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NATIONAL CONSULTANT – GENDER SPECIALIST
|Location :||Dili, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||28-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Portuguese|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||5 months (100 working days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||01 March 2017 to 31 July 2018|
Project Title: Building Shoreline Resilience of Timor-Leste to Protect Local Communities and their Livelihoods (Coastal Resilience Project)
Building shoreline resilience of Timor-Leste to protect local communities and their livelihoods project is funded by GEF and its main objective is to strengthen resilience of coastal communities by the introduction of nature-based approaches to coastal protection. In addition, it supports inter and intra-ministerial coordination for collaborative development planning ensuring protection of coastal areas, as well as identify and research potential revenue streams for long term sustainability.
The project is under implementation in collaboration with the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, its replicas in the seven target municipalities, local authorities, communities, Ministry of Public Works, UNTL and implementing partners NGOs. It employs an integrated approach, while tailoring activities to address the specific needs, challenges and priorities of the Government of Timor Leste.
The coastal population of Timor-Leste is vulnerable to the threats of sea level rise and extreme events. Approximately 40% of the population lives in the coastal areas. This is comprised of almost 560,000 people residing in coastal and lowland areas with an elevation of up to 500 meters. The coastal zone and habitats of Timor-Leste are thus subject to a high degree of human dependency and resource use. Climate change projections indicate that coastal areas might in future experience increased flash floods and landslides originating from the upstream hill areas but are also likely to face increased incidents of sea surges and storms. These hazards have serious impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems, especially for mangroves, estuaries and coral reefs, which are already under stress because of coastal zone development and population growth. Coastal impacts are expected to include: increased groundwater contamination by salt water intrusion; direct physical damage to forest and terrestrial ecosystems; reduced health, diversity and productivity of coastal and inshore marine ecosystems and species; physical damage to coral reefs and mangroves by strong wave action; increased erosion of beaches, shorelines and coastal land; direct damage to physical infrastructure; flooding and destruction of coastal settlements; and damage to schools, homes and community buildings such as churches and health clinics.
Women’s vulnerabilities to climate change are similar to those of men. Women however also have specific additional concerns, linked to their key roles in the household, such as provision of water and firewood and children wellbeing. The position of women in Timorese society is more vulnerable than that of Timorese man, due to lack of land rights and asset ownership, low educational levels and patriarchal rule in domestic sphere. Gender therefore requires comprehensive consideration in climate change adaptation interventions in Timor-Leste.
In this project, women will be involved in planning and decision-making on implementing the interventions, and preference will be given to funding projects that benefit both men and women. Aligning the project with the needs of women will increase the utility and longevity of the investments. This equal participation of women and men is in line with the principles underlying UNDP’s gender equality strategy as well as the GEF’s own guidance and standards. Accordingly, UNDP would like to hire a senior expert in the field, Gender Specialist to accomplish below stated roles and responsibilities(deliverables).
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of the consultancy assignment is to lead the mainstreaming of gender in to the project implementation and ensure women empowerment through employing appropriate strategies for women targeted actions throughout the project activities implementation.
SCOPE OF SERVICE:
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager/CTA, in collaboration with PMU and in consultation with UNDP SDU and MAF relevant team, the Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES
The successful consultant will perform the tasks listed under Section D and deliver the following outputs:
Timeline for implementation
The consultant will report directly to the Project Manager for the Coastal Resilience project. National Project Coordinator and Operation Officer will facilitate administrative arrangements and logistical support throughout the duration of the mission including coordinating the in-country mission and field visits. The consultant will be provided office space in the Coastal Resilience project office, transportation to the municipalities outside of Dili and related logistical support for implementation of project activities only. Extensive field visit and travel will be required to the municipalities. The consultant will be expected to facilitate the respective consultations and workshops as specified under the TOR.
Advanced/ MA. Degree in Gender, Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies, or other related Social Science fields.
Required Skills and Experience
The financial proposal must be expressed in the form of an “all-inclusive” lump-sum amount, supported by breakdown of costs as per template provided. The term “all inclusive” implies all cost (professional fees, travel costs, living allowances etc.) Under the lump sum approach, the contract price is fixed, regardless of changes in cost components. For duty travels, and other costs required to perform the demands of the TOR must be incorporated in the financial proposal.
Schedule of Payments
The payment will be made based on the deliverables. The selected consultant must submit documents as per deliverables which must be duly approved and serve as the basis for the payment of fees. The consultant will be expected to produce the following deliverables within the agreed timeline Section 3 of this TOR to be reviewed and approved as specified in the TOR.
RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION OF OFFER
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF BEST OFFER
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
* Technical Criteria weighting: 70%
* Financial criteria weighting: 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation criteria would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
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.