International Consultant (Gender-Responsive Business Procurement for UNAFs in Myanmar: Baseline Assessment)



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Location : Home-based, MYANMAR
Application Deadline :12-Nov-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)
15-Nov-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :1 and half months
Expected Duration of Assignment :19 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

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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and political crisis, Myanmar was considered to be a medium human development country, with a rating of 147 out of the 187 countries according to the most recent Human Development Index (HDI).  As a result of the triple peace, democracy and economic transition that began in 2011, after nearly six decades of military rule, Myanmar was during the past ten years one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia; and it was anticipated that the country would graduate from least developed country to middle income country status by 2021. The challenge which ensues from the COVID-19 and the political crisis of February 2021 are not only deeply gendered, political, and human rights challenges but they also threaten to reverse and erase all the development gains of the past decade for gender equality as well as to cause a new nationwide humanitarian gender emergency.

In this context of this double crisis, UN Women considers gender-responsive procurement (GRP) as a strategy to empower women’s enterprises and gender-responsive businesses through the purchasing decisions and actions of UN agencies involved in delivering aid within the UNCT common guidelines. Procurement is an important part of the United Nations’ activities and a major market.Promoting women’s entrepreneurship through UN business operations procurement is one way to close or at least narrow the gender gap. At the same time, increased participation by women-owned businesses in UN supply chains will also yield tangible benefits for the UN.

Therefore, it is proposed to conduct a Gender-Responsive Business Procurement Baseline Assessment of UNAF to ascertain (as closely as possible) the actual business procurement of UNAF. The rationale to carry out this study before the implementation of UN Women new country programme under the newly designed Strategic Note 2022 - 2023 is to ascertain the feasibility of a programme to promote Gender-Responsive Business Procurement by UNAF in Myanmar that can help women led businesses recover from the double crisis in Myanmar. The baseline assessment will ascertain the feasibility and inform UN Women Myanmar for a design and implementation of “Promotion of gender responsive Business Procurement programme” under the ad-interim strategic note.

A Gender-Responsive Procurement Expert will be recruited to conduct a baseline assessment of the actual UN/Business Operations Strategy (BOS) in particular the Procurement service line. The Business Operations Strategy (BOS) is a mandatory strategic planning framework that facilitates the development, management, monitoring, and reporting of the UN Country Teams' joint support to programme delivery through common business operations. It is a flexible tool that seeks to enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of joint business operations. The BOS focuses on 6 main operational service lines at the country level: Procurement, Human Resources, ICT, Admin and Facility Management, Logistics, and Finance. Especially with the Procurement service line, the Business Operations Strategy has the potential to make a significant impact on SDG 5: Gender Equality.

The consultant will present the results of the baseline assessment in the form of an analytical report.

Purpose of the service

This assignment is a home-based consultancy. The purpose of this assignment is the design, piloting, conducting, cleaning, analysis of a baseline assessment on the current UN Business Operations strategy, in particular the Procurement service line.


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will work with the MCO under the guidance of the Head of Programme, and will lead the process of designing, piloting, conducting, analyzing and presenting the results.   

In accordance with UN Women guidelines, the consultant will:

  • Work with Head of Programme, UN Women Head Operations and the UN Women’s WEE Team to design the survey, pilot the survey with two selected UN agencies (proposed UNOPS and WFP, final selection to be endorsed by their HoA) and OMT to conduct the data collection, data analysis and report writing.
  • Provide recommendations to UN Women WEE team in how to promote women entrepreneurship through UN Business Operations strategy in particular the Procurement service line.   
  • Technically lead on the questionnaire design, quality assurance, editing, cleaning, production of survey, finalize the report.
  • Analyze data and report against the TORs of the baseline study.

Provide timely and quality submission of data, the analytical report, learnings, and recommendations in how to launch, plan and implement a of gender-responsive procurement programme under the ad-interim Strategic Note 2022 -2023 in Myanmar.

No

Deliverable

Activity

No. of Days (anticipated)

Deliverable completion timeframe

Payment Schedule

1

Inception report.

