Individual Consultancy to develop a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) Planning Guide for training of Local Governance Actors on inclusive/sustainable development planning., Accra, At UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund

The Position:

The consultant will work with the project lead under the supervision of the Deputy Representative and the overall supervision of the UNFPA Country Office Representative, in order to empower local governance institutions and actors for inclusive development planning/budgeting as envisaged, UNFPA seeks to engage an individual consultant:

  •  To develop a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) Planning Guide for training of Local Governance Actors on inclusive/sustainable development planning.
  •  Train identified Local Government Staff on the use of the guide for inclusive development planning in 3 Regions (Upper West, Upper East and North-East).

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

You would be responsible for:

The consultant is expected to:

  •  Develop a practical HRBA Planning Guide for training of identified local governance actors for inclusive development planning.
  •  Facilitate training on the use of the guide for the Local Governance Actors in 3 Regions (North-East, Upper West and Upper East).
  •  Facilitate an online orientation for two CSO partners on HRBA.

Qualifications and Experience:

Five (5) years of work experience in human rights-based programming, training and development of planning tools.


Master’s degree in Governance, Human Rights, Development Studies, Gender Studies and related fields.

Knowledge and Experience:

  •  Knowledge of the decentralized system of governance in Ghana (Local Government System) including the development planning in the districts and local government space. eJoD86Z BIpnb
  •  Experience in the development of training manuals/guides, participatory frameworks/tools, training materials including user friendly versions.
  •  Excellent participatory training and group facilitation skills.
  •  Excellent communication/presentation, report writing and documentation skills.
  •  Ability to analyze/ understand the complex issues of human rights and culture within the local governance sphere.
  •  Good knowledge of the development challenges in northern Ghana and its implications for radicalization in the face of the current Sahel crisis.
  •  Excellent knowledge of peace building, governance, gender, youth, population and development dynamics.
  •  Research-related experience in issues and policies on cross border conflicts, peace and security, gender and social norms as well as humanitarian, peace and development nexus in Ghana.
  •  Good human relations skills and ability to work with diverse groups with different backgrounds.
  •  Good knowledge of the UN system and the development sector.



Required Competencies:


Exemplifying integrity,

Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,

Embracing cultural diversity,

Embracing change

Core Competencies:

Achieving results,

Being accountable,

Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,

Thinking analytically and strategically,

Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,

Functional Competencies:

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Managerial Competencies (if applicable):

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Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration.

UNFPA Work Environment:

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, diversity, integrity and healthy work-life balance. We are committed to ensuring gender parity in the organization and therefore encourage women to apply. Individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community, minority ethnic groups, indigenous populations, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities in terms of appointment, training, compensation and selection for all regardless of personal characteristics and dimensions of diversity. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is at the heart of UNFPA’s workforce – click to learn more.


Selection and appointment may be subject to background and reference checks, medical clearance, visa issuance and other administrative requirements.

UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process and does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

Applicants for positions in the international Professional and higher categories, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.


May 2024