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National Consultant to provide technical assistance for digitizing training material (Sri Lankan nationals only)

Colombo (Sri Lanka)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-18

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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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system’s efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts towards building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

 

The 30-year armed ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka brought about a significant transformation in women’s roles in society. With the large loss or disappearance of spouses, over 1.2 million women became heads of households. These female heads of households must now sustain a livelihood for their families and take on roles not traditionally held by women in their communities. Carrying out a new role as the ‘head-of-household’ in a post-conflict climate has resulted in multiple intersectional vulnerabilities and exploitation of women. Poverty, gender-based discrimination, limited support structures, insecurity, vulnerable forms of employment, indebtedness, limited access to basic services, goods and resources, and the extent of trauma undergone by widows converge to increase the likelihood of exploitation and re-victimization, particularly through sexual exploitation and sexual bribery.

 

The UN Women project on Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Sri Lanka aims to focus on empowering vulnerable groups of women from different ethnic and faith groups, including Female Heads of Households (hereinto referred to as FHHs). The project will empower target groups of women on entrepreneurial skills to support sustainable income generation, to relieve dependency and indebtedness, and enable resilience against re-victimisation by enabling them to establish sustainable, long term self-employment. It further encourages women to play a key role on social cohesion and peacebuilding, as evidence across the region establishes that women’s individual and collective roles in promoting peacebuilding extend beyond their family roles to civil society and religious settings where they can shape the decisions of community members to refrain from violent activities. In particular, it aims to address the specific limitations faced by vulnerable groups of women, including FHHs in accessing the necessary knowledge and information regarding markets and value addition of products, as well as access to financial resources.

 

However, due to the challenges experienced during COVID-19 in conducting in-person trainings, UN Women has planned to digitize its trainings on women’s economic empowerment, implementation of WPS policies and role of young women in promoting social cohesion and peacebuilding. The trainings are digitized keeping in mind that access to digital devices is low amongst women in Sri Lanka whilst their digital literacy skills also remain equally low, particularly at a challenging time such as COVID-19 the available digital resources within households are in high demand due to online-schooling, working from home arrangements. Hence women may not necessarily have full time access to digital devices, data. Thus, the trainings also focus on provision of equipment where possible, whilst also building women’s digital literacy skills where necessary to ensure the current scope of work would also indirectly contribute to closing the digital literacy gaps between men and women.

 

UN Women is currently looking for a consultant to provide technical assistance to design and digitize the existing paper-based training material into an online/digital format, within the above scope. The training material should be digitized in English, Sinhala and Tamil, in a responsive design and user-friendly manner that is accessible via various devices (laptops, smart phones etc.) and the content needs to remain brief and contextualized, so that they become a successful pedagogical tool particularly in achieving the training objectives. The consultant should also be able to guide UN Women in incorporating necessary individual exercises, animated videos, case studies etc., thus the trainees can relate to the material whilst making it an accessible learning experience. The consultant is expected to work in collaboration and consultation with trainers, CSOs, Government Officers, vendors, research firms and other stakeholders to develop and digitize the training material. The consultant is also expected to analyze the capacity assessments that provides information on the digital literacy capacity of trainees and take this into account in the design and assist the necessary stakeholders and UN Women to develop the material accordingly.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the UN Women Programme Analyst, Sri Lanka, the consultant will undertake the following tasks, in coordination with the relevant UN Women Project Officers. The consultant is expected to provide necessary technical guidance to UN Women and the firms contracted by UN Women  on how best the training materials can be digitized. The consultant will also assist in testing and piloting the training material to identify any errors/technical issues, in collaboration with the selected firm. One of the key tasks is to identify how the current training material can be adapted to e-training curricula. The consultant will remain accountable for the timely submission of the deliverables as per the timeline given below.

Providing technical assistance to digitize the training material:

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Deliverables

Timeline

  1.  

Provide assistance to UN Women to evaluate proposals submitted by interested firms to conduct the digitization of the training material and support in identification of a suitable firm/service provider.

Finalised evaluation report identifying the most suitable vendor to digitize the training material, in collaboration with UN Women.

30 June 2021

  1.  

Provide technical assistance to UN Women and the selected firm on how best to digitize the training material on

1.         women’s economic empowerment compiled in consultation with the implementing partner, relevant consultants that bring the expertise on women’s economic empowerment, the vendor and the UN Women communications team.

 

2. Contribute to the development of the training material, build avenues of increasing women’s capacity on digital literacy and provide feedback to the needs assessments when necessary implementation of WPS policies compiled in consultation with the team of consultants, government officers, UN Women communications team and the vendor.

 

 

3. Contribute to digitizing the training material for the training on role of young women in promoting social cohesion and peacebuilding.

