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Consultant - To develop an options document and project documentation towards a second phase of the Markets for Change / M4C Project
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Suva, FIJI|
|Application Deadline :||11-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||February – June 2019 (approximately 70 working days over a period of 5 months).|
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. The UN Women Pacific sub-region has four main thematic areas:
UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) Project is a multi-year initiative that focuses on three countries of the Pacific - Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Given that between 60-80% of market vendors are women, with many more women reliant on market produce, the project’s goal is to ensure that marketplaces in rural and urban areas are safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory, promoting the gender, social and economic empowerment of market vendors, with specific attention to the needs and aspirations of women market vendors.
The overarching goal of the M4C project is to: ensure that marketplaces in rural and urban areas of Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The project is based on a Theory of Change (ToC), which states that market vendors can be empowered within the market environment through a combination of implementation strategies. The M4C project incorporates: the creation and strengthening of representative marketplace groups, which in turn strengthen women market vendors’ roles and influence; interventions focusing on financial literacy, access to financial services and increased participation in value chains; strengthening the accountability and capacity of market management, municipal and provincial governments to enable them to employ gender-responsive policies, procedures and decision-making processes that are receptive to the needs of market vendors as well as the design and construction of gender-responsive infrastructure and on-site services. The ToC guiding the M4C Project is that gender-equitable economic and socio-cultural empowerment of women market vendors within the market environment of the three countries can be attained through the following four outcomes:
UN Women implements outcomes areas 1, 3 and 4, and the UN Development Program (UNDP) is the responsible party for implementing outcome area 2.
The project is funded by the Government of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), AUD 18,205,553 (1 Feb 2014 – 30 June 2019) with the Government of Canada joining into the funding partnership in March 2018 (CAD 3.35 million – 2018 – March 2021).
M4C’s governance structure includes country level Project Working Committees (PWC) which were operationalized to ensure harmonization, accountability and learning exchanges between all M4C stakeholders, especially those implementing activities on the ground. PWCs sit alongside the Project Management Committees (PMC) and are intended to provide key mechanisms for market vendors to be directly associated with, and participate in, decision-making processes relating to market governance and improvements. Each PWC includes representatives from relevant government ministries, DFAT, UN Women and the UN Development Program (UNDP), as well as market managers, Market Vendor Associations (MVAs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector. M4C also has a regional project board which includes representation from the Governments of Australia and Canada, UNDP, and UN Women.
M4C has three project teams, one in each country (Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu), each having a Project Manager at the country level. Teams are supported by a regional Women’s Economic Empowerment Specialist and overseen by a regional Technical Specialist based in the UN Women Fiji MCO head office in Suva. The consultancy will require liaison with the country teams to meet country level stakeholders, gather reports, information and data as required.
Currently Markets for Change has a solid foundation of existing project documents, including foundational and baseline documents, reports and a functioning monitoring and evaluation framework. The midterm review of the project suggested some changes to the project moving forward in order to ensure sustainability, and to deepen the approaches in women’s economic empowerment. In addition, the project team alongside partners are proposing some changes to outputs and activities and an updating of indicators for the monitoring and evaluation framework that would include a realignment with newly proposed activities.
This consultancy would build upon this solid foundation and will result in the development of the following documents:
The documents developed will build upon the successes and lessons learned from the first phase of Markets for Change and will incorporate strategies and revised approaches into the second phase documentation. The project document developed will build on the options agreed by UN Women and donor partners the Government of Australia and Government of Canada.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment
The Consultant(s) will be expected to work with the M4C country teams, including other project partners, such as UNDP as the responsible party for outcome two under the M4C project. The Consultant(s) will be expected to initially review existing materials using both a technical desk-based review that draws on comparisons with global best practice, as well as interviews with project staff and stakeholders including market vendors. The technical review will examine all project documentation developed to date, responding to the recent midterm evaluation conducted in 2017/2018.
It is expected that the Consultant(s) work in a participatory manner with the project teams, project stakeholders as well as service providers. The approach must ensure inclusivity with a range of stakeholders including remote rural women and persons with disabilities. The approach must be based on a gender analysis of the barriers and challenges that women face in economic empowerment; ensuring that project development addresses these throughout.
Key partners in this exercise include the Government of Australia’s Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development, which previously supported the development of the Markets for Change Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. It is anticipated that the consultant would work closely with the Pacific Women Support Unit in updating the current MEF to align with revisions proposed in a Phase II of the project.
As part of the consultancy, it would be expected that the Consultant(s) produce an updated situation analysis of key regional and national partners who are currently working in M4C related areas and would have potential to partner with UN Women to deliver project outcomes. Key current partners include UNDP as Responsible Party for Outcome two of the project, and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum as a partner in training for market vendors and government staff.
The following objectives would be expected from the Consultant/s:
Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities
Duration of the assignment
Required Skills and Experience
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis:
A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation
The prospective Individual Consultant should take the following explanations into account during submission of his/her price proposal:
ANNEX – A
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT / GUIDANCE – Options Paper Draft Skeleton
Section Two – Expansion of M4C
Conclusions and Recommendations
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.