Back National Consultant - (1) To support the IGNR Project of the Draft TGB in SOI; (b) To support awareness with MWYCFA in SOI, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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  • Added Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 25 June 2021
 

National Consultant - (1) To support the IGNR Project of the Draft TGB in SOI; (b) To support awareness with MWYCFA in SOI

Location : Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS

Application Deadline : 31-Mar-21

(Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : National Consultant

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)

05-Apr-2021

Expected Duration of Assignment : Up to 33 working days within a 4-months' work assignment.

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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Background

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.

The 'Inclusive Governance of Natural Resources for greater social cohesion in the Solomon Islands' (IGNR) project (December 2019 to December 2021) is the third of the UN's Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) Programme in the Solomon Islands. It is a project jointly implemented by UNDP and UN Women and aims to support partners to reduce actual or potential conflicts triggered by deficient legislative frameworks, private interest, and lack of inclusivity with regards to decision on the use of land and natural resources and traditional governance in the Solomon Islands.

Inequitable Land resource management is a key driver of conflict at many levels in Solomon Islands society. There is a lack of inclusiveness in natural resource governance especially of women and youth to reduce conflict in Solomon Islands. The IGNR project provides technical assistance through timely reform of Solomon Islands' legislation and policy with regards to private sector land ownership for natural resource exploitation. The project also builds capacity of community leaders to ensure processes determining customary land ownership do not override or dismiss traditional land rights especially of women and youths which may lead to more conflict.

The negative structural and cultural arrangements that deny women and youth full rights and decision-making authority in both the matrilineal and patrilineal guardship of land continues to marginalize large sections of Solomon Islands society, fomenting conflict, and unrest. The project facilitates the engagement between the people, the government and private sectors at the national and provincial levels and promotes women and youth to be at the center of decision-making processes.

Traditional Governance Bill (TGB)

Both previous and current Solomon Islands governments have made it a priority to pass the Traditional Governance Bill which aims to restore authority of community leaders and chiefs to exercise traditional, informal laws and rights over customary land ownership and its further use. The TGB has the potential to either enhance and restore the rights of traditional leaders, especially women leaders and youths, or if implemented inadequately, deny such leaders, women, and youth their rights to manage customary land altogether. Deficiencies drafting the first TGB were identified by the parliamentary committee and a list of recommendations was compiled to address these concerns. The main recommendation from the parliamentary committee on the TGB were: to withdraw the Bill until further consultation and research was carried out, a more thorough anthropological study was required to on the dynamics of customary land concepts of traditional custodianship, the judiciary and the Bar Association should be further consulted, marginalized groups, women, youth and churches should be meaningfully consulted, previous consultations were not rigorous so a more concerted approach is required.

In response to the call by the parliamentary committee for further consultation on the draft TGB with various stakeholders, the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) through the Ministry of Traditional Governance, Peace, and Ecclesiastical Affairs (MTGPEA) in partnership with the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) as well as the UN Women seek to facilitate preparatory sessions for consultations on the Traditional Governance Bill (TGB). Consistent with these efforts, technical assistance (TA) has been secured to assist SIG in facilitating the consultations with women.

UN Women is considering engaging the services of a national consultant for the following objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the assignment

The purpose of this consultancy is to support the international consultant with the review of the draft TGB and the Ministry of Women with concept notes and draft program for community awareness and advocacy.

The National Consultant will:

  • provide technical support to the lead international consultant with context in conducting a gender analysis of the draft Traditional Governance Bill in Solomon Islands and provide recommendations to the Ministry of Traditional Governance, Peace and Ecclesiastical Affairs.
  • conduct a 2 days validation workshop on the consolidated TGB recommendations including recommendations from the gender analysis on the TGB with targeted stakeholders

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  • finalize the validated recommendations from the workshop.
  • provide technical support to the Ministry for Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs to put together a concept note and tentative program on awareness and advocacy for Communities and Duty Bearers on Existing Laws and Policies that Protect Women and Girls from all forms of Violence and their implementation.

The specific objective of the assignment is to:

  • Support the international consultant recruited under the IGNR project to conduct an analysis and review of the TGB with the view to capture women and youth voices in the draft TGB.
  • Provide context and logistical support to the international consultant.
  • Organize and hold a 2 days' validation workshop on the recommendations from TGB analysis and prep sessions. This includes:
  • Produce a draft agenda for the workshop
  • Identify and produce a tentative list of participants
  • Draft invite letters and send to participants
  • Facilitate the 2 days validation workshop
  • Finalize the validated recommendations report.
  • Support the Ministry for Women to put together a concept note and tentative program for activities on:
  • community awareness on Existing Laws and Policies that Protect Women and Girls from all forms of Violence especially related to extractive industries; and
  • advocate for the implementation of laws and policies that Protect Women and Girls from all forms of violence especially sexual exploitation and abuse related to extractive industries.

Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Programme Specialist Gender Equality, Women's Rights & Governance MCO and the direct supervision of the National Programme Coordinator, PBF, and in close collaboration with the international consultant and representatives from the line ministry, the Consultant will undertake the tasks as outlined in the deliverable table in Section V.

