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National Consultant / Expert to support private sector companies to implement Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Tbilisi, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||26-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||105 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||105 working days in the period of 10 April 2019 – 31 January 2020|
While there have been significant efforts to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, progress has been much slower than anticipated globally as well as locally. Advancing and empowering women is too big an assignment for any single sector, be it government, international organizations or civil society. In this regard it is becoming increasingly important to provide a partnership platform and engage the private sector in this endeavor as it is the engine for jobs, innovation, capital creation and investment.
To fill this need, in 2010, UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact launched the Women's Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business (WEPs), the set of seven Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. The WEPs provide a road map for gender mainstreaming for businesses. Further, the Principles help companies explore the gender dimension of other areas of corporate sustainability, for example environmental sustainability and supply-chain sustainability.
To date, over 2,200 business leaders globally have committed to implement the seven WEPs:
In Georgia, The Law on Gender Equality stipulates that “free choice of occupation or profession, career promotion, vocational training” is guaranteed without discrimination (Gender Equality Law of Georgia, Article, Art. 4/2/”f”). Despite this, economic empowerment of women is still a challenge, including access to paid work, and remuneration. According to the latest official data, the economic activity rate for women is 58% (as compared to 75% for men). Please refer to GEOSTAT, Women and Men in Georgia, 2018 (available on-line at: http://www.GEOSTAT.ge/cms/site_images/_files/english/health/W&M%20ENG-2018.pdf). In 2017, the average nominal monthly salary of women in all fields of the economy and all sectors was 770 GEL for women while it was 1,197 GEL for men (GEOSTAT, Women and Men in Georgia, 2018). There is continued horizontal and vertical gender segregation in the labour market, where women are concentrated in low-paid jobs and sectors (GEOSTAT, Women and Men in Georgia, 2018).
To mobilize the Georgian private sector to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the economy, UN Women launched the Women’s Empowerment Principles in the country in 2014. To accelerate and support implementation of the WEPs, UN Women has been partnering with different types of organizations, and for example, implemented trainings for private sector actors on the WEPs.
To further expand the work, in December 2017, UN Women, with the support of the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, launched the project “A Joint Action for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Georgia” (JAWE). With the overall goal that women, particularly the poorest and most excluded, are economically empowered and benefit from development in Georgia, the project seeks to further strengthen the private sector’s engagement in women’s economic empowerment. The key tool utilized in the work is the WEPs.
The project’s key activities with the private sector include:
The expected output of the activities is that “Private businesses have increased understanding of the gender dimension of corporate sustainability and strengthened capacities to implement the Women’s Empowerment Principles”.
Through the implementation of various trainings, meeting and outreach activities, in 2018, the number of companies committed to the WEPs increased from 8 to 26 in Georgia. In 2019-2020, the focus will be on supporting the already-committed companies to implement WEPs actions and further expanding the number of companies committed to the WEPs. To expand the number of new WEPs companies, UN Women will partner with at least 1-2 business associations that will support UN Women with the WEPs outreach. After building their own capacity on the WEPs, they will support their member companies to implement the WEPs.
To implement the above-mentioned work in close cooperation with the business associations, UN Women is looking to hire a National Consultant.
The National Consultant will need to coordinate the work with at least two other National Consultants and two business associations. One of the consultants will support companies to develop and implement sexual harassment complaints’ mechanisms, and the other will focus on supporting companies to revise their internal policy documents with gender lenses.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objectives of the assignment are:
1. To increase the understanding of WEPs signatory company representatives in Georgia on the gender dimension of corporate social responsibility and WEPs through trainings;
2. To provide technical support to selected WEPs signatory companies and business association representatives in conducting company-level gender gaps analysis, designing WEPS Action Plans and implementing them; and
3. To increase the availability of evidence-based information on the implementation of the WEPs in Georgia through gathering and analyzing data and producing a booklet on promising practices.
UN Women intends to further strengthen the capacity of the selected consultant through a 2-3 day training on the WEPs and WEPs Action Plan development in Tbilisi in April 2019. The training will be free of cost for the Consultant.
The Consultant will be responsible for informing regularly UN Women on the progress, and for submitting the required deliverables.
The duties and responsibilities of the Consultant are:
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org//media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
Required Skills and Experience
The candidates will be evaluated against the following technical and financial criteria:
Maximum total technical score amounts to 350 points. Only candidates who have passed over the minimum qualification criteria and have accumulated at least 245 points out of maximum 350 under technical evaluation will qualify for the next stage i.e. evaluation of their financial proposals.
Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 150
S – score received on financial evaluation;
Fmin – the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;
F – financial offer under consideration.
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).
The contractor will report to and work under direct supervision of UN Women Programme Specialist and overall guidance of UN Women Georgia Country/Deputy Country Representative.
Payment will be disbursed upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by UN Women Programme Specialist/National Programme Officer that the services have been satisfactorily performed as specified below:
Application submission package:
*The applicants are required to submit an aggregated financial offer: “aggregated financial offer” is the total sum of all financial claims of the candidate for accomplishment of all tasks spelled out in this ToR including Travel costs (ticket, DSA etc.).
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
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.