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Re-advertisement - International Consultant for Gender Mediation and Conflict Prevention
|Location :||Bissau, GUINEA-BISSAU|
|Application Deadline :||22-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French Portuguese|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||2 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||40 Working Days|
Background and rationale:
Guinea-Bissau is a country which has experienced a recurring political and institutional instability since its independence in 1973. The Guinea-Bissau’s peacebuilding context reveals that there is a persisting lack of readiness to engage in constructive dialogue, which represents a prominent factor driving subsequent crisis. Lacking meaningful dialogue among key political actors has also prevented progress in advancing the State and institutional reforms, which are key to political and institutional stability in the country.
Women have continued to bear the brunt of intra-community and inter/party conflicts and yet were underrepresented in the peace process for many years. In this context, they have organised themselves around women’s civil society organisations and have been gaining momentum as a credible facilitator for constructive dialogue. There has been efforts to bridge the disconnection between the available mediation capacities of women and the formal and informal peace processes. In some cases, through organised approaches such as networks and associations that bring the experiences of women in mediation to a common or/a shared platform, for ease of access and use. In Guinea Bissau, structures to support mediation were created, such as the Women’s Mediation Network (WMN).
The WMN was created on 2015 with the UN support. Their mandate and vision is to mobilize a critical mass of women and men from the community to national levels and develop their capacities in dialogue and mediation processes. The network seeks to be a voice for women and support/contribute to a larger infrastructure for peace in the ongoing national reconciliation and peacebuilding in GB. Women’s Mediation Network has structures on the different regions of GB and a total of 55 members: 20 in the autonomous sector of Bissau, 8 in east province (Bafata and Gabu), 19 in south province, and 8 in north province.
Within the framework of the project “Support to political dialogue and national reconciliation in Guinea-Bissau”, implemented by the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) and funded by the Peacebuilding Fund, the UNIOGBIS/Gender Unit seeks to ensure that the Women’s Mediation Network, and other relevant mediation actors and leaders, strengthen and enhance their skills to better be able to play an active role and engage more effectively in peace processes.
The overall purpose of the action is to help women have their interests reflected in decision-making processes, including agenda-setting, and constitutional reforms required to put the country on the path of stability and development.
Objective of the assignment:
The objective is to strengthen inclusive and sustainable national capacities for dialogue and mediation with effective mechanisms to engage in constructive dialogue early on, including at the community level, when tensions arise, and to prevent escalation into political and institutional crises.
Duties and Responsibilities
The International Consultant, under the supervision of the Chief of Gender Unit, is expected to perform the following activities:
The following products/outputs are expected:
Duration of the assignment
The assignment should be conducted within 40 working days, in a scope of 2 months.
Required Skills and Experience
Guidelines for Application
The applications must be sent by 15 days after date of publication, and should contain the Curriculum Vitae and a letter of motivation for the following address:
Guidelines for Application
Lump sum contracts: The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in instalments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the ToR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).
Travel: All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the Individual Consultant wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Evaluation: Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
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.