International Consultant for the Gender Mainstreaming in Peacebuilding: Capacity building for DCPSF Implementing Partners (IPs)


Location : Khartoum, SUDAN
Application Deadline :06-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
13-May-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :21 Working Days
Expected Duration of Assignment :21 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

Darfur Community Peace and Stability Fund (DCPSF) was established in late 2007 as a UN Multi-Partnership Trust Fund (MPTF) mechanism that supports community-level peacebuilding activities and fosters social cohesion by drawing diverse communities together through processes of dialogue, mediation, and reconciliation. The rationale of DCPSF is that alongside any progress in the local peace process, there needs to be a community-based, bottom-up approach to the stabilization of Darfur and the creation of conditions for local peace, and equitable and sustainable growth.  DCPSF supports initiatives which aim to restore trust and confidence between diverse communities in Darfur and respond to root causes and triggers of conflict.

DCPSF has made significant progress in promoting conflict-sensitive approaches that seek to engage diverse communities in processes of trust and confidence building. Two central elements of this approach have been through supporting the establishment or revitalization of local mechanisms for resolving and through preventing conflicts and providing tangible inputs which respond to and address root causes and triggers of conflict.

Through this approach, DCPSF-funded activities and processes have enabled diverse communities to coalesce around a common agenda towards reconciliation and peaceful coexistence at a local level. However, the new context requires the addition of  more dimensions to DCPSF interventions. In this new era for DCPSF and Darfur, it is crucial to mainstream gender equality in all project activities, and work in a coordinated manner with all peacebuilding actors, towards a common goal and better results.


Duties and Responsibilities

A context analysis undertaken in Darfur in 2019 revealed that the conflict dynamics in Darfur revolve around unresolved disputes over land, livelihood, and natural resources, prevalence of small weapons, sexual violence, armed group activities, tensions around IDPs and host communities, as well as between returnees and communities, including new settlers. The drivers of the conflict in Darfur are complex, multi-level, politicized and encompass local, national, regional, and international dimensions simultaneously. An understanding of historical causal factors is required since each cycle of conflict has led to the current dynamics in the region.

To achieve this, DCPSF works with various Implementing Partners (IPs) including International Non-Government Organisations (INGOs) and National Non-Government Organisations to promote peacebuilding among the local communities in Darfur. For its current phase II of implementation, DCPSF is working with 17 Implementing Partners to deliver 17 peacebuilding projects across the five (5) states of Darfur.

As part of efforts to ensure that our projects across the region have gender mainstreamed into their activities and yield high impact gender sensitive results that are well monitored evaluated, documented and reported, DCPSF is organising 4 training sessions in (Khartoum, Nyala, El Fasher and Zalingei respectively)  to build the capacity of both DCPSF and Implementing Partners’ technical staff. The training will focus on how to ensure transformative gender interventions in the process of indicator tracking, documenting and reflecting changes and impact during the project cycle and after.

Objective of the Assignment:

The objective of the assignment is to support DCPSF in training its Staff and Implementing Partners to;

  • Improve their knowledge and skills in gender mainstreaming for development projects particularly in a conflict setting. This will include building their capacity to understand the basic elements of the gender mainstreaming approach, measures and indicators of success.
  • Gain practical skills on designing, implementing, tracing, and documenting  gender sensitive indicators.
  • Increase the ability to trace, document and report gender sensitive results/change and; 
  • Maximize their gender equality  advocacy skills.

This initiative is meant to ensure that gender is well reported in as the Fund’s projects are monitored, evaluated, and reported both on a quarterly and annual basis.

Approach of the Assignment:

The assignment will be carried out through a number (4) of trainings with staff and Implementing partners in selected locations in Khartoum and Darfur. They will done in a workshop training style over a three-day period (2 days for the M&E and Reporting consultant and 1 day for the Gender mainstreaming consultant).

The training is expected to be interactive to ensure that participants are actively involved in the learning process. Owing to the COVID – 19 pandemic and its subsequent guidelines/SOPs, training will be carried out in small workshops, implemented as follows;

Expected outcome of the Assignment:

  • Improved understanding of gender mainstreaming concepts among the Fund’s staff and its 17 Implementing Partner Organisations.
  • Improved understanding of basic gender concepts and considerations during implementation of project activities
  • Enhanced skills in field monitoring and providing feedback both to Donor and Implementing partners on activities that have been monitored gender lens.
  • Improved skills in gendered M&E framework design and follow up.

Improved knowledge in gendered results-based reporting focusing on achievements and not just activities carried out.

