UN Women

National Consultant (Gender and Coordination)

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.  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, UN Women Philippines Programme Office under the technical and operational oversight of the Regional Office for Asia and The Pacific advises on norms, policies and strategies for achieving goals related to gender equality and women’s empowerment issues. Delivering on its triple mandate, UN Women PPO advances gender equality and women’s empowerment in its Coordination, normative and programmatic functions. PPO is tasked with ensuring gender is mainstreamed and well-coordinated in UN Women’s contributions to the UNCT and national partners and co-chairs the UN-GTG and the ODA-GAD network. In 2021, UN Women’s coordination priorities will include providing support to the implementation of the Socio-economic Peacebuilding Framework; the CCA and joint programme development opportunities, in addition to ensuring catalytic advocacy and communications initiatives are undertaken.

In addition, UN Women Philippines is implementing the project Promoting Conflict Prevention, social cohesion and community resilience in BARMM in the time of Covid-19 jointly with UN partners IOM and UNFPA, and the collaboration of the Resident Coordinator’s Office, with support from the Peacebuilding Fund.

The programme recognizes that COVID-19 is posing a direct challenge to the peace and stability of the BARMM and its surrounding areas by straining efforts to reintegrate former combatants, driving up competition for scarce resources in localities with historical tension, and shifting institutional focus away from building inclusive policies during the formative stage of the region’s new administrative apparatus. To address these challenges, the project will seek to 1) fortify reintegration efforts for former women combatants by empowering them to engage and support peacebuilding, 2) support conflict understanding and prevention by promoting gender-responsive, inclusive, and culturally-sensitive legislation, policies and programmes, and 3) build the resilience of communities in conflict hotspots through collaborative socio-economic activities and inclusive community- based reconciliation mechanisms. At the core of the programme is a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment. UN Women Philippines will contribute to the project by engaging BARMM actors to promote gender-sensitive and responsive policies and approaches to conflict prevention, and will support women in conflict hostpots by building socio-economic resilience, increasing participation in conflict mediation, and ensuring community safety mechanisms are gender responsive.

To advance this work, UN Women Philippines Programme Office seeks to hire a consultant to provide support in the area of gender mainstreaming coordination for PPO, and Technical Support to the Peacebuilding Fund WPS programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision and guidance of the Deputy Regional Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
  • Support UN Women PPO in internal coordination for gender mainstreaming including through backstopping fortnightly meetings, and supporting coordination between PPO thematic units, including for IWD advocacy, as well as to consolidate inputs for requests from the RCO;
  • Support UNCT action and national planning, including of the Socio-economic Peacebuilding Framework and other RCO-lead initiatives, and backstop UN Women’s participation in UNCT and related meetings;
  • Contribute to strengthening strategic partnerships and coordination for GEWE within the UN System and with external partners, including support for the UN-GTG and ODA-GAD;
  • Produce policy notes, briefs, and undertake cross-thematic gender Analysis to inform coordination and drive resource mobilization, including Gender Snapshots;
  • Contribute to joint UN and donor advocacy efforts for GEWE and COVID-19 response;
  • Prepare talking points and background materials for the Deputy Regional Director on PPO and UNCT priorities as requested;
  • Support Peacebuilding Fund programme inception, with a focus on providing support on Output 2: Women-led CSOs are empowered to roll-out Policy Advocacy campaigns to strengthen local protection and peacebuilding mechanisms, with attention to the engagement of the Women Speakers Bureau.
Expected deliverables and target date

Support coordination efforts to PPO and the UNCT, and support IWD/Women’s Month activities of PPO.

Deliverable: Minutes of UNCT/PPO meetings and talking points or briefings; documentation of IWD support.

26 March 2021 Support coordination efforts to PPO and the UNCT, producing 1 advocacy initiative (Gender Snapshot).

Support Peacebuilding Fund engagement with Women Speakers Bureau.

Deliverable: PPO Gender Snapshot for coordination efforts on Q1; documentation of engagement with Women Speakers Bureau under Peacebuilding Fund programme.

23 April Support coordination efforts to PPO and the UNCT, including support to conduct of 1 coordination meeting (UN-GTG/ODA-GAD).

Deliverable: Briefings and analytic inputs on GEWE for UNCT processes, and documentation of GEWE coordination meeting.

28 May Support coordination efforts to PPO and the UNCT, including brief Mapping of resource mobilization opportunities.

Support to conduct of at least 1 activity with Women Speakers Bureau.

Deliverable: Minutes/Talking Points of PPO/UNCT meetings, mapping of resource mobilization opportunities; documentation of Women Speakers Bureau activity.

25 June Support coordination efforts to PPO and the UNCT, including providing support to the development and implementation of briefs, analysis and knowledge tools for coordination purposes Deliverable: Briefings and analytic inputs on GEWE for coordination purposes.

23 July Support coordination efforts to PPO and UNCT, including production of Q2 Gender Snapshot for advocacy efforts.

Report on support delivered to Women’s Speakers Bureau and workplan for their continued engagement in Peacebuilding Fund programming.

Deliverable: PPO Gender Snapshot for coordination efforts on Q2; report and workplan for Women’s Speakers Bureau.

30 August *Payment will be made upon submission of deliverables and approval. Contract period and work location

The consultant will be based in Manila under a work-from-home modality subject to COVID-19 mobility restrictions. For travel on mission, travel costs and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will be provided. Travel Authorization will be granted to the consultant prior to the travel date. The consultant will have the possibility for remote work in consultation with the supervisor.

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.

Competencies

Knowledge and experience:
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of cross-thematic Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment coordination to support UNCT processes in the Philippines.
  • Technical and programmatic expertise in Women, Peace and Security in BARMM.
  • Excellent writing skills. Experience writing policy briefs and technical reports on UN and national coordination.
  • Previous experience with UN Women and other UN agencies is a distinct 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, and/or any relevant field directly related to gender and Peace, Security and Governance;
  • Minimum seven years of relevant work experience with a demonstrable ability to provide policy, coordination and programme development support to the UNCT in the area of gender mainstreaming in the Philippines, as well as Women, Peace and Security in BARMM.
  • Excellent command of written English and Tagalog, other UN languages an asset.
Submission package includes:
  • Personal History Form(P11) https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558
  • Writing sample
  • Financial proposal: the financial proposal shall specify a lump sum total amount breaking down the daily professional fee, proposed number of working days. Please see the financial proposal template as below:
Lump Sum fee (equivalent to daily fee x no. of days) Others (please provide details as applicable) Total Financial Proposal Submission of application

Interest candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application to hr.bangkok@unwomen.org  with -cc to jean.ricohermoso@unwomen.org , not later than 15 February 2021, 23:59 Bangkok time.

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 utilised 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: Education

  • Master’s degree in gender studies, international affairs, and/or any relevant field directly related to gender and governance, peace and security.
20% Experience and skills

  • Minimum seven years of relevant work experience with a demonstrable ability to provide policy, coordination and programme development support to the UNCT in the area of gender mainstreaming in the Philippines (to be assessed through P11 form).
  • Experience writing policy briefs and technical reports on UN processes and national coordination (to be assessed through writing sample).
  • Previous experience with UN Women and other UN agencies an advantage.
60 % Language and report writing skills

  • Excellent command of written English, with proven report writing experience. Other UN languages an asset.
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.
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.
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