National Consultant : Review Gender Responsive Guideline for designing Development Project Proposals in Bangladesh

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Location : Home based, BANGLADESH
Application Deadline :13-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :40 Days spread over 4 months (from September’19 to December’19)


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations (UN), 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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate UN system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
Since 2012 UN Women Bangladesh Country Office has been working on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) supporting disaster and climate vulnerable women from the most disaster-prone parts of the country and generating knowledge through series of research and studies to create evidence on how gender inequality drives vulnerability and marginalization and determine ways in which achieving gender equality can lead to a more resilient and empowered Bangladesh. UN Women’s efforts to mainstream gender in DRR/CCA & humanitarian policies strategies and actions, with the belief that such gender responsive DRR/CCA & humanitarian programmes and policies will lead to resilience building and empowerment of women and girls, is acknowledged by the stakeholders.  
Currently UN Women together with UNDP and UNOPS is implementing UN – Government joint programme titled “National Resilience Programme (NRP)” to sustain the resilience of human and economic development in Bangladesh through inclusive, gender responsive disaster management and risk informed development. The programme is being implemented by 4 government agencies namely Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Department of Women Affairs (DWA), Programming Division of Planning Commission and Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) with technical support from UN agencies.

Gender equality is a central priority for the programme. One of the key objectives of Department of Women Affairs (DWA) and Programming Division of Planning Commission under NRP is to improve capacities for gender-responsive, risk informed development planning. Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA) developed a Guideline named as ‘Gender Responsive Guideline for Design and Review of Development Projects’ in 2009 for Ministry of Planning. In 22 July 2009 Planning Division of Ministry of planning issued an order to follow the gender guideline for development, revision of development projects proposals. However, this guideline is not been followed systematically. A review has been conducted under NRP to assess the Gender Responsiveness of current of selected DPPs from ADP 2018-2019 with an intention to unpack the capacity and challenges among different ministries to follow gender guideline. The review process, revealed that  current guideline is very generic in nature which doesn’t offer sector specific gender checklists. Thus, recommendations came for revision of existing Gender Responsive Guideline and make the guideline specific and user friendly.  

In this regard, a national consultant will be hired to support NRP DWA Part under Ministry of Women and Children Affairs to work closely with Programming Division of Planning commission and UN Women for revision and development of ‘Gender Responsive Guideline for Design and Review of Development Projects’.

Duties and Responsibilities

The overall objective of this assignment is to:

  • Review of Current ‘Gender Responsive Guideline for Design and Review of Development Project Proposals(DPP); and update or develop new one;
  • Develop a user-friendly Toolkit on Gender Responsiveness of DPP formulation that includes gender responsive framework with sector specific gender checklist and training module.  

Duties and responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Programme Specialist – DRR/CCA/HA, the national consultant will work closely with Gender Mainstreaming Analyst- National Resilience Programme and Programmme Analyst-DRR,CC,HA of UN Women to perform the following services:


  • Listing out relevant stakeholders for consultation and review available reference materials;
  • Meeting with relevant officials from UN Women, Department of Women Affairs and Programming Division;
  • Finalize methodology in consultation with Programming Division of Planning Commission, Department of Women Affairs under Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and UN Women for revision of current Gender Responsive Guideline for design and review of Development Project Proposal;
  • Identify areas and sectors that require gender responsive checklists; 
  • Conduct consultations with relevant stakeholders for developing of sector specific gender checklists;
  • Update or produce (new) Gender Responsive Guideline following review findings;
  • Facilitate consultation to identify aspects of Gender Responsive Toolkit for DPP;
  • Develop a user-friendly Toolkit for Gender Responsive DPP formulation which includes sector specific gender checklist;
  • Develop training module for revised/new gender responsive guideline for DPP, tool kit on the DPP;
  • Facilitate ToT for Government planning cadres on the training modules.

Deliverables and Estimated Days:

  • A brief inception report outlining conceptual framework and proposed action plan-3 days after signing the contract;
  • Gender Responsive Guideline for DPP-17 days;
  • Gender Responsive Toolkit for DPP-06 dayss;
  • Training module on   Gender Responsive Guideline  for DPP and Tool Kit-10 days;
  • Training Feedback Report-04 days.

Payment Schedule:  

  • 50% of the total contracted amount will be paid upon submission of Gender Responsive Guideline for DPP;
  • Rest 50% of the total contracted amount will be paid upon successful completion of the ToT on training modules and tool kit.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Required Skills and Experience

Advanced university degree (At least Master’s ) in Gender/Women Studies, Development Studies, Sociology, Anthropology or other relevant disciplines. PhD in relevant field will be an asset.


  • At least 10 years  proved experience in developing strategies for effective gender mainstreaming in DRR and Resilience;
  • Demonstrated working experiences in National Planning Process;
  • Demonstrated working experience to lead dynamic, interactive gender training; 
  • Demonstrated track record of supporting UN and I/NGOs on gender inclusive DRR programme;
  • Good understanding, knowledge and working experience with Government Departments;
  • Demonstrable track record working with multi-stakeholders, including governments, donors, academia and civil society organizations in gender equality;
  • Evidence of having undertaken similar assignments;
  • Ability to develop high quality reports in English .


  • Excellent communications, analytical and writing skills in Bangla & English;
  • Strong command of English and Bangla.

The following documents should be submitted as part of the application:

  • Cover letter, signifying interest in the assignment and outlining relevant qualifications and experiences;
  • Personal History Form or P11, downloadable through;
  • Documentation of training conducted/module developed;
  • Financial proposal: Indicate professional fees or daily rate. Travel (if any) will be based on UN Women Policy or UN Women will reimburse your ticket cost.

NOTE: Documents required before contract signing:

  • UN Personal History Form;
  • Full medical examination and Statement of Fitness to work and travel for consultants with travel involved. (This is not a requirement for RLA contracts);
  •  Security Certificate BSAFE: EN:;
  •  Individual subscribers over 65 years of age are required to undergo a full medical examination including x-rays at their own cost and obtaining medical clearance from the UN Medical Director prior to taking up their assignment;
  •  Release letter in case the selected consultant is government official.

Only applications will all items mentioned above will be considered


Payments for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of deliverables and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed, at the end of the assignment Please use "National Consultant : Review Gender Responsive Guideline for designing Development Project Proposals" as the subject heading of your application.

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. “Personal History Form - P 11” can be downloaded from


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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