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National Consultant to develop the Country Gender Equality Profile for Timor-Leste
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based/Dili, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||29-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||5d 5h 45m|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 July 2021 - 31 March 2022|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 July 2021 - 31 March 2022|
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 between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
UN Women’s goal in Timor-Leste is to promote the women’s human rights and gender equality as the country works towards sustaining and furthering achievements in stability and development. In this regard, its programming in the country is focused on four priority areas: enhancing women’s economic empowerment; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; and strengthening monitoring and reporting against national and international gender equality commitments, mainstreaming gender across national development planning and budgeting processes. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s joint work in advancing gender equality, namely through the UN Gender Theme Group and with the Secretary of State for the Support and Socio-economic Promotion of Women (SEM) through the Gender Equality Coordination Group.
Timor-Leste, as part of its leadership in the g7+ group of fragile states, has played an active role in advancing the 2030 Agenda, with a dedicated Roadmap to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and conducting a Voluntary National Review of its progress in 2019. In the pre COVID-19 context, gender equality was identified as an area for accelerated action, with limited data to accurately measure progress on key areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The need for this data is even more critical as part of the COVID-19 recovery to ensure that groups most marginalized (e.g. survivors of violence, informal workers, persons with disabilities, women and girls in rural areas, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex -LGBTI persons) are represented and benefitting from the country’s socio-economic response efforts.
To ensure the systematic monitoring of and reporting on Timor-Leste’s commitments towards the achievement of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Women, together with UNFPA and the Human Rights Advisor’s Unit as well as other sister UN agencies under the UN Gender Theme Group, in collaboration with the State Secretariat for Equality and Inclusion (SEII) and the General Directorate for Statistics under the Ministry of Finance, will jointly develop a Country Gender Equality Profile (CGEP). The CGEP follows the 2014 Country Gender Assessment conducted by ADB, UN Women and the State Secretariat for the Promotion of Equality in Timor-Leste, as well as the 2018 Timor-Leste Gender and Sustainable Development Report developed by UN Women, UNFPA and the SEII. The CGEP will serve as a reference of the current operating context in relation to gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) to national and international partners. By providing an in-depth analysis, the CGEP will enhance the understanding of differences in the conditions, needs, participation rates, use of time, access to resources and development, control of assets, decision-making power, etc. between girls, women, boys, men, across individuals, recognizing their diverse abilities, gender identities and sexual orientations. It is important to understand these differences to ensure that investments from the State Budget, as well as actions funded by development partners address gender inequalities and discrimination where needed and benefit equally girls, boys, women, men of all abilities, gender identities and sexual orientations.
The Country Gender Equality Profile is premised on the idea that gender should not be a barrier to accessing development benefits. The CGEP exercise is thus aimed at informing policy and programme development in line with the Government of Timor-Leste’s priorities on GEWE. The CGEP will serve as a key reference document for the implementation of Timor-Leste’s GEWE commitments in line with the 2016 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Concluding Observations), the Beijing Platform for Action, National Strategic Development Plan (2011-2030), Maubisse Declaration (2018-2022), National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence (NAP GBV) (2017-2021), National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2016-2020), the 2017 Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Recommendations related to the seven core international human rights treaties adopted and the 2019 SDG Voluntary National Review Report.
Framed under the international, regional and national commitments to GEWE, and contributing to the priority areas identified under the policy commitments identified above, Timor-Leste’s CGEP is to be an in-depth, national and sub-national level analysis of the status of women, men and gender and sexual minorities, based on both statistical and qualitative data and information, and will draw upon the 2021 Population Census. The UN Gender Theme Group (Chaired by UN Women and co-Chaired by UNFPA) will work together with the Human Rights Advisor’s Unit in collaboration with the State Secretariat for Equality and Inclusion (SEII) and the General Directorate for Statistics under the Ministry of Finance, to jointly develop the Country Gender Equality Profile (CGEP). The process will engage relevant line ministries, civil society (including academia), and international development partners and will contribute to better monitoring and reporting of progress towards achieving gender-related SDG indicators.
In this regard, UN Women Timor-Leste will recruit an international consultant (team leader) and a national consultant to lead development of the CGEP in Timor-Leste. If the international team leader is not able to travel to Dili, she/he will be coaching the research team remotely, in close collaboration with the national consultant based in Dili.
