Livelihoods and Gender Specialist

Location : New Delhi, INDIA
Application Deadline :19-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :8 Month
Expected Duration of Assignment :8 Month

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 NRM and Biodiversity Portfolio of UNDP has been supporting the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in meeting its national and international environmental priorities and commitments. These include programmes and projects in the area of biodiversity conservation, sustainable resource management, biodiversity governance and sustainable land management. The support focusses on technical and policy advisory, institutional strengthening and building capacities of various stakeholders to utilize natural resources in a sustainable way, while increasing resilience to climate variability and associated risks and impacts.

The portfolio also India’s engagement with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and works with central Ministries and state governments in developing and implementing GEF projects. One of the core components of several programmes and projects funded by GEF is “promoting sustainable livelihoods for building resilient communities and ensure sustainable management of natural resources”. The component entails interventions to improve and diversify livelihood strategies and strengthen capacities of community and government institutions for biodiversity conservation and sustainable natural resource management.

UNDP seeks to hire the services of a Livelihoods and Gender Specialist for designing and implementing interventions for diversification of livelihood options and value chain development in the project states -  Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala and Ladakh. S/he will work under the supervision of Head - Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity, UNDP, and closely with the government counterparts. The Consultant will have the following tasks:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Finalise livelihood strategies in NRM programme for all projects
  • Identify agencies and stakeholders to support states in implementation of the livelihood strategies
  • Guide state teams in formation of clusters (atleast one cluster/landscape in the project states) for select products and their value addition
  • Guide the technical agencies and experts engaged under the different projects to facilitate product diversification, value addition and marketing in each project State in consultation with State Governments and UNDP
  • Guide the state teams for facilitating actions for enhancement in income of project beneficiaries by 30% in the project landscapes through value chain development of identified products and capacity building
  • Support the state teams in linking Geographical Indication registration and post registration processes with income enhancement
  • Work closely with state teams and training institutions to build capacities of various stakeholder groups
  • Work closely with state teams and communication agencies engaged under the project to prepare communication strategies and sensitise relevant stakeholders
  • Identify skill gaps and facilitate skill enhancement trainings of beneficiaries on identified areas and guide project teams in convergence with the Government schemes
  • Identify and develop new proposals for resource mobilisation
  • Identify CSR opportunities for livelihood diversification and income enhancement
  • Submit proposals to mobilise resources from ongoing schemes and programmes in alignment with Green Recovery Package and One District One Product scheme of the Government (submit proposals for to MSME for atleast two districts, follow up with for registration, post registration facilitation with the beneficiaries for cluster development, skilling, value addition etc. )
  • Develop and implement strategies and action plans for mainstreaming gender in all interventions related to conservation and sustainable livelihoods
  • Prepare Terms of Reference for the expert agencies/individual expert to be engaged for specific tasks as and when required
  • Support to the Project Management Units in implementation of approved activities at national and state level


  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in development sector especially in areas such as sustainable livelihoods, gender mainstreaming and capacity development
  • Good understanding of national and state government priorities, policies and planning process on biodiversity conservation and natural resource management

Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters’ degree in Social Sciences/Arts or a closely related field.


  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in development sector especially in areas such as sustainable livelihoods, gender mainstreaming and capacity development
  • Good understanding of national and state government priorities, policies and planning process on biodiversity conservation and natural resource management


  • An excellent command of English is required.

Documents to be submitted:

  • Detailed CV with contact details of three references;
  • Financial proposal specifying per day consultancy fee. Prior approved travel expenses will be reimbursed as per actuals in line with UNDP rules or would be arranged by UNDP.

Payment Schedule and other Conditions:

  • Payment will be done monthly, based on number of days worked in a month and deliverable submitted at the established daily rate. The total amount will not exceed the value of the contract unless amended.
  • The assignment is expected to commence within a week after the signing of the contract to the successful bidder.
  • Type of assignment and number of working days will be decided every month with the supervisor in advance.

Evaluation Criteria

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive;
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Technical Criteria weight - 70%;

Financial Criteria weight - 30%.

Shortlisting would be done based on the following criteria:

  • Relevant Experience:50 Mark
  • Qualification:20 Marks
  • Financial: 30 Marks

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Financial Proposal:

Technically qualified consultants will be requested to submit their daily fee rate i.e. consultants who score more than 70% i.e. 49 marks with respect to the above-mentioned evaluation criteria. Consultant should not specify their consultancy fee on their CV or with the submission. The CV will not be evaluated further in case the consultant submits the same.

Documents to be submitted by Consultants

  1. Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual Contractor Assignment
  2. Updated and signed P-11 form for ICs
  3. No Financials ( Daily Fee) to be submitted at this stage


  1. Any kind of miscellaneous charges i.e. internet, phone, relocation charges etc. would not be reimbursed.
  2. Travel, lodging and boarding as per UNDP rules subject to prior approval
  3. Individuals working with institutions may also apply, contract would be issued in the name of institution for the specific services of individual

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