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UN Women: Economics Specialist- International Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based with travel to Kathmandu, NEPAL|
|Application Deadline :||25-Mar-18 (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 :||120 days spread over ten months|
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. The forthcoming UN Women Nepal’s Strategic Note (SN) for the period 2018-2022 lays out the agency’s unique role and comparative advantage in supporting national stakeholders in advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women in line with internationally agreed normative standards. The SN is aligned with and contributes to Nepal’s national priorities as described in Nepal’s Fourteenth Three-year Periodic Plan, its gender equality commitments, the needs of women’s organizations, and the UNDAF 2018-2022 with a commitment of leaving no one behind. UN Women will advance its efforts in Nepal in accordance with its unique role and triple mandate (normative, operational and coordination) and lessons learned to “achieve gender equality and social inclusion and empower women and girls in Nepal to realize their human rights” (Nepal Country Office SN Goal Statement).
Under the overarching SN 2018-2022, UN Women focuses on two programmatic areas, governance and leadership, and women’s economic empowerment. Women’s economic empowerment seeks to ensure income security, better jobs and economic independence of vulnerable women, taking into account the vulnerability of women and girls in the contexts of disaster risk and climate change impact. This will help ensure that, vulnerable women’s groups in Nepal have income generation opportunities and are resilient to climate change and disasters that affect their livelihoods by 2022 (Outcome 2). The anticipated outputs include: 1) Planet 50:50 Nepal advanced by engaging men/boys, interfaith leaders, vulnerable groups and youth networks in addressing adverse social and economic norms, structural barriers, and gender-based discrimination; 2) Key line ministries and select local governments have increased technical capacity to develop and implement gender responsive macroeconomic policies (fiscal and budgetary) and sectoral policies (agriculture, energy, labour, industry and DRR); and 3) A substantive equality approach to women's economic empowerment tested and adopted in select target sectors (agriculture, energy) for income generation, improved climate resilient livelihoods and to address safe migration with vulnerable women’s groups.
Key strategies to achieve the above will include: 1) advocacy and social mobilization for transformational changes in social and economic norms, which regulate institutions, structures and policies of government agencies, businesses and communities; 2) integrated policy advice to the government at the federal level for the development of gender-responsive economic policies and at the local level for their implementation; 3) capacity development support for vulnerable women’s groups in partnership with federal and local governments, and the private sector, focusing on skills and leadership development and prevention of gender based violence; and 4) technical assistance to ensure women’s increased access to disaster and climate-smart and time-saving assets, tools, technologies and information, particularly for women in agriculture.
Duties and Responsibilities
In order to provide high quality policy advisory service especially on macroeconomic policy and capacity development support to the Government and other stakeholders, UN Women is seeking for the services of an expert feminist development economist (the Consultant). Reporting to Unit Manager (Economic Empowerment Unit), in close collaboration with programme teams, the Consultant will be responsible to analyze macroeconomic and social data and trends and provide analytical advisory services to UN Women Nepal Country Office on development issues and policies to enhance the strategic impact of UN Women’s interventions in the areas of women’s economic empowerment in Nepal. S/he will also identify, formulate and manage policy research projects on key macroeconomic issues particularly in the context of women’s economic empowerment.
1. Strategic macroeconomic analysis and policy research
Review and analyze relevant macroeconomic and sectoral policies to support the evidence-based policy advocacy function of UN Women, focusing on achievement of the following results:
(i) socio-economic briefs; (ii) policy papers; (iii) formulation and launch of a research study on care economy and women’s time use; and (iv) a compilation of best practices and lessons learnt.
2. High quality technical inputs and support to UN Women programmes on women’s economic empowerment
Provide high quality analytical economic inputs to UN Women programmes for the strategic implementation of the SN 2018-2022 and ensures the UN Women programmes are in line with national policies and priorities, focusing on achievement of the following results:
(i) Technical inputs to develop and roll out the upstream policy level capacity development assistance; (ii) strategic notes/background papers in support of the formulation of strategies of women’s economic empowerment programmes from a substantive equality perspective; and (iii) technical inputs and quality assurance support on the formulation, planning, management and monitoring of UN Women programmes on women’s economic empowerment
3. Evidence-based policy advisory services and capacity development of the Government counterparts, civil society and development partners
Provide high quality economic policy advisory services and technical support to the Government and facilitate capacity development of relevant officials of the Government, civil society and development partners to effectively integrate, implement and monitor gender equality provisions in macroeconomic and sectoral policies in alignment with international and national commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Consultant will also focus on achievement of the following results:
(i) policy dialogues; (ii) policy briefs; and (iii) capacity development activities for Government officials
4. Contribution to the strategic partnerships and resource mobilization efforts
Provide technical supports and advice to create strategic partnerships and implement the UN Women resource mobilization strategy, focusing on achievement of the following results:
(i) drafts of concept notes and/or programme documents; and (ii) thematic briefs for possible areas of resource mobilization.
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Evaluation and Selection Criteria:
Criteria for selection will be based on the following assessment followed by the satisfactory reference check of the candidate:
A two-stage procedure is applied in evaluating the proposals, with technical evaluation through the desk review prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical evaluation will be evaluated.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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.