Gender Bond Portfolio Support - National Consultant
Globally, 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.
In line with UN Women’s Global Strategic Plan, and under the United Nations Partnership Development Framework (UNPDF 2018-2022) Outcome Area 4: Women’s Empowerment and in support of the Government of Egypt’s National Strategy for Women’s Empowerment, the UN Women Egypt Country Office is contributing to three interdependent and interconnected outcomes:
- Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems;
- Women have income security, Decent Work, and economic autonomy;
- All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence;
As part of the Government of Egypt’s ongoing vision of sustainable development, the Ministry of Finance in partnership with the National Council for Women is exploring possible innovative financing mechanisms to advance the national priorities in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment. UN Women Egypt Country Office will partner with the Government in their process of pre-issuance exploration on the development of a nationally sovereign gender bond framework. This partnership is being carried out as part of actions under the UN Women/UNIDO Joint Programme on Women’s Economic Empowerment, financed by the Government of Canada.
To support the above, UN Women ECO will recruit two national consultants to work under the leadership of the Ministry of Finance, in partnership with the National Council for Women - specifically a National Consultant/Coordination Support and a National Consultant/Portfolio Development Support.
Objective of the Assignment:
Within the Government’s pre-issuance exploration, and based on the agreed-upon focus of the gender bond, the National Consultant/Gender Bond Portfolio Support will provide the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and National Council for Women (NCW) with technical support in the identification of the possible projects to be included in a possible gender bond framework, including budgetary details, Monitoring, and Evaluation requirements per each project (Targets, Indicators, Baseline where available).
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women Country Representative, and the day-to-day supervision of the Ministry of Finance and in close consultation with the National Council for Women, the National Consultant/Gender Bond Portfolio Support will be responsible for contributing to the development of a gender bond framework. Specifically, the National Consultant/Gender Bond Portfolio Support will be responsible for the following:
- In coordination with the National Consultant/Coordination Support, providing support and technical inputs to the Government in the timely delivery of actions under an agreed-upon Pre-issuance workplan;
- Provision of technical support to the MoF and NCW in identifying the criteria and metrics for Government projects to be included in the Gender Bond portfolio. Criteria include but are not limited to project scope, budgetary and financial details, targets, indicators, and overall M&E requirements to measure the performance of projects under the Bond;
- Based on the above, and in consultation with MoF and the NCW, work directly with the responsible government bodies in shaping their proposed projects for inclusion in the Bond portfolio, ensuring all necessary criteria and information – scope, budget, national targets, measurability, etc - is fleshed out as per the Bond’s requirements;
- Working in partnership with the National Consultant/Coordination Support, and in consultation with the NCW, identify any additional international or national technical expertise to be brought in which would further support the development of projects to be included in the Gender Bond portfolio;
- Participate in all consultations on the gender bond, providing technical support as required to ensure fruitful discussions;
- Provide the Government with recommendations on what the monitoring and evaluation framework under the Gender Bond would look like so as to ensure robust monitoring and reporting on the impact of the Gender Bond, as well as outlining the envisioned M&E support and mechanisms required during the Bond’s implementation.
Contributing to the timely implementation of the pre-issuance workplan of the Ministry of Finance and NCW.
Criteria and metrics established for project inclusion into a gender bond portfolio
Participate in all consultations and work directly with the responsible government bodies in shaping their proposed projects for inclusion in the Bond portfolio, ensuring all necessary information – scope, budget, national targets, measurability, etc is fleshed out as per the agreed-upon criteria.
Provided detailed recommendations requirements and mechanisms for an M&E framework under a future Gender Bond;
- 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
- Field Competency: Ability to work with Government entities and to communicate effectively with partners;
- Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Encourage learning and sharing knowledge;
- Planning, Budgeting, and Coordination Competency: Demonstrated skills in working with Government Planning, Budgeting, and/or Coordination mechanisms;
- Knowledge of Results-Based Management;
- Knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment;
- Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions, and present findings;
- Good knowledge of the technical area;
- Good organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail.
- Excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills in Arabic and English.
Required Skills and Experience
- A Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, governance, gender, public administration, economics, or a related field is required.
- Minimum of 5 to 10 years of progressively responsible experience in national policy/planning processes;
- Proven expertise in working around gender equality and women’s empowerment in Egypt;
- Proven experience in the area of results-based management and M&E systems;
- Experience consulting and working in partnership with government agencies.
- Excellent written and spoken Arabic and English languages are required
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation.
The Consultant will be responsible for all travel expenses and logistics associated with undertaking this assignment. All travels shall be coordinated with UN Women Egypt and shall be included in the total contract amount of the contractor.
Technical Weight Criteria: 70% (70 points)
- Criteria 1: Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, governance, gender, public administration, economics, or a related field is required; (10)
- Criteria 2: Minimum of 5 to 10 years of progressively responsible experience in national policy/planning processes; (20)
- Criteria 3: Proven expertise in working around gender equality and women’s empowerment in Egypt; (20)
- Criteria 4: Proven experience in the area of results-based management and M&E systems; (10)
- Criteria 5: Experience consulting and working in partnership with government agencies. (10)
Financial Weight Criteria: Lowest Financial Proposal: 30% (30 points)
The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:
- Contract will be awarded to the technically qualified consultant who obtains the highest combined score (financial and technical);
- The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula: (Lowest Bid Offered*)/ (Bid of the Consultant) x 30;
- 'Lowest Bid Offered' refers to the lowest price offered by Offerors scoring at least 49 points in the technical evaluation.
Interested Individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
- A cover letter with a brief presentation of your consultancy explaining your suitability for the work and link to the portfolio of work;
- Financial offer in Egyptian pounds in Daily Rate covering all expenses (travel, transportation, etc) to carry out the assignments detailed in this terms of reference);
- UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
- Two reference letters from the previous employer where similar assignments were undertaken;
- Copies of credentials as per education requirements stated above.
The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all of them since the online application submission does only permits uploading one file per application.
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