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National Consultant –Advancement of Women, Peace and Security
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||25-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||15 June 2022 - 31 January 2023|
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.
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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 centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the efforts of the United Nations system to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. UN Women provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women in partnership with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is implementing the regional project, “Empowering Women for Sustainable Peace: preventing violence and promoting social cohesion in ASEAN” (The project). The project aims to support select ASEAN Member States to advance and strengthen Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, including through preventing violence against women and girls and promoting social cohesion in the region. The project will ultimately contribute to the achievement of gender equality through inclusive and sustainable peace and development in the region. Although the project largely focuses on advancing normative frameworks, capacity building and exchange of knowledge and good practices, it encompasses country-level implementation, where synergies between the regional and country-level interventions can be enhanced and leveraged. Thailand is one of the targeted countries to advance the WPS agenda.
UN Security Council resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), unanimously adopted in October 2000, stressed the importance of the equal participation and full involvement of women in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security. In the years since, nine additional resolutions on WPS have been adopted. That created a robust framework for implementing the WPS agenda and reinforced global, commitments, treaties and conventions on women’s rights, including the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
The decade-old conflict in the Southern Thailand border provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and four districts of the neighbouring Songkhla which has re-emerged and is increasingly violent since 2004 has forced a great number of citizens to live out their lives under the spectre of violence. It has also hampered socioeconomic and human development in the region and women and other marginalized groups have suffered the heaviest casualties. Women have been made widows and heads of households but are deprived of their opportunities to earn the necessary income and raise their young families in a secure environment. The underlying problems are complex, sensitive, and multi-dimensional. Major factors generally considered as causes of the insurgency include historical background, ethnicity, religion, identity, and culture, including people’s desire to seek the recognition of their unique identity. Despite the fact that the insurgency might have calmed down and the violence has continued to decrease, there are still ongoing tension and threats.
The Royal Thai Government (RTG) has mainstreamed WPS issues into the existing national tools and instruments on security, justice and development and also developed the Measure and Guideline on Women, Peace and Security in 2017. In addition, the Coordination Center for Children and Women in the Southern Border Provinces (CCCW-SBP) was established in 2019 by the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS), and in partnership with UN Women and UNICEF. The CCW-SBP coordinates the implementation of the Measure and Guidelines on Women Peace and Security and to address the needs of women and children. In 2020, the Sub-Committee on Advancement and Monitoring of the Implementation of The Measure and Guideline on Women, Peace and Security was established to monitor the implementation of Measure and Guideline on WPS and to advance WPS agenda in the country. However, as the Measure and Guideline on WPS have a specific duration from 2017 – 2021, which came to an end in 2021, Thailand may need to consider having the Measure and Guideline extended or having a National Action Plan on WPS developed depending upon its needs.
Against this background, UN Women Thailand seeks to hire a national consultant to support the RTG assess the implementation of Measure and Guideline on Women, Peace and Security and draft a new policy framework that will facilitate the implementation of the Women Peace and Security Agenda at National Level.
Objectives of the assignment
The main objective of this consultancy is to support the Royal Thai Government in the assessment of the implementation of the Measure and Guideline on Women, Peace and Security and the development of the National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security or a second phase of the Measure and Guideline on Women Peace and Security, as well as inform relevant stakeholders about the significance of developing the NAP on WPS.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work and tasks
Under the overall guidance, supervision and management of Programme Analyst (Thailand) in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS) (Department of Women’s Affairs and Family Development and the Sub-Committee on Advancement and Monitoring of the Implementation of Measure and Guideline on WPS), the Consultant will perform the following tasks:
Task 1. Desk Review and development of and inception report and consultancy plan
Task 2. Conduct consultative meetings and workshops to support the Government to assess the Measure and Guideline on WPS and the development of a new WPS policy framework
7. Submit the assessment report to UN Women, MSDHS, SBPAC, and CCCW for inputs
Task 3. Conduct a validation workshop of the assessment.
Task 4. Organize and facilitate an Inter-Governmental Agency meeting to raise awareness on the importance of developing a WPS policy framework
Task 5. Draft a WPS policy framework on WPS as per the findings of the assessment
Task 6. Conduct a validation workshop of the draft WPS policy framework.
Expected deliverables and timelines ?
The National Consultant will produce the following deliverables:
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.
The consultant will be supervised and managed by the Programme Analyst (Thailand), UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific who will be responsible for the quality assurance of the deliverables.
Consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Required Skills and Experience
The Consultant should fulfill the following requirements:
Language and other skills:
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis:
A two-stage procedure is utilized 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:
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically qualified candidates who may be contacted for validation interview
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
Submission of application:
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application to email@example.com, with cc to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com not later than 25/05/2022.
Submission of package:
The lump sum costs must be accompanied by a detailed breakdown of costs calculation.
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.
Statement of Diversity and Inclusion
At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.
If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.
UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)