National Programme Coordinating Consultant Social Protection in Thailand - Bangkok, Thailand
UN Women (UN Women)
Close on 7 Jul 2020
Location: Bangkok (Thailand)
Grade: National Consultant
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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, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for a new and transformative vision with a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While Thailand has made progress in reducing poverty overall, persistent and newly emerging development challenges can still be seen. These include multi-dimensional inequality, health, education, access to justice, climate change and natural disasters, rising urbanization, demographic shifts and the emergence of extremist groups and ideologies. Understanding how these trends can impede or enable progress towards gender equality and sustainable development is vital for effective SDG implementation. Ensuring women’s equal rights, access and opportunities for participation and leadership in the economy, society and political decision-making is at the core of UN Women’s work in Thailand. While there has been much progress in advancing gender equality, such progress is unevenly experienced by women who are marginalized because of a complex interplay of factors.

In 2020, UN Women in Thailand will continue to strengthen and implement a comprehensive and dynamic set of global norms, policies and standards on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at the policy and local levels. This will include the provision of strong policy advice and advocacy on normative UN issues which will allow UN Women to link its work with other outcome areas including gender equality in social protection and anti-human trafficking.

UN Women in collaboration with ILO, UNICEF and IOM are implementing the United Nations Joint Program (UNJP) “Accelerating progress towards an integrated and modernized Social Protection System for All in Thailand” (2020-2022). The overall objective of the UNJP is to provide support to the Royal Government of Thailand to increase the country social protection coverage towards universality, including for children and specific vulnerable groups including domestic workers and migrant workers, through sustainable social protection systems, including floors, contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Thailand.

The Royal Thai Government’s relatively comprehensive social protection system is comprised of 44 government welfare programmes that take care of people in all age ranges. However, there remain gaps in coverage for vulnerable groups, particularly migrant and domestic workers employed in informal sector. Women in the informal sector are still facing barriers in accessing social welfare and social security benefits due to their inability to afford the required contribution of social security or the lack of formally recognized employer/employee relation. This is particularly the case for women migrants as the majority are employed in informal sectors such as domestic works, construction and agriculture. Informal employment usually entails poor working conditions, long hours, low wages, fear of deportation due to legal status, lack of social insurance and access to social protection schemes. Although the Government has put in efforts to ensure the rights and protection for domestic workers, both Thais and non-Thais, its implementation of policies remain challenging and there are policy gaps that do not ensure protection for undocumented migrants and especially domestic workers who are most vulnerable, especially due to the excluded workplace of private households that hinder inspections by authorities and their inability to access social security and protection.

Migrant workers also find challenges in accessing social security or protection. The policy fragmentation caused by the development of separate, detailed provisions targeting various unique migrant worker categories is compounded by the fact that the social security status of migrant workers in Thailand is inextricably linked to their immigration status. One of the reasons contributing to the challenges faced by migrant workers is the fact that a significant share of migrant workers works in areas not covered by formal employment arrangements, what makes more difficult their compliance with social security regulations.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Country Programme Coordinator (Thailand) of UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the consultant will coordinate, monitor and report UN Women Thailand interventions on gender responsive and inclusive social protection with a particular focus on women migrant domestic workers.

The consultant will perform the following tasks:

  1. Manage the implementation of the UN Women components of the UNJP.
  2. Develop and monitor the interventions on gender-responsive and inclusive social protection system for UN Women Thailand.
  3. Coordinate and collate inputs from participating UN agencies, national project partners and stakeholders in promoting gender equality and gender-responsive social protection system in Thailand.
  4. Prepare monitoring reports with key achievements, best practices, lessons learned and recommendations for future interventions on gender-responsive social protection system.

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TIME FRAME

Outputs

Tentative timeline

Detailed work and intervention plan, outlining activities and counterparts, and implementation methodologies

31 July 2020

Summary of existing policy, schemes and barriers for domestic workers access to social protection, including migrant workers

31 August 2020

Quarterly progress report of the UNJP “Accelerating progress towards an integrated and modernized Social Protection System for All in Thailand” outlining implementation, achievements and lessons learned

30 September 2020

Summary report of workshops and discussion with representatives of beneficiaries and other relevant groups to discuss on gender responsive social protection with a particular focus on women migrant domestic workers

31 October 2020

Summary report of design option of gender responsive social protection including international experiences and practices as well as recommendations for policy advocacy

30 November 2020

Summary report of the UNJP “Accelerating progress towards an integrated and modernized Social Protection System for All in Thailand” outlining key achievements, lessons learned and proposed next steps for UN Women interventions on gender-responsive social protection system in Thailand

31 December 2020

DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT AND DUTY STATION

The time required for the consultancy is within the period from 13 July 2020 to 31 December 2020, home-based. For upcountry assignments, UN Women will be responsible for the accommodation and travel expenses for any cost incurred during assignment period.

CONTRACT SUPERVISION

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Country Programme Coordinator (Thailand), UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific who will be responsible for the quality assurance of the deliverables.

SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS

Payment upon submission and satisfactory deliverables of the analysis report submitted.

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 utilised 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 in Political Science, International Relations, Women Studies, Social Science or other gender and development fields.

20%

Substantive experience and skills

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience, with demonstrable expertise in programmatic management and reporting on thematic areas of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment

30%

Coordination skills

  • Experience in liaising and coordinating with national counterparts and civil society organizations
  • Experience working with the UN Agencies or other international organizations is advantageous.

30%

Reporting writing and language skills

  • Excellent command of written English.

20%

Total Obtainable Score

100%

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

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
  • Thai nationality
  • Master’s in Political Science, International Relations, Women Studies, Social Science or other gender and development fields.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience, with demonstrable expertise in programmatic management and reporting on thematic areas of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment
  • Experience in liaising and coordinating with national counterparts and civil society organizations
  • Experience working with the UN Agencies or other international organizations is advantageous.
  • Proficient in English communication, verbal and writing

Submission Package:

  • Updated CV
  • Personal History Form (P.11) (available at https://www2.unwomen.org/-/media/field%20office%20eseasia/docs/misc/2012/p_11_form_unwomen.doc?la=en&vs=4602)
  • Proposed lump sum professional breaking down in daily professional fee and related cost (if any)

Please be noted that the system only allows 1 attachment per application so please combined all files into one. In case that is not possible, you can submit the application again with different attachments.

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 came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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.

About UN Women

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities:

Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems

Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy

All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence 

Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action

UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. The entity works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world.