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

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

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives and Outputs of this consultancy:

  • The objective of this consultancy is to produce an analysis of the legal, regulatory, economic, institutional, cultural, political and social framework for domestic work in Nigeria. Using primary and secondary data, this study will seek to establish to what extent the human and labour rights of domestic workers are recognised and enforced, including gender responsive policy measures to promote decent work in the domestic work sector, with particular emphasis on access to justice and social safety nets during health or socio-economic emergencies.

  • The report will describe and present data on working conditions in the domestic work sector including wages, social protection, role of recruitment agencies, freedom of association and collective bargaining, access to justice and other labour and employment issues. Lastly, it will seek to identify any evidence of violation of the rights of domestic workers, and the barriers to achieving improved working conditions in Nigeria’s domestic work sector.

  • Where data is available, the report will provide comparisons with the situation of men domestic workers and women domestic workers, children domestic workers and adult domestic workers, as well as migrant domestic workers in Nigeria and national domestic workers.

    The study will specifically address the following objectives:

  • Analyse the normative framework for domestic work in Nigeria - including legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks and guidelines - taking into consideration the standards of the ILO Core Conventions, ILO Conventions 189 and 190, and United Nations Conventions relevant to domestic work.

  • Analyse the current social, economic, cultural, religious or political situation of domestic work in Nigeria including, but not limited to, demographic composition of domestic workers (age, gender, nationality), gender dimension, and conditions of work, utilising updated qualitative and quantitative data;

  • Analyse household survey data on number of domestic workers and characteristics of the households employing domestic workers in target states.

  • Analyse the process and entities involved, such as private recruitment agencies, informal agents, and others, in the recruitment and placement of domestic workers, including, to the extent possible, for recruitment and placement of migrant domestic workers, including children, working in Nigeria.

  • Furthermore, analyse regulations and monitoring framework for the third-party recruitment of domestic workers, taking into consideration the ILO Operational Guidelines on Fair Recruitment and associated International Labour Standards, such as e.g. ILO Convention 181, as well as the findings of the ILO Regional Fair Recruitment Report for Africa (forthcoming, 2020).

  • Analyse the access of national and migrant domestic workers to social protection frameworks, including healthcare and emergency economic and social safety nets during emergencies such as pandemics.

  • Conduct a gap analysis to determine the extent to which existing law, policy and practices applicable in Nigeria respect the principles and provisions for achieving decent work for domestic workers in Nigeria. The gap analysis will cite international best practices in countries of comparable political and economic status and taking into consideration the standards of the ILO Core Conventions as well as ILO Conventions 189 and 190 and associated Recommendations, and other UN standards on domestic work.

  • Recommend stronger gender-responsive policy frameworks and government programmatic actions for the promotion of decent work in the Nigerian domestic work sector. Recommendations should also feed into to the development of a communication strategy and advocacy tools for the adoption of ILO’s C. 189 and C.190 by the Nigerian government.

  • Develop key policy recommendations to strengthen socio-economic resilience of domestic workers in the post-COVID 19 crisis by addressing key social and economic deficits identified by this review; and advocate for the integration of such recommendations in the recovery effort of the Government of Nigeria.

    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.

  • The protection of the privacy of research participants by the consultant shall to be ensured.


  • This study would be conducted through the technical and financial support of the International Labour Organisation (Country Office for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone), the ACCEL Africa Project,1 and the UN Women Country Office for Nigeria.

    Timeline Budget and Deliverables:

  • Contract Start date: May 2020

  • Contract End date: July 2020.

    Tentative Timeline for Deliverables:

  • Inception report and submission of data collection tools: 25th May

  • Field Missions, data collection, desk review and drafting: 1st- 30st June

  • Submission of first draft: 5th July

  • Peer review period: 7th – 18th July

  • Incorporation of feedback: 22nd – 26th July

  • Validation and final draft: 30th July

  • The consultant will work for a total of 30 working days within 60 calendar days. The consultancy fee for this work will be commensurate to the experience of the identified consultant.

    Disbursement will be as follows:

  • Forty per cent (40%) upon submission of a first draft of the report by 15th June 2020

  • Sixty per cent (60%) upon submission of the final report to the satisfaction of the ILO and UNWomen by 31st July 2020.

  • Accelerating Action for the Elimination of Child Labour in Supply Chains, funded by the Dutch Government.



  • 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)

    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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