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.
In Kuwait, UN Women works with the government of Kuwait and UNDP to implement a programme on SDG 5, implemented through Kuwait University.
Given the programmes short life-span (1 year), there is a need to ensure that the transfer of knowledge from the programme remains intact, and to capitalize on an opportunity to transform the women s research and studies centre in Kuwait university to a selfsufficient and sustainable centre for expertise on women s empowerment.
As such, UN Women is seeking an institutional development expert to develop a business model for the centre.
Establishing a center for excellence on women s empowerment would mean that Kuwait has expertise readily available, a space that continues to engage the public on how to create a more equal society, and a place for high level dialogues, strategic thinking and capacity building.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of Kuwait University and UN Women, the consultant is expected to conduct an analysis of the existing centre, develop a governance framework, including a resource mobilization strategy.
Develop a governance framework and strategic plan for the centre.
Conduct a review of existing resources centres globally.
Develop a governance framework for the centre, including structure and human resources plan with terms of reference.
Develop a two-year strategic plan for the centre, with clear goals, including an annual work plan for 2019.
Conduct a desk review of the current initiatives of the centre, as well as training capacities.
Identify courses on gender and gender mainstreaming relevant to Kuwait, to identify opportunities for twinning with other universities.
Provide capacity building support to centre staff.
On-going capacity building of centre staff on GEWE mainstreaming, operations and management.
Develop a mobilization strategy for the centre.
Research and analyze information on donors; prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation for the centre, including government and private sector.
Oversee knowledge building and sharing for the centre.
Review existing database of resources, develop a plan to improve the overall database and make resources available online through a knowledge hub.
Develop a research agenda for the center and work with the research and database specialist.
Develop an internship programme.
Capitalizing on the wealth of knowledge from students, an internship programme to support the centre will be developed, including a focus on He for She, volunteerism, and events such as IWD, etc.
Respect for Diversity;
Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
Creative Problem Solving;
Substantive experience and record of accomplishment in women political participation and leadership;
Demonstrated People Management Skills;
Familiarity with the Arab Region, women's rights organizations and networks in the region and globally;
Good knowledge of UN Women and the UN system;
Proven ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
Ability to lead strategic planning, programme development, and implementation, results-based management, and reporting;
Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships and mobilize resources;
Area of political participation : Contribute to the development of the regional knowledge hub and propose plans to enrich its political participation coverage;
Ability to synthesise research and draw conclusion on the related subjects;
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
Strong organisational skills;
Strong analytical skills;
Ability to manage and maintain relationships with different levels of stakeholders effectively and strategically;
Proven ability to design, implement and facilitate training.
Master’s degree or equivalent in institutional development, gender issues, or other development-related fields.
A minimum of 10 years of experience on women's empowerment issues, and preferably including 5 years of institutional capacity experience;
Proven knowledge and experience in developing gender programmes, gender mainstreaming and strategic planning;
Experience of working with a wide range of partners including international and national civil society organisations, government counterparts, UN organisations and private sector on women’s political participation and leadership.
Fluency in English and Arabic, both oral and written, is required;
Working knowledge of French an asset.
Remuneration - Deliverables :
The Contract is based on deliverables and shall be processed subject to successful delivery of expected results as per the schedule listed in the deliverables section.
Required Presentation of Offer
The following documents are required to be submitted :
Updated P11 / CV (signed), indicating all relevant past experience, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references (P11 can be downloaded at UN Women web site : http : / / www.
unwomen.org / en / about-us / employment).
Financial proposal, the consultant is expected to provide a daily fee amount as a financial proposal.
Note that the DSA, terminals and round-trip economy fare tickets for the travel requested by UN Women as part of completing this assignment will be compensated separately.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Evaluation Criteria :
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology : Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation.
Criteria Weight Technical : 70%
Criterion 1 : Master’s degree or equivalent in institutional development, gender issues, or other development-related fields. (15 points);
Criterion 2 : A minimum of 10 years of experience on women's empowerment issues, and preferably including 5 years of institutional capacity experience (20 points);
Criterion 3 : Proven knowledge and experience in developing gender programmes, gender mainstreaming and strategic planning (20 points);
Criterion 4 : Experience of working with a wide range of partners including international and national civil society organisations, government counterparts, UN organisations and private sector on women’s political participation and leadership (15 points).
Financial : Lowest Financial Proposal : 30%
Contract will be awarded to the technically qualified consultant who obtains the highest combined score (financial and technical);
The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula : (Lowest Bid Offered*) / (Bid of the Consultant) x 30;
Lowest Bid Offered' refers to the lowest price offered by Offerors scoring at least 49 points in the technical evaluation.
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.
UN Women is applying fair and transparent selection process that would take into account both the technical qualification of Consultants as well as their price proposals.
The contract will be awarded to the candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores.
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.