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Trade and Gender Expert
|Location :||Home based assignment with possible travel to Arab countries|
|Application Deadline :||28-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||70 working days over a period of 4 months|
The project of Strengthening Arab Economic Integration for Sustainable Development (AEISD), by UNDP, sets as objective, provision of technical assistance to the League of Arab States (LAS), specifically Economic Sector and relevant organs, and member states of Pan Arab Free Trade Area (PAFTA) in working towards a deepened integration, including preparations for the Arab Customs Union. The second important component relates to strengthening the Arab connectivity among economies in the region with the expectation, these efforts would be translated into more contribution of economic integration for better livelihood of people, more employment opportunity and participation by the private sector. Trade has significant potential to fight poverty in Arab countries through generation of more income and access to markets. Upgrading current preferential trade arrangements will contribute to the realization of strategic visions of Arab Common Market. The third component focuses on the promotion of inclusiveness and transparency as part of the development agenda, particularly on the economic empowerment of women, for regional economic integration.
Built on the progress achieved in the previous program of support to implementation of PAFTA (Executive Program of the agreement on Facilitating and Developing Trade among Arab Countries), the current project focuses on specific aspects of making trade an engine of inclusive and sustainable growth guided by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In continuation, the Project will also focus on helping countries and the main sub-regional and regional integration entities to accelerate the pace of trade reforms and regional economic integration, to strengthen the employment effects of those reforms, with a particular focus on women and youth, and to mobilize additional resources for this purpose.
The project aims to address specific challenges and complexities that Arab countries (and League of Arab States) face to enhance regional economic integration, more specifically in the transition from an FTA- based framework towards making the customs union a reality.
The following presents major areas of focus:
These priority dimensions form the basis of the work program of the project. Specifically, the project targets the following result-oriented activities:
The project team also cooperates with several national authorities and regional organizations in the implementation of defined activities in taking into account requirements and priorities of national socio- economic development plans and strategies of Arab economic integration. The execution is carried out under rules and regulations by the UN applicable for Delegated Direct Implementation and fully aligned to UNDP Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures (POPP).
The project also seeks to achieve more detailed understanding of the modalities through which Arab women and the youth contribute to deepening Arab economic cooperation and making trade an effective instrument for resilient and participatory economies in the region.It does also relate to promotion of gender equality and women empowerment as well as generation of business and job opportunity for women. In relation tothese works of Output 3 of the project, the project seeks provision of services of an expert on trade and gender to conduct a study on the “Roles of women empowerment to foster Arab economic cooperation”.
The expert discharges her/his duties under the supervision and guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor of the project and would be supported by the team of domain experts.
Duties and Responsibilities
Overall, Arab countries have a relatively low rate of participation of women to the labor market. In accordance with studies of women engagement into the economic life of the countries, conducted in several regions, their participation brought about significant benefits to economic performance and produced tangible gains to the community and livelihood.
Within the scope of the AEISD project focusing on the deepening of regional economic integration, it is important to enhance the role and contribution of women to enable more cooperation and share good practices in making women and the young population an agent of change toward achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.Furthermore, besides their contribution in terms of generating more income for households, women empowerment should be seen as part of the overall agenda of establishing a new and inclusive governance model in which transparency and dialogues become a key and community development is considered as one of foundations.
The study shall provide a detailed analysis of the role of women to further the regional cooperation in trade, commerce, and economic matters at the policy and transactional level, for example promoting cross border exchange while capitalizing on the competitiveness of individual economies. It might relate to women’s access to information, to production factors, comprised of land, capital, financial resourcesas well as access to business and job opportunities. Moreover, it would help to identify challenges for Arab women in promoting the Beijing Declarations and other related instruments in fostering empowerment and participation.
The study would look into the impact of trade policy on women and identifying gender-based constraints that hinder inclusive development in the Arab region. In doing so, the assessment shall portray existing gender gaps, challenges in securing equal business opportunities for businesswomen and women entrepreneurs in the Arab women, as well as equal working opportunities for female workers. More importantly, findings of the Study should help to understand existent regulatory constraints and lead to proposals of concrete measures to achieve their better participation to bring about better livelihood. That would serve to design policy measures to deal with the challenges.
In order to secure more focused analysis, the study will review the participation of women in the countries who are members of the Agadir arrangements and the Arab cooperation framework. Specifically, the expert analyzes the economic roles of women in the promotion of international trade (imports, exports) and investment, particularly in a number of sectors in which available information and statistics could assist to understand these roles in concrete manner.
Furthermore, study conclusions would be formulated and presented to the senior officials for their consideration and incorporation into the negotiations of new instruments of Arab cooperation.
The scope of the assignment will cover the following areas, among others:
Approach and Methodology
The selected consultant shall conduct extensive literature review on existing studies that tackled the issue of the economic empowerment of Arab Women, obstacles for doing business in the Arab region and the economic rights of Arab women and how effective they exercise these in daily life. The study should document also key features on the women empowerment as per reputable sources of information.
This will be followed by mapping key stakeholders in the targeted and selected Arab countries in the selected goods and services sectors (with certain priority given to signatories of Agadir Agreements and of Arab cooperation framework) and conducting key in-depth interviews with them in order to document their perspectives as well as to discuss perspectives in fostering the empowerment in a systematic manner.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
DURATION OF THE WORK
The duration of the work is expected to be 70 working days over a period of 4 months from contract signature date.
DUTY STATION AND TRAVEL PLAN
This is a home-based assignment. Part of this assignment may require the individual to travel to Arab and non-Arab countries. In such cases, unforeseen travel will be arranged and covered in accordance with corporate regulations and rules.
SCOPE OF PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
All proposals must be expressed in a lump sum amount. This amount must be “all-inclusive”. Please note that the terms “all-inclusive” implies that costs of (Professional fees, communications…., etc.) that could possibly be incurred are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal.
The contractor will be paid an all-inclusive Deliverables/Outputs based lump sum amounts over the assignment period, subject to the submission of Certification of Payment (CoP) duly certified and confirmation of satisfactory performance of achieved work (deliverables/outputs) in line with the schedule of payments table mentioned in Procurement Notice.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Candidates that fail to submit the required information will not be considered.
Interested candidates shall submit above documents to the Job Advertisement Website: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm as one document not later than 28 May, 2019
Interested candidates can find Procurement notice, letter of confirmation of interest and availability and P11 http://procurement-notices.undp.org/
Please do not submit financial proposal in this stage. Financial proposal shall be requested from technically compliant candidates only
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
Step I: Screening and desk review:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.
Applications will be first screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum requirements will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Technical evaluation Criteria max 100 points (Weighted 70):
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation
For those offers considered in the financial evaluation, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points.
Step II: Final evaluation
The final evaluation will combine the scores of the desk review and the financial proposal with the following weights assigned to each:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria weight: [70%]
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical evaluation 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.