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Senior Gender Advisor to support ASEAN Committee of Women Cambodia (International Consultant - Retainer)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based with possible field trips to Cambodia depending on COVID-19 situation|
|Application Deadline :||31-Jan-23 (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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One year with maximum 100 working 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 Indonesia Country Office (CO) includes the ASEAN liaison office function to extend support to ASEAN and its Member States in advancing Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in line with global normative frameworks. UN Women in partnership with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is implementing the regional project, “Empowering Women for Sustainable Peace: preventing violence and promoting social cohesion in ASEAN” (Advancing WPS in ASEAN). The project aims to support ASEAN Member States to advance and strengthen WPS agenda, including through preventing violence against women and girls and promoting social cohesion in the region. The programme will ultimately contribute to the achievement of gender equality through inclusive and sustainable peace and development in the region.
The WPS agenda was formally initiated by the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), which was adopted on 31 October 2000. UNSCR 1325 reaffirmed the important role of women in prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building initiatives. It stresses the need for women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security. UNSCR 1325 also urges all stakeholders to take action to increase the participation of women and calls on the UN member states to incorporate gender perspectives into all of its peace and security agenda. It also calls on stakeholders to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict.
ASEAN Member States have taken greater strides in promoting the WPS agenda as shown in the ASEAN Regional Study on Women, Peace and Security released in 2021. One of the recommendations arising from the Study is the development of the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action (RPA) on WPS to strengthen the commitment in advancing WPS among ASEAN and ASEAN Member States (AMS) following the adoption of the Joint Statement on Promotion of WPS in ASEAN (2017).
Against this backdrop, the RPA-WPS was adopted by the ASEAN Leaders at the ASEAN Summit in November 2022. It includes a number of priority actions following the four pillars of the UNSCR 1325 and contextualizes peace and security challenges in Southeast Asia with a focus on enhancing the meaningful participation and leadership of women in peace and security sectors, including the UN Peacekeeping Operation, law enforcement institutions; strengthening protection of women and girls and promoting efforts around gender-responsive conflict prevention, including building social cohesion and community resilience to face emerging security challenges, such as the pandemic, cybersecurity, violent extremism among others. The RPA-WPS also has a strong focus on relief and recovery pillar, which includes the response to non-traditional security concerns such as climate change, disasters, and pandemics.
As a follow-up to the adoption of the RPA-WPS, ASEAN and AMS have demonstrated a strong commitment to implementing the RPA-WPS and its localization and complementary efforts at the national level. The Government of Cambodia as Chair of ASEAN and the Chair of the ASEAN WPS advisory group is among the lead ASEAN Member States to shepherd the formulation of the Regional Plan of Action on WPS under the leadership of ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) and ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women (ACWC) in close collaboration and consultation with 11 ASEAN sectoral bodies and institutions from all three ASEAN Community Pillars. 2023 is the first year of the implementation of the RPA, Cambodia will continue to Chair the ASEAN WPS advisory group which will transform into the coordination mechanism to oversee the implementation of RPA-WPS. It will also work closely with Indonesia Chair of ASEAN in 2023 to identify regional and national flagship initiatives for the implementation of RPA in 2023 and beyond. Cambodia has requested support from UN Women to continue to provide technical support in continuing this role and to firmly establish the coordination and the baseline, monitoring and reporting mechanisms for implementation of the RPA WPS.
 See, ASEAN, ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on Women Peace and Security (2022), available at https://asean.org/book/asean-regional-plan-of-action-on-women-peace-and-security/
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives and scope of the assignment
The main objective of this consultancy is to support ACW Cambodia, the Chair of ASEAN WPS advisory group to oversee the implementation of RPA-WPS.
Under the overall guidance of ACW Cambodia in close coordination with the ASEAN Governance, Peace and Security Lead and Project Coordination Specialist ASEAN WPS, the Senior Gender Advisor will perform the following tasks in close collaboration with ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN Advisory Group on the Implementation of RPA-WPS:
Deliverables and Duration of Assignment
All the deliverables, including annexes, notes and reports should be submitted in writing in English.
The time required for the consultancy is estimated at a maximum of 100 working days within the period indicated. The consultant will be engaged under a retainer contract, which facilitates direct engagement of the consultant depending on need and availability (as per the request by ACW Cambodia) within the contract period for a pre-agreed fee.
UN Women will not be committed to purchasing any minimum quantity of the Services, and purchases will be made only if there is an actual requirement upon the issuance of a Purchase Order based on this retainer contract. UN Women shall not be liable for any cost in the event that no purchases are made under this retainer contract.
The expected number of workdays for each deliverable will be discussed between the consultant and UN Women on a case-by-case basis. Payment will be made upon satisfactory completion of a deliverable or as agreed between the consultant and UN Women.
The following indicative deliverables are expected from the successful candidate.
Upon receipt of the deliverables and prior to the payment, the deliverables and related reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women. The period of review is one week after receipt.
Consultant’s performance will be evaluated as per the tasks requested by Cambodia based on timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the services and tasks delivered.
Respect for Diversity
Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
Creative Problem Solving
Leading by Example
Excellent analytical skills
Strong networking skills
Strong inter-personal skills, communicate effectively with staff at all levels of the organization
Ability to work in a highly pressured environment
Required Skills and Experience
The Consultant should fulfil the following requirements:
Language and other skills:
Submission of application
Interested candidates are requested to submit an electronic application no later than 31 January 2023
Submission of package
Applications without any of the items listed above 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 the commencement of work:
Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allotted 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 meet the minimum requirements will be longlisted, and additional documentation may be requested. Candidates with a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically qualified candidates and will be shortlisted for interview.
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
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