UNDP: Gender Equality and Trade


Sam Stern
Homa Sorouri
Sarha Rouamba
Betsy Aleshire

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The objectives of desk review and stock-taking exercise are to:

  • Assist countries in designing appropriate strategies and policies to support gender equality in the context of an open multi-lateral trading system.
  • Inform and guide UNDP on what steps the organization should take to complement existing work and avoid overlaps in the area of gender equality and trade.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collect and systematize tools, knowledge products and good practice policies, strategies and programmes on gender equality and trade by various actors at international, regional and national levels, by region and by thematic area;
  • Identify key challenges for advancing the gender equality and trade agenda, and for women to participate in trade at all levels;
  • Identify areas for further research on gender equality and trade by the international community, in particular UNDP and its partners;
  • Develop recommendations on strategic entry points for promoting gender dimensions of trade at all levels, including capacity building and technical assistance/cooperation;


The desk review and stock-taking excercise will be implemented with the support of four student consultants from the New School University with relevant experience and interest on gender and trade. The student consultants will review the most up-to-date academic and international development literature, as well as Internet resources on gender equality and trade. The work should involve compiling good practices, tools and analysis and highlight specific recommendations for a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society, women’s organizations, women entrepreneurs, policy-makers, donors and other development partners, in particular UNDP.

The desk review and stock-taking exercise will be based on secondary sources of information, to be found in academic literature, handbooks, methodological guidelines, and other materials prepared on the subject by the international community, including the United Nations system (e.g. ILO, ITC, UNCTAD, UNDP, the World Bank), donors (e.g. CIDA, European Commission, SIDA), non-governmental organizations (e.g. Gender and Trade Network, ICDA, WIDE), other international organizations (WTO, OECD, regional banks) and associations of business women and women entrepreneurs. The work will be conducted over a period of up to 14 weeks.


  • A desk review and stock-taking on the subject of “Gender equality and trade”. The report should be submitted in electronic format (Word).

Content of the report:

The final content and structure of the report and the emphasis made on its different sections will be decided by the student consultants, in consultation with the Gender and Economy Specialist/UNDP. The report should be analytical and should make clear suggestions on possible activities to be carried out by UNDP at international, regional and national levels in the area of gender equality and trade. The report should annex a bibliography of resources used, including online resources.