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International Consultant (Gender Equality Project Phase III Formulation)
|Location :||UNDP/GEP/Kabul with Possibility of Travel to Provinces, AFGHANISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||14-Sep-15 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 months with maximum 65 working days (5 days per week)|
Over the past ten years, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has made significant progress in terms of strengthening its state machinery and in developing instruments to promote and support the development and wellbeing of its citizens. Gender equality and women’s empowerment have been given ample consideration in the nation building strategies. Ratification of the Convention of the Elimination of all Forms of Discriminations against Women (CEDAW) in 2003, endorsement of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are some of the major steps taken by the government to this end. Rights and empowerment of women have been defended and emphasized upon in the Bonn Agreement, Berlin Plan of Action, the Afghan 2004 Constitution, Afghanistan Compact, and the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS).
In addition, Kabul Conference Communiqué put women’s empowerment and gender equality in the center of all GoA programmes in order to improve women’s position in all governmental sectors. All these documents and commitments include provisions that promote women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Within the overall framework of the ANDS, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) expressed its commitments and set specific priorities for a lasting and equitable development. The main objectives of the ANDS are to attain security, good governance, economic growth and poverty reduction. Gender equality has been considered as one of the crosscutting themes, whose vision is an “Afghanistan where women and men enjoy security, equal rights and equal opportunities in all spheres of life
The Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF) agreed in July 2012 undercores the necessity of strengthened governance and institutions, with a particular focus on the rights of women. It includes specific commitments to:
Afghanistan is a pilot country for the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. The New Deal seeks to address the underlying causes of conflict through targeted support to meet peace-building and state-building goals.
These goals focus on:
Central to the New Deal is support for inclusive, country-led and country-owned transitions out of fragility, with full recognition of the need to accelerate efforts to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women in all aspects of their development efforts.
The outcome document of the London Conference on Afghanistan (December 2014) ‘Realizing Self-Reliance’ underlines the vision on inclusive, country-led transitions out of fragility, with an emphasis on accelerating nation’s self-reliance. The document re-affirms ‘Afghanistan’s national and international commitments to end discrimination and violence against women and to ensure the fair and legal treatment of women before the law’. Special attention is made on ensuring ‘government leadership and policy to provide women and girls with increased economic and educational opportunities’ and ‘implementing measures such as ending workplace gender harassment, unjust treatment of women prisoners, or insufficient support to women police officers or other government employees where the government must set the example of gender fair treatment and gender friendly employment policies’
To measure progress to that effect, a specific benchmark has been set and the full implementation of the National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA) is considered the minimum achievement.
In this context, and pursuant to UNDAF, CPD and CPAP and in response to national priorities stipulated in Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), UNDP is requested to support Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) through a multi-year project.
The project overarching goal is to contribute to national partners’ efforts towards the implementation of development priorities within the Transformation Decade (2014-2024) leading to self-reliant nation and state building, grounded on an imperative of promoting the human rights of women and men, enabling them to equally participate in Afghanistan’s national development. Furthermore, this project will aim to support the achievement of Afghan women’s human development as envisaged in the ANDS, NAPWA, national Priority Program (NPP) on building capacity to accelerate NAPWA, and the Kabul Conference Communiqué and provide them with equal opportunities through the engendering of national policies and local capacity development.
In addition, this project will be the successor of the current GEP-II project, and therefore the mission should focus to further strengthen and up-scale the best of practices of GEP-II such policy support, capacity development and M&E support.
GEP – II is a collaborative effort between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and UNDP Afghanistan. It aims to improve the social and economic status of vulnerable Afghan women and girls by adopting a two-pronged approach: build on the good practices and lessons learned of the first phase of the UNDP Gender Project (GEP I) and implement innovative initiatives for mainstreaming gender. The project duration is for 3 years from 2012 – 2015. The Project has three components: 1) Enhancement of MOWA’s capacity for policy making and oversight for NAPWA Implementation; 2) Development of Women’s entrepreneurship skills and capacity building of women cooperatives in 19 provinces; and 3) Increasing access to justice for women including awareness on women’s rights among men and women. The Project is implemented based on best practices identified from the pilot phase in cooperation with selected key government and non-government partners. The project has been able to establish a functional policy directorate equipped with trained staff and tools to help the line ministries review polices from the gender perspective and develop more gender sensitive policies. Under this component, GEP – II in collaboration with the ministry of finance and ministry of women’s affairs developed a GRB handbook to clarify the requirement, and role and responsibilities of all line ministries on GRB mandate. Furthermore, GEP – II has helped Kabul university develop a strategic framework and policy guideline for gender and women’s studies master’s degree.
Duties and Responsibilities
The mission will specifically focus on the following issues in close consultation with UNDP Afghanistan, government of Afghanistan and donors:
Area 1 – Institutional set up and effectiveness
Area 2 – Advocacy and awareness raising and partnership building:
The mission shall produce the following documents:
Duration of the mission will be 3 months and the duty station is Kabul with possibility of travel to provinces. The consultants are fully responsible to achieve the above set out deliverables and key results as per the schedule and time framework:
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Technical Criteria – Maximum 70 points:
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Sechedule of Payment:
The contractor shall submit a price proposal as below:
The total contract price, inclusive of the above elements, shall be converted into a lump-sum contract and payments under the contract shall be made on submission and acceptance of deliverables under the contract in accordance with the schedule of payment linked with deliverables as specified below. The payment is subject to the approval of unit head/programme of the deliverables.
Price Schedule and Payment:
Documents to be included when submiting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II).
Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
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.