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International Consultant to conduct Assessment of Advocacy Efforts in Jordan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Amman (Jordan)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-12

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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.

UN Women Jordan Country Office is supporting an initiative led by national stakeholders, the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW) and a group of committed civil society partners, to assess advocacy efforts on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Jordan during the past 5 years (2015 – 2019).

Framed under Jordan’s international commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) under CEDAW and UPR, as well as national commitments in various national plans and strategies, the purpose of this assessment is to review previous advocacy efforts and provide recommendations for how civil society and gender advocates could strengthen efforts to mobilize for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

This exercise is expected to identify the main factors for successes/ failures and the lessons learned, and what remains unaddressed as priority issues to shape the agenda of future collaborative efforts. It will also be a primary source for evidence-driven advocacy, decision-making and programming for national stakeholders, international development partners and the UN System to advance the gains and overcome bottlenecks at the national, sectoral and grass roots level.

In addition to considerable investments in the education and health sectors that largely benefitted women and girls, important women’s rights advances have been made in Jordan. A landmark parliamentary decision in August 2017 adopted a package of amendments to the Penal Code which included the abrogation of Article 308, which had exonerated rapists if they married their victims. Similarly, a new Law on Protection from Domestic Violence, amendments to Labor Code, the Personal Status Law and legislation regulating political participation were endorsed. In December 2017, the Government of Jordan also adopted its first National Action Plan to implement UNSCR 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security. In addition, Jordan has made continuous efforts to integrate the SDGs, including SDG 5 into national planning processes.

However, Jordan’s Gender Equality Index – as measured by the World Economic Forum – has rapidly declined over the last decade. In 2006 Jordan ranked 93rd out of 115 countries, and currently ranks 138th out of 149 countries. By way of example, the female participation rate in the Jordanian labour market is the lowest in the world for countries not in conflict, standing at 14.9% of women in comparison to 67.1% of men (World Economic Forum 2018). In addition, only three percent of Jordanian women who are victims of violence state a willingness to seek support. Pressure on service delivery has also been aggravated by the large refugee population hosted in the country, which is also comprising vulnerable women and girls.

Driven by the vision of supporting civic engagement, and in order to address the need for a holistic approach that leverages the efforts of all stakeholders to enhance the country’s ability to effectively address GEWE commitments, there is the need for strategizing advocacy efforts, identifying challenges and opportunities and developing approaches and mechanisms to build on existing work of different stakeholders including the government, CSOs and CBOs in addition to international organizations working in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment in Jordan.  

In the light of the above, the assessment will aim to deliver the following:

  • Study GEWE advocacy efforts during the past five years, measuring the specific results achieved, identify gaps and review how and to what extent these have affected overall progress in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Examine the partnerships and/or structural frameworks through which these efforts have been implemented (coalitions, movements,) to identify requirements for leveraging collective efforts between different stakeholders.

In this regard UN Women Jordan, on behalf of national stakeholders, seeks to recruit an international consultant as lead researcher to conduct this assessment in an inclusive manner and ensuring participation of government, civil society, the international community and gender equality advocates at all levels as well as representatives of marginalized groups and those at most risk of being left behind.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the assignment

 The main objective of this consultancy is to design and implement an assessment of advocacy efforts in Jordan on GEWE over the past five years, which will help to inform the design of future efforts, while strengthening the capacity of civil society and gender equality advocates.

Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities      

Under overall guidance of the UN Women Country Representative and direct supervision of the UN Women Leadership and Participation Specialist, the consultant will perform the following tasks:

  1. Document review
    1. Key documents include the Concluding Observations of the CEDAW Committee, and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations. Reports published in last 5 years on gender equality issues in Jordan and on political and institutional arrangements of Government of Jordan in relation to the relevance and effectiveness of GEWE advocacy efforts in the country.
    2. Development of inception report, including a situational analysis.
  2. Methodology Design
    1. Consultations with JNCW, civil society reference group and UN Women and development of assessment tools
    2. Design, lead and facilitate a retreat of civil society as a form of participant observation research
    3. Develop the assessment tools including questionnaires and guidelines, train the research team and assign roles and responsibilities.
  3. Data collection
    1. Design and oversee the execution of in depth research through individual and focus group interview on key existing GEWE efforts based on the methodology
  4. Reporting
    1. Conduct data analysis
    2. Presentation of preliminary findings, incorporating feedback, producing final presentation, drafting and finalizing research reports
  5. Validation
    1. Design, lead and facilitate a retreat with civil society reference group
  6. Presentation of findings
    1. Dissemination of findings in roundtables in Jordan

Duration of the assignment

The total duration of the contract assignment will be 70 working days within a four-month period, between 1 January and 30 April 2020.

Expected Deliverables

The consultant is expected to work with the deliver the following results:

#

Deliverables

Approximate number of days

Deadlines

1.

Inception Report

5

15 January 2020

2.

Two-day civil society retreat conducted

5

20 January 2020

3.

Final assessment tools submitted

10

31 January 2020

4.

Preliminary findings submitted

25

15 March 2020

5.

Validation retreat conducted

5

30 March 2020

6.

Final report and dissemination roundtables completed  

20

30 April 2020

All the documents, including the interview tools, training materials and reports should be submitted in written in English language.

Upon receipt of the deliverables and prior to the payment of the installment, the deliverables, related reports and documents will be reviewed by the Reference Group and upon recommendation approved by UN Women within two weeks of submission for payment.

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

Education

  • Master’s degree in Gender Studies, law, social science or other related fields

Experience and skills

  • Minimum 7 years of sound experience working on social research, gender analysis and policy studies on gender equality, women’s rights, social mobilization and advocacy efforts in Arab States region
  • Good knowledge and understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods, tools, assessments, data collection and analysis and reporting 
  • Proven experience in implementing similar programmes/projects and published research on gender equality and/or women’s empowerment in Jordan through a resume of past experiences and areas of expertise in addition to previous produced reports
  • Proven experience working with international and national organizations in Jordan

Language and other skills

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English language
  • Proficiency in written and spoken Arabic language

Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]

Technical qualification evaluation criteria:       

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

Education

20 %

Experience and skills

60 %

Language and other skills

20 %

Total Obtainable Score

100 %

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidate.

Application:

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.
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