UN Women

National Consultant (Supporting Coordination to Pre-issuance Process of Gender Bond Framework)

UN Women

Job Description

  Globally, 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.

In line with UN Women’s Global Strategic Plan, and under the United Nations Partnership Development Framework (UNPDF 2018-2022) Outcome Area 4: Women’s Empowerment and in support of the Government of Egypt’s National Strategy for Women’s Empowerment, the UN Women Egypt Country Office is contributing to three interdependent and interconnected outcomes:
  • 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;
As part of the Government of Egypt’s ongoing vision of sustainable development, the Ministry of Finance in partnership with the National Council for Women is exploring possible innovative financing mechanisms to advance the national priorities in support of Gender Equality and women’s empowerment. UN Women Egypt Country Office will partner with the Government in their process of pre-issuance exploration on the development of a nationally sovereign gender bond framework. This partnership is being carried out as part of actions under the UN Women/UNIDO Joint Programme on Women’s Economic Empowerment, financed by the Government of Canada.

To support the above, UN Women ECO will recruit two national consultants to work under the leadership of the Ministry of Finance, in partnership with the National Council for Women - specifically a National Consultant/Coordination Support and a National Consultant/Portfolio Development Support.

Objective of the Assignment:

The National Consultant/Coordination Support will provide the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and National Council for Women (NCW) the coordination support required for the Government to carry out its planned pre-issuance exploration around the adoption of a gender bond framework.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the UN Women Country Representative, and the day-to-day supervision of the Ministry of Finance and in close consultation with the National Council for Women, the National Consultant/Coordination will be responsible for contributing to the development of a gender bond framework.

Specifically, the National Consultant/Coordination Support will be responsible for the following:
  • Supporting the Ministry of Finance, in consultation with the NCW, in developing a workplan for the pre-issuance process and support the timely delivery of the agreed-upon workplan;
  • Providing coordination and partnership support in carrying out the bilateral and committee-level consultations under the MoF, in partnership with the NCW, with the government bodies potentially to be included in the gender bond framework;
  • Together with the National Consultant/Portfolio Development Support, carry out technical discussions with the Government bodies on the nature of the projects which could be included in a Gender Bond portfolio;
  • Liaise with Government and international organizations in the identification of technical expertise which may be required to finalize the gender bond framework.
  • Support the MoF in its discussions with international standards bodies on sovereign bonds (i.e. ICMA), as/when required;
  • Providing inputs to the Government on the possible coordination modality/mechanisms would support the Gender Bond’s issuance, monitoring, and implementation.
Development of the MoF Pre-Issuance Workplan, including clear timelines, and division of labour; 3 Days Under MoF and in close consultation with the NCW, implement the coordination actions under the workplan, including but will not be limited to: supporting and participating in the bilateral and committee level consultations with government bodies in shaping the gender bond; supporting coordination with international organizations and IFIs in this process; supporting MoF in its discussions with the international standards bodies on sovereign bonds; 55 Days Submit a brief report outlining recommendations on what the coordination modality/mechanism under the Gender Bond would look like and how it would function.

2 Days

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.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf Functional Competencies

  • Field Competency: Ability to work with Government entities and to communicate effectively with partners;
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Encourage learning and sharing knowledge;
  • Planning, Budgeting, and Coordination Competency: Demonstrated skills in working with Government Planning, Budgeting, and/or Coordination mechanisms;
  • Knowledge of Results-based Management;
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions, and present findings;
  • Good knowledge of the technical area;
  • Good organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail.
Soft Skills:

  • Excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills in Arabic and English.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, governance, public Administration, economics, or a related field is required.
Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 to 7 years of progressively responsible experience in Government planning, budgeting, and/or coordination processes;
  • Previous experience in supporting policy/programme development around sustainable development and/or gender equality;
  • Knowledge of Capital Markets and socially responsible innovative financing mechanisms considered an asset.
Language Requirements:

  • Excellent written and spoken Arabic and English languages are required.
Evaluation Criteria:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation.

The Consultant will be responsible for all travel expenses and logistics associated with undertaking this assignment. All travels shall be coordinated with UN Women Egypt and shall be included in the total contract amount of the contractor Technical Weight Criteria: 70% (70 points)

  • Criteria 1: Master’s Degree or equivalent in social sciences, governance, public administration, economics, or a related field is required (10);
  • Criteria 2:  Minimum of 5 to 7 years of progressively responsible experience in Government planning, budgeting, and/or coordination processes (40);
  • Criteria 3: - Previous experience in supporting policy/programme development around sustainable development and/or gender equality (10);
  • Criteria 4: Knowledge of Capital markets and of socially responsible innovative financing mechanisms considered an asset (10).
Financial Weight Criteria: Lowest Financial Proposal: 30% (30 points)

The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:
  • Contract will be awarded to the technically qualified consultant who obtains the highest combined score (financial and technical);
  • The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula: (Lowest Bid Offered*)/ (Bid of the Consultant) x 30;
  • 'Lowest Bid Offered' refers to the lowest price offered by Offerors scoring at least 49 points in the technical evaluation.
Application:

Interested Individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
  • A cover letter with a brief presentation of your consultancy explaining your suitability for the work and link to the portfolio of work;
  • Financial offer in Egyptian pounds in daily rate covering all expenses (travel, transportation, etc) to carry out the assignments detailed in this terms of reference).
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
  • Two reference letters from the previous employer where similar assignments were undertaken.
  • Copies of credentials as per education requirements stated above.
The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all of them since the online application submission does only permits uploading one file per application.

Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification. Make sure that you provide a valid email address for future communications.

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