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Recruitment of an International consultant to support an enhanced gender approach for UNCT in Madagascar
|Location :||Antananarivo, MADAGASCAR|
|Application Deadline :||17-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 mois|
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.
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”.
As a direct follow-up to the TCPR, and to ensure a comprehensive response to many of its recommendations, the UN 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 tools and processes that emerge from the UNDG for UN Country Teams (UNCTs).
In 2008, a gender scorecard system was created following the recommendations of a background paper on accountability mechanisms in UNDG agencies commissioned by the UNDG Task Team on Gender Equality -which found that “there is no agreement on what constitutes a minimum level of actions to support gender equality”. The UN SWAP formed another part of the accountability framework, focusing on the implementation of the policy at the entity level.
The QCPR calls for the United Nations development system to expand and strengthen the use of the Gender Scorecard as a planning and reporting tool for assessing the effectiveness of gender mainstreaming in the context of the common cooperation frameworks -formerly UNDAF (OP 83).
Madagascar enters in a new UNSDCF cycle in July 2021. While joint efforts weren’t spared to ensure that the Common Country Analysis (CCA) and UNSDCF document take into account the country current situation on gender equality, challenges and lessons learned from the previous cycle, the planning exercise allowed for the identification of room for improvement in UN capacities and effectiveness on gender. Key weaknesses are linked to structural, system gaps that affect progress on the gender agenda in country, like (i) the lack of systematic and up to scale data collection on gender and gender inequalities, (ii) the absence since 2015 of a National Policy on Gender Equality outlining the vision and strategy of Madagascar on gender, and (iii) reduced national resources allocated for gender across sectors, which result in a high dependency from donors and partners to advance on priorities for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
But year 2021 and the start of the new UNSDCF 2021-2023 also happen in a momentum where there’s growing mobilization of the Government, civil society and partners around gender. The elaboration of a GBV-specific Decree to enable the implementation of the recent GBV law 2019-008, the ongoing process to update the National Policy for Gender Equality and to elaborate a law on gender equality, the organization of the Forum Generation Equality that saw the creation of 6 coalitions of action and the engagement of Madagascar Government for gender equality and the fight against GBV, created a wave of interest and commitment on accelerating action for gender equality.
MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The main objective of this consultancy is to enhance UNCT capacity on incorporating and addressing gender aspects in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation across all sectors and agencies/entities in the context of the implementation of the UNSDCF in the Decade of Action.
In addressing this main objective, the expert will also need to ensure that gender is duly incorporated in the nexus between humanitarian and development efforts, and will advise on key aspects for ensuring that UNCT humanitarian actions and support to Government in the response to emergencies address crucial aspects on how the gender divide is exacerbated by ongoing crises (Covid-related health and socio-economic impacts, drought and nutritional emergency in the South, etc), including higher exposure to multiple forms of gender based violence, abuse and exploitation.
This assignment will require:
Results from the scorecard exercise will inform the UNSDG Information Management System (IMS) in UNINFO.
 Within this UNCT Gender Strategy and Action Plan 2021-2023, UNCT support to the implementation of the UPR, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and other treaty body obligations shall be captured.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will base his/her work on the existing methodology and tools for the UNCT SWAP-Scorecard assessment. The gender specialist will facilitate the exercise and apply participatory methods to ensure the establishment and training of an assessment team.
To guide and support the assessment team with the piloting process, the consultant will complete a background document review (5 days) including :
Assistance and support for the Inter Agency Team (IAT) with the in-country assessment: (15 working days)
Reporting (7 working days)
This component will include:
•Assessment of UNCT capacities on gender and related sub-themes (3 days)
•Preparation, discussion and UNCT validation of a capacity building plan on Gender 2021-2023, including a monitoring matrix (4 days)
•Delivery of trainings to staff of all levels, including a dedicated training for UNCT management and trainings to field staff in key regional hubs (20 days)
•Completion of a gender learning package for UNCT (5 days)
3.UNCT Support to institutional and operational strengthening of GoM
•Coordination of UNCT inputs on NGP, law on EWM, National GBV strategy, gender budgeting, etc. (7 days)
4.Provide any additional support as may be required.
1 UNCT scorecard report and action plan
1 capacity assessment report
1 learning package on gender
1 series of gender trainings for UN staff
1 capacity building plan on gender
1 final report for the consultancy
Consultant performance will be evaluated against the following criteria: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
DUTY STATION AND TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
The consultant is expected to work in Antananarivo (Madagascar) with field missions. Home based work arrangements might be considered in case of administrative and logistic hindrances to travel to/in country given the COVID-19 Health Emergency situation.
Values Guiding Principles:
•Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
•Strong analytical skills;
•Excellent knowledge of Results-Based Management;
•Strong knowledge of the UN system;
•Strong knowledge of local country context.
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced (Masters) degree in social and political sciences, human rights, gender equality etc.
Language and other skills:
Interested consultants should submit a technical and financial proposal to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
The technical proposal should include: A brief presentation of the methodological approach and organization of the mission, a note of understanding of the TORs, a curriculum vitae including at least two (02) references with email addresses
Payment arrangements: The Consultant will be paid a lump sum amount including fee and per diem. In his/her application, the consultant should indicate the lump sum and breakdown per phase/deliverable in the financial proposal