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  •  Job Title: Gender and Land Legal Consultant
    Division/Department: Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division
    Location: Rome
    Expected Start Date of Assignment: September 2016
    Duration: 6 months, with extension up to 11 months upon satisfactory performance

    Deadline for applications: August 5th 2016


    Under the overall supervision of the Director, Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division (ESP) and the direct technical supervision of the responsible officer the consultant will contribute to the achievement of the Gender and Land Tenure Program. More specifically, the consultant will carry out the following activities:

    1. Contribute to the Initiative associated with SDG Target 5.a

    The consultant will contribute to all the activities associated with providing support to countries for the monitoring of SDG Target 5.a.More specifically she/he

    1. Support the process for rolling-out the initiative at country level to collect the data and information relevant for the monitoring of SDG Target 5.a.This will entails fine-tuning the methodology for data collection if needed, support the dissemination process of the methodology to member countries; design a capacity development program for countries, including development of CD materials (e-learning, FQQs and guidance materials),) and CD workshops.
    2. The consultant will also support the monitoring of the SDG targets on land issues. In particular, he/she will support data collection under SDG Indicator 5.a.2 “Proportion of countries where the legal framework (including customary law) guarantees women’s equal rights to land ownership and/or control”. This work entails reviewing information submitted by countries and liaising with counterparts at the country level when needed; processing the information to compute the proxies and indicator.

    2. Provide leadership in the development and updating of the country profiles and legal assessments for the Gender and Land Rights Database (GLRD)

    1. Update existing country profiles: Under the supervision of LEGN and in close collaboration with FAOLEX, the consultant will support the updating of about 10 country profiles of the Gender and Land Rights Database (GLRD) and provide guidance to other consultants and interns supporting this process. The update of the profiles involves: (1) adding the new legislation in the country profile; (2) adding a hyperlink to FAOLEX legal document; (3) adding a brief description on those aspects related to gender equality and rural women’s access to land (and land tenure), and; (4) translating the text to the language/languages of the GLRD country profile when needed (max 2 per country).
    2. Development of new country profiles: In collaboration with LEGN and FAOLEX the consultant will carry out research needed for adding new country profiles and will prepare the text to be uploaded in the GLRD website. Approximately, 2-3 new country profiles (per year). When needed, the consultant will guide the national consultants on the laws and documentation that will be required for the finalization of the legal assessment profiles and provide constant feedback to obtain all the information and analysis required. The consultant will also follow up and support initiatives to promote use and dissemination of the database.

    3.Implementation of the Legal Assessment Tool (LAT) methodology in selected countries

    The consultant will lead the implementation of the LAT Methodology in selected countries: Possible countries include Morocco, Mauritania, Tunisia, Algeria, Guatemala, Colombia, Nepal and Myanmar as well as countries in the Western Balkans. In some cases, this will involve selecting and supervising national consultants who will carry out the LAT analysis and drafting of recommendations. The Consultant will also liaise will relevant national stakeholders including government representatives from key line ministries, CSOs and academia. He/she will participate in workshops and meetings to present findings and provide technical advice as needed. This activity foresees travels to the countries on behalf the FAO.

    4.Producing materials for outreach and dissemination

    The consultant will produce briefs and information notes. The consultant will also contribute to the preparation of website content, as well as press releases and articles to increase the outreach and dissemination of the GLRD and other gender and land policy materials.

    5.Any other duties as required


    • An advanced university degree in law, with a specialization in women’s rights, gender and/or land rights
    • Three to five years of relevant field experience
    • Knowledge of both common law and civil law systems, would be an advantage
    • Familiarity with gender and land tenure issues
    • Excellent legal research and analytical skills
    • Familiarity with online legal research tools
    • Excellent writing skills
    • Fluency in English, and knowledge of at least one other official UN language


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  • A training on the use of the STDM-based Turkana County Government Land Information Management System (TCGLIMS) was conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) on 21-24 March 2016 at the World Food Programme County Office in Lodwar. The training which targeted technical officers and sub-county land administrators of the Ministry of Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Areas Management (MLPPUAM) of the Turkana County Government aimed to familiarize the officers with the newly-developed TCGLIMS and provide them with the necessary skills to enable them to use the tool while performing land administration processes in the county.

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    Attention of the participants to hands-on exercises helped them understand clearly the capabilities of the STDM-based TCGLIMS. Photo by UN-Habitat/Rhea Lyn Dealca

    Turkana County is at least 90% under customary tenure. Recent developments in oil exploration by multi-million investors, both regional and international community, and upstream oil companies has subsequently led to the local community raising concerns over land rights as well as environmental rights. FAO and GLTN both recognize the importance of prioritizing and addressing issues related, but not limited, to customary lands because of its huge potential to contribute to poverty reduction and positive potential impacts at a global level. In this regard, the two agencies are supporting the Ministry of Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Areas Management (MLPPUAM) of the Turkana County Government in Kenya, to develop and rollout a land information system (LIS) for managing tenure with regard to urban and customary land within the County. The activity is under FAO’s pilot project, “Support for the responsible governance of land and natural resources in communal lands of Kenya”, funded by the European Union. FAO is supporting the Turkana County in the framework of the said project in three areas: strengthening community land rights, county land use planning, and establishing a land information management system (LIMS), which would include the registry.

    The development of the land information system utilizes GLTN’s pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tool, the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM), with an initial pilot focusing on capturing tenure information in Lodwar town. STDM was customized to the needs and requirements of Turkana County to build up TCGLIMS.

    In an interview with Mark Ewesit Ewoi, Chief Officer of MLPPUAM, he emphasized the need of the ministry for a land information system which would make information easily accessible not just for the local government but also the public. He views the project as important to increasing the county’s revenues from rents and permits, reduce disputes on land and improve land tenure security for their constituents. 

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    Temporary residential huts (manyattas) lie at the center of Lodwar Town in Turkana County. Photo by UN-Habitat/Rhea Lyn Dealca



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Telephone: +254 207623858
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