Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist(s) (2 positions)

Location : FIJI
Application Deadline :07-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3 years
Expected Duration of Assignment :426 days


The Governance for Resilient Development in the Pacific (Governance for Resilience) project works with Pacific governments to ensure that countries adapt their decision making and governance systems towards more resilient development. The projects theory of change rests on a core assumption that Pacific Island people will be more resilient to the impacts of climate change and disasters if countries manage all development through a risk informed approach. This is consistent with the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific which calls for the ‘mainstreaming’ of climate and disaster risk treating risk management as fundamental to all development decisions.


The Governance for Resilience project has three outcomes areas: 1) government planning and financing systems enable gender and socially inclusive risk-informed development; 2) country oversight and accountability systems require gender and socially inclusive risk-informed development; and 3) regional organisations, policies and practices are actively supporting gender and socially inclusive risk-informed development.


The project is being delivered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office, in partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). It is a 5 year project working across all Pacific countries. It is the second phase of the DFAT funded, UNDP implemented Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP).

Detailed Terms of Reference can be obtained from UNDP Pacific Website

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide strategic advice to government and lead the project initiatives and activities on GESI

  • Identify critical project areas for GESI interventions

  • Contribute to planning, monitoring and reporting of the project and integrate GESI into all of these processes

  • Provide high-level technical assistance and advice to national counterparts and their institutions on GESI in relation to strategic planning, legal and regulatory framework, gender responsive planning and budgeting, public financial management and sectoral activities to support realisation of GESI informed development

  • Analyse and conduct research on the GESI dimensions in development and provide strategic guidance in the preparation of the annual work plan, annual report and other documents of the project

  • Ensure that all tools, checklists knowledge products and guidance notes developed by the project are cognisant of GESI

  • Directly contribute the achievement of project outputs and outcomes by mainstreaming GESI.

Support mainstreaming of GESI into demonstration projects

  • Support and coordinate with GESI experts at the national level to contextualise GESI initiatives through all demonstration projects

  • Support GESI experts to monitor and analyse demonstration projects to ensure they are achieving outputs from a GESI perspective

  • Identify any capacity development needs with regard to GESI staff and design and facilitate capacity development initiatives to mainstream GESI.

Foster communities of practice and peer-to-peer learning

  • Plan and manage peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and where there is value and interest development and operation of regional communities of practice (COP), with the aim of facilitating knowledge and experience sharing, coordination and advancement, on relevant issues in line with SDG principle of Leaving No One Behind.

  • Facilitate peer-to-peer and COP interactions though organisation of e-discussions and using network as means for dissemination of new research and opportunities.


  • At least 7 years of progressive experience in gender equality, social inclusion and public outreach;

  • Additional training and certification in gender and social inclusion would be an advantage;

  • Familiarity working with governance, or development planning particularly national, sectoral and/or sub-national planning;

  • Experience of project management, implementation and monitoring in line with human rights-based approaches;

  • Demonstrated social skills coordinating with a variety of stakeholders and facilitating discussions;

  • Excellent writing and drafting skills and experience of providing policy advice at the international, regional or national level;

  • Knowledge of the Pacific region; and

  • Fluency in English (written and oral) is essential.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Minimum Masters degree in gender studies, social science, law, political science, sociology or other related discipline;

  • Proposal Submission

    Shortlisted candidates may be contacted for an interview.

    Offerors must send the following documents.

  • CV including names/contacts of at least 3 referees.

  • A cover letter indicating why the candidate considers himself/herself suitable for the required consultancy

  • Completed template for confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal.

    Individuals applying for this consultancy will be reviewed based on their own individual capacity. The successful individual may sign an Individual Contract with UNDP or request his/her employer to sign a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA) on their behalf by indicating this in the Offerors letter to Confirming Interest and Availability

  • Please use the bidder’s guide for submission of proposal


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    Consultant must send a financial proposal based on a Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee inclusive of medical insurance costs, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs.

    NOTE: Daily rate to be inclusive of Medical insurance cost for the duration of the contract

                 Selected Candidate will be required to submit a proof of medical insurance prior to issuance of contract

    In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources


    In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.


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  • Consultancy Proposal (CV & Financial proposal Template) should be uploaded on UNDP e-tendering Portal ( ID Ref: 0000006566  no later than, 7th  August  2020 (11:59pm New York Time). Any proposals received after the due date/time will not be accepted. Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to UNDP will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants. Incomplete, late and joint proposals will not be considered and only offers for which there is further interest will be contacted. Failure to submit your application as stated as per the application submission guide (Procurement Notice) on the above link will be considered incomplete and therefore application will not be considered.


  • Proposals must be sent/uploaded through UNDP e-tendering Portal. Candidates need to upload their CV and financial proposal -using UNDP template.
  • Daily rate to be inclusive of Medical insurance cost for the duration of the contract
  • Selected Candidate will be required to submit a proof of medical insurance prior to issuance of contract
  • If the selected/successful Candidate is over 65 years of age and required to travel outside his home country; He/She will be required provide a full medical report at their expense prior to issuance to contract. Contract will only be issued when Proposed candidate is deemed medically fit to undertake the assignment.

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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