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International Consultant - Preparation of the Regional Synthesis Report for Asia and the Pacific on Twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA+25) and one Advocacy Product
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based with missions to Bangkok, Thailand|
|Application Deadline :||27-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||8 Months|
2020 will be a pivotal year for actors engaged in the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, as the global community marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA+25) (1995) and five years of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (2015). Universally, UN Member States will have an opportunity to assess the gains that they have made towards these commitments, and to identify areas where their efforts need to be rejuvenated, enhanced and/or re-defined, to ensure that these commitments are realised by 2030.
Leading up to the BPfA+25, United Nations (UN) Member States have been requested to undertake comprehensive and inclusive national-level review processes. Under the leadership of the Head of State/Government, reviews should mobilize all branches and levels of government, civil society organizations, the private sector, the entities of the UN system, regional and international organizations, academia, the media and other stakeholders. In particular, reviews should mobilize all women and men, of all ages, around a new and renewed dialogue for change, and actions to prevent and eliminate all forms of discrimination against all women and girls. Following from this, the UN regional commissions will undertake regional reviews so that the outcomes of intergovernmental processes at the regional level can feed into the Sixty-Fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 64) in 2020.
At all levels of the review process, efforts will be made to highlight the importance link between the full and effective implementation of the BPfA and the realisation of the Agenda 2030 and SDGs. Equally important is policy and legislative coherence with other platforms and frameworks to highlight the mutually reinforcing impact of achieving gender equality and inclusive and sustainable development. Relevant platforms and frameworks include the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) and related resolutions on women and peace and security; the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development (2015); the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (2015), and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015), among others.
As the substantive secretariat of the CSW, UN Women is leading the operational review of the BPfA and the preparations for CSW 64 at the global level. UN Women has a regional office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), a region that is culturally, economically and socially diverse and home to approximately 60 percent of the world’s population. The ROAP is working with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as the two co-Chairs of the Regional Coordination Mechanism’s (RCM) Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (RCM TWG-GEEW), on the regional review process. At this level, the review process will comprise of three tracks:
i) The analytical track which will comprise of a regional review based on the national reviews conducted by UN Member States on progress made and challenges encountered in implementation of the BPfA. In addition to this, UN Women will be collaborating with ESCAP on a more elaborated regional synthesis report that will be available in time for CSW 64;
ii) The stakeholder engagement track which will engage civil society as a priority, through a Civil Society Organization Steering Committee (CSO SC) which is being supported by UN Women;
iii) Inter-governmental meeting: The above two tracks will culminate in a High-level Intergovernmental Meeting i.e. the Asia-Pacific High-Level Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+25 Review in Bangkok (Thailand) from 25 to 28 November 2019. ESCAP Member States will gather to deliberate on progress and challenges to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the region and linkages to the attainment of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, and to foster consensus on actions to accelerate the realization of the BPfA and the 2030 Agenda. The outcomes of this intergovernmental process will feed into the global review to be undertaken at CSW 64.
In terms of the analytical track, three knowledge products will be developed. ESCAP has the primary responsibility for the preparation of a regional background report for the Intergovernmental Meeting, on the implementation of the BPfA which will be based on responses received to the national review reports and submitted as a background report to the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting. To complement this, ESCAP will in collaboration with ROAP, develop an advocacy product for the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting to highlight key facts and figures on progress achieved and key challenges to the BPfA in the region. Thirdly, ESCAP and ROAP will develop a more in-depth regional synthesis report highlighting key challenges including as they relate to the policy and legislative environment, which will be jointly launched in March 2020.
The proposed assignment and its objectives
ROAP is therefore seeking the services of an international consultant experienced in undertaking qualitative and quantitative analysis of gender issues and drafting international and regional reports, to undertake a comprehensive analysis of key trends on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls within the Asia Pacific region including five countries in Central Asia and to lead on the development of two deliverables:
This regional synthesis report will complement the background report prepared for the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting. Upon the completion of the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting, the report will also draw on the outcomes and recommendations identified in the adopted report.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of UN Women ROAP’s Strategic Planning and Coordination Specialist and in close collaboration with ESCAP’s Social Development Division (Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Section) the consultant will:
2. Regional synthesis report:
3. Advocacy product: Based on the analysis to be conducted for the regional synthesis report, the consultant will highlight trends and patterns by cluster area- and develop messages on priorities emerging from the qualitative and quantitative analyses which will target the Asia and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+25 Review (November 28-29, 2019), to inform the deliberations. It will also be disseminated through other fora and mediums.
Between 5 July 2019 – 25 February 2020
The consultant may also be requested to hold a teleconference with ROAP and ESCAP, and to present the draft report to the RCM TWG-GEEW.
Ethics and Values:
• Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
• Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
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.
• 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.
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
• Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
Required Skills and Experience
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis.
A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.
The consultancy fee will be paid against agreed deliverables (upon satisfactory completion and submission of the deliverables).
Official travel related costs based on UN Women travel rules and regulations (i.e. Economy class ticket, allowance, visa cost) will be covered by UN Women.
Submission package includes:
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.
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.