National Consultant ��� Gender and Social Development

United Nations Development Programme (Asia-Pacific Regional Centre)

SWAPNO is a public-works and social transfer-based poverty graduation project that targets ultra-poor rural women who are widowed, divorced, abandoned or left with a disabled husband. The project does not only aim at lifting poor women out of poverty during the project period; it also helps them sustain with a higher income level after the end of project support. To achieve this goal, the focus is on future employability. The idea is that the set of skills learnt from training will help women invest their savings for productive purposes, which would yield a stream of income in years to come. In addition to self-employment, SWAPNO also helps place women in jobs in local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and private sector companies in the formal and informal sectors.
While SWAPNO has demonstrated success, lessons show that women risk falling back into poverty as they are malnutrition, vulnerable to climate and disaster risks, and can risk facing gender-based violence by participating in a project that can be perceived to be challenging social norms. At the same time, the project has successfully piloted public-private partnerships that improve the women���s skills and help place them in formal sector jobs; it also ran successful microplots that used mobile money for promoting financial inclusion and improving efficiency in the government-to-person (G2P) platform. The findings on mobile money will inform national policy on scaling up digital payments through G2P across Bangladesh.
By integrating these lessons, this proposal outlines SWAPNO���s strategy to support women���s access to decent employment, ensure discrimination-free environment in public workplaces, develop adaptive livelihoods and access to financial services for sustainable graduation from extreme poverty, and develop local government capacity to implement pro-poor projects. SWAPNO will achieve the following results:
Outcome 1: Increased income and assets by expanding options Outcome 2: Enhanced human capabilities for exercising choices Outcome 3: Strengthened resilience to shocks including disasters and climate change Outcome 4: Enhanced financial inclusion for equitable opportunities Outcome 5: Improved policies and mechanisms for sustaining SWAPNO���s benefits
The Social and Gender Development Specialist will bear the responsibility of life-skills development and women empowerment component. S/he will ensure that the graduation strategy for core beneficiary women is implementable considering local gender conditions and engage in advocacy to remove obstacles and create a more congenial environment. Apart from Life-skills development interventions, s/he will advise on specific training needs of women UP representatives and devise training interventions accordingly. S/he will also support partnership development initiatives of the project and formal sector employment specialist with the corporate sector for employment and resource mobilization
Social and Gender Development Specialist will also closely work with the UP-standing committee, local administration and District Legal Aid Committees to ensure safe job environment and access to legal support
The Consultant is to lead and implement the activities under Gender and Social Development component of SWAPNO project. The main objective is to create awareness on gender equality, equity and social development in project area to strengthening the women empowerment and prevention and precaution of Gender-based Violence.
The specific objectives are:
To enhance the capacity of SWAPNO beneficiaries and its communities to address Physical Sexual Harassment Abuse (PSHA) and Violence Against Women (VAW) To facilitate ensuring decent workplace environment and awareness creation on workplace safety and Gender Base Violence (GBV) in formal sector.
Duties and Responsibilities
Days required
% of the payment
1. Submission of Inception report with timeline
Consultation meeting with SWAPNO team Prepare the draft timeline and outline of the inception report Finalize the inception report with timeline and submit accordingly
15 Days
2. Training module on Gender Based Violence
Collect and review relevant documents Need assessment of target beneficiaries Develop the training content Draft the training module Sharing meeting with SWAPNO team for feedback Finalize the training module incorporating feedback and submit accordingly
25 Days
3. Capacity building training for employersemployee of leather sector on PSHAA & VAW.
Review relevant documents Capacity analysis of respective factories Develop content of the training Sharing meeting with SWAPNO team for feedback Prepare training materials Develop training presentation Training conduction and Report preparation
27 Days
4. Psychosocial counselling for productive age group of SWAPNO women beneficiaries for formal sector employment
Review relevant documents Prepare content of Psychosocial counselling Sharing meeting with SWAPNO team for feedback Finalize the content of psychosocial counselling Field visit & conduct counselling. Report preparation and submission
24 Days
5. Observe different days on women development, gender equality etc.
Develop plan for day observation Develop awareness raising materials Liaison with UN organization regarding day observation Day observed and report preparation
24 Days
115 day
Women beneficiaries and their dependents will have improved human capital in terms of empowerment, nutrition, health, education and voice. Ultimately, it will help for graduation of the extreme poor and pro-poor economic growth.
Duration of the assignment is for 115 working days from 24 January to 30 June 2022. Duty station is Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The consultant will be supervised by and report to the National Project Manager, SWAPNO who will also carry out a performance evaluation at the end of the assignment and also work closely with Enterprise and Employment specialist of the project to achieve project outputs.
From the project:
Knowledge products Project documents and progress reports Funding and logistical support to conduct workshops, training, events etc.
From the consultant:
Use own office and laptop
No DSA will be paid at the duty station (Dhaka).
Corporate Competencies:
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN���s values and ethical standards (human rights, peace, understanding between peoples and nations, tolerance, integrity, respect, results orientation (UNDP core ethics) impartiality. Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP; Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Functional Competencies:
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Strong analytical, communicational and writing skills. Strong ability to effectively interact with technical and non-technical end users in a pleasant, cooperative, and helpful manner; Demonstrated ability to solve problems and work independently. Ability to read, analyze, interpret and apply general technical instructions and procedures.
Leadership and Self-Management
Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback. Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude. Remains calm, controlled and good humoured even under pressure. Develop network skills with different levels.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Has deep knowledge on project management, social and poverty research. Share knowledge and experience. Seek and apply knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
Required Skills and Experience
Master���s degree in social science or any related subject from a recognized university
Working Experience
At least 15 years of working experience in the development sector, with at least 5 years in similar positions At least 15 nos. of Training conducted on gender, social safety net/ poverty reduction programmes. Demonstrable knowledge on social protection, rural development, gender mainstreaming, poverty alleviation, food security, livelihood promotion and working with donors and development agencies Experience in high quality report writing Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and other relevant software Experience of working with Local Government Division (LGD)
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in English and Bengali.

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