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National Consultant (Marriage Contract)

Job Category:
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Posted On:
08 November, 2010
Last Date to apply:
12 November, 2010
Experience in years
2 to 4

5 to 10 years of relevant work experience


Pervasive across class, religion and ethnicity in Pakistan, Violence against Women (VAW) has a high social and economic cost. It is not only a moral and a social issue but also constitutes a major loss of productive labor in the economy, limits women’s participation in the development process and reduces their capacity to access resources and services.

The Government over the years has shown its commitment for the advancement of women’s rights and protection of women through various international and national commitments which include Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); Beijing +10; Millennium Development Goals; National Policy for Development and Empowerment of Women (NPDEW); National Plan for Action (NPA), and Gender Reform Action Plan (GRAP) among others.

Gender Justice and Protection (GJP) Project is a key initiative of the UNDP Pakistan, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), with the aim to contribute to sustainable reduction in violence against women (VAW) in accordance with the government‘s policy commitments. The project has established a fund i.e. GJP Fund to support promising initiatives from government and civil society organizations (CSOs) to combat the prevalence of violence against women, abuse, discrimination and social exclusion.
One facet of VAW is Gender Discrimination in Marriage Contract. The GJP Project is therefore seeking the services of a consultant to produce messages for print medium.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
The consultant is responsible to execute the following tasks;
1. To design five messages of 24” X 7”; this means a quarter of the size of newspaper page.
2. The messages will be produced both in ‘Coloured’ and ‘Black & White’ versions.
3. The messages will be produced both in Urdu and English language.
4. The messages will be designed in simple and comprehensible language keeping in consideration the literacy rate of the general public so that the message can effectively be transmitted to a wider segment of the society.
5. The content of the messages will raise awareness on the women friendly clauses of marriage contract which are;
• The right of will to marry a person of choice and if required to repudiate the early age marriage by exercising the religious and legal right of Khayar ul Baloogh.
• The fundamental rights granted to a woman for her protection which are right to have maintenance, right of divorce and right to know the spouse’s marital status as if he is already married, widower or divorcee. 
Key Deliverables
The consultant has to submit the GJP Project five messages for print medium as a finished product ready to be published in the newspaper.

Reporting Line
The consultant will work in close association with the Advocacy and Communication specialist of the GJP Project.

Duration of the Contract

The consultancy is for two weeks (14 days) from the date of signing the contract.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMasters DegreeMasters DegreeMasters degree in Social Sciences or related discipline.

Must Title Level Description
YesLanguage and Interpersonal skills Excellent  • Fluency in English and Urdu • Excellent written, computer and interpersonal communication skills.