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Women’s Political Participation Specialist - National Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home Based, LEBANON|
|Application Deadline :||26-Sep-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||10 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.
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.
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.
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 an element of the report drafting, including providing analysis, review and connection with female candidates and MPs to ensure their buy in.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main objective is to support the development of a lessons learned report following the 2022 parliamentary elections through:
Required Skills and Experience
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)
Financial: Lowest Financial Proposal: 30% (30 points)
The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:
'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:
The above-mentioned documents should be submitted together, incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.