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INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT PROCUREMENT NOTICE / TERMS OF REFERENCE
Description of the assignment: Anticorruption Gender Mapping Consultant
Project title: United Nations Pacific Regional Anticorruption Project (UN-PRAC)
Period of assignment/services (if applicable): 20 working days, with an anticipated start date of September 3, 2018
Duty Station: Home Based
Proposal should be submitted through firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 20th August 2018.
The UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project is a joint United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) initiative, supported by funding from the Australian Government, aimed to support Pacific Island Countries (PICs) to strengthen their national integrity systems.
The UN-PRAC project is now in Phase II set to extend between 2016-2020. The main objective of the project is to help Pacific Island Countries fight corruption by (i) promoting the accession to UNCAC by Niue, Samoa, and Tonga and supporting pacific States Parties to actively participate in the UNCAC review process (ii) supporting PICs to strengthen national anti-corruption legislation and policies, as well as institutional frameworks and capacities to advance their effective implementation of UNCAC and (iii) providing support on the demand side of accountability, mainly through support of stronger engagement of non-government actors in the oversight of corruption, and in design of tools for more transparent service delivery. Fifteen countries and territories in the Pacific are covered by the project, including: The Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, the territory of Tokelau, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
The UN-PRAC project document lays out “Integrating gender and human rights throughout the Project” as one of the implementation principles. The document also states that “Both UNDP and UNODC are committed to mainstreaming gender equality in their programme work, and as such, this Project is also committed to gender equality. In addition, where appropriate, specific activities in support of gender equality in the anti-corruption context will also be considered. A specific focus of the Project will be to improve women’s participation and, where possible, effective leadership throughout the Project activities, as well as improve the active participation of women and girls in discussions and decision-making fora.”
In addition, Article 13 of the UNCAC states that “Each State Party shall take appropriate measures, within its means and in accordance with fundamental principles of its domestic law, to promote the active participation of individuals and groups outside the public sector, such as civil society, non-governmental organizations, and community-based organizations, in the prevention of and the fight against corruption and to raise public awareness regarding the existence, causes and gravity of and the threat posed by corruption.” Partnering with organizations already working towards equalizing inequalities along gender lines would help promote article 13.
Within these objectives, UN-PRAC would like to engage the services of a consultant to map out current anticorruption gender approaches globally and regionally and work with key stakeholders to formulate a gendered anticorruption strategy for the region. The stakeholders for the UN-PRAC project include governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), media agencies, private sector organizations, regional and international organizations.
The consultant would be expected to explore viable local organizations to partner with and produce a plan to implement this partnership for future UN-PRAC activities. The Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development would be a key starting point as this organization has already worked to do gender mapping in the region. The gender advisors at Pacific Women could identify key issues for women in the region and would be likely to facilitate anti-corruption related projects with a gendered focus. Organizations that work exclusively in one country should also be evaluated to tailor anti-corruption and gender to that specific area. The Transparency International chapters in each country could be contacted initially to evaluate work already being done and their capacity for a future partnership. In addition, the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement focuses on law-based changes to facilitate equality and might be a helpful organization to collaborate with to address corruption in politics that affect women.
SCOPE OF WORK AND DELIVERABLES
Scope of Work
Mapping of Anticorruption Gender Resources/Approaches
- Conduct research and gather information on current global and regional approaches on the integration of anticorruption and gender issues
- Identify global and regional innovative approaches on corruption and gender and identify elements that could be incorporated/translated into the UN-PRAC context, as per the UN-PRAC project document;
- Identify existing gender initiatives in the 15 PICs and in the pacific regionally that could offer good platforms for mainstreaming anti-corruption and for being UN-PRAC partners in promoting anti-corruption in the gender space.
- Identify minimum three existing gender organizations/initiatives in the region with which UN-PRAC could initially partner in integrating anti-corruption in gender work, and outline the details for such partnerships.
- Prepare a draft report of findings with recommendations to be discussed with experts at a regional level
- Potentially support UN-PRAC in operationalizing partnerships with gender organizations/initiatives on streamlining anti-corruption in their work.
