Re-adv.-Consultant to review the implementation of the “Cairo Declaration for Arab Women and the Strategic Plan for Women Empowerment in the Arab Region - 2030 Development Agenda"-National and International



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Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :02-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Duration of Initial Contract :90 working days

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.


Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace, and security.

In 2015, the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Arab League endorsed the “Cairo Declaration for Women the Arab and strategic plan for the advancement of Arab women beyond-2015” (the “Cairo Declaration”), adopted, together with the Executive Strategic Action Plan, on 29  March 2017 at the 28th Arab Summit. The Cairo Declaration and the Executive Action Plan were adopted under the umbrella document of the "Development Agenda for Women in the Arab Region 2030".

The League of Arab States - Department of Women, Family, and Childhood (LAS - WFCD) is mandated to review every five years the implementation of the Development Agenda for Women in the Arab Region 2030, which includes the Cairo Declaration. The regional review also represents an important opportunity to review and update the Cairo Declaration, for instance by incorporating climate change and COVID-19 response.

For this purpose, LAS – WFCD is developing a questionnaire to collect data that will inform the review process (LAS Questionnaire).

UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) is regularly monitoring progress on gender equality and women's empowerment in the Arab States region. ROAS, together with the United Nations Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), will therefore be supporting LAS – WFCD in monitoring and reporting against this regional normative framework, with a view to accelerating progress on gender equality in the region.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultant will work under the supervision of UN Women Regional Policy Advisor on Women’s Political Participation, in close coordination with the Director of the Women, Family and Childhood Department of the League of Arab States.

The Consultant will provide timely technical support and coordination required to (i) analyze data which will be gathered by LAS - WFCD to inform the Cairo Declaration review process and (ii) report on results of the Cairo Declaration review process.  

To achieve this objective, the Consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Map progress made by each of LAS Member States based on responses to and data extracted from the LAS Questionnaire and develop a country profile for each of the LAS Member States;
  • Consolidate data from the country profiles and develop a regional report documenting progress against the Cairo Declaration, that should:
    • Highlight progress and gaps found in (i) data collection process against the LAS Questionnaire and (ii) the implementation of the Cairo Declaration;
    • Include recommendations for amendments of or additions to the Cairo Declaration;
    • Include recommendations for the Member States and other stakeholders to accelerate progress against the Cairo Declaration;
    • Reflect on the use of common methodologies for data collection by members states where possible, against internationally agreed methods, particularly the SDGs.
  • Prepare an updated draft of the Cairo Declaration that reflects the key findings of the country profiles and regional report;
  • Prepare at least one advocacy material for each of the Cairo Declaration outcomes and a presentation summarizing the key findings of the review exercise.

Deliverables of the Consultant include the following listed below:

Deliverables

Timelines

Deliverable 1:  Workplan including methodology, targets, and timeframe.

Prepare a draft outline template for the country profile based on the data received;

5 days

Within 10 days  of starting date

Deliverable 2: Draft country profiles for each of LAS Member States documenting progress against Cairo Declaration, based on answers to LAS survey;

8 working days before 31 December 2021

AND

36 working days before 29 February 2022

Deliverable 3: Incorporate comments and revisions from UNW and LAS in the country profiles and finalize the country profiles.

Prepare a detailed outline for the regional report, including preliminary findings, key messages, and recommendations.

11 working days

(by mid-April 2022)

Deliverable 4: Draft the regional report, that should include recommendations for the acceleration of progress.

Prepare at least one advocacy material for each of the Cairo Declaration outcomes.

10 working days

(by 30 April 2022)

Deliverable 5: Prepare an updated draft of the Cairo Declaration that reflects the key findings of the country profiles and regional report.

 

10 working days

(by 12 May 2022)

Deliverable 6: Incorporate comments and revisions from UNW and LAS, finalize the regional report, advocacy materials, and update Cairo Declaration.

Prepare a PowerPoint presentation (or any other format) summarizing methodology and key findings for circulation and presentation to LAS leadership and the Member States

10 working days

(by 31 May 2022)

TOTAL DAYS

90 working days


Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:  https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

Functional Competencies:

  • Sound practical knowledge on the political context in the Arab States region;
  • Ability to produce well-written reports and/or programme documents demonstrating analytical ability;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with people from varied cultures and professional backgrounds, demonstrating excellent interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work;
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Positive, constructive attitude to work.

Judgement/Decision-Making:

  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or Ph.D.) in Gender, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Law or relevant 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.

Experience

  • At least 8 years professional experience conducting research, analysis, monitoring, evaluation, and/or reporting related to gender equality in the Arab States region;
  • At least 3 previous assignments related to preparing analytical reports and assessments, in the field of gender equality, women empowerment, or women’s rights in the Arab States region;
  • Experience with the UN system or/and International Organizations is an asset;
  • The candidates who already applied in the position number (102056 - International Consultant to review the implementation of the “Cairo Declaration for Arab Women and the Strategic Plan for Women Empowerment in the Arab Region - 2030 Development Agenda - Home-based) do not need to reapply.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Arabic is required; 
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, including Zoom, ability to use Internet and email.

Evaluation Criteria

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation.

Criteria Weight Technical: 70% (70 points)

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 70. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on the following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

Education

10 points

Experience and skills

50 points

Language and other skills

10 points

Total Obtainable Score

70

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points (i.e., 49 points) will be considered as a technically qualified candidates.

Financial: Lowest Financial Proposal: 30% (30 points)

The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:

  • Contract will be awarded to the technically qualified consultant who obtains the highest combined score (financial and technical);
  • The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula: (Lowest Bid Offered*)/ (Bid of the Consultant) x 30;
  • 'Lowest Bid Offered' refers to the lowest price offered by Offerors scoring at least 49 points in the technical evaluation.

Application

Interested Individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • A cover letter with a brief presentation of your consultancy explaining your suitability for the work and link to a portfolio of work (no more than one page);
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment; applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment;
  • Financial proposal, including a proposed inclusive daily rate.

The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all of them since the online application submission does only permit uploading one file per application. Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.

Note:

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality, and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW, and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits employ, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity, and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)



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