Researcher on Drivers and Impact of Forced Migration and Violent Extremism on Women's Livelihood and Social Structures

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Employer: UNDP
Job Title: Researcher on Drivers and Impact of Forced Migration and Violent Extremism on Women's Livelihood and Social Structures
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Mogadishu
Category: Other



Advertised on behalf of : UN WOMEN
Location : Mogadishu (with travel to other regions), SOMALIA
Application Deadline : 05-Jun-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 1d 5h 51m
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract : 1.5 months
Expected Duration of Assignment : June - July, 2018


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women’s programming in Somalia focuses on three key areas: strategic coordination and technical advice to promote gender equality, women’s access to justice and women’s political empowerment. The main objective of UN Women’s engagement in Somalia is to improve security and human rights for women and girls. In particular, it aims to support women to become actors in the provision of security and resources for peace, instead of being treated as victims. This happens through increased political participation, access to justice and services and participation in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes.

The overall situation for women and girls in Somalia remains precarious. One element of the precarious situation is violent extremism, which has effects on women both as victims and perpetrators. In addition, it is important to recognize that women have an essential role to play in preventing and countering violent extremism in Somalia. They are mothers, sisters and daughters of men and boys involved in violent extremism, and they are often the breadwinners for many Somali families. Women are uniquely positioned in homes and communities to understand changes in behavior of children and in their respective localities, and to provide powerful countervailing incentives. On the other hand, women are also active participants in violent extremism.

Understanding of women’s roles is often oversimplified and inaccurate as their participation is complex, diverse and differentiated. Traditional anti-radicalization programs target young men who seemed to be at risk of joining violent groups. However, Somali women are important players in peace and security-building to combat extremism and programming from a male perspective fails to fully incorporate and assess the scale of women’s participation. As Somalia gradually shifts from reactive to preventive measures of tackling violence extremism, PVE programming often lacks a holistic viewpoint. It is thus important to have a nuanced approach that recognizes women’s role both as perpetrators and victims of violence and agents of peace and reconciliation.

In order to plan effectively strategies to prevent and counter violent extremism, quality data is needed. To that end, UN Women Somalia is seeking an experienced researcher to conduct extensive study on drivers and impact of violent extremism on women’s livelihood and social structures and to develop a programme strategy for preventing violent extremist and promoting re-integration.


Duties and Responsibilities

Objective of the assignment

The research consultant is expected to conduct extensive research on drivers and impact of violent extremism specifically on women’s livelihood and social structure. This entails conducting a mapping of research done on violent extremism to identify knowledge gaps. Based on the findings of the mapping, the research consultant is then expected to draft and implement a research plan to gain more knowledge on specific reasons for Somali women to engage in violent extremism, how this impacts women’s livelihoods and social structures in general.

As Somalia is extremely challenging environment to conduct research, the research consultant in also expected to make a methodological review at the beginning of the assignment to identify the most suitable and effective methods to conduct the research. The research itself is expected to concentrate on women’s reasons to engage in violent extremism, what is the role of economic reasons to engage in violent extremism, how engaging in violent extremism impacts women, their livelihoods and social structures. Furthermore, the research consultant is expected to draft a localized programme strategy for preventing women’s engagement in violent extremism and how those involved in such activities could be re-integrated in an effective and sustainable way.

Expected deliverables

  • A desk research of the existing research regarding Somalia and women’s role in preventing and countering violent extremism, including an analysis of the gaps in the research;
  • A detailed research plan with a timetable, a methodological review, an execution plan and a list of subthemes of the research
  • Field work based on the research plan;
  • A final research report, specifically detailing the localized problems of women and violent extremism;
  • A localized programme strategy based on the research for preventing women’s engagement in violent extremism and strategies for re-integration of those involved in violent extremism;

Impact of results

Quality data of women’s engagement on violent extremism and an evidence-based programme strategy will enhance the quality of programming on preventing and countering violent extremism and will contribute to stability and security of Somali women and girls.



Core values

  • Integrity: demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  • Professionalism: demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core competencies

  • Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity;
  • Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative;
  • Work in teams: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication;
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others;
  • Conflict Management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution;
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge;
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional competencies

  • Proven ability in research and programme development in gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Proven knowledge of research, policy development or programming in countering violent extremism / terrorism or international security;
  • Excellent analytical, research and communications skills, including drafting research reports and strategy documents;
  • Understanding of Somali political and social context.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Gender Studies, International Relations, Development Studies, Political Science or another relevant field. A PhD desirable.


  • At least 10 years of experience in research, strategy development or programme development and implementation;
  • Progressively responsible experience in the field of women, peace and security with a background in counterterrorism and preventing violent extremism in programming, policy or research;
  • Demonstrated skills of writing research plans, reports and programme strategies;
  • Experience in crisis or post-conflict environment;
  • Experience of working in Somalia is desirable.


  • Fluency in English (oral and written);
  • Knowledge of Somali language is considered a strong asset.



UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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