Consultant – to Complete an Independent Mapping and Capacity Assessment of CSOs Undertaking Gender work in the Pacific

Consultant – to Complete an Independent Mapping and Capacity Assessment of CSOs Undertaking Gender work in the Pacific

UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Suva, Fiji

Duties and Responsibilities:

Purpose of the Consultancy:

As UN Women will be engaging with a range of CSO partners, across all programmatic areas of work, UN Women is seeking the services of a consultant who can provide an independent mapping and comparative analysis, as well as undertaking capacity assessments of 30-35 organizations working in gender equality in Pacific countries, with an emphasis on UN Women’s programmatic countries which are: Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu with programming to commence in 2020 in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. For the other-non-programmatic countries, a desk review, enhanced by interviews will be required. The mapping and analysis will be undertaken based on all organizations that are currently working in gender. Capacity assessments will be developed for those organizations that are selected through the EOI process as potential partners following UN Women’s guidelines for capacity assessments (see Annex C).

Methodology:

The Consultant will be expected to work with the UN Women Fiji MCO teams in Fiji, as well as UN Women staff in Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. There will be an initial briefing with the UN Women Fiji MCO team in Suva, Fiji at the start of the assignment.

It is expected that the consultant will work in a participatory manner with the project teams, project stakeholders as well as CSOs. The approach must ensure inclusivity with a range of stakeholders including remote rural women and persons with disabilities.

The Consultant will be expected to develop a comprehensive mapping of all CSOs working in gender equality or with the capacity to support gender mainstreaming through a desk-based review. Capacity assessments will be undertaken primarily as a desk-based exercise through interviews with selected CSOs conducted via phone/skype to collect relevant information and supporting documents. If required, travel to selected countries for face-to-face interviews/collection of information may be undertaken.

A peer review of capacity assessments will be undertaken by UN Women Fiji MCO staff.

Objectives of the Assignment:

The objective of this assignment is to undertake an independent assessment of CSOs working in gender equality in the Pacific or with the capacity for gender mainstreaming, and to undertake capacity assessments with those CSOs eligible to partner with UN Women, in key priority programmatic areas, and countries identified through UN Women’s call for Expressions of Interest.

Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Representative and the Deputy Representative, and technically guided by UN Women Fiji MCO project teams, the Consultant will undertake the following tasks as outlined in the deliverable table in Section VI.

This assignment will cover drafting a report for UN Women comprising:

Mapping of CSOs currently undertaking gender equality work or with the capacity to support gender mainstreaming in the 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories covered by UN Women’s Fiji MCO including country background with focus on civil society development, highlighting major developments over time.

Comparative analysis of CSOs (by country + regional) undertaking gender equality work or with the capacity for gender mainstreaming against UN Women’s five programmatic areas according to:

  • Focus area of work;
  • Technical capacity;
  • Organizational capacity;
  • Experience/results;
  • Any capacity gaps in the five programmatic areas.

Based on the mapping and comparative analysis as well as the results of UN Women Fiji MCO’s call for Expressions of Interest for CSO partnerships, make recommendations to UN Women Fiji MCO for undertaking capacity assessment exercises with 30-35 civil society organizations with priority for current programmatic countries.

Undertake capacity assessments of agreed CSOs on behalf of UN Women Fiji MCO using the UN Women standard template for capacity assessments (see Annex C) across three key areas:

  • Technical capacity;
  • Governance and management structures;
  • Financial and administrative management.

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:

Education:

  • A minimum of a postgraduate qualification in social sciences, international development with a preference for gender (or undergraduate degree plus at least 7 years relevant experience).

Experience:

  • Must have a strong background in civil society engagement and gender research;
  • At least 5 years of relevant Experience in CSO governance, operations and management;
  • Demonstrated ability to research, analyze and write in a language that is concise, compelling and easy to understand with clear strong fact checking;
  • Good understanding of local development context and challenges in the context of gender equality in the Pacific;
  • Cultural sensitivity and experience working cross culturally essential;
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent written and spoken English;
  • Language skills such as Hindi, i-Taukei language or Bislama is an asset.

Evaluation Procedure:

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

  • A minimum of a postgraduate qualification in social sciences, international development with a preference for gender (or undergraduate degree plus at least 7 years relevant experience);
  • For postgraduate qualification - Minimum 5 years of proven experience in in CSO governance, operations and management;
  • The short-listed individual 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 30% out of a total score of 100 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);
  • Financial Qualification Evaluation Criteria: 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.

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