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International Consultant Expert to Support the HPF Review of Gender in Humanitarian Action in Jordan
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Amman, JORDAN|
|Application Deadline :||29-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||4 months|
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, 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.Recent years have shown increased acknowledgement and commitment by humanitarian actors towards mainstreaming gender in humanitarian assistance. A significant number of Commitments to Action made at the World Humanitarian Summit and the subsequent Agenda for Humanity focus on the core responsibility to leave no one behind, under which there is specific reference to “achieving real change so that the needs of women and girls are systematically met and their roles as decision-makers and leaders are vigorously promoted.”At the global policy level, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) issued its policy statement on gender equality in humanitarian action in June 2008 which set out actions to be taken by the IASC to ensure gender equality, including through women’s empowerment, is fully incorporated in all IASC work and coordination mechanisms (structures or bodies) towards more effective and coherent humanitarian action.
The IASC Gender Reference Group has played a significant role in in renewing the commitments of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, which led to the updated IASC policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls in Humanitarian Action (GEEWG), formally endorsed in December of 2017.
The Policy is now accompanied by the Accountability Framework, with the aim to track compliance with the policy’s standards and commitments, as well as to monitor delivery on its prescribed roles and responsibilities for the IASC’s structures and field representation.?
Despite numerous international commitments for gender equality in humanitarian action, persistent gaps remain. Key among these are (i) lack of accountability for gender; (ii) gaps in data and understanding of the gendered impacts of crises; (iii) barriers hindering women’s participation and leadership in crisis response; (iv) Lack of targeted investment in women’s empowerment, livelihoods and resilience.
Here in Jordan, in discussion with various partners from UNHCR and OCHA during 2017, and at the recent HPF Retreat in 2018, humanitarian and bilateral partners recognized that the HPF would benefit from a review of the systems, structures and available expertise to achieve the Commitments to Action on gender in humanitarian action (GiHA) in Jordan. In November 2018 the HPF endorsed a gender review of humanitarian action in Jordan in order to provide lessons learned and recommendations on how all partners can strengthen the structures, systems and expertise in place to deliver on the WHS commitments.
Under the supervision of the Reference Group, UN Women is hiring an international consultant to be part of the team responsible to carry out the review of Gender in Humanitarian Action in Jordan, which will be composed by a number of technical experts in gender in humanitarian action.
Objectives of the assignment
The review will seek to assess the extent to which the humanitarian architecture in Jordan is in line with the global commitments subscribed on Gender in Humanitarian Action, identifying gaps and opportunities with the aim of strengthening the accountability of the humanitarian response and supporting implementation of gender responsive interventions that contribute to gender equality and are situated within the humanitarian-development nexus.
The objective of the review is to provide lessons learned and recommendations for future humanitarian response in Jordan and is particularly timely given several key issues are likely to evolve in 2019, including a potential redesign of the government’s response planning and a continued dialogue among humanitarian partners and the government on conditions for returns and the humanitarian-development nexus.
The sub-objectives of the review include addressing issues related to:
1. Accountability for gender in humanitarian action;
2. Availability and use of sex and age disaggregated data, gender statistics and gender analysis;
3. Participation of women in leadership and decision-making on response;
4. Targeted investments in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.
 World Humanitarian Summit https://www.agendaforhumanity.org/sites/default/files/resources/2017/Jul/WHS_commitment_to_Action_8September2016.pdf page 16.
 The Reference Group is composed of key stakeholders and will provide overall strategic guidance to the outputs; ensure their relevance; facilitate as necessary provision of access to tools, data, resources and key informants; validate findings; and provide inputs to recommendations.
Duties and Responsibilities
The scope of the review includes actors, systems, structures and expertise in Jordan on humanitarian action inclusive of UN, bilaterals, INGOS, national NGOs and government as well as stakeholders focusing on the humanitarian-development nexus approach.
The consultant will be part of a team of technical experts and is expected to contribute to the following tasks:
1. Desk review and data analysis:
2. Key informant interviews:
3. Provide recommendations and present findings:
A background study and an indicator framework have been developed based on the IASC Gender Policy Accountability Framework (2018) and the IASC Gender Handbook (2018), which have been selected as key reference documents to inform this exercise.
The data analysis will be quantitative and qualitative according to the criteria defined in the indicator framework with the aim of developing an assessment, findings, recommendations and action plan on the four sub-objectives of the review listed above.
Duration of the assignment
The expected duration of this consultancy is 4 months, with the expected starting date 10 Oct 2019. ?The assignment is based in Amman, Jordan including field visits as required.
The consultant is expected to work with the team to deliver the following results:
All the documents, including the interview tools, training materials and reports should be submitted in written in English language.
Upon receipt of the deliverables and prior to the payment of the installment, the deliverables, related reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women and the Reference Group within one week of submission.
Contractor’s performance will be evaluated based on: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Required Skills and Experience
Experience and skills
Language and other skills
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.