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.
The Arab region is among the lowest performing regions regarding women’s economic participation. Based on recent estimates, 79.3% of women in the region are economically inactive, which means they are neither working nor actively seeking work. Among the 20.7% who are economically active, 20.1% are unemployed. Where data is available. 62% of women workers are in the informal economy. Furthermore, a high percentage of women is employed in care jobs which tend to be underpaid and undervalued, with the figure placed as high as 52.8% in West Asian Arab States with high presence of women migrant workers. Women in the region are also disproportionately engaged in unpaid care work, and the time they spend on it is estimated at 5-6 times that of men.
The reasons behind this low participation are complex, mutually reinforcing and interconnected and include: 1) an inadequate legal, policy and institutional environment coupled with a generally low representation of women in decision-making positions; 2) unequal access to and control over resources such as land, finance, digital technology and to services such as transport; 3) social norms and discriminatory practices perpetuated through formal and informal institutions prevalent in societal culture; 4) protracted conflicts, militarization, sexual and gender based violence in various forms which hinder women’s participation. These factors have historically rendered women, in general, disadvantaged compared to men when seeking employed work or entrepreneurship activities and more so in the case of rural, poor or disabled women and women in displacement, especially refugee women, who face compounded vulnerabilities.
The situation of women in the economy outlined above has been further exacerbated by COVID-19 with reports in some countries in the region showing higher loss of jobs among women than men, an increase in unpaid care work during lockdowns and movement restrictions which have also negatively affected the livelihoods of informal economy workers and increased domestic violence. The Ukraine war is also impacting food and fuel prices with expected socio-economic pressures on family dynamics that may lead to further exacerbate women’s unpaid care work given women’s role in ensuring food and nutrition for the family, worsen their food insecurity, increase further the incidences of domestic violence, and women dropping out from the labour market due to high transportation costs.
As such and in order to build forward better and fulfil the commitments made under UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025, UNDP Regional Hub is planning to document good practices and lessons learnt in its and Country Offices’ work on women’s economic empowerment in the Arab region, and to develop a regional program for women’s economic empowerment (WEE). UNDP has been focusing on a set of barriers to WEE such as lack of finance, access to land or markets, segregation with regard to employment, and legal restrictions. UNDP plans to strengthen its work to address the critical dimensions of household dynamics, unpaid care work and social norms. UNDP identifies five critical entry points for women’s economic empowerment including: 1) gender-responsive policy dialogue; 2) addressing unpaid care work to eliminate livelihoods barriers; 3) utilizing the digital economy for the benefit of women MSMEs and entrepreneurship; 4) utilizing the green economy for women’s employment and 5) linking economic participation to political participation and legislative change by increasing women’s voice in policy making and eliminating the legal barriers to women’s economic participation. Earlier work by UNDP identified promising and innovative approaches from several organizations’ practice that demonstrate how support for women’s economic participation can contribute to wider women’s empowerment—both inside and outside the economic sphere. These include: 1) economic opportunity (e.g., expanding employment and entrepreneurship, promoting decent and productive work, improving access to finance); 2) legal status and rights (e.g., improving women’s property, inheritance and land rights); and 3) voice, inclusion and participation in economic decision-making (e.g., developing mechanisms to enhance women’s involvement in decision-making bodies).
The purpose of this assignment is thus to support the two processes: 1) documentation of good practices by UNDP country offices for women’s economic empowerment with an emphasis on projects that support women’s entrepreneurship and MSMEs including in the informal economy and 2) the development of a regional project in this area. In line with the above, the regional project is expected to have an integrated approach that addresses both obstacles to women’s economic empowerment, as well as creating new opportunities in the form of inclusive green and digital jobs; providing access to skills and productive resources/finance and addressing unpaid care work. It is expected to complement the gender justice initiative which tackles access to economic rights as well as gender integration in other areas of the Regional Programme, specifically connected to women’s leadership and social protection. The focus will be on approaches that serve women in poor areas, in rural areas and in displacement and more generally unpaid workers, informal workers, women running MSEs and HH businesses. This project must have a regional focus facilitating policy dialogues, developing guidance notes and tools/methodologies for women’s economic empowerment, and facilitating regional exchange meetings, networking opportunities and capacity development. Gender data and analysis and social norms would be considered as cross cutting issues.
The objectives of this assignment are the following:
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED WORK
The consultant will be responsible for the following areas of work and tasks:
At National level:
At Regional level:
Following the completion of the country-by-country review, the consultant is expected to:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
DURATION OF THE WORK
The expected duration of the assignment is expected to be up to (140) working day(s) over a period of (11) calendar month(s) from contract signature date.
Home Based Assignment.
If any unforeseen travel outside the consultant home-based city is requested by UNDP and not required by the Terms of References (ToR), such travel shall be covered by UNDP in line with applicable rules and regulations and upon prior written agreement. In such cases, the consultant shall receive living allowances not exceeding the United Nations (UN) Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rate for such other location(s).
SCOPE OF PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
Interested candidates should provide lump sum fees for requested services with detailed breakdown. This amount must be “all-inclusive”. Please note that the terms “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal. Also, please note that the contract price will be Deliverables/Outputs based - not fixed - subject to change in the cost components.
The contractor will be paid an all-inclusive Deliverables/Outputs based lump sum amounts over the assignment period, subject to the submission of Certification of Payment (CoP) duly certified or an invoice and confirmation of satisfactory performance of achieved work (deliverables/outputs) in line with the schedule of payments table hereunder:
RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION OF OFFER
Interested individual consultants must submit documents under point 1, 2 & 3 to demonstrate their qualifications. Candidates that fail to submit these documents, the application will not be considered.
Interested candidates can find Procurement Notice, Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and P11
templates on the following link: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/.
Interested candidates shall submit required documents to Job Advertisement Website (https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm) as one document not later than 05 October 2022.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFERS
This selection criteria will follow the Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%; using the following evaluation criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
Step I: Screening and desk review:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.
Applications will be first screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum requirements will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Shortlisted candidates will undergo a technical evaluation which will include desk review for shortlisted candidates as per above criteria
Step II: Technical Review
Technical evaluation Criteria max 100 points (Weighted 70):
Shortlisted candidates will be assessed and scored against the following evaluation criteria:
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation
For those offers considered in the financial evaluation, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula: (PI / Pn) * 30 where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.
Step III: Final evaluation
The final evaluation will combine the scores of the desk review and the financial proposal with the following weights assigned to each:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria weight: [70%]
Financial Criteria weight: [30%]
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.