Individual Consultant: Assessment of COVID-19 Impact on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 4 August 2020

Job Description


As the COVID-19 crises takes a devastating toll on lives and livelihood across the African continent, its effects on gender equality, women’s human rights and women’s empowerment become fundamental. With gender and social inequalities that underpinned societies before the pandemic, the COVID-19 impacts on women is exacerbated in this crisis. The burden of unpaid domestic and care work has aggravated. Additionally, due to movement restrictions, unemployment is on the rise in female-dominated sectors such as childcare, domestic work, retail and service sectors. Furthermore, sexual and gender-based violence on women and girls have increased during the period of lock-downs. These and many more challenges will have long-term consequences for women in the Continent. While there seems to be an appreciation of the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 have on women, the responses to mitigate its spread do not suffiently integrate gender equality or address women’s concerns specifically. In addition, there is a void in women’s leadership in COVID-19 response mechanisms.


The objective of this consultancy is to assess the impact of COVID-19 on gender equality and women’s empowerment and produce a comprehensive evidence-based report with recommendations on solid multi-sectoral actions to be taken at policy, institutional, programmatic or financial levels to ensure gender sensitive and responsive COVID-19 responses. The consultancy will produce gender mainstreaming resources, tools and guidelines and also review and align the current AU Guidelines on Gender Responsive Responses to the conclusions of the report.


Reporting to the Acting Director and under the supervision of the Head of Division, the consultant shall:

a. Conduct desk review of the impact of COVID-19 on gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment, highlighting the disproportionate ways in which women are affected by the pandemic in Africa.

b. Collate gender disgregated data from Member States and RECS to inform the report.

c. Study the outcomes of the AU stakeholder engagements on the impact of COVID-19 on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and other knowledge products produced by the AUC and other AU Organs on same.

d. Analyse the various responses to the COVID-19 pandemic at the continental, regional and national levels and identify gaps as well as concrete opportunities to engender the responses and strategies.

e. Undertake key informant interviews and consultations with key Stakeholders.

f. Develop a comprehensive analytical impact assessment report with multisectoral policy, institutional, programmatic and financial actions recommended to ensure gender sensitive and responsive.

g. Develop innovative gender mainstreaming resources, tools and guidelines to support the integration of gender in C19 processes in the continent.

h. Based on the above, revise and align the AU Guidelines on Gender Responsive Responses to COVID-19 to the conclusions of the report.

i. Attend an inception meeting to outline the above deliverables and develop an inception report



The consultant should have a Masters degree in Social Science, Political Science, Law, International Relations, Gender Studies, Development or related fields.

Professional Skills

  • Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience in gender policy advocacy and research, project management, evaluation, reporting and/or monitoring in the field of women’s rights.
  • Proven working experience on gender equality and women empowerment issues in the African context.
  • Experienced researcher and analyst with a deep understanding of women and gender issues. - Experience in developing and implementing gender mainstreaming resources and tools.
  • Experience in working with the African Union or other international organizations is advantageous.
  • Experience in working in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Time-management skills and ability to work under pressure and produce quality results within short timeframes.

Language Requirements

Excellent written and spoken English with French or any other AU Language as an added advantage.

Closing Date: 14 August 2020

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