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International Consultant (Gender Equality Short-term Course Development Expert)
|Location :||Home based and one time travel to KABUL, AFGHANISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||24-May-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 :||One month and half with Maximum 33 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||One month and half with Maximum 33 working days|
UNDP Global Mission Statement:
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections; institutional development through capacity-building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the state, and key ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and subnational levels;
Enhancing Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Afghanistan (EGEMA) project is a collaborative effort between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) and UNDP to promote achievement of national commitments and objectives to strengthening capacity for greater gender equality outcomes. The project is being implemented with the financial support of the Republic of Korea (ROK), the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), as well as UNDP core resources.
Organizational context of the position:
Based on experiences and lessons learnt built from the Gender Equality Project-II, the new phase of the Gender Equality Project was developed as Enhancing Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Afghanistan (EGEMA) with three pillars:
The goal of capacity building will be achieved through a strategy based on the principles of 1) strengthening the Capacity of National and Sub-National Partners to deliver the goal and objectives of EGEMA; 2) promote and contribute to the coordination of gender-related activities and program coherence within the UN system; 3) enhancing the capacity of government institutions; 4) facilitate partnerships and synergies;
Based on above mentioned background, UNDP EGEMA Project is hiring on individual consultants (international) to carry out a deliverable under the Creating a national pool of gender experts’ output. The international consultant will be responsible for the development of short-term certification course on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality for Bachelor students and professors.
Overall objective of the consultancy:
In accordance with the project document, EGEMA project intends to develop a short term course on gender equality and women’s rights for Bachelor students and professors (the first implementation target university is the Kabul University). Ultimately, the developed short term course will be use as a selective course in other universities in Afghanistan.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK AND DELIVERABLES
Objective of the Assignment:
The specific tasks shall be the following:
The International consultant will develop the short term (approximately 10 sessions) course on gender equality and women’s rights for Bachelor students and professors.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables; Estimated duration to complete and payment percentage:
The following key deliverables are expected from this assignment:
Deliverable 1: Inception Report (3 working days, home based); 20%
Deliverable 2: Developing the short term course (15 working days, home based): 40%
Deliverable 3: Final short term course (15 working days in Kabul); 40%
Process and recommended methodology:
UNDP project staff will be accountable for coordination of stakeholders involved, organizing field-visits, focus groups, and other logistical issues. UNDP CO/programme staff will be accountable for reviewing/approving of the final evaluation results. The evaluator shall be independent in evaluation exercise, however considering sensitive issues which may arise while assessment. There are no specific concerns related to conflict of interest;
The EGEMA team will serve as the primary contact with the consultant. Technical guidance will be provided both from the Governance for Peace Unit. The Programme Unit together with EGEMA team will coordinate the training logistics with Kabul University.
Payments under the contract shall be delivery based and be made on receipt of the specific milestone reports indicated above. These shall be made upon approval by EGEMA and Governance for Peace Unit. All deliverables will be reviewed by EGEMA and Governance for Peace Unit. Upon receipt of final comments, the consultant shall finalize the evaluation for formal acceptance by UNDP at which point the final payment shall be released;
UNDP reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.
The International Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the EGEMA Project;
The Governance for Peace Unit and the EGEMA Project will provide office space, internet, logistical and other support services including transport and security for UNDP international personnel. However, the consultant is expected to bring his/her own laptop and mobile phone and meet local communications costs (Governance for Peace Unit will provide a local pre-paid SIM card). Costs to arrange meetings, workshops, travel costs and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) during field visits (if any), etc. shall be covered by the EGEMA Project.
Duration of the Work
Duration of the consultancy is one month and half with maximum 33 working days.
The Work will be carried out from home and in-country. The duty station for the consultant shall be in Kabul and all the activities will be implemented in Kabul. The EGEMA Project will arrange the logistical issue (vehicle and movement clearance) in Kabul. The consultant will be based at UNOCA/EGEMA Project office and report regularly to EGEMA Project Manager and Governance for Peace Unit at the United Nations Office Complex in Afghanistan (UNOCA) during working hours, also, will travel to Kabul University and Ministries (if required) if the security conditions permitting;
The Consultant will follow the working hours and weekends applicable to UNDP Country Office (CO) staff. The Consultant’s movement for meetings and consultations shall be coordinated by the Governance for Peace Unit and EGEMA Project; The Consultant is at all times required to observe UNDP security rules and regulations.
Required Skills and Experience
REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Master’s Degree in Education, Gender, sociology, international economics, law, public administration, social science or other closely related field from an accredited university.
Years of experience:
PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal. The consultant shall then submit a price proposal when requested by UNDP, in accordance with the below:
The Consultant shall submit a price proposal as below:
EVALUATION METHOD AND CRITERIA
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
* Technical Criteria weight 70%
* Financial Criteria weight 30%
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.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Criteria 70 points
Technical Proposal (30 marks)
Qualification and Experience (40 marks)
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNDP Afghanistan. UNDP Afghanistan will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Note: Incomplete application will result in automatic disqualification of candidate.
Please prepare a brief methodology and workplan as to how you will approach and complete the assignment (maximum 1000 words)
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.