Study on Women’s Economic Empowerment in (Post) Crisis Settings

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :16-Dec-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :60 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :60 working days


  1. 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 UNDPs 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.

UNDP is committed to fulfill its obligations under the UN Security Council Resolution 1325/1888 to strengthen women’s participation in all aspects of peace building, including the promotion of gender equality and protection of vulnerable groups in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Women’s Economic Empowerment is a key dimension of women’s empowerment, and is the focus of attention of both the gender cluster and the sustainable development cluster (livelihoods and economic recovery team), within UNDP’s central Bureau for Policy and Programme support (BPPS). Women’s Economic Empowerment integrates complementary dimensions related not only to access to economic opportunities, but also to improved legal status and rights of women (e.g. for access to land) and enhanced participation and inclusion in public life of the community, municipality and country.

Supporting women’s economic empowerment in conflict and post conflict settings is in particular critical given the generally acknowledged importance of women in the household economy in developing countries and their specific fragility to crisis situations. When it comes to recovering from crises and building resilience of women in the direct aftermath of conflicts or disasters, UNDP has gained valuable experiences at the country level. The objective of this consultancy is precisely to do an inventory and capitalize these initiatives supported by UNDP in the area of WEE at the grassroots and national level in fragile, conflict and post conflict settings, and propose the best suited way forward and strategic recommendations for UNDP policy and programme in support to the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

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.

The consultant’s work will be organized as a two-fold assignment.

First, based on secondary data, contacts with key informants and country offices, and (if necessary) field missions to some key countries, the consultant will undertake a review of the portfolio of UNDP past and present projects in the field of Women’s Economic Empowerment in crisis or post-crisis environments (covering both disaster and conflict settings). The study will focus on the early recovery and recovery phases.

Second, looking forward from that initial project review, the consultant will contribute to identify good practices (including innovation and potential for replication) and lessons learned, added value as well as entry points for UNDP taking into account the new framework of Sustainable Development Goals, the current strategic positioning of UNDP in the area of gender, the trends in current practice in women’s economic empowerment, and the evolution in the typology of crises.

The consultant is expected to write a report following the indicative outline proposed below:

Part One:  Definitions and concepts

  • Definition of WEE and its various components (e.g. economic potential for women, women’s rights and legal issues, inclusion and participation of women);
  • Gender/WEE in the SDGs;
  • Institutional positioning of UN agencies;
  • Specificities of (post) conflict environments.

Part Two:  Taking stock of UNDP programs in WEE in (post) conflict

  • Overview of UNDP portfolio in WEE in (post) conflict environments;
  • Country examples, highlighting good practices and lessons learned, potential for innovation and replication, organized by components;
  • In-depth presentation of 2-3 flagship programs (based on field mission);
  • Description of UNDP’s programming and advocacy in the area of (early) recovery and how it can contribute to addressing GBV.

Part Three: Orientations for UNDP policy and programme development, implementation and support

  • Provide key entry points UNDP should focus on to improve the effectiveness, sustainability and impact of policy work and programs in the area of women’s economic empowerment in crisis and post crisis environments
  • Propose clear niches for UNDP policy and programme support in view of UNDP comparative advantages

The outlines and specific focus of the report will be refined with the selected consultant.

Duties and responsibilities:

The consultant is expected to develop the whole report, and engage closely with UNDP to refine the analysis document throughout its production cycle (outline, draft 1 and final draft). A work plan will be agreed between the consultant and UNDP at the beginning of the consultancy.

Key deliverables:

The consultant will be responsible for providing the following deliverables:

  1. Preparation/structure of the work, based on initial discussion with UNDP:
    • Revised workplan and methodology of the consultancy
    • Revised and annotated outline of the report
    • Indicative list of countries for the program review and for in-depth analysis (field visits)
  2. Review of recent/ongoing projects in WEE in (post) crisis, based on interviews with key informants and secondary data. Identification of key good practices and lessons learned.
  3. In-depth analysis of three case studies of flagship programs based on field visits
  4. First draft of the report

Final draft of the report, integrating comments received by UNDP




  • Solid understanding of jobs/livelihoods, women’s economic empowerment, gender eqality and their relevance to crisis response and sustainable development.
  • Strong analytical and policy development skills.
  • Good organizational and project management skills.
  • 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.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Strong advocacy skills.


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


  • 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 (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 Women’s economic empowerment (WEE), jobs/livelihoods in (post) crisis environments;
  • Field experience with UNDP or other development organization desirable, for the implementation or evaluation of WEE programs.
  • Research and academic publications in the field of Gender Equality and Women’s empowerment, with specific focus on Women’s Economic Empowerment;
  • Working knowledge and experience of UNDP programming in the area of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, with specific focus on Women’s Economic Empowerment, and in Livelihoods and Economic Recovery in (post) conflict settings;
  • 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.


  • Estimated to about 60 working days between December 2015 and March 2016

Duty Station:

  • Home based, with field visits in 3 countries (exact location of the field visits to be defined).

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:

  • Submission of the analytical review of country experiences based (deliverable n°2): 30%;
  • Submission of the first draft of the report (deliverable n°4): 40%;
  • Submission (and approval) of the final draft of the report (deliverable n°5): 30%.

The financial offer of the consultant should be inclusive of DSA and travel to three countries (list of countries to be defined, but probably on 3 different continents). Indicative duration of the mission in each country is 4 days.

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 programming /policy advice on women’s economic empowerment and/or livelihoods and economic recovery, in (post) crisis settings (max. 25 points);
  • Experience in research and publications on women’s economic empowerment, and/or livelihoods and economic recovery in (post) crisis settings (max 25 points);
  • Experience in evaluations of livelihoods and economic recovery/women’s economic empowerment programs (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

 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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