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Thursday, July 27, 2017

National Consultant on Women, Peace, and Security

TERMS OF REFERENCE
 
Title:
National Consultant on Women, Peace, and Security
Duration of assignment:
14th August 2017 to 28th February 2018
Location:
Jakarta, Indonesia
Type of contract:
Special Service Agreement (SSA), full time
Payment:
Upon submission of approved deliverables
Supervision:
UN Women Indonesia
 
I.        Background
 
Building on over fifteen years of experience in the area of women, peace, and security (WPS), including conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, security sector reform and access to justice, UN Women is working to ensure a gender sensitive and gender responsive approach to understanding and preventing violent extremism (PVE). UN Women’s approach to preventing radicalization and violent extremism is firmly based on the empowerment of women to build resilient, cohesive and peaceful communities – with particular attention to those that are most marginalized and in particularly vulnerable situations.
 
UN Women aims to increase resilience in communities at risk of violent extremism through practical gender-responsive approaches to prevent and counter violent extremism, support networking of key actors and mutual learning in Muslim-majority Asian countries about the role women can uniquely play in preventing violent extremism. Women (as mothers, wives, sisters and daughters in family settings, and as individuals who perform different activities and hold different professions) play a key role in shaping the values of community members. They are therefore uniquely positioned to promote positive perspectives and resilience over negativity and exclusion, making both men and women less susceptible to extremist mindsets. If properly trained and supported, women can be the first to discern changes in behavior that may provide early signals of the potential of violent extremism among members of the community and provide personal support that may be the most effective means of prevention. UN Women works through strategic approaches: economic empowerment and financial inclusion, capacity building, promotion of women’s leadership, generation of evidence and knowledge exchange, and strategic partnerships.
 
UN Women seeks to bring to this working knowledge gained through the development and adoption of the Government of Indonesia’s National Action Plan for the Protection and Empowerment of Women and Children during Social Conflicts (2014-2019) (NAP-WPS), Presidential Decree No. 18 Year 2014. The action plan consists of a multi-stakeholder approach to foster the protection and response to violence against women and children in conflict areas and the participation of women in social conflicts.
 
In this context, UN Women Indonesia seeks to hire a consultant to provide technical assistance by contributing gender analysis and guidance to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) initiatives, including through aligning them with work on women, peace and security and the NAP-WPS.
 
II.      Situational context
 
Indonesia is a Muslim majority country. The world's largest population of Muslims live in the archipelago of Indonesia, 85% of 260 million people respectively. Indonesia suffers from acts of homegrown militant Islamic organizations and attacks by groups with linkages to the ISIL movement are on a sharp increase. There is evidence of ISIL increasing its efforts to target the region for recruitment of foreign terrorist fighters, with a recent survey suggesting that "competition between militant elements vying to lead the Southeast Asian pro-ISIL movement will likely encourage increased jihadist attacks in the short term, threatening urban areas and Western interests in the region." This situation is compounded by the fact that Indonesian foreign fighters have reached a critical mass in ISIL presence.
 
The overthrow of the authoritarian New Order regime in 1998 triggered the resurfacing of several hardliners groups that support the idea of an Islamic state, and embrace radicalism to advance their religious beliefs. Facilitated by elements in the military to mount a counter challenge against the pro-democracy activists, some of these groups grew bolder and had since tried to occupy a bigger space in society. Violent raids and discriminatory actions against members of minority faiths led to intimidation against moderate and progressive Muslim groups. Exploiting the freedom of expression guaranteed by democracy, these groups grew bolder and savvier in preaching their dogmas to the masses. Local elections contributed to the dynamics even further when politicians exploit sectarian issues for their short-term political goals. The geopolitical context also contributed to increasing radicalization with, for example, the return of Indonesian militant jihadists from the conflict in Syria. This situation had similarly happened after the conflict in Afghanistan in the early 2000s that resulted in a series of bombings that rocked Indonesia.
 
According to Institute of Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) report, entitled “Mothers to Bombers: The Evolution of Indonesian Women Extremists” published on January 2017, women’s roles have moved beyond marriage, motherhood, and network building—the traditional domains of the wives of violent Indonesian extremists—to encompass an active military role.
 
