GENDER AND CONFLICT CONSULTANT
||Amman, Jordan, with travel to Erbil, Baghdad/ Iraq, JORDAN
|Application Deadline :||17-Jun-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
Arabic English |
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 Months|
All necessary information including Complete Terms of Reference, Selection Criteria, and Annexes are found on the following link under Procurement Notice Number IC-044/12:
Proposals should be submitted to the following e-mail address no later than COB 17th June 2012:
Applicants should download the application documents (presented in compressed file) from the previously mentioned link for UNDP Iraq – Procurement notice web site, complete and sign them, and send the scanned copies to the email account above by or before the deadline of this post.
Applications with no financial offer or missing CV’s, P11 form or the required documents for the technical evaluation will not be considered for evaluation.
In Iraq, key challenges exist with regard to women’s rights, women’s protections, gender mainstreaming, and gender equality. These can and should be addressed in the greater context of the Government of Iraq’s overall national priorities (via the National Development Plan). Priorities concerning post-conflict peace-building and reconciliation as well as the expansion of the Iraqi private sector must be addressed, and women are believed to be able to play a key role in both. Background:
With regard to the expansion of the private sector, it is believed that increasing the number of women in the workforce can provide a significant boost to the sector in terms of manpower and talent. However, various legal, social, personal and economic challenges characterise Iraqi women’s participation in the economic sphere today.
In addition, decades of war, and sectarian or internal conflict have caused many Iraqi women who survived to have lost husbands, children, homes, and livelihoods. The progressive gains made by women in education and in the economic sphere in the mid-20th century eroded over time. Today, a large number of women who lost male relatives through these events find themselves caught between the demands of tradition and the realities of modernity. Women have been left as the sole breadwinners of their households, yet due to the prevalence in certain areas of traditional mindsets, some have been denied access to income or even the tools – such as education – needed to begin earning an income. Complicating this already-difficult plight is the marginalisation, discrimination, and violence – in terms of physical and other forms of abuse – that numerous women face in the home, in society, and in the workplace.
Effective investigation is required to understand how at the grassroots and “micro” level, women can begin increasing their communities’ and male counterparts’ understanding and awareness not only of women’s rights and basic human rights, but of women’s potential to support their families and communities, and ultimately contribute to a more productive Iraq.
To this end the UNDG Iraq Trust Fund’s Private Sector Development Programme for Iraq (PSDP-I), as well as the Capacity Development for the MDGs in Iraq Programme, have sought to commission research to investigate ongoing grassroots efforts towards peace-building, as well as efforts to better involve Iraqi women in the workforce and in the economy. Efforts under these projects thus far have resulted in collection of essential qualitative and quantitative data. What is now needed is support to convert this data into publishable-quality reports, which can be presented at relevant, upcoming conferences and symposia on these subjects, and to relevant, concerned representatives of the Government of Iraq and international donor community.
Two full-sized reports are required, one on Women’s Economic Empowerment, and one on Women in Peacebuilding. Further, compelling multimedia (DVDs, videos, presentations) productions will be required to better publicize these reports. Support is also required in the dissemination of these studies and awareness-raising around them. Finally, the Women’s Economic Empowerment should be presented at a relevant upcoming conference.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant is expected to do the following:
Deliverables and Outputs:
- Organize, collate, and structure collected quantitative/qualitative data into a publishable “Women’s Economic Empowerment” report;
- Organize, collate, and structure collected quantitative/qualitative data into a publishable “Women in Peacebuilding” report;
- Organize and structure multimedia into deliverables supporting the “Women’s Economic Empowerment” report;
- Organize and structure multimedia into deliverables supporting the “Women in Peacebuilding” report;
- Support at conferences and symposia to present and discuss these reports on an as-needed basis;
- Support in efforts to disseminate and raise awareness about these reports;
- Organize, collate, and structure information and data from a June 2012 Women’s Economic Empowerment conference into a publishable Summary Report.
