National Consultant to Support Coordination of Needs Assessment and Capacity Building of Women-owned Enterprises



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Dili, Timor Leste
Application Deadline :12-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
22-Aug-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :4 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :4 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.


Background

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’s goal in Timor-Leste is to promote women’s human rights and gender equality as the country works towards sustaining and furthering achievements in stability and development. In this regard, its programming in the country is connected to two corporate priority areas: enhancing women’s economic empowerment (WEE), and engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes (WPS), supported by integrated efforts to ensure gender-sensitive plans and budgets and women’s right to live free of violence. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s joint work in advancing gender equality.

Women’s economic empowerment is also one of the key pillars of UN Women’s programming in Timor-Leste. Establishing an enabling environment and gender-responsive public spaces for advancing their economic engagement is essential in achieving women’s economic empowerment. This aligns to the Government of Timor-Leste’s existing gender equality commitments including its Safe Dili and Safe Baucau commitments, the Second Maubisse Declaration for Rural Women, and institutional reforms including Public Finance Management (PFM), and mainstreaming gender in the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created ripple effects to global and local food security, and the war between Russia and Ukraine adds further challenge and arouses greater food security concerns, with reduced production, rising food and energy price and disrupted food supply chains. Guided by the analysis and recommendations of the Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance (GCRG) established by the Secretary-General, the Joint SDG Fund activated its Development Emergency Modality in May 2022 in response to the Global Food, Energy and Financing Crisis.

Timor-Leste isa food deficit and import-dependent country in May 2022, the national average price of wheat in Timor-Leste was 3 percent higher than two months ago and 5 percent higher than May 2021. The price of imported rice in June 2022 remains 5 percent higher than three-year average.

The food-related MSMEs owned or managed by women often encounter greater challenges and constraints, which include restricted access to markets, lack of transportation, and limited access to productive resources and finance (less than 1 percent of agricultural households have access to credit ). A survey found that 10% of the MSMEs which were interviewed reported that it was too difficult to apply credit. There are gender disparities of land ownership and women have limited access to land and property due to traditional and patriarchal practices, and only about 20% of women in Timor-Leste own land. Financial illiteracy, lack of information and support, and lack of land titles are major obstacles preventing women from accessing credit and financial services.

Given the current context, the United Nations Country Team in Timor Leste received a grant from to implement the Entrepreneurship, Energy, Empowerment for Women (3E4Women)  project  focuses on enhancing the capacity of women entrepreneurs engaged in food-related businesses to mitigate the impacts of increasing fuel prices and overall inflation on their operations, have access to finance, and to improve business plans to scale up their enterprises for increased food production. Hence, it addresses issues of food production, energy, and finance for women-owned small and micro-enterprises in Timor-Leste.   


Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the assignment

UN Women is seeking a consultant to work with the Women Economic Empowerment program to support conducting needs assessment and coordinating capacity building for food-related women-owned enterprises for the Entrepreneurship, Energy, Empowerment for Women (3E4Women) Project, supported by SDG  a Joint Project implemented by UN Women and UNDP in Dili, Liquica and Manatuto.

Scope of work/ Duties and Responsibility

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Office and direct supervision of National Programme Officer, WEE and close coordination with the UN Women Programme Specialist, EVAWG and WEE, the Consultant will work to:

Task                                                   

Details tasks

  1. Develop Work plan

Develop a work plan, detailing approaches, activities, and a timeline

  1. Review and identify food-related women-owned enterprises such as in agriculture, food production, catering, food store, restaurant, café and bakeries in Dili, Liquica and Manatuto

2.1. Review and verify the status of women-owned enterprises from the provided database

2.2. Propose format of database (excel) for collecting women-owned enterprise profile

2.3 Identify food-related women-owned enterprises such as in agriculture, food production, catering, food store, restaurant, café and bakeries in Dili, Liquica and Manatuto in consultations with stakeholders such as MTCI, IADE

2.4 Develop a database of food-related women-owned enterprises such as agriculture, food production, catering, food store, restaurant, cafés, and bakeries in Dili, Liquica, and Manatuto

2.5 Develop and administer communication channel (Facebook or WhatsApp) for communicating project information and interacting with women-owned enterprises participated in the project

