Senior consultant – Informing the design of a women and technology index



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Home-based, with travel as needed
Application Deadline :05-Dec-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)
08-Dec-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :8 December 2022 – 28 February 2023

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

I. 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. Through the Women Count and the Building Back Better programmes, UN Women supports the production and use of gender statistics across Asia and the Pacific.

 

Established with the support of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF) of the Republic of Korea in 2021, the UN Women Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality supports traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in realizing commitments to gender equality, women’s empowerment, and the rights of women and girls through training, research and network-building. The Centre embraces innovation, including as it relates to new technologies. Throughout its statistics workstream, the Centre leverages the use of technology and innovation for data production and to generate new knowledge. For instance, the Center is working to generate a women and technology index to inform advocacy efforts and related decision making. Within this context, and to gather expert’s views, the Center is organizing an Expert Consultation.

 

II. Scope of consultancy

 

To advice the Center on the development of a Women and Technology Index (from here onwards, WTI) and to inform the discussions that will take place during the first Expert Consultation that the Center will organize on this topic, UN Women is looking to engage a senior consultant with expertise on the multiple areas that make up the women and technology field.

 

The Gender Statistics team within the UN Women’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has conducted analytical work on select areas pertaining to women and technology, such as the use of digital platforms for care entrepreneurship, as well as the use of geospatial information for assessing climate change related risks.

 

Within the context of supporting the implementation of the Center’s work programme, and contributing to the implementation of the Regional Office’s Statistics Work Plan, the Senior Consultant is expected to prepare a set of deliverables, as set out below.


Duties and Responsibilities

III. Roles and responsibilities

 

  • Produce a guiding paper highlighting the different dimensions of the women and technology nexus, touching on all areas that should be considered for inclusion in the WTI.
    • Draft a paper noting the multiple dimensions of women and technology (e.g. access to ICT education and managerial positions in technology firms, the use of digital platforms for enhancing work and livelihoods, the impact of digital government on women, technology, security and women’s exposure to on-line violence/harassment, links between technology and health, use of GIS technology for information on women’s exposure to climate change and disaster risk, leveraging big data and citizen generated data for SDG monitoring, including on SDGs 5, 7, 9 and 17).

 

  • Deliver a Keynote Speech at the opening of the Expert Consultation on Women and Technology Data.
    • Deliver a 15 min speech on the multiple connections between women and technology, which could inform further discussions during the consultation. The paper should be based on evidence to the extent possible, including official statistics.
    • Prepare a PPT summarizing the paper, with visual aids/graphs, for presentation during the speech.

 

IV. Tasks and Deliverables

No.

Key Tasks

Deliverables

Target date

  1.  

Produce a guiding paper highlighting the different dimensions of the women and technology nexus, touching on all areas that should be considered for inclusion in the WTI.

  • First draft of paper noting the multiple dimensions of women and technology. The paper should be based on evidence to the extent possible, including official statistics.

15 January 2022

 

 

  • Revised draft of paper noting the multiple dimensions of women and technology, incorporating UN Women’s comments, suggestions and edits

 

28 February 2022

 

         2.

Deliver a Keynote Speech at the opening of the Expert Consultation on Women and Technology Data.

  • PPT summarizing the paper, with visual aids/graphs, for presentation during the consultation’s keynote speech.

5 December 2022

 

 

 

 

  • 15 min speech on the multiple connections between women and technology delivered, which could inform further discussions during the consultation.

 

6 December 2022

 


Competencies

Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration

 


Required Skills and Experience

V. Required qualifications

 

  • Master’s degree in the field of information technology, social affairs, gender equality, sociology, development affairs or related area.
  • A minimum of 10 years professional experience in the field of development, including on gender equality and studying linkages between technology and inequalities.
  • Knowledge of key gender and technology issues, including in the context of the Action Coalition on Climate Justice and the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women.
  • Experience working or collaborating with the United Nations in the area of technology and gender equality.
  • Excellent command of English. 

 

VI. Contract duration and duty station

The consultant will be home-based. In the event of necessary travel on mission, travel costs and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will be provided. Travel Authorization will be granted to the consultant prior to the travel date. It is expected that the consultant will have to travel to the Republic of Korea at least once, at the beginning of December.

 

VII. Evaluation

 

Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis.

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

 

A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application 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 following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

 

         Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

    A) Education

  • Master’s degree in the field of information technology, social affairs, gender equality, sociology, development affairs or related area.

 

            20 %

     B) Experience and skills

  • A minimum of 10 years professional experience in the field of development, including on gender equality and studying linkages between technology and inequalities.
  • Knowledge of key gender and technology issues, including in the context of the Action Coalition on Climate Justice and the upcoming Commission on the Statust of Women.
  • Experience working or collaborating with the United Nations in the area of technology and gender equality.

 

              60 %

    C) Language and report writing skills

  • Excellent command of English.

             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 who may be contacted for validation interview.

 

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

 

  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who 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 receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

 

VIII. Submission of application

Interest candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application to hr.bangkok@unwomen.org  with -cc to Rotcharek Limkitisupasin r.limkitisupasin@unwomen.org , no later than 5 December 2022, 23:59 Bangkok, Thailand time.

Submission package includes:

  • Personal History Form(P11)
  • Writing sample
  • Sample of communication project
  • Financial proposal: the financial proposal shall specify a lump sum total amount breaking down the daily professional fee, proposed number of working days and travel related cost (i.e. airfare from the consultant’s home location to Bangkok, visa fee). Please see the financial proposal template as below:

 

Items

Amount (USD)

       1. Lump Sum fee (equivalent to daily fee x no. of days)

 
  • First draft of paper noting the multiple dimensions of women and technology. The paper should be based on evidence to the extent possible.

 

  • Revised draft of paper noting the multiple dimensions of women and technology, incorporating UN Women’s comments, suggestions and edits

 

  • PPT summarizing the paper, with visual aids/graphs, for presentation during the consultation’s keynote speech.
  • 15 min speech on the multiple connections between women and technology delivered, which could inform further discussions during the consultation.

 

      2. Others (please provide details as applicable)

 

Total Financial Proposal

 

 

 

 

IX. Payments

Payments for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of each deliverable and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed. Payments will not be based on the number of days worked but on the completion of each stated deliverable within the indicated timeframes.

 

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need. 

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

 



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