Strengthening targeted national capacities to improve decision-making and mainstreaming global environmental obligations into national development priorities implemented through the UNDP Timor-Leste is a GEF-UNDP funded project of 4 years duration.
The project is assisting the Government of Timor-Leste to achieve the national priorities it has set in its National Strategic Development Plan for 2011 to 2030, and in its current annual National Priorities by enhancing national capacities. This project is designed to build the capacity of the agencies to engage effectively together in the series of concurrent national assessment and planning exercises, the subsequent development and implementation of policies and substantial programme, and the monitoring of results and strengthening of future planning and actions. More specifically, this project will address specific cross-cutting capacity development priorities identified in the NCSA in order to catalyze Timor-Leste’s more effective participation in environmentally sound and sustainable development in a way that produces co-benefits for the global environment. Thus, the goal of this project is for the Timor-Leste to be better enabled to meet their obligations under the three Rio Conventions. This requires the country to have the necessary capacities to coordinate efforts, as well as best practices for integrating global environmental priorities into planning, decision-making, and reporting processes. To that end, the objective of this project is to strengthen institutional capacity for effectively managing information systems for national MEA obligations and monitoring impact and progress.
This project will be carried out via four linked components: Component 1 focuses on enhanced institutional and technical capacities to use data and information for planning and decision-making; Component 2 focuses on coordination of technical directorates; Component 3 focuses on global environmental obligations mainstreamed into select sectoral policies, legislation, plans and programmes; and Component 4 focuses on enhanced awareness and value of the global environment.
UNDP is seeking to recruit a Gender Specialist to 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 in project components, ensure that the project results framework and theory of change are gender responsive and to 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.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Duties and Responsibilities
UNDP is seeking to recruit a Gender Specialist to perform the following tasks:
- Carry out a participatory gender analysis to fully consider the different needs, roles, benefits, impacts, risks and access to/control over resources of women and men (including considerations of intersecting categories of identity such as age, social status, ethnicity, marital status, etc.) given a project’s context, and appropriate measures taken to address and these and promote gender equality; collect gender responsive baseline data relevant to project planning and monitoring; identify the share of female and male direct beneficiaries.
- Develop a Gender Action Plan for the project with annual outputs to facilitate implementation of activities that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The consultant shall prepare and submit:
Deliverable 1: Participatory Gender Analysis: This deliverable will be fully integrated into the project document and used to inform the process of using a gender-responsive results reporting and monitoring and evaluation system.
The participatory gender analysis may consist of:
- Analysis using the guiding questions in the gender analysis template (Annex 2) to understand the national and local context and understand issues around gendered division of labour and time use, access and control, power and decision making, and knowledge and capacities. A review of national gender statistics, time-use surveys, national action plans, and qualitative data generated through policy and academic research and participation assessments should be used to inform the analysis;
- Stakeholder consultation analysis, interviews and relevant information;
Deliverable 2: Gender Action Plan: A Gender Action Plan for the project with concrete outputs to facilitate implementation of activities that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Institutional Arrangement:
The consultant will report to, seek approval/acceptance of outputs from the CTA/Programme Manager and UNDP team.
The contractor is expected to have her/his own laptop and access to internet during the assignment.
- Payment terms:
Review and Approval
Within 5 working days of signing of the contract
15% of the contract value
PMU, UNDP CO
Participatory Gender Analysis
By 15 October 2019
40% of the contract value
PMU, UNDP CO, DGE
Gender Action Plan
By 15 November 2019
45% of the contract value
PMU, UNDP CO, DGE
Required Skills and Experience
- Required Skills and Experience:
- Master’s degree in gender studies, gender and development, environment, sustainable development or closely related area.
Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor:
The selection of consultants will be aimed at maximizing the overall qualities in the following areas:
- Demonstrated understanding of issues related to gender and sustainable development; at least 7 years of practical working experience in gender mainstreaming, women’s empowerment and sustainable development in Timor-Leste or Asia Pacific Region;
- Experience carrying out participatory gender analysis; experience collecting and formulating gender responsive indicators and sex-disaggregated data and preparing gender responsive project analysis; developing gender action plans.
- Proven experience in analysis of gender issues in developing country contexts
- Demonstrated understanding of the links between sustainable development, social and gender issues;
- Demonstrated experience working on policy and programmatic issues with national and local governments and civil society organizations including community organizations.
