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National Expert to support the implementation of UN Women’s Strategy for Partnership with the Private Sector in Palestine
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based (meetings and field visits as needed), PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES|
|Application Deadline :||27-Mar-23 (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 :||9 months (100 working days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||9 months (100 working days)|
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 (UNW), 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 centre of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates the 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.
UN Women’s triple mandate, along with its global network and deep policy and programming expertise, continues to endow the Entity with a unique capacity to: (i) support Member States to strengthen global norms and standards for gender equality and women’s empowerment, and mainstream gender perspectives in other thematic areas; (ii) promote coordination and coherence across the UN system to enhance accountability and results for gender equality and women’s empowerment; and (iii) undertake operational activities to support Member States, upon their request, in translating global norms and standards into legislation, policies and strategies at country level.
UN Women plays an innovative and catalytic role in the State of Palestine since its inception in 1997 (as UNIFEM). In line with the national priorities, the work of UN Women for the period 2023-2025 is aligned with three of the Palestine United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework’s (UNSDCF) outcomes:
Its three-year Strategic Note supports the efforts to achieve measurable results in country in terms of four UN Women global Strategic Plan impacts (2022-2025): (SP Impact 1). Governance and participation in public life; (SP Impact 2). Women’s Economic Empowerment; (SP Impact 3). Ending Violence Against Women and Girls and; SP Impact 4. Women peace and security, Humanitarian & Disaster Risk Reduction.
Emerging evidence on the impact of COVID-19 suggests that women’s economic and productive roles are affected disproportionately and differently from men. Women earn less, save less, hold less secured jobs, are more likely to be employed in the informal sector, have less access to financial services and lack access to professional networks. As a result, women’s preparedness and mitigation capacity to absorb economic shocks becomes more compromised than that of men. Therefore, it is important to engage private sector as a major actor in the economic sector in Palestine in designing and implementing responsive, relevant and effective and women’s economic empowerment action plans that attract, retain and promote women’s participation and leadership in the labour force and the world of work in the State of Palestine.
UN Women’s engagement with the private sector in Palestine focuses on mainstreaming gender in the labor market and the economy at large, specifically, it focuses on promoting corporate policies that ensure decent work conditions and earnings for women. The approach is guided by the Women Empowerment Principals (WEPs), which include a set of global principles offering guidance to businesses on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.
During 2021, private sector partners have enhanced their abilities to assess their institutional performance on gender equality using the WEPs gender gap analysis tool and promoted a gender inclusive working environment and response to COVID-19, utilizing a number of practical tools and resources provided by UN Women. A Partnership Strategy with the Palestinian Private Sector was developed to offer a roadmap for UN Women’s support to the private sector in Palestine, utilizing the WEPs and other gender equality tools for enhancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. The Strategy aims to deepen partnerships with key players in the economic sector at the national, regional and global levels and to increase the engagement of the private sector with various stakeholders to achieve a positive impact on women’s equal participation and retention in the labour market as workers, leaders and business owners.
In line with UN Women’s strategic priority “increasing women’s income security, decent work and economic autonomy”, and within the framework of the regional programme “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work For Women” implemented jointly by UN Women and ILO in Palestine, Jordan and Egypt, with funding from the Government of Sweden (Sida), UN Women Palestine Country Office is seeking to recruit a national consultant to support the implementation of UN Women’s Strategy for Partnership with the Private Sector in Palestine.
This assignment comes under the Decent Work Joint Programme’s outputs 2.1 “Corporate leaders’ group in favor of promoting women employees is increased” and 2.4 “Corporate investment in training and professional development of women employees and gender equality is promoted”, with focus on the WEPs, mainly Principle 2: Treat all Women and Men Fairly at Work without Discrimination, Principle 4: Education and training for career advancement, Principle 5: Enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices, and Principle 6: Community initiatives and advocacy.
Objective of the assignment
In alignment with the Decent Work Joint Programme’s outputs 2.1 “Corporate leaders’ group in favor of promoting women employees is increased” and 2.4 “Corporate investment in training and professional development of women employees and gender equality is promoted”, with focus on the WEPs, mainly Principle 2: Treat all Women and Men Fairly at Work without Discrimination, Principle 4: Education and training for career advancement, Principle 5: Enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices, and Principle 6: Community initiatives and advocacy, the objective of the assignment is to support the engagement and commitment of the private sector for achieving a positive impact on women’s equal participation, access to decent work and retention in the labour market and in leadership positions.
Expected results of the assignment:
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Special Representative in the State of Palestine, and the direct supervision of the WEE Programme Manager, the consultant will undertake the following duties and responsibilities:
All final deliverables shall be submitted in English.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf
Required Skills and Experience
This SSA modality is governed by UN Women General Terms and Conditions. UN Women will only be able to respond to applicants who meet the minimum requirements.
Candidates should clearly indicate how they meet the above-mentioned criteria in their applications.
The following documents should be submitted as part of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials:
Note: Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Please upload as one attachment of the documents as mentioned above online through this website
Candidates should have the ability to quickly submit degree certificates, medical certification (of good health) expression of Interest (EoI).
Long listed candidates should provide at least two samples of previous research, analyses, assessments or studies related to women’s economic empowerment, gender audits, gender equality and private sector development.
Evaluation of applicants
Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications mentioned above, and a financial proposal. A contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer receives the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 50 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for financial evaluation.
Technical Evaluation (70%) – max. 70 points:
Financial Evaluation (30%) – max. 30 points.
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:
p = 30 (µ/z)
Using the following values:
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
Only long-listed candidates will be contacted.
Financial proposal. The shortlisted candidate will be requested to submit a financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount breaking down a daily professional fee, proposed number of working days and any related expenses, i.e. travel and communications expenses in USD.
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