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Digital Economies and Gender Equality Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||home based|
|Application Deadline :||20-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||200 days over 12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||One year with the possibility of extension for one more year based on satisfactory performance|
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.
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
Inclusive Digital Economies (IDE)
UNCDF Financial Inclusion Practice Area is focusing on Inclusive Digital Economies (IDE), focused on how innovation and technology can increase access to critical services for the underserved and vulnerable groups.
UNCDF’s Inclusive Digital Economies & Gender Equality
Women and girls today face difficult challenges in almost every country in the world. Women earn less money than men. Globally, the gender pay gap is estimated at about 20 per cent. Specifically, in poorer regions around the world, women, including smallholder farmers and informal workers, are at a higher risk of economic exclusion with structural barriers in accessing economic resources. Women control less money than men (even when they earn). According to the report “Women and Money,” co-published by IDEO.org and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “Money is the domain of men. Society does not view it as her role to earn money or her right to make financial decisions.” This is the reality on the ground for most women in the countries UNCDF works in. Lack of appropriate skills often pushes many women to opt for economic opportunities in sectors that often pay poorly with no job security and social protection. Similarly, women owned SMEs have often limited capacity and expertise to scale up business and to gain better access to markets, inputs and machinery. Lastly, the digital and energy divide remains a gendered one. Most of the 3.9 billion people who are offline and without energy access are in rural areas, are poorer and less educated, and tend to be women and girls.
The UNCDF Women as Builders of the Digital Economy approach works within the UNCDF IDE Strategic framework and focuses on creating strategic partnerships at a global, regional and country level and complementing them with market facilitation and deep technical assistance to affect change on the ground. It leverages our on-the-ground presence and relationships with ministries of finance, central banks, telecommunications regulators, other relevant policy makers, as well as private sector (including banks, telecommunications companies, FinTechs and micro-finance institutions) and civil society to remove the barriers to women's economic empowerment. We will do this by implementing a tailored strategy on a country-by-country basis integrated into existing work that will both remove barriers and accelerate digital and financial autonomy.
IDE & the Generation Equality Forum
On July 1, 2020, UN Women unveiled the names of the UN agencies that will lead the Action Coalitions of the Generation Equality Forum, the campaign intended to drive concrete actions over the period of five years to drive systemic change in order to reduce gender inequality. Six thematic Action Coalitions—which will feature a combination of UN agencies, international organizations, NGOs, and member states--have been created to accelerate progress for women and girls by addressing critical constraints.
UNCDF was named the UN leader of the Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights
The vision of the Generation Equality Action Coalitions is to deliver concrete and transformative change for women and girls around the world; leveraging the efforts of six Action Coalitions focusing on different themes including Economic Justice and Rights. Building upon existing experiences, the Action Coalitions aim to accelerate progress for women and girls by addressing critical constraints. Concrete actions over the period of five years will be collectively led by public, private, and civil society leaders to drive systemic change to reduce gender inequality.
UNCDF is looking for a Digital Economies and & Gender Equality Consultant to provide technical expertise in Digital Economies and Gender Equality to support UNCDF’s IDE practice.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the the Director of the Financial Inclusion Practice Areas, the Consultant will be responsible for the following activities and deliverables:
Areas 1: Provide technical inputs related to UNCDF Inclusive Digital Economy (IDE) practice to address market constraints towards gender equity and women’s economic empowerment in LDCs.
Area 2: Design Knowledge Management strategy and key tools to advance UNCDF's thought leadership on gender equality
Area 3: Provide technical assistance to UNCDF’s contributions to the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition
Area 4: Provide technical inputs to UNCDF's programming focusing on women and girls in country, regional and global strategies
Area 5: Support UNCDF’s management in the quality assurance of programs, program documents that require a gender approach
Area 6: Contribute to the Measurement Frameworks for IDE & Gender metrics
Area 7: Contribute to the Gender focus in Centre for Financial Health
The table below outlines the list of key deliverables, due date and level of effort foreseen:
Timeline, total number of working days, duty station:
Progress Controls & Payments:
Payment will be made against satisfactorily completion of each deliverable. All payments shall be disbursed only upon written confirmation of acceptance of the outputs which and authorization for payment by the Director of the Financial Inclusion practice. Disbursement of the final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant.
The payment schedule will be as follows:
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individuals must submit the documents mentioned below as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications (Note: the system does not allow multiple uploads of documents. Applicants must make sure to upload all documents in one PDF file).
All applications must contain the following information:
Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Selection process and evaluation:
Applications will be rated on both technical and financial submissions. The following selection method will be used: Highest rated proposal using the combined scoring method. The weight distribution shall be 70% technical and 30% financial.
Step I: Screening: Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
· A Master’s degree in business administration, economics, international development, or related field is mandatory.
Step II: Shortlisting: (20% out of technical assessment)
UNCDF will produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate candidates by using the following criteria with corresponding points (100 points):
· A Master’s degree in business administration, economics, international development, or related field: 20 points
UNCDF will produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate candidates as per above requirements reflceted in the Terms of Reference.
Step IV: Interview: (80% out of technical assessment): Only candidates obtaining a minimum score of 80 points and above at the desk review stage shall be invited to a competency-based interview.
Step V: Financial Evaluation: Only candidates with scores above 80% of the technical evaluation (Desk review 20% + Interview 80%) shall be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.
The contact shall be awarded to the applicant whose offer have been evaluated and determined as:
Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and having received the highest combined weight (technical scores) 70% + financial 30%= 100%.
Both individual consultants and individual employed by a company or institution are welcome to apply.
Any individual employed by a company or institution who would like to submit an offer in response to a Procurement Notice for IC must do so in their individual capacity (providing a CV so that their qualifications may be judged accordingly). Women candidates or women-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.