Women’s Political Participation Researcher and Data Collection - 4 National Consultant



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Location : Home Based, LEBANON
Application Deadline :26-Sep-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :1d 15h 51m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Oct-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :40 working days within 3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.


Lebanon’s inbuilt structural gendered inequalities create more unstable communities, and make women more vulnerable to exploitation and violence, and more likely to be food insecure. A manifestation of this discrimination of women’s marginalization from decision making and leadership, particularly across elected positions in the country.

Although Lebanese women gained the right to vote in 1952, and despite a vibrant feminist movement, women remain grossly under-represented in public and political life. Out of 88 Lebanese governments formed since 1943, only 9 governments have included women, and today women represent only 4% of the now caretaker cabinet, with one female minister out of 24. Lebanon is ranked 149 out of 153 countries in political representation in the 2020 World Economic Forum Gender Gap report and ranked 183rd out of 187 countries in terms of women’s participation in parliament. In comparison to its Arab neighbors, the country lags far behind, ranked 15th of 17 Arab countries in female parliamentarians.

The 2022 parliamentary elections saw a record number of women candidates and aspirants, with 118 women making it on to electoral lists, after 157 female candidates submitted their candidacy. This represents a 37% increase in female candidates from 2018. This increase did translate into a modest increase in women’s representation in Parliament, with the number of women elected increasing from 6 to 8 out 128, marking an increase from 4.6% to just over 6% women in parliament.

Though limited, this increase reflects some important changes – more women entering politics outside of the patronage of a male family member, and women entering who ran on an explicitly feminist platform.
Against the backdrop of multi-layered crises, advancing women participation and representation in politics and areas of leadership remains a continuous challenge. UN Women Lebanon works to support Women’s Political Participation through an action plan developed by UN Women and UNDP and endorsed by UNCT. The action plan includes supporting newly elected female Members of Parliament to work together to pursue a gender legislative policy.


Work will include developing and disseminating a lessons learned report following the 2022 parliamentary elections by conducting key informant interviews with at least 85 female candidates who ran for office.
This consultancy aims to support the research element of the report drafting, including securing meetings with candidates, conducting one-to-one meetings with candidates, collecting data and reporting data back to the project team.


Duties and Responsibilities

The main objective is to support the development of a lessons learned report following the 2022 parliamentary elections through:


1. Securing meetings with candidates who ran for elections
2. Conducting at least 20 meetings with candidates
3. Collecting data and filling in previously designed interview sheets
4. Ensure proper reporting back to project team

Deliverables 

Time frame

The following deliverables will be expected from the consultant:

  • Set meetings with at least 20 candidates

October 10, 2022 (4 working days)

  • Conduct 20 key informative interviews (1 candidates in each interview) and collect data

November 15, 2022 (20 working days)

  • Report writing and developing for each interview conducted

December 10, 2022 (16 working days)

 

 


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:

  • Knowledge of data collection and report drafting.
  • Ability to communicate ideas verbally and in writing.
  • Experience in analysis, drafting research findings and recommendations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in written and oral.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Highschool degree in sciences, socio-economics, or others

Experience:

  • Previous relevant experience in areas of data collection and research;
  • Experience on gender issues in elections in Lebanon;
  • Experience in drafting and coordination;
  • Computer skills, internet communication and command of MS Office is required 

Language Requirements:

Written and oral English and Arabic is a must, French is an asset.

 

Evaluation Criteria:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation.

Criteria Weight Technical: 70% (70 points)

  • Criteria 1: Background (50 points)
  • Criteria 2: Educational discipline (20 points)

Financial: Lowest Financial Proposal: 30% (30 points)

The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:

Contract will be awarded to the technically qualified consultant who obtains the highest combined score (financial and technical);

  • The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula: (Lowest Bid Offered*)/ (Bid of the Consultant) x 30;
  • 'Lowest Bid Offered' refers to the lowest price offered by Offerors scoring at least 49 points in the technical evaluation

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • A cover letter with a brief presentation of your consultancy explaining your suitability for the work and previous work portfolio, and ability to meet the requirements, method of engagement and other relevant information;
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
  • Personal CV; and Financial proposal; Proposed inclusive daily and lump-sum rate.

The above-mentioned documents should be submitted together, incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.

 



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