International Consultant- Women Peace and Security



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Homebased, BANGLADESH
Application Deadline :26-Nov-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
10-Dec-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :30 working days over a period of four months

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.


Background

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), unanimously adopted in October 2000, stressed the importance of the equal participation and full involvement of women in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security. In the years since, eight additional resolutions on WPS have been adopted. This has created a robust framework for implementing the WPS agenda and has reinforced global commitments, treaties and conventions on women’s rights, including the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Bangladesh played a key role in inspiring UNSCR 1325 and continues to be a champion of the WPS agenda. To deliver these commitments at the national level, Bangladesh launched its National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (NAP WPS) in November 2019, to implement the resolutions and monitor the progress of the WPS agenda. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Bangladesh led the process of formulating and launching the NAP WPS, undertaken through an inclusive and participatory method, and will coordinate its implementation. 

UN Women supported the formulation of Bangladesh’s NAP WPS and continues to provide technical support to Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its implementation process, through its regional programme “Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities” to prevent violent extremism and advance the women, peace and security agenda. The NAP WPS is the key tool to transform UN Security Resolution 1325 and other women, peace and security commitments into practical action within and beyond the borders, and it must be implemented and monitored with an inter-ministerial effort through an effective coordination mechanism. The progress of the NAP will be analysed on an annual basis by the administrations concerned, under the direction of a Coordination Group for NAP WPS led by MOFA. In addition to governmental actors, multiple stakeholders play important roles in monitoring and evaluation, sharing their invaluable expertise and vision for a more peaceful and equal society. However, the current COVID19 pandemic poses major challenges in terms of implementing the NAP WPS at ground level.  

Against this background, UN Women seeks to hire a consultant to support the establishment of the mechanism for effective implementation, monitoring and reporting of the NAP WPS Bangladesh by working closely with the key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bangladesh. 

 

Objectives:

To support the establishment of the mechanism for effective implementation, monitoring and reporting of the NAP WPS Bangladesh


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will: 

1) Work closely with UN Women and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to support the implementation and gender-sensitive and result based monitoring and reporting of NAP WPS, including conducting the orientation workshop and follow-ups for Inter-ministerial Coordination Group which consists of 11 line ministries and divisions .

2) Review and refine the draft templates for planning, monitoring and reporting of NAP WPS by incorporating the feedback from MOFA/the Inter-ministerial Coordination Group

3) Support the development of a TOR for monitoring and reporting team within MOFA for the implementation of the NAP WPS in consultation with MOFA

4) Support the establishment of NAP WPS Consultative Platform (CSO representatives, academics and relevant resource persons) in consultation with MOFA and CSOs to effectively participate in the monitoring, reporting and evaluation process

 Deliverable 

Timeline

  1. Work closely with UN Women and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support the implementation and gender-sensitive and result based monitoring and reporting of NAP WPS, including conducting the orientation workshop and follow-up for Inter-ministerial Coordination Group which consists of 11 line ministries and divisions
  • Prepare and conduct the online orientation workshop as per the concept note agreed by MOFA
  • Develop a report which includes key discussion and action points for Coordination Group

 

Deliverable:

Report of the Orientation Workshop for Inter-ministerial Coordination Group and follow-ups conducted

20 February 2021

  1. Review and refine the draft templates for planning, monitoring and reporting of NAP WPS by incorporating the feedback from MOFA/the Inter-ministerial Coordination Group

 

Deliverable:

  • Finalized templates for planning, monitoring and reporting of NAP WPS

20 February 2021

3. Support developing a TOR for monitoring and reporting team within MOFA for the implementation of the NAP WPS in consultation with MOFA

 

Deliverable:

  • Draft TOR for monitoring and reporting team within MOFA

20 March 2021

4. Support the establishment of NAP WPS Consultative Platform (CSO representatives, academics and relevant resource persons) in consultation with MOFA and CSOs to effectively participate in the monitoring, reporting and evaluation process

