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Consultant to Facilitate UNCT SWAP Gender Equality SCORECARD assessment in Lebanon
|Location :||Beirut, LEBANON|
|Application Deadline :||30-Nov-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||23 working days (estimated) within a 2-calendar month period|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||23 working days (estimated) within a 2-calendar month period|
1.1 UN Reform & Gender Equality
There are numerous UN inter-governmental mandates for gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEEW). In 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. The Agenda commits all countries and stakeholders to work together to achieve sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development, and environmental protection. Leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first is at the core of the Agenda. This is underpinned by the principle of GEEW, grounded in the norms and standards the United Nations is tasked to uphold and promote, including coherent and integrated system-wide gender-responsive planning, implementation and reporting.
The 2016 Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) and the 2018 ECOSOC Resolution on gender mainstreaming also call for acceleration of UN efforts to mainstream gender and using the Gender Scorecard.
In Lebanon, the UN Country Team (UNCT) has adopted the UN Strategic Framework (UNSF) 2017-2030 with three core pillars on peace and security, domestic stability, and mitigating the socio-economic impact of the Syrian conflict and pre-existing structural constraints.
The World Bank Group (WBG) have developed a 2016–2023 Gender Strategy as well as a MNA Regional Strategy based on which a Regional Gender Action Plan was defined that provides a clear mandate to support client countries advance their agendas and make meaningful progress towards increased gender equality and women’s empowerment. The WBG has also developed a Gender Tag that seeks to identify operations that aim to close gender gaps in human endowments, more and better jobs, ownership and control of assets, and women’s voice and agency, which constitute the four pillars of the WBG Gender Strategy. The FY17-FY22 Lebanon Country Partnership Framework (CPF) incorporates gender with a view to reduce gaps between women and men in terms of employment, asset ownership, entrepreneurship and voice. In this context, a Mashreq Gender Facility is expected to be launched in January 2019 to enhance women’s economic empowerment as a catalyst towards more inclusive, sustainable, and peaceful societies, where economic growth benefits all.
The QCPR is the primary policy instrument of the General Assembly to guide the operational activities for development of the UN System.
See Res A/71/243 (OP 13) and E/RES/2018/7
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will be responsible to facilitate the development of the SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard for the UNCT Lebanon (including the World Bank to some extent), based on the methodology development by the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).
The UN gender working group in Lebanon (including the World Bank) will be tasked and capacitated from the beginning of the exercise (by the UNCT) to lead and own the process, with the close support and guidance by the consultant. The group will enable inter-agency stakeholders to work collaboratively and contribute to the review of the UNCT’s performance against minimum GEEW requirements.
The assignment is home-based with travel to Beirut, Lebanon. It should be carried out within a period of maximum 2 months, not exceeding 23 working days. To guide and support the inter-agency assessment team with the piloting process, the consultant will conduct the following activities within the following stipulated timeframes.
a) Background document review (home-based, 3 working days):
Other recommended sources for the consultant’s preparation:
b) Assistance and support for the Inter Agency Team (IAT) with the in-country assessment (13 working days):
c) Reporting (7 working days):
Values Guiding Principles
Required Skills and Experience
Language and other skills:
The consultancy is open for all international consultants who meet the selection criteria and propose a competitive fee. Interested consultants are requested to apply only through this UNDP jobs portal. Submissions through any other media will not be considered.
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.