Gender Specialist for MPU/Chemicals Programme

Location : Home based with mission travel
Application Deadline :19-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :nine months
Expected Duration of Assignment :nine months maximum 30 working days


UNDP is one of the Implementing Agencies of the Multilateral Fund (MLF) for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

UNDP works with public and private partners in developing countries to assist them in meeting the targets of reducing the use of ozone depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol. In addition, UNDP also helps developing countries reduce and eliminate the emissions of Persistent Organic Pollutants as well as the use and emissions of mercury.

UNDP’s ozone and chemicals global programmes are managed by the Montreal Protocol and Chemicals Unit (MPU/Chemicals) within the Sustainable Development Cluster of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) in New York, with staff also located in UNDP Regional Centers in Istanbul Panama City and Bangkok.

Since 1991, UNDP has received over US $800 million in grants from the Multilateral Fund, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and bilateral donors to undertake thousands of activities related to ozone and chemicals in nearly 100 developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

A number of factors justify the importance of adopting a gender-responsive approach to the management of chemicals.  The major factors include: differences in physiological susceptibility, cross-generational transfers to the unborn child, and the resulting health effects as well as the source of exposure to toxic chemicals (workplace vs. household).  Men, women, and children vary in their physiological susceptibility to the effects of exposure to toxic chemicals.  In addition, each group is exposed in different ways to different toxic chemicals in daily life.

Recognizing the significant linkages between chemicals and gender, UNDP produced a publication “Chemicals and Gender” in 2011 and produced a guidance document operationalizing the integration of gender into chemicals projects by providing guidance and suggesting gender-based outputs, indicators and activities to include into chemicals projects.  Nonetheless, UNDP has identified the need to strengthen the capacities at different levels to ensure gender equality is well integrated into the design and implementation of ozone projects. 

The objective of this work is to explain how the selected ozone project(s) will contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment, identify entry points for mainstreaming gender considerations in project components, and to develop a gender action plan to advance women’s empowerment and promote gender equality

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will analyze, review and develop technical and policy-relevant materials, including methodologies and tools to integrate gender considerations into ozone projects and will carry out the following tasks:

  1. Carry out participatory gender analysis in ozone projects in 2—3 countries to fully consider the different needs, knowledge, roles, benefits, impacts, risks and access to/control over resources of women and men (including considerations of intersecting categories of identity such as age, social status, ethnicity, marital status, etc.) given a project’s context, and appropriate measures taken to address these and promote gender equality; collect gender disaggregated baseline data relevant to project planning and monitoring; identify the share of female and male direct beneficiaries. 
  2. Assist in organizing and carrying out gender responsive stakeholder consultation sessions in order to solicit inputs and ensure both male and female stakeholder involvement and buy-in to the project.
    Guide the project teams in using participatory techniques that involve both women and men in assessments and discussions.
  3. Develop a Gender Action Plan for the projects with annual outputs to facilitate implementation of activities that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.


Expected Outputs and Deliverables:

NumberDescriptionDue Date
D1Draft gender analysisJune 01, 2018
 D2         Draft gender action planJune 01, 2018
D3Finalized gender analysis incorporating MPU inputsJuly 01, 2018
D4Finalized gender action plan incorporating MPU inputsJuly 01, 2018

Institutional Arrangement:

  • The consultant will report to, seek approval/acceptance of outputs from the task team leader (MPU/Chemicals Team Gender Focal Point).
  • The contractor is expected to have her/his own office space, laptop and access to internet and a printer during the assignment (the cost of this facilities should be included in the financial proposals, if required).


  • The consultant shall quote his /her fee based on each deliverable identified above

Payment terms:

  • Payments will be made based on the completion of deliverables and upon submission of a certificate of payment request, indicating deliverables achieved and days worked to be verified and cleared for payment by the supervisor.

Duration of the Work:

  • The contract will enter into effect upon signature of both parties and is expected to last up to a maximum of nine (9) months with a total of 30 working days.
  •  The total duration of the project preparation will be approximately 30 days and shall not exceed nine months from when the consultant(s) are hired.


It is expected that the expert will undertake missions to 2-3 countries during the period of March-September 2018.  The countries will be finalized after discussions with the consultant but they may include: China, Ghana or Nigeria, and Peru. The selection of the number of countries will be contingent on the availability of funds. Given that the exact dates and place of missions are unknown travel costs must be excluded from the proposal. Travel will be reimbursed through submission of F-10 Claim

  •  Any necessary mission travel must be approved in advance and in writing by the Supervisor;
  • The Advanced and Basic Security in the Field II courses must be successfully completed prior to commencement of travel;
  •  Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director;
  •  Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under ttps://;
  • Consultants are responsible for obtaining security clearances and any visas needed in connection with travel with the necessary support from UNDP;
  • The consultant will be responsible for making his/her own mission travel arrangements in line with UNDP travel policies;





  • Demonstrated capacity for strategic thinking;
  • Proven capacity to produce high quality qualitative research and ability to absorb, analyze and synthesize large amounts of complex information within tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural, ethnic and religious background, different gender, and diverse political views;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex issues in a concise and clear manner;
  • Highly organized with strong analytical, synthesis, and research skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in gender studies, gender and development, environment, sustainable development or closely related area.


  • At least 7 years of practical working experience in gender mainstreaming, women’s empowerment and sustainable development;
  • Experience carrying out participatory gender analysis; experience collecting and formulating gender responsive indicators and sex-disaggregated data and preparing gender responsive project analysis; developing gender action plans;
  • Demonstrated experience working on policy and programmatic issues with national and local governments and civil society organizations including community organizations;
  • Experience in facilitating gender responsive stakeholder meetings is highly desired;
  • Experience with project development and results-based management methodologies is desired;
  • Excellent analytical, writing, advocacy, presentation, and communications skills are required;
  • Experience with chemicals or ozone issues is highly desired.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English language

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 the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references (the template can be downloaded from this link:
  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment. Indicate available start date.

Evaluation Method

  • Only those candidates that meet the minimum level of education and relevant years of experience requirements will be considered for the technical evaluation. The technical evaluation will include a desk review to select the shortlisted candidates. The technical evaluation may also include interviews with shortlisted candidate(s).
  • The selection of the best offer from the shortlisted candidates will be based on a Combined Scoring method – where the technical evaluation (desk review and interview) will be weighted a maximum of 70 points, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a maximum of 30 points. The 70 points rating shall be based on how well the Offer or meets the minimum qualifications/competencies described above. 


Evaluation Criteria

The technical evaluation will be based on the following criteria with the corresponding points (out of a total 70 points):


Criteria 1: Master’s degree in gender or other related area; (10 points)

Criteria 2: At least 7 years of experience in practical working experience in gender mainstreaming, women’s empowerment and sustainable development; (15 points)

Criteria 3:; Experience carrying out participatory gender analysis; experience collecting and formulating gender responsive indicators and sex-disaggregated data and preparing gender responsive project analysis; gender action plans (15 points)

Criteria 4:Demonstrated experience working on policy and programmatic issues with national and local governments and civil society organizations including community organizations; (5 points)

Criteria 5: Experience in facilitating gender responsive stakeholder meetings is highly desired; (5 points)

Criteria 6: Experience with project development and results-based management methodologies is desired; (5 points)

Criteria 7: Excellent analytical, writing, advocacy, presentation and communication skills are required; (5 points)

Criteria 8: Knowledge with chemicals or ozone issues is highly desired; (10 points)

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

Financial evaluation (maximum 30 points):

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

p = y (µ/z), where


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

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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