Local Consultant - ITC-ILO Certified Gender Audit Facilitators


Location : Yerevan, ARMENIA
Application Deadline :26-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Apr-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :Two months (estimated 20 consultancy days)

Background

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone.  For UNDP, creating equal opportunities for women and men is critical for equitable, sustainable development and poverty reduction. Hence, gender equality is in core of the UNDP mandate globally and nationally. 

UNDP Armenia, within the past decade, has continuously implemented projects on women empowerment, gender equality and youth leadership in Armenia.

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.

“Women’s Economic Empowerment in the South Caucasus” Project (hereafter Project) is a newly commencing initiative of UN Women, supported by the Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation and Austrian Development Agency in three countries of South Caucasus. The purpose of the project is to  ensure that women, particularly the poor and socially excluded, in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia are economically empowered and participate in relevant decision-making.

The Armenian segment of the project will be implemented by UNDP Armenia in partnership with RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development (RA MTAD) and in close collaboration UN Women Country Office in Georgia. Partnerships and synergies will be ensured with regional, local governments, private companies, civil society organizations, other women empowerment projects in the country and region.

The joint project will work in the following directions:

  • Support women, particularly the poor and socially excluded, to use skills, economic opportunities and relevant information to be self-employed and/or to join the formal labour sector in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia (grass-roots level)
  • Support to legislative and policy frameworks in Armenia and Georgia to enable women’s economic empowerment (policy and legislation level)
  • Support the Government and public institutions to develop and deliver gender-responsive programmes, public services, strategies and plans for women’s economic empowerment in Armenia and Georgia (institutional level)

Throughout implementation of its projects, the partners will combine conventional and innovative approaches, allowing room for experimentation and testing of new solutions with application of design thinking and user-centric approaches.

Currently, UNDP initiates Participatory Gender Audit (PGA) at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of the Republic of Armenia (RA). The purpose is to support the Ministry in its commitment to gender equality by examining the extent to which equality is being institutionalized; helping to identify good practices in technical work; and pointing to effective and efficient ways of moving forward in mainstreaming gender in all work activities. To that end, UNDP seeks to recruit national Consultants - ITC-ILO Certified Gender Audit Facilitators for conducting the assignment.

In May-April 2018, UN Women supported the training and certification of PGA facilitators in International Training Center (ITC) of ILO, Turin, Italy. The PGA methodology has been elaborated by ILO in the beginning of the 2000s.[1]  According to the ILO definition:

The ILO Participatory Gender Audit is a tool that supports an organization’s commitment to gender equality by examining the extent to which equality is being institutionalized; helping to identify good practices in technical work; and pointing to effective and efficient ways of moving forward in mainstreaming gender in all work activities.” [2]

Given the above, PGA methodology is a tool, which if fully applied, can in a complexity be beneficial not only for those organizations that undergo such audits, but also the beneficiaries of these organizations. The PGA will:

  • Explore whether the internal practices and related support systems for gender mainstreaming are in place, effective and reinforcing each other;
  • Monitor and assess the relative progress made in gender mainstreaming in the organizations;
  • Identify the critical gaps and challenges, in terms of effective gender mainstreaming and recommend ways for addressing them;
  • Last but not least, document good practices towards the achievement of gender equality.

To implement the work spelled out in the description section above, UNDP intends to hire in total three national consultants/facilitators to work and perform identical duties and responsibilities in a team and conduct the participatory gender audit at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development. The team of three facilitators will jointly perform the PGA.

 

[1]The training manual on Participatory Gender Audit was adapted by ILO was first developed by Gender and Development Training Centre for the StichtingNederlandseVrijwilligers in the Netherlands in the early 2000s.

[2] ILO, A Manual for Gender Audit Facilitators: The ILO Participatory Gender Audit Methodology, ILO, 2007, 5.


Duties and Responsibilities


The duties and responsibilities of the national consultant/s are:

  • Elaborate and submit the work plan and specific methodology on PGAs of the agencies including key activities and timeframe of the assignment to be implemented in close cooperation with the UNDP team;
  • Conduct participatory gender audit of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development in line with the finalized and agreed methodology according to the revised ILO manual and procedures on Participatory Gender Audit (2012),[1] to ensure that the audited institution undergo full-fledged PGA cycle:
  • Conduct initial desk review of documents prior to audit meetings;
  • Coordinate and conduct meetings and individual interviews at the RA MTAD; as well as other organizations working on capacity development of the RA MTAD.
  • Conduct and facilitate participatory joint workshops with RA MTAD staff and discuss findings from interviews and desk review;
  • Draft PGA report, including process, findings of the study and final recommendations in English;
  • Organize presentations of the findings of the PGAs to the engaged stakeholders with the related recommendations for the key staff of the agencies.
  • Finalize, write up and submit the final reports in English with the relevant recommendations.

