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Consultant for Conducting Gender-Awareness and Gender Mainstreaming Assessment and Training for UN Montenegro
|Location :||Home-based and Podgorica, MONTENEGRO|
|Application Deadline :||28-Oct-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 :||1 November 2019 - 31 March 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||28 consultancy days|
‘Leave no one behind’ is at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda is, among others, underpinned by the principle of gender equality and women’s empowerment that is grounded in the norms and standards the United Nations is tasked to uphold and promote. To this end, the United Nations is committed to practicing more coherent and integrated system-wide gender-responsive planning, implementation and reporting.
While the current Development Assistance Framework for Montenegro is based on four key pillars (democratic governance, environmental sustainability, social inclusion and economic growth), a particular feature of the UN programmes in Montenegro is the clear focus on the most vulnerable social groups and marginalized communities, ensuring at the design stage that they are involved in the development process and their rights are respected. This also contributes to a broader national ownership of and commitment to the UN’s programmes. In addition to adopting a human rights-based approach as a mainstreaming programming principle, the UN in Montenegro is applying a gender-based approach to ensure that the human rights and particular needs of women and girls are taken into account when designing interventions and programmes, combined with programmes specifically addressing issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
UN developed the so-called SWAP-Scorecard (UN Country Team (UNCT) Performance Indicators for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (GEWE) “Gender Scorecard”), with the aim is of establishing better accountability for stronger planning, programming and results for gender equality and women’s empowerment at the country level. The Scorecard’s self-assessment enables UN System to work collaboratively to assess its performance in the country against minimum standards for GEWE. Findings from the exercise lead into action planning to improve performance over time for country teams and the UN system globally, contributing to meeting SDG targets.
Capacity development is an on-going need within the UN system to fulfill commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment. GEWE capacity development is particularly important at the country level to keep up with changing standards and methodologies in the context of staff turnover. Numerous UN resolutions include requests for the UN to work collaboratively to enhance gender mainstreaming and to ensure that all UN personnel, and especially in the field, receive training on gender mainstreaming, to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women in development (ECOSOC Resolution 2011/6).
A survey conducted in 2017 showed a satisfying level of gender awareness and knowledge among the staff of the UN in Montenegro, while it also pointed to the need to strengthen staff confidence to implement that knowledge in planning. Following the mentioned Gender Scorecard assessment in Montenegro in 2018, the need to conduct an inter-agency gender capacity assessment was identified, and based on the results, the need to develop a capacity development plan on GEWE for UN staff.
To this end, the Resident Coordinators Office (RCO) will hire an international expert to conduct a gender capacity assessment of the UN in Montenegro and to, based on the assessment result), design and deliver training for UN Staff on gender equality and gender mainstreaming.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment: The assignment has 2 objectives:
1. To conduct an inter-agency capacity assessment using some of the already tested methodologies, such as the Gender Equality Capacity Assessment Tool.
NOTE: The trainings for programme staff may be combined so that the first day the agenda would focus on understanding gender concepts, while the second and the third day they would continue with gender mainstreaming. In addition, if the assessment results indicate different levels of knowledge and skills, training program can be tailored to reflect those differences, given that two groups for both trainings will be formed. This is to be agreed upon at a later stage.
Job content: Under the supervision of Gender and Human Rights Working Group of the UN CO in Montenegro, the consultant/trainer will perform the following duties:
1. Conduct the gender-awareness and gender mainstreaming capacity assessment
4. Assist the participants to formulate a training follow-up action plan.
Time duration: The Consultant/trainer will be engaged under a short-term Individual Contract (IC) for an estimated 28 working days, including preparatory and follow-up work from home.
Travel: The dates of the actual trainings and travel to Montenegro will be agreed in the course of planning of the implementation schedule, while it is expected that the assessment could take place mid-November/December 2019, and the trainings in February 2020. The trainer is expected to cover travel and accommodation related costs during the above listed 13 days in Montenegro (5 days assessment and 8 days training). These components should be included in the total lump sum financial offer submitted by the consultant.
Required Skills and Experience
· University degree (preferably advanced) in a relevant social science discipline;
· Degree in Gender Studies will be an asset.
Criteria for selection:
Combined Scoring method will be used. 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: (i) responsive, compliant, acceptable, and (ii) having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Only offerors obtaining a minimum 490 points for technical criteria will be considered for the financial evaluation. For more information on procurement methodology for Individual Contractors, please refer to Procurement Notice.
Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications by October 28, 2019 by using the Apply now button. The application should contain CV or P11 that can be downloaded at http://www.me.undp.org/content/montenegro/en/home/operations/jobs.html. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file.
Only the short-listed applicants will be contacted and requested to submit a letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in EUR) requested for the work envisaged in the section "Description of Responsibilities".
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.