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RE-ADVERTISEMENT - Individual International Consultant – To develop the Fiji National Action Plan to prevent Violence Against Women / VAW, UN Women Fiji MCO
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Suva, FIJI|
|Application Deadline :||17-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 90 working days within a 7 months’ period|
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
The incidence of violence against women and girls in the Pacific Islands is amongst the highest rates in the world. For example, 64% of women in Fiji who have ever been in an intimate relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a husband or intimate partner over the course of their lifetime. Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is a central barrier to gender equality and a cause of widespread violation of human rights across the Pacific.
In Fiji, the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre in partnership with women’s organisations and the women’s rights movement have led the work on prevention and responding to violence against women and girls for over the past 30 years and have been crucial in advancing local understanding of women’s and girls’ rights, getting the issue onto the public agenda, and providing much-needed services.
To respond to the high rates of violence in the Pacific, UN Women has developed a comprehensive Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) programme which takes a transformative approach to prevent violence against women and girls at multiple levels (regional, national and community), and to improve survivors’ access to quality response services.
UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office’s (MCO) EVAWG programme is implemented primarily under the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (hereafter referred to as ‘Pacific Partnership’). The Pacific Partnership brings together governments, civil society organizations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG), and increase access to quality response services for survivors. The programme aims - through innovative approaches to education, access to essential services, and policy development - to transform the social norms that allow violence against women and girls to continue and to support national and regional institutions meet their gender equality commitment. The EUR 22.7 million programme is funded primarily by the European Union (EUR 12.7m) with targeted support from the Governments of Australia (EUR 6.2m) and New Zealand (EUR 3.2) and cost-sharing with UN Women (EUR 0.6m).
In 2020 the Government of Fiji embarked on a historic mission to develop a National Action Plan (2021-2026) to Prevent Violence Against all Women and Girls, making it the first Pacific Island Country, and one of the only two countries globally along with Australia, to have whole of government, inclusive, evidence-based approach to prevent violence against women and girls. The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation (MWCPA) is leading the development of the National Action Plan in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders.
The five-year National Action Plan will set out will short, medium- and long-term measures to prevent violence against all women and girls before it starts with focus on preventing domestic violence, intimate partner violence and sexual violence. The key components of the Fiji National Action Plan will include an explanation of why Violence Happens in Fiji, Key strategies to prevent VAWG in Fiji, Key settings for prevention VAWG in Fiji, Stakeholder roles & responsibilities, Costed implementation plan and a National Communications Strategy.
MWCPA plans to complete the development of the National Action Plan by December 2021. The National Action Plan is coordinated by the Secretariat, which comprises of MWCPA, UNW and the CSO Rep, currently held by Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre. UN Women, as part of the Secretariat, is the primary technical partner to the MWCPA in developing the National Action Plan. UN Women’s technical and financial support is provided through the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls.
Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre. (2013). Somebody’s Life, Everybody’s Business. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre. Suva, Fiji.
The Situation of Women in Fiji, Governments 2nd, 3rd and 4th report to the CEDAW Committee
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the Assignment
UN Women Fiji MCO is looking for an international consultant individual to support the Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and UN Women to draft the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls.
For this purpose, the selected consultant will work under the overall coordination and direct supervision of the UN Women EVAWG Technical Advisor and the Fiji MWCPA Director of Women in close consultation with the Fiji MCPA National Gender Advisor to draft the National Action Plan, based on results from the National Consultation and in a participatory and transparent manner with the NAP Secretariat and Technical Working Group.
Duration of the Assignment
The duration of this assignment will be up to 90 working days over 7 months work assignment as per schedule of deliverables with a possible start date from 20 September 2021.
Specifically, the following major tasks shall be undertaken by the International Consultant:
The assignment should be carried out within a period of 7 months, not exceeding 90 working days, with the incumbent being responsible for delivering the following outputs:
Upon receipt of the final deliverables and prior to the payment of the instalment, the deliverables, related reports, and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women within one week.
All the deliverables shall be agreed with UN Women’s and the MWCPA, and UN Women will be provided in English hard and electronic copy.
