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Consultant on Innovative Community-based Care Initiatives - International Consultant-Home based
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, EGYPT|
|Application Deadline :||27-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 months (until end of August 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; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace, and security.
The COVID-19 pandemic is not only putting an unprecedented and significant strain on the global economy and public health systems, but is also highlighting, and magnifying inequalities and the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination faced by women and girls. The pandemic has moved beyond a global health crisis and has morphed into a labor market, social and economic crisis, posing a serious threat to women’s employment and livelihoods, especially in precarious informal and non-essential sectors. This is particularly consequential for the Arab States, where gender gaps are among the widest compared to the rest of the world.
Globally, the pandemic will likely push 47 million more women and girls below the poverty line. The Arab region’s economy is expected to contract by at least 5.7% and the ranks of the poor are estimated to rise by 14.3 million people, swelling to more than 115 million. That is one quarter of the total Arab population.
In a region where 14.3 million people were already unemployed, the ILO estimated losses in the equivalent of 17 million full-time jobs in the second quarter of 2020. With the largest gender gap in human development in the world, women in the Arab region suffer significant consequences of the pandemic. Women earn on average 78.9% percent less than men on a per capita basis and they stand to lose 700,000 jobs particularly in the informal sector where they constitute 61.8?per?cent of workers and lack social protection nets. Other estimates from June 2020 anticipated that women would bear 41% of job losses in the Arab world, even though they constitute no more than around 19% of the workforce.
In the current context, it is vital to adopt short and longer-term solutions to mitigate economic losses and the adverse impact on women’s livelihoods during the pandemic to position them for economic recovery during and in the aftermath of the pandemic. In the short term, it is critical to stabilize economic losses of women during the pandemic, protect their employment where possible and reconcile their work obligations with the increased burden of care work at home due to closed schools and caring for the sick and elderly. It is also vital to recognize the role of women in the immediate response as part of the economic solutions.
For the longer term, it is essential to establish and strengthen macroeconomic policies and accelerating gender-inclusive decision-making that channel resources to those most impacted by the crisis and provide social and economic recovery support and other productive resources in the economy in order to benefit women and girls. In policy-making during such crises, the opportunity to eliminate discriminatory norms and laws on women’s equal participation should be seized, so that both men and women reinvigorate the economy.
Unpaid care and domestic work sustain families and communities on a day-to-day basis and from one generation to the next and make a significant contribution to economic development across generations. Yet, it remains invisible, undervalued, and neglected in economic and social policymaking, and its distribution is grossly imbalanced: Globally, women do three times as much unpaid care and domestic work as men, while in the Arab States region the ratio is on average 4.7 times – the highest female-to-male ratio anywhere in the world, according to UN Women’s new flagship report, “Progress of Women in the Arab States 2020: The role of the care economy in promoting gender equality”. https://arabstates.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2020/12/the-role-of-the-care-economy-in-promoting-gender-equality
While the COVID-19 crisis has drawn significant attention to women’s role as paid workers in formal health-care systems, a large share of the work that goes into maintaining the health and well-being of children, older persons, and other family members is provided on an unpaid basis, even in normal times. When crises put stress on household livelihoods and public services, women often make up for goods that their families can no longer afford to buy in the market and for public services that are no longer available by increasing time spent on unpaid care and domestic work.
In response, UN Women and ILO are implementing a four-year joint programme “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Among the components of the programme is to engage the community, government, and corporate levels to promote the value of women's work and equal and collective sharing of unpaid care and household work. https://arabstates.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/economic-empowerment/work-for-women-joint-programme
While working with the national institutions at the macro level on the gaps, costs, and gains from investing in the care economy, the joint programme is enquiring about potential approaches at the family and community level that would help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the status of women’s employment due to care responsibilities. Such activities would include promoting redistribution of care within the household, reduction of time spent on unpaid care through establishing community-based care initiatives as part of an integrated territorial approach to employment, automation, and use of technology, etc.
This means that opportunities will be identified for addressing the issue of availability of care services in the short to medium term so that women are able to retain their jobs. Implementation of such care service provision initiatives in the community would translate into jobs for women care providers, those in the business of providing transport for children/elderly, cooking/distribution of home-cooked meals, etc. Good practices from within the region and globally will be identified and practical models will be proposed for implementation in the countries participating in the joint programme. Importantly, the successful models will have the potential to be replicated and scaled up throughout the region.
Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the UN Women Programme Management Specialist and working in close cooperation with the UN Women ROAS Women Economic Empowerment team, UN Women & ILO country offices, and other partners as needed, the consultant will:
All the aforementioned findings should be presented in a study of 30-40 pages, subsequently discussed with key partners.
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
Required Skills and Experience
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation.
Technical: 70% (70 points)
Financial: Lowest Financial Proposal: 30% (30 points)
The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:
Interested Individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all of them since the online application submission does only permits uploading one file per application. Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW, and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.