Develop a Gender Action Plan and Gender Communication Plan to Ensure Gender Mainstreaming Features in the Design and Implementation of the NAP in Montenegro

Location : Homebased and Podgorica, Montenegro, MONTENEGRO
Application Deadline :26-Jan-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :10 February 2022 – 31 July 2022
Expected Duration of Assignment :40 consultancy days

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The climate change poses serious, wide-ranging risks to economies, societies and ecosystems. Reducing these risks requires action to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation), combined with measures to increase resilience to the impacts that occur (adaptation). Through the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) opportunities are created to ensure a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous future for all.
In many countries, Montenegro included, UNDP has an important role in working towards this future.
Working in partnership with the Government of Montenegro ad with support from the Green Climate Fund, Montenegro is now able to start the implementation of the project entitled “Enhancing Montenegro’s capacity to integrate climate change risks into planning”. 
Relying on cooperation with national stakeholders and in close cooperation with the Government of Montenegro, a stocktaking exercise to inform the development of an adaptation process concluded that water, agriculture, tourism and health sectors were the initial priority sectors for intervention. 
Despite the actions taken and progress made so far in prioritizing adaptation planning within policy and institutional frameworks the prioritization and development processes identified several gaps and barriers limiting functioning and effective adaptation planning process. These barriers are: (i) coordination framework for adaptation planning and action are partially established and underperforming with a need for improvement and more effective organizational design, clear roles and responsibilities, improved capacity (technical and functional) and institutional arrangements designated for mainstreaming climate change into work-programmed at the sector level (ii) limited institutional and technical capacity at the national and sectoral level to address climate change through adaptation with need to improve the technical capacity to collect, generate, use and disseminate climate information and services (iii) adequate information required for conducting informed and effective adaptation planning and investments is unavailable. It is difficult to accurately gauge and cost adaptation options at national and sectoral levels without relevant information on climate impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptive capacity in a medium to long-term perspective (iv) national and alternative sources of finance to fund adaptation investments are not optimized as the full costs of adaptation are not yet known.
Responding to these challenges, the proposal was developed for funding under The Green Climate Fund Readiness Programme. The financing of the project was approved by GCF with the overarching objective to improve Montenegro’s institutional capacity for long term adaptation planning. To achieve this, the proposal is focused on (i) improving the institutional coordination framework and increasing institutional capabilities, (ii) increasing climate information and identifying potential adaptation responses/measures, and (iii) identifying financial requirements and resources to fund adaptation investments.

The design and sequence of the project activities have been made in a manner to create efficiencies and be effective. 

The NAP project focuses on 4 priority sectors: water, health, agriculture, and tourism. 

By building enabling institutional, planning and programming environments for adaption at the national and sectoral level, Montenegro will be able to identify climate-induced risks, and vulnerabilities, and use that information to inform adaptation planning process and to explore appropriate adaptation responses.

Within the context of the project “Enhancing Montenegro’s capacity to integrate climate change risks into planning” implemented by UNDP Montenegro and financed by the Green Climate Fund, UNDP is inviting eligible candidates with relevant experience in mainstreaming gender and climate change issues into sectoral policies, previous experience in capacity building assessments, training program design and implementation of training programs. 
The core implementation team will consist of international expert and national expert supported by teams from UNDP and line Ministry.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objective of the assignment: 

The purpose and objectives of the contract is to:

  • Assess the extent to which general gender programming has been effectively integrated in the implementation of the current programme designs, strategies and activities of 4 NAP sectors;
  • Extent to which the Directorate responsible for climate change issues is strengthening its capacity on gender integration, and extent to which the National Council for Sustainable development is strengthening its capacity on gender integration. 
  • Review how the gender issues are considered and implemented to facilitate cross-sectoral (integrated) gender programming.
  • Specify the resources, processes, capacities and systems that will be required to integrate gender priorities and facilitate gender integration in all 4 NAP sectors. This will include mapping of the sectoral outputs and activities; an in-depth review of selected outputs; and integrating specific action points into the NAP process, assessment of the capacity building needs and opportunity for all staff to strengthen cross sectoral knowledge on gender programming.
  • Make practical recommendations, indicators and means of monitoring and verification and formulate specific implementable actions on institutional targeted and mainstreaming priorities and how to address gender gaps in the 4 NAP sectors.
  • Produce knowledge products. This will be done through two sets of practical exercises: 

 a)  Develop a training program targeting the Directorate and Working group of National council for sustainable development responsible for issues of climate change, addressing adaptation to climate change issues of gender inclusion and facilitate women's involvement in governance, planning and implementation. The program will be designed as train the trainers program and will be delivered in two, two-day workshops. 

  • Develop a Gender Action Plan to ensure gender mainstreaming features explicitly in the design and implementation of the NAP. The Gender Action Plan will mirror the project outputs and will be an integral part of NAP design.
  • Communications Plan will be produced to support and complement both the NAP document and the Gender Action Plan and to ensure that stakeholders are aware of the NAP process, plan, and associated actions.

