UN Women Consultant - Gender and Domestic Work Sector Jobs in Nigeria

UN Women Consultant - Gender and Domestic Work Sector Jobs in Nigeria

  • 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.

    Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Workers in Nigeria

  • Preliminary research has shown that during the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency, a number of gendered impacts have emerged, including the fact that most vulnerable and at-risk industries are highly feminised.

  • Globally, 70 percent of workers in the health sector are women, and up to 80 percent of the workers in the general care economy are women.

  • Domestic workers and caregivers may be particularly vulnerable to exposure to COVID-19 and often do not have adequate access to health services or social protection.

  • Women participating in at-risk sectors with limited or no access to social protection, including domestic work and the care industry, are more likely to be exposed to contagion due to the nature of their work.

  • These women could also suffer from loss of income stemming from drastic and devastating increases in lay-offs and reductions in wages and working hours, due to the informality of their industries.

  • This study will therefore also consider the access domestic workers in Nigeria have to social safety nets during a pandemic such as COVID-19.

    The report should contain the following sections

  • Introduction

  • Executive Summary


  • Review of ILO and UN standards on the protection of domestic workers and the level of ratification/implementation of these instruments by Nigeria.

  • Overview of existing data available on domestic workers and their conditions of work:

  • Available data on the numbers of domestic workers, main State/Country of origin/destination, profiles (age, gender, nationality, level of education)

  • Overview of relevant labour market indicators: labour force participation, types of occupation, labour market segregation and segmentation, wages, employment (including secondary employment), hours of work, working poverty and contributions to social security.

  • Overview of conditions of work and decent work deficits faced by workers participating in the Nigerian domestic work sector.

    Primary data

  • Primary data for this study will be collected using surveys, questionnaires and other agreed data collection tools.

  • The questionnaires and data collection tools for this study will be prepared and filled up based on interviews and free discussions with selected respondents and through observation method.

  • In order to conduct field survey, interview and questionnaires will be filled in by the domestic workers (including children), representative workers’ organisation, employers’ organisation, government officials, labour inspectors, civil society organisations, and recruitment agencies.

  • A reasonable number of respondents from each category should be selected for interview, and their views and opinions should be taken into consideration.

  • The Consultant will employ appropriate statistical techniques to interpret the data in a manner that would be relevant for the study.

  • The ILO will provide support for the development of data collection tools, particularly field surveys.

    Secondary data

  • The consultant will conduct a detailed literature review
    of existing studies, reports, and relevant academic research.

  • The consultant will also review relevant Observations or Direct Requests of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, as well as all official ILO reports constituting part of the standards-setting process for ILO Convention 189 (domestic workers convention), as well as ILO reports on good practices with regard to Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

  • ILO and UN Women will provide the consultant with a selection of relevant reports and literature and may facilitate key informant interviews in the focus states to be conducted by consultant(s).

    Ethical Consideration

  • Research participants should not be subjected to harm in any way whatsoever.

  • Respect for the dignity of research participants should be prioritised.

  • Full consent should be obtained from the participants prior to the study.

  • In the case of children, the consent of a parent or guardian must be obtained.

  • As participation must be voluntary, participants retain the right to withdraw from the study at any stage if they wish to do so.



  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


  • 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.

    Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced degree in Economics, law, labour and industrial Rlations Study, Public Policy, Gender Studies, Sociology, or other relevant disciplines.


  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience in field of law, economics, political economics, public policy and gender studies with demonstrated experience in domestic work sector and labour policy analysis.

  • Proven experience in carrying out research and analytical work in public policy, on labour standards, gender, labour laws, political economy and trends.

  • Strong knowledge of international labour standards on conditions of work, child labour, equality and labour migration is required.


  • Excellent command of spoken and written English.

    Consultancy Requirements

  • Deliverable based (does not require daily reporting to the office)

    Application Closing Date

  • 22nd May, 2020.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UN Women Consultant - Gender and Domestic Work Sector Jobs in Nigeria

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