Technical expert in laws and policies related to gender equality and women’s empowerment



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Location : Home based (with possibility of travel), NEPAL
Application Deadline :30-Sep-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :5d 17h 33m
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)
01-Nov-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :24 months on retainer basis
Expected Duration of Assignment :24 months on retainer basis


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. In Nepal, UN Women focuses on strengthening women’s voice, agency, and leadership across sectors to advance women’s rights, provide space for women’s meaningful participation, and contribute to tangible differences in their lives. Under the overarching Nepal Country Office’s Strategic Note (SN) for the period 2018-2022, UN Women focuses on two programmatic areas, inclusive governance, and women’s economic empowerment. UN Women Nepal’s Strategic Note 2018-2022 is aligned with, contributes to and is guided by Nepal’s national priorities as described in Nepal’s 14th Three-year Periodic Plan[1] and the 15th Periodic Plan[2], its commitments to gender equality, and relevant normative frameworks.[3] UN Women Nepal will initiate the formulation of its new Strategic Note, in line with the Nepal UN Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDCF) for 2023-2027 period and UN Women’s Global Strategic Plan. All of the above contribute to fulfilling Nepal's obligations to international treaties and commitments, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Beijing Platform for Action, and to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

UN Women Nepal is seeking to engage two national consultants on a retainer basis to support the Country Office’s programming on gender responsive and inclusive governance with a focus on access to justice, rule of law, and human rights and women’s economic empowerment. Reporting to the Programme Analyst (Access to Justice) and in close collaboration with the programme team, the national consultants will be responsible for providing technical and advisory support to NCO’s strategic and programmatic interventions including law/policy review from GE lens, technical review and advisory support on a range of gender equality and women’s rights issues, and support to capacity building of government counterparts, civil society, development partners and other relevant stakeholders in the area of law, human rights, A2J, and GEWE.

[1] Government of Nepal, National Planning Commission (2017) Nepal’s Fourteenth Three-Year Periodic Plan, available at: https://www.npc.gov.np/images/category/14th-plan-full-document.pdf

[2] 15th_plan_English_Version.pdf (npc.gov.np)

[3] The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, as well as UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1325 and 1820 and subsequent resolutions.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Programme Analyst, Access to Justice, and in close collaboration with relevant UN Women personnel, the consultants are expected to provide the following responsibilities:

  • Technical and advisory support to NCO’s strategic and programmatic initiatives on gender responsive, inclusive governance, and economic empowerment.
  • Review of legal/policy documents - laws, policies, strategies, guidelines – from both legal and GE lens.
  • Translate laws/policies/human rights related documents and reports into Nepali and English
  • Provide technical review and quality assurance of resources, documents, guidelines, reports and knowledge products.
  • Provide technical and advisory support to government partners/justice actors in the areas of access to justice, human rights, governance and economic empowerment.
  • Support capacity building of government counterparts, civil society, development partners and other relevant stakeholders in the area of human rights/GEWE.
  • Organize, coordinate, and participate in expert group meetings/workshops, policy dialogues, and events on relevant issues related to access to justice, inclusive governance, economic rights and security, and in line with UNW’s strategic priorities
  • Provide policy advisory and technical support by drafting or finalizing policy briefs, preparing briefing material/background papers, and programme related documents for NCO and select partners of NCO in the areas of gender responsive, inclusive governance and economic rights and security.
  • Conduct research/desk reviews in the areas such as GRIG, access to justice, rule of law and women’s economic empowerment.
  1. Expected Deliverables

Expected deliverables include (but not limited to):

  • Evidence of legal/policy documents/technical documents - laws, policies, strategies, guidelines– reviewed from GE lens (minimum 4)
  • Evidence of laws/policies/human rights related documents and reports that have been translated into Nepali and/or English (minimum 3)
  • Final drafts and/or evidence of technical review, desk review/research, or quality assurance of various documents (knowledge products, resources, guidelines, reports) (minimum 4)
  • PPT presentations and/or meeting summaries from expert group meetings/workshops or policy dialogues (minimum 4)
  • Evidence of materials developed for capacity development initiatives
  • Evidence of technical and advisory support to implementing partners and NCO
  • Evidence of technical inputs and quality assurance support for UN Women’s research studies/reports  
  1. Duration of assignment and duty station