Expected results of the assignment:

The process will highlight how the forthcoming NAP could be strengthened on gender integration in alignment with good practices, therefore consists of three steps:

  • Desk review of the relevant documents to identify subset of outputs for analysis in line with the UNFCCC gender strategic framework with a view to identify partnerships.
  • The second part will be to do an in-depth gender analysis together with national consultant, programme staff and national counterparts to identify gender issues, priorities and strategies for strengthening gender results in the new NAP. This will have to be done in line with the country’s relevance, priorities and ongoing work and available financial and human resources.
  • Lastly, do a synthesis of findings to develop programmatic responses, outputs and indicators to track progress and assess the resource requirements. This will lead to the development of action points for the new NAP, training programs, VNR chapter, Gender Action Plan and Communications Plan.

Specific tasks are:

  • Conduct desk review of available documentation to identify key sectoral results, indicators and outputs
  • Map NAP outputs and activities as well as existing and planned partnerships 
  • For each sector assess the quality of gender mainstreaming in programme planning, implementation through the following aspects.

a. Review multi-year and annual work plan, concept notes and donor proposals for their gender responsiveness.

b. Review the level of gender integration in programme planning, monitoring, reporting, research and evaluation through review of programme monitoring reports, and research and evaluation reports.

c. Assess capacity of programme staff in ensuring effective gender integration and propose corrective measures where gaps exist.

d. organize sector meetings to review their results frameworks with a view to identify gender issues, priorities and bottlenecks and way forward

  • Develop action points for each sector to guide NAP gender integration work:

a. Propose specific resources for to implement proposed action points for each sector. Identify sector specific gender issues.

b. Identify relevant indicators that will be used to measure progress for gender results quantitatively and qualitatively.

  • Produce and deliver 2 knowledge products: 

a. Gender training program with the approach of train the trainers targeting Directorate and Working group of National council for sustainable development responsible for issues of climate change

  • Produce Gender Action Plan and Communications Plan



Planned Completion date

Phase I: Develop an Inception Report detailing understanding of TOR, methodology and work plan.

Inception Report detailing methodology to be used. Action Plan with clear deliverables and timelines, with clear distinction and tasks division between national and international expert.

First half of February 2022

Phase II: Conduct a desk review and a comprehensive gender analysis of the country programme, results matrix, programme interventions, including pre-identification of opportunities within the existing activities that could be made more gender-responsive.


Conduct key informant interviews to understand their needs gaps limitations and opportunities for future partnerships including discussions with each sector to map gender related activities, opportunities for an integrated approach and have an in-depth discussion on the areas selected for the analysis

Draft Mapping of results (outputs, activities, indicators) with recommendations on the existing opportunities including potential partnerships

April 1st, 2022

Phase III: Develop a training program

Develop and deliver training program (two workshops, two day each)


End of April 2022

Phase IV:

Final report with finalized deliverables

End of June 2022

The actual starting date may impact the dates estimated in the TOR, a detailed workplan with exact timeframes and actual delivery dates will be jointly agreed upon between the consultant/ individual contractor and the supervisor upon contract signature.

Time duration: The assignment should be implemented during the period from 10 February to 31 July 2022, with 40 working days and at least one in-country visit. 

The Consultant is expected to adhere to the following reporting requirements: He/she will be reporting to the project manager on biweekly basis through e mails, teams or zoom calls.

The Consultant will be reporting his/her progress through e mails as a mode of communication to the contract supervisor. The Consultant will therefore submit all the agreed contract deliverables through e mails and these documents should be in word unless when he/she is submitting final versions where he/she has to submit both word and PDF versions. The Consultant should submit the following agreed deliverables; Inception Report detailing methodology to be used, Action Plan with clear deliverables and timelines; Draft Mapping of results (outputs, activities, indicators) with recommendations on the existing opportunities including potential partnerships; training program with developed modules and implementation guidelines, Gender Action Plan and Communications Plan to be implemented and indicators to be tracked on gender integration in the NAP.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution skills.


Required Skills and Experience


  • At least a master’s degree in a relevant field. 


  • At least 7 years professional experience with mainstreaming gender and climate change issues into sectoral policies, previous experience in capacity building assessments, training program design and implementation of training programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with government partners and other stakeholders, 
  • Experience with the usage of various systems analysis methods and techniques would be considered as advantage. 


  • Knowledge of Montenegrin language would be considered as asset;  
  • English language knowledge.


  • Excellent social, communication skills and writing skills; 

Criteria for selection:

Combined Scoring method will be used. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: (i) responsive, compliant, acceptable, and (ii) having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

  • Technical criteria weight - 70% (Background and education 10%; Relevant previous experience 20%; Substantial knowledge/Required competencies 30%; Required language 10%);
  • Financial criteria weight - 30%.

Only offerors obtaining a minimum 490 points for technical criteria will be considered for the financial evaluation. For more information on procurement methodology for Individual Contractors, please refer to Procurement Notice.

Application procedure:

Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications by January 26, 2022 by using the Apply now button. The application should contain CV or P11 that can be downloaded at Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file.

Only the short-listed applicants will be contacted and requested to submit a letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in EUR) requested for the work envisaged in the section "Description of Responsibilities".

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