Morocco nationals: National Gender and Climate Change Consultant

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Morocco 🇲🇦

Background
 

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is the UN’s Global Development Network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in over 170 countries, employing participatory approaches to developing local solutions to national and global development challenges. UNDP’s core vision is to help countries achieve simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.  We do this through three main areas of work which are: (1) sustainable development (2) inclusive and effective democratic governance, and (3) climate and disaster resilience.

Addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key aspect of UNDP’s approach to achieving its core vision. Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment are seen as goals in their own right and are also central to the achievement of UNDP’s development mandate. UNDP is guided in its work by its Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017 which details how UNDP works towards gender equality in each of the goals and key results set out in the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

In this regard, as part of the climate change work UNDP has been supporting at the national level through the Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECB Programme) and building on its previous country assistance in the run up to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, UNDP is also supporting countries to better integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment into their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) process, as countries prepare for implementation.

By COP-21, 160 Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)* had been submitted, representing 188 Parties to the UNFCCC.  Several Parties integrated gender equality into their INDCs at different levels, and at least 65 countries** have considered gender as part of their national priorities either within the adaptation and/or mitigation areas of work.  Following COP-21, attention has turned from developing and submitting INDCs to preparing for effective implementation of the contributions.  UNDP plays a central role in building countries’ capacity to implement Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), given its previous INDC support experience, its technical expertise in related areas, and its on-the-ground presence in over 170 countries.

As countries move forward with the process of operationalizing their INDC’s and prepare for implementation of their NDCs, it is imperative to conduct analyses of the national context for gender trends, sex-disaggregated data and differing situations of women and men and the resulting identification of key sectors, strategies and mechanisms for gender-responsive policy and action. Such an analysis would provide insight into priority sectors that have been identified for gender or – women targeted actions thereby ensuring smooth integration of gender dimensions in sustainable development and climate policy. UNDP is assisting countries in this capacity to ensure that they reach their national development priorities and goals.

The development of a gender analysis will also support the work currently being pioneered by the Government of Morocco in facilitating the implementation of its national climate policy through the establishment of the Climate Competence Centre project. This centre will consist of a repository of valuable climate information, develop key vulnerability indicators, identify tools and processes that may be used in training within the climate field, develop a database of key contacts responsible for climate risk decision-making and develop an information system to facilitate the systematic development of greenhouse gas inventorie***. UNDP will therefore coordinate and collaborate with the Ministry of Energy, Mining, Water and the Environment of Morocco, the lead executing agency as well as with other key actors of this process, to inform from the gender perspective the implementation of the Climate Competence Centre. 

*The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) are specific climate actions outlined by countries in committing to the international climate agreement that was achieved at the conclusion of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, to ensure the path towards a low-carbon, climate resilient future.  

**Angola, Barbados, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Togo, Tonga, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

 ***https://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/27018.html

 
Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP will support the development of an in-depth gender analysis to better understand where women and men are situated in climate change priority sectors, the barriers for women’s empowerment and participation in contributing to each sector, and the opportunities for policy articulation to strengthen the integration of gender equality into NDC readiness and implementation processes. This includes sectorial analyses, analysis of sex-disaggregated data for evidence-based identification of gender differences in vulnerabilities, gaps in resources, and opportunities for supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation actions; setting of programming objectives/actions in at least 2 key sectors, development of indicators, and a baseline for monitoring and evaluation (M&E); multi-stakeholder consultations and one national workshop. The analysis proposed will include the following components alongside any other relevant analysis as deemed necessary by the national consultant:

  • Situational analysis of national context

         An understanding of the situation of women and men in the country, as well as gender differences in contributions, division of labour, employment, access to resources, and participation in decision making in key climate change sectors. Resources and analysis for this activity includes collection and analysis of sex-disaggregated data in important climate-change affected areas of the economy and natural resources management.

  • Relevant sector policies or strategies

An analysis of the current climate change legal, policy and institutional frameworks in key sectors and their connection to national policy or strategy on integrating gender equality. For example, a review of the mechanisms and bodies which allow or encourage participation from gender machineries, women’s organizations or involve women in decision making, policy development or implementation of climate programmes. In addition, a review of legal rights or mechanisms connected to climate change sectors including rights to land for women; equal employment and equal pay legislation for participation in climate change-related sectors of the economy (energy, transportation, etc.) will be relevant under this component.

  • Analysis of the integration of gender into national climate policy and planning instruments, such as LEDs, NAPs, NAMAs, REDD+, DRR planning, National Communications/ BURs.

An assessment of the extent to which gender has been integrated into these instruments and how these are aligned with the NDC to enhance and implement gender-responsive mitigation and adaptation. In addition, this component will include an identification of the specific and relevant actions for gender integration if there are no significant references.

  • Capacity for monitoring and evaluation

An assessment of the capacity to develop M&E frameworks which incorporate gender dimensions, including definition of indicators, outcomes, or outputs; analysis or inputs on gender responsive M&E submitted by civil society.

To conduct this analysis UNDP seeks a national gender consultant who will conduct the in-country analysis and a short-term international consultant who will oversee the findings of this analysis and will provide additional input and recommendations. 

The National Consultant will perform the following tasks:

  • Develop a detailed methodology and work plan for the in-depth gender analysis, an approximate timeline needed to complete the study and the required technical resources;

  • Conduct a desk review of the relevant climate and gender-related policies, mechanisms, institutional structures and frameworks to assess the national gender situational analysis and identify priority sectors;

  • Assess the importance to make 1 to 2 field trips to relevant programmes and projects identified on the desk review;

  • Conduct interviews as part of a multi-stakeholder consultative processes to key Government actors and other stakeholder groups (i.e. civil society, academia, private sector) involved in the relevant climate and gender decision making and planning processes to ensure broad integration of perspectives;

  • Organize a national workshop on gender integration into the NDC planning process (tentatively in early October);

  • Develop a concise report on the process and outcome of the gender analysis, and identify opportunities and recommendations for policy articulation to strengthen gender integration into the NDC process.

