International Consultant on Governance, Peace and Security



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :20-May-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-Jun-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :5 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 June 2021 – 31 October 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.


Background

I. 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.  Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

 

Based on UN legislative mandates and the UNW Strategic Plan, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is tasked with providing strategic programme development, policy / technical advisory services and quality assurance support to Multi Country Offices and Country Offices. It undertakes or coordinates regional research and data analysis; advises on norms, policies and strategies for achieving the internationally and regionally agreed goals related to gender equality and women’s empowerment issues. It acts as a knowledge hub at the regional level, collecting evidence on progress and emerging issues and sharing knowledge on innovative approaches and lessons learned in implementation.

 

Building on twenty years of experience in the area of governance and women, peace and security (WPS), including conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, security sector reform and access to justice, the UN Women Asia Pacific Regional Office supports the development of new projects and the implementation of existing programmes at the country level in the region. Likewise, the Regional Office provides support to governments in the region to adopt and champion gender sensitive laws and policies, especially in the areas of peace and security. The UN Women Asia Pacific Regional Office also implements regional programmes in thematic areas such as preventing violent extremism, enhancing the role of women in law enforcement, and increasing women’s access to justice.

 

In this context, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific seeks to hire a consultant to provide support in the area of Governance, Peace and Security and development of new areas on Governance, Peace and Security in the Asia and Pacific Region.

 


Duties and Responsibilities

 

II. Duties and Responsibilities

 

Under the supervision and guidance of the Programme Specialist, Women, Peace and Security, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

 

  • Support implementation of projects on Governance, Peace and Security in the Asia Pacific Region, including managing implementation of regional activities of the preventing violent extremism programme, and providing support to UN Women country offices and presences.
  • Support development of new areas of work on Governance, Peace and Security in the Asia Pacific Region, including through scoping missions (when feasible); drafting of project proposals and documents; creation of issue briefs and concept notes; and updating the regional UN Women website content on governance, and peace and security.
  • Provide support to knowledge management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. This includes preparation and finalization of knowledge resources; collection and analysis of data, results monitoring, drafting of programme reports, and supporting partner monitoring.
  • Support the development and furtherance of policy and normative content, including providing support to the development and implementation of National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security and creation of briefs, speeches and talking points; and by attending or preparing content for events, conferences, and meetings on UN Women’s work.

 

III. Expected Deliverables

 

Expected deliverables and target date

 

No.

Tasks & Deliverables

Target dates

        1

Support implementation of projects on Governance, Peace and Security in the Asia Pacific Region, including managing implementation of regional activities of the preventing violent extremism programme, and providing support to UN Women country offices and presences.

 

Deliverable: Draft Terms of Reference for Request for Proposal/Quotations related to WPS regional programme and one communication plan of the preventing violent extremism programme

    30 June 2021

         2

Support the development and furtherance of policy and normative content, including providing support to the development and implementation of National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security and creation of briefs, speeches and talking points; and by attending or preparing content for events, conferences, and meetings on UN Women’s work.

 

Deliverable: Draft of presentations, talking points, and background brief for regional events and one concept note for a virtual knowledge sharing event on PVE

     31 July 2021

        3

Support implementation of projects on Governance, Peace and Security in the Asia Pacific Region, including managing implementation of regional activities of the preventing violent extremism programme, and providing support to UN Women country offices and presences.

 

Deliverable: Draft Terms of Reference for Request for

Proposal/Quotations related to WPS regional programme

   31 August 2021

        4

Provide support to knowledge management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. This includes preparation and finalization of knowledge resources; collection and analysis of data, results monitoring, drafting of programme reports, and supporting partner monitoring.

 

Deliverable: Collection of inputs and finalization of donor report of the preventing violent extremism programme

  30 September 2021

        5

Support implementation of projects on Governance, Peace and

Security in the Asia Pacific Region, including managing

implementation of regional activities of the preventing violent

extremism programme, and providing support to UN Women country offices and presences.

 

Deliverable: Concept note for at least one programme event and outcome document drafted for one meeting

   31 October 2021

 

*Payment will be made upon submission of deliverables and approval of the Programme Specialist, Governance, Peace and Security.

 


Competencies

IV. Competencies

 

Knowledge and experience:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Governance, Peace and Security; Preventing Violent Extremism; and the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Excellent writing skills. Experience writing project proposals, donor reports, and policy briefs.
  • Previous experience with UN Women and other UN agencies an advantage.
  • Fluency in English, with knowledge of other UN languages an advantage.

 

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the United Nations' values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN and UN Women.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team to meet tight deadlines and produce high quality work.

 


Required Skills and Experience

V. Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree in gender studies, international affairs, and/or any relevant field directly related to gender and Peace, Security and Governance;
  • Minimum two years of relevant work experience with a demonstrable ability to provide policy, programmatic and programme development support in the areas of governance, peace and security in Asia Pacific. 
  • Excellent command of written English, other UN languages an asset.

 

VI. Contract period and work location

 

The consultant will be home-based. For travel on mission, if required and agreed, travel costs and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will be provided. Travel Authorization will be granted to the consultant prior to the travel date.

 

VII. Evaluation

 

Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis.

  • Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
  • Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]

 

A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.

 

Technical qualification evaluation criteria:

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

 

         Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

   A) Education

  • Master’s degree in gender studies, international affairs, and/or any relevant field directly related to gender and Peace, Security and Governance.

          20%

   B) Experience and skills

 

  • Minimum two years of relevant work experience with a demonstrable ability to provide policy, programmatic and communications support in the areas of governance, peace and security in Asia Pacific (to be assessed through P11 form and writing sample).
  • Experience writing project proposals, donor reports, and policy briefs (to be assessed through writing sample).
  • Previous experience with UN Women and other UN agencies an advantage.

 

          60 %

 C) Language and report writing skills

  • Excellent command of written English, with proven report writing experience. Other UN languages an asset. (to be assessed through writing sample)

         20 %

       Total Obtainable Score

        100 %

 

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidates who may be contacted for validation interview.

 

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

 

  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
  • The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
  • The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

 

VIII. Submission of application

 

Interest candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application to hr.bangkok@unwomen.org  with -cc to r.limkitisupasin@unwomen.org , not later than 20 May 2021, 23:59 Bangkok time.

 

Submission package includes:

 

  • Personal History Form (P11 )
  • Writing sample
  • Sample of communication project
  • Financial proposal: the financial proposal shall specify a lump sum total amount breaking down the daily professional fee, proposed number of working days and travel related cost (i.e. airfare from the consultant’s home location to Bangkok, visa fee). Please see the financial proposal template as below:

 

Items

Amount (USD)

      1. Lump Sum fee (equivalent to daily fee x no. of days)

 
  • Draft Terms of Reference for Request for Proposal/Quotations related to WPS regional programme and one communication plan of the preventing violent extremism programme

 

  • Draft of presentations, talking points, and background brief for regional events and one concept note for a virtual knowledge sharing event on PVE

 

  • Draft Terms of Reference for Request for

Proposal/Quotations related to WPS regional programme

 

  • Collection of inputs and finalization of donor report of the preventing violent extremism programme

 

  • Concept note for at least one programme event and outcome document drafted for one meeting

 

   2. Others (please provide details)

 

Total Financial Proposal

 

 

 

IX. Payments

 

Payments for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of each deliverable and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed. Payments will not be based on the number of days worked but on the completion of each stated deliverable within the indicated timeframes.



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