Terms of Reference
Senior National Consultant to provide policy advice and capacity development
on women’s economic empowerment and leadership
Duty Station/Location: Dili, Timor-Leste, with possible official travel to within Timor-Leste and within region
Application Deadline: 9 March 2016
Type of Contract: Special Service Agreement (SSA)
Language required: English and Tetum
Starting Date: 21 March 2016
Expected duration of the assignment: 10 months (21 March – 9 December 2016)
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.
UN Women’s goal in Timor-Leste is to promote the women’s human rights and gender equality as the country works towards sustaining and furthering achievements in stability and development. In this regard, its programming in the country is connected to its five corporate priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s joint work in advancing gender equality.
Among its priority areas, UN Women supports the adoption and implementation of laws, policies and plans to strengthen women’s economic rights and improve public accountability. This aligns with Government commitments to CEDAW and priority issues raised by the CEDAW Committee in its Concluding Observations, Beijing Platform for Action and localization of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goals 5 and 16. Specifically, UN Women is focusing on promoting an enabling policy environment and developing resources and skills of women around El-Niño preparedness and climate-resilient agriculture. The efforts on economic empowerment are closely linked with UN Women’s work to promote accountability for gender equality and women’s human rights commitments through governance, national and local planning. In this regard, UN Women is working to promote increased financing for implementation of CEDAW and SDGs, engaging diverse partners to apply a political economy analysis of opportunities, including in the Special Economic Zones of Oecusse and Atauro. This also involves collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Support and Socio-Economic Promotion of Women (SEM), Parliament, civil society, academia among other institutions to strengthen leadership of emerging and senior gender advocates in Parliament, Government and civil society.
UN Women continuous cooperation with the Parliament is closely linked to its work with the line ministries, district authorities as well with the Special Administrative Region of Oecusse Ambeno.
UN Women is seeking a Senior National Gender Consultant on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Leadership to further deepen the Timor-Leste Office’s strategic contributions to related policy development and implementation and advance ongoing efforts to strengthen accountability through promotion of gender-responsive planning budgeting, and monitoring processes, including through the Prime Minister’s Social Audit initiative.
- Objectives of the assignment
The key objective of the assignment is to provide high-level political and technical advice to UN Women and support development of leadership and technical capacities among gender equality advocates, including women in the Parliament and Government, to advance accountability for gender equality and women’s rights.
- Scope of work and tasks
- Facilitate strengthening and deepening of cooperation with/between Committees, Parliamentary Women’s Caucus (GMPTL) and Centre for Capacity Building and Information on Gender Equality (CEGEN) on gender equality and women’s human rights;
- Identify opportunities for effective advocacy for CEDAW compliant law-making, including recommendations on draft legislation related to land and property, customary law, and mediation;
- Develop and facilitate capacity development among women Parliamentarians, among other female decision-makers on transformative leadership, tailored to their needs as well as relevant to the on-going legislative and oversight processes (based on analysis of the capacity needs, individual and Committees priorities, Parliamentary calendar, etc.);
- Identify actions required to increase efficiency of support to the State Budget Review process provided to Committees;
- Provide guidance for organization of advocacy events with individual women and men MPs, Parliamentary Committees, GMPTL, CEGEN, political parties and other counterparts towards common understanding and consensus building;
- Coordinate support, provided to the Parliament with all relevant actors, including Secretary General of the Parliament, GMPTL members, chairs, Committee members and CEGEN.
- Provide technical inputs to the thematic consultations/meetings organized by the Parliament for gathering information on key issues affecting women and girls and other issues on gender equality and women’s rights.
- Provide advisory support on cooperation with the decision-makers and staff of the Authority for the Oe-cusse Special Administrative Region and the Special Social Economy Market Zone (ZEESM) team in Oecusse and Atauro.
- Provide high-level advisory services and identify strategic entry points for implementation of UN Women’s proposed project, “Support for gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment in the Special Social Economy Market Zone (ZEESM) in the Special Administrative Region of Oecusse Ambeno (RAEOA)”
- Duration of the assignment
The total duration of the contract assignment will not exceed 100 working days within a ten-month period, between 14 March and 10 December 2016.
