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UN Women is dedicated to advancing gender equality and women’s human rights in Afghanistan. Staff and consultants of UN Women Afghanistan are expected to contribute to a professional working environment in which the strengthening of national capacities and human potential is prioritized. Respect for diversity and human dignity is required, as is the active pursuit of a collaborative and inclusive approach to both internal and external stakeholders, including colleagues and partners.
Afghanistan is one of the world’s most complex emergencies, and the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Afghan people are grappling with the impact of conflict, poverty, economic decline, and natural disasters. In this context, Afghan women and girls face unique vulnerabilities and require urgent support as gender inequality is interwoven with conflict dynamics and humanitarian needs. It is essential that Afghan women and girls can continue to shape the development of their country, and that their gains are protected. UN Women remains fully committed to supporting Afghan women and girls and to putting them at the center of the global response to the crisis in Afghanistan.
UN Women has been in Afghanistan for two decades. UN Women’s programming approach is informed by analysis of the political, economic, and humanitarian situation, risks to and capacities of partner organizations, and needs of Afghan women and girls. UN Women Afghanistan currently has four key programme priorities: (1) Gender in Humanitarian Action, (2) Ending Violence Against Women, (3) Women’s Economic Empowerment, and (4) Women, Peace and Security.
In the context of the economic crises, it is key that women should engage in income generating activities (IGA). Hence, the Women’s Economic Empowerment unit (WEE), through its various programme, is improving women’s access to entrepreneurship skills, finance, and markets; provide cash for work opportunities for at risk women and enhance women’s access to employment opportunities through the provision of job readiness training, internships, and job placements in private sector entities.
Objective of the Assignment:
ACO Women’s Economic Empowerment unit is seeking to recruit an international consultant to provide support to the team for knowledge management and visibility of the programme results and lessons learned for interventions implemented under the various WEE programmes and other jointly implemented programmes in UN WOMEN Afghanistan country office. The consultant will report to the WEE Programme Manager and work collaboratively with WEE Programme Staff and other UNW ACO staff to ensure the visibility of projects implemented under the WEE portfolio.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop a Knowledge Management and visibility plan for the WEE unit in close consultation with the WEE team and main partners, which identifies and launch information opportunities, activities, approaches and platforms.
- Liaise with the UN Women M&E unit, relevant partners and beneficiaries to produce knowledge management and visibility products.
- Support the development of knowledge resources and communication materials for beneficiaries, websites and social media, both printed and digital and coordinate its dissemination through effective channels. This includes human stories, videos, articles, briefs, testimonials, info, and video graphics. In addition to projects’ info/background materials, such as fact sheet, flyer, brochure, and project card.
- Support the production of viability and promotional materials as per project needs such as banners, posters, pens, folders, notebooks, bags, etc.
- Support the data collection for the development of a digital one-stop-shop to support women create sustainable businesses on inclusive economic growth, through offering support covering the life cycle of a woman entrepreneur’s journey.
- Provide relevant visibility and communication support for WEE events including workshops, consultations, etc. In collaboration with relevant stakeholders and the UN Women Afghanistan office communication team.
- Guide and collaborate closely with communication colleagues in other offices to ensure consistency with corporate policies, messaging and initiatives.
Expected time (days)
Iidentify the appropriate Knowledge Management (KM) methods and tools and Programme KM strategy and plan with clear deliverables.
Inception Report for KM and Communications strategy Plan
Communicate projects’ results and publishing it on UN Women website and other media online platforms, according to the relevant guidelines.
Create and link the knowledge management web link to UN Women Afghanistan Country Office existing platforms for easy reference for WEE Afghanistan related knowledge and evidence.
Summarizing the findings from the knowledge products and tools into fact sheets, briefs, policy briefs and infographics. Packaging of good practices into manualized forms to produce a compendium of tools or a toolkit publication.
Creating a knowledge bank- Development of manuals and toolkits
Co-create the Lessons Learning document (human centric impact stories/models/practices).
At least 6-7 stories/models/practices in various formats.
Support in dissemination of the products
Overall dissemination strategy and plan
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
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- In-depth knowledge of gender equality and women's rights issues and familiarity with UN Women;
- Demonstrates very good understanding of and experience in communications and knowledge management
- Excellent communications skills. Communicates sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies.
- Proven networking skills, and ability to generate interest in UN Women’s mandate;
- Demonstrated research and analytical capacity;
- Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks, with tight deadlines;
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree (or equivalent) in gender studies, social science, communication science or related field is required.
- A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- At least 5 years of relevant experience in knowledge management and strategic communications is required.
- Demonstrated experience in data collection, production of communication and visibility materials is required.
- Experience in gender equality and women empowerment is required.
- Previous experience on Women Economic Empowerment is an advantage.
- Excellent writing skills, and synthesizing research/policy reports for multiple audiences
- Work experience with UN agencies or other international organizations is an advantage.
- Fluency in English is required.
- Knowledge of Dari and Pashto is an asset.
- Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
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)
- Education requirement: 15 points.
- 5 years of relevant experience: 15 points.
- Demonstrated experience in data collection: 10 points.
- Experience in gender equality and women empowerment 5 points.
- Experience on WEE: 5 points.
- Excellent writing skills: 5 points.
- Work experience with UN agencies 5 points.
- Fluency in English: 5 points.
- Knowledge of Dari and Pashto: 5 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);
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