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National Consultant - Researcher – Improving Active Participation of Women in Local Government (Uva Province) - for Sri Lankans only - Reference No. IC/CDLG/2021/57
|Location :||Colombo with Travel to Uva Province, SRI LANKA|
|Application Deadline :||17-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 Months|
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.
The Capacity Development of Local Governments (CDLG) Project of UNDP Sri Lanka is part of larger efforts by the Government of Sri Lanka to strengthen the local governance system in the country. These efforts are supported by the European Union, and the World Bank. The Government of Sri Lanka implements the Local Development Support Project (LDSP) in four provinces – North, North Central, Eastern, and Uva – to strengthen local service delivery and local economic infrastructure and enhance bottom-up approaches to support public engagement in local decision-making processes, including through participatory planning and feedback mechanisms for service delivery.
The overall objective of the CDLG project, implemented by UNDP, is to strengthen the capacities of local authorities (LAs) to be inclusive, responsive, and accountable and be able to plan, enhance resilience, and deliver better services. The capacity development support, coupled with the fiscal support (through Basic Transfers and Performance Transfers provided through LDSP project) for inclusive service delivery and economic investment, is aimed at strengthening the role of elected representatives at the local level. It is about improving local governance systems and making local governments “fit for future”, as well as increase downward accountability of elected officials and local governments. The project also aims to strengthening mechanisms for public engagement in local decision-making processes.
CDLG has carried out a Survey of Gender Responsiveness of Local Authorities (herein after the Survey) in the local authorities in the four CDLG provinces – North, East, North Central and Uva with the support of the Asia Foundation to support LAs in fulfilling their gender equality commitments by developing their capacities to mainstream gender in local program planning and budgeting processes. Further, CDLG is in the process of developing provincial capacity development plans for local government authorities in target provinces. Gender mainstreaming and building of capacity of women elected officials, non-elected officials and community are included into these plans.
To increase the quality of women’s active engagement in decision making processes, CDLG project is providing targeted capacity development support to women elected officials and administrative officials to fulfil their roles and encourage women’s community leadership. “Learning trajectory” initiatives are also specifically designed for women elected officials and administrative officials as well as potential women leaders (with focus on young women) to learn from each other and provide mentorship and advisory support as required. CDLG is building on the findings from the mapping and capacity building programmes implemented for elected women officials. Sensitizing male officials (elected and administrative) to provide space for and encourage the ‘active voice of women’ including taking forward recommendations by women and recognizing them as ‘equal players’ in the development process is an important aspect of this project.
To this end, CDLG Project under UNDP is looking to hire a Researcher to conduct a study on improving active participation of women in local government in the Uva Province. According to the Survey of Gender Responsiveness of Local Authorities in CDLG Provinces, Uva Province scored the lowest amongst CDLG provinces on gender responsiveness. Across the seven main assessment domains, namely, female staff participation (ratio of female to male employees), women in decision making positions, gender equality focus (special mechanisms to identify gender needs and practices of conducting gender and vulnerability assessments), capacity for gender and social diversity mainstreaming (staff with training in gender/social sensitivity, history, and practice of conducting orientation programs on gender and social sensitivity and diversity etc.), and inclusive grievance mechanisms recorded low scores.
The Researcher is to work closely with and in consultation with the Local Governance Specialist, the Gender Consultant, and the Research, Reporting and Communication Specialist of CDLG Project in this exercise.
Scope and Objectives
The scope of services associated with this assignment can be broadly categorized as follows.
The main objectives of this assignment are to identify the barriers to effective participation of women at local level decision making, to understand their level of participation and to identify possible action points to improve status quo. The study will cover women in elected and non-elected positions at local authority and provincial council level, and women in community. The study will be conducted in the Uva Province as a pilot. The findings of the study will inform the capacity development efforts targeting local authorities, Provincial Council, and the community under the CDLG Project. The findings of the research will also enlighten the policy level discussions on this subject matter and will be utilized for advocacy around strengthening participation of women at local level.
