In the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan, inequalities continue to exist between men and women in the areas of health, education, politics and economic participation. Factors contributing to high inequalities for women include restricted mobility, lack of education, lack of/or limited awareness of rights, lack of access to and ownership of resources and assets, gender-based violence, and limited access to social services. The gender inequalities are also rampant in the newly merged tribal districts where women related indicators show lower status than the settled districts of KP. Given the situation, to advance the right of women and girls in the province, a robust evidence-based policy and programmatic review, and capacity building is needed. KP Commission on the Status of Women, being the oversight body mandated with the role to advance the overall situation of women and girls in the province, aims to play its due role including advocacy with key stakeholders.
The KP Commission on the Status of Women (KPCSW) is a statutory body established in 2016, with the mandate to oversee government’s programmes, policies, laws and rules to ensure that women rights are equally protected and that the government delivers services to all segments of society including women and men. Section 8 of the KPCSW Act 2016, states functions of the KPCSW, which include functions directly related to government’s programs and Policies, as follows:
A. Examine policy, programmes, projects by Government for women development and gender equality, to assess implementation and make recommendations to the authorities.
B. examine and review policy, programs, and plans of each department to ensure that they address gender concerns adequately.
As the Government of KP is obliged to report on SDG 5 regarding Gender Equality Goal, it has made efforts to notify gender focal persons in each department. KPCSW has further plan to engage with provincial departments and other key stakeholders to mainstreaming gender within other departments’ priorities and functions, and to promote KP Commission on the Status’ mandate as an oversight body. As gender is a cross cutting theme and women issues are interlinked, therefore at the outset some Government Departments will be selected for addressing gender concerns. Through technical support in the form of consultancy, UNFPA will support KPCSW to conduct review of selected Government Social Sector Departments.
Purpose of consultancy:
To provide high quality policy advise and technical support to KPCSW and relevant government institutions mandated to develop evidence-based gender/GBV policies and programmes, related implementation mechanisms and law enforcement systems benefiting women and girls especially marginalized and vulnerable groups of women and girls.
To support KPCSW in strengthening policy advocacy work with relevant Government departments and institutions in support of quality results achievement for SDG 5, and other relevant national and international commitments.
Scope of work:
Specifically, on Provision of technical assistance on:
Departmental Programmes Review:
In close collaboration with members of the KPCSW and team, the Policy Advocacy Advisor/consultant will take the lead on:
Support consultative meetings with all the Departmental Secretaries, Gender Focal persons and planning officers to plan the gender audit with each of the selected departments.
Based on the tool kit developed by KPCSW for review of policies and programmes, provide technical support for the capacity building of selected government departments.
Provide support to departments and engage them in conducting the gender review of their departmental programmes, and follow-up with them for completing the exercise.
Provide support for consultative workshop with provincial departments and stakeholders to share findings of the gender review and to support roll out of the recommendations.
Using existing evidence, Policy Advocacy Advisor will support the KPCSW in the following advocacy endeavors:
Prepare evidence-based sectoral briefs for relevant departments on the issues emerging from the gender review, suggestions for improving on the gaps and closing the gaps that that would be identified so that gender equality can be assured in future planning of the departmental programmes.
Actively support implementation of the advocacy strategy.
Under the guidance of KPCSW Chairperson, clearly articulate message on the advocacy priorities of KPCSW in the media and in other public and on-line communications and events.
Develops culturally sensitive and context-specific strategies for lobbying in support of advancing women’s and girls’ rights.
Under the guidance of KPCSW Chairperson engages with relevant stakeholders, including members of the provincial assemblies and KP Women Parliamentary Caucus to form a coalition of gender champions and to follow-up on the recommendations from the gender review through the Parliamentary Secretaries and the Parliamentary Committees for each department.
Communication for Policy Development:
Provides substantive inputs to the development and utilization of a variety of communication materials and resources.
Develops policy briefs, technical papers and advocacy products including newsletters on important policy interventions linking girl’s education, child marriage, health and reproductive health of women and domestic violence, role of women in different sectors. Under the guidance of KPCSW Chairperson, undertakes desk reviews and research where necessary to produce evidence based products for supporting policy work and progressive discourse.
Develop SOPs for coordination and collaboration of CSW with relevant stakeholders including parliamentarians, government, civil society etc in line with CSWs functions
Legislative Reforms & Policy Advocacy:
Support advocacy efforts aimed at policy reform and legislative actions including:
Child Marriage Restraint Act, Acid and Burn Bill, Trafficking of Women and ensures their alignment with national and international commitments and inclusion of disability, minority and vulnerable groups rights where necessary.
Supports provincial partners, including the Department of Law and Human Rights, Social Welfare, and Provincial Commission to take action and advocate for relevant policy implementation and formulation, where necessary, and to roll out action plans to implement gender equality and violence against women policy frameworks; and
Provide capacity building support to Provincial Commission on the Status for Women in evidence-based policy advocacy, policy formulation, legislation, policy implementation and law enforcement.
Support advocacy based on the functional review/assessment of CSWs and support roll out of specific recommendations for strengthening role of the CSW.
Develop a legislative checklist based on CEDAW and other UN Handbooks for CSWs to review all proposed legislation impacting women rights in the province
Place where services are to be delivered:
To Islamabad and selected districts in KP
Required expertise, qualifications and competencies, including language requirements:
Qualifications and experience:
A Master degree in social sciences or any other related degree.
7 experience of working with the Government in the social sector; planning, developing, and monitoring Government programmes and schemes in the social sector; and track record of work at the policy level with donors for implementation of Government policies and programmes. Experience in the areas of human rights, women rights will be an added value.
Knowledge and Skills
Familiar with institutional arrangements of governance and of departments working on programmes for development of women and girls.
Legal understanding of the legislative processes in Pakistan.
Knowledge of political systems of Pakistan.
Understanding and sensitivity towards women and gender issues
Sound understanding of socio-political context of the Pakistan particularly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Networking and advocacy skills.
Excellent leadership skills (decision making, pro-active approach)
Abilities and skills for multi-tasking, and taking up challenges.
Excellent written and oral communications in English essential.
Well-developed interpersonal and communications skills
Superior analysis and writing skills
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software, and social media
Available for travel
Fluent in Pushto language will an additional asset.
Inputs / services to be provided by UNFPA or implementing partner (e.g support services, office space, equipment), if applicable:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on the Status of Women