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Consultancy – Gender Equality Specialist, Gender Equality Seal, BPPS/Gender
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||23-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||85 days within 9 months from 1 October 2019 – 30 May 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||85 days with possibility of extension for additional 10 months subject to availability of funds|
As a trusted multilateral partner serving 177 countries and territories around the world, UNDP is uniquely positioned to help advocate for change, connect countries to the knowledge and resources they need to develop and to coordinate the efforts of the United Nations at the country level.
The Gender Team is part of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) which provides policy advice and technical support to all of UNDP’s operations. It is at the forefront of UNDP's commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment. The Team works to implement gender equality as a core objective of UNDP through a two-pronged approach (i) mainstreaming gender in all core practices; and, (ii) dedicated interventions that empower women and promote gender equality.
The UNDP Corporate Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2021 outlines in detail how UNDP works towards gender equality in each of the goals and key results set out in the UNDP Strategic Plan. The Strategy sets out institutional arrangements which are aimed at ensuring oversight and commitment to achieving gender equality both within the organization and in the work of the organization. As part of this process UNDP is committed to building a global, dynamic and highly professional community of practice on gender equality, supported by a robust knowledge management framework.
A core component the of the Gender Equality Strategy is the Gender Equality Seal is a corporate quality assurance mechanism that measures and certifies the achievements and competence of Country Offices in advancing women's rights and gender equality. The Gender Equality Seal has three levels of certification (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) and Country Offices are awarded a certain level of certification according to their gender equality accomplishments. The gender equality seal strengthens capacities and accountability for gender equality results in the organization.
The purpose of this procurement exercise is to contract an individual consultant who will support the implementation of the Gender Equality Seal providing technical support and advise to country offices, unites and partners on gender mainstreaming and on gender equality certification programmes based on UNDP’s Gender Equality Seal experience.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will provide critical support to the BPPS/Gender Team under the direct supervision of the Senior Policy Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming delivering specific products under the following areas:
2. Advisory support gender team efforts to provide assistance on gender mainstreaming to external entities on the Gender Equality seal:
Expected outputs and deliverables:
A. 10 Assessments of Country Offices delivered for the Seal 3rd Round, including desk review, scoring of 40 indicators per assessment, and delivery of 10 matrixes, and 10 reports (Aug-October 2019 – estimated 4 days per assessment with a total of 40 days);
B. 3 appraisal missions to UNDP offices carried out: including Develop an Agenda and methodology, conduct a desk review, carry out the assessment and deliver a final report. (October /February) (27 days) estimated travel to cost per mission $3,500; Planned mission to Panama, Turkey and Ethiopia.
C. 3 external missions to support Seal partnerships with bilateral and UN Agencies: including developing Gender equality awarding programmes and standards tool; developing an agenda and methodology for the mission, conduct a desk review, carry out the assessment and delivering a final recommendations report. Planned missions to Malawi (2) and Uganda. (Sept-Dec 2019). (18 days) estimated travel per mission $3500;
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
Experts shall be required to travel for specific assessments requested by UNDP, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP should 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.
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of Senior Policy Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming, Gender Team, BPPS and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.
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.