UN Women

International Consultant (Programme Development for Migrant Workers from South Asia)

UN Women

Job Description

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. Women’s economic empowerment is essential to achieving sustainable development. Women workers transform local, national and regional economies across the Asia-Pacific through agricultural work, manufacturing, Entrepreneurship and labour migration including domestic work. A combination of discriminatory laws, policies and gendered social norms creates structural barriers for women seeking to realize their right to decent work and safe migration. This means women’s economic contributions are not translated effectively into increased social and economic equality. Across the region, women continue to face barriers in accessing decent work, employment and income. Two in every three women are in informal employment, without labour law coverage, protection from discrimination, or access to social protection.1 The gap in labour force participation is also widening. Women and girls are over-represented in high risk categories of employment and comprise 71% of all victims/survivors of trafficking worldwide. Since 2001, UN Women’s Regional Programme on Empowering Women Migrant Workers in Asia has advocated for the protection and promotion of the rights of women migrant workers in the region. Most recently, UN Women has responded to the continuing need to promote and protect the rights of women migrant workers through its Regional Project, ‘Empowerment of Women Migrant Workers in South Asia through Implementation of Standard Terms of Employment’, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Global Programme for Migration and Development (GPMD).  Implementation for this project was from May 2015 to June 2019, with the overall goal to protect and promote the rights of women migrant workers through improved terms of employment, with a focus on women migrant workers from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka), including working with countries of destination in the Middle East through intergovernmental fora. UN Women ROAP’s 2019-2021 Strategic Note commits to ensuring that women workers, including women migrant workers, contribute to sustainable development and benefit from reduced social and economic inequality through decent work and safe migration across three key areas:
  1. We work with governments and regional bodies to ensure that labour and migration policies promote and protect the right of all women to safe migration and decent work, free of discrimination and exploitation;

  2. We work with government, private sector, and recruitment agencies to ensure that women workers have increased Access to Justice and gender-responsive information, procedures, training and services on safe migration and decent work; and

  3. We convene, mobilize and invest in women workers so that governments, employers, and community members understand, recognize and value women migrant workers’ rights and contributions.

To build upon the achievements of the STOE project, and to ensure efforts to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers in South Asia adequately include and proactively address the needs and concerns of women, UN Women is collaborating with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and International Labour Organization (ILO) to develop a joint UN Programme for migrant workers from South Asia, primarily those migrating to the Middle East. The three agencies have identified key priority areas and have developed a draft narrative, results framework and budget. The next stage requires further development and finalization of these draft documents, in addition to a project governance framework, including through consultation with relevant UN Women country offices and programme presences

Duties and Responsibilities

UN Women Regional Office for Asia and The Pacific (ROAP) is seeking to recruit a Consultant to coordinate and draft UN Women and gender-relevant inputs on the joint project proposal. Reporting to the Regional Programme Manager – WEE, the Consultant will be responsible for negotiating, drafting and finalizing UN Women-led elements and gender Analysis into all project documents. The consultant will be required to coordinate with relevant UN Women staff, particularly country offices and programme presences in South Asia, UN agencies (ILO and IOM), donor staff and counterparts among governments, CSOs and other relevant stakeholders (as required). The assignment will involve the following tasks and responsibilities: 1.  Develop an implementation plan with timeline for submission of deliverables. 2.  Provide one round of written inputs into project documents, based on desktop research, and Coordination with relevant stakeholders listed above. Key project documents to be delivered (noting it is a joint proposal and the consultant will be responsible for UN Women-led inputs only) are: a.  Project narrative b.  Results framework c.  Budget d.  Project governance framework 3.  Participate in a planning meeting with SDC, ILO and IOM in Colombo 4.  Provide final UN Women inputs to the joint proposal. The Consultant will be required to undertake both desk-based research as well as to communicate and coordinate with relevant stakeholders both remotely, and in person at a meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka. UN Women ROAP will introduce the consultant to relevant stakeholders. CONTRACT SUPERVISION The consultant will work under the direct supervision of Regional Programme Manager (WEE), UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. DELIVERABLES There are two outputs expected from this assignment including:
  1. Implementation plan including timelines for submission of deliverables

  2. UN Women-led inputs to the joint proposal

SCHEDULE OF PAYMENT The payment will be made in two installments as following: 1st Installment, 30% of total fee  1. Implementation Plan with concept note and outline Submit implementation plan including timelines for submission of deliverables to be approved by UN Women Programme Manager (WEE). 24 January 2020 2nd installment, 70% of total fee will be released after receiving final version of UN Women-led inputs to the proposal  2.  Proposal on Empowering Women Migrant Workers (UN Women-led inputs)
  1. Consult with relevant internal and external stakeholders, including at a meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka with ILO, IOM and SDC

  2. Submit UN Women-led inputs into draft proposal for feedback and discussion with ILO, IOM, SDC and UN Women (ROAP and COs/POs)

  3. Final UN Women-led inputs into proposal.

28 February 2020 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

Required Skills and Experience

The consultant should meet the following qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Migration Studies, Gender Studies, International Development Studies, Human Rights, Law, or other related field.  Knowledge of gender and development strongly preferred.

  • At least 5 years of progressive professional experience in international development, with a focus on gender and migration, and/or gender and labour rights.

  • Proven experience in programme-development, preferably for UN agencies.

  • Previous experience with UN agencies is an asset and in working with high-level government stakeholders will be strongly regarded. Experience working with intergovernmental bodies is an asset.

  • Excellent written and verbal English communication and interpersonal skills is required.

Submission Package:
  • Updated CV

  • Personal History Form (P.11) (available at https://www2.unwomen.org/-/media/field%20office%20eseasia/docs/misc/2012/p_11_form_unwomen.doc?la=en&vs=4602)

  • Proposed lump sum professional breaking down in daily professional fee and related cost (if any)

Please be noted that the system only allows 1 attachment per application so please combined all files into one.  In case that is not possible, you can submit the application again with different attachments. Note: 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.
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