- Experience in facilitating gender responsive stakeholder meetings is highly desired;
- Experience with project development and results-based management methodologies is highly desired;
- Excellent analytical, writing, advocacy, presentation, and communications skills are required.
- English, knowledge of Teun (preferred)
- Evaluation Criteria for Selection:
Combined scoring method including 70% of technical and 30% of financial will be used for evaluation and selection of suitable candidates.
- Recommended Submission of Offer:
Prospective candidates must submit the following documents to demonstrate their qualification:
- Duly completed Letter of Confirmation of Interest and availability.
- Personal CV and P11 form, indicating all experience from similar projects as well as contact details including e-mail and phone number of the candidate and at least three professional references. template can be downloaded here http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=57685
- Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price. A break-down of this lump sum amount by deliverables to be provided by the candidates. template can be downloaded here http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=57685
Incomplete applications will not be considered for assessment.
The deadline for submitting applications is 05 August 2019.
This TOR is prepared by:
Signature ________________________________ Date of Signing __________________________
Name and Designation: Alamgir Hossain, CTA/Programme Manager
This TOR is approved by:
Signature ________________________________ Date of Signing __________________________
Name and Designation: Felisberta Moniz da Silva, Head, SD and RB Unit
TOR Annex 1: List of Documents to be reviewed by the Gender Specialist
- UNDP-GEF Gender Toolkit (UNDP intranet access required)
- UNDP Gender Equality Strategy
- GEF Gender Action Plan
- UNDP Training Manual: Gender Mainstreaming
TOR Annex 2: Guide to Conducting a Participatory Gender Analysis for projects supported by UNDP with GEF financing
When: A gender analysis must be carried out during the PPG phase to inform the design of the project. The findings should be fully incorporated into the project document, including into the project’s theory of change and results framework.
Who: A gender expert (with specialized expertise in gender issues and/or sector-specific and region/country expertise) – in the form of an external consultant or internal expert – should work as part of the project document development team to carry out the gender analysis and integrate gender considerations into the project document.
What: Gender analysis is a fundamental component of gender mainstreaming and is used to fully consider the different needs, roles, benefits, impacts, risks and access to/control over resources of women and men (including considerations of intersecting categories of identity such as age, social status, ethnicity, marital status, etc.) given a project’s context, and appropriate measures taken to address and these and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, when relevant.
Why: A gender analysis helps ensure women’s and men’s equal opportunities to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from project resources, activities and results. A gender analysis provides concrete approaches to address gender inequalities and identifies strategies to advance women’s and other marginalized groups’ participation and empowerment. It can reveal the linkages between inequalities at different societal levels and how these inequalities may impact the participation of women and other vulnerable social groups in the project. Since neither women nor men form a homogeneous group and gender relations intersect with many categories of social identities, such as religion, political affiliation, ethnicity, social status, age, and sexual orientation, if we don’t make those linkages we run the risk to reinforce the existing imbalances and limit meaningful participation of women and other vulnerable social groups.
How: Use the guiding questions in the gender analysis template below to analyse the national and local context, and understand issues around gendered division of labour and time use, access and control, power and decision making, and knowledge and capacities. A review of national gender statistics, time-use surveys, national action plans, and qualitative data generated through policy and academic research and participation assessments should be used to inform the analysis. Information from stakeholder consultations and interviews should be incorporated into the analysis. A site visit to the proposed projects sites may also be necessary depending on the project context and availability of data.
Gender Analysis Template
To help better understand: legal rights and status; the status of women and gender relations in the local and national context and project substantive technical area; relevant background information.
To help better understand: Time use and the gendered division of labour. How the gender division of labour and patterns of decision-making effect the project, and vice versa, how the projects effects the gender division of labour and decision- making. Information on time use and decision making recognizes gender differences surrounding various needs of availability and allotment of time. It examines the implications that gender differences have on commitments and in turn the effect on poverty and work-life balance and acknowledges the division of productive and reproductive work. We can infer how this determines the contribution of men and women to the welfare of the family, community, and society.
