International Consultant to Facilitate the UNCT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard Assessment, Home Based

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Home-based

Closing date: Monday, 31 August 2020

International Consultant to Facilitate the UNCT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard Assessment

Advertised on behalf of : Location : Home-based, SOUTH AFRICA

Application Deadline : 31-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : International Consultant

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 15-Sep-2020

Duration of Initial Contract : 30 days


UN?Reform and & Gender Equality

In 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. The Agenda commits all countries and stakeholders to work together to achieve sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development, and environmental protection. Leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first is at the core of the agenda. This is underpinned by the principle of gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEEW, grounded in the norms and standards of United Nations tasked to uphold and promote, including coherent and integrated system-wide gender-responsive planning, implementation and reporting.

The UN General Assembly resolution 71/243 from the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR)?adopted in December 2016 reaffirmed that promoting gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, in accordance with CEDAW, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of relevant UN conferences and resolutions of the General Assembly are of fundamental importance and have a multiplier effect for achieving sustained and inclusive economic growth, poverty eradication and sustainable development. The QCPR resolution furthermore calls upon all entities of the UN development system to continue to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality by enhancing gender mainstreaming through the full implementation of the System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women as well as the UNCT performance indicators for gender equality and the empowerment of women (the ‚gender equality scorecard‘), in particular with regard to gender-responsive performance management and strategic planning, the collection and use of sex-disaggregated data, reporting and resource tracking, and drawing on available gender expertise in the system at all levels to assist in mainstreaming gender equality in the UN development assistance planning frameworks.

In ?South Africa, the UN Country Team (UNCT) in collaboration with the government and other stakeholders are embarking in a consultative process of ?developing the United Nations Strategic Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) which is the strategy of cooperation for the four-year period 2020 to 2024 that seeks to realize alignment of national priorities and UN normative standards and operational contributions. The UNSDCF will aim to have a strong emphasis on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls across all areas of people, planet, prosperity and peace, in line with the overall focus on human rights and ‚leaving no one behind‘.

The United Nations Country Team is committed to working? in collaboration with the Government of South Africa and other partners to support realizing the national development vision, aligned with the globally agreed and universally applicable transformative 2030 Agenda and the SDGs and its core commitment of leaving no one behind.

The UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Score Card

In response to the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) system-wide Policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (CEB/2006/2) the UN has developed a coordinated approach to strengthening accountability for gender, endorsed by the CEB in 2012:

The UN System-wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP), which is from 2012-2017 focused on corporate processes and institutional arrangements at the individual entity level and extended in 2018 to cover development and normative results tied to the SDGs.

The United Nations Country Teams (UNCT) Performance Indicators for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women - the UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard - introduced in August 2008 focusing initially on joint processes and institutional arrangements within the UNCT, and eventually extended to cover results. The UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard has been aligned with the UN-SWAP to ensure a coherent accountability framework at country, regional and HQ levels.

To further support the development of the gender responsive UNSDCF and ensure better accountability of UNCT towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with UN?corporative policy in this area, the UNCTs are expected to use the UNCT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard to assess status and identify gaps and corrective actions.

The Scorecard is organized around seven dimensions that address key GEEW components: planning; programming and monitoring and evaluation; partnerships; leadership and organizational culture; gender architecture and capacities; resources; and results. Each dimension includes Performance Indicators, which UNCTs need to meet or exceed.

Scorecard dimensions to review and performance indicators: Planning: Indicator

1 Common Country Analysis integrates Gender Analysis;

2 Gender Equality mainstreamed in UNDAF outcomes;

3 UNDAF indicators measure changes on Gender Equality.

Programming and M&E: Indicator

1 Joint Programs contribute to reducing Gender Inequalities;

2 Communication and Advocacy address areas of Gender Equality;

3 UNDAF Monitoring and Evaluation measures progress against planned Gender Equality results.

Partnerships: Indicator

1 UNCT collaborates and engages with Government on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women;

2 UNCT collaborates and engages with Women’s/Gender Equality CSO;
Leadership and Organizational Culture: Indicator

1 UNCT Leadership is committed to championing Gender Equality;

2 Organizational Culture fully supports promotion of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women;

3 Gender parity in staffing is achieved.

Gender Architecture and Capacities: Indicator

1 Gender Coordination mechanisms empowered to influence the UNCT for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women;

2 UNCT has adequate capacities developed for Gender Mainstreaming.

Resources: Indicator

1 Adequate resources for Gender Mainstreaming are allocated and tracked.

Results: Indicator

1 UN Programmes make a significant contribution to Gender Equality in the country.

Duties and Responsibilities

Main objective and Purpose of the UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Score Card: The main objective of this consultancy is to develop a SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard for the UNCT South Africa to assess the effectiveness of the UN Country Team in gender mainstreaming, promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment as well as to provide recommendations for improvements and subsequently develop a gender mainstreaming strategy for South Africa. Additionally, the consultant will be required to conduct a gender mainstreaming training for the Results Groups that are developing the United Nations Development Strategic Cooperation Framework.

