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International Consultant for Mid-Term Review of Strategic Note UN Women Regional Office for Asia And The Pacific
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||09-Sep-20 (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)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||40 days from 17 September – 17 December 2020 (dates depend on contract start date)|
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.
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, peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system efforts, to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
Strategic Notes (SNs) are the chief programme instrument in UN Women through which offices outline their strategies for a multi-year period. Although reflective of the corporate Strategic Plan, SNs are adapted to the regional context aligning with regional priorities. Each SN undergoes an extensive process of consultation and quality assurance culminating in a Peer Review Exercise at UN Women Headquarters. Subsequent to approval of SNs offices implement their multi-year strategy through Annual Work Plans (AWPs). Both SNs and AWPs can be modified based on guidance in the Policy and Programme Guidance (PPG) and in line with the Delegation of Authority Framework of the organization. All modifications must be respectful of programme commitments made to funding partners.
UN Women requires its offices to undertake a mid-term review (MTR) of their programmes at the approximate mid-way point in implementation of the programme (there is some discretion for offices to opt for a point between 1.5 and 2.5 years into the programme). MTRs are mandatory for all programmes of three years’ duration or more.
The purposes of the MTR exercise per corporate guidance are:
The MTR is not an evaluation exercise i.e. it is not supposed to conform to evaluation standards in terms of independence, methodology or process. Rather, it corresponds more closely to a planning and monitoring exercise. It is a less formal, and it is an internally driven/managed exercise (engagement of all personnel is important). Also, the MTR should not also be confused with a mandatory SN revision exercise. It is not incumbent on offices to revise their SNs during or as a result of the MTR exercise, but they can do so, as they deem relevant.
The ROAP is in its second year of is three-year SN which came into effect in 2019. This SN which reflects the mandate of regional offices (ROs) was defined by: (i) regional demands and priorities, as highlighted in the situation analysis; (ii) the 2030 Agenda, the SDGs and the Regional Review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing +20); (iii) the corporate Strategic Plan (2018-21) and its Common Chapter; (iv) the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) (2016) and the UN regional reform process, as well corporate adjustments to the global and regional architecture; and (v) UN Women presence and comparative advantages in the region.
The ROAP covers 42 countries in Asia and the Pacific. It exercises its triple mandate and functions at a regional level and in support of UN Women’s offices and UNCTs in 24 countries across the region. The RO also functions as a multi-country office (MCO) for programme presences (in the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand), carries out advocacy and advisory initiatives, and also provides integrated normative support for implementation, monitoring and reporting on global agreements norms and standards upon request, to UNCTs where we are not physically present.
Since the coming into effect of the SN, there have been a number of external and UN system developments and corporate processes, that would have implications on the MTR process:
On the UN Women corporate processes, these include:
These different developments and processes have varied implications on this MTR of the ROAP SN – and the office’s – in the context of efforts to respond to contextual needs and country -level oversight and support demands.
Objectives of the assignment
The objective of this assignment is to facilitate the MTR process which will allow the ROAP team to review progress on the SN’s overarching goal which is to ensure that "Transformative change galvanises the achievement of gender equality and women's rights in Asia and the Pacific" – both through its Development Results Framework (DRF) and its Operational Efficiency and Effectiveness Framework (OEEF), and in line with the following functions of a regional office:
The MTR will:
In line with this, the International Consultant will work in close collaboration with the Regional Strategic Planning and Coordination Specialist who will be leading the process in close consultation with the Deputy Regional Director a.i. and the Regional Monitoring and Reporting Specialist. The International Consultant will also consult with the respective leads of thematic and functional units of the Regional Office, as well as with field presences (i.e. UN Women Multi/Country offices/programme presences), and relevant units in UN Women Headquarters.
 I.e. overarching ToC and programmatic ToCs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Regional Strategic Planning and Coordination Specialist, the International Consultant will plan, coordinate and facilitate the following steps of the process, noting that the process and timing of the MTR will be informed by operating realities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Step 1: Preparation/compilation of background materials and development of Discussion Papers
With the support of the Regional Strategic Planning and Coordination Specialist, the International Consultant will lead and coordinate the development of one- pager Discussion papers (DP) (except for DP 2 below) to inform the MTR process. The DPs will include (at a minimum), the following proposed DPs, referring to respective SN indicators and AWP 2020 milestones, to inform the MTR discussions and the MTR workshop. The International Consultant will develop templates for the DPs, as appropriate (guided by the questions below), in consultation with the Regional Strategic Planning and Coordination Specialist. These DPs will be drafted by thematic and functional leads within the ROAP team (as appropriate) with support from the International Consultant, following an inception meeting with the ROAP Coordination Group. The International Consultant will review the DPs and provide feedback to the relevant leads- in line with the templates provided, and ensure submission of the final drafts of the same- within agreed timelines, and support their finalization, after the MTR workshop, based on comments received at the workshop:
How is knowledge being managed (internally and externally) in each programme? Is the ROAP acting as a knowledge hub in gender equality and women’s empowerment within the region?