Report and Proposals
- Based on the research done create a report containing an action plan on how to incorporate gender initiatives into UN-PRAC projects and how to partner with existing organizations in the partner countries and regionally.
- Present findings of the gender mapping exercise/report to a panel of stakeholders
Expected Outputs, Deliverables, and Timelines:
Research to identify current global and regional approaches and avenues to develop gender initiatives
Preparation of a draft report for review and feedback by UN-PRAC
Finalization of the report following comments/feedback
Support UN-PRAC in operationalizing initial partnerships with selected organizations (this part will be subsequently confirmed, after receiving the consultant’s report)
The study shall be conducted through desk review and a consultative process and with input from key stakeholders, as well as a review of relevant documents and studies.
The Consultant will fulfill these Terms of Reference in consultation with the UN-PRAC team to a high standard acceptable within the agreed timeframes and agreed budget.
UN-PRAC team will also review the outputs/deliverables of the Consultant and provide feedback along with any recommendations, as necessary.
The Consultant shall have reporting obligations to UN-PRAC, and the UNDP Pacific Office on all work carried out as part of the Terms of Reference:
Ms. Mihaela Stojkoska
UNDP Pacific Office, SUVA
Tel: (679) 3300 399 Fax: (679) 3301 976
Ms. Maria Adomeit
Anti-Corruption Officer, UNODC
Duration of the Work
The Consultant is to start as soon as possible, with a projected start date in the beginning of September. Fifteen days is the total number of days expected to complete this assignment.
The Consultant will primarily be home based and ideally located within the region. No travel is required for this work other than the possibility for the consultant to come into the UN-PRAC office to report and present findings. However, the report can be made remotely.
REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Minimum Master’s Degree in Law, Public Administration, Public Policy, or related field.
Years of experience:
- Minimum of 7 years of experience in the field of governance or anti-corruption/transparency, including 5 years of experience in the field of integrating vulnerable groups in governance processes and/or gender issues;
- Experience writing policy papers on governance topics for governmental, non-governmental or international organizations;
- Good understanding of civil society; Proven record in advanced drafting and/or producing knowledge products, preferably in the area of development;
- Direct experience in working in or with national anti-corruption bodies will be an asset;
- Knowledge of UN, including UNDP/UNODC terminology, language and style is an advantage;
- Experience in the Pacific region is an advantage.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
- Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities skills;
- Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
- Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work;
- Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
- Excellent presentation and facilitation skills;
- Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
- Positive, constructive attitude to work;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
Consultant must send a financial proposal based the lump sum total for services. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment.
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
The total contract price, inclusive of the above elements, shall be converted into a lump-sum contract and payments under the contract shall be made on submission and acceptance of deliverables under the contract in accordance with the schedule of payment linked with deliverables.
EVALUATION METHOD AND CRITERIA
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
1. Cumulative analysis
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. 70%-30%.
* Technical Criteria weight; 70%
* Financial Criteria weight; 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Technical Criteria – Maximum 70 points
- Master’s degree in Law, Public Policy, Political Science, Management, Public Administration, or other relevant subjects – Max 5 points
- Knowledge of governance and development issues in the Pacific - Max 5 Points
- Strong experience in gender mainstreaming – Max 30 points
- Minimum 7 years of experience in the field of governance, including 5 years of gender experience, preferably in the anti-corruption area at the national, regional, or international levels – Max 20 Points
- Proven record in advanced drafting and/or producing knowledge products, preferably in the area of development– Max 10 points
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
- Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II).
- Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
- Technical proposal:
- Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment
- A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.
- Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II)
ANNEXES (to be downloaded from UNDP Afghanistan Website, Jobsite section: www.undp.org) :
ANNEX I - Individual Contractor General Terms and Conditions
ANNEX II – Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual Contractor Assignment
All applications must be clearly marked with the title of the consultancy and submitted by 5.00pm, 20th August 2018 (Fiji Time) electronically to email@example.com .
For further information concerning this Terms of Reference, please contact Lavenia Rokovucago, Programme Associate, Effective Governance, UNDP Pacific Office on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Incomplete applications will not be considered, and only candidates for whom there is further interest will be contacted.
Women applicants are encouraged to apply