- Expected Deliverables
The National Consultant will produce the following deliverables:
|#||Deliverables||Approx. working days||Indicative Deadline|
|1||Outline of 2016 plan for consultations, capacity development and advocacy activities, identified in consultation with GMPTL, Parliamentary Committees, CEGEN, and Oecusse Special Authority submitted.||15||By 11 April 2016|
|2||Draft package of transformative leadership training for women in decision-making positions and Parliamentary monitoring template for submitted.||20||By 17 May 2016|
|3||Summary Report (3-5 pages) of capacity development services provided, including materials developed, on transformative leadership with approximately 30 women (from Parliament and/or in Government decision-making positions) during the period of May-July submitted.||20||By 12 August 2016|
|4||Summary Report (3-5 pages) of services and guidance provided to inform UN Women’s strategy to support gender-responsive budgeting and engagement with Special Authority in Oecusse submitted.||20||By 14 October 2016|
|5||Final report, including summary of high-level strategic guidance provided and contributions to advocacy events implemented during the period from March to December 2016, including achieved results, lessons learned and recommendations for future programming submitted.||25||By 15 December 2016|
|Estimate number Days||100|
All the deliverables, including events materials, notes and reports should be submitted in written in English language.
Upon receipt of the deliverables and prior to the payment of the installment the deliverables related reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women. The period of the review is one week after receipt.
- UN Women team in cooperation with CEGEN, GMPTL and other stakeholders will provide logistical support to the organized events, such as venues, equipment and stationery;
- UN Women will provide support in identification of the resource persons for thematic meetings and advocacy events;
- UN Women will cover costs of travel to the districts and within the region as needed, related to the assignment, as well as daily subsistence allowance (DSA) as per standard UN rate. UN Women will also provide vehicle for field visits.
- Performance evaluation:
Consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
- Required experience and qualifications
The Consultant should fulfill the following requirements:
- A Master degree in Law, Political studies, Economics, Social Sciences or related fields or a Bachelor with at least 15 years of relevant experience.
- At least 7 years (15 years with a bachelor degree) of professional experience in the area of politics and decision-making, gender equality and women’s rights;
- Experience in advocacy and strengthening capacities of parliamentarians and/or high-level government officials;
- Experience with facilitation of high-level dialogues, trainings, consultations, including with parliamentarians;
- Familiarity with gender equality and women’s rights issues in Timor–Leste, preferably also in Oecusse.
- Language and other skills:
- Proficiency in oral and written in English and Tetum languages, knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage
- Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, Internet and email.
- Submission of application
Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 9 March 2016.
Submission of package
- Cover letter;
- CV, including contact information for 3 references;
- Financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount per each deliverable, based on the template in Annex 1. The approximate number of working days for each deliverable are intended to provide a guide only in the computation of the lump sum per deliverable, and the actual payment will be payable based on the stated lump sum for each satisfactorily achieved deliverable.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the CV and the financial proposal. Applications without financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further processing.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be invited to the interview.
Selected candidates will need to submit prior to commencement of work:
- Copies of Academic Certificates
- UN Women P-11 form, available from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment;
- A statement from a medical doctor of ‘good health and fit for travel’
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 utilised in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal 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|
|Experience and skills||70 %|
|Language and other skills||10 %|
|Total Obtainable Score||100 %|
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidate.
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.
Annex I: Financial Proposal
BREAKDOWN OF COSTS SUPPORTING THE ALL-INCLUSIVE FINANCIAL PROPOSAL
Breakdown of Cost by Components:
|Deliverables||Percentage of Total Price (Weight for payment)||
|1||Outline of 2016 plan for consultations, capacity development and advocacy activities, identified in consultation with GMPTL, Parliamentary Committees, CEGEN, and Oecusse Special Authority submitted.||By 4 April 2016|
|2||Draft package of transformative leadership training for women in decision-making positions and Parliamentary monitoring template for submitted.||By 6 May 2016|
|3||Summary Report (3-5 pages) of capacity development services provided, including materials developed, on transformative leadership with approximately 30 women (from
Parliament and/or in Government decision-making positions) during the period of May-July submitted.
|By 1 August 2016|
|4||Summary Report (3-5 pages) of services and guidance provided to inform UN Women’s strategy to support gender-responsive budgeting and engagement with Special Authority in Oecusse submitted.||By 4 October 2016
|5||Final report, including summary of high-level strategic guidance provided and contributions to advocacy events implemented during the period from March to December 2016, including achieved results, lessons learned and recommendations for future programming submitted.||By 9 December 2016|
The above lump sum costs includes all travel, per diem and administration costs and expenses related to the consultancy. All prices/rates quoted must be exclusive of all taxes.
 Specifically working with Women’s Parliamentarian Caucus – GMPTL and Centre for Capacity Building and Information on Gender Equality (CEGEN) to increase engagement of Committees in gender equality issues.