National Consultant to guide, design and implement a baseline study
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.
Unit/ Project Background:
In July 2010, the General Assembly of the United Nations created UN WOMEN, the entity of the Organization of the United Nations for gender equality and women empowerment.
UN WOMEN intervenes in several areas supporting States, national institutions, UN agencies and civil society organizations in the elaboration, planning and implementation of policies and interventions for gender equality, especially for the elimination of every form of discrimination and violence against girls and women; women empowerment in both political and economic spheres; and equality between men and women as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, peace and security.
UN WOMEN intervenes in Tunisia in collaboration with multiple national and international partners and its strategy is composed by four priority sectors of intervention: (i) governance & women's participation; (ii) economic empowerment; (iii) ending violence against girls and women; and (iv)women, peace & security including preventing violent extremism and sustaining peace.
The Tunisian program team contributes to the implementation of a set of projects aiming to:
- Reinforce the legal and institutional framework to ensure gender equality and Women social, economic & political rights aiming to achieve sustainable peace.
- Support and reinforce the establishment of national and local mechanisms in order to implement legal frameworks to promote gender equal opportunities and women’s effective participation aiming to ensure National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 and sustaining peace through youth social cohesion focusing in the southern area of Tunisia.
- Support qualitative and quantitative data collection to support advocacy for legal reforms as well as the SDGs agenda.
- Provide support to gender equality advocates: civil society and national institutions.
- Share best practices to mainstream gender equality in peace building processes
Under its new project entitled « Addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) post COVID-19 in Tunisia », UN Women Tunisia, jointly with UNDP, will be working to shed the light and address gender-based violence, in particular from an economic perspective, that has been exacerbated by the socio-economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and its linked confinement measures. In March 2020, 41% of all calls to the hotline of the Ministry of Women, Family and Seniors (MFFS) were made by women experiencing economic violence.
The socio-economic impact on women is also more pervasive given that they are already the most impoverished, and that many of them are in the informal and precarious sector (cleaning staff, informal trade, undeclared craftswomen) and that the government has not taken specific measures for women in the provision of social assistance. In this sense, addressing economic violence is crucial if we take the Agenda 2030 principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’ seriously.
The ultimate outcome of the project is for women and girls to live free from economic violence in post-COVID-19 Tunisia. The investment this project makes towards this outcome will give
women and girls in situations of vulnerability access to better services and the ability to provide for themselves economically with increased self-confidence, business skills, and financial support, which is the right thing to do and the smart way to reduce poverty and inequalities.
In this framework, UN Women Tunisia needs to conduct a Baseline Study and is looking for a suitable consultant. These TORs present the specific objectives, deliverables and expectations of the baseline study.
When engaged, the National Consultants will be under the direct supervision of the Programme manager and overall supervision of the Deputy Country Representative.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Programme manager, the consultant is expected to conduct the baseline study and collect values against all outcome and key output level indicators. In order to do so, the consultant will :
- review the proposed draft outcome and output indicators against objectives and activities. This will also include unpacking each indicator with operational definitions to ensure all partners (UN WOMEN, UNDP, MFFS) have a similar understanding of the indicators. All indicators should be gender sensitive and ranged by age. Indicators should as much as possible be drawn from existing sets of indicators from UN WOMEN’s programmes;
- ensure all outcome and output level indicators, to be collected at baseline, have a clear calculation method (numerator, denominator clearly specified) and sources of information identified so that they can be calculated exactly the same way at base and end-line;
- develop a baseline data collection strategy for all baseline indicators, including all the necessary data collection forms, tools and related guidance and protocols (who does what, when and where) for indicators’ collection, reporting and quality assurance and methods of verification, aggregation, data entry, analysis and use. The baseline should combine quantitative and qualitative data collection methods to ensure data is triangulated and truly reflects the actual situation. It should be participatory and ensure the voice of participants and key stakeholders (UN agencies, CSOs, Tunisian Government) are captured;
- take full responsibility for data quality and, for any potential disaggregated focus group discussions (FGDs), he will ensure they are broken down by age and sex in accordance with sampling standards;
- once the baseline data collection strategy and related tools and protocols are approved, the consultant will develop a calendar and logistics plan for the actual data collection, in collaboration with the program team.
In terms of data organization and storage, the consultant will :
- take full responsibility on following appropriate data management and procedures, in coordination with UN Women programme team;
- organize and safely store notes taken during all data collection efforts;
- transcribe, translate, and store audio recording of focus group discussions (if any) and in-depth interviews (IDIs) (if any) with key informants;
- review and clean quantitative data using standard techniques of running frequencies, examining the data base, using logical relationships to check internal consistency in responses. Data labels, data values, and variable names must be created. Any corrections to the data set must be documented.
In terms of data analysis and reporting, the consultant will :
- code qualitative data corresponding to the code tree that he developed in agreement with the program team;
- complete quantitative and qualitative analysis for community level surveys, FGDs and IDIs;
- submit preliminary draft report of baseline results;
- present the draft survey report to the project team and key stakeholders in a validation meeting;
- following obtained feedback from validation workshops as well as from the program team, the consultant will proceed to write the final baseline report with clear values for each collected indicator. The report will also include recommendations for the project’s strategy that may need to be adapted based on findings.
Participate to the inception meeting with UN WOMEN team to agree on the final baseline indicators and how they should fit within the Development Results Framework.
As soon as the contract is signed
Inception report to be submitted to the program team
Two days following inception meeting
Operationalization and calculations of baseline indicators to be presented to the program manager for approval
Three days following approval of the inception report
Data collection strategy (including data collection methods and tools, sampling strategy and size, etc)
Four days following approval of the document with indicators operational definitions and calculation methods
Calendar and logistics plan for the actual data collection, in collaboration with the program team.
Three days following approval of the collection strategy
A draft baseline report to be submitted accompanied by a summary (PowerPoint presentation) to be presented at a validation workshops
Ten days following completion of the data collection
Final baseline report with clear values for each collected indicator. The report will also include recommendations for the project’s strategy that may need to be adapted based on findings.
Three days following receipt of the program team feedback and the validation workshops
- 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:https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637
- Ability to communicate sensitively, effectively, and creatively across different constituencies;
- Knowledge of local administrations in Tunisia;
- Knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced academic degree (Master’s degree, PhD is an asset) in Gender Studies, Social Sciences, Public Policy, Public Relations, Development Studies, or related fields.
- A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- At least 5 years of professional development-related experiences;
- Demonstrated knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodologies, systems and strategies;
- Knowledge in statistics and data management;
- Analytical, writing and communication skills with a confirmed experience in writing in French;
- Knowledge of stakeholders in Tunisia, including knowledge of gender equality mechanisms is an asset;
- Previous experience and familiarity with the UN system in similar/related assignments is considered an advantage;
- Further to this, consultant must indicate how he/she intends to mobilize the professional skills for the proper implementation of the assignment within the 30 working days earmarked for the assignment as indicated in the expected duration above.
- Fluency in French is required.
- Arabic is an asset.
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.
Criteria Weight Technical: 70% (70 points)
- Criterion1: Education: Master’s degree in social sciences (20 points)
- Ph.D. in social sciences is an asset (10 points)
- Criterion 2: 5 years of professional knowledge and understanding of monitoring and evaluation methodologies, systems and strategies (20 points)
- Criterion3: Relevant experience in preparing practical guides and conducting FGD (20 points)
Financial: 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 portfolio of work;
- UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
- Personal CV; and Financial proposal; Proposed inclusive daily rate.
The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all them, since the online application submission does only permit to upload one file per application. Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.
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.