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Social Protection Consultant (Retainer)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based|
|Application Deadline :||16-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||5.5 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||5.5 months|
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 for women 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.
The outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) was first reported in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019. Since then a global pandemic has been declared, with countries across the globe mobilizing to respond to the health crisis and manage the significant socio-economic impacts. This unprecedented crisis unfolds against many existing challenges: Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world, and it is facing the ever-pressing threats of climate change and many large protracted crises and conflict. It is also unfolding amid persistent gender inequalities in the region: owing to structural inequalities and discriminatory gender norms, women account for only 18 per cent of parliamentarians, women’s employment is concentrated in the informal labour sector with limited protection, and women experience unacceptably high levels of intimate partner violence (IPV).
As part of a comprehensive socioeconomic response to the pandemic and in support of government led responses, UN agencies in many countries are supporting the roll out of social protection responses to the pandemic. It is paramount that such social protection measures benefit women and respond to their rights and needs, and that women are actively engaged in the design, planning, and monitoring of such responses. These social protection measures span, but are not limited to, supporting income security and access to essential goods and services, protection of livelihoods, and ensuring adequate access to health services.
In this context, the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific seeks to hire a consultant to support country offices with the development and implementation of programming on gender-responsive social protection measures in response to COVID-19 in the region.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Regional Advisor, Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction, and Head of Office for UN Women Country Offices in target countries (such as Timor-Leste and Bangladesh), the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
 Based on country-determined needs within social protection
In consultation with the Regional Humanitarian Advisor and respective UN Women offices, the Social Protection Consultant will produce on a retainer basis:
Knowledge and experience:
Required Skills and Experience
Contract period and work location
The consultant will be home-based, with the ability to maintain working hours compatible with Bangkok, and the contract period will be for six months.
Submission of application
Submission package includes:
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.
UN Women does not warrant that the maximum number of working days will be purchased during the term of Agreement. The consultant can only be engaged through issuance of ATLAS Purchase Order, based on agreed Contract every time the UN Women wishes to procure the service.