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.
The Fiji Multi Country Office (MCO) covers 14 Pacific countries, with field offices/presence in 6 countries, and six ‘focus countries’ (Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Tonga and Samoa). Each field presence is led by a national Country Programme Coordinator with a Programme Officer in Tonga. UN Women, in partnership with Pacific Islands Governments, regional organizations, CSOs, donors and UN agencies, focuses on delivering within four interlinked programme areas:
In the Pacific, disaster risks converge with critical socio-economic vulnerabilities, environmental degradation and climate change. Disasters and climate change are widening inequalities and undermining poverty reduction in the region. Threats such as COVID-19 are further exacerbating the inequalities and hardships faced by women and girls including those with disabilities.
Women and girls face greater vulnerability and exposure to disasters, yet women remain largely ignored and their capacities unleveraged in conventional resilience building processes. As a result, women are generally absent in the development of resilience strategies and decision-making processes for prevention, preparedness, and recovery. This is compounded by significant gaps at the global, regional and country level in relation to the availability and use of sex, age and disability disaggregated data (SADDD), knowledge sharing on women’s resilience; an enabling environment for building women’s resilience (including capacities, leadership and funding); translation of commitments into action; coordination and private sector partnership; and a need for transformative change to tackle the underlying drivers of disproportionate risk.
Within the Gender and Protection in Humanitarian Action Outcome areas (Outcome 5), UN Women Fiji MCO works on integration of gender and protection in all phases of humanitarian response, including preparedness, disaster risk reduction and management and recovery. UN Women implements two gender and disaster risk reduction programmes in the Pacific. Women’s Resilience to Disasters (WRD) Programme at the global, regional and national levels with a strong focus on the Pacific with three pilot countries including Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati. WRD programme proposes a comprehensive package for building women’s resilience to disasters, climate change and threats (including COVID-19). The aim of the WRD Programme will be to render women’s and girls’ lives and livelihoods disaster-resilient, contributing to sustainable and secure communities, by promoting gender responsive prevention, preparedness and recovery systems, plans and tools; and by enabling targeted action to help women and girls withstand hazards and threats, recover fully from disasters and increase their resilience to future risks.
UN Women is also implementing Addressing the Gender Inequality of Risk and Promoting Community Resilience in Solomon Islands (GIR Project) jointly with UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The GIR project is designed to ensure the effective integration of gender in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and at a broader level, to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project aims at reducing the gender inequality of risk, promoting community resilience and delivering the commitments to gender and disability-responsive disaster risk reduction (DRR) inscribed in the Sendai Framework and the related Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific – An Integrated Approach to Address Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (FRDP) 2017 – 2030 ().
 SPC, SPREP, PIFS, UNDP, UNDRR and USP (2016). The Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific An Integrated Approach to Address Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (FRDP) 2017 – 2030.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment
UN Women Fiji MCO is looking for an individual to support management and technical support of disaster risk reduction and gender programming.
For this purpose, the Consultant will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the UN Fiji Multi-Country Office Deputy Representative and Gender and Protection Specialist in close coordination with Humanitarian and DRR Programme Team.
Provide programme development technical support to the WRD and GIR Programmes:
Support the implementation and management of the WRD Programme:
Support the implementation and management of the GIR Programme:
Support coordination of the Humanitarian and DRR Programme Team:
Duration of the Assignment
The duration of this assignment will be up to 155 working days over 7.5 months work assignment as per schedule of deliverables.
The Consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs.
The assignment should be carried out within a period of 7.5 months, not exceeding 155 working days, with the incumbent being responsible for delivering the following outputs:
Upon receipt of the final deliverables and prior to the payment of the instalment, the deliverables, related reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women within one week.
All the deliverables should be agreed with UN Women and be provided in English hard and electronic copy.
The Consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Payments will be disbursed on a monthly basis to the consultant, upon submission and approval of timesheets, monthly report and certification by the UN Women Deputy Representative or Gender and Protection Specialist that the services have been satisfactorily performed.
No DSA or relocation costs will be provided for the position. Applicants are expected to reside in Suva, or to be able to meet their own relocation costs if they are based in Fiji outside of Suva.
UN Women will not cover transportation cost within or to Suva. Travel costs outside Suva will be covered separately by UN Women with prior approval.
During the consultancy assignment’s related missions, UN Women Fiji Multi Country Office will cover travel cost for the Consultant for the agreed upon routing and in conformity with UN Women applicable rules and regulations.
Required Skills and Experience
Required experience and qualifications
The Consultant should fulfil the following requirements:
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, applicants will only be considered if they currently reside in Fiji. The position is open to both national and international applicants.
Experience and Skills:
Language and other skills:
Initially, individual consultants will be short-listed based on the following minimum qualification criteria:
The shortlisted individual consultant will be further evaluated based on a cumulative analysis process, with a total score being obtained upon the combination of weighted technical and financial attributes.
Cost under this method of analysis is rendered as an award criterion, which will be 30% out of a total score of 100 points.
Evaluation of submitted offers will be done based on the following formula:
Technical evaluation will be represented through desk review of applications. Interviews and/or written tests will be organized if needed only, depending on the short-listed candidates’ qualifications.
Technical Qualification Evaluation Criteria: The technical part is evaluated based on its responsiveness to the Terms of Reference (TOR).
Financial Qualification Evaluation Criteria: In the Second Stage, the financial proposal of candidates, who have attained minimum 70% score in the technical evaluation (at least 49 points), will be compared.
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).
|Closing date:||April 10, 2021|