TERMS OF REFERENCE. International Consultant-Gender and Program Development Advisor. 3 September 2018 and 20 February 2019

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1 TERMS OF REFERENCE Title: Duration of assignment: Location: Type of contract: Payment: Supervision: International Consultant-Gender and Program Development Advisor 3 September 2018 and 20 February 2019 Home-based with travel to Vientiane, Lao PDR Special Service Agreement (SSA) Upon submission of approved deliverables Country Programme Coordinator (Thailand and Lao PDR) I. GENERAL BACKGROUND Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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 centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the efforts of the United Nations system to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. UN Women provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. The UN Women Country Program Office in Lao PDR works in close partnership with Lao Women s Union (LWU); the institution that is constitutionally and politically mandated to represent Lao women of all ethnic groups and to protect women s rights and interests. UN Women s focus areas in Lao PDR include women s economic empowerment, safe migration for women, elimination of violence against women and technical advice for the CEDAW processes. UN Women implements joint programs with other UN Agencies present in the country, as well as with national and international NGOs. BACKGROUND INFORMATION RELATED TO THE ASSIGNMENT Context: The impact of unexploded ordnances (UXO) Lao PDR. Lao PDR was subject to intensive aerial bombardment during the Indochina War ( ). During this period, more than 500,000 bombing missions dropped over two million tons of ordnances, with nearly one ton for every man, woman and child in the population at the time. More than forty years later, UXOs persist as a major impediment to poverty alleviation and sustainable development as well as causing deaths and injuries. 1

2 The National Regulatory Authority (NRA) coordinates the overall management of the UXO sector in Lao PDR. A 2016 UN evaluation and an Assessment Report recently completed by UN Women in 2018, concluded that gender equality and pro-poor gender sensitive planning tools tailored to the UXO sector have not been made available in Lao PDR. Neither has the capacity of the NRA been built to provide an enabling environment for women and men to participate equally in local planning, prioritization and decision making. Based on the above, the UN Women project Promoting Gender Equality and Women s Empowerment in Government-led UXO Programs in Lao PDR, both in the organizational structures and in victim assistance, will support the development of a gender mainstreaming capacity building program for the UXO sector. The package will consist of 1) elaboration of a draft set of basic gender tools designed for staff, partners and contractors working in the UXO sector; 2) Training of Trainers workshop on the tools, peer review and preliminary revision of tools 3) Conduct a Gender Mainstreaming and Women s Leadership training for staff in the UXO sector with selected trainers from the TOT; 4) Revision and finalization of the gender tools. II. OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSIGNMENT The assignment outputs will contribute to ensuring that gender equality and women s equal rights are fully considered in the organisational structures and the design and implementation of UXO programs and hence contributing to a more effective and rights-based implementation of the National Strategic Plan for the UXO Sector the Safe Path Toward II ( ) together with the Lao PDR 8 th National Socio-Economic Development Plan. III. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Under the supervision of the Country Programme Coordinator for Thailand and Lao PDR of the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the consultant will perform the following tasks: 1. Prepare Gender Mainstreaming Tools o Design an outline for a set of gender mainstreaming tools in English, for staff, partners and contractors working in the UXO sector. The focus will be on gender issues in non-technical surveys, risk education; land clearance planning and victim assistance. (For the contextual UXO sector background section of the tools, the consultant will use existing background material compiled and prepared during the 1st phase of the project entitled: Enhancing results of UXO programs in Lao PDR by promoting gender equality and women s empowerment ); o After the submission of the outline for comments and suggested modifications, and after the acceptance of the revised outline, the consultant will draft the UXO Sector Specific Gender Mainstreaming tools. (UN Women will provide samples of existing gender mainstreaming tools from Lao Women s Union and other organisations). The consultant will collaborate closely with a Lao gender expert during the drafting period; o The first draft will be submitted for comments before finalising the tools; o Prepare visual aids in English of the tools. 2. Plan and Organise Capacity Building Workshops 2

3 o Plan and organise a three-day Training of Trainers workshop for UXO staff and for Lao Women s Union, followed by a review of and feedback meeting; o Revise the UXO gender tools; o Organise, together with a national gender expert and trainer, a two-day Gender Mainstreaming and Women s Leadership training for UXO staff, using the gender tools; o Further revision and finalisation of the gender tools for the UXO sector; o Prepare a short report with main lessons learnt from the two workshops and recommendations for future capacity building activities for the UXO sector. IV. COMPETENCIES o Integrity: Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct. o Professionalism: Demonstrating professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive of work. o Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity. o Conflict Management: Addressing conflicts proactively while acknowledging different feelings and views V. EXPECTED OUTPUT/DELIVERABLES The consultant is expected to deliver the following: Outputs An outline for a set of UXO sector specific gender mainstreaming tools in English, drafted and submitted to UN Women for comments Tentative Timeline Between 3-30 September 2018 Outline finalised and first draft of the UXO sector specific gender mainstreaming tools prepared and submitted for comments 10 to 31 October 2018 Revised draft of the UXO sector specific gender mainstreaming tools submitted for comments Plan and be a trainer for a three-day Training of Trainers workshop, followed by a review and feedback meeting Revised UXO gender tools, plan and run a two-day gender mainstreaming and women s leadership training Proposedset of gender indicators for UXO sector workplans Draft and submit a report on mains lessons learnt and the way forward for continued capacity building activities for the UXO sector in Lao PDR 7 November 2018 Between 1 and 14 December 2018 Between December February February 2019 ( 3

4 VI. CONTRACT PERIOD AND WORK LOCATION The contract starting 3 September 2018 and ending 28 February The consultant will be home based and travel to Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR as required. Round trip airfare from home country to Vientiane, Lao PDR will be financially covered by UN Women. VII. REQUIRED QUALIFICATION Education and Work Experience o Master s Degree or equivalent in International Relations, Social Science, Gender Studies or other related fields; o Work experience on gender equality and women s rights in the Asia-Pacific region is required and in Lao PDR is an asset; o Working experience from Humanitarian Mine Action Programs is required; o Working experience in mainstreaming gender equality into UXO sector structures and programmes is desirable; o At least 5 years experience in a position directly related to Programme Management and Policy Formulation related to Gender Mainstreaming and Inclusion; o A minimum of 10 years experience in project/programme implementation related to women s economic empowerment and leadership; o A minimum of 10 years experience in designing and implementing gender mainstreaming capacity building tools and trainings; o Professional experience in designing training workshops is required; o Ability to work efficiently and responsively within a multicultural environment and in a team; o Strong commitment to gender equality, human rights and respect for diversity. Language Requirements: Fluency in oral and written English is required. VIII. SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION Interest candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application to with -cc to not later than 16 August 2018, COB. Submission package includes: o Updated CV; o Personal History Form(P11); o Financial proposal: the financial proposal shall specify a lump sum total amount breaking down the daily professional fee, proposed number of working days and travel related expense from home country to Vientiane, Laos 4

5 All applicants must include (as an attachment) the CV, P11, technical and financial proposals. Applications without financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. IX. Payments Payments for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of each deliverable and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed. Payments will not be based on the number of days worked but on the completion of each stated deliverable within the indicated timeframes. 5