Consultancy for inclusion of five disadvantaged groups of women and girls: females with disabilities, elderly women, females from LGBT community, and Muslim and indigenous females


Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :09-Jan-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
29-Jan-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :30 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 working days

Background

The ‘Leading the Way for Gender Equality’ (LWGE) program (2017-2020) is a new innovative program of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs of Cambodia (MoWA) whose overall objective is “Enabled environment for gender equality, women’s empowerment and feminist leaderships in Cambodia through enhanced capacities of the Gender Machinery.” The LWGE program is supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and UNDP -through the Partnership for Gender Equity-Phase IV (PGE IV) project.

The LWGE program relies on the implementation of an innovative approach which is based on four key success factors: 1) Cambodian leadership and ownership; 2) Improved systemic management of MoWA; 3) Feminist methodologies and practices; and 4) New development approach to support MoWA organizational reform.

Bilateral cooperation between MoWA and universities and four selected line ministries (Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS); Ministry of Information (MoInf); National Committee for Sub-national Democratic Development (NCDD); Ministry of Civil Service (MoCS); and Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MCFA) is envisaged to jointly carry out key outputs/activities for gender equality in their respective sectors.
The LWGE program has a special focus on promoting inclusion of five disadvantaged groups of women and girls across national gender policies and portfolios of pilot ministries. Those groups include: 1) women and girls with disabilities; 2) elderly women; 3) females from LGBT community; 4) Muslim women and girls; and 5) indigenous women and girls. These five groups have a cross-cutting inter-relationship as well (e.g.: elderly women may be both disabled, indigenous and Muslim).

Although MoWA has experience working on inclusion of women and girls with disabilities, MoWA still needs the support of a short-term consultant to build some capacities and understanding on the needs and rights of -especially- the other 4 vulnerable groups. This consultancy will provide critical support to strengthen MoWA for mainstreaming of vulnerable groups of women and girls across policies and partner ministries’ portfolios. Consultancy will also help MoWA to gain understanding about the work of stakeholders and CSOs for inclusion of vulnerable groups in Cambodia and to facilitate further cooperation with them.   
 


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultancy falls under Output 5 of the LWGE program, which reads as follows: “Inclusion of vulnerable groups of women and girls in MoWA’s internal work and in activities of  pilot line ministries as relevant is improved.”

Under coordination of the MoWA LWGE Programme Coordinator in close collaboration with Technical Coordination Desk, the MoWA Director General for Social Development and relevant MoWA officials, the short-term consultant will help MoWA to incorporate disadvantaged groups in institutional development of MoWA (i.e. integrate other disadvantaged groups at existing MoWA Working Group on Disability), to map existing good practices and entry points for MoWA’s cooperation with line ministries for inclusion of 5 vulnerable groups of women and girls, and to identify activities to be implemented by  under the Output 5 for the whole duration (3 years) of the LWGE program (2017-2020). [Note: the MoWA Technical Coordination Desk is a mechanism to upgrade advisory role of mid-level managers of MoWA and improve internal and external coordination of MoWA].
 

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=43340  for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.


Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to MoWA’s and UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Sensitivity and adaptability to Cambodian culture;
  • Highest standards of integrity, gender-sensitivity, age-sensitivity, discretion and loyalty.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in and with teams;
  • Ability to set priorities and manage time effectively
     


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master degree in social works, women’s studies, gender studies, inclusion of vulnerable groups (i.e. disability, LBT persons, elderly, Muslim and indigenous) or any other relevant field. A combination of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with an additional three years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree.

Experience:

  • Minimum of ten years of relevant experience in advice to governments, public institutions and CSOs for inclusion of disadvantaged groups, preferably in South-East Asia;
  • Solid experience on gender equality and/or gender mainstreaming for ;nclusion of at least one of the following disadvantaged groups of women and girls: women and girls with disabilities, elderly women, indigenous women and girls, Muslim women and girls, and females from the LGBT community;
  • Previous working experience in Cambodia and knowledge of Cambodian institutional context is considered a strong asset.

Language Requirement:

  • Fluent in English language.
  • Knowledge of Khmer language is an asset.

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=43340  for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.

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