Scope of Work:

Assisting the UNCT in identifying areas in which they are meeting or not meeting minimum UNDG requirements;
Stimulating a constructive dialogue within the UNCT about the current status of support for gender equality and women’s empowerment and how it can be improved;
Identifying where technical assistance can support the achievement of minimum requirements;
Sharing good practice in supporting national priorities to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment;
Provide an action plan on how to effectively support gender equality and women’s empowerment in South Africa (including strategic priorities based on an updated theory of change, concrete key measures to increase sustainable impact, as well as the identified UNCT ways moving forward);
Support UNCT to develop a Gender Mainstreaming Strategy;
Coordinate and conduct a Gender Mainstreaming training for the Results Groups.


The consultant will be responsible to facilitate the development of the SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard for the UNCT in South Africa based on the methodology development by the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG);
The UN Resident Coordinators Office will lead and own the process with the close support and guidance by the consultant and Gender Theme Group co-chairs. The RCO will enable inter-agency stakeholders to work collaboratively and contribute to the review of the UNCT’s performance against minimum GEEW requirements;
Guide and support the inter-agency assessment team with the piloting process, the consultant will conduct the following activities within the following stipulated timeframes;
Support UNCT to develop a Gender Mainstreaming Strategy;
Coordinate and conduct a Gender Mainstreaming training for the Results Groups.

a) Background document review (home-based)

UNCT UN-SWAP Technical Guidance and Framework;
UNCT Gender Scorecard Reports for the countries in the regions and from other countries;
Current country CCA and Draft UNSDCF; UN Strategic Framework 2017-2020;
New UNDG UNDAF guidance;
UNCT planning, reports, budgets, and programming documents;
Gender Theme Group’s TOR and Annual Work Plan;
South Africa recent country CEDAW Report, Beijing +25 national review report and the National Development Plan etc.

Other recommended sources for the consultant’s preparation:

The second global desk review of gender scorecards that were implemented by UNCTs in the period 2012-2014 and 2015-2018;
UNDG Resource book for mainstreaming gender in UN common programming at country level;
UNDG resource guide to gender theme groups; and

Review of UNDG Members Accountability Mechanisms for Gender Equality: Synthesis Report, 2006 (UN Women, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDP, UNFPA, WFP and ILO and others).

b) Assistance and support for the Inter Agency Team (IAT) with the in-country assessment.?Support the collection of complementary data and evidence to score indicators;
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Conduct gender analysis of verification documents required to help the IAT score areas of performance;
Facilitate working sessions and technical support with key stakeholders such as the Resident Coordinator, Heads of Agencies, Gender Theme Group members, key programme staff, M&E teams, partners, etc. to discuss and score areas of performance;
Complete the scoring matrix based on IAT discussions and agreements;
Facilitate a debrief with the HOA/UNCT to discuss findings and proposed actions.

c) Reporting


Delivery date


15 Sept 2020

Virtual technical briefing with UNCT, IAT and GTG

17 Sept 2020

Gender analysis of verification documents for the IAT to score areas of performance

Interview report of sessions with key UN stakeholders to score areas of performance

Analyzed Gender and Organizational Culture survey results

Analyzed Gender equality capacity assessment survey

Completed scoring matrix based on IAT discussions and agreements

Briefing note on findings and proposed actions from a debrief with the HOA/UNCT submitted to GTG co-chairs

9 Sept 2020

First draft of scorecard narrative report submitted to GTG co-chairs for their inputs. Draft Scorecard and narrative report.

The first draft should include:


Country context

Findings overview by dimension area

Findings by Indicators


Draft of action plan.

30 Sept 2020

Final Scorecard narrative report, the suggested action plan and a follow-up matrix

6 October 2020

Develop a Gender Mainstreaming Strategy

TBC (timelines to be discussed on inception)

Coordinate and conduct a Gender Mainstreaming training for the Results Groups

Performance Evaluation

Consultant performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the product delivered.

Duty Station and Travel Arrangements

The consultancy is home based and will be required to participate in virtual meetings with UN entities, partners and stakeholders as per the agreed work-plan.


Core Values:

Respect for Diversity;

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity;
Organizational awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgement;
Organizational awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgement;
Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative;
Work in teams: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multiethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication;
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others;
Conflict management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution;
Continuous Learning and Knowledge sharing: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Please visit the link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Master’s degree in social and political sciences, human rights, gender equality etc. PhD degree is an asset.


At least 7 years of practical experience of work on gender mainstreaming in development programmes/projects at national and international levels;
At least 3 years‘ experience of work on results-based management, review and/or evaluation;
Demonstrated experience in gender data collection and analysis, including interviews, survey and focus groups;
Previous experience on conducting the Gender Equality Scorecard assessment, narrative report and follow-up matrix is preferred;
Language and other skills:

Proficient in written and oral English;
Computer skills, internet communication and command of MS Office.

Note: Please attach the below to your CV before simitting:

Letter of Interest containing the statement on candidate’s experience in the field of recruitment

2 pages proposal outlining understanding of the task and proposed workplan with a timeline

Financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount breaking down a daily professional fee and proposed number of working days.

CVs that do not have technical and financial proposals will be considered invalid and will not be further considered.

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 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.

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