International Expert to prepare a set of UN and EU gender mainstreaming guidance materials in government reform and EU accession priority sectors - UN Joint Programme “EU for Gender Equality in Albania”



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Location : Tirana, ALBANIA
Application Deadline :09-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Other
Post Level :Other
Languages Required :
English  
Expected Duration of Assignment :5-months with an estimated 30 working days

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

“EU for Gender Equality in Albania: Implementation of the EU Gender Equality acquis” (“EU4GE”) is a UN Joint Programme developed jointly by UN Women and UNFPA and funded by the European Union through the UN Albania SDG Acceleration Fund. This 2-year intervention reflects the EU commitment on gender equality as a principle underpinning its external relations within the framework of Albania’s accession to the EU and with a focus on the negotiation process. With the overall aim of enhancing transposition of the EU Gender Equality acquis and achieving gender equality outcomes in line with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (particularly SDG 5), it focuses on strengthening gender and socially-responsive governance outcomes at central and local levels, in line with international human rights norms and standards such as CEDAW, the Istanbul Convention, and the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review. Specific emphasis is placed on supporting the Government of Albania in responding to the significant and gender-specific socio-economic challenges which result from the measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In doing so, the action adheres to the principles of international guidance on gender-responsive recovery.

Under its generic objective One - implemented at central level - the UNJP will provide expert support for the integration of gender equality perspectives into sector dialogue, policy revisions, recovery programmes, and ongoing reforms. Ensuring that EU directives on gender equality are grounded in national strategies, action plans, structures, procedures, and implementation is central. The UNJP will ensure that sector-by-sector, EU legislation, directives, and best practice for gender equality are introduced to line ministries and coordinating and decision-making bodies through their routine work, effectively supported by respectively relevant gender equality mechanisms and instruments. Special focus is put on supporting reform elements in line with government priorities, EU Chapter negotiation, EU GAP III Objectives, and those most crucial for Albania’s gender and socially-responsive COVID-19 recovery. Through making available and disseminating technical guidance, the UNJP will ensure that EU, EC and Un gender mainstreaming standards and regulations are available to key decision making bodies, such that central coordinating bodies are able to make evidence-based decisions and support enhanced integration of gender equality goals into national planning, strategies and action plans, and EU IPA III programming.

In order to technically support this process, UN Women will be recruiting an International Gender Expert to prepare and package a set of succinct, user-friendly guidance materials that provide concise information on how to integrate gender equality goals into selected sectors and policy areas, in line with existing EU, EC and UN gender mainstreaming documents, including EU GAP III. The International Gender Expert will be supported by national gender expertise to ensure that country-specific information and national gender data are available for reflection in the materials.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Programme Specialist/Head of Programme Unit and the direct supervision of the UN Women EU4GE Project Manager, and in collaboration with national gender expertise, the internationalgender expert is responsible for performing the below key activities:

  1. Review of related and relevant EU, EC, UN (and related bodies) latest guidance and knowledge documents on gender mainstreaming;
  2. Synthesizing of essential elements, alignment with EU Gender Action Plan (GAP) III, and drafting a model for a sector-specific gender mainstreaming guidance document;
  3. Drafting of at least eight generic sector-specific gender mainstreaming guidance documents (approx. 10-12 pages each);
  4. Integrating country-specific data, information and inputs into each of the generic sector guidance documents;
  5. Incorporating feedback and comments and review;
  6. Preparation of a presentation on the sector-specific guidance documents for specific audiences
  7. Any other tasks and responsibilities as assigned

Main Expected Outputs and Deliverables

  1. Desk-rreview of relevant materials, outlining timeline for drafting, revision, and finalisation of guidance documents
  • Results/Expected Output - Workplan
  • Tentative Date of Completion - Mid-May 2021

       2. Designing outline of generic gender mainstreaming guidance document

  • Results/Expected Output - Sample gender mainstreaming guidance document
  • Tentative Date of Completion - End of May 2021

       3. Drafting of at least eight generic sector-specific gender mainstreaming guidance documents in line with EU, EC and UN (and related        bodies) latest guidance and knowledge documents on gender mainstreaming for use in (pre-)accession countries

  • Results/Expected Output  - Draft generic GM guidance documents
  • Tentative Date of Completion - End of June 2021

       4. Adapting generic sector-specific gender mainstreaming guidance documents to the country-specific context, in collaboration with national gender expertise

  • Results/Expected Output - Draft country-specific GM guidance documents
  • Tentative Date of Completion - End of July 2021

       5. Reflecting comments and feedback on draft country-specific gender mainstreaming guidance documents, finalisation

  • Tentative Date of Completion - Mid-September2021

       6. Preparation of a presentation on the sector-specific guidance documents for specific audiences

  • Results/Expected Output - Presentation
  • Tentative Date of Completion - End of September 2021

Duration and remuneration:

The duration of the contract will be for a period of 5-months starting from May 2021, with an estimated 30 working days. Payment will be made in two installments upon satisfactory completion of tasks and deliverables, submission of timesheets, and approval by UN Women.