Signing of the contract, completion of kick off meeting and submission of inception report

 

 

 

3 Days

17.11.2021

 

40% to be paid after submission of Inception Report

2

Scope of the Study and draft Questionnaire, interviewees

In close collaboration with UN Women WEE team, Head Operations finalization of the scope of baseline study, the questionnaire

Feedback from OMT and agencies

 

5 Days

24.11.2021

3

Interviews with OMT, UNOPS and WFP (when endorsed by their respective HoA)

Data collection on the baseline survey.

 

3 Days

29.11.2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60% to be paid after submission of Final Report

4

Draft report

Data Analysis and Technical report on Results of baseline survey, submission to UN Women WEE team, UN Women Operations, participating UN agencies and OMT

 

 

 

5 Days

7.12.2021

5

Feedback from UN Women WEE, OMT lead and WFP and UNOPS

 

Submission to UN Women WEE team and UNOPS, WFP and OMT lead

 

 

14.12.2021

7

Final Report

Development of full-fledged report on the study (final draft)

 

 

3 Days

17.12.2021

 

Total

 

19 Days

 

100%

The consultant will be paid against completion of each satisfactory deliverable after it has been reviewed and certified by the UN Women’s Head of Programmes/Deputy Country Representative and in accordance with UN Women policies and regulations.

 


Competencies

Core Values

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

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: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf


Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications

Education

  • Master's degree in economics, women business promotion, or related discipline is preferred;
  • Bachelor's degree in economics, Procurement, Human Resources, ICT, Admin and Facility Management, Logistics, and Finance or related discipline, plus two years of work experience may be accepted in lieu of a master’s degree

Experience

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in UN business operations (procurement, Human Resources, ICT, Administration or:
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in UN business development, women entrepreneurship promotion.   
  • Proven record in report writing and monitoring; Master level education preferred.
  • Proven record of work of managing gendered (baseline) surveys and research studies.
  • Experience of working with UN Agencies with UN Business Operations a must.
  • Previous experience of working with UN Women, will be an asset;

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English is required.

 

Application

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

  1. Letter of Interest (cover letter) explaining the suitability of the candidate to the work as well as indication of applicant’s availability and start date
  2. UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded at  http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
  3. A brief technical proposal with the proposed methodology for undertaking this assignment, along with a brief work plan with timelines.
  4. Samples of similar work undertaken in the past (at least two) that demonstrate strong technical skills in gender, gender mainstreaming, gender analysis and/or youth engagement for gender equality.
  5. Financial proposal or price proposal that indicates a daily rate (in USD) to undertake the terms of reference, and other related costs -if applicable-. Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.
  6. The contact details of three referees.

Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed and are ground for disqualification.

Note: Financial proposal will be in USD. The proposal shall also specify daily professional fees and any charges related to other expenses, i.e, logistic, travel and communications expenses.

Deliverable 1

US$

Deliverable 2

 

Deliverable 3

 

Deliverable 4

 

Deliverable 5

 

Other (specify)

 

Total Financial Proposal

 

 

 

Evaluation

 

Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis.

  • Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
  • Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]

A two-stage procedure is utilised 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:

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individuals is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

            Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

  1. Education
  • Master's degree in economics, women business promotion,  or related discipline is preferred;
  • Bachelor's degree in economics, Procurement, Human Resources, ICT, Admin and Facility Management, Logistics, and Finance or related discipline, plus two years of work experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree.;

 20%

      B) Substantive Experience in Gendered Baseline Survey and analysis

 

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in UN business operations (procurement, Human Resources, ICT, Administration) or:
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in UN business development, women entrepreneurship promotion.  
  • Proven record in report writing and monitoring; Master level education preferred.
  • Proven record of work of managing gendered (baseline) surveys and research studies;
  • Previous experience of working with UN Women, will be an asset;

50%

C) Report writing, editing and language skills

  • Good experience of converting the reporting materials into knowledge products for wider audience.

20%

D) Experience of working with UN Agencies

  • Experience of working with and in collaboration with UN Agencies, especially UN Women, will be an asset

10%

Total Obtainable Score

100%

 

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
  • The total number of points allocated for the financial component is 100.
  • 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.
  • Financial proposal: the financial proposal shall specify a lump sum amount breaking down the professional fee for each deliverable and travel related cost (i.e. round-trip airfare from consultant original country to the field locations, and visa fees).

 

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