National consultant, Tunis, Tunisia At UNDP – United Nations Development Program


Closing date: Monday, September 18, 2023

national consultant -Tunisian national only

Rental : Tunis ( Done at home ), TUNISIA

Deadline application : 18-Sep-23 ( Midnight New York, USA )

Additional Category : Gender Equality

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : National Consultant

Required Languages : French

Starting Date : ( date when the selected candidate is expected to start )

02-Oct-2023

Duration of Initial Contract : 3 months

Expected Duration of Assignment : 20 days

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.

Background

UN Women, based on the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, empowering women and achieving equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, peace and security;

Tunisia has made a number of advances in the dynamic process of strengthening social cohesion, as evidenced by the adoption of a set of laws and decrees aimed at advancing equality between men and women. However, despite these legislative advances, the persistence of conservative social standards and resistance to change continue to hamper progress. Large gender inequalities persist in rural areas, with women and girls ( 15-30 years ) suffering the most from social and geographic isolation. According to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, 35% of Tunisian women live in rural areas and 70% of the country’s agricultural workforce are women,who are paid around 50% less than men and have very limited access to social protection schemes. While 61% of women employed in rural areas work in the agricultural sector, only 12% of them are affiliated to the national social security system;

Seasonal workers are often employed by several employers and have to manage agricultural work while assuming unpaid domestic responsibilities. In addition to very low wages, agricultural workers face serious risks due to dangerous transport methods to get to and from their workplace;

Within the framework of Agenda 2030 and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ), as well as the United Nations World Food Program ( WFP ), UN-Women and the International Fund for Agricultural Development ( IFAD ), have set up a joint project entitled “Accelerate progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women “( JP-RWEE Phase II ). The project is funded by Norway and Sweden and will last five years;

In light of the above, UN Women is looking for a national consultant to help him carry out a mapping of civil society organizations working on supporting gender equality and combating violence linked to sex in the regions considered ( Jendouba and Kairouan ). The national consultant will also carry out an assessment of the technical needs and capacities necessary for civil society actors to be able to make a significant commitment in monitoring gender equality and combating gender-based violence in the regions considered and in social cohesion initiatives at local and national level. The objective of the needs assessment will be to inform future programming of’UN Women to support mechanisms for monitoring these CSOs, thereby improving the lack of information, and to strengthen their work on promoting the significant participation of women in the management of cooperatives and groups.

The national consultant will contribute to the following results, products and activities :

  •  Outcome 1: Strengthening gender-sensitive legal frameworks, policies and institutions to create an enabling environment for rural women to secure their livelihoods, their rights and resilience;
  •  Output 1: Increased capacity of rural women and their organizations to engage in and influence relevant political forums at the national, regional and global levels;
  •  Activity 1.1: Mapping and evaluating CSOs and any other mechanism in the regions considered working on promotion/supporting equality between women and men and combating gender-based violence.

The national consultant will contribute to the achievement of the above objectives by providing a mapping of CSOs led by women who monitor or defend the participation of women and men in promotion gender equality and the fight against gender-based violence, the project will assess the needs of existing CSOs working on gender equality in the selected areas. In addition, the national consultant will use cartography to carry out a needs assessment with concrete suggestions on how to support the monitoring and involvement of civil society in promoting equality of gender and the fight against gender-based violence. The needs assessment should:

  •  Use the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data on the assessment of the needs and capacities of CSOs ( promoting / supporting equality between women and men and combating gender-based violence ).
  •  Where possible, involve civil society partners in discussions to finalize suggestions and contribute to the development of needs assessment, through group discussions.
  •  The final analysis must be made available to UN Women in French.

UN Women will use the needs assessment to assist CSOs active in the area of gender equality,in Tunisia to improve their monitoring and the exchange of information on violence against women by providing them with direct technical support and support for capacity building.

Objective of the mission

Under the responsibility of the program specialist and in close collaboration with the program team, the national consultant will map and evaluate CSOs in the regions considered, who work for promotion/supporting gender equality and combating gender-based violence;

The national consultant will work in close collaboration with the focal point of the JP RWEE to ensure the proper execution of the tasks. The consultant will use a mixed approach, including a documentary study, online surveys, interviews with key informants and group discussions, to collect information and data from a range of stakeholders. The consultant will also use participatory approaches to engage with CSOs and other mechanisms working on gender equality and gender-based violence.

