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UN Women - In July 2010, the United nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: National Consultant to Register the Council Of Traditional Leaders Of Africa (COTLA)/Conseil Des Autorites Traditionnelles D’Afrique

Lagos, Nigeria
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: National Consultant
Duration of Initial Contract: 30 Working Days
Expected Duration of Assignment: 30 Working Days
Advertised on behalf of: UN WOMEN

COTLA/CONATA is a pan African movement of progressive Traditional Leaders primarily established to end child marriage, FGM/C and other harmful practices in Africa by 2030. COTLA/CONATA’s primary focus is to preserve positive cultural practices, customs and traditions while at the same time transforming and eradicating altogether all negative practices, customs and traditions especially those that affect the human rights of girls and women. COTLA/CONATA was established in Lagos, Nigeria in December 2018 following a series of dialogue with Traditional Leaders on ending child marriage and female genital mutilation across Africa organised by UN Women.  UN Women facilitated dialogues with Traditional Leaders starting with a consultation that was held in Nairobi in August 2018, then regional dialogues that took place in Blantyre (Malawi), Cairo (Egypt) and Lagos (Nigeria).

COTLA/CONATA aims to create pathways through which Traditional and Cultural Leaders can more constructively engage and contribute at AU, regional, national and local levels to move towards the attainment of Africa’s development, human rights and respect for girls’ and women’s rights with progressive cultural values. Its purpose is to secure, renew, deepen and act on commitments of governments and African Traditional and Cultural Leaders to end child marriage, FGM/C and other harmful practices, and promote gender equality through recognition and harnessing of the power and influence of culture, customs, norms, and traditions as they relate to state laws and international human rights instruments.

The objectives of the COTLA/CONATA are as follows:

  • Create and sustain a transformational Pan African progressive Traditional Leaders movement that embraces cultural dynamism and respect for the human rights of girls and women in Africa.
  • Promote dialogue and partnerships that facilitate positive actions to address negative cultural practices, traditions, and customs to end child marriage & FGM/C, and promote gender equality in Africa.
  • Ensure action and accountability on all commitments and targets agreed at local, national and international levels towards the respect of the rights of girls and women
  • Following the launch in February 2019, COTLA/CONATA has focused on developing and setting up its own governance, organisational and institutional systems. COTLA/CONATA is led by a convernor general with three Deputy Convenor Generals, one of the Deputy Convenor oversees West Africa, (Anglo) and (French) and North Africa, the second Deputy Convenor oversees East Africa, Southern Africa and South Africa and the third Deputy Convenor oversees Policy, Advocacy & Outreaches. Lagos, Nigeria, has been selected as the Coordinating Secretariat for COTLA
  • COTLA/CONATA is currently being supported by UN Women and Africa Union and entering into partnerships with other regional or national institutions and bodies to help its achieve its objectives. 

Duties and Responsibilities
UN Women is seeking to hire a consultant who will lead the preparation of documentation/ registration process and development of operational manual for COTLA/CONATA to enable its carry out its function as a full-fledged legal organization and movement

Specifically, the Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Task1: Facilitate the development of the group’s Constitution, Articles of Association and others relevantdocumentation (English and French versions) for registration with the leadership of COTLA/CONATA
  • Task 2: Work with the relevant registration institutions to register the group as an  NGO relevant government bodies(Corporate Affairs Commission)
  • Task 3: Facilitate the issuance of a certificate of registration for the group
  • Task 4; Develop an Operational Manual and Guidelines for COTLA in consultation with the COTLA leadership

Key Deliverables:

  • Read all the relevant reference documents on the group (1 Day)
  • Submission of draft constitution, Articles of Association and other statutory documentations and share with the group leadership and UN Women for review and inputs (8 Days)
  • Submission of finalize constitution and other statutory documentations (5 Days)
  • Submission of receipts, and relevant notification of registration process (5 Days)
  • Submission/presentation of a certificate of registration t (1 Day)
  • Submission of Operational Manuals and Guidelines for COTLA(10 Days)


    Job Requirements
    Minimum years of experience


    Other Requirements

    Required Skills and Experience

    • Degree in Business Administration, Social Science, International Development, Law, Human Rights, Political Science, International Relations, or another related field.


    • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in organizational development and /or business management
    • Knowledge and experience of working in business management and incorporation environment
    • Knowledge of documentation and knowledge products
    • Knowledge of program management and results-based management tools
    • Demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner; ability to organize work efficiently and deal with multiple tasks
    • Previous experience working in West Africa is an asset

    Core Values and Guiding Principles:

    • Demonstrates integrity by modeling UN Women values and ethical standards.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to UN Women’s mission and vision.
    • Able to work effectively within a team.
    • Displays cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability.
    • Able to multi-task and juggle competing demands.
    • Can assess and prioritize work needs quickly.
    • Able to relate to external partners, including other international organizations and agencies, NGOs, , etc.

    Functional Competencies:

    • Knowledge of organizational development processes
    • Knowledge and expertise in administrative practices and company incorporation
    • Capacity to work with diverse groups, networks and partners including governments, donors and civil society.
    • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with people from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
    • Results based management skills.
    • Ability to produce well-written documents demonstrating excellent interpersonal communication skills.


    • Excellent oral and written English skills

    Application Closing Date
    12th August, 2019. (Midnight New York, USA)

    How to Apply
    Interested and qualified candidates should:
    Click here to apply online


    • 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.
    • UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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