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National Consultant for Mainstreaming gender considerations within the LoCAL program design for the 2019-2023 period
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE|
|Application Deadline :||15-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||35 days|
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.
UNCDF, the UN capital investment agency for the 48 least developed countries, provides technical assistance and seed capital to test new modalities and instruments of public and private financing for local development in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). These interventions are designed to leverage innovative financial flows from the private sector, national governments and development partners, for maximum impact towards localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieving the objectives of the post-2015 agenda. UNCDF discreetly operates two inter-connecting practice areas of; (1) inclusive finance, and (2) local development finance (LDFP). The goals of UNCDFs local development finance practice is to assist municipal authorities develop productive infrastructures and provide inclusive access to sustainable services that contribute towards improving the quality of life of citizens. This concept extends beyond local governance and decentralized provision of services to the spatial, institutional and economic linkages required for transformative, inclusive, and sustainable local development. Additionally, LDFP addresses the spectrum of climate change adaptation, food security, education and health, infrastructure, resilient environments, citizen empowerment and representation, and fulfilling and rewarding inclusive economic activity.
With a sensitive climate and challenging adaptive capacity Mozambique is highly vulnerable to climate change. Changing weather patterns affect communities in different ways, including drought, floods, loss of agricultural production and food security, water stress and insecurity, rising sea levels and exposure to climate disasters, changes to ecosystems and loss of biodiversity, and human health.
Mozambique’s geographical location in the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone makes it particularly susceptible to extreme climate phenomena such as El Nino and La Nina, which bring droughts, floods and cyclones on a regular basis. Available data and climatic models indicate a steady increase in the severity and frequency of these events over the last 30 years with a similar forecast for the future. The adverse effects of climate change in Mozambique undermine government efforts to reduce poverty, improve food and nutritional security, expand infrastructure and services and reach the targets set out in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The contextual problem is compounded by the fact that government agencies in charge of local adaptation activities are faced by limited funding and, at the local level, capacities that should be reinforced to fulfill these roles. Provinces and district governments have the mandate for carrying out all rural development activities outlined in their Economic and Social Plan, including those linked to environment and climate change. Yet, like other developing countries, financing for climate change adaptation is often undertaken through parallel, or off-budget, financing systems and with limited flexibility to address local specific needs. This precludes local bodies, with a mandate for climate change adaptation, from accessing these resources to improve climate resilience in its communities.
The LoCAL project is designed to deliver solutions by providing access to climate finance for local governments in least developed countries. LoCAL understands that local bodies have the mandate to deal with many of the issues directly affected by climate change such as drainage and water management, land use planning, road maintenance and other issues which effect food security, especially in the LDCs. Yet much of the international development assistance for climate finance flows directly to central government agencies and often through parallel projects and programs. In this context, UNCDF will contribute to improved coordination of rural infrastructure and adaptation programs in Mozambique by proactively and transparently sharing information on LoCAL, and by requesting reference to capacity building plans and parallel funding streams when programming activities.
LoCAL’s development methodology channels funds directly to the local level while providing incentives for local governments to mainstream climate-adaptive thinking into everyday planning and investment, thereby encouraging systematic analysis of changing weather patterns and their impacts on local economies.
The programmatic institutional anchor will take advantage of two ministries’ mandates, development methodologies and expertise at the national and local level. On one hand the Ministry of Land, Rural Development and Environment has the role and responsibility to support the mainstreaming of climate change adaption development interventions in locally-district led decision making processes for climate resilient development. On the other hand, the Ministry of Economy and Finances –through the National Directorate of Planning and Budgeting- has the role to further support an integrated approach to decentralized planning and budgeting, as well as to reinforce the associate variables of the PFM system to further promote an inclusive and sustainable government led local development. The implementation model is designed based on 20 years of successful UNCDF experience in public financial management, local investments and performance-based fiscal grants.
PFM reforms at the District Level.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the Assignment
The overall objective of this assignment is to integrate gender considerations into the overall programmatic design of LoCAL, taking into consideration initially, but not only, the government, donor and UNCDF considerations on the mentioned subject.
The specific objective of this assignment is for the consultant to ensure that gender considerations are mainstreamed into the overall LoCAL programmatic design, taking into considerations international, regional and national best practices and the social, cultural and economic country based variables.
Scope of Work
The consultancy should look specifically into the following areas:
How well does the Programme approach meet a) Global best practice, b) Government of Mozambique gender policy, and c) Develop requirements for gender mainstreaming of gender issues into all relevant LoCAL Program documents and implementation arrangements.
