Local Consultant Entry Level

UN Woman
Salary: Negotiable
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  • Salary : Negotiable
  • Job Category : Development Work/Consulting Service
Job Description

UN Women: Local Consultant to Review the Proposals of the Amendment of the Foreign Employment Act 2007 (Open for Nepalese Citizens Only)

 

Location : Home Based Assignment, NEPAL
Application Deadline : 15-Jul-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 12d 21h 43m
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required : English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
25-Jul-2016
Duration of Initial Contract : 20 working days


Background

Within the framework of the Nepal Country Office Strategic Note 2014-2017, UN Women continues to support the Government of Nepal (GoN) in its efforts to engender macroeconomic policies that are informed by critical gender equality perspectives to enhance women’s access to productive resources and employment for taking forward women’s economic empowerment. Currently, one of the national priorities and commitments in relation to gender equality and women’s empowerment is addressing concerns of female migrant workers and ensure their rights in the migration cycle (Foreign Employment Policy). This policy area is a priority for its high relevance for women’s empowerment and this has been recommended in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee Concluding Observation to Nepal in 2011. In this line, the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) has initiated the amendment of the Foreign Employment Act (FEA) 2007, by collecting inputs from relevant stakeholders on their initial proposals. As the crucial partner of the GoN in the area of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, UM Women is seeking to support the MoLE, by providing technical inputs to amend the Foreign Employment Act 2007 in line with gender equality provisions in the international and national normative frameworks such as the Constitution of Nepal and CEDAW.

Objectives:

The over goal of this assignment is to provide technical inputs to the Government in its efforts to amend the FEA 2007 in line with national and international normative frameworks on gender equality and women’s rights. The specific objectives are:

  • To review a key provisions in national and international normative frameworks with regard to gender equality and women’s rights to foreign employment;  
  • To review the FEA 2007 and identify gaps and articles / provisions that need to be addressed by the amendment from q gender equality perspective;
  • To review and assess gaps and contradictions in the various proposals to amend the FEA 2007 in line with national and international normative frameworks on gender equality; and
  • To develop a position paper, providing technical inputs to the MoLE on ensuring women’s rights to foreign employment through the new FEA.   

http://www.nafea.org.np/files/download/ForeignEmploymentPolicy2068eng.pdf

 


Duties and Responsibilities

The detailed scope of the assignment includes:

Review of the following national and international normative frameworks to stock take what provisions mandate the Government to ensure gender equality and women’s rights to foreign employment:

  • The Constitution of Nepal;
  • The Three Years Plan 2013 – 2016;
  • The CEDAW;
  • The CEDAW Committee Concluding Observation on Nepal in 2011;
  •  Relevant convention on labour and migration;
  • Any other relevant policy documents.

Review the following national policy documents to identify contradictions and gaps as per national and international normative frameworks:

  • The Foreign Employment Act 2007;
  • The Government proposals to amend the FEA 2007;
  • The NAFEA’s proposals to amend the FEA 2007;
  • The Civil Society’s proposals to amend the FEA 2007.

Write a position paper, clearly stating what position the Government should take in the new FEA to ensure gender equality and women’s rights to foreign employment. The position paper should include but not limited to the following sections and recommendations:

  • Introduction (Maximum ½ page);
  • Brief analysis of barriers facing women in accessing foreign employment and its impact women’s empowerment (Maximum 1 ½ pages);
  • Women’s rights to foreign employment in national and international normative frameworks (Maximum 1 ½ pages);
  • Analysis of provisions / articles in the FEA and proposals promoting women’s rights to foreign employment (Maximum 1 ½ pages);
  • The provisions / articles that are required to be amended in the FEA 2007 (Maximum 1 ½ pages);
  • New provisions / articles that are required to be added in new FEA (maximum 1 ½ pages);
  • Advocacy mechanisms and procedures to ensure women’s rights to foreign employment in new FEA (Maximum 1 page);
  • Conclusion (Maximum ½ page).

Expected Deliverables:

  • A maximum of eight-page long position paper on proposals to amend FEA 2007, including situation analysis of Nepali women’s access to foreign employment, provisions on women’s rights to foreign employment in national and international normative frameworks, gaps in the existing FEA and proposals of the MoLE, Civil Society and NAFEA, and policy recommendations.

Methodology:

  • Methodology includes the review of publicly available documents of national and international normative frameworks, national policy documents, the amendment proposals and other relevant documents. Additionally, selected consultant will conduct key informant interviews with senior government officials and experts on gender and migration.

Contract Supervision:

  • The Consultant will work under the overall supervision and guidance by Unit Manager, Economic Empowerment (EE) Unit of UN Women Nepal Country Office and in close coordination with the MoLE.

Schedule of Payment:

  • Upon submission of the first draft report and by clearance of Unit Manager, EE Unit (50% of total contract, within two weeks time); and
  • Upon submission of final report and by clearance of Unit Manager, EE Unit (50% of total contract, within two weeks time).

 


Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • Proven ability to review and comprehend legal and economic policy documents;
  • Proven ability to write reports, briefs and concept notes;
  • Proven ability to coordinate with Nepal government ministries and officials;
  • Excellent communication skills and intercultural sensitivity;
  • Ability to multi task, work on many concepts at once, and work in a team.

 


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Gender or any other related fields.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years of progressive experience and demonstrated knowledge on research and policy analysis in the area of law, macroeconomic development, gender equality and women’s economic empowerment issues, of which 3 years of experiences in programmes and projects related to gender equality, migration and policy formulation will be an added advantage.

Language:

  • Excellent command of written and oral English and Nepali.

How to Apply?

Interested individual/consultants must submit the following documents:

  • Expression of interest;
  • Duly completed UN P11 form (blank form can be downloaded from: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment/);
  • A separate page of lump-sum financial proposal of the relevant cost to deliver all the deliverables outlined above; and
  • Two research or working or policy papers (not more than 5 page long) in English.

Note: Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Please upload as one attachment of the documents as mentioned above online through this website. If it is not feasible to include all in one single document, the relevant research or working or policy papers (as mentioned above) can be send to separate email address jobs.np@unwomen.org.

Selection Process:

UN Women applies a fair and transparent selection process that takes into account both the technical qualification of potential consultants as well as the financial proposals submitted in support of consultant applications. Candidate applications will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of applicant qualifications and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of below defined technical/interview and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for further evaluation process. The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal will be allocated to the lowest price proposal among the qualified candidates. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.

Technical Evaluation including desk review/interview (70%).
Financial Evaluation (30%); 

Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):

  • Qualification (20);
  • Experience (a minimum of 10 years of progressive experience and demonstrated knowledge on research and policy analysis in the area of law, macroeconomic development, gender equality and women’s economic empowerment issues) (30);
  • Experience (a minimum of 3 years of experience in programmes and projects related to gender equality, migration and policy formulation) (15); and
  • Two research or position papers (35).

Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 30

S - Score received on financial evaluation; Fmin - the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round; F - financial offer under the consideration.

The candidate who scores highest cumulative score will be considered for the service.

Note:

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.

 

 
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.