Scope of Work: 

Under the supervision of the Head of DCPSF Technical Secretariat, and working directly with the DCPSF Gender Advisor, the consultant is responsible for the following activities that include:

  • Design a robust methodology and conduct a rapid review of Implementing Partners’ gender strategies and approaches, DCPSF results frameworks including gender indicators, tracking mechanisms to identify the capacity gaps. This involves secondary and primary data collection to understand the challenges faced by staff in mainstreaming gender and determination of gender activities and indicators, leading to a more targeted and relevant capacity building.
  • Based on the review and discussions with the Implementing Partners’ staff, design a robust gender training module in the context of peacebuilding projects implementation.
  • Facilitate the training workshops together with a national partner to provide local context and translation where required.
  • Produce a workshop report with training materials/module attached for further use by DCPSF Secretariat and its Implementing Partners.
  • Prepare and present your impressions of the the entire exercise to DCPSF Technical Secretariat and /or the Steering Committee members.

Duration of the Assignment:

The assignment will include up to 21 fee days to be carried out in the period of 23 May  – 23 July 2021. National holidays observed by the UN in Sudan  will be non-working days. The primary duty station will be  Khartoum, Sudan with travel to Darfur for the three field level trainings .

Institutional Arrangements:

Reporting line:

The consultant will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of DCPSF Technical Secretariat. This will among others include:

  • The Head of DCPSF Technical Secretariat has overall management of this assignment.
  • The Consultant is expected to coordinate with the DCPSF Gender Advisor on the progress of activities and to immediately inform her of any challenges in performing the assignment. 

 Logistical arrangements:

  • UNDP will do the following;
  • Arrange all in-country assignment related transport for the Consultant during the assignment in Khartoum and field level.
  • Field travel - arrange flights for the consultant to travel to the field and conduct the 3 trainings in Darfur.
  • Will pay the consultant DSA during actual presence in the country for training as per the UN rate for location visited (except for Milestone 1, which the Consultant is expected to perform remotely thus no DSA should be charged).
  • Will purchase all training materials requested by the Consultant e.g. assorted stationery materials
  • Will arrange and cater for other training logistics e.g. venue and meals
  • Share with the Consultant all paperwork to apply for entry visa but consultant will pay visa entry cost
  • The Consultant will;
  • In the course of this consultancy, the consultant is responsible for providing their own computer as needed. 
  • Meet all logistical expenses related to the assignment e.g. round ticket direct flight economy, entry visa application fee, communication etc.
  • Apply and pay for entry visa fee.
  • Arrange and pay for own accommodation. UNDP will pay DSA.

Recommended Presentation of Offer:

       The following should be included in the offer;

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP.
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three professional references.
  • Brief description of why the candidate considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment.

Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.

Selection Criteria and Basis of Evaluation:

Submissions will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis of the technical evaluation (weight: 70%) and financial criteria (weight: 30%). Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points from the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation


Competencies

Competencies:

  • PROFESSIONALISM: Comprehensive knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues related to operational, institution building and accountability of national institutions and actors; very good knowledge of  United Nations Country Team (UNCT) structures and mechanisms; very good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights in the U.N. system; very good knowledge of national human rights protection systems, including law enforcement and security agencies; strong analytical and research skills and ability to conduct in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems; ability to develop frameworks, methodological tools and guidelines.
  • COMMUNICATION: Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts, both orally and in writing, in a clear and concise style. 
  • TEAMWORK: Ability to interact and to establish and maintain effective working relations across divisions and with people in a multi-cultural environment.
  • JUDGMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Ability to identify the key issues in a complex situation, provide advice on sensitive issues and courses of action.
  • PLANNING and ORGANIZING: Proven ability to plan and organize own work and the work of others.
  • Language Requirements:           
  • Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Understanding of Arabic is desirable but not a requirement.


Required Skills and Experience

Education and experience:         

  • A masters Degree in Gender studies and/or Social Sciences with extensive experience in gender mainstreaming consultancies and capacity building intiatives.
  • At least 10 years of experience in the area of gender related capacity building.
  • Proven track record of conducting training on gender mainstreaming and gender monitoring and evaluation.
  • Adequate knowledge of Darfur context as well gender and women issues in Sudan.
  • Extensive experience in preparing gender training modules with emphasis on gender in conflict and post conflicts zones.
  • Familiarity with international frameworks for gender equality and women peace and security agendas.
  • Familiarity with recent UNDP gender and Monitoring and Evaluation Policy.

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