Suggest, as needed, minor refinements of -and the adjustments to- the LoCAL programme documentation that can be done throughout the implementation stage, based on the information currently available, to improve its gender responsiveness, for example; Gender related indicators and reporting, performance measures in the annual performance assessments, etc.
Suggest, as needed, activities-components-processes that can be built into the programme throughout the implementation stage to gradually improve its gender responsiveness over the programme period, ahead of future upscaling; For example: further studies and data-information gathering to inform deepened location specific gender analysis, capacity building initiatives, piloting of alternative approaches to empowerment of women, etc.
Take into consideration donor, government and development partners suggestions to mainstream gender into the overall programmatic design of the LoCAL initiative.
Review, analyse and assess the current state of affairs vis-à-vis gender mainstreaming in PFM, local government planning and in relation to procedure to integrating the LoCAL Programme approach. This should result in a good overview of the main barriers and gaps to gender mainstreaming in local financing and climate adaptation planning, of the gaps in gender and energy expertise within the implementing institutions, and of the opportunities available.
Duties and Responsibilities
Working in close collaboration with UNCDF Mozambique Country Team, Mission Team Leader (the international Program consultant), and relevant local steak holders, the consultant will be responsible for enhancing the gender responsiveness of the LoCAL initiative, and further ensure to the Government and Donors supporting and reinforcing the mentioned initiative that gender mainstreaming considerations will enhance gender equality and women empowerment throughout the 2019-2023 implementation period.
Key Results Expected
The following provides a brief outline of the mission and the expected deliverables:
Sources of Information for the present Consultancy:
Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Expected Places of Travel
Duty Station and expected places of travel: Maputo with possible travel to Gaza province.
Travel costs associated to the assignment will be paid as reimbursable basis and following the UN rules and regulations which states that consultants shall only be paid the most direct and most economical ticket, as will be quoted by thofficial UN travel agency. Any amount in excess of the said quotation, such as class and airline preference of the consultant, shall be borne by the consultant.
The consultant will deliver the following within the framework of the mission:
Payment TermsProvision of Monitoring and Progress Control
The following terms of payment based upon the above-mentioned deliverables will be applicable for this Terms of Reference and associated mission. The payment will only be made up on satisfactory completion, submission, acceptance of the deliverables and authorization to disburse the payment by the staff/team who will review them.
1st payment: Upon submission and acceptance of Inception report as per details indicated under Section VI.: 5 working days.
2nd payment: Upon submission and acceptance of (1) Draft report with recommendations on how to mainstream gender in all program documents, (2) Draft Implementation Strategy and policy on gender mainstreaming with LoCAL Programme and (3) Draft Practical, easy-to-use guidelines on gender mainstreaming in the project: 20 working days
3rd payment: Upon submission and acceptance of (1) final report with recommendations on how to mainstream gender in all program documents, (2) final Implementation Strategy and policy on gender mainstreaming with LoCAL Programme and (3) final Practical, easy-to-use guidelines on gender mainstreaming in the project: 10 working days
*** Total payment will include 35 working days plus travel cost costs associated to the assignment which will be paid as reimbursable basis as indicated in section V of this vacancy announcement ***
Required Skills and Experience
Provided that the qualifications of the applicant is substantially responsive, UNCDF reserves the right to waive any non-conformities that, in the opinion of UNCDFP, does not constitute a material deviation to the above requirements.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the combined scoring method.
The formula for the rating of the Proposals will be as follows:
1. Rating the Technical Proposal (TP): 70%
TP Rating = (Total Score Obtained by the Offer / Max. Obtainable Score for TP) x 100
2. Rating the Financial Proposal (FP): 30%
FP Rating = (Lowest Priced Offer / Price of the Offer Being Reviewed) x 100
3. Total Combined Score:
(TP Rating) x (Weight of TP, e.g. 70%)+ (FP Rating) x (Weight of FP, e.g., 30%)
Total maximum obtainable score for Technical proposal = 100 points. Only candidates obtaining a minimum score of 70 points under Technical evaluation will be considered for the Financial evaluation.
When applying for this consultancy position, please apply with your official name as shown in the government issued identification document (e.g. passport and/or driver license). Contract award is subject to this verification;
Interested candidate should submit the following information as part of the application package:
Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into one single file.
Contract Award Criteria
The contract shall be awarded to the best/top highest scored applicant, whose offer have been evaluated and determined as: Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and having received the highest combined weight.
The consultant is expected to own and use his/her own equipment during and after the assignment.