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International Consultant to conduct Baseline Survey for the United Nations’ Together for Equality Joint Programme
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based/Dili/Baucau/Covalima/Oecusse, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||08-Jul-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 :||35 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||35 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.
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 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 connected to two corporate priority areas: enhancing women’s economic empowerment (WEE), and engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes (WPS), supported by integrated efforts to ensure gender-sensitive plans and budgets and women’s right to live free of violence. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s joint work in advancing gender equality.
To address the global challenges of VAWG, the UN Family (through UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and IOM) are collaborating with KOICA and the Government of Timor-Leste to support efforts to end violence against women and girls. Through the Joint UN Project Together for Equality: Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence in Timor-Leste (2020-2024), the United Nations has a goal for women and girls in Timor-Leste to be empowered to enjoy their right to live free of sexual harassment and other forms of violence in public and private spaces and to access quality essential services, in line with the SDGs. As part of its efforts to prevent violence before it begins, interventions addressing WEE and EVAWG will be an important part of the programme.
Duties and Responsibilities
This study aims to gather quantitative and qualitative survey data on attitudes and behaviors of project participants and their communities, regarding gender quality and violence against women. (Note this is not a VAW prevalence study.)
The data will be used as a baseline against which the outcomes of the UN Joint Programme Together for Equality (T4E) Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence in Timor-Leste will be measured against.
Under overall guidance of the UN Women Head of Office in Timor-Leste, and under the supervision of the Programme Specialist EVAWG and WEE (T4E), the consultant will perform the following tasks:
Structure of Baseline Report
Executive summary (max. 5 pages)
3. Project Goal
a) Description of intended project goal
b) Key findings from analysis of baseline data
4. Outcomes and outputs
a) Description of intended outcomes and outputs
b) Key Findings from analysis of baseline data
i. Outcome 1 and associated outputs
ii. Outcome 2 and associated outputs
iii. Outcome 3 and associated outputs
5. Conclusions and Recommendations
a) Results Monitoring Plan with actual baseline data and plan for endline data collection
b) Data collection instruments (eg: survey questionnaires, interview and focus group guides, observation checklists, forms used to record data during a record review, etc.)
c) Ethical Guidelines and Safety Recommendations for Researching VAW
Outcome level indicators:
Output level indicators
Geographical coverage: National, with activities targeted in 4 municipalities: Baucau, Covalima, Dili and the Special Administrative Region of Oecusse-Ambeno
The consultant should be guided but not limited by the substantive scope of the Baseline Study. The consultant should raise and address any other relevant issues that may emerge during the study.
An initial meeting (in person/ virtually) of the consultant with the T4E team, when the consultant begins the study, shall be organized to determine the methods and develop a feasible work plan. The suggested methods for the evaluation include analyses of various sources of information, including in-depth desk review and documentation analysis, the review must integrate gender and human rights. Based on consultations, the consultant will visit identify the methodology for data collection.
The consultant may engage other team members as part of the research team, the work plan should describe in great details how the study will be carried out, suggest further clarification on the applied methodology, roles and responsibilities of the team members/ research assistant, specify field visits, if any, and outline the timeframe for the consultancy.
The Baseline Study will be undertaken as informed by the UN Guidelines on producing statistics on violence against women: Statistical surveys (2014), ASEAN Regional Guidelines on Violence against Women and Girls Data Collection and Use (2018).
*Payment will be made upon submission of deliverables with the clearance of the Project Specialist and approval of Certification of Payment (COP) by the Head of Office.
** Travel cost can be reimbursed upon submission of a mission reports to UN Women. The submission should be within 1 week after each mission.
*Payment will be made upon submission of deliverables with All acceptance and Certified by the UN Women Head of Office
 Information from Timor-Leste's NAP GBV Outcome Indicator 2.6
Leading by Example Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:
Required Skills and Experience
Academic qualifications: Master’s degree in gender studies, development studies, statistics, population and demography, social science, research, or other related fields. A PhD in research, statistics or population and demography is a clear advantage.
Essential knowledge and experience: At least 7 years of verifiable and documented experience in the field of quantitative and qualitative baseline research and data analysis (experience doing research on gender equality and women’s rights is strongly preferred)
Language and other skills:
The Consultant should adhere to international best practices for conducting research ending violence against women and girls. See WHO (2003) Putting Women First: Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Research on Domestic Violence Against Women, PATH (2005) Researching violence against women: A practical guide for researchers and activists and WHO (2016) Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Intervention Research on Violence Against Women.
No DSA will be paid at the duty station. If unforeseen travel outside the duty station not required by the Terms of Reference is requested by UN Women, and upon prior agreement/approval, such travel shall be UN Women expenses and the individual contractor/SSA shall receive a per-diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other location(s).
The applicant will be evaluated based on technical capacities (70%) and financial proposal (30%). Technical evaluation will be based on the following criteria stated below.
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria weight; 
* Financial Criteria weight; 
Only individual obtaining a minimum of 70% (i.e., 70 points out of 100 points) in the technical analysis would be considered for financial appraisal.
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 a technically qualified candidate.
Interested candidates are requested to submit an electronic application to UNDP Job Site no later than
8 July 2021.
Applicants must include (as an attachment) of item 1-5. Application with missing required documents will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.