Duties and Responsibilities
The purpose of developing a CGEP for Timor-Leste is to strengthen national understanding on the advancement of international, regional and national commitments towards GEWE; to identify gender discrepancies in the enjoyment of all human rights and entry points and strategies to address them; and increase availability and use of data analysis which can act as a primary source of information for evidence-driven advocacy to advance the gains and overcome the bottlenecks to realizing GEWE at sub-national and national levels, particularly in the context of COVID-19 recovery.
The CGEP will provide an understanding of persisting gender inequality in Timor-Leste and its causes, drivers and conducive conditions, how it intersects with other inequalities, how it impacts the realisation of human rights and access to benefits of development efforts as well as an understanding of the national and sub-national governments’ commitment and capacity to work on GEWE issues. The CGEP will provide qualitative information, sex-age and other disaggregated data and analysis on the gender situation in the identified sectors. It will contribute to policy dialogue and facilitate the gender-sensitive COVID-19 recovery and development strategies.
Using a gender equality lens, aligning with the SDG gender indicators and contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2021-2025) for Timor-Leste, a number of key focus areas are to be identified for the CGEP. These could include, for example: i) Poverty (SDG 1), ii) Food Security (SDG 2), iii) Health (SDG 3), iv) Education (SDG 4), v) GEWE (SDG 5), vi) Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6); vii) Employment (SDG 8), viii) Urban Issues (SDG 11), ix) Climate Action (SDG 13); x) Access to Justice (SDG 16), with cross-cutting issues of xi) transforming social norms, xii) youth engagement and xiii) social inclusion, and xiv) human rights. The final list of thematic focus areas will be confirmed during consultations, in coordination with a CGEP Reference Group.
UN Women, on behalf of the UN Gender Theme Group, is seeking a national consultant to support the development of the CGEP, including data collection and analysis in Timor-Leste.
Objectives of the assignment
The national consultant will work under the overall guidance of the UN Women Head of Office and direct supervision by the Coordination Specialist and the International Team Leader. The national consultant will work with the UN Gender Theme Group, national stakeholders, namely the office of the Secretary of State for Equality and Inclusion (SEII) and the Ministry of Finance General Directorate of Statistics (DGS) to:
Scope of work and tasks
2. Task 2: Support the International Team Leader in Data Collection, Analysis and Validation: Timor-Leste’s CGEP will be grounded in evidence-based research generated through participatory methods. The process of data collection, analysis and validation will include analysis of available literature, sectoral and thematic assessments and reports identified in the initial mapping (Task 1), as well as thematic and sectoral consultations with relevant national and sub-national stakeholders, and validation with the Reference Group. The data collection, analysis and validation process will include:
Note: UN Women will arrange printing/translation of the final documents.
Careful planning in relation to time and budget is crucial to the success of the study and all contingencies must be considered, including an accessibility of field locations in the context of COVID-19 restrictions, expenses for remote engagement, cost and logistics of translation/interpretation and availability of stakeholders, delays due to weather conditions, and national events and holidays.
The assignment will take place in Timor-Leste over a foreseen duration of 8 months. An initial briefing and a final debriefing meeting will be held with UN Women and the UN Gender Theme Group in Timor-Leste at the beginning and end of the assignment. The assigned focal points in UN Women TLS will provide oversight and quality assurance to the consultant/s throughout the entire process of developing the CGEP. The team of consultants will be required to provide monthly updates on the progress made against the above-mentioned tasks.
All deliverables should incorporate UN Women feedback before finalization and all reports and training material shall be presented in English, in electronic version.
Due to work requirement and current situation, preference will be given to candidates based in Dili Timor-Leste.
 This aligns to Outcome 1 of UN Women’s Global Strategic Plan and Outcome 1 of UN Women Timor-Leste’s Strategic Note (2021-2025), which includes support to strengthening government and non-government stakeholders’ capacity to assess progress in implementation of CEDAW, the Beijing Platform for Action, gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda and other global normative and policy frameworks for GEWE; (and) facilitation of evidence-based dialogue amongst governments, with civil society and other actors”, , UN Women Global Strategic Plan (2018-2021); UN Women Timor-Leste Strategy Note (2021-2025), p.16-17.