[1] http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---dcomm/---publ/documents/publication/wcms_093425.pdf


Payment Terms and Deliverables:

The payment will be made upon successful completion of the tasks, submission and duly acceptance of the deliverables by the UNDP country office and project team.

  1. Developed work plan and specific methodology for the PGA for the RA MTAD, including key activities and timeframe of the assignment in English. 
  2. Completed desk review report of all the relevant documents the audited entity completed in Armenia(3 working days);
  3. Conducted at least 15 individual interviews and meetings for gender audit with key staff of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development
  4. Conducted one two-day participatory joint workshop with the staff of the Ministry to discuss the findings from interviews and desk review. 
  5. Completed draft of the preliminary report , including process, findings of the study and final recommendations in Armenian
  6. Delivered presentations on the preliminary findings of the audited entity
  7. Completed final participatory gender audit report including process, findings of the study and final recommendations in Armenian         

Installment I: 20% upon the submission of deliverable 1

Installment II: 50% upon submission of deliverables 2,3, 4, 5 and 6

Installment III: 30% upon submission of deliverable 7

 


Competencies

  • Good understanding and proved knowledge of gender mainstreaming principles
  • Good writing skills with demonstrated ability to plan and undertake participatory gender audit, collect and analyze data 
  • Proven knowledge of communication tools, excellent – concise and easy understandable writing and presentation skills, computer literacy;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with people of different professional, social and cultural backgrounds;
  • Flexibility to easily adapt to the modifications of assignment as needed and/or induced by policy or scenario change;


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • University degree, preferably in Social Sciences
  • Valid ITC-ILO certificate for Gender Audit Facilitators. Certification process should include all three modules: on-line learning phase (pre-ToF Module), a Residential Training of Facilitators (ToF) and examinations (intermediate + final two-fold examination with a written test including a multiple-choice exam, a scenario analysis, practical exercise and simulations)

Experience and competencies: 

  • At least three years of relevant professional experience in the field of gender equality and women’s rights .

Language Skills:

  • Fluency in Armenian and English.   

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS WILL BE EVALUATED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING METHODOLOGY:

Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants' technical qualifications,  experience and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as technically responsive/compliant/acceptable to the requirements of the ToR and received the highest cumulative (technical and financial) score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation

Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):

  • University degree in social sciences or humanities (max 30 points)
  • Valid ITC-ILO certificate for Gender Audit Facilitators (max 40 points)
  • At least three years of relevant professional experience in the field of gender equality and women’s rights (max 100 points)
  • Fluency in Armenian and English (max 30 points)
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of conducting participatory gender audit its scope and key principles (max 90 points)
  • Good writing skills with demonstrated ability to plan and undertake participatory gender audit, collect and analyze data (max 60 points)

Maximum total technical score amounts to 350 points. Only candidates who have passed over the minimum qualification criteria and have accumulated at least 250 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.

 

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.

  • UNDP Personal History form (P11): http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/corporate/Careers/P11_Personal_history_form.doc.
  • Technical proposal on gender audit methodology explaining why candidate considers herself/himself the most suitable for the work and providing a brief methodology concept-vision on how she/he will approach and conduct the work;
  • Financial Proposal and Availability form: OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP . Please note that the financial proposal/offer should be on Lump sum basis, aggregated including all necessary expenses, fee per day and any other expenses essential to undertake the task – in the financial proposal the applicant/s are requested to accommodate the fee of USD 1250 (per consultant). This is the amount to be  reimbursed to UN Women for earlier paid tuition and travel expenses for PGA facilitator’s participation in ITC-ILO training in Turin in April-May 2018. By deducting the training fee from submitted financial offer, UN Women will consider the earlier agreement/obligation between facilitators and UN Women as fulfilled;

General Conditions of Contract is available here: http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf.

 

Note: Please note you can upload only one document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach).

 


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.


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