National Consultant on Women’s Economic Empowerment

National Consultant on Women’s Economic Empowerment

United Nations Development Programme
Thailand
2-5 years
Not Specified

Job Description


Job Description :
Background
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. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
A key area of concern for UN Women is women’s economic empowerment as expressed in UN Women’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 as well as in the targets and indicators of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 for gender equality and women’s empowerment and of several other SDGs relating to inclusive growth, decent work, ending poverty, and reducing inequality, and revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development.
The WeEmpowerAsia programme
The WeEmpowerAsia (WEA) programme is a collaborative effort between the Regional Office of UN Women for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) and the European Union (EU), which is funding the action under its Partnership Instrument. With this programme the two entities will leverage their joint commitment to enhance women’s economic empowerment globally. They each have longstanding experience and partnerships in the Asian region. UN Women will apply its triple mandate of normative, operational and coordination actions and use its convening power to bring multiple stakeholders together for effective collaboration. EU brings valuable private and public sector partnerships across sectors as well as its solid expertise in trade and economic development.
The overall objective of the WEA programme is that more women lead, participate and have access to enhanced business opportunities and leadership within the private sector to advance sustainable and inclusive growth. The programme will achieve this through three complementary outcome areas to be implemented in seven selected middle-income countries (China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) in Asia:
  • ADVOCACY: Women’s networks, public institutions, and the private sector will collaborate and share expertise and knowledge to build an enabling business environment for women’s economic empowerment in the workplace and in the marketplace,
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP: The capacity of women-owned businesses and women entrepreneurs will be developed to enable them to engage with government and private sector corporations in policy development and dialogues for advancing women’s economic empowerment, and
  • BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT: The private sector will be supported to implement gender-sensitive practices and culture within their businesses through the take-up of the Women Empowerment Principles (the WEPs – a set of guiding principles to achieve gender equality within companies).

Ultimately, the programme will contribute to the achievement of gender equality through enabling women’s increased participation in the labour force and in the market place, improved opportunities for women entrepreneurship and business start-ups, and through strengthening of corporate sector’s commitment and action to ensure gender equality in business culture and practices.
The guiding platform for the programme is the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a set of seven principles for businesses offering guidance on how to strengthen gender equality in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the community. The WEPs are jointly developed by UN Women and UN Global Compact and seeking the commitments and concrete implementation by private corporations around the globe.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Thailand Programme Manager, the consultant will undertake the following tasks to support Thailand Programme:
  • Provide support on programme planning and implementation, such as drafting of TORs, briefing notes, concept notes, and talking points, and support to programme coordination with the regional team and country programmes.
  • Provide support especially in the outreach processes to private sector companies and support the implementation of Thailand entrepreneurship activities.
  • Provide research, writing and communications support on topics related to Thailand’s WeEmpowerAsia Programme.
  • Provide support to monitoring, evaluation and reporting, including collection and analysis of data, results monitoring, and contribute to drafting of programme reports, and supporting partner monitoring.
  • Assist in preparation and finalization of knowledge resources and background material for internal and external use, including policy briefs and programme documents.
  • Support the organization of consultations, conferences, meetings, events and trainings for Thailand’s WeEmpowerAsia programme.
  • Provide inputs to WeEmpowerAsia Communications team for the development of communication assets, blogs, knowledge products, keeping websites updated, and support building the WeEmpowerAsia Champions Network in Thailand.

Expected Deliverables
No.
Tasks & Deliverables
Target dates
1.
Task: Support in organizing Thailand WEA events and roundtables, build Thailand’s WeEmpower Asia Database / Network of different stakeholder groups
Deliverables:
  • The first report on Thailand’s events/ roundtables
  • Updated database

April 2021
  • The second report on Thailand’s events/ roundtables
  • Updated database

June 2021
  • The third report on Thailand’s events/ roundtables
  • Updated database

August 2021
2.
Task: Provide support on programme implementation, such as drafting of TORs, briefing notes, concept notes, and talking points, and support to programme coordination with the partners and stakeholdersincluding organization of consultation evnts, conferences, meetings, and trainings for Thailand’s WeEmpowerAsia programme .
Deliverables:
  • Updated private sector engagement strategy including outreach and communications

April 2021
  • One-page concept note and implementation plan for Gender Responsive Procurement Alliance

March 2021
  • Concept Note and Implementation Plan Thailand’s WEPs Awards

May 2021
  • TOR and implementation plan for partner to implement Thailand’s WEPs Awards

June 2021
3.
Task: Solicit data and provide inputs to the research team to conduct advocacy brief framework in Thailand based on the recommendations of the regional policy landscaping and a research on unconscious gender bias in workplaces
Deliverables: Data and summary of inputs for the research team
First research submission
May 2021
Second research submission
September 2021
4.
Task: Provide support to produce communication assets and knowledge products. Assist in preparation and finalization of knowledge resources and background material for internal and external use, including policy briefs and programme documents.
Deliverables
  • Overview PowerPoint Presentation for WEA
  • Progress Report on: tasks outlined above, WEPs awards

November 2021
*Payment will be made upon submission of deliverables with an approval of the Thailand’s Programme Manager
Contract period and work location
The duration of the consultancy from 15 March 2021 to 30 November 2021. The consultant will be based in Bangkok, Thailand and original working at UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific as required.
I.Evaluation
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis.
  • Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
  • Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]

A two-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Technical Evaluation Criteria
Obtainable
Score
Education
  • Master’s degree in gender studies, business management, economics, international affairs, and/or any relevant field directly related to women’s economic empowerment with minimum 2 year of relevant work experience, or bachelor’s degree with minimum 4 years of relevant work experience.

20 %
Knowledge and skills
  • Minimum 2-4 year of relevant work experience with a demonstrable ability to provide programme support in the area of women’s economic empowerment (to be assessed through P11 form).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment
  • Previous experience with UN Women and other UN agencies an advantage
  • Previous experience with private sector an advantage

60 %
Language and report writing skills
  • Excellent writing skills (to be assessed through writing sample) Fluency in Thai and English

20 %
Total Obtainable Score
100 %
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically qualified candidates who may be contacted for validation interview.
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
  • The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
  • The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

Competencies
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

Required Skills and Experience
Required qualification
  • Master’s degree in gender studies, business, economics, international affairs, and/or any relevant field directly related to women’s economic empowerment with minimum 2 year of relevant work experiences, or bachelor’s degree with minimum 4 years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing programme support in the area of women’s economic empowerment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment
  • Previous experience with UN Women and other UN agencies an advantage.
  • Previous experience with private sector an advantage
  • Excellent command of written Thai and English.
  • Excellent writing skills. Experience in writing analytic papers and reports

Submission of application and deadline
Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application to [Confidential Information] not later than 4 March 2021 at 5.00 PM BKK time.
IMPORTANT NOTE: THE UNDP APPLICATION SYSTEM ONLY ALLOWS 1 FILE TO BE ATTACHED. PLEASE KINDLY MAKE THE BELOW LISTED DOCUMENTS INTO ONE FILE. CANDIDATES WITH AN INSUFFICIENT SUBMISSION PACKAGE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Submission package
- Application Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Personal History Form (P11)
- Proposed professional fee in lump sum.
- Sample of written work

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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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