Beijing+25 Translation Consultant- National

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Location : Cairo, EGYPT
Application Deadline :27-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Duration of Initial Contract :12 Months


UN Women is grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. It 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 Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) covers 17 countries in the Arab States region and provides direct support to UN Women Country Offices in Egypt, Iraq, the State of Palestine, Jordan and the Morocco Multicounty Office (MCO) covering Morocco and Algeria. In addition, UN Women has a programme presence in Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Kuwait and Bahrain.

ROAS supports Country Offices to assist national governments to fulfill their gender equality commitments under the applicable national and international laws, and in furtherance of national and regional implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. A significant element of ROAS’ Strategic Note is focused on an enhanced strategic approach to communications, with the aim of increasing the visibility of ROAS and public awareness of both success stories and the specific gaps and challenges to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the region. ROAS’s communications activities will also aim to strengthen and expand partnerships with diverse stakeholders in the region and internationally.

The Beijing+25/CSW64 in March 2020 will undertake a review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly, including an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through a gender perspective. UN Women ROAS will support the role and contribution of governments, civil society, women’s empowerment orgs,  and youth in the implementation and review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action by producing and disseminating the required knowledge to inform, communicate, build capacities and mobilize the different stakeholders in the region.

The present consultancy will directly strengthen the sustainable capacity of ROAS to translate and localize communications and substantive technical content into Arabic to support the communications strategy and social media applications as an effective tool for communication andto ensure effective public outreach. The consultancy requires professional services to translate and provide high quality gender sensitive localization of content used in the upcoming publications, campaigns and events led by ROAS.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Coordination Specialist and the day to day supervision and guidance of the Youth, Advocacy and Innovation Specialist Communications Unit, the consultant will be responsible for assisting the Regional Office communications team in various tasks:

  • Translate, edit and review content from and to English and Arabic;
  • Translate and/or review communications materials for social media;
  • Translate stories, reports and minutes of meetings from English into Arabic and vice versa;
  • Translate and edit content for UN Women’s websites;
  • Support the communications unit in translating and adapting communication packages from English into Arabic and vice versa;
  • Any other related translation tasks in support of the Beijing+25 roll-out in the Arab States region. tasks to support the Communications unit.

Performance evaluation:

  • The consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on: creativity, delivery on time, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:           

  • Excellent technical expertise on social media and online communications;
  • Demonstrable experience in communicating on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team to meet tight deadlines and produce high quality work.

Required Skills and Experience

The Consultant should fulfill the following requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree in translation and languages or any relevant certification and specialized training in gender sensitive language.


  • Minimum 1 year of experience in translation and gender sensitive languages;
  • Ability to cover several simultaneous requests including in-house and field work;
  • Experience working on or knowledge of gender equality and violence against women issues; as well as youth related issues;
  • Cultural sensitivity and experience working with culturally diverse and international groups;
  • Familiarity with gender equality and women’s rights issues in development and humanitarian contexts;
  • Past experience with UN Women or the UN system would be an asset.

Language and other skills:

  • Proficiency in oral and written English and Arabic are essential.

Technical qualification evaluation criteria:

Contract will be awarded to the technically qualified consultant who obtains the highest combines score (financial and technical). The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:

(Lowest Bid Offered*)/(Bid of the Consultant) x 30?*"Lowest Bid Offered" refers to the lowest price offered by Offerors scoring at least 49 points in technical evaluation;

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria.

Technical Evaluation Criteria Obtainable Score:

  • Minimum 1 year of increasingly responsible professional experience in the areas of translation and content editing (15 points);
  • Published translation portfolio demonstrating experience in translating or editing high-quality content (15 points);
  • Past experience with UN Women, other UN agencies or NGOs (15 points);
  • Familiarity with gender equality and women’s rights issues (15 points);
  • Experience and knowledge of gender sensitive languages (10 points).

Total Obtainable Score (70 points):

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 49 total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidate.

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 49 points score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated;
  • The total number of points allocated for the financial proposal component is 30 points;
  • The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 49 point score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from;.
  • Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. Make sure that you provide a valid email address for future communications.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW, and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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.

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