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International Consultant to support the development of the Strategic Note (2023 - 2025) for UN Women Afghanistan Country Office (ACO)-Re-advertised
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home - based with possible travels to Kabul, AFGHANISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||15-Jan-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||80 working days in six months|
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.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was established in July 2010 with the goal of contributing to the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. 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, peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the centre 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. The work of UN Women is focused around its three-fold mandate:
UN Women Country Office has been operating in Afghanistan since 2002. For UN Women, the Country Office Strategic Note (SN) is the main planning tool for the agency’s support to normative, coordination and operational work. The current UN Women SN cycle in Afghanistan is 2014 – 2022. A new SN is due to be developed for the period 2023-2025.
Following the Taliban takeover on 15 August 2021, UN Women Afghanistan Country Office re- prioritized its programming on 5 key areas, in alignment with the UN System-wide Transitional Engagement Framework (TEF), currently planned for November 2021 – December 2022. The programming for the Country Office is also fully integrated into the priorities of the Humanitarian Response Planning (2022) and the Special Trust Fund for Afghanistan.
With the TEF is expected to provide the building blocks for the return to the UN’s multi-year engagement framework, the new SN will fully align to the TEF key areas and contribute to UN Women’s Global Strategic Plan (2022-2025). The SN will include a development results framework (DRF) as well as key drivers and enablers for implementation of the DRF over the next three/four years. Based on the current operating context, UN Women Afghanistan Country Office is seeking to hire an international consultant to support in the development of a new SN (2023 - 2025). The consultant will work closely with the ACO Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and under the direct supervision by the ACO Deputy Country Representative.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of UN Women Deputy Country Representative in Afghanistan the consultant will be home-based with travel to Kabul. Safety protocols and measures recommended by the United Nations Department for Security Services will be followed, including those related to COVID-19 pandemic related health measures (e.g., requirements related to quarantining, social distancing, etc.). The consultant is expected to review relevant documentation (both internal and external), conduct internal and external consultations using a consultative and participatory approach throughout the SN development process and draft the Strategic Note in line with UN Women corporate guidelines for developing country strategic notes. The payment will be made in three instalments upon satisfactory receipt and approval of the following deliverables:
Objectives: The UN Women Afghanistan Office is embarking on the process of developing its Strategic Note for the period 2023-2025, defining the key development and management results that is in line with UN Women HQ guidelines for developing country strategies. The SN will be strategically aligned to – a) results of the TEF, the UN multi- year engagement framework that follows; b) UN Women’s Strategic Plan (2022 - 2025); c) relevant intergovernmental frameworks on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and d) highlight UN Women’s contribution to support the full, effective and accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, CEDAW, Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security where relevant, and gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
To ensure continued relevance of UN Women’s interventions in the current operating context and overall UN mandate, the formulation of the SN will include a context analysis that leverages ongoing relevant analysis/strategic assessments conducted at the country level. This will ensure that lessons learned inform the new planning process. In specific terms, the SN development process will include:
In addition to aforementioned requirements and qualifications, it is important that the consultant shares the core values and core competencies of the organization.
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant is expected to be able to demonstrate evidence of the following experience and capabilities:
Interested consultants can submit the following documents online:
Financial proposal: the financial proposal shall specify a lump sum amount breaking down the professional fee for each deliverable on daily basis. All the travels costs will be covered by UN Women according to UN Women’s rules and regulation and should not be included in the financial proposal.
All requested documents of the submission package (CV, Motivation Letter, P11, Technical and financial proposal) should be combined in one document and uploaded when asked to upload the resume. Incomplete submission will not be considered.
Please use “International Consultant: UN Women SN Development in Afghanistan” as the subject heading of your application.