III.    Duties and Responsibilities
 
Under the supervision and guidance of the Programme Specialist on Women, Peace, and Security, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
 
  • Provide ongoing technical expertise and support on the gender-sensitive development of C/PVE policy and law, including through preparation of analytic documents and participation in expert meetings;
 
  • Conduct of workshops on gender and C/PVE for government and civil society actors;
 
  • Develop a toolkit on gender-sensitive approaches to C/PVE in Indonesia.
 
 
IV.   Expected Deliverables
 
No.
Tasks & Deliverables
Target dates
1.
Draft advocacy toolkit on gender-sensitive approaches to C/PVE in Indonesia.
 
Deliverables: Draft advocacy toolkit.
 
30 September 2017
 
2.
Conduct of two (2) workshops on gender and C/PVE for government and civil society actors.
 
Deliverable: Workshop materials and reports.
 
30 November 2017
3.
Draft report on technical inputs (including drafting the C/PVE policy and law) provided on gender analysis for national law and policy development processes related to preventing violent extremism.
 
Deliverable: Draft report on technical support delivered including through participation in expert meetings, provision of inputs, and preparation of gender analysis documents for review.
 
15 January 2018
4.
Final report on technical gender analysis inputs delivered to C/PVE policy development; and submission of final advocacy toolkit on gender-sensitive approaches to C/PVE.
 
Deliverables: Final report, final advocacy toolkit.
 
28 February 2018
 
 
V.     Competencies
 
Essential knowledge and experience:
§  Excellent grasp of substantive women, peace and security and preventing violent extremism issues from a policy point of view.
§  Demonstrable experience in providing technical gender analysis expertise to policy development processes in Indonesia.
§  Experience in supporting the development or implementation of the NAP-WPS in Indonesia.
§  Experience in conducting workshops and training. Specific experience related to women, peace, and security in Indonesia is a distinct advantage.
§  Excellent writing skills. Experience in writing analytic papers to a publishable quality is an asset.
 
 
Corporate Competencies:
§  Demonstrates integrity by modeling the United Nations' values and ethical standards;
§  Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN and UN Women;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
§  Ability and willingness to work as part of a team to meet tight deadlines and produce high-quality work.
 
VI.   Contract period and work location
 
The consultant will be based in Jakarta, Indonesia and work home-based and at the UN Women Indonesia Office or partner offices as required. The consultant might be requested to travel on a mission for which travel costs and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will be provided. Travel Authorization will be granted to the consultant prior to the travel date.
 
VII. Required qualification
 
§  Master’s degree in conflict or development related disciplines, gender issues, economics, public policy, law, international relations or other social science fields.
§  Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience with a demonstrable ability to undertake analytical reviews, deliver presentations and training, and provide technical expertise in the areas of women, peace, and security and preventing violent extremism in Indonesia.
§  Experience in contributing technical expertise to policy development processes in Indonesia is required
§  Excellent command of written English and Bahasa Indonesia. Other UN languages an asset.
 
VIII. Evaluation
 
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis.
§  Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
§  Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]
 
A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.
 
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
 
 
           Technical Evaluation Criteria
Obtainable Score
A)     Education
ü  Master’s degree in conflict or development related disciplines, gender issues, economics, public policy, law, international relations or other social science fields.
20 %
B)     Experience and skills
ü  Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience with a demonstrable ability to undertake analytical reviews, deliver presentations and training, and provide technical expertise in the areas of women, peace, and security and preventing violent extremism in Indonesia.
ü  Experience in contributing technical expertise to policy development processes in Indonesia is required.
60 %
C)      Language and report writing skills
ü  Excellent command of written English, with proven report writing experience. Other UN languages an asset.
20 %
Total Obtainable Score
100 %
 
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidates who may be contacted for validation interview.
 
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
 
§  Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
§  The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
§  The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those qualified technical candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.
 
IX.    Submission of application
 
Interest candidates are encouraged to submit an electronic application to hr.bangkok@unwomen.org, not later than 3rd August 2017, COB.
 
Submission package includes:
 
§  Updated CV
§  Personal History Form(P11)
§  Writing sample
§  Financial proposal.
 
X.      Payments
Payments for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of each deliverable and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed.

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