  1. Conduct needs assessment for women-owned enterprises working in food production sectors
  1. Develop needs assessment inception report with details of
    1. methodology for needs assessment to identify areas required for capacity building to enhance entrepreneurship, financial literacy, marketing skills, cost of energy in doing businesses and energy needs
    2. develop assessment questions for assessments including assessment of energy needs and cost of business energy in doing businesses
    3. approach for data collection and analysis, including mapping identified needs with capacity-building sessions  
    4. list of stakeholders to be consulted (government, private sector, development organization in agriculture, food production, food supply chain, trade associations, bank and financial institutions)
    5. format of the needs assessment report
  2. Develop questionnaires/ questions for conducting needs assessments
  3. Organize consultation meetings, interviews with the relevant stakeholders as per the approved workplan in 2.1
  4. Prepare needs assessment report as per the approved format in 2.1.5.
  5. Present needs assessment and analysis with 3E4W project team
  1. Review business proposals

4.1. Review business proposals from women-owned  

4.2. Provide technical support to enhance business proposals

4.3. Prepare a report summarizing technical support for women-owned enterprises

  1. Coordinate capacity-building sessions

5.1. Coordinate participation of the identified trainees

5.2. Coordinate with trainers/ facilitators

5.3. Supervise the organization of the capacity-building sessions    5.4. Develop questionnaires/ questions for conducting needs assessments

5.5. Prepare training report including assessment report of increased knowledge of the trainee (format to be provided by UN Women)

Duration of the assignment

The duration of the assignment is up 70 working days over five months. The consultant is expected to commence work on 22 August 2022 and complete their assignment by 10 December 2022.

Key Deliverables:

The following deliverables are expected from the successful candidate.

Deliverables

Activities:

  1. Work plan

Develop a work plan, detailing approaches, activities, and a timeline

  1. Database of food-related women-owned enterprises updated and communication channels for women-owned enterprises created  

2.1. Review and verify the status of women-owned enterprises from the provided database

2.2. Propose format of database (excel) for collecting women-owned enterprise profile

2.3 Identify food-related women-owned enterprises such as in agriculture, food production, catering, food store, restaurant, café and bakeries in Dili, Liquica and Manatuto in consultations with stakeholders such as MTCI, IADE

2.4 Develop a database of food-related women-owned enterprises such as agriculture, food production, catering, food store, restaurant, cafés, and bakeries in Dili, Liquica, and Manatuto

2.5 Develop and administer communication channel (Facebook or WhatsApp) for communicating project information and interacting with women-owned enterprises participated in the project

  1. Needs assessment for women-owned enterprises working in food production sectors conducted and needs assessment report submitted
  1. Develop needs assessment inception report with details of
    1. methodology for needs assessment to identify areas required for capacity building to enhance entrepreneurship, financial literacy, marketing skills, cost of energy in doing businesses and energy needs
    2. develop assessment questions for assessments including assessment of energy needs and cost of business energy in doing businesses
    3. approach for data collection and analysis, including mapping identified needs with capacity-building sessions 
    4. list of stakeholders to be consulted (government, private sector, development organization in agriculture, food production, food supply chain, trade associations, bank and financial institutions)
    5. format of the needs assessment report
  2. Develop questionnaires/ questions for conducting needs assessments
  3. Organize consultation meetings, interviews with the relevant stakeholders as per the approved workplan in 2.1
  4. Prepare needs assessment report as per the approved format in 2.1.5.
  5. Present needs assessment and analysis with 3E4W project team
  1. Business proposals reviewed and the report submitted

4.1. Review business proposals from women-owned 

4.2. Provide technical support to enhance business proposals

4.3. Prepare a report summarizing technical support for women-owned enterprises

 

  1. Capacity-building sessions conducted as planned and training report submitted

5.1. Coordinate participation of the identified trainees

5.2. Coordinate with trainers/ facilitators

5.3. Supervise the organization of the capacity-building sessions                         5.4. Develop questionnaires/ questions for conducting needs assessments

5.5. Prepare training report including assessment report of increased knowledge of the trainee (format to be provided by UN Women)

 

Payment Schedule linked with deliverables

No.