Guiding questions: What is the division of labour among women and men? What is the participation of women and men in the formal and informal economy? Who makes decisions and manages household time and resources? Who takes responsibility for the care of children and the elderly? Are there certain tasks that only women or men are expected to perform? Are there shifts in the household division of labour? Are these shifts shared equitably? Discuss the gendered division of labour relevant to the project’s interventions including how the gendered division of labour and patterns of decision-making effect the project, and vice versa how the project could affect the gendered division of labour and decision-making. Include an assessment of the gender differences surrounding various needs, availability and allotment of time examining the implications that gender differences have on commitments and in turn the effects on poverty and work-life balance. What is the gendered division of productive and reproductive work; how do women and men spend their time throughout the day, week, month, and/or year, and during the seasons? Identify and analyze any additional issues related to who does what in the specific areas of work and types of intervention related to the project.
To help better understand: Activities surrounding access to control over resources. It includes a perception of gender differentials of access to and control over resources, income, time, technologies and services. In addition, it helps us identify who has the better means to opportunities.
Guiding questions: Who has access to and control over resources? Do women and men benefit equally from resources and are women and men likely to benefit equally from the resources, products or activities proposed by the project during its different phases? Identify who benefits from opportunities, for example in regards to land, livestock, financial services, health and education, employment, information and communication. What are the barriers and opportunities in relation to mobility, as well as in access to services? Part of this is understanding the risks and barriers that women and men, and girls and boys take when entering public or private sector spaces and accessing services. What are the barriers they face in accessing quality services that are accountable, transparent and responsive to their needs and interests? Identify and analyze any additional issues related to meaningful access, participation and control in the specific areas of proposed project work/types of interventions.
To help better understand: Power and decision-making; women’s priorities, restraints and motivations. This set of information refers to people’s ability to decide, influence, control, and enforce individual and governmental power. It examines the capacities of existing institutions and the mechanisms in place to reach out equitably to girls and boys, women and men, and to promote gender equality among target groups. It also refers to one’s capacity to make decisions freely, and to exercise power over one’s body, whether in one’s household, community, municipality, and state. This category also includes a review of the different, but equally significant, needs and interests of women and men; depictions of the barriers faced by women in seeking to meet their practical and strategic gender interests; an identification of opportunities for greater equality and empowerment for women and other vulnerable social groups in the contexts of the proposed project.
To help better understand: capacity needs, skills, knowledge level and the value associated women’s and men’s knowledge and capacity. This can help identify practical and strategic needs and constraints related to knowledge and capacity.
Guiding questions: What are the training, education and literacy levels of women, men and other social groups in relation to the proposed project? Do women and men have equal access to education, technical knowledge and/or skill upgrading? Do men and women have different skills and capacities and face different constraints? What is the value associated with women’s and men’s respective knowledge and skills? Are women’s or men’s knowledge or skills in specific areas valued differently? Identify and analyze any additional issues related to knowledge and capacity in the specific areas of work and types of intervention related to the project.
The results of the gender analysis are the foundation for taking gender into account in all steps of a project cycle. Conducting a gender analysis should provide the basis to:
- Respond to gender issues within the scope of project interventions;
- Answer questions in regard to the baseline situation;
- Develop a gender-responsive theory of change;
- Develop a gender responsive results framework;
- Develop a Gender Action Plan with outputs and activities that respond to the gender analysis.
- Develop a gender responsive budget.
- Comply with UNDP’s project quality assurance standards.
Both the gender analysis and action plan should be attached as annexes to the project document.
Additional tools for conducting a gender analysis:
- UNDP-GEF gender toolkit: https://intranet.undp.org/unit/bpps/sdev/gef/SitePages/Gender.aspx
- UNDP (2015). Mainstreaming Gender in Mitigation and Technology Development and Transfer Interventions Capacity Building Package, particularly pp 12-14.
- UNDP (2010). Gender, Climate Change and Community-based Adaptation Guidebook.
- World Agroforestry Centre. Compilation of Gender Research Methods and their Application.
- UNDP Gender Inequality Index
- UNDP Gender Development Index
- FAO Gender and Land Rights Database
- World Bank Gender Databank
 This guide aligns the latest requirements to meet UNDP and GEF standards on conducting a gender analysis as of August 2016. For more information on gender mainstreaming requirements see the UNDP-GEF gender toolkit available here: https://intranet.undp.org/unit/bpps/sdev/gef/SitePages/Gender.aspx