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National expert to conduct a study on women's economic rights in national laws and legislations and Sharia Law
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based (meetings and field visits as needed)|
|Application Deadline :||30-Jun-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||0d 20h 44m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||5 months (up to 80 working days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||5 months (up to 80 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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women plays an innovative and catalytic role in the State of Palestine since its inception in 1997. UN Women Palestine Office focuses its activities on one overarching goal, namely, to support the implementation at the national level of existing international commitments to advance gender equality in line with the national priorities. In support of this goal, and thoroughly taking into consideration the specificities of the Palestinian context, UN Women concentrates its efforts and interventions towards the realization of following strategic goals: Mainstreaming gender in governance, peace and security; Supporting women's economic security and rights; and Promoting women’s rights and protection against violence.
Women in the Arab region, including Palestine, have not yet reached full equality and enjoyment of their economic rights due to different structural barriers and challenges, mainly the stereotypical social norms and attitudes towards their traditional roles at home and within the society. This is also reflected in women’s limited freedom due to the local legislations, including constitutions, the Personal Status Law and civil legislations that are still detracting women’s legal capacity and their independence, especially that the male power in the context of gender relations still rests on men’s privileged access to material resources and their ability to exercise authority over women, within the family and beyond.
Economic violence against women is one of the most significant and pertaining forms of violence against women in Palestine, as it prevents women from obtaining economic resources, and limits or prevents their access to economic assets and resources, within the families. To date, women have limited access to social and economic opportunities inside and outside the households, due to their social and economic marginalization, and the limited leadership and decision-making opportunities that are available to them.
To contribute to ensuring that women have access to economic opportunities and fulfil their rights inclusively, concrete and affirmative actions towards achieving gender equality and women’s full enjoyment of economic independence, in light of national laws and legislations, including the Sharia Law, need to be taken. This can be achieved through applying equality in the systems of rights and freedoms, including economic, social and cultural rights, as well as the actual enjoyment of women of their full potential and agency. This includes ensuring that women maintain the right to economic opportunities and resources, including inheritance and access to assets and land ownership, which contributes to their economic empowerment, promoting their status and reducing incidence of economic and social violence. This also includes the need to recognize and value of unpaid care and domestic work, especially that women perform seven times more unpaid care work than men in Palestine, and the promotion of the equitable sharing of household responsibilities among women and men in the family. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to undertake reforms to recognize women’s equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over property and inheritance, in accordance with national commitments on gender equality and women’s rights made by the state of Palestine in line with international human rights and women’s rights standards.
In line with UN Women’s strategic priority “increasing women’s income security, decent work and economic autonomy”, and within the framework of the regional programme “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women” implemented jointly by UN Women and ILO in Palestine, Jordan and Egypt, with funding from the Government of Sweden (Sida), UN Women Palestine Country Office is seeking to recruit a national expert to conduct a study on women's economic rights in Palestine.
The main objective of the assignment is to conduct a study on women's economic rights in national laws and legislations, and Sharia Law. More specifically, the study aims to answer the following questions:
-How the international and national laws/legislations and regulations explain domestic labour and the value of women’s work and efforts inside the household, with an overview of related protection mechanisms?
-How women’s economic rights are reflected in existing legislations/laws and practice, especially in relation to inheritance, marriage, divorce, and child custody?
The study is expected to provide concrete and actionable relevant policy recommendations based on identified gaps and opportunities regarding women’s economic rights and, at the short and longer terms, at the family, household and community levels, for an equitable and full enjoyment of their rights inside the households, towards the obligations of the State of Palestine arising from its accession to international conventions.
The recommendations will be linked with the State of Palestine’s obligations arising from its accession to international conventions, specifically; the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
The study will also provide evidence to strengthen accountability towards enhancing women’s economic rights in the State of Palestine, in addition to promoting recognizing unpaid care work, and sharing household responsibilities within the family.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Special Representative in the State of Palestine, and the direct supervision of the Task Manager, the consultant will undertake the following duties and responsibilities:
All deliverables must be submitted in English and Arabic
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
Required Skills and Experience
This SSA modality is governed by UN Women General Terms and Conditions. UN Women will only be able to respond to applicants who meet the minimum requirements.
Candidates should clearly indicate how they meet the above-mentioned criteria in their applications.
The following documents should be submitted as part of the application. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials:
Note: Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Please upload as one attachment of the documents as mentioned above online through this website
Candidates should have the ability to quickly submit degree certificates, medical certification (of good health) expression of Interest (EoI).
Evaluation of applicants
Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications mentioned above, and a financial proposal. A contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer receives the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 50 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for financial evaluation.
Technical Evaluation (70%) – max. 70 points:
Master’s degree or equivalent in law, gender or other related fields. (max 10 points)
Financial Evaluation (30%) – max. 30 points.
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:
p = 30 (µ/z)
Using the following values:
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
Only long-listed candidates will be contacted.
Financial proposal. The shortlisted candidate will be requested to submit a financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount breaking down a daily professional fee, proposed number of working days and any related expenses, i.e. travel and communications expenses in USD.