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.
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.
The UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office has four main thematic areas:
Under the WPEL program is the ‘Access to Justice (A2J) project that is aimed at supporting access to justice including environmental justice through legislation reform, empowerment, advocacy and capacity building of grassroots women, including leaders and human right defenders. In realizing this aim, UN Women will focus on achieving the following outputs and interventions (1) increase the awareness of women’s rights among women and communities through community outreach on Women’s Access to Justice in targeted provinces (2) conduct national advocacy campaign on FPA, Women’s Access to Justice and Women’s participation in decision making in relation to traditional governance and climate change to create awareness using different tools and (3) increase female participation and representation in advocating women’s access to justice before formal and informal justice system through legislative change and consultations.
Deeply entrenched discriminatory and gender-biased attitudes, norms and practices, including by justice practitioners and by community members, prevent women from accessing justice and in many cases, women have also internalized harmful gender norms, which limits their own justice-seeking behaviour. These limitations on women’s access to justice must be addressed in order to advance SDG 5 and combat discrimination towards women. Ensuring strong legal frameworks and non-discriminatory practices in the judicial sphere is a first step towards eliminating the social and legal conditions that perpetuate gender inequality.
A qualified Consultant is required to provide guidance to UN Women, Ministry of Women Youth Children & Family Affairs (MWYCFA), Ministry of Justice & Legal Affairs (MJLA) and targeted Women’s Organizations to develop and carry out awareness/trainings at community level, support national advocacy with key messages and conduct consultation to inform a policy brief for drafting instructions on the regulation for Authorized Justices (AJs) in relation to the Family Protection Act (FPA).
Climate change related migration has already been occurring in combination with other factors and taking the form of urban drift to Honiara and other urban centres. For low lying islands and atolls, the risk of sea level rise and diminishing liveable land is becoming a real threat. Rising sea level has affected many coastal communities in Solomon Islands such as Walande. Beyond the impact on physical environment and land and natural resources the impacts of climate change are impacting the social and economic aspects of people’s day to day lives. Some groups are more vulnerable than others especially when it comes to access to already depleting resources. Women have been historically excluded from decision making regarding land and natural resources as well as access and opportunities in relation to education, employment, basic services and access to justice.
 UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Enhancing Access to Justice for Women in Asia and the Pacific: Bridging the gap between formal and informal systems through women’s empowerment Project Document.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment
The purpose of this consultancy is to support UN Women, the MWYCFA, MJLA and relevant Women’s organizations with required guidance to carry out the following.
The National Consultant will:
Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Programme Specialist Gender Equality, Women’s Rights & Governance MCO and the direct supervision of the National Programme Coordinator, PBF, and in close collaborations with representatives from line ministries, the Consultant will undertake the tasks as outlined in the deliverable table in Section V.
Duration of the assignment
The duration of this assignment will be up to 100 working days over 8 months (may include weekends consecutively, as needed) w.e.f. the period starting from September 2022 (or as soon as possible) and as per suggested schedule of outputs and deliverables below.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs and deliverables:
Upon receipt of the final deliverables, related reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women at least within one week. All the deliverables should be agreed with UN Women and be provided in English electronic copy.
Note that all materials, including any video footage and images, will remain property of UN Women and cannot be used without UN Women’s permission.
The Consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Payments will be disbursed to the Consultant upon submission and approval of deliverables set forth in Section V above “Expected Outputs and Deliverables” and certification by the UN Women Programme Specialist Gender Equality, Women’s Rights and Governance that the services have been satisfactorily performed.
Required Skills and Experience
Required experience and qualifications
The Consultant should fulfil the following requirements:
Experience and Skills:
Language and other skills:
Initially, individual consultants will be short-listed based on the following minimum qualification criteria:
The shortlisted individual consultant will be further evaluated based on a cumulative analysis process, with a total score being obtained upon the combination of weighted technical and financial attributes.
Cost under this method of analysis is rendered as an award criterion, which will be 30% out of a total score of 100 points.
Evaluation of submitted offers will be done based on the following formula:
Technical evaluation will be represented through desk review of applications. Interviews and/or written tests will be organized if needed only, depending on the short-listed candidates’ qualifications.
Technical Qualification Evaluation Criteria: The technical part is evaluated based on its responsiveness to the Terms of Reference (TOR).
Financial Qualification Evaluation Criteria: In the Second Stage, the financial proposal of candidates, who have attained minimum 70% score in the technical evaluation (at least 49 points), will be compared.
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).
Submission of application
Interested candidates are requested to submit fully completed application on the UNDP Vacancy Site.
Applications without a complete financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. UN Women reserves the right to accept or reject any bid.
The consultancy recruitment process will be governed by the rules and regulations of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
UN Women Statement on Diversity and Inclusion:
At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.
If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.
UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check).
Deadline of all submission: 24th August 2022.
Price Proposal Guideline and Template
The prospective Individual Contractor should take the following explanations into account during submission of his/her price proposal.
1.Lump Sum Amount
The daily price proposal should indicate a "lump sum amount" which is "all-inclusive"; All costs (professional fees, living allowances, communications, consumables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Individual Contractor needs to be factored into the proposed price.
UN Women will not withhold any amount of the payments for tax and/or social security related payments. UN Women shall have no liability for taxes, duties or other similar charges payable by the Individual Contractor in respect of any amounts paid to the Individual Contractor under this Contract, and the Contractor acknowledges that UN Women will not issue any statements of earnings to the Individual contractor in respect of any such payments.
Contract price is fixed to activities/deliverables indicated in the ToR, regardless of the changes in the cost components (such as days invested for completion of the deliverables.)
3.Daily Subsistence Allowance
Will be paid only aligned to approved Travel (out of Honiara) by the National Consultant.
4.Currency of the price proposal
The applicants are requested to submit their price proposals in SBD.
In case of proposals in other currency, these shall be converted into SBD using the official UN exchange rate for currency conversion at the date of applications’ submission deadline.
Price Proposal Submission Form
[ Mandatory document for the Consultant to complete and submit]
To: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Ref: National Consultant – Enhancing Access to Justice for Women in Asia and the Pacific:
Dear Sir / Madam,
I, the undersigned, offer to provide professional consulting services to UN Women within the scope of the referred Assignment. Having examined, understood, and agreed to the Terms of Reference and its annexes, the receipt of which are hereby duly acknowledged, I, the undersigned, offer to deliver professional services, in conformity with the Terms of Reference.
My maximum total price proposal for the assignment is given below:
Estimated Costs (in SBD$)
I confirm that my financial proposal will remain unchanged. I also confirm that the price that I quote is gross, and is inclusive of all legal expenses, including but not limited to social security, income tax, pension, etc., which shall be required applicable laws.
I agree that my proposal shall remain binding upon me for 60 days.
I understand that you are not bound to accept any proposal you may receive.