Consultant to Facilitate UNCT SWAP Gender Equality SCORECARD assessment in Lebanon
There are numerous UN inter-governmental mandates for gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEEW). In 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. The Agenda commits all countries and stakeholders to work together to achieve sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development, and environmental protection. Leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first is at the core of the Agenda. This is underpinned by the principle of GEEW, grounded in the norms and standards the United Nations is tasked to uphold and promote, including coherent and integrated system-wide gender-responsive planning, implementation and reporting.
The 2016 Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) and the 2018 ECOSOC Resolution on gender mainstreaming also call for acceleration of UN efforts to mainstream gender, and using the Gender Scorecard.
The World Bank Group (WBG) have developed a 2016–2023 Gender Strategy as well as a MNA Regional Strategy based on which a Regional Gender Action Plan was defined that provides a clear mandate to support client countries advance their agendas and make meaningful progress towards increased gender equality and women’s empowerment. The WBG has also developed a Gender Tag that seeks to identify operations that aim to close gender gaps in human endowments, more and better jobs, ownership and control of assets, and women’s voice and agency, which constitute the four pillars of the WBG Gender Strategy. The FY17-FY22 Lebanon Country Partnership Framework (CPF) incorporates gender with a view to reduce gaps between women and men in terms of employment, asset ownership, entrepreneurship and voice. In this context, a Mashreq Gender Facility is expected to be launched in January 2019 to enhance women’s economic empowerment as a catalyst towards more inclusive, sustainable, and peaceful societies, where economic growth benefits all.
1.3 The SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard
In response to the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) system-wide Policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (CEB/2006/2) the UN has developed a coordinated approach to strengthening accountability for gender, endorsed by the CEB in 2012:
1. The UN System-wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP), which from 2012–2017 focused on corporate processes and institutional arrangements at the individual entity level and extended in 2018 to cover development and normative results tied to the SDGs.
2. The United Nations Country Teams (UNCT) Performance Indicators for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – the UNCT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard - introduced in August 2008 focusing initially on joint processes and institutional arrangements within the UNCT, and eventually extended to cover results. The UNCT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard has been aligned with the UN-SWAP to ensure a coherent accountability framework at country, regional and HQ levels.
To further support the development of the gender-responsive UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) and ensure better accountability of UNCT towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with UN corporative policy in this area, the UN Country Teams are expected to use the UNCT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard to assess status and identify gaps and corrective actions.
The Scorecard is organized around seven Dimensions that address key GEEW components: planning; programming and monitoring and evaluation; partnerships; leadership and organizational culture; gender architecture and capacities; resources; and results. Each dimension includes Performance Indicators, which UNCTs need to meet or exceed.
SCORECARD DIMENSIONS TO REVIEW
INDICATOR 1.1 | COMMON COUNTRY ANALYSIS INTEGRATES GENDER ANALYSIS
INDICATOR 1.2 | GENDER EQUALITY MAINSTREAMED IN UNDAF OUTCOMES
INDICATOR 1.3 | UNDAF INDICATORS MEASURE CHANGES ON GENDER EQUALITY
2. PROGRAMMING AND M&E
INDICATOR 2.1 | JOINT PROGRAMS CONTRIBUTE TO REDUCING GENDER INEQUALITIES
INDICATOR 2.2 | COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY ADDRESS AREAS OF GENDER INEQUALITY
INDICATOR 2.3 | UNDAF MONITORING AND EVALUATION MEASURES PROGRESS AGAINST PLANNED GENDER EQUALITY RESULTS
INDICATOR 3.1 | UNCT COLLABORATES AND ENGAGES WITH GOVERNMENT ON GENDER EQUALITY AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN
INDICATOR 3.2 | UNCT COLLABORATES AND ENGAGES WITH WOMEN’S/GENDER EQUALITY CSO
4. LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE
INDICATOR 4.1 | UNCT LEADERSHIP IS COMMITTED TO CHAMPIONING GENDER EQUALITY
INDICATOR 4.2 | ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE FULLY SUPPORTS PROMOTION OF GENDER EQUALITY AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN
INDICATOR 4.3 | GENDER PARITY IN STAFFING IS ACHIEVED
5. GENDER ARCHITECTURE AND CAPACITIES
INDICATOR 5.1 | GENDER COORDINATION MECHANISM IS EMPOWERED TO INFLUENCE THE UNCT FOR GEEW
INDICATOR 5.2 | UNCT HAS ADEQUATE CAPACITIES DEVELOPED FOR GENDER MAINSTREAMING
INDICATOR 6.1 | ADEQUATE RESOURCES FOR GENDER MAINSTREAMING ARE ALLOCATED AND TRACKED
INDICATOR 7.1 | UN PROGRAMMES MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO GENDER EQUALITY IN THE COUNTRY
1.4 The United Nations Strategic Framework for Lebanon 2017–2020
The UN and the Government of Lebanon has agreed on a strategy for 2017–2020 to promote a secure, stable and prosperous country. The United Nations Strategic Framework (UNSF) outlines the UN’s common vision and the expected contribution of the members of the UN family in support of Lebanon’s security, political, human rights and developmental priorities.
The UNSF is structured around three main pillars:
- Peace and Security. The UN support will focus on the mitigation of external threats to Lebanon, strengthening domestic security and law and order, preventing violent extremism and defusing local inter-communal tensions.
