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Consultant - Technical Experts on Women’s Economic Empowerment
|Application Deadline :||04-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||36 Months LTA|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||36 Months LTA (IC Framework Agreement)|
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is the UN’s Global Development Network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in over 170 countries, employing participatory approaches to developing local solutions to national and global development challenges. UNDPs core vision is to help countries achieve simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.
Addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key aspect of UNDPs approach to achieving its core vision. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in UNDP’s Strategic Plan, gender equality is both a goal in its own right and an essential catalyst to progress across all development outcomes. UNDP is guided in its work by its Gender Equality Strategy, which details how UNDP works towards gender equality in each of the goals and key results set out in the UNDP Strategic Plan.
The Gender Team of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) is the institutional anchor of UNDP’s work on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Gender Team provides policy advice and technical support to all of UNDP’s Bureaus and leadership on how to mainstream gender across all areas of their work. The Gender Team works to implement gender equality as a core objective of UNDP through a two-pronged approach (i) mainstreaming gender in all core practices; and, (ii) dedicated interventions that empower women and promote gender equality. In addition, the Gender Team is responsible for all corporate planning, for supporting corporate programming, reporting on gender and for supporting Senior Management in ensuring accountability for gender mainstreaming. Finally, the Gender Team supports the Administrator and senior management in addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment in their convening and representational functions.
Under the Long-Term Agreement contract, the selected candidates on gender and women’s economic empowerment will support the work of the Gender Team within in the area of gender and women’s economic empowerment by providing expert inputs when required.
To contract technical experts on women’s economic empowerment under a long term agreement to support the work of the Gender Team in the area of gender and women’s economic empowerment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work / Duties and responsibilities
The consultants will report to the Women’s Economic Empowerment Specialist and will support tasks related to women’s economic empowerment that require technical expert substantive advice and strategic input. The consultants will also work closely with other UNDP staff and their partners in the HQ and selected pilot countries and local sites, including local researchers and project implementers.
The scope of tasks to be undertaken will be agreed with the Technical Expert(s) as the need arises, and may cover, but may not be limited to:
Expected outputs and deliverables:
The following deliverables will be expected:
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants will have an Advanced university degree (PhD preferred) in Economics, Public Administration with strong knowledge of gender issues, or related discipline.
Application is a two-step process:
Qualified applicants are requested to apply online via this website. Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications (note: all documents must be compiled into one file to be uploaded as part of the online application):
After review of applications, shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be contacted by UNDP and requested to submit a Financial Proposal:
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Qualified women are encouraged to apply.
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidate(s) about the outcome or status of the selection process.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (700 points):
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (490 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (700 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Having reviewed the applications received, UNDP will invite the top shortlisted candidates for interview. Interviews will be scored as Pass/Fail. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (300 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
Six to eight candidates obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into an Long-Term -Agreement (LTA) with UNDP. The LTA with UNDP will not warrant that any quantity of Services will be purchased during the term of the Agreement, which shall be for three years in which the contractor can be engaged to work based on secondary competition to identify the most suitable LTA holder for specific call-off assignments. Call-off assignments will vairy in duration.
The Consultant work form home, and will be supervised by and report directly to the UNDP Women’s Economic Empowerment Specialist.
Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
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.