National consultant- Stakeholder Engagement and Gender Specialist

Location : Home based with travel within BiH, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Application Deadline :27-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :August 2018 - April 2019 (output based consultancy)


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), acting as an implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is also providing assistance to the B&H Government in the preparation and implementation of the GEF funded projects “Fourth National Communication under the UNFCCC and Third Biennial Update Report” project) and “Integrated reporting and transparency system of Bosnia and Herzegovina” (CBIT project).

The objective of project “Integrated reporting and transparency system of Bosnia and Herzegovina” is to develop a National Transparency Framework which will enhance implementation and abide by the transparency provisions of the Paris Agreement.

B&H became a Party to the Paris Agreement in February 2017, and now needs to put in place robust climate and energy policies that will enable the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) pledge and its potential strengthening in the coming years. This policy framework should create enabling environment for decision-making on future objectives, targets, and priority policies and measures for mitigation.

In line with the GEF project cycle and in order to further strengthen the institutional capacities in Bosnia and Herzegovina in climate change field, the project identification form was developed and approved by the GEF in May 2018

This project aims to provide Bosnia and Herzegovina with an overarching structure across all sectors and key institutions that will ensure high quality in its transparency instruments, as well as creating the capacities to foster the improved adoption of MRV related data for policy decisions in the segment of climate change.

Additionally, it will ensure the establishment of a robust MRV/Enhanced transparency system from its design to its implementation stage, providing the country with robust and reliable data flows that will shape the design and monitoring of mitigation policies and actions consistent with the enhanced Transparency Framework under the Paris Agreement.

The CBIT funding will ensure an improved governance structure in BiH that would define clear roles and responsibilities within the institutions, standardized data protocols and methodologies.

The CBIT funding will also be used to improve the MRV of different key sectors within BiH. For this, new data and data flows will be generated via innovative surveys and studies that will provide periodic information for the development and monitoring of mitigation actions and policies. Moreover, specific training and capacity building in data analysis will provide the sectorial institutions with new tools to tap into data sources that historically have not been gathered.

UNDP is seeking for a short-term consultancy position to provide assistance to UNDP Energy and Environment Sector in preparation of the final documentation needed for endorsement of the UNDP-GEF medium-size project “Integrated reporting and transparency system of Bosnia and Herzegovina” including preparation of the following documentation package:

  • Review and assessment of the individual, institutional, and systemic capacities that will inform the strategic and technical design of the project;
  • Review of currently ongoing climate change related projects with recommendations on building synergies in order to have better results;
  • Studies to address any opportunities/risks identified during an environmental and social screening of the project proposal;
  • UNDP-GEF Project Document and accompanying project documentation.


To assist UNDP in the development of new initiatives within the Energy and Environment Sector.


Within the duration of the assignment, The Stakeholder Engagement and Gender Specialist will undertake a gender analysis in order to effectively mainstream gender into the design and formulation of the project.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within the duration of the assignment, The Stakeholder Engagement and Gender Specialist will undertake a gender analysis in order to effectively mainstream gender into the design and formulation of the project. Specifically, under direct supervision and guidance of the PPG Team leader and in close collaboration with other national experts, the Gender Expert will assume the following tasks:


Preparatory Technical Studies and Reviews (Component A): Prepare inputs and support the required analyses/studies, as agreed with the PPG Team Leader, including:

  • Lead and advise on the stakeholder analysis and consultations and ensure that they are complete and comprehensive;

  • Prepare the gender analysis and work closely with the Team Leader to ensure its findings are meaningfully integrated into the project’s strategy, theory of change and results framework;

  • Support action points, including risk assessments, from the UNDP Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) at the PIF stage (“pre-screening”) are fully implemented during the PPG, and update that screening in an iterative fashion throughout the PPG, as appropriate; and

  • Support completion of any additional studies that are determined to be needed for the preparation of the ProDoc and all other final outputs.

Formulation of the ProDoc, CEO Endorsement Request and Mandatory Annexes as well as project specific annexes (Component B): Prepare inputs and support the required analyses/studies, as agreed with the PPG Team Leader, including:

  • Prepare the Stakeholder Engagement Plan;

  • Prepare the Gender Action Plan and Budget;

  • Contribute to the updated the SESP, as needed, based on assessments undertaken during Component A;

  • Support the development of environmental and/or social management plan(s) for all risks identified as Moderate or High in the SESP; and

  • Support the agreements on project management arrangements.