Liaise with trainers, CSOs, Government Officers, vendors, research firms and other stakeholders to develop and digitize the training material in consultation with the research firm, UN Women’s Regional Office for the Asia Pacific, (ROAP) and the vendor. Review the training material, provide necessary technical feedback and finalize the training material

Technical report with feedback and recommending the best methods to digitise the existing training material for a finalized  digitized training module digitize on women’s economic empowerment finalized with the feedback and approval of UN Women.

 

 

 

30 July 2021

Technical report with feedback and recommending the existing finalized training material on the implementation of the WPS agenda for digitization  finalized with the feedback and approval of UN Women.

 

 

30 July 2021

Technical report with the feedback and recommending the finalized training material on the role of young women in promoting social cohesion and peacebuilding for digitization

30 July 2021

  1.  

Provide technical advice on how best to develop a management/tracking system for a national-level government body to collect data from the field on monitoring the implementation of WPS strategies. Liaise with the relevant government body, UN Women project team and UN Women Communications team on this.

Share a technical report providing feedback to develop a management/tracking system.

30 June 2021

4.

Develop a final report (draft) once the trainings have been rolled out in digitized formats providing feedback on the impact of the trainings, lessons learnt and areas for improvement for future work. The report to contain an analysis of challenges that women face when accessing training material online, scope of training required to build women’s capacity on digital literacy.

 

Final report (draft)

30 November 2021

5.

Submit the final report once the trainings have been rolled out in digitized formats highlighting the lessons learnt. Finalize the report taking UN Women’s feedback into account.

Final report

15 December 2021

 

Contract Period/Location

The consultant will be hired during 30 June 2021 to 30 December 2021.The consultant will be working under the supervision of Programme Analyst – UN Women Sri Lanka and in collaboration with the UN Women team. This consultancy is home-based with report to UN Women Sri Lanka Office occasionally as required by hiring unit. The consultant may be required to travel to project locations or visit stakeholders as required. The cost of most economic and direct travel on mission must be pre-approved by Programme Analyst of UN Women Sri Lanka and it is reimbursable upon submission of evidence of travel, following UN Women Travel Guidelines.

 

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

  • Adaptability to UN procurement guidelines
  • Ability to monitor the work of vendors, deliver on best value for money

 

Required Skills and Experience

 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in software engineering, MIS, graphic design or any related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in developing digital training tools or improving digital literacy.
  • Experience in graphic design and software programmes required to develop training materials and MIS/databases.
  • Experience liaising with a wide variety of stakeholders and working in consultation with them.
  • Excellent grasp in gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Proficiency in English and a local language (Sinhala/Tamil).

 

Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis.- Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]- Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]- Total number of points: 200 points 

A two-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated. 

Technical qualification evaluation criteria: 

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

 

Evaluation Criteria

Points obtainable

1. Education

20

2. Language Proficiency

10

2. Experience

70

[70%] of 100 points = 70 points needed to pass technical

100

 

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidates who may be contacted for validation interview. 

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

- Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.- The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.- The consultant to incorporate the transport and accommodation cost to the financial proposal.- The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

 

Payments

Payments for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of each deliverable and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed by the UN Women Programme Analyst.

Submission of application 

Interest candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application with the complete submission package consisted of the documents mentioned below to UNDP Jobs no later than 18 June 2021. Please compile all the documents into one file and submit via UNDP Jobs.

 

Submission package includes:

- Updated CV

  • One sample of previously designed online courses – link to a downloadable file or a website can be shared.- 3 reference checks- Personal History Form (P11). The P11 form can be downloaded fromhttp://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/about-us/jobs- Financial proposal as per the template below:

 

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Tasks and Deliverables

Amount (LKR)

1

Develop the evaluation report for UN Women to identify a vendor to digitize the training material

 

2

Technical report with feedback and recommending the best methods to digitise the existing training material for a finalized  digitized training module digitize on women’s economic empowerment finalized with the feedback and approval of UN Women.

 

3.

Technical report with feedback and recommending the existing finalized training material on the implementation of the WPS agenda for digitization  finalized with the feedback and approval of UN Women.

 

4.

Technical report with the feedback and recommending the finalized training material on the role of young women in promoting social cohesion and peacebuilding for digitization

 

5.

Share a technical report providing feedback to develop a management/tracking system.

 

6.

Share the draft report once the trainings have been rolled out in digitized formats providing feedback on the impact of the trainings, lessons learnt and areas for improvement for future work. The report to contain an analysis of challenges that women face when accessing training material online, scope of training required to build women’s capacity on digital literacy.

 

7.

Final report once the trainings have been rolled out in digitized formats with the feedback of UN Women

 

 8.

Cost for field visits to analyse the quality of the training etc. for the final report (travel, accommodation, food and miscellaneous costs included)

 

 

Total

 

 

All applicants must include (as an attachment) the CV, Sample work of digitized training material developed previously, P11, and financial proposal. Applications without the said documents will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

 

 

 

 

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