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International Consultant for UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Score Card Assessment in Pakistan
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||27-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||2 November 2021- 15 February 2022|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||2 November 2021- 15 February 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.
UN Reform and Gender Equality
There are numerous UN inter-governmental mandates for gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEEW). In 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. The Agenda commits all countries and stakeholders to work together to achieve sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development, and environmental protection. Leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first is at the core of the Agenda. This is underpinned by the principle of GEEW, grounded in the norms and standards the United Nations is tasked to uphold and promote, including coherent and integrated system-wide gender-responsive planning, implementation and reporting.
The latest UN General Assembly resolution 71/243 from the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR)  adopted in December 2016 reaffirmed that promoting gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, in accordance with the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of relevant UN conferences and resolutions of the General Assembly, is of fundamental importance and has a multiplier effect for achieving sustained and inclusive economic growth, poverty eradication and sustainable development. The QCPR resolution furthermore calls upon all entities of the UN development system to continue to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality by enhancing gender mainstreaming through the full implementation of the System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women as well as the UNCT performance indicators for gender equality and the empowerment of women (the “gender equality scorecard”) , in particular with regard to gender-responsive performance management and strategic planning, the collection and use of sex-disaggregated data, reporting and resource tracking, and drawing on available gender expertise in the system at all levels to assist in mainstreaming gender equality in the UN development assistance planning frameworks.
In Pakistan, the UN Country Team (UNCT) in partnership with the government and other stakeholders is completing implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Framework for Pakistan (UNSDF), also known as the Pakistan One United Nations Programme III (OP III) 2018-2022), a medium-term strategic planning document that articulates the collective vision and response of the UN system to Pakistan’s national development priorities, highlighting activities to be implemented in partnership with the Government of Pakistan, as well as in close cooperation with international and national partners and civil society. The UNCT is currently engaged in finalizing its UNSDCF for 2023 – 2027 which is based on the shared situation analysis of the CCA and which sets out the vision and results for the system over the next five years and in which gender equality is one of its outcome among five outcomes.
The United Nations Country Team commits to work together in collaboration with the Government of the Pakistan and other partners to support realizing the national development vision, aligned with the globally agreed and universally applicable transformative 2030 Agenda and the SDGs and its core commitment of leaving no one behind.
The UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard
In response to the UN Chief Executives’ Board for Coordination (CEB) system-wide Policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (CEB/2006/2) the UN has developed a coordinated approach to strengthening accountability for gender, endorsed by the CEB in 2012:
To ensure better accountability of UNCT towards gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN Country Teams are expected to use the UNCT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard to assess status and identify gaps and corrective actions.
The Scorecard is organized around seven Dimensions that address key GEEW components: planning; programming and monitoring and evaluation; partnerships; leadership and organizational culture; gender architecture and capacities; resources; and results. Each dimension includes Performance Indicators, which UNCTs need to meet or exceed.
Main objective and Purpose of the UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Score Card
Specifically, the exercise aims at:
 The QCPR is the primary policy instrument of the General Assembly to guide the operational activities for development of the UN System.
 See Res A/71/243 (OP 13) and E/RES/2018/7
Duties and Responsibilities
The SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard Inter-Agency Team (IAT) nominated by members of UNCT will be established to carry out the SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard assessment exercise listed in the UNCT UN-SWAP Technical Guidance and Framework. The UN Gender Theme Group (UN GTG), co-chaired by UN Women and UNFPA, will be responsible for guiding the SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard exercise for the UNCT Pakistan based on the methodology development by the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG). The UN Resident Coordinator Office will lead and own the process with the close support and guidance by the UNCT Gender Theme Group co-chairs and support of the consultant (optional).
The key tasks of the consultant are as follows:
Complete the final Scorecard, narrative report, the suggested action plan and a follow-up matrix.
Expected deliverables and timelines
The consultant will be supervised by UN Women Deputy Country Representative who will be responsible for coordination with the RCO, UNCT and Co-chair of the UNGTG.
Contract period and work location
The time required for the consultancy is within the period from 2 November 2021- 15 February 2022 (3 months). Duty station is home-based.
Required Skills and Experience
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis:
A two-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidates who may be contacted for validation interview.
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation: Financial Proposal Should be Password Protected
The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.
Submission of application
Submission package includes:
Financial proposal which shall specify a total lump sum amount, breaking down the daily professional fee, proposed number of working days. Please see the financial proposal template as below: