Gender and Adaptation to Climate Change Expert


Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :07-Dec-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
30-Jan-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :Up to 100 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 January 2018– 30 December 2018

Background

Signatories to the UNFCCC acknowledge under Article 7 of the Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015, agreed that “adaptation action should follow a country driven, gender- responsive, participatory, and fully transparent approach (UNFCCC, 2015) The UNFCCC LDC Expert Group (2012) highlighted specific benefits of addressing gender issues in adaptation planning in the context of the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) process. These included: (i) equal participation activities; (ii) adaptation decisions and efforts do not exacerbate gender inequalities; (iii) overall, adaptation efforts are more effective and community resilience is strengthened.

While the need for a gender-responsive national adaptation process is recognized and the benefits clear, gaps exist in addressing gender in adaptation planning and programming. Key barriers to gender integration include a lack of gender capacity on the part of staff, a lack of funding to support gender integration, and socio-cultural constraints. Governments face difficulties addressing gender in their climate change policies, and institutional and political context in which these are designed and implemented. Challenges include addressing gender at different administrative levels, unclear gender terminology and stereotypes, and insufficient consideration to gender structural constraints in policy, etc.

Under the NAP-GSP and NAP-Ag programmes, country teams are testing different methods for ensuring that the gender issues specific to agriculture are on the agenda of adaptation planning. This consultancy supports the development of materials and tools that support capacity strengthening of planners, policy-makers, programming partners, and other stakeholders who focus on adaptation planning, including in the agriculture sector.  It supports countries’ commitments, such as through INDCs and the Paris Agreement, to mainstream gender in adaptation as well as related requests for capacity development support.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work 

Under the overall guidance of the head of climate adaptation, UNDP and under the supervision of the lead Technical Specialist (NAP GSP) the Consultant will undertake the following tasks, including;

  • The Gender Advisor, NAP-GSP (UNDP) will work together with the Gender Expert, NAP-Ag (FAO) to co-supervise the production of the Global Gender and Adaptation Capacity Development Package. This will include collaborating on writing the Policy brief, as well as on compiling and synthesizing the training materials (which have in part been developed and written, but require revising and streamlining as well as bringing in additional materials, experiences, cases, and examples from a broader range of countries. The Gender Advisor, NAP-GSP will take the lead on the case studies and collaborate on the production of the video.
  • The Gender Advisor will also support the ongoing development and testing of the gender-responsive climate-resilience market Development Tool. This will include providing online and in-situ support on gender to the local facilitator and international value chains experts engaged in tool testing in up to two countries.

The Gender Advisor will also provide other technical backstopping support to the NAP-GSP and NAP-Ag programmes, including technical backstopping and capacity strengthening support to programme countries and communications and outreach support.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

The expected outputs from this assignment are as follow:

Deliverable 1: Training guide (due date 30 April 2018,  est. 10 working days)

As part of the Global Gender and Adaptation Capacity Development Package, the training guide will build primarily on the gender mainstreaming training materials and experiences that have been developed and tested in Kenya and Uganda together with upcoming missions to Zambia as well as possibly the Gambia, Nepal and the Philippines. The content will be designed to be relevant to any country and will be divided into four sections in line with the four elements of the NAP process (Lay the groundwork; Preparatory elements; Implementation strategies; Reporting, monitoring and review).

Within each section there will be modules or lessons, each consisting of a PowerPoint lesson and related exercise. Modules will be prepared in such a way as to be flexible, inter-changeable, and adaptable depending on the specific needs of the country and audience/training participants (e.g. central government planners and decision-makers, district level government planners and implementers, parliamentarians/policy-makers, staff from CSOs/NGOs working on adaptation planning, etc.).  Links will be made to the case studies under the Global Gender and Adaptation Capacity Development Package (See Deliverable 2 and Video, Deliverable 3. It will also be highlighted in an overall Policy brief under the same package, see Deliverable 4.)

The Gender Advisor will develop these materials through:

•             Collaborating with the Gender Expert, NAP-Ag (FAO) to review and pull together materials in line with the four elements of the NAP process;

•             Finalize user-friendly, adaptable Training Guide (modules) that builds on and incorporates examples, cases, materials from the different countries under the programme, including countries which have already had training as well as those planned/proposed for 2018. The final product will be a series of coherent, easily accessible and user-friendly modules for the web.

 

Deliverable 2: Four case studies, Global Gender and Adaptation Capacity Development Package (due date 30 June 2018,  est. 16 working days)

As part of the Global Gender and Adaptation Capacity Development Package, four case studies will be produced that link to one of the four elements of the NAP process, and will document the lessons learned by countries on mainstreaming gender.

