Revision of UNDP 8-Point Agenda Toolkit for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :16-Dec-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :40 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :40 working days


The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is the UN’s Global Development Network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in over 170 countries, employing participatory approaches to developing local solutions to national and global development challenges. UNDPs core vision is to help countries and communities achieve simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.  We do this through three main areas of work are: (1) sustainable development (2) inclusive and effective democratic governance and peacebuilding, and (3) resilience.

Addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key aspect of UNDPs approach to achieving its core vision. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are seen as goals in their own right and are also central to the achievement of UNDP’s development mandate.  UNDP is guided in its work by its Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017 which details how UNDP works towards gender equality in each of the goals and key results set out in the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017. Furthermore, UNDP is committed to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 16 of Agenda 2030, the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and CEDAW General Recommendation No. 30.

In 2013, UNDP developed the “8-Point Agenda Toolkit for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality in Crisis Prevention and Recovery”. The 8PA toolkit provides concrete entry points to UNDP staff in country offices for integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment in UNDP recovery programming in crisis and post crisis settings[1]. To support implementation of this Toolkit, a specific “gender checklist” forintegrating gender, protection and risks in (post) crisis programming in the areas of livelihoods and economic recovery has been developed.

There have been important developments since the production of these tools (both the 8PA toolkit and the Gender checklist) in 2013. UNDP now operates under a new Strategic Plan 2014-2017 with specific outcomes on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and on early recovery. UNDP has also undergone an internal restructuring, with the creation of the new Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS). BPPS is currently updating its recovery and resilience policies. The first drafts of both policies will be available early next year.

The 8PA toolkit and the gender checklist provide an opportunity to equip practitioners in UNDP country offices and partners with a set of concrete tools for advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment and promote gender responsiveness in recovery programming.

[1] The 8-points covered are: 1. Strengthen women’s security in crisis; 2. Advance gender justice; 3. Expand women’s citizenship, participation and leadership; 4. Build peace with and for women; 5. Promote gender equality in disaster risk reduction; 6. Ensure gender-responsive recovery; 7. Transform government to deliver for women; 8. Develop capacities for social change.

Duties and Responsibilities

Taking current versions of the 8-Point Agenda Toolkit (8PA) and the Gender Checklist as a basis, the consultant will be asked to:

  • Revise these tools and align them taking into account the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals agenda, the set of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and CEDAW General Recommandation No. 30, UNDP new strategic vision and institutional structure according to the Strategic plan 2014-2017 (including the forthcoming recovery and resilience strategies), and UNDP corporate accountability frameworks, including Gender Marker guidelines[1];
  • Integrate the substantive content of the Gender Checklist into the 8PA both in narrative part and as a stand-alone operational annex for Livelihoods and Economic Recovery practitioners;
  • Propose concrete and simple stand-alone checklists forms based on the 8PA to support UNDP project managers improve GE and WE in (early) recovery programs;
  • Propose a capacity building workplan targeting UNDP country offices and regional hubs, early recovery clusters, and develop training material (facilitator notes, presentations and supporting documents)

Key deliverables:

The consultant will be responsible for providing the following deliverables:

  • A revised and practical version of the “UNDP 8-Point Agenda Toolkit for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality”, of no more than 15 pages plus annexes, integrating the “Gender Checklist”, aligned to UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017 and forthcoming UNDP policies on recovery and resilience, the SDG 2030 agenda, the set of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, CEDAW General Recommendation No. 30, as well as UNDP corporate accountability frameworks including Gender Markers;
  • A set of concrete and simple stand-alone checklist forms based on the revised 8PA to support UNDP project managers improve GE and WE in (early) recovery programs, and compatible with relevant gender markers: a general checklist covering the key elements throughout the project cycle, and thematic checklists for at least the following areas: livelihoods and economic recovery; conflict prevention and peace-building; participation; local governance and core government functions; rule of law;
  • A capacity building workplan targeting UNDP country offices and regional hubs, early recovery clusters, including training material: facilitator notes, standard presentations and supporting documents;
  • A short final consultancy report providing a recap of the deliverables, challenges and recommendations (2 pages)

The consultant will work off-site under the technical supervision of the Livelihoods and Economic Recovery team, Sustainable Development Cluster, BPPS, UNDP and of the Gender Cluster, BPPS. He/she will interact with other relevant technical teams from HQ, regional hubs and country offices, if needed.

