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Project Management Support and Coordination Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based (with possibility of days working from the ECA RO Istanbul Office, TURKEY)|
|Application Deadline :||24-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||0d 10h 39m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||10-month assignment- starting 1 March to 31 December 2021|
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; the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development; human rights; as well as humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women's rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations (UN) system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the challenging contexts we have faced in our lifetime, a human crisis with severe health and socio-economic consequences. As the virus is unprecedented in our lifetime, it requires an unprecedented response. As in previous crises, women and girls are being disproportionately negatively affected. The UN Secretary-General issued an urgent call to action and raised the alarm that the pandemic is having far-reaching socio-economic implications on women and girls and is exacerbating pre-existing inequalities and discrimination against women.
As the virus is unprecedented in our lifetime, it requires an unprecedented response. As in previous crises, women and girls have been disproportionately and negatively affected. From employment losses and income insecurity (with most women concentrated in service industries, in MSME sectors, in informal employment (all sectors that have been especially hard hit by COVID-19) to an increase in their unpaid care work. Women are also disproportionately essential workers, particularly in health care, and thus face greater exposure to the virus. Furthermore, domestic violence which has spiked as a result of stay-at-home orders, and increased food insecurity limit women’s bargaining power within households. In short, such a crisis threatens the hard-won progress made towards gender equality and women’s empowerment. COVID-19 is threatening to and can actually reverse gains made towards gender equality, and roll-back progress needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
To counteract the negative effects of COVID-19, the UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECA RO), are implementing a number of projects and initiatives under its Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Humanitarian Response portfolio, including a project funded by the Government of Japan: ‘Responding to the urgent needs of women and girls in marginalized and vulnerable situation exacerbated by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Europe and Central Asia’ with UN Women Country Offices in Moldova and the Kyrgyz Republic, and a joint UN project funded by the UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Fund (UN COVID-19 MPTF): ‘Accelerating women’s empowerment for economic resilience and renewal: the post COVID-19 reboot in Armenia’ with UNDP, UNIDO and UNICEF Country Offices in Armenia.
In the ECA region, the pandemic has exacerbated the already weak health, social and economic systems in some countries and disproportionately impacting women, particularly in vulnerable situations, such as minorities, migrant women, rural women, the elderly, people living with disability, survivors of gender-based violence, expectant and nursing mothers, and female single-headed households. Mobility restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the virus stalled livelihood opportunities and deepened gender-based socio-economic inequalities and increased burdens for women and their communities. With an increased number of workers and businesses now conducting their work and business virtually, the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the importance of digital economies, suggesting that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are going to be one of the most-in-demand both in education and labour market.
Under its regional WEE, WPS and Humanitarian Response portfolio, UN Women will leverage its experiences in gender-responsive programming, and its normative and coordination mandate to provide targeted support to these groups and increase their access to life-saving and livelihood services during and after the restrictions created by COVID-19 and strengthen their resilience to future shocks. The overall goal of the projects is that women and girls in most vulnerable and marginalized contexts are empowered and act as agents of change during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic through targeted gender-responsive actions.
Reflective of the above, UN Women ECA RO is seeking to recruit an international consultant to provide programmatic coordination and management support to the regional WEE and WPS and Humanitarian Response portfolio and its country level implementation.
Duties and Responsibilities
2. Duties and Responsibilities
a. Goal and Objectives
The main objective of this consultancy is to provide project coordination and support expertise in implementation and contributing to delivery of ECA RO’s regional WEE and WPS and Humanitarian Response portfolio. This includes (a) coordinate and support UN Women Country Offices and partnering UN agencies in all programming efforts on COVID-19 response and recovery, (b) contribute to policy advocacy around gender-responsive socio-economic support to women in vulnerable situations during the pandemic, and (c) provide technical and capacity building support to strengthen gender responsive socio-economic approach to UN Women Country Offices and partners. The Project Coordinator will also coordinate relationships with partners, other international consultants and stakeholders, and ensure timely project monitoring and reporting, and oversee the finances and personnel of ECA RO’s WEE and WPS and Humanitarian Response portfolio.
b. Scope of Works and Specific Tasks
Under the overall supervision of the Regional Peace, Security and Humanitarian Specialist (ECA RO), the Consultant is expected to perform the following tasks:
Coordinate, support and guide project implementation:
Coordinate the monitoring and reporting of projects:
Coordinate and monitor financial resources and project staff:
Build partnerships and facilitate national and regional dialogues and networking, and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:
Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication:
Provide support on any additional related areas as requested by the Supervising Manager.
3. Deliverables And Timeline
The Project Coordinator will be required to support and produce the following indicative key deliverables within a period of 10 months:
Required Skills and Experience
5. Required Qualifications and Experience
Education and certification:
Master’s degree or equivalent in business management, social sciences, public administration, international relations, communications, gender studies, or a related field relevant to the requirements of this TOR;
A Bachelor’s degree can be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree with two additional years relevant experience (total 7 years).
Language and Other Skill Requirements
6. Application Procedure
The following documents should be submitted as part of the application:
Candidates should have the ability to quickly produce degree certificates and medical certification (of good health) should they be short-listed in consideration of the consultancy post.
7. Payment Schedule
Workplan will be set at beginning of the contract with clear scheduled milestones/deliverables and timesheet. This workplan will be agreed between the Consultant and the ECA RO supervisor.
Monthly payments will be made based on the Supervisor reviewing and confirming that the consultant has met the required deliverables set in this workplan. This will also be accompanied by a time sheet submitted by the Consultant to the Supervisor.
8. Evaluation of Applicants:
Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.
Financial Evaluation (30%) – max. 30 points:
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:
p = 30 (µ/z)
Using the following values:
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated