Gender Equality and Private Sector Engagement Development Consultant(Individual Contractor with Long Term Agreement)

Location : Home-based with possible travel to countries in Asia-Pacific, THAILAND
Application Deadline :26-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
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 :1 Sep 2019 to 31 Aug 2021 with a max of 200 days worked with possible 1 year extension




UNDP positions itself as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) integrator who connects all relevant knowledge and partners to support countries to achieve the SDGs in an inclusive and integrated manner.  UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH), along with the Pacific Office in Suva, supports the 24 UNDP Country Offices in Asia and the Pacific in various development agendas to achieve the SDGs by providing easy access to knowledge through high quality integrated advisory services and technical support, based on applied research and UNDP lessons learned globally.  BRH also provides regional thought-leadership, build partnerships and promote regional capacity building, which allow UNDP, governments and other development partners to identify, create and share knowledge relevant to solving urgent and complex development challenges.


To advance UNDP’s role as the SDGs integrator, BRH has been strengthening its engagement with new partners in the Private Sector, innovative organizations, think-tanks and academia to localize the global development agenda.  Leveraging this partnership to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment is one critical and integrated aspect of such engagement, within a broader work around partnership building.  More concretely UNDP’s global Private Sector Strategy seeks to make markets work for the SDGs with an emphasis on inclusion of poor and marginalized populations.  The Strategy aims to assist countries to align Private Sector activities and investment with the 2030 Agenda by: influencing investors and business of all sizes; embedding the SDGs into their decision-making and practice; and supporting Governments to establish enabling policy and regulatory environments while facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships.


UNDP is committed to the principle of the SDGs, i.e. “Leave No One Behind”, and more specifically UNDP places an emphasis on eliminating gender-based inequalities faced by women, girls, men and boys in the region.  Through its evolving partnerships with Private Sector actors, UNDP reaffirms its belief that unless women and men can fully realize their rights in all spheres of life, and that their contributions are equally valued in the process and outcome, human development will not be achieved.  Accordingly, gender equality and women’s empowerment are integrated into every aspect of UNDP’s engagement with Private Sector actors.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The main objective of this consultancy is to support BRH in fulfilling its roles as SDGs Integrator that provides inclusive and integrated services to countries in Asia and the Pacific with particular reference to gender equality and Private Sector engagement, including but not limited to, promoting gender equality in business practices and workplace. The consultancy is also expected to contribute to BRH’s Partnership and Engagement Strategy to help unlock private finance for the SDGs, and resources to support UNDP’s role in enabling more capital flow for the SDGs through programming and beyond.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

  • Provide technical support for gender equality integration in support of the achievement of the SDGs across different work areas to strengthen BRH’s integrated services provided to UNDP Country Offices in the region with reference to gender equality at workplace; gender equality in economic empowerment; and transforming the Future of Work for gender equality;
  • Provide technical support to designing a strategic approach for BRH to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment through UNDP’s programming in Asia and the Pacific with reference to gender equality at workplace; gender equality in economic empowerment; and transforming the Future of Work for gender equality;
  • Engage Private Sector actors in UNDP’s programming efforts to accelerate support for gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Identify and support new strategic Private Sector partnerships for programmes on Responsible Business, Youth Empowerment, Gender and Environment
  • Identify new opportunities and pipeline for private and public partners engagement
  • Undertake a mapping of Private Sector actors that align with UNDP BRH priorities and have a strong interest to support the SDGs, including gender equality with a view to supporting new collaborations;
  • Develop partnership pitching tools including concept notes, presentations, report and communication materials required to support negotiations with Private Sector actors
  • Assist and coordinate signing of strategic partnerships with selected Private Sector partners
  • Undertake a mapping of potential resource mobilization opportunities for Responsible Business and act as its Focal Point for partnerships
  • Use the project insights to scan existing areas for Private Sector collaboration and develop concepts that amplify the potential for Private Sector partnerships and create a line of new opportunities


Institutional Arrangement

The Consultant will work under the overall guidance of the Asia-Pacific Gender Advisor and the Asia-Pacific Private Sector Specialist, in close collaboration with different regional teams as well as in close consultation with UNDP Country Offices in Asia and the Pacific as required.  Performance of the Consultant is monitored closely, and regular feedback will be provided by Asia-Pacific Regional Gender Advisor and Asia-Pacific Private Sector Partnership Specialist.  Weekly discussions will be organized for progress monitoring and quality assurance, as well as for ensuring the timely submission of specific deliverables.  Other relevant supervisors will also provide guidance and feedback as appropriate.


