Consultant to Develop the Lesotho National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security - UNSCR 1325

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In 2018, the Government of Lesotho initiated a national dialogue and reforms process to stabilize, bring peace and unity in Lesotho. In 2018, Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation; the Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN); and the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) with the support from UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office (SAMCO) held the National Women’s Conference whose main objective was to create a platform and space for Basotho women in all their diversity across sectors to dialogue and share experiences on key national political, democratic and governance issues as articulated in the vision for “The Lesotho We Want.” One of the deliverables from the Conference was ‘A Women’s Common Position’ on the national dialogue and reform process in Lesotho, that ensures women’s equal representation and participation including in conflict management and resolution, and peace building. It is against this background that the Lesotho National Dialogue and Stabilization Project (LNDSP) emerged. One of the successful outcomes of the LNDSP was the establishment of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) and a proposal to conduct a desktop review of Lesotho women, peace and security context and support to a stakeholder consultative process towards the development of a Lesotho National Action Plan (LNAP) on Women Peace and Security (WPS).

Objectives of the assignment:

The Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, etc. and in partnership with UN Women SAMCO share the mandate on women peace and security and have resolved to support the development of a NAP on SCR1325. In this regard, UN Women seeks to recruit an international consultant who will be required to exercise overall responsibility for planning, managing and technically supporting the development of a National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 for Lesotho in full consultation and collaboration with relevant stakeholders in Lesotho. The consultant is also expected with support from a local consultant support with facilitating national stakeholder consultative processes towards the development of the NAP, the drafting process and finalization of the NAP informed by national and district consultations - until the NAP is adopted officially.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will report to and work under the supervision of the EVAW/WPS Programme Specialist in SAMCO. She/ he will undertake the following tasks and responsibilities under the following components:





Prepare inception Report and Conduct a situational analysis to document relevant national efforts on the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda and commitments as well as gender transformation in the security sector in the country.

Develop inception Report and conduct a desktop review of Lesotho women, peace, and security context

Inception Report

Background paper on state of WPS in Lesotho - Institutional and context assessment report on government and other stakeholder efforts including international partners on women, peace and security in Lesotho.


Support with Training national task team on WPS and other relevant stakeholders on UNSCR 1325, including an introduction to UNSCR 1325 and development of a SMART Costed NAP

1. Develop programme for training including tools - training guide, PowerPoints, and interactive materials.

2. Facilitate trainings which include one for induction into Women Peace and Security (WPS) and one for development of costed NAP

3. Facilitate session on sharing experiences with other countries that developed a NAP (UN Women will support in organizing sharing session).

1 Training programme and tools

2. Training workshop report

3. Report on session on sharing of experiences with other countries that have developed a NAP with recommendations for Lesotho


Provide high level support to stakeholder consultative processes towards the development of the NAP including leading, designing, and documenting discussions

1. Develop a NAP consultation plan in collaboration with National task team on WPS

2. Facilitate consultation meetings and provide interactive materials and talking points for the meetings as needed

3. Support consultations with line ministries / state institutions to collect inputs and comments for the NAP 1325.

4. Support consultations with and collect feedback from civil society representatives, wider women’s groups for developing NAP 1325.

5. Support district level dialogues in partnership with collaborating partners and the UN

Consultation plan

Report on consultative meetings held


Develop first draft NAP on WPS in Lesotho.

1. Based on the analysis of the best international practices on NAP development and national standards, and using inputs from national and district consultations as well as recommendations of the CSOs and grassroots women, develop a first draft of the NAP 1325

2. Ensure incorporation of the international guidelines, tools, and best practices on developing National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security, as well as broad normative framework of WPS agenda.