The case studies will function as independent publications that highlight how countries put gender on the agenda of their national adaptation planning processes for agriculture, highlighting 3-5 recommendations/lessons gleaned from their experience for policymakers in similar situations. The case studies will be thematically based and framed by the international climate change policy context. Recommendations will also be made wherever there are relevant lessons for reporting to UNFCCC or following through on commitments.

Each of the four case studies will be linked to one of the four elements of the NAP process. The theme of each case study will be narrowed down based on countries’ experiences; examples of possible themes include: building institutional buy-in; ensuring stronger voice and participation; gender-sensitive monitoring. The case studies will draw on the experiences/examples from different countries under the NAP-Ag Programme to highlight specific issues.

These will be useful stand-alone resources or companion pieces to the training guide and videos to be used in different learning environments.

The case studies will be released by 30th June 2018

The Gender Advisor will develop these case studies through:

  • using literature review conducted by NAP-Ag team consultant (FAO) to provide context;
  • working with NAP Ag Country Office teams and stakeholders to develop a focus and the case studies;
  • designing case studies by end of Q2, 2018

Deliverable 3: Policy brief, Global Gender and Adaptation Capacity Development Package (due date 30 April 2018,  est. 4 working days)

As part of the Global Gender and Adaptation Capacity Development Package, four case studies will be produced

As part of the Global Gender and Adaptation Capacity Development Package, a policy brief (4 pages) will be developed to provide a summary overview of the entire package and highlight key messages (see Concept Note for details).

The Gender Advisor will provide inputs to the policy brief by developing content based on the case studies, training guide and video.

Deliverable 4: Support to the development and testing of the gender-responsive climate-resilient market development (due date 30 September 2018,  est. 30 working days)

As part of the Global Gender and Adaptation Capacity Development Package, four case studies will be produced

The Market Development Tool is being developed by an International Expert (UNDP) with expertise in value chain development.

The Gender Advisor will provide ongoing support to the development and testing of this tool by:

  • providing technical backstopping to two programme countries (TBC, Zambia, Uganda) (x 4 days);
  • providing technical support on gender to international expert on value chains and local facilitators conducting training on value chain development (2 x 10 days each preparation, in-country support, reporting = 20 days). This includes support to development of training agenda and materials, co-facilitation, inputs to report;
  • providing gender inputs to revised text in tool based on testing (including specific examples, cases collected from field testing) (x 6 days).

Deliverable 5: UNDP briefing note with case studies (due date 30 September 2018,  est. 10 working days)

This briefing note will build on the country work based on UNDP’s adaptation portfolio (including NAP-GSP, NAP-Ag), other organization’s efforts where relevant, literature reviews, and capacity strengthening (particularly training) efforts undertaken under NAP-GSP and NAP-Ag to understand and address the economic and social cost of the gender gap in agriculture and rural livelihoods, entrepreneurship and to strengthen women’s climate adaptation responses as part of UN groups UNDP’s programmatic work at the national and subnational levels.  The resulting briefing note will provide a baseline and opportunity to develop a future output eligible for a GEN 3 rating by providing “business management training provided to local women’s producer groups and promoting women’s entrepreneurship.

The Gender Advisor will draft this note through:

  • Engaging with UNDP CCA staff and COs;
  • Utilizing the literature reviews undertaken for the Market Development tool, case studies under Deliverable 2, and literature review undertaken for gender trainings under NAP-Ag, experience supporting GCF proposals (e.g. developing Gender Assessments and Gender Action Plans);
  • Consulting NAP-GSP team and UNDP CCA staff on the draft version of the note;
  • Delivering a final note.

Deliverable 6: Technical backstopping on gender training to programme countries (due date 31 December 2018,  est. 20 working days)

A number of trainings are planned/proposed for current and incoming countries under the NAP-Ag/NAP-GSP countries (e.g. the Gambia, Vietnam, etc.). These will support national adaptation planning processes, particularly for the agriculture sector.

