UN Women

International Junior Consultant (Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction)

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 for women as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, Humanitarian Action and peace and security.  Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Based on UN legislative mandates and the UNW Strategic Plan, the Regional Office for Asia and The Pacific is tasked with providing strategic programme development, policy / technical Advisory Services and quality assurance support to Multi Country Offices and Country Offices. It undertakes or coordinates regional research and data Analysis; advises on norms, policies and strategies for achieving the internationally and regionally agreed goals related to gender equality and women’s empowerment issues. It acts as a knowledge hub at the regional level, collecting evidence on progress and emerging issues and sharing knowledge on innovative approaches and lessons learned in implementation.

In this context, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific seeks to hire a junior consultant to support programme development, knowledge management, and Coordination functions for the humanitarian and Disaster Risk Reduction portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision and guidance of the Regional Advisor, Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction, and/or humanitarian focal points in Country Offices as assigned, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
  • Support programme development of new areas of work relating to preparedness and response for Covid-19 and disasters in the region, including providing dedicated research support, drafting of project proposals and documents, and providing support to UN Women country offices.
  • Provide support to knowledge management, monitoring, and reporting. This includes preparation of briefs and talking points; preparation and finalization of knowledge resources, collection and analysis of data, and providing inputs to quarterly reporting.
  • Draft presentations and briefs for/or minutes from workshops, meetings and consultations with relevant stakeholders
  • Support the organization of virtual consultations, meetings, and trainings for the humanitarian unit, including coordination and secretarial support for UN Women’s engagement in humanitarian coordination bodies.
  • Provide targeted technical and coordination support on ad hoc basis to country offices for implementation of programmes relating to preparedness and response for COVID-19 and disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, including through deployments to Multi/Country-Offices as requested
Expected Deliverables

In consultation with the Regional Humanitarian Advisor and respective UN Women offices, the consultant will produce on a retainer basis:
  • Draft concept notes, Terms of References, or Requests for Quotations/Requests for Proposals in the area of humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction;
  • Draft briefing notes, presentations, talking points, minutes, agendas, and notes in support of the humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction portfolio;
  • Consolidated thematic resource libraries on SharePoint, Google Drive, DropBox or equivalent platforms;
  • Reports/summaries on technical and coordination support provided to country offices, including documentation of lessons learnt, challenges, and good practices.
*Payment will be made upon submission of deliverables and approval of the Regional Advisor, Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction/humanitarian focal point from relevant M/COs

Competencies

Knowledge and experience:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of gender equality, humanitarian action or response to public health emergencies, and the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Excellent writing skills. Experience writing project proposals, donor reports, and policy briefs an asset.
  • Knowledge of online communications platforms an advantage.
  • Previous experience with UN Women and other UN agencies an advantage.
  • Fluency in English, with knowledge of other languages spoken in the Asia-Pacific region and other UN languages an advantage.
Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the United Nations' values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN and UN Women.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team to meet tight deadlines and produce high quality work.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree in gender studies, international affairs, social science, policy, and/or any relevant field directly related to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;
  • Minimum one year of relevant work experience in research, project coordination, and/or knowledge management;
  • Experience in providing programmatic or coordination support in the areas of gender, humanitarian action, and/or socioeconomic recovery from disasters in Asia Pacific;
  • Working experience in the Pacific strongly desirable;
  • Experience in humanitarian coordination strongly desirable, working experience with UN Women or other United Nations agency an asset;
  • Excellent command of written English, other languages spoken in the Asia-Pacific region and UN languages an asset.
Contract period and work location

The consultant will be home-based, with the ability to maintain working hours compatible with Asia and the Pacific, and with potential travel to target countries as requested. Reimbursement for travel, including DSA, will be provided in line with UN Women guidelines. The contract period is March-October 2021.

Submission of application

Interest candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application to hr.bangkok@unwomen.org  with -cc to salila.klongboonjit@unwomen.org , not later than 18 February 2021, 23:59 Bangkok time.

Submission package includes:
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Personal History Form (P11 which can be downloaded from https://asiapacific.unwomen.org/-/media/field%20office%20eseasia/docs/misc/2012/p_11_form_unwomen.doc?la=en&vs=4602)
  • 2x writing samples, preferably in areas relating to gender, humanitarian action, or disaster risk reduction.
  • Financial proposal: the financial proposal shall specify the daily professional fee in USD
Payments

Payments for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of each deliverable and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed. Payments will not be based on the number of days worked but on the completion of each stated deliverable within the indicated timeframes.

UN Women does not warrant that the maximum number of working days will be purchased during the term of Agreement.  The consultant can only be engaged through issuance of ATLAS Purchase Order, based on agreed Contract every time the UN Women wishes to procure the service.

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