Key tasks of the Gender and Conflict Consultant will comprise the following tasks, and amount the to the below percentages of the total contract value:
- Sequence of deliverables is suggested - deliverables and outputs may be produced simultaneously if the Consultant’s availability and capacity permits;
- Target due dates are suggested – deliverables and outputs may be submitted earlier if feasible; or later (within the overall assignment).
Women’s Economic Empowerment Report:
- Draft Women’s Economic Empowerment Report - (approx 30-50 pages);
- Final, publishing-quality Women’s Economic Empowerment Report - (approx 30-50 pages);
- Final, conference-quality Women’s Economic Empowerment presentation.
Women in Peacebuilding Report:
- Draft Women in Peacebuilding Report - (approx 30-50 pages);
- Final, publishing-quality Women in Peacebuilding Report - (approx 30-50 pages);
- Final, conference-quality Women in Peacebuilding presentation.
Women’s Economic Empowerment DVD:
- Dissemination-quality Women’s Economic Empowerment video (on DVD).
Women in Peacebuilding DVD:
- Dissemination-quality Women in Peacebuilding video (on DVD).
Dissemination plan for the produced reports:
- Plan and timeline for disseminating/presenting deliverables 1, 2, 3, and 4 at relevant conferences and via other methods;
- Attendance/participation in relevant conferences on an as-needed basis.
Economic Empowerment Conference Summary Report:
- Draft Economic Empowerment Conference Summary Report - (approx 30-50 pages);
- Final Economic Empowerment Conference Summary Report - (approx 30-50 pages).
| Key Performance Indicators During Implementation of Services: |
Key Performance Indicators to indicate progress of tasks will include: (1) for reports, number of pages produced (draft and publishable); (2) for videos, number of minutes produced; (3) number of relevant conferences attended / number of relevant presentations given.
The Consultant must display the following basic competencies:
- Capacity to quickly grasp issues and concepts and articulate ideas in a synthetic and concise manner;
- Ability to interview practitioners and project managers and distill essential ideas and concepts;
- Robust analytic skills;
- Remote work and management aptitude and proactively;
- Ability to lead planning and reporting;
- Strong upward and downward management skills;
- Impeccable analytical skills;
- Focus on results for the clients and respond positively to feedback;
- Team spirit and excellent interpersonal skills;
- Ability to adapt to a multi cultural working environment;
- Ability to work under pressure.
- Corporate: Knowledge of and demonstrable commitment to UN’s Core Value; respect for individual, gender and cultural difference in deal with others and to achieving the goals of the programme;
- UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Required Skills and Experience
Qualification and Requirements:
- Advanced Degree or equivalent in social sciences, development studies, international relations, business administration, or related fields.
- Minimum eight years experience in any of the following areas: gender issues, conflict management, development, poverty alleviation, socio-economic development, area based development, project management, strategic planning, M&E, communication;
- Experience in writing successful proposals and project documents is essential;
- Experience with the UN system and its specialized terminology is essential;
- Experience in fund mobilization is essential;
- Experience as journalist, reporting officer or/and, writer is preferred;
- Experience in Middle East is essential;
- Experience in Iraq and on Iraq-focused programmes is essential;
- Experience with professional-quality document design and layout software and methods;
- Experience with professional-quality video production software.
- Fluent/Native English (writing and speaking) is required;
- Arabic (speaking and/or writing) is strongly preferred but not required.
Documents to be included when submitting the Proposal:
(Which will include the following):
- Signed Template Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal. (Please use Annex 1);
- A letter explaining why he/she considers himself/herself the most suitable candidate for the work;
- Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references. Please Use the attached CV Form – Annex 2 attached. UNDP-Iraq reserves the right to disqualify any of CVs who are not compliant with the requested form.
The financial proposal will specify a total lump sum amount and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables. Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. A breakdown of this lump sum amount is to be provided by the IC candidate. Total Fees: Please use Annex 3 – Financial proposal form.
All necessary information including: Complete Terms of Reference, The Selection Criteria, and Annexes are found on the following link under Procurement Notice Number IC-044/12:
Proposals should be submitted to the following e-mail address no later than COB 17th June 2012:
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.