Conduct a Gender Analytical Assessment of Ministry of National Economy (MoNE) Various Policies, Tools, Strategies, Laws, and Programmes
Ramallah (Palestinian Territory)
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 plays an innovative and catalytic role in the State of Palestine since its inception in 1997. UN Women Palestine Office focuses its activities on one overarching goal, namely, to support the implementation at the national level of existing international commitments to advance gender equality in line with the national priorities. In support of this goal, and thoroughly taking into consideration the specificities of the Palestinian context, UN Women concentrates its efforts and interventions towards the realization of following strategic goals: Mainstreaming gender in governance, peace and security; Supporting women's economic security and rights; and Promoting women’s rights and protection against violence.
Building on UN Women’s goal in Palestine to ensure women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy, and ILO’s Decent Work strategy in Palestine, UN Women and ILO are implementing the regional joint programme “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work For Women” that is implemented by UN Women and ILO in Palestine, Jordan and Egypt, funded by Sweden, in partnership with the Ministry of National Economy (MoNE), Ministry of Labour (MoL), Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) and the Federation of Palestinian chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (FPCCIA). The Joint programme aims to promote productive employment and decent work for women in Palestine by promoting equitable laws and policies, engaging public, private and community actors, and reducing the uneven burden of unpaid care work.
Within the framework of the Joint programme, and in line with the Prime Minister’s Office request to review and update the National Policy Agenda, including the sectoral and cross sectoral strategies for the period 2020-2022, and MoNE’s ongoing efforts to enhance economic development, investment conditions and job creation, especially during the current situation, MoNE, through its gender unit, is initiating the process of reviewing and evaluating all its policies and procedures from a gender perspective, including its Gender Audit report and the previously developed policy paper on the protection of women made products, conducted by MoNE in 2018 with the support of UN Women in collaboration with MoWA, and assess its flexibility and readiness in mainstreaming gender in its economic development efforts in an effective and evidence based manner. To achieve this, MoNE reiterates the importance of having gender responsive policies and strategies in place, including gender responsive budgets that are also in line with the 2030 Agenda, to eliminate inequalities as a priority for the Government of Palestine.
For this purpose and as part of UN Women and MoNE ongoing partnership, UN Women is seeking to recruit a national consultant, to conduct a gender analytical assessment for MoNE policies, procedures, tools, laws and programmes.
Purpose of the Assignment:
- Provide technical guidance, skills development and support to MoNE gender unit to be able to measure the extent to which gender is mainstreamed with MoNE different policies, tools and response to women and men’s emerging needs- most importantly during the COVID-19 Pandemic;
- Assess and highlight MoNE’s key achievements, opportunities, challenges, and gaps with the aim of supporting MoNE in identifying potential avenues and means for mainstreaming gender at the institutional leve;
- The consultant and the Gender Unit, will also present a set of recommendations on the necessary tools, knowledge and skills needed for the integration of gender into MoNE’s work, including developing gender sensitive programme and project budgets, workplans and procedures that will facilitate women’s access to services; and
- Finally, the consultant and the Gender Unit will co-develop an action plan and a draft policy paper building on the resulting recommendations, opportunities and gaps for potential interventions and tools needed by MoNE, and its partners, to close the existing gaps and contribute to national efforts from a gender perspective, with specific timeframes, responsible parties, etc.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Special Representative in the State of Palestine, and the direct supervision of UN Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme Manager, the consultant will undertake the following tasks, duties and responsibilities:
Quantitative data collection:
- Conduct a joint comprehensive desk review of the MoNE’s developed and adopted policies, strategies, processes, plans, laws, programmes and budgets, including the Participatory Gender Audit report and recommendations, conducted in 2012, in order to assess MoNE’s gender responsiveness. The consultant will co-review with the Gender unit the above-mentioned literature;
- Co-develop and conduct one or two questionnaires/surveys, as necessary, to collect the required data and feedback from different staff members of MoNE to assess their knowledge gaps, as well as needs for trainings related to gender concepts and tools, including the development of gender responsive policies, tools, and budgets; and
- To achieve this, the consultant is expected to provide the guidance and skill development needed for the Gender unit on gender tools and concepts to jointly collect the needed quantitative data Qualitative data collection.
Qualitative data collection:
- Provide guidance to the Gender Unit team on gender tools and concepts and to jointly collect qualitative data needed for the development of a gender assessment for the Gender Unit;
- Work with the Gender Unit to jointly plan for and conduct semi structured interviews discussions, both virtual and in person as needed, with the MoNE’s different female and male staff, including decision makers, to collect the needed information and identify gaps, opportunities and recommendations for MoNE gender responsiveness; and
- Work with the Gender unit to jointly plan for and conduct focus group discussions, both virtual and in person as needed, with different MoNE staff members, including different departments, identified stakeholders and beneficiaries of MoNE.
