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Individual Consultant - Gender Specialist (For Indian Nationals Only)
|Location :||Home-based with travel in India, INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||07-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||25 Days between July 2019-December 2019|
For more than 20 years the India SGP Country Programme has supported India to fulfill its commitments to the UNFCCC, UNCBD, UNCCD and other multilateral environmental agreements by providing technical and financial support to community-based projects that conserve and restore biodiversity, mitigate climate change impacts through use of alternative energy sources, implementation of energy efficiency technologies, and sustainable forest management, protect trans-boundary water bodies, introduce sustainable land and water use practices to combat land degradation and desertification, and reduce the use of POPs and chemicals.
UNDP/GEF has recently secured Project Preparation Grant (PPG) financing for the Seventh Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme in India. The project aims to enable CSOs in India to take collective action for adaptive landscape management for socio-ecological resilience through design, implementation and evaluation of grant projects for global environmental benefits and sustainable development within the framework of landscape strategies for enhanced resilience. The project will be financed by the GEF Trust Fund.
The Project Preparation Phase requires an Initiation Plan (IP) to operationalize the PPG. The Initiation Plan (IP) project will provide support towards preparation of the project described in the soon to be approved PIF for the Seventh Operational Phase of the GEF SGP in India. The IP is financed through a Project Preparation Grant which will cover the costs of preparation activities: stakeholder consultations, baseline assessments, and development of a project logframe with defined baseline and indicators, a detailed work plan, and the definition of the management arrangements for the FSP. Consultations will be documented, and all activities will be supported by desk review of support documentation, as appropriate.
The purpose of the PPG is to fully design the activities, outputs, and outcomes of the full-size project “Seventh operational phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme in India” and to develop a full set of project documentation for submission to the GEF Secretariat for approval. Normal rules for development of full-sized GEF projects apply. Copies of the GEF templates and guidelines can be found at http://www.thegef.org/gef/guidelines_templates
During the first month of the PPG, respective GEF SGP programme staff in consultation with the UNDP GEF Global Coordinator for SGP Upgraded Country Programmes will hire the Local Consultant based on these TOR in accordance with the agreed time schedule. The Consultant, under the overall supervision of the International Consultant and in consultation with SGP GEF staff together with the Global Coordinator and the UNDP CO, will compile all materials and draft the full-sized project document for submission to GEF.
Gender will be considered throughout this project’s design and implementation. The project will prioritize work with women’s groups, particularly livelihood groups and public health volunteer groups. The Country Programme team, as part of project preparation, will formulate a specific strategy to engage women/girls groups as primary actors in landscape/neighborhood management. During project preparation, consultations with community groups and NGOs during landscape strategy formulation will take place in ways that ensure women’s comfortable participation, depending on their preference for mixed or separate groups.
The Country Programme team will work with the gender focal point and government counterparts to identify potential project ideas for initial discussions with women’s and girls’ groups. CSOs that have relevant experience will be engaged to support women’s/girls’ groups in defining grant project objectives and designing grant project activities. Women’s/girls’ groups will evaluate their projects’ performance to identify lessons and knowledge for adaptive management as well as gender specific policy recommendations.
The consultant will ensure that gender considerations are fully mainstreamed into all relevant components of the project document as well as produce a participatory gender analysis and Action Plan for the project. The objective of the work is to explain how the project will contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment, identify entry points for mainstreaming gender considerations into project components, ensure that the project results framework and theory of change are gender responsive and develop a gender action plan to advance women’s empowerment and promote gender equality.
The project preparation phase will include stakeholders’ consultations and data collection for the establishment of baseline data for the project results framework. The consultant will work with the project development team to ensure that stakeholder consultations are gender responsive, to integrate the gender analysis results into the project document and to use the results to identify opportunities and gaps to help better understand and address gender concerns within the project context. The consultant may assist with other capacity building and other aspects of project preparation to ensure gender considerations are mainstreamed into the development of the project.
Please see attached Initiation Plan (Annex l) and PIF (Annex ll) for the project “Seventh Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Program in India.”
PROJECT PREPARATION ACTIVITIES
The preparatory phase for the detailed design of this initiative will take place between June 2019 and April 2020, following a detailed Project Preparation Grant (PPG) Initiation Plan (IP), attached as Annex I. Project preparation activities will build on those undertaken during the development of the concept (Project Identification Form - PIF - attached here as Annex II). A Project Document and a GEF CEO Endorsement Request will be produced in accordance with the various requirements of UNDP and GEF, based on the above information. Comprehensive stakeholder analyses and discussions will be undertaken and documented in detail throughout the design phase.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNDP is seeking to recruit a Gender Specialist to perform the following tasks:
Mainstream gender aspects into all relevant components of the project document.
The following are expected to be delivered under the consultancy contract in coordination with the International Consultant.
The consultant is expected to arrange his/her travel to PPG meeting places. Travel costs to participate to the PPG phase meetings should be included in the financial offer.
In the course of the assignment, the specialist will be expected to undertake at least one mission trip each to the different landscapes/regions identified in the PIF. Mission dates to each proposed target regions should tentatively last for 2-3 days each time with a total 10 cumulative days. The dates for missions will be agreed upon between the expert and GEF SGP India. The specialist will carry out any other relevant duties falling within the scope of his/her competence, which may arise during the course of the assignment, as requested by the GEF SGP NC/ UNDP.
Link to the Annex:
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant would be selected based on the following criteria:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation. Criteria for Technical Evaluation would be as under:
Educational Qualification - 20 Marks;
Financial Criteria: (30% of the total evaluation) based on the total all-inclusive lump sum amount for professional fee for tasks specified in this announcement.
Submission of Proposal:
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:
Payments will be made only upon confirmation by UNDP of delivery of contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
Qualified women and members of ethnic and other minorities are encouraged to apply.
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to inform only successful candidates of the outcome or status of the selection process.
As system allows uploading only one file, please merge above-mentioned documents to be submitted as part of application into one (1) single PDF document and upload.
Application may not be accepted, if all the above listed documents are not submitted.
The following documents can be accessed, clicking the link:
General Conditions for Individual Contracthttp://www.in.undp.org/content/dam/india/docs/procurement/UNDP%20General%20Conditions%20for%20Individual%20Contracts.pdf
Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) Assignment, including Financial Proposal template
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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.