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Short Consultancy Services - Gender Specialist in Climate Change Sector
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Office :UNDP Country Office - JORDAN
Deadline :22-Oct-20
Posted on :07-Oct-20
Reference Number :71115
Link to Atlas Project :
00064437 - Development Effectivness
Documents :
procurement notice
Terms of reference
Letter of interest - financial template
Terms and conditions of IC
Personal History Form
Overview :

To apply, kindly read the procurement notice, attach the following documents and submit through the following email:

  1.  CV with at least three references;
  2. Technical proposal (to showcase requested experience and competencies); and
  3.  Financial proposal as in  the attached template.

no later than 22 Octobber 2020  with subject " Gender Specialist ".

Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, to or by standard electronic communication to the address or e-mail indicated above. The procuring UNDP entity will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.

UNDP Jordan's 2018-2022 country programme seeks to support national efforts in reaching a solution pathway that achieves the goal of a more inclusive and resilient nation which can effectively address the development challenges it is faced with, through its five programme pillars. Among these pillars is the Environment, Climate Change and DRR Portfolio that assist the country to integrate environmental concerns into national and sectoral plans and strategies; secure resources; and implement programmes that advance inclusive, sustainable development, and strengthen livelihoods.

The Environment, Climate Change and DRR Portfolio’s support for environmental management and nationally owned sustainable development pathways including the mainstreaming of environmental management into the national and local development processes, undertaking actions to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts. In this regard, UNDP has provided support to Jordan to revise and enhance its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2020, and to prepare the 4th National Communication Report & the 2nd Biennial Updated Report (BUR) to the UNFCCC. The support is expected to accelerate climate actions and lead to more climate-resilient development. To do so, UNDP recognizes that the climate action measures should systematically address gender inequalities, adopt an inclusive dual approach of both gender-responsive mitigation and adaptation measures. 

The National Context

Although Jordan has achieved gender equality at certain levels of education and health there is still a long way to go before gender equality is achieved in sectors such as economic and political participation, natural resources planning and management. The latter is very crucial in view of the complexity of the country’s environmental challenges. Overexploitation of the already scarce natural resources and the sharp increase of population (as a result of the Syrian refugees’ influxes) expose the country to significant vulnerability, which is further exacerbated by the adverse impacts of climate change represented in the fluctuation of the precipitation trends, heat waves and the increase of drought frequencies and severity, let alone the vulnerability of the provisioning services of the natural ecosystems such as, inert alia, flood mitigation, soil conservation, nutrient cycling, pollination, provision of water, which in turn may trigger climate displacement and pose further socio-economic stressors on the country.

Based on casual observations, it can be assumed that the impacts of environmental degradation on women and men in Jordan are different. Women, especially those living in rural and semi urban areas, are highly reliant on the natural resources for their living, which in situation of scarcity becomes more controlled by men of stronger political, economic and social standing. Jordan recognizes that there is an urgent need to undertake thorough and in-depth gender analysis to define the gender disparities in the national environmental management system, whilst applying practical measures to fill the gap and achieve gender equality in all environment-related sectoral policies/programs and plans. 

At policy level, Jordan has included gender equality to many supreme policies and strategies related to environment and climate change management, for instance the gender-responsive National Climate Change Policy (2013-2020), which aims at building the adaptive capacity of Jordan’s communities and institutions to the adverse impacts of climate change, and optimizing mitigation opportunities. The national climate change policy provides general guidance on how to mainstream gender equality in the climate change-related strategies and programs, whilst calls for practical tools and compiled information to facilitate the gender integration in climate action. Moreover, Jordan has also included goals to bridge gender inequality as part of the Jordan 2025 vision, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Third National Communication Report on Climate Change to the UNFCCC.

Although few environment and climate change-related sectors include gender-lens, other related sectors lack any kind of gender considerations.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All individuals including persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with strictest confidence and equally.

Technical and financial proposals along with CV & 3 references should be submitted, and without such will not be considered). 

(Only Short Listed Candidates will be contacted)

UNDP is an employer committed to gender equity and to providing equal opportunities to both males and females.