Deliverables

Percentage of payment

Indicative date

1

Work plan (5 pages)

30 % of the total contract amount shall be paid upon submission of deliverables 1&2 and all acceptance and certified by the UNW contract administrator

August 2022

2

Database of food-related women-owned enterprises updated and communication channels for women-owned enterprises created 

September 2022

3

Needs assessment for women-owned enterprises working in food production sectors conducted and needs assessment report submitted

30 % of the total contract amount shall be paid upon submission of deliverables 4 and all acceptance and certified by the UNW contract administrator

October 2022

4

Business proposals reviewed and the report submitted

20 % of the total contract amount shall be paid upon submission of deliverable 4 and all acceptance and certification by the UNW contract administrator

October 2022

5

Capacity-building sessions conducted as planned and training report submitted

20 % of the total contract amount shall be paid upon submission of deliverables 5 and all acceptance and certification by the UNW contract administrator

December 2022

All the documents, including reports, questionnaires, presentations, and reports, should be submitted in the English language, or if in Tetum, include an English summary.

Upon receipt of the deliverables and prior to the payment of the installment, all submitted reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women.

Notes:

  • All events should include photos, documentation, and list of presence of participants interviewed

Performance Evaluation

The consultant’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timelines, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.

Inputs

  • UN Women will provide the consultant reference materials, and printing facilities, will facilitate coordination with key stakeholders and provide office space if needed.
  • UN Women will provide logistic and transportation support when traveling out of Dili and municipality travel if required in support of the assignment.
  • UN Women will provide Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) to cover expenses outside of the Duty Station when applicable and upon approval of a Travel Authorization.
  • All arrangements will need to be adapted to current conditions, guidelines and requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Performance Evaluation

The consultant’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timelines, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

  • Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills

  • Good knowledge of Results Based Management

  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations

  • Good facilitation and communication skills

  • Good knowledge of evidence-based approaches to ending violence against women and girls

  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • At least Master with 3 years or Bachelor with 5 years in Business Management, Economic Development, Financial Management, Social Sciences or other relevant fields

Experience

  • At least Master with 3 years or Bachelor with 5 years in Business development and management

  • Experience in capacity-building entrepreneurs or enterprises

  • Demonstrate understanding of the needs of women entrepreneurs and the business environment in Timor Leste

  • Excellent organizational and management skills

  • Ability to work with targets and deadlines

  • Excellent computer literacy

Language and other skills:

  • Proficiency in oral and written English. Knowledge of Tetum language would be an asset

  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology and equipment, IT tools, Internet, and email.
  • Highly skills in data analysis and interpretation

Submission of application

Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application to UNDP Job site, not later than 12 August 2022

Submission package

  • Cover letter;

  • Completed P-11 form (available fromhttp://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment)

  • Financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount per each deliverable, including any travel, per diem and administrative fees, based on the template in Annex 1. The lump sum costs must be accompanied by a detailed breakdown of costs calculation. The actual payment will be payable based on the stated lump sum for each satisfactorily achieved deliverable.

All applications must include (as an attachment) CVs/P11 and the financial proposal. Please note that documents will be uploaded in one file only.

Selected candidates will need to submit prior to commencement of work:

  1. UN Women P-11 form, available from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment

  2. A statement from a medical doctor of ‘good health and fit for travel

Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.

  • Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
  • Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]

A three-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the proposals. Candidates who are fulfilling

 all the required skills and expertise will go to the technical evaluation process. The evaluation

 of the technical proposal is 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:

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100.

The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on the following technical

qualification evaluation criteria:

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

Education

10%

Experience and skills

70 %

Language and other skills

20 %

Total obtainable score

100 %

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as

technically qualified candidates.

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who have all the required skills and expertise,
  • and have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered
  •  and evaluated.
  • The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
  • The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is

opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have

attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will

received points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

Annex 1

BREAKDOWN OF COSTS SUPPORTING THE ALL-INCLUSIVE FINANCIAL PROPOSAL

Payment Schedule linked with deliverables

No.

Deliverables

Fixed price

Due date

1

Work plan (5 pages)

 

 

2

Database of food-related women-owned enterprises updated and communication channels for women-owned enterprises created 

 

3

Needs assessment for women-owned enterprises working in food production sectors conducted and needs assessment report submitted

 

 

4

Business proposals reviewed and the report submitted

 

 

5

Capacity-building sessions conducted as planned and training report submitted

 

 

 



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