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International Consultant to support the development of a Regional Plan of Action for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based with possible field trips to Jakarta or other countries in the region depending on COVID-19 situation, INDONESIA|
|Application Deadline :||07-Jan-22 (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)
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.
UN Women Indonesia Country Office (CO) hosts the ASEAN liaison office which extends support to ASEAN and its Member States in advancing Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in line with global normative frameworks. UN Women in partnership with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is implementing the regional programme, “Empowering Women for Sustainable Peace: preventing violence and promoting social cohesion in ASEAN” (Advancing WPS in ASEAN). The programme aims to support select ASEAN Member States to advance and strengthen WPS agenda, including through preventing violence against women and girls and promoting social cohesion in the region. The programme will ultimately contribute to the achievement of gender equality through inclusive and sustainable peace and development in the region.
The WPS agenda was formally initiated by the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), which was adopted on 31 October 2000. UNSCR 1325 reaffirmed the important role of women in prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building initiatives. It stresses the need of women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security. UNSCR 1325 also urges all stakeholders to take action to increase the participation of women and calls on the UN member states to incorporate gender perspectives into all of its peace and security agenda. It also calls on stakeholders to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict.
UN member states in Southeast Asia have taken greater strides in the implementation of the WPS agenda as shown in the ASEAN Regional Study on Women, Peace and Security released in 2021. Some of these results include strengthened commitment on the promotion of WPS, adoption of a joint statement on promotion of WPS, enhanced contribution of troops by ASEAN member states to UN peacekeeping missions, enhanced participation of women in law enforcement institutions, strengthened efforts around conflict prevention, including building social cohesion and community resilience to face emerging security challenges, etc.
Despite results already achieved there are still individual and common challenges that are being faced by the ASEAN Member States (AMS) which were captured in the ASEAN Regional Study on WPS. This regional study also took stock of progress made in the advancement of WPS and a review of similar trends globally. It further took a critical examination of persistent and emerging challenges on WPS, and captured lessons learned across the region. Most importantly, this study provided critical recommendations for supporting ASEAN Member States in enhancing women’s meaningful participation in peacebuilding and conflict prevention, resolution, and post-conflict processes in line with regional and international commitments.
The major recommendations of this regional study include:
Against this backdrop, the ASEAN secretariat (ASEC) on behalf of ASEAN Committee on Women (AWC) and the ASEAN Commission on the promotion and protection of the rights of Women and Children (ACWC), and the ASEAN ACWC advisory group with the technical and financial support from USAID-funded PROSPECT project staff and UN Women plan to implement the key recommendations of the ASEAN endorsed regional study with special focus on the development of an ASEAN WPS RPA. In this context, UN Women seeks to hire an International Consultant (IC) to support ASEAN to develop an ASEAN WPS RPA.
Objectives of the assignment
The main objective of this consultancy is to support ASEAN in the development of an ASEAN WPS RPA and inform relevant stakeholders about the significance of developing and implementing this plan.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work and tasks
Under the overall guidance and management of the Programme Specialist, ASEAN Governance, Peace and Security, and supervision from the Project Coordination Specialist ASEAN WPS and in partnership with ASEC, ACWC Advisory group and USAID-funded PROSPECT project staff, the IC will perform the following tasks:
Task 1. Desk Review and development of a consultancy work plan and inception report.
-objectives and research questions
- Data collection tools
- Preliminary findings
Task 2. Conduct consultative meetings/workshops and in-depth interviews to develop the RPA and raise awareness and support ASEAN to build ownership.
Task 3. Development of the RPA (Home-based)
Task 4. Conduct validation workshops
 Validation and endorsement by ACW and ACWC, validation by ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (AMMSWD), Validation by Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) at ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (ASCC).
The IC will produce the following deliverables:
All the deliverables, including annexes, notes and reports should be submitted in writing in English.
Upon receipt of the deliverables and prior to the payment of the first installment, the deliverables and related reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women. The period of review is one week after receipt.
Scope of bid price and schedule of payments
The contract price is a fixed deliverable-based price regardless of extension of the contract duration. Payment will be done once deliverables detailed in section II are submitted and approved by UN Women.
The lump sum costs should include a consultancy fee, administration costs, communication costs, and expenses related to the consultancy. All prices/rates quoted must be exclusive of all taxes. The lump sum costs must be accompanied by a detailed breakdown of costs calculation using the template in Annex 1.
Consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Required Skills and Experience
Required experience and qualifications
The Consultant should fulfill the following requirements:
Language and other skills:
Submission of application
Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application no later than 7th of January 2022
Submission of package
Applications without any of the items listed above will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further processing.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be invited to the interview.
Selected candidates will need to submit prior to commencement of work:
Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allotted for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Only the candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be longlisted, and additional documentation may be requested. Candidates with a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically qualified candidates and will be shortlisted for interview.
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
Annex I: Financial Proposal
Breakdown of Cost by Components:
The lump sum costs should include administration costs and expenses related to the consultancy. All prices/rates quoted must be exclusive of all taxes. The lump sum costs must be accompanied by a detailed breakdown of costs calculation.