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To contract service of a Consultant to conduct feasibility assessment to refine the Gender Gap Analysis Tool (GGAT) to enable companies in Jamaica to voluntarily report progress in the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, JAMAICA|
|Application Deadline :||30-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 :||maximum of 10 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||maximum of 10 working days|
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.
UN Women - in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and European Commission - is implementing the regional programme “Win-Win: Gender Equality Means Good Business” to contribute to the economic empowerment of women, recognizing them as beneficiaries and partners of growth and development, by increasing commitment of private companies to gender equality and women´s empowerment and strengthening companies’ capacities to implement these commitments. The programme will ultimately contribute to the achievement of gender equality through enabling women’s labour force participation, entrepreneurship, economic empowerment and thus their full and equal participation in society.
Targeting women led enterprises and networks, multi-national companies, and relevant stakeholders in Europe and selected Latin American and Caribbean countries, the project will promote business links, joint ventures and innovation between women from both regions, while supporting inter-regional dialogue and exchange of good practices to increase the capacity of the private sector more broadly in the implementation of gender equal business.
Empowering women to participate fully in economic life is essential to build stronger economies and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities. Companies drive gains in productivity, competitiveness and innovation by developing policies and practices to improve gender equality at the workplace and developing gender responsive procurement and source from women-owned businesses. Private sector companies have a central and active role to play in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Women's Empowerment Principles offer seven steps to guide business on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Subtitled, Equality Means Business, the Principles emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and input gathered from across the globe. Rather than being prescriptive or a new initiative to which business is asked to subscribe, the WEPs seek the point the way to best practices by elaborating the gender dimensions of good corporate citizenship and the business role in sustainable development.
Principle 7 of the WEPs calls for companies to report on progress and underscores that accountability and transparency go hand-in-hand: Committed businesses have explicitly stated their intention to measure and publicly report on their progress towards gender equality in their workplace, marketplace and community. Business leaders and stakeholders agree that while not everything of value can be counted, it is difficult to manage what is not measured.
The Gender Gap Analysis Tool (GGAT) was designed by UN Women and UN Global Compact to help companies move from principles to practice and close the gender gap. The Gender Gap Analysis Tool (GGAT) is founded on the WEPs Principles and was developed in consultation with more than 170 companies. The questions are based on empirical company practice, international benchmarks, and indicators. Once companies have signed onto the WEPs online, they register to take the Gender Gap Analysis Tool. The assessment helps the global business community identify gaps in its performance on gender equality and enables companies to make informed decisions on setting goals and strategies.
The results of the Gender Gap Analysis Tool are provided in a succinct and well-defined format, so companies can easily identify areas for upgrading. The GGAT is free, user-friendly, and a strictly confidential online platform that helps companies to evaluate their current policies and programmes, identify areas for strengthening, and recognise opportunities to set future corporate goals and targets. Companies can use the GGAT to:
The Gender Gap Analysis Tool (GGAT) is a critical step in the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles. It is a self-assessment for businesses to identify strengths, opportunities, and areas for improvement in existing gender equality policies, programmes and initiatives. The voluntary tool will help companies of all sectors and sizes to implement the Women’s Empowerment Principles and identify areas where further action can be taken.
In Jamaica, the Vision 2030 National Development Plan makes a national commitment to redressing long-term systemic discrimination against women, identifying and overcoming the limitations to the empowerment of women and men and ultimately creating a society that values gender balance, equality and equity. The implementation and attainment of the SDGs are priorities for Jamaica and the country’s commitment to SDG Agenda 2030 is evident in the strides the nation has made towards implementation thus far, using the pre-established framework of the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan. There is demonstrated strong alignment between Vision 2030 Jamaica and the SDG Agenda 2030, highlighted by the Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) mission, and the SDGs Roadmap which built on the MAPS exercise in Jamaica. Additionally, the establishment of new mechanisms such as the SDGs Oversight Committee and the SDGs Core Group and Secretariat to advance implementation, demonstrates the strength of partnerships and augurs well for the future.
As Jamaica works towards achieving the SDGs and the SDG Agenda 2030, focus on the accelerators identified under the MAPS mission to achieve the SDGs will be key priorities. In this regard, continued partnerships with key stakeholders, including the private sector, as well as financial and technical assistance from local, bilateral, regional and multilateral development partners, will be required to ensure the effective monitoring and implementation of the SDGs. Leveraging these partnerships and identifying innovative financing modalities will be particularly critical for future monitoring and evaluation.
Jamaica recognizes that it will be particularly important to continue the systematic review and reporting process for the SDGs. This will include sharing updates, building awareness and support, localizing and keeping the SDGs in the forefront of the national discourse, to attain the common national goal of making “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business” and accelerate progress to the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Win-Win Programme, with its focus on building the commitment and capacity of the private to incorporate gender equality initiatives and report on the findings using the GGAT as a tool of analysis, offers an opportunity to derive the strategic information necessary for policy and programme planning as Jamaica implements it National Policy on Gender Equality.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the assignment
The consultancy is under the Win-Win Activity 2.3.1 - In partnership with on-going global initiatives, refine and make available tools for companies to voluntarily report progress in the implementation of WEPs (Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Gender Gap Analysis, for example. In Jamaica, there is no history of reporting to the Global Reporting Initiative. The assignment will therefore be in the first instance to conduct a feasibility assessment. Included will be a mapping of the GGAT with the relevant matching key performance and proxy indicators of Jamaica’s Vision 2030 Agenda. Ultimately, this action will facilitate the refinement of the Gender Gap Analysis Tool (GGAT) to enable companies in Jamaica to voluntarily report progress in the implementation of WEPs.
UNW MCO Caribbean will collaborate with a number of key stakeholders such as the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) to eventually develop an easily accessible reporting tool relevant to the Jamaican context, train companies in the use of the tool to report on the WEPs and link the WEPs indicators to broader economic development indicators. This will enable companies to use their WEPs reports not only to determine how well they have integrated gender into their company systems and processes, but to also link this to the broader development priorities of the country. In the first instance, it will be necessary to conduct a feasibility assessment.
Scope of Work and Deliverables
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO - Caribbean Representative and reporting directly to the National Private Sector Specialist, the consultant will conduct the following tasks:
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