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International consultant to conduct capacity building on gender sensitive value chain analysis in Albania
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Tirana, ALBANIA|
|Application Deadline :||23-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Other|
|Post Level :||Other|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Home based with one mission travel to Albania|
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.
Women and girls are differently and often disproportionally affected by disasters and crises, and have different and uneven levels of resilience and capacity to recover. The double impact of the 2019 earthquake and COVID 19 pandemic has meant that women’s economic empowerment will stagnate as they will be pushed further towards traditional roles and activities, including caretaking for children and elderly, family members with disabilities and engaging in agriculture to support their household 1. The earthquake in 2019 specifically shed light on Albania’s lack of preparation to respond to natural disasters in a manner that ensures the protection and support to the most vulnerable groups such as rural women, who face increased risks of losing their subsistence agriculture production; single mothers or women heads of households who are at risk of losing their homes and falling into homelessness and poverty; and women victims of domestic and/or intimate partner violence among other forms of violence. To address some of these needs, UN Women is implementing a project focused on gender-sensitive post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction.
Important for successful disaster recovery is to ‘build back better’, providing an opportunity to change society in a positive way. Disasters can be seen as an opportunity to improve pre-existing conditions, including gender equity. Reconstruction, therefore, should not be thought of simply as a process of replicating what has been lost, but also as an opportunity to remove structural barriers to gender equality, and support women (and men) to reconstruct or pivot their livelihoods.
Gender-sensitive value chain and market system development can be used as an effective framework to identify and develop post-crisis economic activities, alongside reducing gender-based barriers to women’s full economic participation. To build economic resilience, market and value chain development initiatives should routinely take into consideration women’s multiple roles and systemic disadvantage, and take advantage of opportunities for upgrading measures that actively promote transformation of gender norms and equal opportunities of women and men.
The approach of the activity is one of capacity development for around twenty market systems development service providers. It is based on the ILO - The Strongest Links - A practical guide to mainstreaming gender analysis in value chain development, ILO 2007, and Women Inclusion and Value Chain Development in Albania Guide for Practitioners and Interested Stakeholders, USAID/PLGP 2020. It will use a combination of classroom training, ‘on-the-job’ training through facilitated field visits, and post training (distance) mentoring.
The methodology is as participatory as possible (considering COVID-19 good practices) and will offer practical on-the-job training experience to analyse value chains for possible future project support, identify win-win solutions and develop concrete GSVC intervention scenarios.
Objective and outcomes and outputs:
The Objective of the assignment is to build the capacity of GSVCA practitioners and municipal staff in Albania, so they become technically equipped to effectively contribute to increasing women’s economic resilience in post-earthquake and pandemic recovery in the earthquake-affected areas.
The outcomes of the assignment are:
 UN Women 2021: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=97223
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and in coordination with the National Senior WEE and LED expert, the international consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
Duration and remuneration:
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
Master’s degree in economics, business administration, rural development, international development and/or any other related science.
Fluency and proficiency in spoken and written English is required.
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
Note: The application will be considered incomplete if it does not include the Financial Proposal.
Recommended Presentation of Offer:
Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their application no later than 23 May 2021:
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:
Technical Evaluation –70 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: