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Home based Consultant, UN Women strategy on CBIs across the HDP nexus
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||17-Dec-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||13d 8h 16m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||58 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.
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.
Women and girls are the worst affected by emergencies and crises while they are also the main caregivers and among the first responders, holding their families and communities together. Providing targeted livelihood and protection support to women in humanitarian settings has a direct effect on the wellbeing and recovery prospects of their families and communities. Women’s ability to receive livelihoods support and strengthen their income generating activities, makes peacebuilding and recovery efforts more sustainable. This is because they are more likely to participate in community recovery efforts, influence decision makers on needs and participate and lead peacebuilding initiatives in their communities. During emergencies and particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Women Country Offices have increasingly adapted and continues to use cash-based interventions (CBIs) to respond to the urgent livelihood needs of women, with varying results and use of different modalities across diverse country contexts, including protracted crises. As an area of strategic programming interest and investment, and with a view to proactively supporting UN Women achieve its objectives and effectively manage risks, in 2020 IEAS (Independent Evaluation and Audit Services) conducted a rapid assessment of UN Women’s level of preparedness to implement CBIs (conditional and unconditional cash transfers).
The objectives of the rapid assessment were to assess organizational and programmatic preparedness against a CBI benchmarking framework and propose a roadmap to ensure that UN Women is prepared for CBI programs that deliver impact and results; and has effective governance, risk, and control arrangements in place and identifies its comparative advantage against other UN agencies involved in CBIs, mainly WFP and UNHCR. This assessment aims at informing UN Women’s positioning and strategic contribution at global and country level, including engagement in global coordination platforms, in UNCTs and HCTs at country level; and its partnerships with other UN agencies and national government counterparts. It is also linked to UN Women’s work and contribution towards the implementation of gender commitments under the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, the Agenda for Humanity, the Grand Bargain commitments, and other global frameworks.
As a follow up on the key recommendations of this assessment, an internal Task Team has been established to move this process forward drawing on lessons learnt related to UN Women’s work on CBIs as an integrated part of UN Women initiatives dedicated to social protection in responding to violence against women and girls, in emergencies and crises and part of COVID-19 response. Through this Task Team, UN Women is expected to strengthen its internal coordination between different departments and offices to promote a multidisciplinary and coherent approach to CBI programming. The Task Team is co-chaired by the Policy Advisor on Sustainable Development/WEE, the Head of Humanitarian Section and the Chief, EVAW. The long-term objective of the Task Team is to promote a corporate multidisciplinary and coherent approach to CBI and strengthening UN Women’s work across the Humanitarian – Development – Peace (HDP) nexus.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work
Expected Outputs and deliverables
The CBI expert will work under the direct supervision of the Program Specialist and under the overall guidance of the Head, Humanitarian Normative and Coordination Action. The CBI expert is expected to give regular progress updates on each of the deliverables and be available for discussion with the Task Force co-chairs. After the submission of each draft version of the deliverables, the CBI expert is expected to incorporate the comments and feedback received by UN Women into the final versions.
Payment will be scheduled on lumpsum basis and as per the following deliverable completion:
 Including on issues related to enhancing accountability to women and girls in crisis, humanitarian, and development settings and pilot programming.
 The SOPs will integrate a step-by-step approach dedicated -among others- to the following areas: risk assessment/management; assessment of partner capacities and systems; gender needs assessments and analysis; targeting criteria; measures to ensure beneficiary engagement in all stages of CBI interventions, including partnerships with local women’s organizations and networks; identification of entry points to enhance Accountability to Affected Populations and PSEA-Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse); operational coordination, delivery mechanisms and options; set up of participatory, gender responsive monitoring mechanisms (accountability, communication and beneficiary feedback mechanisms).
Required Skills and Experience
The following documents should be submitted:
Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
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.