  • Provide inputs to prepare dialogue sessions between women’s groups and networks and government institutions (conducted by UN Women’s partner CSO)
  • Draft the TOR for NAP WPS Consultative Platform in consultation with MOFA and CSOs (UN Women will be responsible to link to the network of CSOs to be consulted)
  • Provide inputs for the NAP WPS training materials for CSOs (developed by UN Women’s partner CSO) when required

 

Deliverable:

  • Draft TOR for NAP WPS Consultative Platform

20 March 2021

Supervision and Performance Evaluation: 

The consultant will report to Programme Analyst, Women Peace and Security, with supervision from Programme Specialist, Women Peace and Security, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. 

Duration and Work Location: 

The consultant will be home-based and will worked 30 working days over a period of four months

Travel and DSA: NA

Payment Milestone Linked with deliverables:

Deliverable

Timeline

Payment Milestone

1. Report of the Orientation Workshop for Inter-ministerial Coordination Group and follow-ups conducted

 

2. Finalized templates for planning, monitoring and reporting of NAP WPS

20 February 2021

60 % of the total contract value shall be paid upon submission of deliverables from 01 to 02 and all acceptance and certified by the UN Women contract administrator

3. Draft TOR for monitoring and reporting team within MOFA

4. Draft TOR for NAP WPS Consultative Platform

20 March 2021

40 % of the total contract value shall be paid upon submission of deliverables from 03 to 04 and all acceptance and certified by the UN Women contract administrator

 

 

 


Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission of the UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment


Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Qualification:

Education

- Master’s degree in public policy, international development, international law or other social science field with a focus on gender and women’s rights.

Experience and skills

- At least 7 years of work experience supporting design and implementing initiatives related to Security Council Resolutions on Women Peace and Security

- Proven experience supporting policy development and advocacy in the area of women peace and security.

- Proven experience in designing and facilitating consultation meetings with various stakeholders (governmental, non-governmental and donor community);

- Experience producing analytical reports, briefs and communication products and concept notes and briefs for resource mobilization. 

- Previous experience with UN is an asset

Language

• Excellent written and spoken English.

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, only  and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the SSA 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 and as per below percentages

Evaluation Method and Criteria:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.

Cumulative analysis-

The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant up on Cumulative Analysis/evaluation and determined as:
1. Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
2. Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the
solicitation;
Only candidates obtaining a minimum 49 mark in technical evaluation will be considered eligible for financial evaluation.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points out of 100)


Criteria-01; Education Qualification - Max Point 20

Criteria-02; Experience and skills on experience supporting design and implementing initiatives related to Security Council Resolutions on Women Peace and Security, policy development and designing and facilitating consultation meetings with various stakeholders (governmental, non-governmental and donor community) -Max Point 30


Criteria-03; Language and report writing skills- Max Point 20

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 70. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

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

Interested candidates will submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.
 

To be included as part of the proposal:?

  • Cover letter outlining relevant experience for the assignment
  • Updated CV
  • Personal History Form (P11) which can be downloaded from: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment
  • Writing sample on a topic relevant to the assignment
  • Financial proposal: Propose per day professional fees in USD

Only applications including all items mentioned above will be considered.

NOTE: Documents required before contract signing:

UN Personal History Form;
Full medical examination and Statement of Fitness to work and travel for consultants with travel involved. (This is not a requirement for RLA contracts);
Security Certificate BSAFE: EN: https://agora.unicef.org/course/info.php?id=17891
Individual subscribers over 65 years of age are required to undergo a full medical examination including x-rays at their own cost and obtaining medical clearance from the UN Medical Director prior to taking up their assignment;
Release letter in case the selected consultant is government official.
Only applications will all items mentioned above will be considered

Note: The individual consultant who does not meet the above eligibility criteria shall not be considered for further evaluation. Necessary documentation must be submitted to substantiate the above eligibility criteria

 

 



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