Duration of the Assignment

The duration of this assignment will be up to 33 working days over four (4) months starting with April 2021 and as per suggested schedule of deliverables below.

Expected Deliverables

The National Consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs:

No.

Deliverables

Approximate no. of days

Deadlines

1.

Draft concept note on community awareness and program

Up to 5 days

April 2021

2.

Draft concept note on advocacy work

Up to 5 days

May 2021

3.

Validation Workshop, including preparatory work, validation workshop report.

Up to 4 days

April 2021

4.

Report on technical support to the International Consultant including validation of analysis and recommendations to the Final Report,

Up to 14 days

April - July 2021

5.

Final Report Submission

Up to 5 days

July 2021

Total

Total 33 working days

All the documents, including the interview tools and reports should be submitted in written English language.

Inputs

  • UN Women will provide the Consultant with background materials for the desk review.
  • No travel to provinces is required.
  • The consultant is expected to work remotely using her/his own computer but may access the UN Women office for printing of relevant documents or should he/she be required to work on-site at any point during the assignment
  • UN Women will cover any travel, internet and printing costs as required throughout the duration of the assignment.

Management Arrangements

The Consultant will work under the overall guidance of UN Women Fiji Programme Specialist - Gender Equality, Women's Rights and Governance (GEWRG) and direct supervision of the PBF National Programme Coordinator, in close coordination with the international consultant and representative from line ministry.

The consultancy envisages extensive work with Government and CSO partners in Solomon Islands.

The selected Consultant shall sign a contract with UN Women for stipulated assignment, as stated above.

Performance Evaluation

The Consultant's performance will be evaluated based on timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.

Financial Arrangements

Payments will be disbursed to the consultant in instalments, upon submission and approval of deliverables set forth in Section V above "Expected Outputs and Deliverables" and certification by the UN Women Programme Analyst and Gender and Protection Specialist for the Humanitarian Programme that the services have been satisfactorily performed.

Travel

This assignment is mostly in Honiara and therefore provincial travel is not required.

During the consultancy assignment's related missions, UN Women Fiji Multi Country Office will cover travel cost for the Consultant for the agreed upon routing and in conformity with UN Women applicable rules and regulations.

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

The Consultant should fulfil the following requirements:

Education:

  • Master's degree or equivalent of experience is required in a relevant field such as Gender, Development Studies, Women, Peace and Security.
  • A first-level university degree with 2 additional years of progressively responsible experience at the national level in a similar assignment

may be accepted in lieu of Master's degree.

Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 5 years (with Master's degree) or 7 years (with first-level university degree) of work experience in working on traditional governance in Solomon Islands and gender related issues.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience facilitating consultations/workshops at the community level.
  • Strong communication and writing skills - with evidence of clear and concise writing style.
  • Ability to produce well written documents demonstrating analytical ability and communication skills.
  • Experience of working with different stakeholders and communities in Solomon Islands would be an asset.
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.

Language and other skills:

  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Fluent in Tok Pidgin

Evaluation

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

  • Master's degree or equivalent of experience is required in a relevant field such as Gender, Development Studies, Women, Peace and Security.
  • A first-level university degree with 2 additional years of progressively responsible experience at the national level in a similar assignment

may be accepted in lieu of Master's degree.

  • Minimum 5 years (with Master's degree) or 7 years (with first-level university degree) of work experience in working on traditional governance in Solomon Islands and gender related issues.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience facilitating consultations/workshops at the community level.

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.

Evaluation of submitted offers will be done based on the following formula: where: T

is the total technical score awarded to the evaluated proposal (only to those proposals that pass 70% of 70 points obtainable under technical evaluation);

C

is the price of the evaluated proposal;

Clow

is the lowest of all evaluated proposal prices among responsive proposals; and

X

is the maximum financial points obtainable (30 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).

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Criteria for technical evaluation

Scoring

Max. points

1

  • Master's degree or equivalent of experience is required in a relevant field such as Gender, Development Studies, Women, Peace and Security.
  • A first-level university degree with 2 additional years of progressively responsible experience at the national level in a similar assignment

may be accepted in lieu of Master's degree

First-level university degree - 5 pts, Masters or equivalent of 10 pts

10

2

Minimum 5 years (with Master's degree) or 7 years (with first-level university degree) of work experience in working on traditional governance in Solomon Islands and gender related issues.

5 years (master's degree) or 7 years (first-level university degree) - 7 pts,

each year over 5 (or 7) years - 1 pts up to a max of 10 pts.

10

3

Minimum 5 years of experience facilitating consultations/ workshops at the community level.

5 years - 7 pts,

each year over 5 years - 1 pts up to a max of 10 pts.

10

4

Strong communication and writing skills - with evidence of clear and concise writing style.

10

5

Ability to produce well written documents demonstrating analytical ability and communication skills.

10

6

Experience of working with different stakeholders and communities in Solomon Islands would be an asset.

10

7

Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.

5

8

Excellent written and spoken English, including fluent in Tok Pidgin.

5

Total Technical Scoring

70

Financial Evaluation Criteria: In this Second Stage, the financial proposal of candidates, who have attained minimum 70% score in the technical evaluation (at least 49 points), will be compared.

WINNING CANDIDATE

The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).

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