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National Consultant - To conduct Training of Trainers Workshop on the Village/District Leadership Development Initiative (VLDI) for Emerging Leaders or Young Women Leaders

Apia (Samoa)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Apia (Samoa)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Human Resources
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-29

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Background

  1. 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.

Through its Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership Programme (WPEL), UN Women works with regional partners to address country-specific barriers to women’s full political participation.  It works with government and civil society organizations to help create an institutional and social environment that welcomes and supports women’s political participation, increasing the number of women candidates and enhancing their support networks.  The Women in Leadership in Samoa (WILS) Project is a key project under the WPEL Programme area.

The WILS Project seeks to build and reinforce progress already made on gender equality and women’s leadership in Samoa.  It is Phase II of the Increasing Political Participation of Women in Samoa (IPPWS) Project and builds on the work completed since the project began in 2015.

WILS targets the ‘leadership’ development of women as individuals and as a group, to work together to address women’s leadership and gender equality issues, and to enhance their exercise of leadership.  The Women in Leadership in Samoa (WILS) is a three-year project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women with funding from the Australian Government in partnership with the Government of Samoa, under the overall leadership of the WILS Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee comprises of representatives of the Samoa government’s (Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD), Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), community (SUNGO), DFAT), and UN agencies (UNDP and UN Women).

Under WILS Output 3.2 Strengthened leadership capacity of young women and new matai title holders seeks to ‘enhance the leadership capacity of working young women including new matai titleholders in their communities’. The aim is to bring working young women, partners and stakeholders together to discuss the challenges and how to address them; to contribute to building women’s confidence to exercise leadership and to make a contribution to a range of activities in their communities and workplaces; and how to support each other.

The focus will be to assist emerging women leaders with developing their leadership skills and confidence to take up those challenges.  This includes fostering networks amongst women who are already undertaking development activities for their communities.  Other outputs and activities seek to support women who are interested to run in the upcoming elections, as well as emerging leaders, those who are willing to advance to leadership roles (including political life) in the near future.

A Village/District leadership Development Initiative for Women in the Community has been developed and endorsed by the Steering Committee.  Through its design and implementation targets the “leadership” development of young women as emerging leaders as individuals and as a group – to try and work together to address women’s leadership and gender equality issues and to enhance their exercise of leadership for the common good of their villages, constituencies and the country.

The Village/District Leadership Development Initiative (VLDI) for Women in the community should be integrated with ongoing complementary initiatives and programmes in Samoa and the region for congruence and best value.

In this regard UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) seeks to hire a national consultant to conduct a series of Training of Trainers workshops using the approved VLDI Module for Emerging leaders or young women in the community, who will then deliver the VLDI targeting emerging leaders in their own communities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the Assignment

The main objective of this consultancy is to conduct a TOT on the Village/District Leadership Development Initiative for Emerging Leaders or young women leaders in the community.

Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities        

Under overall guidance of the UN Women Fiji MCO Programme Specialist Gender Equality, Women’s Rights and Governance (GEWRG) and the direct supervision of the Joint WILS Project Manager, the consultant will perform the following tasks:

  1. Conduct a series of six 4-day long Training of Trainers (TOT) programme in collaboration with the WILS counterparts targeting emerging leaders in the communities using the approved VLDI.
  2. As part of the TOT for the VLDI, assist the development of Break Through Initiatives by participants, assist with designing activities aimed at strengthening coalitions of women including national and sector conversations/dialogues on gender equality and women issues, as well as the delivery of civic education activities emphasizing the importance of gender equality and having more capable women in decision making leadership roles.
  3. To prepare End of Training report for submission to the WILS Project.

Duration of the assignment

The total duration of the contract assignment is tentatively planned for 30 working days in a four-month period, between March – July 2020.

The assignment will take place in Samoa with tentatively 3 mission trips to Savaii.

Expected Deliverables

The Lead Consultant is expected to work and deliver the following results:

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Deliverables

Approximate No. of Days

Deadlines

  1.  

Planning for Workshops (Agenda, Training Materials, Workplan)

Up to 3 days

One week after contract signing

  1.  

Lead TOT and conduct 6 (4 day long) TOTs

 

Up to 24 days

30th June 2020

  1.  

Report of TOT

Up to 3 days

One week after Training of Trainers is completed

 

TOTAL

Up to 30 working days

 

All the documents, including consultation material and reports should be written in the English language.

Note that all materials, including video footage and images will remain property of UN Women and cannot be used without UN Women’s permission.

The Consultant will submit drafts of all reports and documents to UN Women for review and comment. UN Women will review all documents and reports within one week of submission.   The Consultant will then submit final documents that incorporate and respond to UN Women feedback.

Upon receipt of the final deliverables and prior to the payment of the installment, the deliverables, related reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women within one week.

Inputs

  • UN Women will provide the Consultant with background materials for the desk assessment.
  • UN Women will cover the costs for workshop logistics purposes outside of Apia.
  • The Consultant is expected to work remotely using her/his own computer but may access the UN Women/WILS office for printing of relevant documents or should he/she be required to work on-site at any point during the assignment. 
  • UN Women will also cover costs for translation of printed materials as required throughout the duration of the assignment. 
  • UN Women will cover the costs of venue hire and catering and travel for all invited stakeholders in-country

Performance evaluation

  • Contractor’s performance will be evaluated based on timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.

