Consultant to (i) develop case study on WEPs companies and use/importance of the WEPs (ii) study impact of COVID 19 on female entrepreneurs and use of WEPs in responding



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Kingston, JAMAICA
Application Deadline :08-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Mar-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :45 working days in a 3 month period

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 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.

UN Women - in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and European Commission - is implementing the regional programme “Win-Win: Gender Equality Means Good Business” to contribute to the economic empowerment of women, recognizing them as beneficiaries and partners of growth and development, by increasing commitment of private companies to gender equality and women´s empowerment and strengthening companies’ capacities to implement these commitments. The programme will ultimately contribute to the achievement of gender equality through enabling women’s labour force participation, entrepreneurship, economic empowerment and thus their full and equal participation in society.

Targeting women led enterprises and networks, multi-national companies, and relevant stakeholders in Europe and selected Latin American and Caribbean countries, the project will promote business links, joint ventures and innovation between women from both regions, while supporting inter-regional dialogue and exchange of good practices to increase the capacity of the private sector more broadly in the implementation of gender equal business.

The Economist Intelligence Unit Limited, in a 2015 report entitled “Private Sector Development in The Caribbean: A Regional Overview” referred to a scoping study of gender and enterprise development conducted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The study noted that the Caribbean is characterized by low levels of labour market participation by women. Moreover, where women do participate in the labour market, it is mainly as employees and in low-growth, low-status and low-paying sectors. The suggested reason for this is the high level of gender stereotyping in the Caribbean, which has led to women being segregated educationally and consequently also occupationally and sectorally; this is even though women dominate tertiary education enrolment across the region. A recent study by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), an economics focused think tank, found that Jamaican women have less access to paid work and resources than men do and bear the largest responsibility for unpaid reproductive work. The study showed clearly that the allocation of Jamaican women's time to unpaid care work has a negative correlation with their labour force participation rates, labour exclusion and gender pay gaps.

The guiding platform to achieve gender equality is the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), launched in 2010 by UN Women and the UN Global Compact. The WEPs are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and inputs gathered from across the globe.

In Jamaica, a total of thirty-nine companies have signed the UN Women/UN Global Compact Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) CEO Statement of Support. Having demonstrated their high-level commitment to women’s empowerment and gender equality, it will be necessary to navigate these companies along the WEPs pathway enabling them to translate their commitments into corporate plans that are integrated throughout the business and across the value chain.


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultancy is under Win-Win Activity 2.2.1: Studies about the promotion of gender equality in Corporate Social Responsibility Actions, corporate procurement policies, gender pay gap, focused in private companies, non-discriminatory work places and sexual harassment, as well as activity 2.2.2: Design and implementation of campaigns to advocate and raise awareness to promote gender equality in the private sector, non-discriminatory work places, sexual harassment and to address the gender pay gap. The consultant will be contracted to conduct 2 studies: one (1) case study on the importance and impact of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) on WEPs companies, and one (1) impact study on the Covid-19 effects on women entrepreneurs and businesswomen and the use of WEPs to mitigate the impacts.

Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO - Caribbean Representative and reporting directly to the National Private Sector Specialist, the consultant will conduct the following tasks for both the case study and impact study:

  • Prepare an inception report on the design of the assessment and tools, including workplan and timeline;
  • Develop a comprehensive assessment report of findings with quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Develop a study framework and methodology;
  • Prepare a strategy note with recommendations for strengthening gender-sensitive response to COVID-19
  • Develop a gender-responsive socioeconomic impact study and findings, recommendations, along with lessons learned;
  • Develop fully cleaned and labeled dataset(s) of all information and data collected in pre-agreed format.
  • Provide weekly email updates to UN Women on the progress made on deliverables, identify challenges and request support as needed.

The consultant must be equipped with a fully-functional laptop, which must run at least Windows 7. The consultant must be reasonably accessible by email and telephone (preferably mobile). The use of reliable, internet-based telecommunications application software (Skype or equivalent) is required.


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637.

Functional Competencies:

  • Proven ability to draft reports and conduct research;
  • Excellent team building/leadership skills;
  • Ability to engage in substantive technical discussion with all stakeholders;
  • Good knowledge of programme management;
  • Ability to manage data, documents, correspondence and reports information and workflow.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Postgraduate degree in public administration, law, economics, human rights, gender equality, management, social sciences or other related areas is required. In lieu of a post-graduate degree, 8 years of practical experience working in gender issues may be considered in addition to a Bachelor’s degree.  

Experience:

  • At least five (5) years’ experience working on gender and development issues, and human rights;
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in the design, development and/or implementation of case studies;
  • At least three (3) years’ experience working in private sector environment and corporate management practices and policies;
  • Experience working with women entrepreneurs is an asset.

Languages:

  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Spanish is an asset.

Desirable Skills:

  • Prior experience in the private sector and in the Caribbean is preferred.
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills

 

APPLICATION

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