Work with the Gender unit to jointly develop the assessment report (20-25 pages):
- Co-produce an analytical assessment report on the MoNE’s key achievements, and identified opportunities, challenges, and gaps on mainstreaming gender and present a set of recommendations on significant tools and skills needed for mainstreaming gender in MoNE’s work, including policies, plans, laws, resources allocation, workplans and procedures that aim to contribute to increasing women’s economic participation, especially during and after the Pandemic. The consultant is expected to provide on-the-job trainings (at least 5-6 training days) and skill development (gender concepts, tools etc.) needed for the Gender unit to jointly develop the report and support the team in identifying the recommendations and future skills needed etc.
Provide technical advice and support:
- MoNE’s Gender Unit and programmes unit to co-develop an action plan, based on the main results and recommendations of the analytical assessment, while ensuring co-creating key performance indicators (KPIs), activities, timeframes, resources, responsibilities, etc. Moreover, the consultant is expected to provide technical advice for the Gender Unit for the co-development of a draft policy paper to increase the economic participation of women in light of the current crisis.
All deliverable will be submitted on a monthly basis in a form of reports with related annexes, assessments, tools developed, training materials, surveys, action plans, etc.
Deliverable 1: An action plan for the assessment, including:
- The methodology, analysis process and assignment, in close collaboration with MoNE and UN Women in Arabic.
- (Expected delivery date: November 2020)
Deliverable 2: A monthly report on the assignment progress, including:
- A draft analytical assessment report on the key achievements, identified opportunities, challenges, and gaps in the work of the MoNE, for the review of UN Women and MoNE.
- (Expected delivery date: November 2020)
Deliverable 3: A monthly report on the assignment progress, including:
- A final approved analytical assessment report by MoNE and UN Women on the key achievements, recommendations, identified opportunities, challenges, and gaps in the work of the MoNE, in Arabic and English.
- (Expected delivery date: December 2020)
Deliverable 4: A monthly report on the assignment progress, including:
- A final approved action plan for the mainstreaming gender into the work of MoNE including implementation interventions and indicators,etc.
- A final approved policy paper to enhance women’s economic participation in light of COVID-19 crisis in Arabic and English.
- (Expected delivery date: January 2020)
- Respect for Diversity.
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues.
- Creative Problem Solving.
- Effective Communication.
- Inclusive Collaboration.
- Stakeholder Engagement.
- Leading by Example.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
- Strong knowledge of international standards on women economic security and rights, decent work and gender equality tools and frameworks.
- Ability to liaise with a variety of stakeholders and partners, including government and international organizations.
- Strong analytical, dialogue, training, policy development, consultation, analysis and communication skills.
- Maturity, ability to take decisions under pressure and ability to deal with matters that are politically and culturally sensitive.
- Ability to work as a member of a team.
- Demonstrated experience in timely delivering of quality products, including knowledge products, and in contributing to complex processes within the women’s economic empowerment area of work.
- Demonstrated coordination, training, facilitation and presentation skills.
- Results oriented, flexible and problem-solving skills.
Required Skills and Experience
Master degree in socio-economic studies, gender studies, law or any related development fields.
- At least six years of extensive experience in research and analytical work, including assessments, analyses, studies, surveys and policy development in gender equality and women’s economic empowerment is required.
- At least six years of professional experience in working in the domain of gender and development issues is required.
- At least 2 years of previous experience in working with Palestinian public sector, including MoNE, and UN agencies is a strong asset.
- Arabic and English
This SSA modality is governed by UN Women General Terms and Conditions. UN Women will only be able to respond to applicants who meet the minimum requirements.
Candidates should clearly indicate how they meet the above-mentioned criteria in their applications.
The following documents should be submitted as part of the application. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials:
- UN Women P11 including experience in similar assignments; the P11 form can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment, a signed copy should be submitted;
- At least two previous similar samples of work, including assessments, analyses or studies from a gender perspective.
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Candidates should have the ability to quickly submit degree certificates, medical certification (of good health) expression of Interest (EoI).
Evaluation of applicants:
Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications mentioned above, and a financial proposal. A contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer receives the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 50 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for financial evaluation.
Technical Evaluation (70%) – max. 70 points:
Master degree in socio-economic studies, gender studies, law or any related development fields. (max 10 points)
- At least six years of extensive experience in research and analytical work, including assessments, analyses, studies, surveys and policy development in gender equality and women’s economic empowerment is required. (max 15 points)
- At least six years of professional experience in working in the domain of gender and development issues is required. (max 15 points)
- At least 2 years of previous experience in working with Palestinian public sector, including MoNE, and UN agencies is a strong asset (max 5 points)
Samples of previous similar work: including assessments, analyses, policies or studies from a gender perspective. (max 15 points)
An interview: (max 10 points)
Financial Evaluation (30%) – max. 30 points.
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:
p = 30 (µ/z)
Using the following values:
- p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
- µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
- z = price of the proposal being evaluated
- Only long-listed candidates will be contacted.
Financial proposal. The shortlisted candidate will be requested to submit a financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount breaking down a daily professional fee, proposed number of working days and any related expenses, i.e. travel and communications expenses in USD.