Financial Arrangement

  • Payment will be disbursed in tranches upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by the Project Managers that the services have been satisfactorily performed as per the delivery table above.

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.

Functional Competencies

  • Ability to think conceptually, strategically and analytically;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Results oriented, flexible and problem-solving skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Required Qualifications and Experience

The Consultant should fulfill the following requirements:

Education

  • Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Governance, Political Science, Community Development or other related fields.
  • Bachelor’s Degree may be accepted in lieu of provided at least 2 years on top of the minimum 10 years

Experience and Skills

  • At least 10 years of experience of relevant work in the field of gender equality, leadership development, community/women’s leadership and other related capacity development programmes.
  • Proven expertise in gender equality and working on women’s right and leadership.
  • Proven record of at least 5 years of experience in leading /facilitating consultation/ trainings with various stakeholders (governmental, non-governmental and community) on gender equality leadership development, community/women’s leadership and other related capacity development programmes.
  • Past experience developing and conducting training programmes on leadership.
  • Participation in the Village Leadership Development Initiative (VLDI) TOT an advantage.
  • Knowledge of development context in terms of capacity development, social and community change and community development.

Language and other skills

  • Good command of English both written and oral. (Please share samples of previous work – training reports, research papers, relevant documents illustrating English writing skills)
  • Ability to write and communicate in Samoan would be an added advantage
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.

Evaluation

Initially, individual consultants will be short-listed based on the following minimum qualification criteria:

  • Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Governance, Political Science, Community Development or other related fields.
  • Bachelor’s Degree may be accepted in lieu of provided at least 2 years on top of the minimum 10 years
  • At least 10 years of experience of relevant work in the field of gender equality, leadership development, community/women’s leadership and other related capacity development programmes.
  • Proven record of at least 5 years of experience in leading /facilitating consultation/ trainings with various stakeholders (governmental, non-governmental and community) on gender equality leadership development, community/women’s leadership and other related capacity development programmes.

The short-listed team of consultants will be further evaluated based on a cumulative analysis scheme, 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 70% out of a total score of 100 points.

Evaluation of submitted offers will be done based on the following formula:  

where:

T

is the total technical score awarded to the evaluated proposal (only to those proposals that pass 70% of maximum 75 points obtainable under technical evaluation);

C

is the price of the evaluated proposal;

Clow

is the lowest of all evaluated proposal prices among responsive proposals; and

X

are the maximum financial points obtainable (30 points)

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 on the basis of its responsiveness to the Terms of Reference (TOR).

NO.

CRITERIA

MAXIMUM POINTS

  1.  
  • Masters in Gender Studies, Governance, Political Science, Community Development or other related fields.
  • Bachelor’s Degree may be accepted in lieu of provided at least 2 years on top of the minimum 10 years
  • Masters – 6 pts; Bachelors – 4 pts)

6

  1.  

At least 10 years of experience of relevant work in the field of gender equality, leadership development, community/women’s leadership and other related capacity development programmes.

  • (Masters Degree Below 10 years - 0 pts, 10 years – 7 pts, each year over 10 years – 1 pt, up to a max of 14 pts);
  • (Bachelor Degree Below 12 years - 0 pts, 12 years – 7 pts, each year over 12 years – 1 pt, up to a max of 14 pts);

14

  1.  

Proven record of at least 5 years of experience in leading /facilitating consultation/ trainings with various stakeholders (governmental, non-governmental and community) on gender equality leadership development, community/women’s leadership and other related capacity development programmes

 

(less than 5 years- 0 pts, 5 years – 6 pts, each year over 5 years – 1 pt, up to a max of 12 pts);

12

  1.  

Proven expertise in gender equality and working on women’s right and leadership

 (up to 2 years- 0 pts,2 years – 6 pts, each year over 2 years – 1 pts, up to a max of 10 pts);

10

  1.  

Past experience developing and conducting training programmes on leadership.

 (up to 2 years- 0 pts, 2 years – 6 pts, each year over 2 years – 1 pts, up to a max of 10 pts);

10

  1.  

Participation in the Village Leadership Development Initiative (VLDI) TOT

(up to 5 pts)

5

  1.  

Fluency in verbal & written English

(up to 5 pts)

5

  1.  

Ability to write and communicate in Samoan would be an added advantage

(up to 3 pts)

3

  1.  

Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.

(up to 5 pts)

5

 

Maximum Total Technical Scoring:

70

Financial evaluation: 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.

WINNING CANDIDATE

The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

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.

Submission of application

To enable you with your application submission, the requirements for the position can be assessed on the following site: http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/about-us/jobs

Interested candidates are requested to submit fully completed application electronically to:

Submission Package:

  • Cover letter explaining the suitability of the consultant: applicants are encouraged to address experience and qualifications listed in the ‘criteria for technical evaluation’.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) of Consultants including three references and or Personal History Form (P-11 Form).

http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquaters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=2740

  • At least one example of recent written work.
  • Financial proposal with total lump sum quotation based on professional daily fees.  Payment will be made upon certification by the designated official that stated deliverables have been achieved.  As noted above, travel costs within Samoa should be included in the overall financial proposal.
  • Travel costs inclusive of daily subsistence allowance should be included in the financial proposal.

Applications without a complete financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will note be considered for further assessment.  UN Women reserves the right to accept or reject any bid.

The procurement process will be governed by the rules and regulations of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Deadline of all Submissions: no later than 29 February 2020.

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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