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The UN Sub-Regional Team for the OECS and Barbados will be implementing the project “Enhancing Resilience and Acceleration of the SDGs in the Eastern Caribbean: Universal adaptive social protection modelled at the community, national and sub-regional levels” from January 2020 to January 2022. The project, which is funded by the SDG Fund for Social Protection, is co-led by UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP), with ILO, UNDP and UN Women as the other UN agencies to jointly implement the project.
The Joint Programme will contribute to creating an enabling environment for poor and vulnerable people to have predictable access to universal and adaptive social protection. This will support the ultimate goal of reducing structural inequality, reducing poverty and building resilience. Predictable access to universal and adaptive social protection will be promoted through an approach that spans and connects national, community and regional levels. At the national level, the Joint Programme’s interventions will focus on two countries (Barbados and St. Lucia) and will contribute to strengthening national social protection systems to support integrated service delivery by improving institutional capacities and through evidence-based, gender-responsive social and disaster risk management policies and legislation. It will also strengthen these systems through improved management and operational tools. The Joint Programme will support the introduction of innovative financing strategies to ensure fiscal sustainability and expanded coverage of the social protection system. At the community level, the Joint Programme will support the design of innovative community-based adaptive and shock responsive services within existing national programmes to generate evidence for social protection reform and strengthen the targeted communities’ ability to anticipate, absorb and recover from major shocks. At the regional level, legal and policy coherence will be supported by strengthening regional capacities, inter-institutional engagement and South-South cooperation in the Eastern Caribbean.
Through a multi-country approach, the Joint Programme is expected to enable partner governments to accelerate progress towards the implementation of SDGs in support of national commitments and reflective of the significant vulnerabilities of SIDS to external shocks, including climate-related events and impacts. Three key targets will be addressed through Joint Programme interventions to increase the adaptability of social protection to prepare for and respond to shocks and stresses by strengthening its linkages to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. Specifically, the Joint Programme is expected to contribute to strengthening institutional capacities to expand coverage and adequate social protection through vulnerability analysis and identification of at-risk people on this basis, promoting a national social protection floor and sustainable and risk-informed financing (1.3); promoting and monitoring equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sex (5.1) and increasing regional capacity to recognize unpaid care work (5.4); as well as improving service delivery to boost people’s resilience and risk-management capacities (13.1) through evidence-generation and regional cooperation and knowledge sharing.? At the end of the Joint Programme, the universal adaptive social protection model should be scalable to become an accepted framework for implementation in most, if not all 11 OECS countries and territories. Working with IFIs will be key not only to ensure sustainable results in Saint Lucia and Barbados but also in replicating the model to other countries.??
UN Women’s role in the project is to support OECS Member States with working towards further strengthening national capacity to monitor commitments to global gender equality norms and commitments specified in the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the SDGs. UN Women will deploy its technical expertise to address the structural inequalities that exist, and which undermine resilience to economic and climate-related shocks from a gender perspective; as well as the relationships between gender, unpaid care work and resilience to climate-related and economic shocks. The Joint Programme will leverage the strategic partnership in place between UN Women and the CARICOM Secretariat on Gender Statistics for measuring unpaid care and domestic work. UN Women will also deploy its global technical expertise on gender-responsive budgeting to assess fiscal space for physical and service delivery infrastructure for the reduction of unpaid care work in Barbados and St. Lucia.
UN Women will rely on the results of past and recent analytical work on gender and social protection in CARICOM. This includes the conduct of a Gender Aware Beneficiary Analysis of the St. Lucia Public Assistance Programme, the results of which led to recommendations for reform at the policy, operational, institutional and services dimensions. With regard to the latter, recommendations included the following:
UN Women’s interventions in the Joint Programme will be guided by the abovementioned recommendations. Given the agency’s focus on recognising and reducing unpaid care work in the Joint Programme, pilot approaches for optimizing social protection service delivery to connect the most vulnerable families with high care burdens – the majority of which are headed by women – to services and support to reduce unpaid care work will be prioritised.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the assignment
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO – Caribbean Representative, the Gender and Social Protection Consultant will spearhead the conduct of the following initiatives:
Scope of Work and Deliverables
The Gender and Social Protection Consultant is expected to be in St. Lucia for the full duration of the consultancy; and will be expected to deliver the following results:
2. Strengthening gender-responsiveness of social services through the single window service/one-stop shop service (timeframe April 2020 – July 2020):
3. Provide technical and inter-ministerial coordination support to the Government of St. Lucia with a pilot initiative on priority access by the country’s Public Assistance Programme (PAP) and Child Disability Grant beneficiaries (a cohort of single women-headed households with children) to Housing, Day Care, Health Care including family planning, School Feeding Programme, Transportation and other social transfers (timeframe April 2020 – April 2021):
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO-Caribbean Representative, with direct reporting to UN Women Programme Specialist for Economic Empowerment and Statistics.
Core Values / Guiding Principles:
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Required Skills and Experience
The Gender and Social Protection Consultant should meet the following criteria:
Required skills and experience:
The Gender and Social Protection Consultant should herself/himself meet the following criteria:
Hardware, Software and Communication:
Location and Duration:
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|Closing date:||January 18, 2020|