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 the Arab States region, the UN Women’s “Men and Women for Gender Equality” (MWGE) regional programme aims to promote changes in social norms and behaviors to enable men and women to exercise their rights and opportunities equally in six countries: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia. The findings of the International Men and Gender Equality Survey in the Middle East and North Africa Region (IMAGES MENA) published in 2017 and featuring Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, and Morocco, showed that younger men’s views on gender equality in the majority of these countries do not differ substantially from those of older men. Against this backdrop, the MWGE programme, funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), is prioritizing the engagement of young men and women for gender equality as one strategic area of intervention.
In addition, the UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States and the Arab Scout Region have formalized a two-year (2020-2021) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to inspire and mobilize the Scouts to promote gender equality in the region. This consultancy will be carried out under the framework of the MWGE programme and in alignment with the MoU between UN Women and the Scouts.
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Regional Manager of the MWGE programme and in close cooperation with the leadership of the Arab Scout Region and other UN Women and Scouts staff members from their regional offices in the Arab States and from relevant country offices, a consultant will be recruited for developing two main deliverables in a very participatory and consultative manner: 1) A Regional Gender Equality Strategic Plan for the Scouts in the Arab region; and 2) A regional assessment and mapping for youth engagement strategy of the MWGE programme.
Objective of the Assignment:
UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States and the Arab Scout Region require professional services to develop a Regional Gender Equality Strategic Plan for the Scouts in the Arab region in a very participatory manner. This strategic plan will build on the analysis of relevant gender data and of existing materials and tools for gender equality developed by the Scouts, UN Women and other relevant partners in the region and beyond. These tools include the HeForShe Action Kit; the Gender Equality Self-Assessment Tool; the Policy on Girls and Boys, Women and Men within the Scout Movement (1999); the Scout’s Gender Toolkit; and the UN Women’s Youth Toolkit on Advocating and Achieving Gender Equality by 2030, among others.
The Regional Gender Equality Strategic Plan for the Scouts in the Arab region will be undertaken in close cooperation with the Scouts and UN Women, involving a number of interviews and consultations with them and other key stakeholders (i.e. UN agencies, CSOs, etc.) that are expected to be conducted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The strategic plan will cover four years and include a detailed work plan to be implemented by the Scouts at regional and country level, with a distinct focus or piloting approach on six countries: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.
The overall aim of the regional gender strategic plan for the Scouts is to develop a roadmap to promote organizational learning and action on how to realize gender-equitable management and implementation of Scouts’ activities across the MENA region, and to assess and identify practical and tangible actions to promote gender equality through scouting in the region.
This participatory regional gender strategic plan should involve identification, examination, and assessment of a range of areas from a gender-equality perspective, which may include, but not be limited to: (i) key human resource management and development related practices by the Arab Scout Region; (ii) scouting processes, structures and activities; (iii) organizational culture; (iv) available tools and good examples to promote gender equality within the Scouts and by other partners in the region; and (v) identification of human resources, organizational mechanisms and capacity development needs, and opportunities to promote gender equality within the Scouts and through scouting in the region.
In addition, UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States needs the support of the consultant to undertake an assessment and mapping with concrete recommendations and a resource mobilization plan to facilitate future MWGE programming on youth engagement for gender equality and feminist activism. This exercise is expected to identify ways to promote civic engagement of young people and intergenerational dialogue to advance women’s rights in the region, in line with existing regional and country-focus public policies.
Duties and Responsibilities
The key tasks and deliverables of the consultancy are listed here in chronological order:
UN Women and the Arab Scout Region will make every effort to facilitate the contact and meetings between the consultant and the interviewees and stakeholders to carry out this assignment as appropriate. In case the situation of COVID-19 pandemic changes and travel restrictions are eased and safety of consultant and partners can be assured, the MWGE programme will consider covering travel costs of the consultant to undertake some meetings face-to-face in the MENA region.
Payments to the consultant for each satisfactory deliverable will be done after acceptance and as certified by the UN Women’s Regional Manager of the MWGE programme and in accordance with UN Women policies and regulations. Acceptance of UN Women on deliverables number 1, 2 and 3 will also require prior approval on those deliverables by the Regional Director of the Scouts in the Arab States.
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Required Skills and Experience
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 out of the 70 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Criteria weight: 70%
Financial: Lowest Financial Proposal: 30% (30 points)
The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:
Interested Individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all them since the online application submission does only permit to upload one file per application. Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.
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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|Closing date:||September 23, 2020|