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:

  • Excellent writing skills in English;
  • Strong skills in developing, designing and preparing well-structured, logically organized guidance materials, kits, overviews, briefs, and similar knowledge products;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize straightforward and clear content from a range of complex background documents;
  • Ability to produce knowledge and information materials tailored to the specific target-audience and fine-tuned to the purpose and country context;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written);
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with team members;
  • Ability to handle conflict and sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner; and 
  • Capacity to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines.

Behavioural Competencies:

  • Strong initiative-taker;
  • Focuses on impact and results;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and with a positive, constructive, problem-solving attitude.


Required Skills and Experience

Education/Academic requirements:

  • Advanced University degree in Human Rights, Gender Studies, European/International Studies, Social Sciences, Public Policy, Legal Studies, Political Science, or related fields is required.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of international development engagement in gender equality, women’s rights, and gender mainstreaming across various sectors and policy areas.
  • At least 5 years of experience in authoring/writing information materials on gender equality, women’s rights, gender mainstreaming, and women’s empowerment (kits, guidelines, knowledge products, etc.), tailored to policy-making, government, agenda-setting, and/or decision-making audiences.
  • Proven evidence of versatility in applying international norms and standards on gender equality and women’s empowerment, in particular the EU legal and policy framework for gender equality, and key elements of specific relevance for EU integration.
  • Familiarity with the Western Balkans and/or EU Neighbourhood countries is an advantage.
  • Experience in working with the programmes and projects funded by UN, EU and other similar international organizations is an asset.

Language Requirements: Fluency and excellent writing skills in English

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:

  • Financial Proposal specifying the daily fee in US Dollars (USD) for the tasks specified above. 

Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services.

  • Payment will be made as per the payment schedule in the contract upon (i) satisfactory completion of tasks; (ii) provision of deliverables specified in the ToRs; (iii) submission of and approval by UN Women; and (iv) submission of the certification of payment.

Recommended Presentation of Offer:

Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their application no later than 9 May 2021:

  • A Letter of Confirmation of Interest including a brief description explaining why the individual considers her/himself as the most suitable for the assignment.
  • Completed and signed UN Women Personal History Form (P11) that can be downloaded at link:  UN Women Personal History Form (P11)  or http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment
  • Copies/reference to examples of relevant/similar information materials, kits, guidelines, knowledge products, tools etc. prepared/authored in the past.
  • Financial Proposal specifying the total lumpsum in US Dollars for the tasks specified in this assignment.

Note: The application will be considered incomplete if it does not include the Financial Proposal and Copies/reference to examples of relevant/similar information materials, kits, guidelines, knowledge products, tools etc. prepared/authored in the past.

Evaluation of applicants:

Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

Technical Evaluation –70 points:

  • Advanced University degree in Human Rights, Gender Studies, European/International Studies, Social Sciences, Public Policy, Legal Studies, Political Science, or related fields is required. (max 10 points)
  • Minimum of 10 years of international development engagement - across various sectors and policy areas - in gender equality, women’s rights, and gender mainstreaming. (max 20 points)
  • At least five years of experience in authoring/writing information materials on gender equality, women’s rights, gender mainstreaming, and women’s empowerment (kits, guidelines, knowledge products, etc.), tailored to policy-making, government, agenda-setting, and/or decision-making audiences. (max 20 points)
  • Proven evidence of versatility in applying international norms and standards on gender equality and women’s empowerment - in particular the EU legal and policy framework for gender equality - and key elements of specific relevance for EU integration. (max 15 points)
  • Familiarity with the Western Balkans and/or Neighbourhood region is an advantage. (max 5 points)

Financial Evaluation – 30 points

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.

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. The calculation formula applied is as follow:

p = 30 (µ/z); where: p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated; µ = price of the lowest priced proposal; z = price of the proposal being evaluated.

How to Submit the Application: To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:

  • Download and complete the UN Women Personal History Form (P11)- UN Women Personal History Form (P11) or http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment
  • Merge your UN Women Personal History Form (P11), the Financial Proposal, copies of similar/ relevant tools prepared/authored in the past, and the Letter of Confirmation of Interest into a single file/document. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement).
  • Click 'Apply Now' button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click 'Submit Application;'
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above).
  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.

Notes:

  • UN Women retains the right to contact references directly. Due to the large numbers of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
  • Applications without the financial offer will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • The individual consultants should take the mandatory learning security course prior to commencement of assignment– details will follow before the issuance of contract.



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