The Gender Team is at the forefront of UNDP’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Gender Team is part of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) which provides policy advice and technical support to all of UNDP’s operations. The Gender Team works to implement gender equality as a core objective of UNDP through a two-pronged approach (i) mainstreaming gender in all core practices; and, (ii) dedicated interventions that empower women and promote gender equality. In order to advance UNDP’s mandate in this area, the Gender Team created the UNDP Corporate Gender Equality Strategy 2014-17 which outlines in detail how UNDP will work towards gender equality in each of the goals and key results set out in the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017. In addition to addressing the gender dimensions of each focus area, the Strategy sets out institutional arrangements which are aimed at ensuring that there are adequate human and financial resources as well as effective senior management oversight to achieve the expected gender equality results. To this end, several initiatives have been launched, such as the gender equality seal, the gender marker, which help strengthening accountability for gender equality results in the organization.
The Gender Equality Seal is a corporate quality assurance mechanism that measures and certifies the achievements and competence of UNDP Country Offices in advancing women’s rights and gender equality. UNDP introduced the Gender Equality Seal as a voluntary corporate quality assurance initiative which assesses and acknowledges good performance in delivering transformational development results for gender equality. The Gender Equality Seal has three levels of certification (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) and Country Offices are awarded a certain level of certification according to their gender equality accomplishments. Performance is measured according to a set of minimum acceptable quality standards based on international and corporate mandates. Every 2 years each certification round applies this rigorous process in selected offices for a period of 18 months. During this period, country offices receive continuous technical and advisory support through webinars, individualized guidance, provision of tools and reference documents according to need as well as a community of practice for knowledge sharing and collective thinking.
Additionally, the Gender Team has received expression of interest from partners such as other UN entities, International NGO-s (INGO), bilateral partners, and others, to support them in developing gender equality certification programmes.
The Gender Team is looking for a consultant to support key interventions of the Gender Equality Seal initiative during 2016.
Duties and Responsibilities
As part of the Gender Equality Seal team the consultant must:
Expected Deliverables/Outputs (Mid October-December 2016)
For the Final Gender Equality Seal Assessment, the consultant shall act as focal point for 6/7 applicant offices (3.5 days per country office, October –December) and must finalize the following deliverables:
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above, all skills and experience that mentions the word required shall be considered mandatory and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation – Total 70% (700 points):
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (490 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (700 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation – Total 30% (300 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Policy Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming of the UNDP Gender Team in New York and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
Progress will be follow through coordination meetings.
The organization will provide desk and equipment facilities.
The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment.
No travel is expected for this assignment.
Payments will be based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified above and deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager. There will be one payment at the presentation of all the outputs at the end of the consultancy.
Annex 1 – UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 2 – IC Contract Template
Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 4 – RLA Template
The above templates and forms can be accessed from the following link: Procurement Notice 33253
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.
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