First Draft NAP 1325


Technically support the Ministries of Gender, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence and the national task team on WPS in developing a result focused integrated M&E framework and Budget Plan for the NAP, aligned to national frameworks and plans

1. Support the workshop by bringing in content from the consultations, draft NAP on UN SCR 1325 and lessons learned from other countries on costing NAPs

2. Draft and present a result based logical framework for NAP

3. Lead discussions to develop clear indicators, targets, baselines, responsible

institutions, and estimated budget and costing plan for the NAP.

4. Support the development of a media strategy on Women, Peace and Security by UN and stakeholders in the Lesotho NAP process.

Validation Workshop Report

Media Strategy on WPS


Validation workshop

And submission of final NAP and report on the assignment

1. Present the draft costed NAP with M&E framework to the national task team on WPS and relevant stakeholders for consideration

2. Review the draft WPS NAP considering feedback and recommendations from validation workshop and submit the final National Action Plan for review and approval through the national official processes.

3. Draft a consolidated Report on all activities undertaken in the consultancy

Costed NAP with M&E Framework and Budget Plan

Final Report


Expected Deliverables:

In addition to deliverables in the table above; the below are also expected deliverables from this assignment:

  • Produce at least two analytical knowledge products out of the work carried out – or based on issues emerging;
  • An approved work plan for the consultancy including schedule of activities, a tentative plan for meetings with key WPS stakeholders;
  • Monthly reports on progress made against the agreed work plan;
  • Training reports and materials;
  • Final Consolidated Report on the assignment.


The assignment requires travel to the field for consultation workshops in the process of developing the costed NAP on UNSCR 1325. UN Women will organize the logistics of the travel and pay daily substance allowance and terminal fee as per the travel policies set by UN Women.


The consultant is expected to submit a budget for the activities to be undertaken including:

  • All-inclusive Project personnel’s time, regular ground travel locally and communication (excluding air travel and district consultations);
  • All item costs related to the project.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

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Functional/Technical Competencies

  • Expert knowledge in Women, Peace, and Security;
  • Proven ability to advocate and provide policy, substantive and strategic advice in women, peace, and security;
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills required;
  • Strong knowledge of UN programme management systems.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters’ degree in Peace and Security or Conflict Management, Politics, Gender studies, Law, Social Science or other related fields;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience and skills:

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national partners, preferably related to Women, Peace and Security;
  • Extensive experience in supporting the development of NAPs on UNSCR 1325;
  • Experience in training various stakeholders on gender equality and WPS;
  • Proven experience facilitating high level consultative workshops for Governmental Institutions and CSOs;
  • Deep understanding of gendered aspects of politics, peace and security and emergency and humanitarian response, good governance or gender-based violence;
  • Proven experience in developing and or leading policy and strategy formulation;
  • Experience in writing research reports and communication materials;
  • Experience in training and capacity building is desirable;
  • Previous experience working with UN agencies, government and/or international organisations and experience in international instruments/conventions will be an asset.

Language and other skills:

  • Excellent command of written and oral English;
  • Knowledge of Sesotho is an added advantage;
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use internet and email.


The application should include a cover letter (max. 1 p.), CV and a technical proposal following the recommendations below.

Recommended Presentation of Technical Proposal

The Consultant is expected to submit a technical proposal which will be used in evaluating the application. All proposals should include an introductory note, summary of understanding of the terms of reference, clear outline and methodology of the assignment, a draft timeline for completion of assignment and CV. The technical proposal should be no more than 5 pages and include the following:

  • Name and brief background including experience and expertise that will be of benefit to the proposed assignment;
  • Background information that includes an interpretation and understanding of the terms of reference;
  • Methodology and approach outlining a clear conceptual and analytical framework for proposed assignment;
  • Proposed work plan outlining clear timeframe and steps in conducting the assignment;
  • Expectations from UN Women in terms of logistical, technical, and other forms of support for the assignment and its products;
  • Names and contact information for the 3 most recent client references for relevant assignment.

All applications must include (as an attachment) a completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment and candidates are required to include in the P-11 form links for their previously published reports and articles completed within the last two years. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

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