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Study on Women’s Economic Empowerment in (Post) Crisis Settings
|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 :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||60 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 working days|
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
Part Two: Taking stock of UNDP programs in WEE in (post) conflict
Part Three: Orientations for UNDP policy and programme development, implementation and support
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.
The consultant will be responsible for providing the following deliverables:
Final draft of the report, integrating comments received by UNDP
Required Skills and Experience
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:
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:
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
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):
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.