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National Consultant - To Provide programme, administrative and logistical support to UNW Tonga Office on EVAWG
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Nuku'alofa, TONGA|
|Application Deadline :||07-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||130 work days within a 6-months 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.
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.
The Program Assistant position is located in the Tonga Country Office and will work under the day-to-day supervision of the EVAWG Program Officer based in Tonga. S/He will provide programmatic, logistical and administrative support to strengthen programme delivery and management of Tonga’s ending violence against women and girls portfolio. S/He also works in close collaboration withEVAWG Programme and Operations focal points in Suva, Fiji, UN Women’s Pacific regional office, to ensure timely support to programme implementation.
The UN Women Pacific Multi-Country Office (MCO) is based in Suva, Fiji and works alongside the 19 other UN agencies in the region and in 14 countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Under its Strategic Note 2018-2022, UN Women Fiji MCO focuses on delivering on four interlinked programme areas underpinned by support for intergovernmental and normative processes:
Ending Violence Against Women and Girls / EVAWG In the Pacific
The Pacific has some of the world’s highest reported rates of violence against women, with studies showing that up to 68% of women are affected.To respond to the rates of violence in the Pacific, UN Women has developed a comprehensive EVAWG programme which takes a transformative approach to prevent violence against women and girls at multiple levels (regional, national and community), and to ensure survivors have access to quality response services.
UN Women’s EVAWG programme is implemented through the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (hereafter referred to as ‘Pacific Partnership’) and the Spotlight Initiative. The Pacific Partnership is a four and a half year programme (2018-2022) which brings together governments, civil society organizations, communities and other partners to change the social norms that allow violence against women and girls to continue; to ensure survivors have access to quality response services; and to support national and regional institutions to meet their commitments to gender equality and prevention of violence against women and girls. The Pacific Partnership is funded primarily by the European Union (EU) with targeted support from the Australian Government and UN Women, and is directly supporting UN Women’s programmatic interventions under the programme. Tonga is one of the five priority countries in the Pacific Partnership Programme. The Spotlight Initiative in the Pacific region is part of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) new, global, multi-year initiative focused on elimination all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) The focus of the Spotlight Initiative in the Pacific is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Domestic Violence (DV).
There is a high level of attention and political will to address violence against women and girls and the Kingdom of Tonga has long recognized the importance of promoting gender equality to achieve sustainable development outcomes. The Government of Tonga is contributing towards progressing gender equality through the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Tonga (WEGET) National Policy and Strategic Plan of Action 2019 – 2025 which provides a significant platform to improve the lives of all women and men, boys and girls through a raft of strategic objectives and associated interventions which represents the Government’s key activities across all sectors of government and society. Further, the passing of the Family Protection Act (FPA) in 2013 has become a critical vehicle for protection, security and justice for most victims/survivors of domestic violence.
Purpose and Context
Under the overall supervision of the Programme Coordinator Primary Prevention in Tonga, the National Consultant is expected to contribute to the development and implementation of effective country programs in Tonga by providing logistical and administrative implementation of program activities ensuring the full compliance of programs and processes with UN/UN women rules, regulations, policies and strategies as well as provide logistical support to programme implementation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the Assignment
The objective of this assignment is to provide support to the implementation of EVAWG programme activities to UN Women Tonga Office.
This position reports to the Programme Coordinator Primary Prevention based in Tonga, and will work closely with key Implementing Partners (IPs) under the Pacific Partnership and Spotlight Initiative including the Ministry of International Affairs (MIA) Women’s Affair and Gender Equality Division, the Talita Project, Tonga Women and Children Crises Centre (WCCC), Tonga National Centre for Women and Children (TNCWC), National Rugby League (NRL), Kolomotu’a Women’s Council, Tonga Leiti’s Association as well as other frontline service providers, civil society organisations and UN agencies in Tonga.
Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities
For this purpose, the selected National Consultant will work under the overall coordination and direct supervision of the UN Women Programme Coordinator Primary Prevention for EVAWG in Tonga to coordinate and support the development of EVAWG programming with civil society and government partners.
Support Programme with Partner Management and Coordination:
Provide advanced administrative and logistical support to the formulation and management of programmes
Provide advanced administrative support to the financial management of the Programme Unit in close collaboration with the Finance Officer:
Duration of the assignment
The timeframe for the work of the National Consultant is tentatively planned to start on January 2021 and the estimated number of days required to complete this consultancy by end June 2021 with an estimated total volume of work not to exceed 130 working days, coordinated in advance with the Programme Coordinator Primary Prevention in Tonga.
The selected National Consultant will be responsible for delivering monthly reports to contain following the following specific outputs, comprising of the main milestones:
The assignment should be carried out within a period of 6 months, not exceeding 130 working days, with the incumbent being responsible for delivering the following outputs:
All the deliverables should be agreed with UN Women and be provided in English electronic copy (hard copy when required).
The provision of envisaged deliverables approved by the Programme Coordinator Primary Prevention in Tonga shall be the only criteria for the National Consultant’s work being completed and eligible for payments.
The National Consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator Primary Prevention in Tonga and in close coordination with the entire UN Women EVAWG Team in the Fiji MCO.
Contractor’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
The position is based in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The National Consultant will be responsible for all administrative and travel expenses associated with undertaking this assignment to be based in Nuku’alofa.
No travels outside Nuku’alofa are envisaged under the current assignment.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UN Women and the National Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Payment will be disbursed monthly, upon submission and approval of monthly reports with indication of progress and actual deliverables as well as timesheets with actual days worked certified by the EVAWG Programme Coordinator Primary Prevention in Tonga that the services have been satisfactorily performed.
It is estimated to have 6 installments to be paid to the National Consultant monthly.
Required Skills and Experience
Required Qualifications, Experience and Language
Initially, individual consultants’ applications will be short-listed based on the following minimum qualification criteria:
The short-listed individual consultants will be further evaluated based on a cumulative analysis scheme, with a total score being obtained upon the combination of weighted technical and financial attributes. Cost under this method of analysis is rendered as an award criterion, which will be 30% out of a total score of 500 points.
Evaluation of submitted offers will be done based on the following formula:
Technical evaluation will be represented through desk review of applications. Interviews and/or written tests will be organized if needed only, depending on the short-listed candidates’ qualifications.
Technical Qualification Evaluation Criteria: The technical part is evaluated on the basis of its responsiveness to the Terms of Reference (TOR).
Financial Evaluation Criteria: In this Second Stage, the financial proposal of candidates, who have attained minimum 70% score in the technical evaluation (at least 49 points), will be compared.
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).