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International consultant to strengthen the capacity of targeted ASEAN member States on Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting to advance the implementation of Women Peace and Security agenda in the Region
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based with field trips to Jakarta, Thailand, Philippines, and Viet Nam|
|Application Deadline :||30-Nov-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 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.
UN Women Indonesia Country Office (CO) hosts the ASEAN liaison office which extends support to ASEAN and its Member States in advancing Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in line with global normative frameworks. UN Women Indonesia launched a five-year project, Empowering Women for Sustainable Peace: Preventing Violence and Promoting Social Cohesion in ASEAN. The project funded by the Governments of Canada and the Republic of Korea supports efforts by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its 10 Member States to promote women's participation and leadership in conflict prevention, resolution and recovery. The project puts into action recommendations made in the ASEAN Regional Study on Women, Peace and Security, released in March 2021, as well as United Nations Security Council resolutions that made women, peace and security a global agenda. Region-wide, the project works to promote policy frameworks such as ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on Women, Peace and Security, which is planned to be endorsed by ASEAN before its launching in December 2022; capacity-building activities such as training, workshops, dialogues and consultations; and exchanges of knowledge and good practices. The project also does country-level activities in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.
The WPS agenda was formally initiated by the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), which was adopted on 31 October 2000. UNSCR 1325 reaffirmed the important role of women in prevention and resolution of conflicts and peace-building initiatives. It stresses the need for women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security. UNSCR 1325 also urges all stakeholders to take action to increase the participation of women and calls on the UN member states to incorporate gender perspectives into all of its peace and security agenda. It also calls on stakeholders to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict.
UN member states in Southeast Asia have taken greater strides in the implementation of the WPS agenda as shown in the ASEAN Regional Study on Women, Peace and Security released in 2021. Some of these results include strengthened commitment on the promotion of WPS, adoption of a joint statement on promotion of WPS, enhanced contribution of troops by ASEAN member states to UN peacekeeping missions, enhanced participation of women in law enforcement institutions, strengthened efforts around conflict prevention, including building social cohesion and community resilience to face emerging security challenges, etc. Despite results already achieved there are still individual and common challenges that are being faced by the ASEAN Member States (AMS) which were captured in the ASEAN Regional Study on WPS. Limited allocation of financial resources for the implementation of WPS Agenda is one of the challenges in the region.
The UNSCR 2242 (2015) and the 2017 report on WPS agenda of the Secretary-General (SG) to the General Assembly calls for increased funding for Gender Equality and WPS programming. A lack of financial resources has been identified as one of the major challenges that impeded the implementation of the national WPS policies at the national level including National Action Plans. Despite significant attempts by the governments to advance the implementation of the UNSCR on 1325 and the subsequent NAP WPS, failure to allocate sufficient resources and funds has been the most serious and persistent obstacle to the implementation of the WPS agenda over the past 10 years.
Against this backdrop, UN Women Indonesia CO seeks to hire an international consultant who will strengthen the capacity of Government actors in Indonesia, Viet Nam, Thailand and the Philippines on Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting (GRPB) to enhance the allocation of financial resources for the implementation of the NAPs on WPS and other WPS national and regional frameworks.
Objectives of the assignment
The main objective of this assignment is to support targeted ASEAN Member States to strengthen their capacities on GRPB to advance the implementation of gender equality and specifically the implementation of WPS agenda.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work and tasks
Under the overall guidance and management of the Programme Specialist, ASEAN Governance, Peace and Security, and supervision from the Project Coordination Specialist ASEAN WPS and in close coordination with country-level GRB and WPS project officers, the IC will perform the following tasks:
Task 1. Desk Review and development of a consultancy work plan.
§ Conduct a desk review of existing relevant documents (Home-based).
§ Conduct preliminary consultations with members of the project team and stakeholders at the Country Level.
§ Develop a consultancy work plan
Task 2. Conduct national GRB assessment including institutional and individual capacity needs assessment in the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand to identify the status and capacities of major stakeholders on GRB and identify strategic entry points and best practices.
§ Conduct desk review
§ Develop an inception report that should be structured as follows:
o Background information (findings from desk review)
o Proposed research objectives
o Proposed research design (Description of research methodology and research questions, research tools etc.)
o Proposed field schedule (Data collection)
o List of organisations/persons to be interviewed
(a) Executive summary
(c) Table of Contents
(d) Background information (findings from desk review)
(e) Proposed research design (Description of research methodology and research questions, research tools etc.)
(f) Research findings (Political will, Existence of National gender commitments and legal frameworks on GRB, budgetary systems, level of transparency and accountability, Monitoring and reporting systems, actors engaged in GRB, existing GRB institutional and individual capacities, existing GRB tools, existing mechanisms that can enable operationalization of GRB, existing best practices)
(h) Key recommendations
2. Research tools
3. Field schedule (Data collection)
4. List of organisations/ persons interviewed and workshop participants
Task 3. Organize tailored gender responsive planning and budgeting capacity building activities in Indonesia, Viet Nam, the Philippines and Thailand for relevant institutions including mentoring sessions to ensure that national and local budgets integrate actions and financial resources to advance the implementation of the WPS agenda.
Task 4. Support the Government of Indonesia to establish a monitoring mechanism aligned with the existing government’s monitoring mechanism to track allocation of budget and expenditure for the implementation of Gender policy frameworks including the NAP on social conflict.
The International Consultant will produce the following deliverables:
All the deliverables, including annexes, notes and reports should be submitted in writing in English.
Upon receipt of the deliverables and prior to the payment of the first installment, the deliverables and related reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women. The period of review is one week after receipt.
The contract price is a fixed deliverable-based price regardless of extension of the contract duration. Payment will be done once deliverables detailed in section II are submitted and approved by UN Women.
The lump sum costs should include a consultancy fee, administration costs, communication costs, and expenses related to the consultancy. All prices/rates quoted must be exclusive of all taxes. The lump sum costs must be accompanied by a detailed breakdown of costs calculation using the template in Annex 1.
Consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Respect for Diversity
Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
Creative Problem Solving
Leading by Example
Excellent analytical skills
Strong networking skills
Strong inter-personal skills, communicate effectively with staff at all levels of the organization
Ability to work in a highly pressured environment
Required Skills and Experience
Required experience and qualifications
The Consultant should fulfill the following requirements:
Language and other skills:
Submission of application
The documents detailed above should be submitted in one PDF document.
Applications without any of the items listed above will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further processing.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be invited to the interview.
Selected candidates will need to submit prior to commencement of work:
Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allotted for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Only the candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be longlisted, and additional documentation may be requested. Candidates with a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically qualified candidates and will be shortlisted for interview.
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
Annex I: Financial Proposal
Breakdown of Cost by Components:
The lump sum costs should include administration costs and expenses related to the consultancy. All prices/rates quoted must be exclusive of all taxes. The lump sum costs must be accompanied by a detailed breakdown of costs calculation.