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National Consultant to conduct an assessment/evaluation of the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) in Zimbabwe
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Harare, ZIMBABWE|
|Application Deadline :||17-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||32 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||32 days|
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.
In September 2015, governments united behind the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which features 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that aim to end poverty, combat inequalities and promote prosperity by 2030 while protecting the environment. The 2030 Agenda sets out a historic and unprecedented level of ambition to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030” (SDG 5) as well as including 37 gender-related targets in 10 other SDGs. It commits to addressing core issues of gender equality such as eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls, eradicating discriminatory laws and constraints on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recognizing and valuing unpaid care and domestic work and increasing women’s participation in decision-making. Gender statistics are essential for the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment at the global, regional and national level. Therefore, gender disaggregated data is critical for the monitoring of the gender-related targets in SDGs and for localization of the SDGs to measure and ensure implementation at the national level.
Significant investments in gender statistics are necessary to ensure that evidence-based policies are devised, the impacts of these policies are assessed and the accountability of policymakers and governments to deliver on these commitments is promoted. Robust indicators and quality data are of critical importance and will determine whether policy efforts are marshalled and whether the goals and targets are achieved or missed.
In the current Zimbabwean context, the National Statistical System (NSS), comprising of producers, users and suppliers of data as well as research and training institutions, has made significant progress in increasing the generation and availability of sex and age disaggregated data. The Government of Zimbabwe is fully aware of the essential need for good quality statistical information in the design, monitoring and evaluation of national development policies and programmes such as the SDGs. Good quality statistical information is required to identify development issues, inform policy design and measure development outcomes that target priority areas of national poverty reduction and economic development. The second National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS2) for Zimbabwe has been designed to strengthen statistical capacity across the National Statistical System (NSS). The NSDS2 was set to provide the country with a comprehensive framework for the compilation and development of statistics to enable decision makers at all levels to plan and execute appropriate positive changes in a more coordinated, synergistic and efficient manner. The need for a well-coordinated NSS cannot be over-emphasized as it will foster coordination, standardization and harmonization of statistical activities, thereby avoiding duplication and overlapping amongst data producers. In this regard, the generation and dissemination of gender-disaggregated data and information ensures accountability to gender commitments and provides the quantitative evidence for gender-responsive planning, monitoring and the allocation of resources for inclusive and sustainable development
It is therefore crucial to ensure that the NSS components and ZIMSTAT are sufficiently capacitated to produce the required high-quality statistics. Sector-linked, non-conflicting, reliable, relevant and timely national statistics are the bedrock upon which sound policies for effective management of the economy are based. During the last five years, the Government of Zimbabwe has worked together with Development Partners to strengthen the statistical system and statistical activities of the NSS.
UN Women is seeking the services of a highly qualified national consultant to support the assessment/evaluation of the appropriateness and implementation of the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS 2) from a gender perspective. The successful consultant will work closely with the UN Women Gender Statistics focal point, ZIMSTAT departments of NSDS Coordination and Gender Statistics to conduct the assessment. Specifically, the consultant will:
Duties and Responsibilities
Working under the direct supervision of UN Women Monitoring and Evaluation team, the national consultant will be expected to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the Gender Statistical System through a thorough review of the NSDS (II) and the gender data ecosystem. This will include the following specific tasks:
1. Key deliverables
The evaluation team is expected to provide:
Time frame: The consultant should complete all above-mentioned deliverables except the inception report, six weeks after the commencement of the consultancy)
Duration of Assignment and Duty Station:
The assignment is home-based. The contract duration is tentatively from 1 October to 15 November 2020.
UN Women will bear the travel and accommodation costs beyond commuting distance from the consultant’s usual place of residence for UN Women authorized travel as per the UN Women standard travel guidelines.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: 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
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment and candidates are advised to upload all requested documentation as one attachment.
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.