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Gender Research Consultant


Location: Home Based

Organization: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


This project is designed in response to needs identified by operations in the 2016 UNHCR Review of Gender Equality in Operations, to document and share promising practices on gender equality. It is also specifically designed, through full collaboration with the UNHCR Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, to meet the need for regional documentation and exchange on gender equality.

The project is part of a larger series of global gender equality promising practices research in contexts of forced displacement and statelessness. The first was conducted in the MENA region in 2016, where field practices on gender equality that range from a women’s committee to an LGBTI youth networks have been documented.

Overall Purpose and Scope of Assignment:

The main purpose of the assignment is gathering information and documenting UNHCR and partner field practices that promote gender equality in Asia, with the aim of leveraging and replicating practices that have had a positive impact on promoting gender equality.

The consultant will conduct desk and field research, analyse information, and draft a field practices report on gender equality integration in Asia. It will include practices from diverse contexts, including urban and camp situations, emergencies and protracted situations, countries with different income levels, as well as different population groups such as asylum-seekers, refugees, stateless persons, IDPs and returnees. The field practice research will focus on gender equality interventions, targeting the five areas of the Revised Commitments to Women and Girls:

  • Securing the rights of women and girls through individual registration, documentation, and equal nationality rights.
  • Keeping women and girls safe through prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Strengthening women’s and girls’ influence in decision-making processes through equal and meaningful participation.
  •  Ensuring women’s and girls’ access to, management of, and control over resources central to their well-being.
  • Promoting self-reliance of women and girls through greater enjoyment of rights related to livelihoods, health, education and justice.
  • In addition to focusing on women and girls, the scope includes working with men and boys to promote gender equality as well as projects that increase the protection and participation of LGBTI persons of concern and women and girls of concern with disabilities.
  • A qualified consultant, preferably based in Asia, will be recruited to conduct desk and field research in the relevant countries in the region.

Potential promising practices will already be identified during consultations, including a survey, with UNHCR Asia Bureau and country points of contact as well as through reviewing existing AGD and GSP reporting in additional to other desk research. The field research will include conducting semi-structured interviews based on pre-prepared questionnaires with UNHCR and partner staff as well as local NGOs in each country to assess and document the field practices. This can also include focus group discussions, meetings and field visits to gain insight from beneficiaries and other actors.

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required:


  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, international relations, gender and women studies or related field.
  • Education and/or training on gender equality, SGBV prevention and response, refugee or IDP programming, or related fields would be an asset.

Job Experience

  • More than 10 years of experience working in the fields of humanitarian or development programming, ideally with refugees and IDPs.
  • 5 or more years of experience working on gender equality, including women and LGBTI rights, SGBV prevention and response, and working with men and boys.
  • Fluent English (speech, comprehension, reading and writing) to undertake desk research in the above mentioned countries and communicate with partners and UNHCR staff and prepare final research report.
  • Past publications in English, including reports, book chapters or research papers, written with clarity, conciseness and in-depth analysis - ideally previous publications on gender equality.
  • Proven social science research skills, including semi-structured interviews and facilitating focus group discussions.

Preference given to applicants with work experience from Asia, speaking one or multiple languages from the region, and currently being based in Asia


Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Additional languages are an asset.


Home – Based including missions to 4 – 5 countries in Asia for field research.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit their letter of motivation and Personal History Form (P11) to indicating “Gender Research Consultant” DIP/POS/016/2017 in the subject of the email latest 31 May 2017.

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