Women’s Empowerment Principles and Private Sector Specialist

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Amman, JORDAN
Application Deadline :10-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :12 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.

UN Women Jordan Country Office supports the Government of Jordan to implement global norms and standards on gender equality and women’s empowerment; promotes women’s economic empowerment; and implements a resilience and empowerment model for Syrian refugee women and vulnerable Jordanian women. The country office is implementing its Strategic Note for the period 2018-2022 and is prioritizing coherence and interlinkages across its projects and programmes under these three pillars. This requires effective implementation, monitoring and reporting on progress and results and coordination with key stakeholders in government, civil society and the international community.

In March, 2020 WHO announced that COVID-19 is a global pandemic. The pandemic has already led to  a economic shocks around the globe, that are expected to get more profound in the future. Markets and supply chains have been disrupted, businesses are required to close or scale back operations, and millions have or will lose their jobs and livelihoods.[1] ILO has estimated that full or partial lockdown measures now affect almost 2.7 billion workers, representing around 81% of the world’s workforce, while the IMF projects a significant contraction of global output in 2020. COVID-19 is lurching the world economy towards a global recession, which will be strikingly different from past recessions. It is expected that this recession will have gendered patterns in terms of its magnitude and content, including on the private sector being the main engine of economic growth. Emerging evidence on the impact of COVID-19 suggests that women’s economic and productive lives will be affected disproportionately and differently from men. Women earn less, save less, hold less secure jobs, are more likely to be employed in the informal sector, less access to financial services, and access to professional networks. Their capacity to absorb economic shocks is therefore less than that of men. Therefore, it is important to engage private sector in designing and implementing a response and recovery action plans that attracts, retains and promotes women participation in the labour force.

A cross-cutting component to UN Women’s work in Jordan is partnership with the Private Sector. One of the primary vehicles for that is the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), which are a set of Principles offering guidance to the private sector on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a primary vehicle for corporate delivery on gender equality dimensions of the 2030 agenda and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. By joining the WEPs community, the CEO signals commitment to this agenda at the highest levels of the company and to work collaboratively in multi-stakeholder networks to foster business practices that empower women. These include equal pay for work of equal value, gender-responsive supply chain practices and zero tolerance against sexual harassment in the workplace.

Reporting to the Head of Programmes, the Women’s Empowerment Principles and Private Sector Specialist will support UN Women’s partnership strategy with the private sector.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under overall guidance of the UN Women Country Representative and direct supervision of the Head of Programmes, the consultant will perform the following tasks:

  1. Design and coordination of UN Women’s private sector partnership strategy:
    1. Undertake a review of UN Women’s previous engagement with private sector through the Gender Equity Seal initiative;
    2. Design and prepare of a private sector partnership strategy which is in line with UN Women’s programming on economic empowerment, COVID-19 impact on the private sector, financing for gender equality, SDG and gender lens impact investing, the Gender Equity Seal initiative and the Women’s Empowerment Principles;
    3. Review and refine the strategy at regular intervals to harness new emerging opportunities, to anticipate changes and make mid-term adjustments;
    4. Support the implementation of the strategy in close collaboration with private sector partners, UN Women thematic technical experts, and UN Women’s Partnerships Analyst.
  2. Develop and strengthen partnerships with the private sector:
    1. Engage private sector partners to promote gender equality in their workplace and the employment, retention, and professional progression of women including through corporate investment in training and professional development of women employees;
    2. Provide private sector partners, Chambers of Industry and Commerce with technical advice of how to develop a gender responsive response plan and institutional policies to overcome COVID-19 impact;
    3. Work closely with companies who are WEP signatories or partners through the Gender Equity Seal initiative to document the change and develop necessary material to showcase the positive effect of women’s economic empowerment on development and growth (i.e. reduction in staff turnover, less absenteeism, increased productivity, etc.) taken into consideration COVID-19 impact;
    4. Facilitate a network of private sector partners to serve as role models and be engaged around the common goal to advocate for gender responsive policies and practices as means to private sector growth and improved socio-economic conditions for all ;
    5. Identify and reach out to new companies seeking buy-in from their leadership to join and advocate for corporate gender responsive policies and practices and their implementation;
    6. Engage private sector partners to promote gender equality through their supply chains, procurement practices and other marketplace interactions;
    7. Provide technical advice to UN Women partners of MSMEs how to develop Business Continuity plans in the wake of COVID-19 ;
    8. Engage private sector partners to promote gender equality through social impact strategies in their communities aligned with the SDGs, and in particular the gender related SDG targets.
  3. Coordinate with UN agencies, IFIs and other partners:
    1. Coordinate with UN agencies, IFIs and other partners working with the private sector concerning SDG and gender impact investing, and gender responsive financing frameworks.
  4. Coordinate engagement at community, government and corporate levels:
    1. Coordinate engagement at community, government and corporate level to promote the value of women’s work and equal and collective sharing of unpaid care and household work;
    2. Support advocacy on the benefits of women's full economic participation with the aim to sensitize the private sector (develop knowledge products, roll out awareness and advocacy campaign, knowledge and experience exchange, etc.).

Duration of the assignment

The total duration of the contract assignment will be a 12-month period.

Expected Deliverables

The consultant is expected to deliver the following:




Monthly reports on progress made against the tasks and responsibilities of the TOR

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 within one week of submission.

Performance evaluation:

Contractor’s performance will be evaluated based on: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

UN Women Values and competencies link : https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in business, economic, social science or other related fields. · Bachelor’s degree in combination with 7 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree

Experience and skills

  • At least 7 years of experience of relevant work in the field of private sector engagement for social impact;
  • Proven expertise in gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Proven experience in strengthening the capacities of private sector.

Language and other skills

  • Good command of written and spoken English and Arabic

Submission of application

Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application not later than 10 June 2020

Submission package

  • CV;
  • Letter of Interest containing the statement on candidate’s experience in the field of recruitment;
  • Financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount breaking down a daily professional fee and international travel expenses (from the country of origin to Amman Jordan and back), visa and other travel related costs;
  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from P11 form. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.

  • Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
  • Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]

A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.

Technical qualification evaluation criteria:

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:        

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score


10 %

Experience and skills

80 %


10 %

Total Obtainable Score

100 %

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically qualified candidate.

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
  • The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
  • The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

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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