Consultant for Gender Statistics with MWCD, Government of India (Open to Indian Nationals Only)

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : New Delhi, INDIA
Application Deadline :20-May-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Six Months (20 working days per month)
Expected Duration of Assignment :Six Months (20 working days per month)


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

In September 2015, governments united behind the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which features 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that aim to end poverty, combat inequalities and promote prosperity by 2030 while protecting the environment. The 2030 Agenda sets out a historic and unprecedented level of ambition to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030” (SDG 5) as well as including 37 gender-related targets in 10 other SDGs. It commits to addressing core issues of gender equality such as eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls, eradicating discriminatory laws and constraints on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recognizing and valuing unpaid care and domestic work and increasing women’s participation in decision-making

To successfully track the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, a robust and equally ambitious monitoring framework is needed. Significant investments in gender statistics are necessary to ensure that evidence-based policies are devised, the impacts of these policies are assessed and the accountability of policymakers and governments to deliver on these commitments is promoted. Robust indicators and quality data are of critical importance and will determine whether policy efforts are marshalled and whether the goals and targets are achieved or missed.

To support member states in implementing the 2030 Agenda, UN Women aims to contribute to the availability, accessibility and use of data and statistics on key aspects of gender equality and women’s empowerment. This includes enhancing the availability of gender statistics in India in the three inter-related key areas of work:

  • Building a supportive policy and institutional environment for the localization and effective monitoring of the SDGs;
  • Increasing the quality, comparability and regularity of gender statistics to address national data gaps and meet reporting commitments under the SDGs; and
  • Ensuring that gender statistics are accessible to users in governments, civil society, academia and the private sector, to strengthen adequate demand for their production.

In India, the need for gender statistics has been increasingly recognized as essential to monitor the progress of SDG targets.

UN Women is seeking the services of a highly qualified consultant to support the availability, accessibility and use of data and statistics on key aspects of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Specific scope of work:

The scopes of work will include:

  • Identify and provide necessary information to conduct the desk review. The review document will primarily focus on the followings:
    • The review should document the key institutional constraints that prevent (or facilitate) more regular production of gender statistics at the national level and propose solutions that can be taken to address these constraints;
    • The review should also document broader country level initiatives i.e. M&E framework of SDGs and the extent to which gender equality is integrated into this M&E framework.
  • Support the Ministry in developing Management Information System (MIS) of some of the centrally sponsored schemes targeting women and girls to collect and to monitor sex disaggregated data.

Reporting Obligations

  • The Consultant is expected to carry out the following duties under the direct supervision of the Director, Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India and under the overall supervision of the Monitoring & Evaluation Analyst, UN Women MCO.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Undertake a comprehensive technical review on existing data on indicators on empowerment of women and its monitoring and make recommendations to the MWCD based on the review.
  • Provide technical inputs from a gender perspective on behalf of the Ministry on references made by other Ministries/Departments on policies, programmes and legislations which are proposed, having a bearing on Women’s Empowerment. This would include providing comments on Cabinet notes and EFC memos forwarded by various ministries; inputs for various Parliamentary Committee submissions; and inputs for Ministry’s submission to International Delegation/visits, proposed Conventions and agreement etc.
  • Develop and propose recommendations for restructuring of schemes and programmes of MWCD to track and monitor sex disaggregated data on empowerment of women.
  • Assist the Ministry in developing MIS of some of the centrally sponsored schemes targeting women and girls to collect and to monitor sex disaggregated data.
  • Assist the MWCD in undertaking action on gender statistics as per the Ministry’s Annual & Five Year Strategic Plans.
  • Any other duties incidental to the above-mentioned tasks as assigned by Supervisor from time to time.


Monthly detailed and comprehensive narrative report of all activities undertaken (as part of the report  include templates &  plans developed, anecdotes that capture the process, partnerships, best practices and lessons learnt, photographs, press coverage, questionnaires, human interest stories, lists of participants, key strategies and recommendations) in hard and soft copy will be submitted to UN Women with an acknowledgement of UN Women’s support to the Ministry of Women and Child Development.


 Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UN Women’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to design, planning and implementation of programme, managing data, reporting;
  • Ability to provide input to and use new IT based systems.

Leadership and Self-Management:

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Good understanding of gender and development in South Asia;
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a team;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Good writing and communication skills;
  • Excellent computer literacy and skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master degree (or equivalent) in development related disciplines, economics, statistics, development or other social science fields


  • A minimum of 5 years of experiences in the field of gender and statistics at the national and/or international level with a strong focus on India;
  • Experience in the planning and implementation of large-scale data collection and related statistical activities in developing countries;
  • Strong technical expertise in the drafting of statistics-based research and related reports, and in providing training on statistical and data management issues, preferably in the context of gender and statistics;
  • Experience in survey questionnaire and sample design, data processing, data quality assessment and data analysis. Familiarity with the development and application of household-based survey tools, establishment surveys and administrative records for generating information on progress towards gender equality and empowerment of women (SDG 5 and other gender-related SDG indicators);
  • Familiarity with UN Women’s mandate and related work in the Asia-Pacific region.


  • Fluency in English and Hindi.


Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:

  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded;
  • Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment;
  • Applications received after the close date will not be accepted;
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Evaluation and Selection Criteria

Criteria for shortlisting of CVs will be based on the following assessment:

  • Required Degree and Qualification (5 points);
  • Minimum Experience relevant to the assignment (5 points);
  • Experience of working in gender related projects would be desirable (5 points);
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) required and advance knowledge of spread sheet and database packages desirable. (5 points).

The evaluation process for selection of the candidate will be based on the following assessment:

  • Interview (70 points);
  • Written Test (30 points).


 In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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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