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National Consultant for the Development of Local Gender Action Plans
|Location :||BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA|
|Application Deadline :||25-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||September 2019 – December 2019|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 55 working days|
NOTE: Signed Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability - http://www.ba.undp.org/content/dam/bosnia_and_herzegovina/docs/Operations/Jobs/Offerors%20Letter%20to%20UNDP%20Confirming%20Interest%20and%20Availability.docx Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability.docx - to be sent to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject: Job ID 87315.
The main purpose of this consultancy is to support the process of transformational change by anchoring gender equality in municipal endeavours and strengthening women’s agency, leadership and participation in public and political life– through the development of local gender action plans in ten (10) participating municipalities of the Women in Election (WiE) project.
Creation of local gender action plans is an important structural intervention that aims to foster institutionalisation of gender equality principles in municipalities. This has manifold benefits. Firstly, it will provide a sustainable institutional framework against concrete measures and implementation timelines to address the key obstacles that hinder more avid participation of women in public and political life. Secondly, it will strengthen institutional cooperation on gender equality issues within and between municipalities, entity gender centres, municipal gender commissions, civil society organisations and citizens. Thirdly, gender action plans will be co-created by providing a platform in the form of consultations and public discussions- in order to hear and validate diverse voices of women and create a springboard for diffusion of gender equality principles in a wider community. Hence, gender action plans design will be done in inclusive and participatory manner and directly guided by the principles to be outlined in the methodology to be designed in cooperation with project team and Entity Gender Centres, and more broadly by 6 Steps in Elected Office as a holistic approach aiming to bring in, and to keep, more women in politics and the decision-making arena.
Creation of gender action plans is based on premise that in the long run, the progressive change of BiH society critically depends on activation of women’s engagement and resources. High level of gender equality will improve overall quality of life and contribute to the economic and democratic development of BiH. To that end, gender equality is seen not only as a human right issue, but also as a key development issue. Gender equality is taken as an essential precondition for redefining political and development agenda on the local and state levels. To this end, empowerment of women locally to identify, strengthen and nourish the next generation of women leaders is a must. Therefore, creation of local gender action plans is an important structural intervention that aims to foster institutionalisation of gender equality principles in municipalities by addressing the key obstacles that hinder more avid participation of women in public and political life.
The main objective of the Women in Elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina project is to strengthen women’s leadership and participation in political life. Guided by the strict observance of the highest standards of political neutrality, the project will apply the UNs Gender Equality in Elected Office approach to help secure an enabling environment for getting more women elected across board, in all spheres of decision-making in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It will foster women’s engagement in public life and their position in the decision-making and ensure they are given a realistic and equal chance as their men counterparts in the forthcoming general elections (2018), and in the longer term, the next local elections in 2020 by advocacy for women’s equal rights and political participation.
Strengthening women’s leadership and participation in political life will apply the two-pronged approach- vertically by proposing structural adjustments to accommodate greater numbers of women in politics, as well as horizontally by nourishing the next generation of women leaders in communities through tailored networking and capacity building initiatives.
To this end, the project will utilise the “entry points”, contextual enablers, and programming opportunities to open up spaces for women’s leadership and strengthening their participation in political life. UN support will be provided equally across the political spectrum with no political favouritism.
The following outputs/project components are foreseen within this project:
This project is funded by the Government of Sweden and implemented by UNDP BiH, in partnership with BIH institutions (Agency for Gender Equality BiH, Central Election Commission BiH, Parliamentary Assembly of BiH Committee on Gender Equality) and UN Women as responsible party for the activities under the output 2.
The project activities at the local level will encompass 10 partner LGs: Stari Grad - Sarajevo, City of Zenica, Tešanj, Laktaši, Gracanica, City of Banja Luka, Olovo, Nevesinje, Ljubuški, City of Bijeljina. The idea is to start with the municipalities which currently offer the best contexts for women’s leadership, and then to spread to other municipalities in the future.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant is expected to develop, in a consultative process, methodology for creation of gender action plan that will provide the most appropriate modus for elaborating a set of strategic, appropriately structured, implementable measures that respond to the local context, with assigned stakeholder responsibilities benchmarked against sound timelines and budget– in order to design local gender action plans in 10 participating municipalities.
The tasks will be performed through desk review of relevant documentation, discussions with WiE project team and relevant actors in participating municipalities, entity gender centres, and civil society, conducting public discussions with all relevant stakeholders in participating municipalities, while taking into consideration the findings from project Baseline Study and comparable best practices in the field.
The Consultants assignment will consist of the following three key tasks:
Task 1: Design Methodology for local Gender Action Plans
Under this task, the Consultant will:
It is envisaged that this task will be delivered in end-September 2019 and the level of effort will not exceed 10 expert days.
Task 2: Provide technical support to participating municipalities in developing of Gender Action Plans
Following the verification of the methodology Under this task, the Consultant will:
It is envisaged that this task will be delivered in mid-November 2019 and the level of effort will not exceed 30 expert days.
Task 3: Produce Final Version of Gender Action Plans
Under this task, based on the comments received from the participating municipalities, the Consultant will:
It is envisaged that this task will be delivered by end December 2019, and the level of effort will not exceed 15 expert days.
Deliverables and Timeline
Consultant is responsible for the following deliverables:
Corporate Responsibility and Teamwork:
Partnering and Networking:
Job Knowledge and Expertise:
Required Skills and Experience
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for Technical Evaluation.
Technical Evaluation Criteria
Only candidates obtaining a score of 80% would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Applicants are required to submit an application including:
Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.
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.