This is a home-based assignment for a two-year retainer basis (as and when required) from 1 Nov 2022 to 31 October 2024. UN Women will not be committed to purchasing any minimum quantity of the services, and purchases will be made only if there is an actual requirement upon the issuance of a Purchase Order based on this retainer contract. UN Women shall not be liable for any cost in the event that no purchases are made under this retainer contract.

  1. Schedule of payments

Payment will be made on the basis of quality of the work actually delivered upon certification of satisfactory performance by the supervisor. The contractor’s performance will be evaluated against criteria such as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communications, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.


Competencies

Core Values and Guiding Principles:

  • Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of law, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s rights, women’s economic empowerment issues ;
  • Strong ability to gather and analyse data/information, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations;
  • Good knowledge of Results Based Management and Human Rights Based Approach;
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  •  Translation skills in from English to Nepali (and vice-versa);
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills with different stakeholders including both government, development partners and CSOs;


Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree in law, justice, human rights, social science, gender, economics or equivalent;
  • At least 5 years working experience of carrying out legal review and analysis of laws, and policies from GE lens;
  • Expertise in preparing legal/policy documents, briefs, reports and knowledge products in the areas of law, human rights, inclusive governance and economic empowerment from GEWE lens;
  • Experience in contributing to capacity building initiatives of government and CSOs in the areas of law, human rights, economic empowerment and GEWE;
  • Strong ability to liaise with a myriad of stakeholders and partners, including government, civil society, and international organizations will be an asset;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in both English and Nepali;
  • Prior experience of working with UN or other international agencies will be an asset.
  1. Inputs
  • UN Women will cover the travel costs and DSA as per the standard UN rate for authorized official travels;
  • The assignment will be home based with meetings at the UN Women office and relevant actors as required;
  • It is mandatory for the consultant to participate in the UN security briefing and to follow UN security rules and guidance;
  • It is the Consultant’s responsibility to arrange private insurance.
  • The Consultant will be required to provide a Statement of Good Health, endorsed by a certified Medical Practitioner.
  1. Evaluation process

A two-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the applicants who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated. If required, an interview will be conducted before making the final decision on selection of the consultant.

Technical evaluation criteria:

  • Required degree and qualification (10 points)
  • At least 5 years working experience of carrying out legal review and analysis of laws, and policies from GE lens (20 points)
  • Expertise in preparing legal/policy documents, briefs, reports and knowledge products in the areas of law, human rights, inclusive governance and/or economic empowerment from GEWE lens (15 points)
  • Experience in contributing to capacity building initiatives of government and CSOs in the areas of law, human rights, and GEWE (15 points)
  • Strong ability to liaise with a myriad of stakeholders and partners, including government, civil society, and international organizations will be an asset (15 points)
  • At least one relevant writing sample in English developed within last 5 years (20 points)
  • Prior experience of working with UN or other international agencies will be an asset (5 points)

Only financial proposal of candidates who have attained minimum 70%  of the total points in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated. In this methodology, the maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. The applicant will propose per day rate for the assignment.  All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.

A formula is as follows:

p = y (µ/z)

Where:

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal

µ = price of the lowest priced proposal

z = price of the proposal being evaluated

  1. How to Apply?

Interested individuals must submit the following documents/information in one single PDF document to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Expression of interest/cover letter.
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment  
  • At least one relevant writing sample
  • A separate page of financial proposal indicating per day (1 day = 8 hours) consultancy fees. Please note that DSA for field missions will be paid at UN rates and travel, booked in compliance with UN Women policy, will be reimbursed at actual cost so these costs do not need to be included in the financial proposal. 

Note:

System will only allow one attachment. Hence, combine your all documents into one single PDF document before uploading them. Applications without the completed  documents will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment

 

 

 

 

 



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