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International Consultant – Gender Specialist to support the development National Resilience Programme II
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based, Dhaka, Bangladesh, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||02-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 :||25 working days over 3 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.
UN Women is the UN entity responsible for gender equality and empowerment of women, with a mandate to support government and civil society to implement national commitments to gender equality across sectors. UN Women also has a mandate to promote, coordinate and monitor the work on gender equality across the UN system.
Over the past eight years, UN Women has led research and piloted interventions to increase evidence on how inequality drives vulnerability and determine ways in which a reduction in gender inequality can lead to a more resilient and empowered community. UN Women has contributed to greater capacity for a gender and rights based approach to climate change and DRR. Based on research findings, extensive stakeholder consultations and effectiveness of interventions in disaster and climate vulnerable zones, UN Women and partners have zeroed in on critical gaps in current DRR knowledge and practice. A significant amount of work has already been invested by GoB and UN Women in advancing gender equality agenda in DRR,CCA discourse through formulating and implementing gender responsive DRR,CCA policies and programmes.
With many other initiatives, Government of Bangladesh launched a programme titled National Resilience Programme in 2018 “to sustain the resilience of human and economic development in Bangladesh through inclusive, gender responsive disaster management and risk-informed development.”. The Programme consists of five outputs, is being implemented by four government agencies (Programming Division of Bangladesh Planning Commission, Department of Disaster Management of Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Local Government Engineering Department of Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives, and Department of Women Affairs, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs) with financial support from SIDA (Sweden) and FCDO (UK). NRP Phase-I along with government initiatives lays the foundation for gender responsive disaster resilience mostly contributed for improving knowledge base to relevant stakeholders and necessary reforms in national policy frameworks. Despite all measures for Disaster Risk Management (DRM), till date Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to disaster as per global reports (Global Climate Risk Index 2020). It is anticipated that the intensity and frequency of disasters will continue to increase as the global mean temperature rises and therefore, risks associated with extreme events are expected to increase(IPCC Fifth Assessment Report). Like many other developed or developing countries, there are still gaps in the DRM programs in particular to mainstreaming gender. Moreover, risks associated with recent development interventions may jeopardize the progress of the country. However, there are gaps for promoting risk informed decision making in the country. Chronic deficit of recovery compounded intensive vulnerability to future disasters to a number of hotspots. Limited risk oversight does not allow efficient investment planning. Risk information is not available to the ministries and private sector as well as no oversight or analytics are available to understand whether people in the vulnerable areas getting opportunities for employment. Institutional fragmented culture/ political economy and workings does not allow system risk to be addressed. In short, the capacity is not balanced to manage both growth and risk among officials.
The NRP I which will come to an end in December 2021/in March 2022, have already developed some convincing models. This generates a strong need for expanded work to sustain and institutionalization of existing initiatives, and innovation to address residual and emerging risks. In addition, at this point in time, the country is grappling with the unprecedented crisis arising from the COVID19 pandemic which is raging across the globe. The problems identified above would be further deepened and intensified unless pragmatic solutions are in place to build back better and ensure the life and livelihoods of the communities who are already affected by the climatic shock and stresses. Now, UN Women Bangladesh is seeking support from an International Consultant to jointly develop the project document for NRP II with UNDP and UNOPS.
Duties and Responsibilities
The international consultant is expected to work with a group of consultants and support producing NRP II project document. S/he will provide gender advisory support to the team, while Team Leader will have the overall responsibility to produce the project document.
The consultant will be responsible for following:
Respective deliverables and documents will be reviewed by UN Women before processing payment.
Payment schedule is as followings:
Supervision and performance evaluation:
The International Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the UN Women Programme Specialist.
DSA and Travel: No travel required, hence no DSA is applicable under this assignment.
Duratoin: Duration of initial contract 25 working days over 3 months
Required Skills and Experience
Minimum Master’s degree on social sciences (i.e. gender studies, sociology, demography, psychology, political science etc.), development studies, public policy or international development.
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant up on Cumulative Analysis/evaluation and determined as:
Criteria-03; Demonstrated experience in applying results-based management (RBM) principles into strategic planning processes- Max Point 20
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points (70) will be considered as technically-qualified candidate.
Interested candidates will submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.
To be included as part of the proposal:
Only applications including all items mentioned above will be considered.
NOTE: Documents required before contract signing:
UN Personal History Form;
Note: The individual consultant who does not meet the above eligibility criteria shall not be considered for further evaluation. Necessary documentation must be submitted to substantiate the above eligibility criteria