Consultant to develop Part II of the Gender Equality Toolkit (Part I has been developed in 2017)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 18 Jan 2018

General Background of the Project or Assignment:

This project is designed in response to the needs identified by operations in the 2016 UNHCR Review of Gender Equality in Operations. During this review, operations identified the need for further tools, guidance, capacity development and learning on gender equality integration within UNHCR’s work. This toolkit will aim to address this need. In addition, this toolkit will provide support for the operational implementation of UNHCR’s Commitments to Refugee Women. The toolkit will address key areas of UNHCR’s work, including, for example, practical measures on increasing the meaningful participation of women and girls in decision-making processes in diverse displacement situations; gender equality checklists for emergency situations; and gender equality entry points into sectoral responses.

The toolkit will address existing gaps in the UNHCR Handbook for the Protection of Women and Girls as well as other interagency publications, including the IASC handbooks.

This project has been developed in a two- part series. The first and longer phase of the project was completed in 2017. In 2018, the project will undertake the second phase which will complete the development of the gender equality toolkit for UNHCR operations.

Recruitment for this consultancy will be for a period of three months (mid-January – mid April 2018).


In 2017, the Gender Equality Unit/Division of International Protection/UNHCR developed three tools to be included in a gender equality toolkit for the agency. The purpose of developing the toolkit is to assist gender equality integration in various areas of UNHCR’s work. The main audience for the toolkit are UNHCR colleagues and partners. The toolkit builds on existing information and resources, with the purpose of contextualizing it to the humanitarian situations that UNHCR works in. Through this consultancy, it is anticipated that two more tools will be developed to be included in the gender equality toolkit. These tools will include gender equality integration in emergencies, and gender equality integration in key UNHCR sectors of work.

The consultant recruited for this project will conduct a desk review to map and gather relevant information from existing UNHCR tools, in particular the UNHCR Handbook for the Protection of Women and Girls (2008). S/he will conduct a mapping of existing inter-agency and other agency tools, the purpose of which will be to build on existing resources rather than duplicate efforts already made, as well as to prioritise the content and structure of the two tools to be developed for the UNHCR Gender Equality Toolkit.

Based on the desk review, the consultant will develop a draft outline for both tools. Further to this, and in close collaboration with the Gender Equality Unit/UNHCR, the consultant will develop the content for the tools to be included in the toolkit. Where it is necessary, the consultant will consult with relevant Divisions/Sectors in UNHCR.

The consultant will ensure that the toolkit is developed in a manner that is user-friendly, simple and easy to understand and put into use. To this extent, it is necessary that the toolkit is developed in a manner that is operational within the contexts that UNHCR and its partners work in.

A qualified consultant, who is experienced and familiar with gender equality in humanitarian contexts, in particular emergency situations, will be recruited to develop these tools.

The consultant will produce the following key deliverables:

· Final drafts of two prioritised tools for the gender equality toolkit.

· Final comprehensive gender equality toolkit that includes tools developed in 2017 and 2018.

· The toolkit is for UNHCR and partner staff with varying degrees of experience in implementing protection, assistance and solutions related work in humanitarian contexts, specifically on gender equality. The toolkit will build on existing and relevant documentation in UNHCR, inter-agency and other agencies. It will contextualise useful information in a manner that will be beneficial for UNHCR and partners. It will provide innovative tools that address key areas of UNHCR’s work.

In addition to the Gender Equality Toolkit, the consultant will produce the following:

· Work plan and timelines, decided in collaboration with the Gender Equality Unit/Division of International Protection.

· Brief desk review report which highlights relevant existing tools/guidance on gender equality integration in humanitarian contexts and key gaps and needs.

· Content list and draft outlines for the tools to be developed in 2018, for the gender equality toolkit.


a) The final product (e.g., survey completed, data collected, workshop conducted, research documents produced specify): The Gender Equality Toolkit.

b) The final product from the consultant (e.g., research completed, data collected, research documents produced specify): 23 April 2018

c) Delivery Periodicity, as applicable:

a. 2 Feb 2018: submission of workplan and timelines.

b. 7 Feb 2018: desk review brief, with bibliography, highlighting relevant existing tools/guidance on specific areas identified for the toolkit development in 2018.

c. 12 Feb 2018: Content and draft outlines for both tools, with word allocation.

d. 21 Feb 2018: Draft 1 of the first tool

e. 28 Feb 2018: Consultations with required Divisions/Sectors for the first tool are completed.

f. 23 March 2018: submission of the first draft of the second tool, and second draft of the first tool.

g. 3 April 2018: inclusion of feedback, including from consultations with relevant Divisions/sectors where required.

h. 9 April 2018: final drafts of both tools submitted.

i. 16 April 2018: first draft of combined gender equality toolkit submitted. This will include three tools developed in 2017, and two tools developed in 2018. The tools will be aligned to each other with linkages where necessary. Where required, changes in language and structure will be made to ensure logic and flow, readability, and conciseness.

j. 23 April 2018: submission of the final draft of the combined gender equality toolkit.

d) Work on the basis of time employed NO

e) If it is to result in a written product specify:

i. Number of pages: 20 pages maximum for two tools, and 50 pages maximum

(25,000 words) for the combined gender equality toolkit.

ii. Language(s): English

iii. Number of copies: TBD



  • Basic University degree in social sciences, gender and women’s studies or related field plus between 13 and 18 years of relevant work experience, or a post-graduate university degree plus between 11 and 16 years of relevant work experience in the field.
  • Education and/or training on gender equality, SGBV prevention and response in humanitarian contexts

Required Experience:**

· More than 11 years of experience working in the fields of humanitarian programming, with displaced communities, on gender equality. Preference will be given to candidates with emergency experience.

· 11 or more years of experience working on gender equality training and development of gender equality integration tools, that include women and LGBTI rights, SGBV prevention and response, and working with men and boys.

· Applicants with familiarity with UNHCR, and/or with previous experience working with UNHCR or other refugee organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.

· Preference given to applicant with a history of publication on gender equality, including on the development of similar toolkits and guidance as required by this ToR.


Fluent English is required (speech, comprehension, reading and writing) including experience writing and editing.

How to apply:


Interested applicants should submit the required documents listed below by e-mail to referring to Vacancy Number 01/POSS/DIP/2018:

· Letter of motivation, addressing the personal requirements in the vacancy notice;

· Completed UN Personal History Form (P11) signed, including testimonials/degrees/certificates;

  • The UN personal History Form is mandatory;

  • P11 forms are available on

  • Applications received without a P11 will not be considered


Geneva 09 January 2018