Consultant for the support to Beijing+25 Review



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Sarajevo and in country travel, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Application Deadline :17-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :Up to 30 working days

Background

Since 2008, UN Women has been cooperating with the BiH Gender Equality Agency (BIH GEA) on the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women.  Agency for Gender Equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina has invited to coordinate been tasked to carry out the Beijing + 20 review for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The review for the Beijing+15 and Beijing+20 review processes have been carried out by the Agency for Gender Equality in 2009 and 2014 . The Agency for Gender Equality sees the review process as an opportunity for consultation and awareness-raising on the progress in the area of protection of rights of women and gender equality.

2020 will be a pivotal year for the accelerated realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. As the global community marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) , and five years of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development  and its Sustainable Development Goals, the moment is right to achieve irreversible and measurable progress towards this universal commitment to all women and girls, everywhere. Leading up to the anniversary should be a comprehensive country-level review process that involves all stakeholders. The reviews should mobilize all branches and levels of government, civil society organizations, the private sector, the entities of the United Nations system and regional and international organizations, academia, the media and other stakeholders. In particular, reviews should mobilize all women and men, of all ages, around a new and renewed dialogue for change, and actions to prevent and eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against all women and girls.

This anniversary should be used as the occasion to bring a young generation of gender equality advocates and those who remain on the sidelines into the centre of a whole-of-government, whole-of-society effort. By joining forces, government together with society has the capacity to overcome and eradicate the root causes of gender inequality and chart a path forward for genuine, substantive equality, with equal rights and equal opportunities for women and girls.  This anniversary is also the opportunity to strengthen gender-responsive action and implementation of other global commitments, such as those under Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and subsequent resolutions on women and peace and security; the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (2015); the Paris agreement on climate change (2015), among others. On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations will undertake a review and appraisal of progress made in implementation, in March 2020 . 
Accordingly, all States are called upon to undertake comprehensive national-level reviews of the progress made and challenges encountered in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and of the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly held in 2000 .

In the review process the Agency plans to collaborate with all relevant stakeholders at all levels of preparations for the Beijing+25  review process in order to present the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina comprehensively, but also to benefit from their experience and expertise. The Agency aims to organize country wide consultations which will ensure that voices of women and men, girls and boys are included in this review process. Based on the commitment from Plumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Under-Secretary-general and the Executive Director of UN Women, the organization is committed to supporting the review process and technically and financially, and for this purpose we are seeking to employ a national consultant.


Duties and Responsibilities

UN Women is seeking to recruit the national consultant to support the Beijing+25 Review Process in Bosnia and Herzegovina, draft Beijing+25 review report.

The national consultant will work in cooperation and coordination with the BiH Gender Equality Agency, and he/she will be responsible for developing an analytical basis for the review process, including the methodology for public consultations and stakeholder validation, by achieving the following objectives:

  • Developing a draft Beijing+25 Review Report based on the inputs on progress received from the Agency for Gender Equality
  • Developing a methodology and facilitating input collection from a variety of stakeholders
  • Analyzing stakeholders' input and making recommendations for final Beijing+25 Review Report drafting
  • Compiling the comments and recommendations into the final Beijing+25 Review Report

Outputs

Under the overall supervision of the Country Representative and the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, the national consultant is expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Review of the BiH progress based on the obligations stemming from the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
  • Developing a methodology for the input collection and the structured consultations with the relevant stakeholders
  • Organizing five stakeholder review workshops with representatives of the Gender Institutional Mechanisms, civil society organizations, and other concerned partners to review the progress and come up with the recommendations
  • Processing of data collected and final analysis with recommendations for the Beijing+25 Review Report
  • Presentation of final draft of the Beijing+25 Review Report

Activities and Timeframe

The consultant will be expected to complete the following tasks within the indicative timeframe:

Tasks Days

  1. Review of the BiH progress based on the obligations stemming from the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 5
  2. Developing a methodology for the input collection and the structured consultations with the relevant stakeholders  2
  3. Organizing five stakeholder review workshops with representatives of the Gender Institutional Mechanisms, civil society organizations, and other concerned partners to review the progress and come up with the recommendations  10
  4. Processing of data collected and final analysis with recommendations for the draft Beijing+25 Review Report 5
  5. Organizing a workshop with stakeholders to validate findings and recommendations  4
  6. Drafting and presentation of final draft of the Beijing+25 Review Report / deadline April 20, 2019 4

Total 30

The consultancy will will take up to 30 working days in the estimated period March 25 – May 01, 2019.

Reporting

The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  1. Draft situation analysis of the existing documentation with key issues, challenges and opportunities identified and highlighted
  2. Methodology and presentations for 5 workshops with representatives of the Gender Institutional Mechanisms, CSO’s and other relevant stakeholders
  3. Draft findings from consultations with relevant stakeholders
  4. Draft Beijing+25 Review Report
  5. Validation meeting report and final draft Beijing+25 Review Report
  6. Any other deliverables as agreed with the supervisor.


Competencies

Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships;
  • Focuses on impact and results and responds positively to feedback;
  • Approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Values:

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Displays cultural, gender, nationality, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree in Gender Studies, Political Science, Policy Studies, Sociology, Social Sciences, or related fields.

Skills and Experience:

  • At least seven years of experience working as policy researcher/analyst in the fields of gender equality, political science, social sciences or related field
  • Strong understanding of gender and development
  • Knowledge of Gender Institutional Mechanisms, legislative and institutional framework for combating gender-based violence
  • Track record of work relevant to the assignment.
  • Previous experience working/consulting for international projects/programmes;
  • Fluency in English and B/H/S, excellent spoken and written skills.


DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents:

  1. Expression of interest
  2. Detailed financial proposal (which includes consultancy fees, travel, accommodation, subsistence etc.)
  3. UN P11 form

Please note: All documents have to be uploaded in 1 single file.

EVALUATION OF OFFERS

UN Women applies a fair and transparent selection process that takes into account both the technical qualification of potential consultants as well as the financial proposals submitted in support of consultant applications. Candidate applications will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of applicant qualifications and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • having received the highest score out of below defined technical, interview and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 50 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for an interview. Top 3 candidates (with highest number of points in the technical evaluation) will be interviewed. The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal will be allocated to the lowest price proposal among those candidates who have reached at least 5 points in the interview. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.

Criteria:

  • Technical Evaluation – documents and interviewed based (80%)
  • Financial Evaluation - based on submitted offer (20%)
  • Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 20

o S - score received on financial evaluation;
o Fmin - the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;
o F - financial offer under the consideration.

Please note that travel costs should be covered by the consultant.

Qualified women and men and members of minorities are encouraged to apply. UN Women applies fair and transparent selection process that would take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals.

Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

For any additional information, please contact unwomen.bih@unwomen.org


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.

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