Duration of the Work

Long term agreement for a period of two years, starting from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2021 with a maximum 200 working days and a possible 1-year extension. The actual assignments will be based on specific requirements defined in separate Terms of Reference and the corresponding number of days required to complete the required tasks.  Contract values will be based on the pre-agreed daily rate and the number of days expected to complete the tasks specified in each Terms of Reference.


Duty Station

This is a home-based consultancy with possible travel to countries in Asia and the Pacific.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.


Technical Competencies:

  • Analytic capacity and demonstrated ability to process, analyse and synthesise complex, technical information;
  • Proven ability to support the development of high quality knowledge and training materials, and to train technical teams;
  • Proven experience in the developing country context and working in different cultural settings.



  • Communicate effectively in writing to a varied and broad audience in a simple and concise manner.



  • Capable of working in a high pressure environment with sharp and frequent deadlines, managing many tasks simultaneously;
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.



  • Projects a positive image and is ready to take on a wide range of tasks;
  • Focuses on results for the client;
  • Welcomes constructive feedback.

Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree of equivalent in relevant areas such as Public Policy, Management, Development Studies, Labour and Employment, or Gender Studies.


  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience in supporting UNDP/UN in advancing the gender equality agenda through programming and policy advocacy in Asia and the Pacific;
  • Minimum 3 years in the past 5 years of professional experience in supporting UNDP/UN in engaging with Private Sector actors in Asia and the Pacific to advocate for gender equality in business practices and workplace;
  • Minimum 3 years in the past 5 years of professional experience in supporting UNDP/UN at the regional level in Asia and the Pacific in mobilizing Private Sector partners to work towards a sustainable development agenda;
  • Demonstrable experience in resource mobilization with the Private Sector for gender equality advocacy and programming in the last 3 years.

Language requirements

  • Fluency of English language is required


Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Daily Fee. Consultant shall quote an all-inclusive Daily Fee for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal. If applicable, travel or daily allowance cost (if any work is to be done outside the IC’s duty station) should be identified separately.


Payments shall be made based on approved invoices indicating number of working days spent for each specific assignment, upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the IC’s supervisor.


In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent.


Under this LTA modality UNDP BRH shall enter into an exclusive two years, starting from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2021 with a maximum 200 working days and a possible 1-year extension long term agreement (LTA) with the selected consultant(s) and shall provide specific deliverable and time frames for each task, as and when required.


Long Term Agreement is a mutual arrangement between UNDP and an individual to provide the required Services at prescribed prices or provisions over a period of time. UNDP reserves the right to rescind the agreement during that period should performance of the consultant not meet its requirements. Under a Long Term Agreement, UNDP does not warrant that any quantity of services shall be purchased during the term of this agreement. Where a request for services arises, UNDP shall directly contract the consultant based on its need to carry out those activities. A specific Term of Reference (TOR) outlining the outputs for each assignment shall be provided and an Individual Contract/Purchase order shall be  issued to the consultant, detailing the time frame.


Evaluation Method and Criteria

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Cumulative analysis

The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%) and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.


Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 500 points)

  • Criteria 1 Relevance of academic background – Max 50 points
  • Criteria 2 Proficiency in analytical writing in English – Max 50 Points
  • Criteria 3 Professional experience in supporting UNDP/UN in advancing the gender equality agenda through programming and policy advocacy in Asia-Pacific – Max 150 points
  • Criteria 3 Professional experience with UNDP/UN in engaging with Private Sector companies in Asia-Pacific for the purpose of gender equality advocacy in the last 5 years – Max 100 points
  • Criteria 4 Professional regional experience with UNDP/UN in mobilizing Private Sector partners to work towards a sustainable development agenda in the past 5 years, including successful resource mobilization – Max 150 points


Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 350 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.


Shortlisted candidates shall be called for an interview which will be used to confirm and/or adjust the technical scores awarded based on documentation submitted.


Documentation required

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and financial proposal using the template provided in Annex III. Note: National consultants must quote prices in Thai Baht.
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
  • A copy of analytical document written in English developed within the last 3 years by the applicant relating to promoting gender-equal business practices in Asia.


Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified



  • Annex I -  Individual IC General Terms and Conditions
  • Annex II – TOR_ Gender Equality and Private Sector Engagement Development Consultant
  • Annex III – Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual IC, including Financial Proposal Template

All documents can be downloaded at :

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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