RITD/ATPC Gender and Trade Expert, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

UNECA - Economic Commission for Africa

Addis Ababa
Posted 1 week ago

Job Features

Job CategoryProject Management(NGO/International Org)

Posting Title: RITD/ATPC Gender and Trade Expert

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa

Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA

Posting Period: 07 April 2021 – 13 April 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-Economic Commission for Africa-152093-Consultant

United Nations Core Values: Integrity Professionalism Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Strengthened understanding of African Member States and other key stakeholders on how to ope-rationalize key provisions in the AfCFTA Agreement to advance the sustainable economic empowerment of women and gender equality goals.

Work Location


Expected duration

The duration of the contract will be for 11 months upon signature of contract.

Duties and


Background: The agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) signed in Kigali Rwanda on 21 March 2018 is a key milestone in Africa’s integration Agenda. The AfCFTA is expected to be a key engine of economic growth industrialization and sustainable development in Africa in line with the 2030 Agenda adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 for The Africa We Want.

For the AfCFTA to deliver the expected outcomes priority actions are to be undertaken in the short to medium run. Firstly efforts to support Member States in consensus-building to secure the ratification of the Agreement should be accompanied by strengthening the AfCFTA marketplace through continental policies on competition investment and intellectual property rights. Secondly there is a need to build on the political momentum behind the AfCFTA to support policy reforms that are aimed at implementing the Agreement. In this regard it is critical for member States to undertake deliberate actions and deploy necessary efforts through effective and integrated AfCFTA national strategies/plans with a view to maximize the benefits of the Agreement while minimizing potential induced adverse effects. Women’s economic empowerment and the realization of gender equality should be essential in the design and implementation of AfCFTA national strategies/plans.

African women play a significant role in trade and will be essential to the continent’s success in exploiting its trade potential under the AfCFTA. The AfCFTA Agreement does not incorporate a separate chapter on gender and trade. The Preamble however contains explicit reference to the importance of gender equality for the development of international trade and economic cooperation while Article 3 (e) emphasizes the promotion of gender equality as one of the general objectives of the AfCFTA. Likewise Article 27 (d) of the Protocol on Trade in Services makes explicit reference to improving the export capacity of both formal and informal service suppliers with particular attention to micro small and medium size; women and youth service suppliers. Despite explicit and numerous other implicit provisions in the Agreement that could foster new employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women benefits to women will not be automatic. AfCFTA Member States will need to ensure a targeted approach in the design and implementation of AfCFTA national strategies/plans that translate opportunities into concrete socio-economic benefits while preparing for potential risks.

It is in this context that the ECA through its African Trade Policy Center (ATPC) proposes to recruit a gender and trade expert to work in close collaboration with stakeholders at the national and regional level in shaping an AfCFTA Agenda for women.

Objective of the Assignment: The main objective of this assignment is to support an inclusive approach to the implementation of the AfCFTA Agreement. In the main this will be achieved through mainstreaming gender in the design of AfCFTA national strategies/plans particularly in supporting Member States in the design and implementation of gender-sensitive measures/policies that advance the full equal and meaningful participation of women in the AfCFTA. This assignment further seeks to provide technical assistance and capacity building to facilitate effective AfCFTA implementation as well as to contribute to a growing body of research and literature on gender and the AfCFTA through the generation of knowledge products.

Duties and responsibilities: The Expert will work under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of ATPC and assigned ECA Staff. In order to achieve the above-mentioned objective the Expert will perform the following key tasks: Gender Mainstreaming in National AfCFTA Strategies: 1. Develop guidelines and methodology for mainstreaming gender in national strategies considering other cross cutting issues such as value addition/industrial development green economy digitalization and climate change.

2. Participate in country missions to selected project countries with ECA team to consult with key stakeholders and conduct gender analysis to inform national AfCFTA strategy drafting and ensure alignment with gender ministries.

3. Support national and regional consultants in drafting of strategies to ensure gender is appropriately integrated as a cross-cutting issue.

4. Follow up on implementation of gender-related aspects of previously drafted strategies and participate in advocacy to support an inclusive approach to AfCFTA implementation.

Training and Capacity Building

1. Design content for self-study training modules on the interaction between gender and AfCFTA thematic areas following an orientation from ECA thematic experts and national strategy drafting. This should include learning materials for key national-level stakeholders and methods to evaluate understanding on implications of key issues for women entrepreneurs/traders and relevant advocacy/capacity building approaches.

2. Based on gender analysis done during the strategy drafting ensure content can be tailored to country contexts and delivered at a national level to key stakeholders including women entrepreneurs and traders where necessary.

3. Provide hands-on capacity building of national consultants in drafting of regional strategies through missions and follow-up interactions and ensure relevant policy makers are invited to trainings and those previously trained are invited to participate in consultations.

4. Adapt existing IDEP gender and trade course content to reflect the theme of gender and the AfCFTA and act as Course Directors for the online course as well as the in-person Gender Trade and Development course covering the same topics. This includes: developing a narrative in structured modules; preparing commented and audio-recorded presentations per module; proposing per module twenty quizzes forum exercise existing additional readings; proposing a final exam; and submitting a final report.

Knowledge Generation and Support

1. Contribute to/co-author ATPC publications and knowledge products on gender and the AfCFTA

2. Provide content support to gender-related events particularly during the Intra-African Trade Fair as required.

3. Provide advice and required support to national/international consultants the wider ECA team and national stakeholders on all gender and the AfCFTA-related requests.

4. Any other related duties as required.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree in Economics International Trade International Relations International Law and/or related areas is required.

Experience: A minimum of 7 years of professional experience on trade and gender issues proven record of research in gender trade and sustainable development with experience in the African context understanding of Africa’s regional integration agenda especially the AfCFTA is required. Knowledge of humanitarian human rights and peace and security issues in Africa is desirable.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post fluency in French is required. Knowledge of English is desirable.

No Fee



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