Actioning Outcome 5 of United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework of Timor-Leste (2021-2025) and Outcome 4 of UN Women Timor-Leste’s Strategic Note (2021-2025), “People in Timor-Leste, especially the most excluded, are empowered to claim their rights, including freedom from violence, through accessible, accountable and gender-responsive governance systems institutions and services at national and sub-national levels”.
 UN Women will provide guidance and examples of these profiles.
 Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (2015) Concluding observations on the combined second and third periodic report of Timor Leste, 24 November 2015, available at:
Leading by Example Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:
Required Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in gender studies, data analysis, social, economic or political studies.
Experience and skills
At least 3 years of experience of relevant work in the field of gender equality and data analysis Experience in conducting trainings Experience in working with state institutions, particularly in producing gender data and analysis Experience in strengthening the capacities of national organizations or institutions Good knowledge of national development and gender context in Timor-Leste.
Language and other skills
Good command of English and Tetum both written and oral Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email Knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia or Portuguese is an added advantage.
Annex I: Financial Proposal
The lump sum costs should include administration, travel related costs and expenses related to the consultancy. All prices/rates quoted must be exclusive of all taxes. The lump sum costs must be accompanied by a detailed breakdown of costs calculation.
Annex II: Key Principles for the CGEP
In order to identify at least one objective to contribute for each thematic priority, the CGEP should meet the following criteria:
Use key recent statistics on the situation of women and girls, men and boys, and gender and sexual minorities – which will provide the baseline for future measurement and provide an interpretation; Identify key barriers to achieving GEWE (including discriminatory social norms, legislative framework, institutional capacity, political will, etc.). Identify key actors with mandate and resources to act for GEWE (national and sub-national government actors, I/NGOs, civil society, international development partners, etc.); Map gender data knowledge/ information gaps (e.g. sex-age-gender-disability disaggregated statistical information) and identify relevant knowledge and statistical gaps; Provide a clear assessment of where development partners can add value for achieving country objectives on GEWE (as part of national development priorities); Identify realistic objectives / opportunities for policy and political dialogue; and Develop clear tangible suggestions for the integration of GEWE in the areas of intervention (e.g. sectors or thematic areas), including from a programmatic perspective.
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:
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidate.
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.
Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.
Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%] Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]
Evaluation The international consultant will need to provide proof (certificate) of BSafe training (which can be accessed at undss.trip.org) – in case of travel A statement from a medical doctor of ‘good health and fit for travel’
All applications must include (as an attachment) the CV and the financial proposal. Applications without financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further processing.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be invited to the interview.
Selected candidates will need to submit prior to commencement of work:
UN Women P-11 form, available from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment Financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount per each deliverable, and indicating separately any travel, per diem and administrative fees. The lump sum costs must be accompanied by a detailed breakdown of costs calculation. CV, including contact information for 3 references; Two writing samples, preferably including an evaluation where applicant was a team leader.
XV. Ethical code of conduct
The consultant will need to outline their approach to ensuring accountability to populations and ethical approaches in the research process (See UNEG Ethical Guidelines). This should be a dedicated section in the workplan. All data collected by the consultant must be submitted to the UN Women Focal Point in Word, PowerPoint or Excel formats and is the property of Government of Timor-Leste and UN Women. Proper storage of data is essential for ensuring confidentiality.
Proper procedures for data collection with rights holders who may have been affected by violence must be adhered to as outlined in the WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for research on violence against women. Additionally, if the international consultant or any person involved in the research process identify issues of wrongdoing, fraud or other unethical conduct, UN Women procedures must be followed and confidentiality be maintained.
The UN Women Legal Framework for Addressing Non-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct, and a consulting policies protecting against retaliation and prohibiting harassment and abuse of authority, provide a cohesive framework aimed at creating and maintaining a harmonious working environment, ensuring that staff members do not engage in any wrongdoing and that all allegations of wrongdoing are reported promptly, investigated and appropriate action taken to achieve accountability. The UN Women Legal Framework for Addressing Non-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct defines misconduct and the mechanisms within UN Women for reporting and investigating.
XVI. Submission of application
Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application to UNDP Job site no later than 29 June 2021.
Submission of package
Cover letter and copy of the latest academic certificate;