National Consultant to support National Statistics Committee on gender data communication



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : UN Women Country Office in Bishkek, KYRGYZSTAN
Application Deadline :22-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
27-Sep-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :30 April 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to 70 fee days

Background

UN Women was established by GA resolution 64/289 of 2 July 2010 on system-wide coherence, with a mandate to assist Member States and the UN system to progress more effectively and efficiently towards the goal of achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women. Since 2001 UN Women (previously as UNIFEM) in Kyrgyzstan has implemented catalytic initiatives on promoting women’s economic, political and social rights. In 2012, a full UN Women Country Office (CO) was established.

The 2030 Agenda has set historic objectives to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, and to leave no one behind. Adequate and timely gender statistics are indispensable to support implementation efforts. However, with less than one-third of the data required to monitor gender-specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators available, it is clear that more efforts are needed to achieve these objectives. Harnessing the current momentum and support for effective monitoring of the SDGs and for gender statistics more broadly, UN Women’s Making Every Woman and Girl Count gender statistics programme (MEWGC) aims to stimulate a radical shift in the way quality data and statistics on key aspects of gender equality and women’s empowerment are produced and used.

Starting in July 2018, the Kyrgyz Republic has joined the MEWGC programme, thus reiterating the country’s strong commitment to improve the production, accessibility and use of gender statistics for the benefit of a wide range of users. The country-level activities within the programme primarily focus on achievement of the following key outcomes:

  1. Supportive policy environment is in place to ensure gender-responsive localization and effective monitoring of the SDGs.
  2. Quality, comparable and regular gender statistics are available to address national data gaps and meet policy and reporting commitments under the SDGs, CEDAW and the Beijing Platform for Action.
  3. Gender statistics are accessible to all users (including governments, civil society, academia and the private sector) and can be analyzed to inform research, advocacy, policies and programmes and promote accountability.

The UN Women Country Office in Kyrgyzstan is hiring a National Communication Consultant who will support the National Statistics Committee (NSC) of the Kyrgyz Republic in communicating gender data to key user groups through: (a) improving communication skills of NSC staff; (b) developing communication plan for dissemination of gender data; (c) improving gender data visualization and story-telling skills of NSC staff.

Scope of work, duties and responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the National Programme Officer and direct supervision of the Project Specialist (primary supervisor) the Consultant will provide effective communication support to the National Statistics Committee (NSC) of the Kyrgyz Republic in enhancing their efforts to better communicate gender data to the key data user groups.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of work, duties and responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the National Programme Officer and direct supervision of the Project Specialist (primary supervisor) the Consultant will provide effective communication support to the National Statistics Committee (NSC) of the Kyrgyz Republic in enhancing their efforts to better communicate gender data to the key data user groups. 

Activity 1. Develop a Communication Plan/Strategy on dissemination of gender data for NSC

  1. Review and assess the communication and dissemination strategy and/or internal regulations of NSC, including all products and channels used to communicate and disseminate gender data
  2. Conduct content analysis of all gender related news releases issued by NSC in the past 12 months to identify the degree of gender stereotyping and whether data is presented in a user-friendly format.
  3. Conduct at least three focus group discussions (FGD) with NSC, other data producers and users to assess different users’ needs.
  4. Develop a Communication Plan/Strategy on communication and dissemination of gender related data in close consultation with NSC.
  5. Present Communication Plan/Strategy on communication and dissemination of gender related data to NSC management and involved departments.

Activity 2. Improve communication skills of statisticians from NSC.

  1. Jointly with UN Women Project Specialist conduct a kick-off meeting with NSC staff to discuss their priority needs in terms of gender data communication and advocacy.
  2. Develop a training module on effective communication and presentation skills, including training agenda, guidelines, presentations, handouts, pre- and post- evaluation questionnaires.
  3. Conduct a three-day training on effective communication and presentation skills for at least 15 mid- and high- ranked NSC officials.
  4. Submit training report (maximum 5 pages) including summary of key outcomes, analysis of pre- and post- questionnaires and key recommendations for consideration of UN Women and NSC.
  5. In cooperation with NSC, develop a schedule of internal and public outreach events, where NSC personnel, who passed the abovementioned training, will make public presentations. Each participant shall have at least three public presentations within a three-months’ mentorship period.
  6. Develop monitoring & evaluation framework to track progress of mentees and communicate them to NSC (with support of UN Women, when and if needed).
  7. Provide consultation and mentorship support to NSC personnel in preparation of their presentations.
  8. Visit at least one public presentation of each mentee and provide individual consultations for improving performance.
  9. Conduct at least three working meetings (maximum half-day each) with participation of all mentees to track their progress and to share the most common mistakes and tips on improving performance. Each trainee shall commit to create or substantially improve at least one communication product within one month after the training
  10. Submit report (maximum 5 pages) on provision of mentorship support, including summary of key activities, progress achieved and recommendations.

Activity 3. Improve gender data visualization skills of statisticians from NSC.