- Domestic stability, including strengthened governance. The UN support will focus on promoting accountability and inclusive participation, strengthened core state capacities, and the empowerment of youth and women.
- Mitigation of the socio-economic impact of the Syrian conflict and addressing pre-existing structural constraints. The UN will support Lebanon in addressing the protracted nature of the Syria crisis, recognising the need for greater integration of efforts across the humanitarian-development nexus.
While the UNSF provides the overall vision for UN system-wide engagement in country, it is to be implemented through the country programmes of its specific UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, as well as through joint programming in priority areas where it is of strategic importance to leverage a wide range of UN capacities and resources. Progress made against the overall commitments outlined in the UNSF will be jointly monitored by the Government of Lebanon and the United Nations on an annual basis and reviewed at mid-term.
Gender Equality and Women’s rights are highlighted as key challenges and priority areas in the UNSF situation analysis. The importance of gender mainstreaming is also underlined with concrete results mainly under the second pillar. For example, UN entities are providing support to the government in fulfilling its obligations to the CEDAW, as well as assisting development/implementation of national development plans and strategies on gender equality and empowerment of women.
To support the UNCT joint analysis, quality assurance and advocacy in this field, an inter-agency Gender Working Group has been established (co-chaired by UN Women and UNFPA).
The QCPR is the primary policy instrument of the General Assembly to guide the operational activities for development of the UN System.
See Res A/71/243 (OP 13) and E/RES/2018/7
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will be responsible to facilitate the development of the SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard for the UNCT Lebanon (including the World Bank to some extent), based on the methodology development by the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).
The UN gender working group in Lebanon (including the World Bank) will be tasked and capacitated from the beginning of the exercise (by the UNCT) to lead and own the process, with the close support and guidance by the consultant. The group will enable inter-agency stakeholders to work collaboratively and contribute to the review of the UNCT’s performance against minimum GEEW requirements.
The assignment is home-based with travel to Beirut, Lebanon. It should be carried out within a period of maximum 2 months, not exceeding 23 working days. To guide and support the inter-agency assessment team with the piloting process, the consultant will conduct the following activities within the following stipulated timeframes.
a) Background document review (home-based, 3 working days):
- UNCT UN-SWAP Technical Guidance and Framework;
- UNCT Gender Scorecard Reports for the countries in the regions and from other countries
- Current country CCA and UNDAF or equivalents;
- New UNDG UNDAF guidance;
- UNCT planning, reports, budgets, and programming documents;
- UNCT Lebanon Gender Working Group’s TOR, 2015 report and 2016 plan (or equivalent)
- Lebanon CEDAW Reports/other national assessments/National Gender Plans, etc.
- World Bank Group Gender Strategy 2016-2023, MENA regional gender strategy and Regional Action Plan;
- World Bank Mashreq Gender Facility;
- Operations supported by the WBG in Lebanon that are gender tagged.
Other recommended sources for the consultant’s preparation:
- The second global desk review of gender scorecards that were implemented by UNCTs in the period 2012–2014;
- UNDG Resource book for mainstreaming gender in UN common programming at country level;
- UNDG resource guide to gender them groups; and
- Review of UNDG Members’ Accountability Mechanisms for Gender Equality: Synthesis Report, 2006 (UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, WFP and ILO).
b) Assistance and support for the Inter Agency Team (IAT) with the in-country assessment (13 working days):
- Support the collection of complementary data and evidence to score indicators;
- Conduct gender analysis of verification documents required to help the IAT score areas of performance;
- Facilitate working sessions and technical support with key stakeholders such as the Resident Coordinator, Heads of Agencies, Gender working Group members, key programme staff, M&E teams, partners, etc. to discuss and score areas of performance (approximately 25 interviews);
- Complete the scoring matrix based on IAT discussions and agreements;
- Facilitate a debrief with the HOA/GWG to discuss findings and proposed actions.
c) Reporting (7 working days):
- Draft Scorecard and narrative report, with inputs from assessment team. The report should include a title page noting the country covered, the name and contact details of the consultant, and the date of the report. The report should also include a methodology chapter, outlining the methods used, and briefly summarise any constraints faced (e.g. lack of time, lack of access to documents or staff);
- Complete the final Scorecard, narrative report, the suggested action plan and a follow-up matrix.
Values Guiding Principles
- Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
- Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
- Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
- Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity;
- Organizational awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgement;
- Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative;
- Work in teams: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
- Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication;
- Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others;
- Conflict management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution;
- Continuous Learning and Knowledge sharing: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced (Masters) degree in social and political sciences, human rights, gender equality etc. PhD degree is an asset.
- At least 10 years of practical experience of work on gender mainstreaming in development programmes/projects at national and international levels;
- At least 3 years’ experience of work on results based management, review and/or evaluation;
- Experience in gender data collection and analysis, including interviews, survey and focus groups;
- Previous experience with the Gender Equality Scorecard, narrative report and follow-up matrix;
- Experience on conducting gender trainings for staff of development agencies.
Language and other skills:
- Proficient in written and oral English, working level of Arabic is an asset;
- Computer skills, internet communication and command of MS Office.
?The consultancy is open for all international consultants who meet the selection criteria and propose a competitive fee. Interested consultants are requested to apply only through this UNDP jobs portal. Submissions through any other media will not be considered.