The Gender Advisor will provide technical backstopping on gender to programme countries by:

  • supporting the development and implementation of training needs assessments;
  • contributing to the development/adaptation of training materials and agendas to meet the specific needs of each country context;
  • providing on-site facilitation support in up to two countries to strengthen gender inputs and training outputs/outcomes;
  • ensuring lessons learned, interesting examples and cases, etc. are recorded for inclusion in tools and case studies (under other deliverables under this TOR)

Deliverable 7:  Other support to program (due date 31 December 2018,  est. 10 working days)

The Gender Advisor will provide technical support on gender-related issues, including:

  • providing comments, inputs including for mission and consultancy TORs, webinars, etc. to countries or core team that are interested in gender training, gender in relation to NAP, CBA/IA, VC/market enterprise, GCF, Global Gender and Adaptation Package, etc.
  • contributing to communications/outreach (e.g. related to COP23 (including side event if accepted), International Women’s Day 2018), inputs to blog posts and other communications materials, etc.

Deliverables will be identified as needed in discussion with core team; ongoing technical support to FAO, UNDP, CO teams, partners.

Institutional Arrangement

The Consultant will carry out his/her tasks under the overall guidance of the UNDP/GEF’s Head for Climate Change Adaptation and the Lead Technical Specialist for the Global Support Programme for NAPs. He/she will work closely with UNDP Gender Team (Environment and Climate Change Policy Specialist and Gender Regional Advisors as defined), FAO Gender Focal Point and other staff involved in the process.

Duration of the Work: 30 January 2018- 30 December 2018 (Up to 100 working days)

Duty Station: Home- based with travel to countries targeted by the NAP- GSP and NAP- AG Programme.


Competencies

  • Strong analytical, reporting, and writing abilities;
  • Excellent facilitation skills;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement, and report on work;
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
  • Positive, constructive attitude to work;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree in any of related areas: gender, climate change, environment, sustainable agriculture, sustainable development.

Experience:

  • Substantive experience (minimum of 10 years) conducting research and analysis in the area of gender equality and at least one other related theme, including climate change adaptation, sustainable development, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management;
  • At least 10 years of demonstrated experience in designing and facilitating trainings on gender equality and other themes listed above for government officials and civil society representatives in developing countries;
  • Demonstrated substantive experience in working with developing countries and undertaking policy and programmatic work in the area of expertise listed above
  • Demonstrated experience working on policy and programmatic issues with national and local governments and civil society organizations including community organizations;
  • Strong understanding of the links between climate change, agriculture and gender issues;
  • Experience or strong familiarity with the work of UNDP and/or other multilateral, bilateral and civil society development partners. Excellent analytical, writing, advocacy, presentation, and communications skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner.

Language Skill:

  • Excellent in oral and written communication skills in English.

Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

Professional Fee 

The contract will be based on daily fee

Consultant shall quote an all-inclusive Daily Fee for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal. If applicable, travel or daily allowance cost (if any work is to be done outside the IC’s duty station) should be identified separately. Payments shall be done on a monthly basis based on actual days worked, upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the IC’s supervisor of a Time Sheet indicating the days worked in the period.

In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources

In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent.  The provided living allowance will not be exceeding UNDP DSA rates. Repatriation travel cost from home to duty station in Bangkok and return shall not be covered by UNDP.

Evaluation Method and Criteria

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology Cumulative analysis

The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.

Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 350 points) [Please add/adjust the below criteria and points awarded to each as necessary]

  • Criteria 1: Master’s degree in any of related areas: gender, climate change, environment, sustainable agriculture, sustainable development – Max 25 points
  • Criteria 2: Substantive experience (minimum of 10 years) conducting research and analysis in the area of gender equality and at least one other related theme, including climate change adaptation, sustainable development, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management- Max 50 Points
  • Criteria 3: At least 10 years of demonstrated experience in designing and facilitating trainings on gender equality and other themes listed above for government officials and civil society representatives in developing countries – Max 50 points
  • Criteria 4: Demonstrated substantive experience in working with developing countries and undertaking policy and programmatic work in the area of expertise listed above – Max 50 points
  • Criteria 5: Demonstrated experience working on policy and programmatic issues with national and local governments and civil society organizations including community organizations – Max 50 Points
  • Criteria 6: Strong understanding of the links between climate change, agriculture and gender issues- Max 50 Points
  • Criteria 7: Experience or strong familiarity with the work of UNDP and/or other multilateral, bilateral and civil society development partners. Excellent analytical, writing, advocacy, presentation, and communications skills- Max 50 Points
  • Criteria 8: Written and spoken proficiency in English- Max 25 Points

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 245 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Documentation required

Interested individual consultant must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate your  qualifications:

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in 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.
  • Financial proposal, as per template provided in Annex II. Note: please quote prices in US Dollar.

Incomplete proposals may not be considered.The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and only the successful candidate will be notified.

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