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Gender Equality Consultant
|Location :||Bangkok, Thailand, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||15-Oct-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||15 October 2020 - 30 April 2021|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||up to a maximum of 60 working days.|
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.
Gender equality and non-discrimination are not only fundamental human rights, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Sustainable Development cannot be achieved until women and LGBTI people have equal access to decent work opportunities and are able to reach senior management and leadership positions. The case for gender diversity in businesses and organizations has gained momentum across the globe. Board diversity initiatives are a growing area within good corporate governance practices, globally and in the Asia Pacific region.
Compelling research and advocacy have generated awareness and acceptance of the business case for greater gender diversity across all levels, and especially in senior management positions. In addition to diversity, there is also a great need for creating equal, fair, inclusive and safe workplace practices for all. As a result, many companies worldwide have created D&I initiatives, sexual harassment policies as well as undertaken trainings and other proactive measures.
Businesses are increasingly recognizing the importance of ensuring equality and diversity practices at the workplace. The business case for gender equality and diversity is gaining recognition in the private sector, from being important to their bottom line as greater diversity also implies unique and different perspectives and ideas, to directly relating to a company’s reputational risk in the industry.
Despite this growing recognition, many businesses still struggle to find a holistic set of solutions that can help them advance gender equality and diversity in the workplace and Thailand still faces many barriers in improving workplace practices and ending gender-based discrimination. In 2017 the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) recommended to Thailand that the State party: (a) Create more opportunities for women to gain access to formal employment, in particular by promoting the equal sharing of domestic and family responsibilities between women and men and providing sufficient and adequate childcare facilities; (b) Ensure that the rights of women in the informal employment sector are effectively protected, including by ensuring adequate coverage of labour and social security protections; (c) Combat all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex and gender in the workplace, including with regard to recruitment and promotion, and ensure that the retirement age of women in all sectors is the same as that for men; (d) Ensure that sexual harassment is prohibited by law and adopt further measures to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, including by developing a system for filing confidential complaints and ensuring that victims have effective access to redress.
Led by the Regional Hub—the Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)—the Sustainable Development Services (SDS) Programme for Private Enterprises is a collective effort involving private sector companies to establish and achieve standards that promote that promote gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
The Sustainable Development Services- Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Programme offers an innovative approach to help increase employee satisfaction, realize the potential of all workers (regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity) and have a more inclusive, healthier and equal work environment. Through UNDP’s support, private companies will have a strengthened internal workplace framework based on ILO conventions, UN Standards of Conduct for Business - Tackling Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, & Intersex People, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, international regulations on human rights and women’s rights, the Women’s Empowerment Principles, and sustainable business practices. The SDS programme will also enable private companies to learn about other good practices in the industry, from across the Asia Pacific region and beyond, and to foster greater accountability towards its own gender equality, diversity and inclusion goals.
The SDS programme enables private companies to cover a range of topics relevant to its ambition of improving workplace practices and ending gender-based discrimination. This includes: internal and external communication policies; recruitment, selection and hiring processes; promotion process; training process; reviewing pay and wage gaps; prevention and treatment of sexual harassment and gender-based harassment; work-life balance policy; crisis management and workforce protection; supply chains and broader inclusion issues.
The SDS programme includes a four-step approach which focuses on conducting an in-depth assessment, reviewing, designing and implementation of an action plan and monitoring and evaluation framework. The programme will be rolled out in close collaboration with a cross-functional team established within the private sector company. UNDP will provide technical assistance to private companies who undergo the process through duly trained Gender Equality consultants.
To roll out the SDS programme in specific countries in the Asia Pacific region, UNDP is seeking an individual consultant to act as a Gender Equality Consultant and lead the roll out of the SDS programme in Thailand.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of Asia-Pacific Regional Gender Team and the Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Thailand Office, the consultant will undertake the following:
Development of the Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Minimum Standard Guideline Handbook;
Roll out of the SDS programme;
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Regional Gender Advisor Team Leader and Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Thailand. The consultant will be responsible to deliver;
Under the overall supervision of UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Regional Gender Equality Team Leader and Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Thailand, the consultant will report directly to and work closely with UNDP Asia-Pacific’s Gender Team and UNDP Thailand’s Project Manager - Gender Equality & Social Inclusion.
Duration of the Assignment
The duration of assignment will be from 15 October 2020 - 30 April 2021 (60 working days)
The consultant is expected to be home-based in Thailand with possibility of travel. The consultancy will be home based and any days required at UNDP Thailand office will be discussed between UNDP and the consultant.
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on 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, anticipated mission travel costs, living allowance 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 and approval of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:
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.
Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent. The provided travel allowance shall not exceed UNDP DSA rates.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
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 a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%), and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
The criteria which shall serve as basis for evaluating offers as follows:
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document
• Personal CV or P11, indicating all experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
• Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal that indicates the daily rate/fee of the candidate, in US dollars, using the template provided in Annex III.
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted, and the successful candidate will be notified.
Annex I TOR - Gender Equality Consultant
***All documents can be downloaded at: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=70620
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