SSA – National Consultant – Samoa Legislative Compliance with CEDAW

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
    CONTRACTOR
  • Posted:
    6 months ago
  • Category:
    Audit and Oversight, Ethics and Compliance, Evaluation
  • Deadline:
    31/10/2023

JOB DESCRIPTION

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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

 

Background
Context / Background

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.

The Fiji Multi Country Office (MCO) covers 14 Pacific countries, with field offices/presence in 6 countries, and five ‘focus countries’ (Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Samoa). Each field presence is led by a national Country Programme Coordinator. UN Women, in partnership with Pacific Islands Governments, regional organizations, CSOs, donors and UN agencies, focuses on delivering within four interlinked programme areas:

  • Ending Violence against Women and Girls (EVAWG);
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE);
  • Gender and Protection in Humanitarian Action; and
  • Governance and Participation in Public Life (GPPL)

Under Governance and Participation in Public Life, UN Women is supporting monitoring work in Samoa on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). More specifically, UN Women will provide support with the assessment, review, and update of the Samoa’s Islands legislative compliance with CEDAW as a lobbying tool for legislative reforms and to support reporting obligations of the Samoan Government to national, regional, and international human rights frameworks.

The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was ratified by Samoa in 1992. Upon ratification, Samoa became legally obligated under the Convention to enact necessary legislation to give domestic effect to CEDAW. By accepting the Convention, the Government of Samoa commits to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all forms including:

  • incorporating the principles of gender equality of men and women in their legal system, abolish all discriminatory laws and adopt appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women;
  • establishing tribunals and other public institutions to ensure the effective protection of women against the discriminators; and
  • ensuring elimination of all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations, or enterprises.

Samoa was the first Pacific island country to ratify the Convention on 19 September 1992 and, to date, has ratified five of the nine core human rights conventions. Samoa is committed to human rights obligations and also actively participates in the Universal Periodic Review (U.P.R.), its reporting to the Treaty Bodies and by establishing a National Human Rights Institute housed in the Office of the Ombudsman. UN Women supported Samoa to do a CEDAW legislative review in 2016. From that time onwards, new laws and policies have been created to further support CEDAW requirements. A need to review and update the country’s CEDAW legislative compliance is therefore crucial to provide an important road map for legislative prioritization to use in developing its short term and longer-term national plan for implementation. This review primarily focuses on Samoa’s legislative compliance with CEDAW, and in doing so uses the Compliance Indicators as a guide to check firstly if a required law is in place (Legislative Compliance Indicator). If legislation is in place, the review may provide further assessment and has considered whether it is effectively enforced. If no legislation is in place, the Commission has explored whether there are non-legislative measures in place that achieve the same or similar result, such as policies, institutional arrangements, education and awareness raising programs about discrimination and issues facing women, as these can achieve the CEDAW objectives in their own right in certain instances.

In this regards, UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) in close consultation with UN Women Samoa Office and the Ministry of Women, Community, and Social Development (MWCSD) seeks to hire a consultant to assess, review and update the Government of Samoa legislative compliance based on the CEDAW compliance indicators.

Objectives

The purpose of this consultancy is to assess, review and update the Samoa legislative compliance with CEDAW in close collaboration with UN Women, MWCSD and other relevant stakeholders.

The Consultant will:

  1. Conduct a desk review on “the “Samoa legislative compliance with CEDAW according to the 113 plus CEDAW compliance indicators which will be shared and in alignment with the format for Translating CEDAW into Law: CEDAW Legislative Compliance in Nine Pacific Island Countries
  2. Consult with key relevant organizations and stakeholders to gather updated information where applicable on women’s human rights in Samoan law.
  3. Organize and facilitate a workshop with key relevant stakeholders to validate the findings of the desk review and consultations in relation to the country’s legislative compliance with CEDAW.
  4. Update and finalize the compliance matrix/publication.
 

Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Programme Specialist Gender Equality, Women’s Rights & Governance MCO and support from Country Programme Coordinator and in close collaboration with the MWCSD and other relevant stakeholders, the Consultant will undertake the tasks as outlined in the deliverable table below.

Expected Deliverables

The duration of this assignment will be up to 80 working days over 6-month period starting 10th November 2023.

The Consultant is expected to deliver, specifically, the following major tasks or outputs:

No. Deliverables Tentative # of days required for accomplishment of task Timeline Schedule of Payment
Hold a half day inception workshop to share Timeline, Methodology and Consultation schedule with key stakeholders.

Share inception report with detailed Workplan: Timelines, methodology, draft concept notes on the review and update of the Samoa legislative compliance with CEDAW according to the compliance indicators.

Up to 10 days 20th November2023 20%
Conduct a desk review on “the “Samoa legislative compliance with CEDAW”in reference to the CEDAW indicators shared and in alignment with the Translating CEDAW into Law: CEDAW Legislative Compliance in Nine Pacific Island Countries format.

Share the Draft with UN Women.

Up to 42 days November 2023- January2024 30%
Individual Consultation, where relevant with key relevant organizations/ stakeholders to gather updated information where applicable on women’s human rights in Samoa laws and policies.

Hold a 1-day consultative workshop with key stakeholders and share the report from the consultation alongside draft writeup for review.

Up to 10 days February-March 2024 20%
Organize and facilitate a 1-day workshop with key relevant stakeholders to validate the findings of the desk review and consultations in relation to the country’s legislative compliance with CEDAW. Up to 4day 15 March 2024 20%
Update and finalize the compliance matrix in print ready format and submit the final writeup report. Up to 16days 20 March 2024 10%
Total 80 days 30 April 2024 100%

The assignment should be carried out within a period of 6 months, not exceeding 80 working days, with the incumbent being responsible for delivering the following outputs:

  • Inception Report with detailed Workplan
  • Desk Review Report
  • Draft Report on Translating CEDAW into Law: CEDAW Legislative Compliance in Samoa
  • Final Report on Translating CEDAW into Law: CEDAW Legislative Compliance in Samoa and updated compliance matrix.