Duties and Responsibilities

The national consultant must:

  •  Mapping and assessing the needs of CSOs working on promoting gender equality and combating gender-based violence;
  •  rely on an analysis of quantitative and qualitative data ( through group discussions and KII );
  •  Based on the consultation of CSOs working on gender equality and the fight against gender-based violence, develop a list of recommendations on how to address the main challenges facing CSOs in carrying out their activities ;
  •  must provide disaggregated data which allow UN Women to assess the specific needs of these CSOs according to their geographic location, their field of work, their registration, among others.
  •  Submit the final assessment of French-size capacities and needs to the approval of UN Women with direct suggestions to UN Women to inform future programming to promote the work of CSOs on gender equality and the fight against gender-based violence in Tunisia, from advocacy to implementation on the ground, including monitoring.

The consultant must equip all the materials and equipment necessary for the execution of their tasks, for example a laptop, software, etc.

software, etc.

The deliverables

Initial report with a detailed methodology, data collection tools and a work plan. Draft report on mapping and evaluation of CSOs and mechanisms supporting equality between men and women and combating gender-based violence.

Mid-term report with a list of CSOs already mapped and work on the preliminary conclusions

Final report integrating feedback, comments from stakeholders and the project team, as well as recommendations on how to promote equality between men and women and to combat gender-based violence.

Presentation of the main results / consultations on PowerPoint ( which will be used by CSOs )

October 11, 2023 ( Number of 10-day days )

November 15, 2023 ( Number of working days = 05 days )

December 20, 2023 ( Number of working days = 05 days

December 20, 2023

Competencies : Competencies

  •  Basic values

– Respect for diversity ;

– integrity

– professionalism.

  •  Basic skills

– Awareness and sensitivity to equality issues between men and women ;

– Responsibility ;

– Creative problem solving ;

– Effective communication ;

– Inclusive collaboration ;

– Stakeholder engagement ;

-Show the example.

Please see this link for more information on the core values and skills of UN Women: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-fr.pdf

  •  Functional skills

In-depth knowledge of civil society monitoring mechanisms and advocacy or needs assessment for long-term projects aimed at strengthening the work of CSOs in the area of equality of gender and combating violence against women.

Excellent level in conducting needs assessments for women’s rights and the participation of women.

Knowledge of the Tunisian context of women in rural areas.

Communicative / ve, results-oriented, creative in problem solving.

Ability to work with a minimum of supervision and within tight deadlines.

Required Skills and Experience

Education

  •  A master’s degree or equivalent diploma in social sciences, human rights, gender studies, international development or a related field is required.
  •  A first level university degree combined with two additional years of qualifying experience can be accepted in place of the higher university degree.

Experience

  •  A minimum of 5 years of experience in research and the use of quantitative and qualitative data analysis is required. Prior experience in conducting research on civil society, needs assessment, and / or VBG will be considered an asset.
  •  An experience working with Tunisian CSOs, in particular Jendouba and Kairouan, is an asset.
  •  A proven knowledge and understanding of gender equality and VEF is an asset.
  •  A proven knowledge of the Tunisian context on women in rural areas is an asset

Language

  •  Master of French required ( written and oral ).
  •  Knowledge of other working languages of the United Nations is an asset.

Assessment criteria

  •  Individual consultants will be assessed on the basis of the following methodology: Only candidates who obtained a minimum of 49 points during the technical evaluation will be taken into account for the financial evaluation.

Technical Weighting Criteria: 70% ( 70 points )

Criterion 1: Education – 10% ( 10 points )

Criterion 2: Experience – 40% ( 40 points )

Criterion 3: Language – 20% ( 20 points )

  •  Financial Criteria: Lowest Financial Proposal: 30% ( 30 points )

The points for the financial proposal will be awarded according to the following formula: The contract will be awarded to the technically qualified consultant who will have obtained the highest combined score ( financial and technical ) ;

The points for the financial proposal will be allocated according to the following formula: ( Lowest offer * ) / ( Consultant offer ) x 30 ;

The expression “lowest offer” designates the lowest price offered by the offers having obtained at least 60 points during the technical evaluation.

Application

Any interested person must submit the following documents / information to demonstrate their qualifications : – A cover letter with a brief presentation from your consulting firm explaining your aptitude for work and a link to your work portfolio.

– The UN Women’s personal history form ( P-11 ) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment ;

– A personal CV ;

a financial proposal ( please specify if it is a daily rate).

The above documents must be merged into an autonomous file including them all, since the submission of the online application allows the candidate to download only one file per application. An incomplete file can be a reason for disqualification.

Note: 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 is part of the UN reform program, which aims to pool resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the United Nations system ( ADW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM ), which focused exclusively on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, based on mutual respect. UN Women recruit, employ, form, remunerate and promote without distinction race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, of national origin or any other basis covered by the appropriate law. All jobs are decided on the basis of the organization’s qualifications, skills, integrity and needs.

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