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Re-advertisement - UNCT Gender Score Card Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Kampala, UGANDA|
|Application Deadline :||01-Jul-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 days|
Those who previously applied need not apply again.
At the 59th Session of the UN General Assembly, Member States, in adopting the Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review (TCPR) of Operational Activities for Development of the UN System called on all UN organizations to: mainstream gender and to pursue gender equality in their country programmes, planning instruments and sector-wide programmes and to articulate specific country-level goals and targets in this field in accordance with the national development strategies.
Further, ECOSOC Resolution 2004/4 - Review of Economic and Social Council agreed conclusions 1997/2 on mainstreaming the gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system requested: ‘the Secretary-General to ensure that all United Nations entities develop action plans with time lines for implementing the agreed conclusions 1997/2, which address the gap between policy and practice identified in the Secretary-General’s report, with a view to strengthening commitment and accountability at the highest levels within the United Nations system as well as to establishing mechanisms to ensure accountability, systematic monitoring and reporting on progress in implementation.’
As a direct follow-up to the TCPR, and to ensure a comprehensive response to many of its recommendations, the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) created a Task Team on Gender Equality as a sub-group of the UNDG Programme Group. The goals of the Task Team are: to support more consistent and coherent action among UNDG member agencies to mainstream gender equality and promote women’s empowerment at the country level; and to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment are mainstreamed into the wide range of tools and processes that emerge from the UNDG for use by United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs).
In 2006 the UNDG Task Team on Gender Equality commissioned a background paper on accountability mechanisms in UNDG agencies. This paper reviewed accountability for programming in support of gender equality in International Labor Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), and World Food Programme (WFP) and found that:
A common understanding of how to apply gender mainstreaming in UN operational activities is needed. This is because if there is no agreement on what constitutes a minimum level of actions to support gender equality, how will it be possible to hold agencies and UN Country Teams accountable? Reaching agreement across agencies on what constitutes a minimally acceptable performance to support gender equality, through an agreed set of indicators, would contribute to stronger guidance and accountability.
Subsequently this background paper was endorsed at the UNDG Principals’ meeting in July 2006, where agreement was reached on development of a UNCT-level ‘Accounting for Gender Equality’ Scorecard that sets minimum standards for UNCTs to assess their performance, and to identify gaps and progress across the system.
The United Nations Country Teams in Uganda
The United Nations system in Uganda consists of 11 resident and nine non-resident agencies, programmes and funds. The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) initially covered the period of 2010- 2014, but in response to the Government of Uganda’s request for the United Nations system to align to national development plan processes, the UNDAF has been extended to the end of 2015.
The UN in Uganda aims to deliver one programme through the UNDAF, and is laying stronger foundation toward the adoption of the Delivering as One (DaO) approach by piloting it in Northern Uganda before its subsequent expansion to the entire country in 2015. The UNCT is implementing its gender priorities through 3 joint programmes on promoting women’s human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment. There are also other joint programmes with a strong gender dimension.
The UNCT has decided for the first time to undertake a gender score exercise to guide future planning and programming with the aim to fully integrate gender dimensions in its approach. To support the UNCT Uganda in developing a Scorecard, UN Women will recruit an international consultant.
Duties and Responsibilities
|The main objective of this consultancy is to assess the effectiveness of the UN Country Team in gender mainstreaming, promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment as well as to provide a set of recommendations for improvements.
Purpose of the Score Card:
Scope of Work and Deliverables
Scope of Work
Under the overall supervision of the chair of the UN Convergence Group on Gender Equality, Women empowerment, Gender Based Violence (GE/WE/GBV), the international consultant will perform the following tasks:
The work of the international consultant will be supervised and certified by the UN Women Country Representative and close collaboration with the UN Convergence Group on GE/WE/GBV.
Duration of the Work
The total duration of the consultancy shall be 20 working days, including 10 days mission in Uganda, with possible travel to Gulu and Moroto, as will be advised by the Resident Coordinator’s Office.
The duty station will be Kampala.
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria: 70 points.
Financial Criteria: 30 points.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Technical Criteria – Maximum 70 points:
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
Indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II):
Annex I- Individual Contractor General Terms and Conditions.
Annex II –Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual Contractor Assignment
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.