Expected outputs and deliverables:

The National Consultant shall prepare and submit:

Deliverable 1:

A preliminary document detailing methodology framework, work plan, timeline, a list of national government institutions and civil society stakeholders to be interviewed, and the terms of reference for organizing a national gender and CC workshop.

Due date: 4 days after signing the contract

Deliverable 2:

A first draft of the report which should include the desk review of relevant climate and gender-related policies, instruments, mechanisms, institutional structures and frameworks highlighting key priority sectors and stakeholder groups for further analysis and a report of the preliminary findings from the interviews and multi-stakeholder consultative processes. This draft should include comments from government counterparts, UNDP and the international consultant. The consultant should also prepare a power point presentation detailing key findings at this stage on the gender analysis and the key priority sectors to be presented at CoP22. 

Due date: Second week of October (deadline TBC)

Deliverable 3:

A second draft of the final report including the outcomes of the multi-stakeholder consultative processes (in particular the national gender and CC workshop if completed by the due date indicated below), potential actions for further capacity building at the policy, legal, institutional and programmatic levels for gender integration, and recommendations to address the existing barriers. This draft should consist of a refinement of the analysis from the first draft and should also include comments from the government counterparts, UNDP and international consultant.

Due date: End of October (deadline TBC)

Deliverable 4:

The final report highlighting the process and outcome of the in-depth gender analysis and the relevant actions and capacity building objectives for integrating gender into the NDC implementation planning process. The consultant should also create a summarized document of the findings in the form of either a matrix, flowchart or any other format as required by the Government.

Due date: Mid-November (deadline TBD)

 
Competencies
  • Substantive experience conducting research and analysis in the area of gender equality and at least one other related theme, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, INDC, UNFCCC negotiation process, environment and/or sustainable development;
  • Demonstrated substantive experience in working with developing countries and undertaking policy and programmatic work in the area of expertise mentioned above;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and facilitating capacity building processes in developing countries;
  • Strong understanding of the links between climate change and gender issues;
  • Demonstrated experience working on policy and programmatic issues with national and local governments and civil society organizations;
  • Experience or strong familiarity with the work of UNDP and/or other multilateral, bilateral and civil society development partners.
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and communications skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner;
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills.
 
Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in any of the related areas: gender, climate change, environment, sustainable development.

Years of experience:

  • At least 7 years’ experience in relevant technical areas in climate change and gender;

  • Demonstrated understanding of issues related to INDCs, Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs);

  • Proven ability to undertake gender analysis, design relevant criteria and gender strategy;

  • Experience in designing and facilitating capacity building processes;

  • Experience in producing reports in French and English will be an asset.

Language:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French is required;

Application Procedure

The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):

  • Online application with brief description of why the Offer considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment;

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references.

  • A two-page methodology on how the Offeror will conduct the work including a Work Plan and approach in delivering the required outputs within the assignment period.

Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.

Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.

  • The financial proposal should specify an all-inclusive daily fee (based on a 7 hour working day – lunch time is not included – and estimated 21.75 days per month).

  • The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel from the home base to the duty station and vice versa, where required; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.

  • This consultancy is a home-based assignment, therefore, there is no envisaged travel cost to join duty station/repatriation travel.  

  • In the case of unforeseeable travel requested by UNDP, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

  • If the Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.

Evaluation process

Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below.  Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring.  When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Being responsive/compliant/acceptable; and

  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weighs 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical evaluation – Total 70% (700 points):

  • Master’s degree or above in gender, climate change, environment, sustainable development or a related field                               Weight = 15%                                   Maximum Points: 150
  • Demonstrated substantive experience (at least 7 years) in working with developing countries and undertaking policy and programmatic analysis work in the areas of gender and climate change .                                                                                    Weight = 25 %;            Maximum Points: 250;
  • Experience in design of gender and climate change specific capacity building projects and tools in developing countries.       Weight = 20 %;                                Maximum Points: 200;
  • Experience in producing reports in French and communication skills relevant to the position:                                                   Weight = 10 %; Maximum Points: 100.

Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (490 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (700 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.

Financial evaluation – Total 30% (300 points)

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

p = y (µ/z), where

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal

µ = price of the lowest priced proposal

z = price of the proposal being evaluated

Contract Award

Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.

Institutional arrangement

The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the LECB Programme BPPS HQ/Regional Gender Team of UNDP; and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.

  • The consultant will be home – based (Morocco) with access to email and skype.

  • The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment;

  • No travel will be is expected for this assignment nor will be requested;

  • The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own working station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to reliable internet connection;

  • The consultant is expected to be available for consultations and be in reliable email contact for a set number of hours that align with UNDP HQ business hours;

  • The consultant will report via email, skype calls to the Task Manager;

  • Payments will be made based on the agreed financial proposal (contract is based on daily fee) and released upon submission of a certificate of payment request, indicating deliverables achieved and days worked to be verified and cleared for payment by the Policy Specialist on Environment and Climate Change with the Gender Team/HQ.

Payment modality

  • Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, based on the agreed financial proposal (contract is based on daily fee) and released upon submission of a certificate of payment request, indicating deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion, verified and cleared for payment by the Policy Specialist on Environment and Climate Change with the Gender Team/HQ.

Annexes

Annex 1 – UNDP P-11 Form for ICs

Annex 2 – IC Contract Template

Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions

Annex 4 – RLA Template

The above templates and forms can be accessed from the following link:

http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=33140

Any request for clarification must be sent by email to [email protected] 

The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.


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