International consultant to support the UNCT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard in Bangladesh

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Location : Home Based and Dhaka, BANGLADESH
Application Deadline :25-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :17 working days between 5 May to 30 June 2019


Endorsed by the UN Chief Executive Board in 2012, in response to the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) system-wide Policy on gender equality and the empowerment of women (CEB/2006/2), the UN has developed a coordinated approach to strengthening accountability for gender: The UN System-wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP) on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, which from 2012-2017 focused on corporate processes and institutional arrangements at the individual entity level and extended in 2018 to cover development and normative results tied to the SDGs. The United Nations Country Teams (UNCT) Performance Indicators for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard), is an accountability framework for assessing the effectiveness of gender mainstreaming by UN Country Teams. Originally introduced in August 2008, the Scorecard has now been aligned with the UN-SWAP to ensure a coherent accountability framework at country, regional and HQ levels and to greater alignment with the SDGs. It draws on good global practices with motivating, managing and measuring institutional change processes. It is built on a review of past UNCT experience conducted by the UN Development Group, and innovative ideas and lessons from other UN gender accountability frameworks, notably UNDP’s Gender Equality Seal, ILO’s Participatory Gender Audit, and he Inter-Agency Standing Committee Gender Marker.
The 2016 Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) calls for the United Nations development system to expand and strengthen the use of the Gender Scorecard as a planning and reporting tool for assessing the effectiveness of gender mainstreaming in the context of the UNDAF. The Scorecard promotes improved planning, coordination, programming and results for GEEW at the country level, tied to support to Member States to achieve the SDGs. It supports UNCT’s in self-assessing and reporting on their standing with respect to a set of Performance Indicators drawn from inter-government al mandates and based on review and analysis of UNCT processes.
The UN Country Team (UNCT) in Bangladesh adopted a Development Assistance Framework for 2017 to 2020 at outcome level and aligns its work to the national priorities presented in the 7th Five Year Plan of the Government of Bangladesh and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UNDAF 2017-2020 responds to imperatives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addresses the complex and interconnected nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a coherent systemic approach and substantive engagement based on UN norms, standards, principles and values.
Now into the 3rd year of implementation, the UNCT is about to embark on development of the new UNDAF for 2021-2026. In order to support the development of the gender-responsive UNDAF and ensure better accountability of UNCT towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with UN corporative policy in this area, the UN Country Team for the first time will be implementing the new generation UNCT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard to assess its status and identify gaps and corrective actions for the next course of action in formulating the upcoming UNDAF. The UN Gender Thematic Group and UN Women Bangladesh will lead this process to complete the scorecard process in a participatory and timely manner.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main objective of this consultancy is to facilitate the UNCT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard exercise and assist the UNCT in Bangladesh assess the effectiveness of the UNCT in gender mainstreaming, promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment as well as to provide a set of actions for improvements.

Purpose of the exercise:

  • To assist UNCTs in identifying areas in which they are meeting or not meeting minimum UNDG requirements;
  • To stimulate a constructive dialogue within the UNCT about the current status of support for gender equality and women’s empowerment and how it can be improved;
  • To identify where technical assistance can support the achievement of minimum requirements;
  • To share good practice in supporting national priorities to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The UNCT SWAP-Scorecard methodology has been designed for in-country self-assessment as a means of fostering deeper understanding and ownership of results. The external gender specialist will facilitate the exercise and support the UNCT carry out the assessment by applying participatory methods to ensure the assessment team owns the process.

To guide and support the assessment team with the assessment process, the consultant will conduct the following activities within the stipulated timeframes:

Background document review and remote guidance to Inter-Agency Assessment Team (IAT) on scorecard methodology (home-based, 4 working days)

1.  Review of relevant background documents including:

  • UNCT UN-SWAP Technical Guidance and Framework;
  • Current country CCA and UNDAF or equivalent;
  • New UNDG UNDAF guidance;
  • UNCT planning, budgets programming documents;
  • UN Gender Theme Group’s TOR, 2018-19 Work plan;
  • CEDAW Reports/other national assessments/National Gender Plans, etc.

2. Support/remotely guide the IAT on the scorecard methodology

In-Country assistance and support for the IAT: (10 working days):

  • Support the collection of complementary data and evidence to support scoring the indicators;
  • Provide guidance to IAT members to support them conduct gender analysis of verification documents, score areas of performance, and complete the assessment forms;
  • Facilitate working sessions and technical support with key stakeholders such as PMT, Communication Group, GETG, IAT members, etc. to discuss and score areas of performance;
  • Complete the scoring matrix based on IAT discussions and agreements;
  • Facilitate a debrief with IAT, PMT and GETG to discuss findings and proposed actions.

Reporting (3 working days):

  • Consolidate Scorecard and narrative report, with inputs from assessment team;
  • Complete the final Scorecard, narrative report and follow-up matrix.


  • Background document review and remote guidance to IAT on scorecard methodology by 5-16 May;
  • In-Country assistance and support for the Inter Agency Team by 21 May – 2 June;
  • Reporting by 5-30 June.

Consultant performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.

The consultant is expected to work home based and conduct ten days field mission to participate in meetings with UN agencies, partners and stakeholders as per the agreed work-plan. Please note that the work-week in Bangladesh starts on Sunday and ends on Thursday.


Values Guiding Principles:

  •  Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  •  Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
  •  Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

  • Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity;
  • Organizational awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgement;
  • Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative;
  • Work in teams: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication;
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others;
  • Conflict management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution;
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge sharing: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced (Masters) degree in social and political sciences, human rights, gender equality etc. PhD degree is an asset.;


  •  At least 10 years of practical experience of work on gender mainstreaming in development programmes/projects at national and international levels;
  • At least 3 years’ experience of work on results-based management, review and/or evaluation;
  • Experience in gender data collection and analysis, including interviews, survey and focus groups;
  • Previous experience with supporting at least 2 UNCTs implement the new UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard, narrative report and follow-up matrix is a must;
  • Experience on conducting gender trainings for staff of development agencies.


  • Proficient in written and oral English, working level of (other language) is an asset;
  • Computer skills, internet communication and command of MS Office.

Submission of application:

Interest candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application via UNDP job website, not later than 22 April 2019.

Submission package includes:

  • One-page cover letter outlining relevant experience for the assignment;
  • CV;
  • Reports of previous UNCT-SWAP Gender-Scorecard exercises performed;
  • Financial proposal:  per day rate; Travel and accomodation cost will be based on UN Women policy and guideline;
  • Completed P11 form.


Payments for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of deliverables and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed.

Please use "International consultant to support the UNCT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard" as the subject heading of your application.

All applications must include (as an attachment) the CV and the financial proposal. Applications without financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. “Personal History Form - P 11” can be downloaded from


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