Gender Specialists (National Consultant)

Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :17-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :100 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months from October 2021 to September 2022

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.


As delineated in the Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2021, UNDP commits to “strengthen interventions tackling structural changes that accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment rather than engaging primarily in programmes focused on women as beneficiaries”[1]. Gender equality is central to UNDP support to implement and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda envisions a world “of universal respect for human rights and human dignity” in which “every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed.”

Gender discrimination and inequality pose significant challenges on sustainable development in Cambodia. Important progresses have been made in its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality. These include Neary Rattanak V 2019-2023, the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW III) 2019-2023, and National Policy on Gender Equality (to be approved). However, the enforcement of such policies remains a challenge, in perspectives of both human resource and finance. There are legal frameworks in need for strengthening gender sensitiveness, such as the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Protection of Victims. Economic inequality between women and men stays significant (e.g. 19 percent of wage gap between women and men for equivalent work[2]). Harassment and intimidation of women human rights defenders continue and they are subject to increasing scrutiny[3]. Sociocultural norms underline the core of the challenges. According to a UN national survey[4], 62.6 percent of men and 57.1 percent women believe that “men should have the final say in all family matters”. The covid19 pandemic increases vulnerabilities of women and girls (e.g. increasing cases of Gender Based Violence and domestic care burden). Most women are employed in low paying jobs and informal sectors.

The UNDP Cambodia country programme positions itself as a strategic partner to the Cambodian government, to support transition to upper middle-income status through sustainable and inclusive growth, eliminating poverty and leaving no one behind. [5]Gender equality is an essential aspect of “leaving no one behind,” as women are over-represented among those furthest behind. In this context, UNDP is interested in recruiting gender specialists, expertised with insightful gender analysis and gender responsive approaches and measurements. We look for experts in the three inter-dependent pillars of the country programme, that is, prosperity (expanding economic opportunities), planet (sustainable living) and peace (participation and accountability).

Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultant (s) is to support UNDP Cambodia in conducting gender analysis and designing gender transformational interventions and measurements. At the end of the assignment, recommendations should be developed, to help understanding the best approaches to address gender inequalities and women’s empowerment in a particular context of programmatic intervention, and identify strategies to mobilize women’s agency[1]. The following are the scope of work under the Long Term Agreement.

a). Conduct gender analysis[2], examining gender differences and relevance of gender roles and power dynamics in the context of a particular project or initiative according to the Country Programme priority areas outlined in section 2. The findings should be summarized in a gender assessment report.

b). Based on the analysis on challenges and opportunities identified above, propose key areas of interventions to mitigate adverse impact on gender and address gender equality and women's empowerment, by developing/ contributing to gender responsive Theory of Change. Prioritisation of gender issues might be necessary, in close consultation with a respective UNDP team

c). Develop a relevant gender specific results framework, entailing outputs, activities, indicators, baseline and targets.

d). Support the UNDP team to mainstream gender in the overall results framework of a particular project or initiative. For example, how to translate indicators and targets to be more gender responsive?

e). Develop a final gender assessment report containing the points b) – d) above, by incorporating comments by UNDP and relevant partners. Consultation meeting(s) with stakeholders could be required by a respective UNDP team.


Interested offeror must  read  the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at for more  detail information about term  of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.


Solid knowledge and understanding of gender related issues, and legal and institutional mechanism addressing gender issues and promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality in Cambodia.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in gender studies, women's studies, public policy, social sciences, sociology, anthropology, development studies, or a related field.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least 5 years of progressive experience in gender equality and women's empowerment, and/or sector-specific tasks entailing gender component; experiences in one of UNDP country programme priority areas: prosperity (expanding economic opportunities), planet (sustainable living) and peace (participation and accountability)
  • At least 3 years of experience in mainstreaming gender in development programme or project. This includes experiences conducting gender assessments, and/or sector specific assessment with gender analysis, in designing and developing gender responsive interventions and measurements;
  • Experiences in implementing gender responsive interventions is an asset.

Language Requirement: Fluency in English and Khmer mandatory.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested individual offeror must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

1. Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

2. Financial proposal

3. Personal CV including experience in similar projects, list of publication written by Candidate and at least 3 references.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

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