The consultant is expected to closely engage with the State Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government affairs (SMPCLGA), Uva Provincial Council, Department of Local Government, local authorities in the Uva Province and the CDLG field unit set up in Uva Province. The consultant is expected to undertake tasks under three major components as described below.
Component 1: Literature review
As noted above, the objectives of this study are to identify the barriers to effective participation of women at local level decision making, to understand their level of participation and to identify possible action points to improve status quo. And this study is expected to cover women in elected and non-elected positions at local authority and provincial council level, and women in community. Therefore, the Consultant is expected to map out existing literature in this area. It could include, among others, recently published research reports, surveys, assessments, legislations, policies, and other national and international documents. The literature review is expected to set the context for this study.
The Consultant needs to conduct this assessment in order to understand the status quo of women participation at local level, i.e., women in elected and non-elected roles at local authorities and the Provincial Council, and women in the community. He or she also needs to map out the key stakeholders who could and/are contributing to the status quo and who are able to impact positively for improvement of the situation. The consultant is required to conduct this analysis in line with the mandate, and powers, granted through laws, regulations, and by-laws to local authorities and Provincial Councils.
The baseline studies (including the survey) and information gathered on local authorities by CDLG in identifying the capacity gaps in the Uva province will be shared with the consultant as information to support this review.
The draft literature review needs to be submitted for comments to CDLG before finalizing.
Component 2: Data gathering and validation
The Consultant is required to identify the following through key informant interviews, ward level consultations, focused group discussions, and validation workshops to;
In selection of the geographical areas, the Survey could provide some degree of guidance.
The following are proposed to the Consultant in determining the nature of the data gathering tools and their quantity:
The Consultant is also free to utilise questionnaires in addition to the above. In the event that the restrictions related to COVID continue, the Consultant should continue with the research employing alternative methods (as opposed to face to face meetings ) of gathering these data. These alternative means are required to be detailed in the methodology submitted with the application. These alternative methods also need to be factored in the financial proposal.
The Consultant must gather data from males and females to avoid any sample bias.
Component 3: The report with recommendations
The final report needs to contain:
The draft report needs to be submitted for comments to CDLG and these need to be addressed at the final report. The Consultant is expected to do a presentation to the CDLG team and local government authorities showcasing the findings of the study.
Component 4: Summarized report on the findings and recommendations
The Consultant is expected to prepare a brief (5-10 page long) summary of the report for easy reference. A draft need to be shared for comments with CDLG.
Duties and Responsibilities
Expected Output/Deliverables & Milestones
The assignment should be completed within six months. CDLG field team will assist in making the introductions to the relevant authorities and liaising with the respective officials to facilitate this assignment.
The data collected is required to be shared with CDLG so that any cross references can be made if required.
The prospective Consultant should have the following competencies and qualifications:
A. Technical competency;
B. Behavioural Competencies;
Required Skills and Experience
Following are the minimum qualifications required for the selected consultant.
a) Academic Qualifications;
HOW TO APPLY
The application should contain:
All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee: LKR (_______________________________________)
Amount in words: (Rs._____________________________________________________)
Please refer the below link to access the template
Note: Payments will be based on invoices on achievement of agreed milestones i.e., upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee” including his/her consultancy and professional fee, travel (economy class flights is required to and from the Duty Station) board and lodging, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant. UNDP will only pay for any unplanned travel outside of this TOR and Duty Station on actual basis and on submission of original bills/invoices, and on prior agreement with UNDP officials. Daily per diem and costs for accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel shall not exceed established local UNDP DSA rates.
For an Individual Contractor who is 65 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required travel under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided. Such medical examination costs must be factored into the financial proposal above. Medical examination is not a requirement for individuals on RLA contracts.
PAYMENT FOR SERVICES
Payments will be based on the submission of written reports specifying the tasks accomplished towards achieving the deliverables outlined above.
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workplace, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence