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National Consultant to develop Joint Programme on Gender Responsive Governance and support development of Joint Programming Framework
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based, Dhaka, Bangladesh, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||30-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||60 Days spread between October to December 2021|
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 United Nations in Bangladesh has recently finalized its United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF 2022- 2026). The UNSDCF upholds the principle of gender equality and women’s empowerment, through a twin track approach where gender is integrated across all strategic priorities, and is also prioritized under Strategic Priority (SP) 5 on Gender Equality and Ending Gender-Based Violence: Empowering Women and Girls where the outcome states that by 2026, more women, girls and sexual minorities benefit from an environment in which they are empowered to exercise their rights, agency and decision-making power over all aspects of their lives and towards a life free from all forms of discrimination, violence and harmful norms and practices.
Under UNSDCF’s SP5 and to respond to the 8th Five-Year Plan priorities on gender equality and elimination of gender-based violence, the UN will focus on two interrelated strategic approaches: (i) Strengthen the capacity and accountability of institutions across public and private sector and government at national and local levels to develop and implement laws, policies and programmes that promote gender equality, eliminate GBV and address structural barriers that prevent women, children and girls from exercising their human rights across sectors in a coordinated manner and; (ii) Support civil society and the women’s movement to enjoy expanded political space to effectively represent women and girls, particularly the most marginalized, and drive policy and social change for the promotion of gender equality and elimination of GBV.
Outcome 4 under the Strategic Priority on Transformative, Participatory and Inclusive Governance aims at more people, especially the most vulnerable, benefit from more equitable, non-discriminatory, gender-responsive, participatory, accountable governance and justice, in a peaceful and tolerant society governed by the rule of law.
The UN will support review and strengthening of institutional mechanisms, capacity and coordination across the government and public institutions to effectively implement the existing gender-responsive planning and budgeting mechanism, gender statistics, access to justice, legal, rules, policy and programmatic frameworks to promote gender equality in relation to the National Women Development Policy 2011 and its Action Plan. Where necessary, it will also support the development of new policies and action plans in line with international and national commitments including CEDAW and other human rights treaties and the recommendations from the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAA) and Bangladesh’s 8th Five-Year Plan.
The UN plans to engage with senior leadership across Parliament and Government to strengthen political accountability and build ownership of the comprehensive, multi-sectoral and transformative approach needed to accelerate gender equality and prevent GBV. Specific attention will also be paid to promoting gender-responsive and non-discriminatory business practices amongst the private sector in Bangladesh.
Support will be provided for the strengthening of institutional arrangements and enhancing capacity to generate quality, comparable and regular disaggregated gender statistics to address data gaps, support evidence-based policy making and meet normative reporting commitments under the SDGs, CEDAW, CRC, UPR, Beijing Declaration and national plans. This will include data and statistics related to violence against women, gender equal distribution of unpaid care and domestic work, and women’s leadership and participation, among others. Institutional capacity strengthening will be supported for gender-responsive public finance management, financing framework for SDGs and planning through capacity building of line ministries and local governments to make strategic budget allocations through mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment in planning and budgeting. Monitoring and measuring the impact of the gender responsive budget allocation will be strengthened.
The UN will focus on enhancing the ability of civil society actors and the women’s movement to participate in policy change for the promotion of gender equality and elimination of GBV and ensure accountability of duty bearers. This will include supporting development of a government mechanism where gender equality and women’s rights based CSOs have a key role in informing policy processes across sectors. The UN will engage and capacitate women, girls, and gender diverse rights holders, particularly those that face intersectional discrimination, and women’s organizations to participate in national and local consultative and decision-making processes. Using its facilitating role, the UN will support the creation of diverse networks of support for women leaders, working with professional networks, parliamentarians, CSO networks, social media networks, faith leaders, and youth groups. Support will be extended to CSO led platforms for their oversight role on the implementation of GE commitments, particularly to CEDAW, Beijing PfA and other normative frameworks.
Under the UNSDCF and the coordination of the Gender Equality Thematic Group with the chairpersonship of UN Women and UNFPA, the UN agencies including UNICEF and UNDP are in the process of developing a Joint Programming Framework (JPF). The JPF will act as an umbrella framework to ensure strong coordination of gender-related initiatives in the UN’s collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh and civil society.
The JPF plan currently consists of three separate but interrelated work streams; namely Gender Responsive Governance (GRG); Ending Gender-based violence (GBV); and Gender Responsive Care Economy.
The specific objective of the consultancy is to:
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultancy has two main objectives:
More specifically, the national consultant will be responsible for:
Payment Milestone Linked with deliverables:
Respective deliverables and documents will be reviewed by UN Women before processing any payment.
Payment schedule is as followings:
Duration of the assignment: 60 Days spread between October to December 2021.
Duty station: Home based
Supervision and performance evaluation: The national consultant will be work under the direct supervision of the Programme Analyst of GRG.
Travel and DSA: Being home based work there will be to travel and DSA. However, if unforeseen travel outside the duty station not required by the Terms of Reference is requested by UN WOMEN, and upon prior agreement/approval, such travel shall be UN WOMEN expense and the individual contractor/SSA shall receive a per-diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other location(s).
Required Skills and Experience
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-02; Number of years’ experience in issues related to gender equality and gender responsive governance. Proven experience in developing and designing gender responsive governance related projects and programmes- Max Point 25
Criteria-03; Proven experience in developing research methodologies, protocols, results-based framework, PMF and Theory of Change in the field of GRG.- Max Point 20
Criteria-04; Previous professional experience with the United Nations on similar issue.- Max Point 15
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 70. 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 (49) 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