How have the regional programs responded to key milestones in 2019/2020 i.e. fortieth anniversary of CEDAW, twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing PfA, twentieth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, five-year milestone of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs- and launch of the Decade of Action etc. (as applicable)?
How are we engaging with different categories of stakeholders i.e. civil society, private sector and youth- on delivering results?
What has the office learned about what works and what does not? Are the programmes being monitored properly and are they evaluable?
Have the resources envisaged by the SN been mobilized? Does the ROAP have a clear approach to resource mobilization for the ROAP?
All DPs, together with the final report on the MTR will be considered important inputs into the development of the office’s next SN.
Step 2: Consultations with stakeholders
In consultation with the ROAP thematic and functional leads, the International Consultant will facilitate consultations with ROAP’s stakeholders, as part of this process i.e. regional programme and coordination partners (UN and non-UN), civil society organizations, development partners, private sector actors, intergovernmental organizations etc.) as well as field presences in the Asia-Pacific region (multi-/country offices, program presences).
In line with the MTR Guidance and in close consultation with the Regional Strategic Planning and Coordination Specialist and the Regional Monitoring and Reporting Specialist, the International Consultant will develop survey questions targeting: (i) diverse regional programmatic and coordination partners, and (ii) field presences, to inform the MTR process. These surveys will be conducted on-line (Survey Monkey) – and will be informed by the DPs, to allow for the collection and collation of relevant information to support the findings and recommendations in the DPs. The survey questions will be developed in consultation with thematic and functional leads.
Step 3: MTR Workshop Agenda and Timelines
In line with the MTR Guidance and in consultation with the Regional Strategic Planning and Coordination Specialist and the Regional Monitoring and Reporting Specialist, the International Consultant will develop a draft agenda and proposals for facilitating the MTR workshop discussions. The agenda, the proposed dates and modality for the workshop will be subject to COVID-19 operating realities. The proposal will be shared with thematic and functional leads for review/inputs, and the Deputy Regional Director a.i. will determine the most feasible approach to convening this MTR workshop with all members of personnel, to discuss and review the learnings from key developments and processes as well as the DPs – and agree on key recommendations and proposed follow-up actions (for consideration by the ROAP management) to be taken in the context of the MTR and for the next SN.
Step 4: Plan and coordinate the MTR workshop
The International Consultant will lead the planning and coordination of the MTR workshop. The structure and format of the MTR workshop shall be informed by operational constraints, but it will to the extent possible, seek to respond to the following:
The MTR workshop discussions will be moderated by the Deputy Regional Director a.i.,and the International Consultant will compile a brief report on the MTR workshop, summarizing the key outcomes of each session i.e. key discussion points, key take-aways and agreed actions.
Step 5: Development of the MTR report
The International Consultant will draft the MTR report (in line with the guidance below) and based on the DPs, the survey findings and the MTR workshop report. The report shall be 5-6 pages maximum in length and it shall outline the following:
Background materials including the MTR process TOR, the DPs, and survey results, MTR workshop agenda and report, and the participants’ list shall be annexed to the report. The report will be circulated among all personnel and then cleared by the Regional Director who will then submit the same to the Director of Programme, Deputy Director of Programme, and relevant headquarters units/divisions as well as field presences.
Under supervision of Regional Strategic Planning and Coordination Specialist, the consultant is expected to work with the deliver the following results- with timelines (due dates):
 To be developed by respective regional program leads
 In light of the scope of issues to be covered under this DP, this will address partnerships and resource mobilization separately.
 Reference will be made to the indicators/targets of the SN Operational Effectiveness and Efficiency Framework (OEEF), and the 2020 AWP milestones.
 The survey tool will also capture indicators in the ROAP’s OEEF.
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Required Skills and Experience
The consultant should fulfil the following requirements:
Terms of Payment
Submission of application
Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application to the UNDP website not later than 9 September 2020 COB (Bangkok time).
All applications must include (as an attachment) the CV, the financial proposal and at least two samples of reports written by the applicant work (most relevant to this consultancy). Applications without financial proposal and at least two written samples, will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.
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.