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Development of Baseline Survey Consultancy Assignment
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||West Bank, Home Based (with Frequent Visits to UN Women’s Premises, as well as the Relevant Partners)., PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES|
|Application Deadline :||28-Oct-15 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 :||Approximately 30 working days over a period of 3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Approximately 30 working days over a period of 3 months|
The 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 center of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women plays an innovative and catalytic role in the State of Palestine since its inception in 1997. UN Women Palestine focuses its activities on one overarching goal, namely to support the implementation at the national level of existing international commitments to advance gender equality in line with the national priorities. In support of this goal and thoroughly taking into consideration the specificities of the Palestinian context, UN Women concentrates its efforts and interventions toward the realization of following strategic goals: Engendering governance, peace and security; Supporting women's economic security and rights; and Promoting women’s rights and protection against violence.
In December 2006, UNDP and the Government of Spain signed a far-reaching agreement to establish a new fund to accelerate efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals, and to support UN reform efforts at the country level. In 2007, the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) was established by an agreement between the Government of Spain and the UNDP on behalf of the United Nations system. This was the largest development cooperation mechanisms designed to actively promote MDG achievement and inter-agency cooperation. In continuing their support of inter-agency cooperation aimed at MDG achievement, and based on the experience gained with the MDG-F, the Government of Spain and the UNDP have established a new Fund: the “Sustainable Development Goals Fund” (SDG-F). The SDG-F will intervene in a number of thematic areas and one of the thematic windows under the SDG-F is inclusive economic growth.
In the State of Palestine, UN Women has led the development of the joint programme (JP) “Creating a One-Stop-Shop for Sustainable Businesses” (OSS) in partnership with FAO and ITC, which is designed to contribute to fostering institutional and sustainable economic development through supporting women owned or run Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) working in culture and agriculture industries. It aims at contributing to the achievement of MDG 1 (eradicating extreme poverty), MDG 3 (promoting gender equality and empowering women) and MDG 7 (ensuring environmental sustainability).
UN Women will work jointly with FAO and ITC in Palestine in collaboration with governmental institutions, local authorities, private sector, community based organizations and civil society at large. The programme relies on a participatory bottom-up approach to a) establish policies and practices for promoting and supporting MSME’s, b) creation of a one-stop-shop and two business shops to support cultural and agricultural MSME’s in developing and sustaining their businesses.
Consequently it is expected that at the end of the project cycle the JP will have achieved the following outcomes:
Within the programme framework, and to ensure a results-based management approach, UN Women and its partners established a monitoring and evaluation framework to assist in continuous results-monitoring of the programme and to ensure that the programme activities and inputs are producing the desired outputs. Moreover, the M&E Framework is intended to inform the programme team on how the programme contributes to the economic empowerment of women in the State of Palestine. A set of SMART performance measuring indicators were selected to facilitate the monitoring of the progress towards the programme desired results (outputs and outcomes). This assignment will establish baseline data for the PMI’s in addition to setting baseline data for proposed indicators linked to national priorities related to economic empowerment of women. Moreover, the Baseline Survey will generate analysis and recommendations related to impact of the programme on the MSME’s sector and will provide forecast analysis for future up-scaling of the programme.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of UN Women Special Representative in Palestine and the direct supervision of the OSS Programme Manager, and working in close cooperation and coordination with the Programme M&E Officer, the Baseline Survey Consultant will undertake the following duties and responsibilities
Management of the Assignment
The consultant will report directly to the UN Women Programme Manager. A reference group will be established to ensure the quality of the work produced and to provide technical assistance to the assignment. The Reference Group will be comprised of Programme Implementing Partners and Responsible Parties and will review and validate the Inception Report (including the methodology for the survey) and the Baseline Survey Report. All deliverables will be considered final upon the approval of UN Women Programme Manager.
The Consultant will be responsible to facilitate all field work related to the assignment
Final Baseline Survey Report:
Final Report for the assignment incorporating comments from the Reference Group.
The Report shall include at a minimum:
All deliverables must be submitted in English (except for the Questionnaires which should be in both Arabic and English) as Microsoft copies (word document, excel sheets, SPSS …etc.)
Core Value/Guiding Principles:
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:
Ethics and Values:
Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring.
Working in Teams:
Communicating Information and Ideas:
Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements:
Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:
Required Skills and Experience
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted to provide a methodology of work, a workplan and a financial offer.
Applications should clearly show how do they meet the above mentioned criteria.
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.