Validation Workshop (Component C):

  • Contribute to the validation workshop; and

  • Support all necessary revisions that arise during the workshop, as appropriate.

Final Deliverables:

  • Completed stakeholder engagement plan and prepared gender action plan and budget for the project.

The following documents are to be consulted as background documentation:

  • PIF cleared for WP inclusion or GEF Council approved PIF (PFD and child project concept note for projects that are part of a program);
  • SESP pre-screening (of PIF);
  • Comments from GEF Secretariat, Council, STAP;
  • Annotated UNDP-GEF Project Document Template and associated guidance included therein;


  • Preparatory Technical Studies and Reviews (Component A): (stakeholder analysis, gender analysis, SESP and support to preparation of other annexes as needed) - September 10th, 2018;
  • Formulation of the ProDoc, CEO Endorsement Request and Mandatory and Project Specific Annexes (Component B): Stakeholder engagement plan, gender action plan and budget etc. - October 1st, 2018;
  • Contribute to the validation workshop and support all necessary revisions that arise during the workshop, as appropriate -  15th January 2019, or 10 days after receiving final comments from all the key stakeholders;

Note 1: The Deliverables provided will be quality reviewed and approved by UNDP Energy Environment Sector Leader, the GEF Project Manager and the UNDP Regional Technical Advisor from the UNDP Regional Centre. The deliverables have to be submitted in English.
Note 2: Payments for deliverables will be lump-sum based as per deliverable and should include local travel costs.


Technical work:

  • Expertise in gender equality and gender mainstreaming;
  • Ability to pick up new terminology and concepts easily.
  • Familiarity with GEF policies, templates and requirements for MSP are an asset.


  • Maturity and confidence in dealing with senior members of national institutions.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Excellent written communication skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize relevant collected data and findings for the preparation of quality analysis for the project proposal.
  • Excellent coordination skills and result-oriented collaboration with colleagues (e.g. national consultants).


  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.
  • Good team player who has the ability to maintain good relationships.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education:

  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as Social or Natural Sciences or other relevant discipline, preferably with a specialization in gender and project cycle management


  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrable experience in the technical area of gender equality and gender mainstreaming;
  • Thorough understanding of the gender context in B&H, and experience working with government institutions and international or non-governmental organizations supporting gender and development work in the specific area of intervention;
  • Familiarity with gender analysis tools and methodologies in the specific area of intervention;
  • Previous experience with UNDP is a great advantage
  • Experience in working with wide range of stakeholders (private, governmental, etc.).
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to conceptualize and write concisely and clearly.

Languages Requirements:

  • Fluency in both written and spoken English and local language (excellent writing, editing and communication skills) demonstrated in submitted one-page segment of any relevant study/publication/written document compiled in order to assess language skills, both at English and local languages.

Other Requirements:

  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office applications) and ability to use information technologies as a tool and resource;


Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

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:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

  • * Technical Criteria weight-70%
  • * Financial Criteria weight- 30%

Applicants are required to submit an application including:

  • Proposal:
    • Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work;
    • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work; or sample of previous document/strategy/paper done by the consultant;
  • Completed and signed UNDP Personal History Form (downloadable from;
  • Financial proposal which will separately specify professional fee, indicating number of anticipated working days, travel costs (air-ticket or use of private vehicle), living allowance, and all other applicable costs.

Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.


  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 62 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.

Technical  criteria:

  • Criteria A: Methodology (document which contains brief explanation on approach to conduct the work) -Weight: 30%, Maximum points: 30;
  • Criteria B: Excellent knowledge of English and local language demonstrated in submitted documents - Weight: 25%, Maximum points: 25;
  • Criteria C: Proven analytical skills and ability to conceptualize and write concisely and clearly evaluated based on submitted methodology - Weight: 15%, Maximum points: 15;
  • Criteria D: Ratings based on shortlisting criteria (Academic qualifications/education; Relevant professional experience; Prior work experience with UNDP/UN agencies; Knowledge of English- Weight: 30%, Maximum points: 30;

Financial criteria: Weight: 30%, Maximum points: 30

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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