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Consultant – To support Child Protection Assessment for the Markets for Change / M4C Project
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Suva, FIJI|
|Application Deadline :||15-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 :||March – July 2019 (approximately 38 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 six-year initiative that focuses on three Melanesian 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 responsible for implementing outcome area 2.
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 office. The consultant would be expected to liaise with the country teams to gather reports, information and data, and directly assist to coordinate stakeholders for the assessment, as required.
Purpose and Context
The purpose of this consultancy is to guide the UN Women Markets for Change project in ensuring that project actions are compliant with international child safeguarding and child protection standards. The consultancy will result in clear and practical recommendations for UN Women relating to their work through the M4C project, and also recommendations for best practice in child safeguarding and child protection standards that can be supported and implemented by project stakeholders including government partners and market vendor associations.
In the Pacific, market places are dominated by women. Between 75% and 90% of all market vendors in the Pacific are women; hours are long, profits are often low and working conditions difficult. Earnings make up a significant portion of the incomes of many poor households. Despite this, women are often excluded from market governance and decision-making. Moreover, the region is particularly vulnerable to the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, as well as other aspects of climate change, making food security a growing concern.
Women market vendors spend long hours at the market place. In the project countries, there are no systems of formal child support and as a result many women take their infants and children to the market place with them. Market places in the Pacific are public places which are owned and managed by municipal and local government authorities. There are numerous hazards in markets including issues around water and sanitation, theft and security, waste management and health and hygiene, lighting and ventilation, harassment of women, hazards around roads, transport and movement of goods to name a few. Another feature of markets in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu is that women travel into the markets from remote rural locations, some traveling by boat and road for many hours. These rural women normally sleep at the market with their children. Some of the market places in Fiji have rural women’s accommodation centres (Suva, Labasa, Lautoka and Nadi) with more rural women accommodation centres being built in Nausori, Namaka and RakiRaki. Other countries are also considering building these centres where rural women can sleep. Currently, in those markets where rural women are coming for longer stays, the women and children often sleep in the market place, or close by; often on top or under their market tables. This creates obvious risks for women and children. In addition, there is potential of issues around child labor, children being exposed to hygiene/health issues, missing school, neglect, violence, etc.
In 2016 and 2017, UN Women conducted two assessments in all market locations. The first assessment was a climate and vulnerability assessment and the second one was a safety and discrimination assessment. The climate and vulnerability assessments demonstrated how vulnerable markets are to climate affected natural disasters and these assessments resulted in market level disaster preparedness and action plans. Child protection and safeguarding were not specifically included in those plans. The second assessment looked at women’s overall perception of safety and discrimination in the market spaces. The protection and safeguarding of children was one of several key issues raised by market vendors and market management as a result of that assessment. These assessments will be provided to the successful consultant.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment
The objectives of the assignment include the following:
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.
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The prospective Individual Consultant should take the following explanations into account during submission of his/her price proposal.
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.