United Nations’ and the World Bank’s support to Somalia is guided by the Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF) (2014-2016), and the Somalia Interim Strategy Note FY14-16 respectively. Both documents were developed in response to and in alignment with the Somali New Deal Compact (2014-2016) which was endorsed by the international community in Brussels in 2013. Capacity development stands as one of the key cross cutting initiatives promoted in the Somali New Deal Compact. Several coordinated initiatives are already ongoing.
UN Women and the World Bank aim to deepen capacity development in data collection and data analysis on gender equality and Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, through capacity support initiatives to Somali government institutions, think tanks, academia and research institutions. The World Bank brings extensive expertise on data collection and analysis, and has extensive experience on the strengthening of such capacity in national institutions. UN Women as Co-chair of the UN Gender Theme Group has a role to play in ensuring a coordinated approach to deepen knowledge management on gender equality and the WPS Agenda, in the efforts to address and monitor support to national frameworks such as the Somali New Deal Compact and global frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, including CEDAW and UNSCR1325 and its subsequent resolutions.
To that end, UN Women and the World Bank, with support from the UN-World Bank Partnership Trust Fund will recruit a consultant to undertake the following tasks: (i) provide an overview/analysis of the existing state of (the use) of gender statistics and an overview of any statistics available, as well as an overview of indicators for which data is already being collected and monitored, and identify the existing gaps in data collection and analysis, across the country. (ii) to outline options for the development of a flagship ‘State of Somali Women and Men Report’ to be published by the Federal government capturing both federal and state/interim states under the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development and in coordination and collaboration/partnership with the federal and state/IPA level planning ministries/entities and statistical bureaus and the ministries responsible for gender, women and human rights issues, Somali think tanks, academia and research institutions, with the support of a reputable international institution with extensive and relevant track record in Somalia; (iii) design the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the State of the Somali Women and Men Report; and (vi) establish scoring criteria for the RFP, analyze the received RFPs and recommend a consultant firm.
The rationale for this initiative is to promote capacity development amongst Somali institution on gender data collection and analysis. It will inform government and UN programme design and planning cycles, and set a new baseline for gender equality and women empowerment. It will provide women activists, political leaders, and the Ministry for Women and Human Rights Development an instrument to argue for and justify increased resource allocation to gender equality and initiatives in support of women, peace and security issues. The international development partners will also benefit as the data collection and analysis can be used to justify and promote gender responsive programme design and analysis. In this manner, it will be a fundamental tool to promote gender mainstreaming in the New Deal Compact.