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Re-advertisement: Two National Consultants to support in the implementation of “Women’s Small Business Program (WSBP)” in Kamëz municipality
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Tirana, ALBANIA|
|Application Deadline :||10-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 (thirty) working days over 8 months for each consultant|
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.
Note: THOSE APPLICANTS WHO HAVE ALREADY APPLIED AND SUBMITTED ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IN THE PREVIOUS ADVERTISEMENT, DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY.
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. Placing women's rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The Government of Albania has made national and international commitments to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women in many different socio-economic aspects. Several international conventions and platforms, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the UN Beijing Platform for Action, demonstrate Albania’s commitment to the realization of women’s rights and the achievement of gender equality.
On November 26th, 2019 Albania was struck by a strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake described by national authorities as the strongest to hit Albania in 30 years. The earthquake affected 11 municipalities: Shijak, Durres, Kruja (in the Durres region), Tirana, Kamëz, Kavaja, Vora and Rrogozhina (in the Tirana region) and Kurbin, Mirdita and Lezha (in the Lezha region). The affected areas can be divided into three different regions: 1) the capital city of Tirana, 2) the coastal region including the port city of Durres, which is the main tourist and economic hub in the area, and 3) the rural areas in the countryside.
In the countryside, agriculture is the main economic activity, and it employs 41% of the overall population, while about 24.3% of the land is used for agricultural purposes. The agriculture sector is limited primarily to small family operations and subsistence farming because of lack of modern equipment, unclear property rights, and the prevalence of small, inefficient plots of land. Women typically constitute the majority of workers in the small family farms. The main crops cultivated in the earthquake-affected areas are vegetables, fruit trees, vineyards, and forages. On average, 75.5% of the affected farming households rely solely on agricultural activities for their incomes and livelihoods.
Past experiences show that women and girls are differently and often disproportionally affected by disasters and crisis and have different and uneven levels of resilience and capacity to recover. Learning from past outbreaks have shown that a pandemic magnifies all existing inequalities, including economic status, ability, age and gender. This was also confirmed by the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) conducted in Albania following the deadly earthquake of November 2019, which points out the disproportionate impact of the earthquake on women and girls in the affected areas. Their economic empowerment will stagnate as they will be pushed further towards traditional roles and activities, including caretaking for children and elderly, family members with disabilities and engaging in agriculture to support their household. They also have less mobility to search for casual jobs, which further aggravates the inequality gap and constrains their ability to recover quickly and to build back better. Women and girls in these communities are now faced also with the impact of COVID 19 pandemic, which is expected to further widen gender inequalities and exacerbate their socio-economic situation and any existing vulnerabilities. The PDNA also stressed the importance of considering the recovery process as an opportunity to strengthen resilience by reducing inequality and the vulnerability of women and other groups.
The earthquake in 2019 specifically shed light on Albania’s lack of preparation to respond to natural disasters in a manner that ensures the protection and support to the most vulnerable groups such as rural women, who face increased risks of losing their subsistence agriculture production; single mothers or women heads of households who are at risk of losing their homes and falling into homelessness and poverty; and women victims of domestic and/or intimate partner violence among other forms of violence, and other groups with an increased vulnerability such as women and men with disabilities, LGBTI persons, elderly persons, and Roma and Egyptian women and men.
To address some of these needs, UN Women is implementing a project focused on Gender sensitive post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction, funded by the Government of Sweden, through the UN Albania SDG Acceleration Fund. The project aims to strengthen resilience by reducing inequality and the vulnerability of women in the affected areas. In this context UN Women is looking to contract two national consultants to support in the implementation of the “Women’s Small Business Program (WSBP)” in Kamëz municipality.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment
Support in the implementation of the Women’s Small Business Program (WSBP), specific to vulnerable and marginalized women affected by the 2019 earthquake in the municipality of Kamëz.
The activities in this consultancy service aim to strengthen the business competencies and entrepreneurship skills of an estimated 20-30 selected marginalized women in Kamëz. As a result of the entrepreneurship training, marginalized women will be able to: Understand and develop the entrepreneur characteristics and competencies; Develop competencies on issues such as business idea generation, innovation, business planning, contracting, product development, marketing, sales, promotion, and financing; Develop a basic business plan and present their business ideas; Start-up / consolidate their business. Economic empowerment and improved living condition of marginalized women, and their families will be achieved by (i) supporting job creation via self-employment; (ii) increasing the number of marginalized and vulnerable women in self-employment, production, processing and marketing and promote their contribution in economic development and social cohesion; and (iii) create positive attitude towards promotion of the successful women; (iv) raising awareness to the Kamëz municipality to integrate women small business support measures in the future, providing financial support or establishing positive fiscal incentives.
Tasks and responsibilities:
In close cooperation and continuous consultation with UN Women Project Coordinator on Post-Earthquake and UN Women Women’s Economic Empowerment & Local Economic Development (WEE&LED) Expert, the two consultants will perform the following tasks:
3. Deliver business trainings and coaching.
4. Provide technical assistance and follow-up coaching
5. Contribute to organizing public events for entrepreneurs
6. Prepare technical equipment needs assessment report for the selected beneficiaries
Note: The individual tasks and specific deliverables for each consultant will be specified in a detailed work plan to be assigned at the start of the contract in close consultation with the project manager.
Duration and remuneration:
The duration of the contract will be for an initial period of 8-months starting from August 2021. The payment will be made in installments upon satisfactory completion of tasks and deliverables, submission of time-sheet, monthly report and approved deliverables by UN Women.
 CEFE is a methodology that stands for Competency based Economies, Formation of Enterprise and is a comprehensive set of training instruments using action-oriented and experiential learning methods to develop and enhance the business management and personal competences of a wide range of target groups, mostly in the context of income and employment generating and economic growth. CEFE trainings are completely adapted to teaching and are oriented towards simulations, empirical and interactive participation of participants. 5 modules on basic entrepreneurship skills, from idea generation, pitching, entrepreneurs’ profile, innovation, market research, product definition, marketing, business plan development, minimum viable product, financing plan, cash flow, break-even point.
Required Skills and Experience
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/consultant during the contract period (e.g. fee and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services and travel-missions to the targeted area (Kamza municipality). The financial proposal shall include a travel estimate for at least 15 (fifteen) travels to Kamza for each consultant.
Recommended Presentation of Offer:
Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their application no later than 10 August 2021:
Evaluation of applicants:
Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Evaluation –70 points:
Financial Evaluation – 30 points
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. The calculation formula applied is as follow:
p = 30 (µ/z); where: p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated; µ = price of the lowest priced proposal; z = price of the proposal being evaluated.
How to Submit the Application: To submit your application online, please follow the steps below: