Consultant to develop UN Women Asia-Pacific Regional Office’s Strategic Note (2022-2025)

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


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Location : Home-based

Application Deadline : 27-Dec-21 (Midnight New York, USA)

Time left : 14d 8h 53m

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : International Consultant

Languages Required :
English

Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 17-Jan-2022

Duration of Initial Contract : 17 January-31 July 2022

Expected Duration of Assignment : 17 January-31 July 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.

Background

1. Background

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEWE). A global champion for women and girls, it was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide[1].

UN Women’s efforts are guided by a set of key normative frameworks i.e. Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) (1979), Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) (1995), UN Security resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030), the Paris Agreement (2015) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Agreement (2015). UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities:

Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems

Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy

All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence

Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action

UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. The entity works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world.

UN Women developed a new global Strategic Plan in 2021 which will take effect in 2022, guiding the entity’s global efforts until 2025 and leveraging its triple mandate—encompassing normative support, UN system coordination, and operational activities, to mobilize urgent and sustained action to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls and support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Strategic Plan is based on key findings from an extensive consultative process and draws from the analysis of lessons learned and recommendations from evaluations, audits, and other assessments, including those from the 25-year review and appraisal of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Given the interconnected nature of global challenges, UN Women has taken an integrated approach in this regard, which is reflected in seven systemic and cross-cutting outcomes to address the root causes of inequality and affect broader systems change, across its thematic focus areas.

The UN Women Regional Office of Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) is planning on developing its next Strategic Note which will derive from the global Strategic Plan, and address regional priorities, drawing on the most recent normative developments, documents and reports, regional evaluations and the humanitarian needs overview, where relevant. The analysis should focus on identifying the issues presented and highlighted by the data, the roles of rights holders and responsibilities of duty bearers, the underlying factors causing the behavior of each, and the potential drivers of positive change. The Strategic Note will be informed by a synthesis of the following:

The status of relevant normative frameworks, including: CEDAW (state parties’ reports, Universal Peer Reviews and CEDAW Committee concluding observations), UN Security Council resolution 1325, the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement etc. and outcomes of the Generation Equality Forum (with specific focus on the Asia-Pacific regional journey)

Robust socio economic and political analyses of regional development trends, including progress vis-à-vis the SDGs (especially SDG 5) following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic

Key humanitarian needs and disaster risks, with a focus on implications for gender equality and women’s empowerment, as relevant

Key elements of the most recent regional gender equality specific assessments, Beijing +25, regional report, UN progress reporting on the development system reform process (including the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (2020)), and corresponding strategic, planning and programming processes and documents including efforts to address concerns across the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus (HDP) nexus

A synthesis of areas of investment in our efforts to response to the Leave No One Behind (LNOB) principle under the 2030 Agenda, in the context of efforts to advance GEWE

An analysis of audit reports, mid-term reviews (for the ROAP Strategic Note and programmatic level), programmatic assessments; programmatic or functional evaluations (corporate/regional/country-specific) etc.

An analysis of UN Women’s comparative advantage within the region

An analysis of the needs of our country presences (multi-/country offices/program presences) etc.

[1] UN Women website: http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us

Duties and Responsibilities

2. Duties and responsibilities

To facilitate this process, the ROAP is seeking the services of an International Consultant who will work in close collaboration with the ROAP Planning and Coordination Specialist and under the direct supervision of the Deputy Regional Director ai. of the ROAP. The International Consultant will be required to coordinate and support the following processes:

To conduct an extensive literature of relevant documents that will be provided by the Strategic Planning and Coordination Specialist.

To support the organization and facilitation of relevant internal and external consultation processes, including developing tools for these processes, analyzing and synthesizing the outcomes to inform the Strategic Note i.e. based on and analysis and synthesis.

To coordinate the development and finalization of relevant supporting documents for the completion of the Strategic Note package (to be developed by thematic and functional leads per the Strategic Note guidance)

To review and incorporate the technical and strategic comments received to the Strategic Note, based on feedback received from ROAP and UN Women Headquarters.

3. Methodology

The next ROAP Strategic Note will be developed in line with corporate guidance on both process and contents of the Strategic Note package. To the extent possible, efforts will be made to ensure internal (with UN Women’s Headquarters, ROAP units, and country presences), and external consultations at regional and national levels with diverse stakeholders, including UN Member States, civil society, other United Nations entities, the private sector and other relevant actors. Through this process we also hope to engage UN Country Teams in non-resident countries to inform our strategic priorities.