[1] For UNDP Gender Marker guidelines, please refer to: XXX For IASC Gender Marker guidelines, see



  • Commitment to UNDP’s core values.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.


  • Solid understanding of Gender equality and women’s empowerment, (early) recovery, livelihoods and economic recovery, and their relevance to crisis response and sustainable development;
  • Strong analytical and policy development skills;
  • Good organizational and project management skills;
  • Strong written and oral communications skills;
  • Strong advocacy skills.



  • Ability to work independently and manage competing priorities;
  • Ability to work effectively with UNDP Staff members in various regions and offices;
  • Ability to contribute to building and nurturing partnerships;
  • Ability to coordinate multiple units and teams to achieve a common objective;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure.



  • Strong interpersonal skills required to ensure cultivation of the daily working relationship and promote effective coordination among the UN family of agencies;
  • Strong networking skills required to support UNDP positioning and relationship building with development partners.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in a development related field (in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Gender Studies, or other relevant field).

Work experience:

  • At least 7 years of relevant professional experience, including experience working on gender equality and women’s empowerment, early recovery, jobs/livelihoods, crisis response in (post) crisis environments
  • Field experience with UNDP or other development organization desirable, for the implementation or evaluation of gender and early recovery programs.
  • Experience of working and networking with counterparts in international organizations, governments, civil society organizations and the private sector.
  • Experience in producing or facilitating knowledge products and services;
  • Research and academic publications in the field of Gender Equality and Women’s empowerment;
  • Working knowledge and experience of UN/UNDP policy and programme in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN gender architecture;
  • Computer literate (being able to use MS Windows, office applications, Internet search).


  • Fluency in spoken and written English with excellent drafting skills is a must
  • Written and spoken knowledge of another UN Language is a plus.

Duration of Work:

  • Estimated to no more than 40 working days between December 2015 and March 2016.

Duty Station:

  • Home based.

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:

Applicants must quote a lump sum remuneration in their proposal.

The consultant will be paid a lump sum per milestone as stipulated in the schedule above:

  • Upon submission of draft version of Deliverable  30%
  • Upon submission of draft version of Deliverables and below 30%
  • Upon submission (and approval) of final versions of Deliverable above and this 40%

Criteria for Selection of Best Offer:


Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicant's qualifications and financial proposal. The method is as follows:

Technical evaluation: 70% of total evaluation (maximum 70 points):

Technical proposals will be evaluated based on the following technical criteria:

Education: University Master degree in Economics, Political Science, Sociology,

  • International Relations, Gender Studies, or other relevant field (max. 10 points);
  • Experience in UN/UNDP programming /policy advice on women’s empowerment and gender equality, early recovery  and crisis response (max. 25 points);
  • Experience in research and publications on women’s empowerment and gender equality and (early) recovery in (post) crisis settings (max 25 points);
  • Experience in evaluations of gender and crisis response programs, and/or in development of tools/checklists (max 10 points).

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 (70%) points on technical part would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Financial evaluation: 30% of total evaluation (maximum 30 points)

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: p = y (µ/z),


p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated

Application Instructions:

Submission of Applications

Recommended Presentation of Offer:

The submission of application is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications:

Step 1: Interested individual consultants must include the following documents when submitting the applications in UNDP job shop (Please note that only 1 (one) file can be uploaded therefore please include all docs in one file):

  • Personal History Form (P11), indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of at least three (3) professional references (the template can be downloaded from this link:
  • Brief description of why you consider yourself as the most suitable for the assignment.

Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal

Applicants should pass the confirmation of Interest and Financial Proposal to with subject header – Revision of UNDP 8-Point Agenda Toolkit for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality.

Applications received after the deadline may be rejected. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal should be all-inclusive and include a breakdown. The term ‘all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, travel related expenses, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the financial proposal.

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.

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