The International Consultant will work under the overall coordination and direct supervision of the UN Women EVAWG Technical Advisor and the MWCPA Director of Women in close consultation with the National Gender Advisor to draft the Fiji National Action Plan.
S/he will work in coordination with the NAP Secretariat, NAP Technical Working Group and the UN Women EVAWG Technical Specialist for Primary Prevention to develop the Action Plan.
The selected candidate is expected to have her/his own laptop, internet access and communication equipment.
The Consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Payment will be disbursed within 30 (thirty) days after receipt and approval of deliverables and corresponding invoice and certification by the UN Women EVAW Technical Advisor that the services have been satisfactorily performed. It is estimated to have 3 installments to be paid to consultants/experts as follows:
The position is home-based. The Consultant will not be required to travel to Fiji to undertake this assignment.
No travels are envisaged under the current assignment. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UN Women and the International Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Required Skills and Experience
Required experience and qualifications
The Consultant should fulfil the following requirements:
Experience and Skills:
Language and other skills:
Initially, individual consultants will be short-listed based on the following minimum qualification criteria:
The shortlisted individual consultant will be further evaluated based on a cumulative analysis process, with a total score being obtained upon the combination of weighted technical and financial attributes.
Cost under this method of analysis is rendered as an award criterion, which will be 30% out of a total score of 100 points.
Evaluation of submitted offers will be done based on the following formula:
Technical evaluation will be represented through desk review of applications. Interviews and/or written tests will be organized if needed only, depending on the short-listed candidates’ qualifications.
Technical Qualification Evaluation Criteria: The technical part is evaluated based on its responsiveness to the Terms of Reference (TOR).
Financial Qualification Evaluation Criteria: In the Second Stage, the financial proposal of candidates, who have attained minimum 70% score in the technical evaluation (at least 49 points), will be compared.
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).
Submission of application
Interested candidates are requested to submit fully completed application on the UNDP Vacancy Site.
Applications without a complete financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. UN Women reserves the right to accept or reject any bid.
The consultancy recruitment process will be governed by the rules and regulations of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
Deadline of all submission: 20th August 2021
Price Proposal Guideline and Template
The prospective Individual Contractor should take the following explanations into account during submission of his/her price proposal.
The price proposal should indicate a "lump sum amount" which is "all-inclusive"; All costs (professional fees, living allowances, communications, consumables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Individual Contractor needs to be factored into the proposed price.
UN Women will not withhold any amount of the payments for tax and/or social security related payments. UN Women shall have no liability for taxes, duties or other similar charges payable by the Individual Contractor in respect of any amounts paid to the Individual Contractor under this Contract, and the Contractor acknowledges that UN Women will not issue any statements of earnings to the Individual contractor in respect of any such payments.
Contract price is fixed to activities/deliverables indicated in the ToR, regardless of the changes in the cost components (such as days invested for completion of the deliverables.)
As this is a home-based consultancy, no travel costs are envisaged for this assignment.
The applicants are requested to submit their price proposals in USD.
In case of proposals in other currency, these shall be converted into USD using the official UN exchange rate for currency conversion at the date of applications’ submission deadline.
Price Proposal Submission Form
[ Mandatory document for the Consultant to complete and submit]
To: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Ref: Individual International Consultant – To prevent the Fiji National Action Plan to prevent Violence Against Women / VAW, UN Women Fiji MCO
Dear Sir / Madam,
I, the undersigned, offer to provide professional consulting services to UN Women within the scope of the referred Assignment. Having examined, understood, and agreed to the Terms of Reference and its annexes, the receipt of which are hereby duly acknowledged, I, the undersigned, offer to deliver professional services, in conformity with the Terms of Reference.
My maximum total price proposal for the assignment is given below:
Estimated Costs (in USD$)
*** Please be informed that for shorter assignments than a full day, the daily rate will be pro-rated into hourly rate.
I confirm that my financial proposal will remain unchanged. I also confirm that the price that I quote is gross, and is inclusive of all legal expenses, including but not limited to social security, income tax, pension, etc., which shall be required applicable laws. I agree that my proposal shall remain binding upon me for the duration of the contract timeline i.e. ________________ days / weeks / months / year.
I understand that you are not bound to accept any proposal you may receive.