The structure of the ROAP Strategic Note will include:
Narrative section including Theory of Change, which will comprise of the following sections:

Context and Situation Analysis

Regional Strategy

Lessons Learned

Management & Operations

a. Principled Performance

b. Business Transformation

c. Empowered Peopled.

d. Advancing Partnerships and Resources.

e. Product, Services and Processes

5. Proposed Programmes

a. Regional

i. Country Programme Oversight, Quality Assurance and Support

ii. Regional Gaps and Proposed Regional Programme.

b. Non-Resident Agencies (NRA) Results by Country

c. Programme Sustainability

Results and Resource Framework

Required supporting documents to be attached to the SN (Mandatory annexes) include:

Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Plan (MERP)

Risk Register

Functional map and Human Resource Plan

Knowledge Management Plan

Resource Mobilization Action Plan

Biennial Workplan

4. Timelines:
The first draft of the ROAP Strategic Note with all required sections and annexes should be completed by the second week of April 2022 and be ready for submission in the corporate Results Management System (RMS) to support an internal technical review. The formal submission of the Strategic Note package is to be by mid- May 2022, with the formal review of the same due in early June 2022, and final approval by end June 2022.

5. Deliverables and timelines

Tasks and Deliverables

Percentage

Target Dates

1. Agreed workplan and methodology to conduct this assignment

10%

25 January 2022

2. The zero draft Strategic Note (SN) with the supporting documents

15%

15 March 2022

3. The first draft SN with the supporting documents

35%

15 April 2022

4. The second draft SN with the supporting documents

20%

15 May 2022

5. The final draft SN with the supporting documents

20%

15 June 2022

Competencies

5. Competencies

Core Values:
Respect for Diversity

Integrity

Professionalism

Core Competencies:
Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues

Accountability

Creative Problem Solving

Effective Communication

Inclusive Collaboration

Stakeholder Engagement

Leading by Example

Functional Competencies: (below are examples to be adjusted to each assignment)

Excellent analytical skills

Strong knowledge of UN Women processes and systems

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

6. Required qualifications

A) Education

Master’s Degree in social science, gender studies, law, international relations or other related fields.

A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

B) Experience and skills

At least 7 years of extensive professional working experience in strategic planning, developing strategic document, programme or project documents with international organisations or relevant international development agencies

At least 5 years of demonstrable work experience in gender equality and empowerment of women is required

Demonstrated experience collaborating with institutions, partners in development and civil society organizations in the region in especially those focused on promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment activities

Experience with the United Nations system, good knowledge of the UN Women mandate and its programmatic frameworks and rules and United Nations procedures would be an asset.

At least 3-5 years of experience in developing programme documents or proposals using UN Results-Based Management standards, is required

Experience working in Asia-Pacific countries is desirable.

C) Language and report writing skills

Language proficiency in English is required.

7. Contract period and work location

This consultancy is part-time and home-based from 17 January-31 July 2022.

8. Payments

Payments for this consultancy will be based on certification of satisfactory conclusion of the consultancy.

9. Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis:

Technical qualification (100 points); weight: (70%)

Financial proposal (100 points): weight (30%)

A two-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed 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 qualification evaluation will be evaluated.

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: Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

A) Education

Master’s Degree in social science, gender studies, law, international relations or other related fields.

A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

10

B) Experience and skills

At least 7 years of extensive professional working experience in strategic planning, developing strategic document, programme or project documents with international organizations or relevant international development agencies.

At least 5 years of demonstrable work experience in gender equality and empowerment of women is required

Demonstrated experience collaborating with institutions, partners in development and civil society organizations in the region in especially those focused on promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment activities

Experience with the United Nations system, good knowledge of the UN Women mandate and its programmatic frameworks and rules and United Nations procedures would be an asset

At least 3-5 years of experience in developing programme documents or proposals using UN Results-Based Management standards, is required

Experience working in Asia-Pacific countries is desirable

70

C) Language and report writing skills

20

Total Obtainable Score

100 %

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically qualified candidates who may be contacted for validation interview.

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.

10. Submission of application

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application to [email protected], with cc to [email protected] not later than 27 December 2021.

Submission package includes:
Cover letter outlining relevant work experience;

Completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from

https://asiapacific.unwomen.org/-/media/field%20office%20eseasia/docs/misc/2021/10/p_11_form_unwomen%20-jul%202021.doc?la=en&vs=759

Two writing samples to demonstrate the applicant’s analytical and writing skills;

Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs. Based on the deliverables, the consultant should propose missions to Bangkok when necessary. The consultant shall submit the price offer indicating a lump sum all-inclusive cost for the assignment with the Technical Proposal.

Please see the financial proposal template as below:
Items

Amount

1. Agreed workplan and methodology to conduct this assignment and the zero draft Strategic Note (SN) with the supporting documents

2. The first draft SN with the supporting documents

3. The second draft SN with the supporting documents

4. The final draft SN with the supporting documents

Total financial proposal

List of 3 professional references that can be contacted.

Only shortlisted candidates will be requested to submit a copy of passport and a copy of the highest education certificate in English.

Applicants without the completed UN Women P-11 form as per the format to the link mentioned above will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

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