All the deliverables should be agreed with the UN Women’s Governance and Participation in Public Life Programme Team provided in English hard and electronic copy.

Note that all materials, including any video footage and images, will remain property of UN Women and cannot be used without UN Women’s permission.

Upon receipt of the final deliverables and prior to the payment of the instalment, the deliverables, related reports, and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women at least within 10 business days of submission.

All the documents and materials utilized need to be returned to UN Women in electronic format. Any printed materials utilized to be referenced and returned.

Input

  • UN Women in collaboration with the MWCSD, will provide the Consultant with background materials for review.
  • The Consultant is expected to work remotely using his/her own computer but may access the UN Women office for printing of relevant documents or should he/she be required to work on-site at any point during the assignment.
  • The Consultant is expected to include in the Financial proposal the cost of organizing the 3 workshops. This includes venue, catering, and other expected costs for: Half day inception workshop (approx. 30 participants), 1 day consultation workshop (approx. 50 participants) and 1 day validation workshop (50 participants)

Management Arrangements

  • The Consultant will work under the overall guidance of UN Women Fiji Programme Specialist – Gender Equality, Women’s Rights and Governance and direct supervision of the Country Programme Coordinator, in close consultation with the MWCSD and other key relevant stakeholders.
  • The consultancy envisages extensive work with Government and CSO partners in Samoa.
  • The selected Consultant shall sign a contract with UN Women for stipulated assignment, as stated above.

Performance Evaluation

The Consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, and quality of the products delivered.

Financial Arrangements

Payments will be disbursed to the consultant in instalments, upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by the UN Women Programme Specialist Gender Equality, Women’s Rights and Governance that the services have been satisfactorily performed.

Travel

Travel costs outside Apia Samoa are not envisaged.

The Consultant will be responsible for all administrative and travel expenses associated with undertaking this assignment and be based in Samoa.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UN Women and the National Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

 

Competencies
Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example
 

Required Skills and Experience
The Consultant should fulfil the following requirements:

Education:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in in Law, Gender Equality, Human Rights, or other related areas is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience and Skills:

  • At least 5 years (with Master’s degree) or 7 years (with first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience related in law, gender equality and human rights.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in gender analysis of law and policies related to global and regional normative frameworks to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment is strongly desirable, including CEDAW, the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA), in country specific contexts.
  • Strong legal and gender analysis skills, including experience preparing human rights assessment and reports.
  • Strong communication and report writing skills – with evidence of clear and concise writing style.
  • Ability to produce well written document demonstrating analytical ability and communication skills.
  • Experience of working with different stakeholders in the Pacific and particularly in the Samoa would be an asset.
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use internet and email.

Language and other skills:

  • Excellent skills and fluency in verbal and written English is required.
  • Fluency in Samoan language is an asset.

Additional Information:

UN Women Statement on Diversity Inclusion

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need. If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check).

Evaluation

Initially, individual consultants will be short-listed based on the following minimum qualification criteria:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in in Law, Gender Equality, Human Rights, or other related areas is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least 5 years (with Master’s degree) or 7 years (with first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience related in law, gender equality and human rights.

Technical evaluation of shortlisted candidates will be done through desk review of applications on the basis of responsiveness to the Terms of Reference (TOR) as per table below. Interviews and/or written tests will be organized if needed only, depending on the short-listed candidates’ qualifications.

Technical Evaluation Table:

No. Criteria Maximum points
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in in Law, Gender Equality, Human Rights, or other related areas is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
First-level university degree – 5 pts.

Masters’ s qualification- of 10 pts.

10
  • At least 5 years (with Master’s degree) or 7 years (with first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience related in law, gender equality and human rights.
Up to 5 years with Master degree and up to 7 years with first-level university degree – 10 pts,

Each year over 5 (or 7) years – 2 pts each up to a max 20 pts.

20
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in gender analysis of law and policies related to global and regional normative frameworks to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment is strongly desirable, including CEDAW, the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA), in country specific contexts.
10
  • Strong legal and gender analysis skills, including experience preparing human rights assessment and reports.
10
  • Strong communication and report writing skills – with evidence of clear and concise writing style.
10
  • Ability to produce well written document demonstrating analytical ability and communication skills.
10
  • Experience of working with different stakeholders in the Pacific and particularly in Samoa would be an asset.
10
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use internet and email.
10
  • Excellent skills and fluency in verbal and written English is required.
  • Fluency in Samoan language is an asset.
10
Maximum Total Technical Scoring 100

The consultancy recruitment process will be governed by the rules and regulations of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

Submission of application

Interested candidates are requested to submit fully completed application on the UNDP Vacancy Site.

Submission Package:

  1. Cover letter explaining the suitability of the consultant: applicants are encouraged to address experience and qualifications listed in the ‘criteria for technical evaluation’.
  2. Duly filled Personal History Form (P11) and/or Curriculum Vitae (CV) of consultant including records of past experience in similar assignments and specific outputs obtained; P11 can be downloaded at: https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment

Failure of candidates to submit a duly completed P11 form, as well as false representations on this form, shall constitute sufficient grounds for withdrawal of further consideration of the application. Information provided in the P11 form will be treated with confidentiality. Applications without a complete set of the required documentations will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. UN Women reserves the right to accept or reject any bid.

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