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National Consultant on Technical Support to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct a Gender Equality Audit
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Kyiv, UKRAINE|
|Application Deadline :||14-Apr-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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||120 days (within period of 17 April - 30 November 2019)|
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.
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 Ukrainian Constitution, policy and legal frameworks guarantee equality for men and women in Ukraine in all sectors. The country adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), joined the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action (BPfA) of the 4th World Conference for Women (1995) and ratified the main international instruments on gender equality and women’s rights, including the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its Optional Protocol.
UN Women in partnership with the Office of the Deputy-Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration launched the project “Enhancing accountability for gender equality and women’s empowerment in national reforms, peace and security” with the goal to support the Government in achieving transformative results in Ukraine by integrating gender equality and women’s human rights commitments into the national reforms and the peace and security processes, and by putting mechanisms in place for adequate financing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
The global HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality was launched in Ukraine and supported by opinion leaders and influencers from diverse fields, such as in academia, sports, the arts, the private sector, government and more, as public advocates for change and commit to progress towards gender equality within their own fields and institutions. As part of the HeforShe commitment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs became the first ministry in Ukraine to commit to conducting a Gender Equality Audit with the aim to mainstream gender equality in the internal policies, processes and structures at the level of the ministry, work units and individuals. The gender equality audit aims to:
The gender equality audit will enhance the collective capacity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to examine its activities from a gender perspective and identify areas requiring changes for the Ministry to effectively advance gender equality. The gender equality audit will explore how to better harmonize the internal practices and related support systems for gender mainstreaming; will identify critical gaps and challenges; recommend ways of addressing them and suggest possible improvements and innovations; and, will document good practices towards the achievement of gender equality. It will monitor and assess the relative progress made in gender mainstreaming and help to build organizational ownership for gender equality initiatives and sharpen organizational learning on gender.
The main outcomes of the gender equality audit will be a report that includes (i) the key findings regarding the ministry; (ii) its good practices in mainstreaming gender issues; (iii) Desk review of global good practices in conducting Gender Equality Audit and its follow up, especially in EU countries; (iv) set of recommendations for performance improvement; and, (v) Plan of Action for implementation of the recommendations including but not limited to integrating gender in objectives, processes, partnerships, human resources, organizational culture. In summary, a gender equality audit will identify the strengths and areas for improvement in the policies, processes, structures, institutional and individual capacities, and provide with the roadmap/work plan for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for implementation of the recommendations to address the areas for improvement through a process of team-building, information sharing and reflection.
As a part of the above UN Women project, UN Women seeks to hire the National Consultant to work in collaboration with an international consultant and provide technical support to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct a gender equality audit and work closely with the MFA focal point during the entire assignment. The key components of the methodology will be:
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Representative of UN Women in Ukraine, the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist and a day-to-day supervision of the Director General Department for International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the National Consultant will be providing regular day-to-day technical support to the Ministry on conducting a Gender Equality Audit and will be responsible for the following tasks:
Submit monthly time-sheets and reports about implemented activities, the progress, achievements, lessons learnt, recommendations and next steps (including supporting documents, such as reports on the international consultant’s missions, consultations and events in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as other respective documents) (according to the provided templates) – 17 April-30 November 2019 (by the 5th of next month)
TOTAL - 120 days
Contractor’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered. The evaluation will be carried out and cleared by the hiring manager, which will also be the basis for payment on a delivery-by-delivery basis to the consultant.
Payments will be disbursed by monthly instalments based on time-sheets certified by the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and monthly progress reports certified by UN Women Programme Specialist that the services have been satisfactorily performed.
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
Languages and other skills:
Evaluation of Applicants:
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of their qualifications and financial proposal. A two-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. The award of the contract should be made to the individuals whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical criteria and interview, 70% of total evaluation – max 45 points for technical criteria and max 25 points for interview. Total max 70 points:
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 45. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on a desk review and the following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Criterion A – Relevant education:
Criterion B – Language skills:
Criterion C – Relevant Experience with total for all of the following criterion (35 points) including:
Total Obtainable Score for Technical Criteria – 35 points
Maximum Obtainable Score for the interview – 25 points
Total Obtainable Score for technical criteria and interview – 70 points
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 30
(S - score received on financial evaluation; F min - the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round; F - financial offer under the consideration).
The candidate’s application should include:
Interested candidates are requested to apply no later than 05 April 2019, 23:59 EST by submitting 2 attachments: 1) technical (a Letter of Interest and P-11) and 2) financial proposal to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject “National Consultant on Technical Support to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct a Gender Equality Audit”.
Applications without financial proposal may be treated as incomplete and may not be considered for further assessment.
Sample of Financial Proposal
The format shown on the following tables is suggested for use as a guide in preparing the Financial Proposal
*Basis for payment tranches
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.