3. Train marginalized women, and women peace huts  to ensure their participation at county sittings during discussions on county social development funds. Trainings may include adult literacy,  evidence based research (gender budget watchdog reports), security, peacebuilding and public speaking.

Activity 2.1.4 Support participatory consultations with women, including marginalized women to ensure  women’s perspectives on security and peacebuilding are integrated into  planning and budgeting processes.

Technical/functional competencies required :

A brief description of the organization, including its registration details and relevant experience working on issues pertaining to gender sensitivity and mainstreaming, Land rights, Local governance and decentralisation, awareness campaigns ,trainings for rural communities (all demographics), understanding of concessions, sustainable livelihoods, Business and economic development, research, monitoring, Land management and with varying degrees of education, empowerment, and community  engagement and participation, particularly in  conflict prone  rural areas.

This should also include:

-Proposed staffing (number and expertise) for the services to be delivered.

-Organizational experience and proven track record/credibility on the provision of  services described above and  areas of expertise relevant to the services required

 

Closing date :  5:00 PM GMT on  25th  of January 2021.

Funding : USD200,000Min. – USD 450,000 Max

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