  1. Develop a training module on different visualization tools: infographics, GIFs, etc.
  2. Develop recommendations/guidelines on story-telling techniques and at least two story-telling templates that NSC could readily use by inputting data into one format.
  3. Conduct a two-day training on gender data visualization and story-telling techniques for at least 20 employees of NSC, including those from the NSC Public Relations Department. During the training key findings of content-analysis of available communication and dissemination products shall be presented. Each trainee shall commit to create or substantially improve at least one communication product within one month after the training.
  4. Submit training report (maximum 5 pages) including summary of key outcomes, analysis of pre- and post- evaluation questionnaires and key recommendations for consideration of UN Women and NSC.
  5. As a preparatory stage, provide consultation and coaching sessions to the NSC staff, who passed the training on data visualization and story-telling techniques, to assist them in designing/ improving their communication products.
  6. Conduct a final one-day workshop for NSC staff to pitch their self-designed/ improved communication products.


Competencies

Core Values:

Integrity:

  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Professionalism:

  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Respect for Diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff.
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional competencies:

  • Excellent communication and administrative skills.
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities.
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work under time constraints.


Required Skills and Experience

 

Education : Master’s degree in communications, journalism or other relevant fields.


Experience and knowledge:

• Minimum five years of relevant professional experience in communications or media development projects, of which at least one year on data journalism.

• At least two years’ experience in delivering training programmes in the area of communications using participatory approach.

• Demonstrated knowledge and experience on data visualization and story-telling techniques.

• Proven knowledge and understanding of thematic gender related issues in development context.

• Previous work experience with government institutions, UN agencies and/or international organizations is an advantage.

Applications should include:

  • Offeror's letter to UN Women confirming interest and availability for the assignment.
  • Financial proposal, indicating a total lump sum to include all costs relating to the delivery of activities as per above description.
  • P-11 form including experience in similar assignments. This form can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment.

Financial proposal in table format with the following information:

Daily rate : unit cost in USD, number of units=70 days, Total cost: in USD
Other related costs (to be specified): unit cost in USD, number of units=70 days, Total cost: in USD
Total: 

Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant during the contract period. The financial proposal should be provided in USD. If the proposal is provided in any other currency, it would be converted as per UN exchange rate on the date of post closure.

Evaluation of applicants

The evaluation starts with shortlisting of potential candidates and received applications against the mandatory requirements. Only full applications will be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be then evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants' technical qualifications and experience, and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Technically responsive/compliant/acceptable to the requirements of the ToR; and
  • Having received the highest cumulative (technical & financial) score out of the technical and financial criteria defined below.

The selection of candidates will be done in 3 stages:

1st stage: Prior to detailed evaluation, all applications will be thoroughly screened against eligibility criteria (minimum qualification requirements) as set in the present ToR in order to determine whether they are compliant/ non-compliant.

Eligibility Criteria

1 Master’s degree in communications, journalism or other relevant fields.

2 Minimum five years of relevant professional experience in communications or media development projects, of which at least 1 year should include experience on data journalism.

3 At least two years’ experience in delivering training programmes in the area of communications using participatory approach.

 

2nd stage: Technical Evaluation/ Interview.


Short-listed candidates will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Criteria Weight Max. 

Technical 70% 70

Experience, including: 50% Maximum 50 points, including:

Minimum five years of relevant professional experience in communications or media development projects, of which at least one year on data journalism:  30%  max: 34 points 

(2 points each additional year of experience but no more than 6 points) max 6 points 

Additional requirements:

At least two years’ experience in delivering training programmes in the area of communications using participatory approach : 20% max 10 points 

Knowledge, skills and competencies, including: 20% Maximum 15 points, including:

Familiarity with gender equality and women’s empowerment issues in the country context 10% 6 points 

Self-management and emotional intelligence 2% 6 paoints 

Fluency in English

4 points – fluently

0 points – not fluently 4% 

Fluency in Russian

4 points – fluently

0 points – not fluently 4% 

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points out of 70 points at the Technical Evaluation/ Interview will be considered for the Financial Evaluation

Financial 30%  max 30 points 

3rd stage: Financial evaluation will be conducted according to the method described below:

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.

A suggested formula is as follows: p=30 (µ/z)

Where:

p - points for the financial proposal being evaluated;

µ - price of the lowest priced proposal;

z - price of the proposal being evaluated

The candidate achieving the highest cumulative score for both Technical and Financial evaluations will be recommended by the Evaluation Committee for contracting.

The Consultant shall promote a client-oriented approach consistent with UN Women rules and regulations and commits to high standards of quality, productivity and timeliness in the delivery of tasks. The Consultant will meet and apply the highest standards of integrity and impartiality.

The Consultant must be fully dedicated to the mandate and the values of UN Women, particularly to promoting Gender Equality as a strategy to reduce conflict, improve livelihoods and ensure fairness and justice; to Women Empowerment underpinning Gender Equality promotion efforts; to inter-ethnic tolerance and concord; and to respect for diversity.

 

 


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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