Seoul, KOREA (REPUBLIC OF)
03-Feb-24 (Midnight New York, USA)
11d 12h 51m
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.
UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities:
• Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems
• Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy
• All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence
• Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action
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Description of the project
The project, “UN Women Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality in the Republic of Korea” – referred to as, “The Project”, is fully funded by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of the Republic of Korea. Established in Seoul in 2022, the UN Women Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality (“the Centre”) works to improve the implementation of normative and policy frameworks and address discriminatory social norms and practices that perpetuate gender inequality in Asia and the Pacific. The current project duration is from December 2021 to December 2026.
The Centre is a ‘knowledge and partnership hub’ to facilitate research, education and training, sharing of innovations and lessons learned, networking, and development of multi-stakeholder partnerships. The UN Women Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality is the first of its kind in Asia and the Pacific region. Leveraging UN Women’s technical and operational capacities as well as existing networks and platforms, the Centre:
Based in the Republic of Korea with the financial support from the Republic of Korea, the Centre is also mandated to build strategic partnerships with the Korean stakeholders and organize high-visibility events within the country which bring together Korean as well as international experts, policy makers, and private sector entities.
As per the Project Document, the project is intended to achieve the goal, namely “a comprehensive and dynamic set of global norms, policies and standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is strengthened and implemented” (Outcome 1.1 of the Strategic note of UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific). In that regard, the Project Document mandates the Centre to focus more specifically on the following key results:
Output 1.1: Selected governments, academia, civil society and private sector actors within the Asia-Pacific region have capacity to on operationalize international normative frameworks for gender equality and the empowerment of women, including as it relates to women, peace and security, women’s economic empowerment, and humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction (Output 1.1.1 of the Strategic note of UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific).
Output 1.2: Gender data and research on drivers and impacts of gender inequalities, and responses (policies, laws, strategies, institutional measures and others) are available to inform monitoring and reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals and to inform innovative interventions towards their achievement in Asia and the Pacific (Output 1.5.2 of the Strategic note of UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific).
Output 1.3: Multi-stakeholder partnerships are promoted to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment across sectors in the Asia-Pacific region (Output 1.1.1 of the Strategic note of UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific).
Purpose of the project mid-term review (MTR)
The project midterm review is formative, with UN Women and stakeholders looking to learn and integrate findings from the midterm review into project implementation. The primary users of the mid-term review are UN Women, relevant stakeholders, and the donor. Results from the mid-term review will contribute to decision-making on the intervention and make necessary adjustments. The mid-term review will additionally analyze how the Project has been implemented so far, the results achieved to date, and how likely the Project is to achieve desired results by the end of the Project. The review should also identify key learning from the findings and provide recommendations to enhance project results.
MTR should particularly consider and take into account the changing context of the Project, particularly the socio-political dimensions and the expectations of the partners and stakeholders, which affected the planning and implementation of the Centre’s activities as set out in the annual work plan (AWP) of 2023. The review should then reflect upon how the project document can be adjusted in the future to better reflect the changes of the project context and account for the project delivery.
The questions should include, but are not limited to the following:
The project was launched in August 2022 with a planned implementation period from October 2022 to 2026, and the mid-term review is being commissioned in the third year of implementation. The midterm review will cover the project’s inception phase and implementation period, from the October to 31 December 2023. The mid-term review should have a formative nature and is expected to provide recommendations to improve program performance during intervention implementation.
Midterm review design and timeframe
|Feb and March 2024
|Data collection phase
|March and April
|Data analyses and syntheses phase
|May and June 2024
|July and August 2024
An international consultant will be recruited to conduct the midterm review and is responsible for phases two, three, four, and five, while phase one is the responsibility of the Director of the Centre with support from the Monitoring Specialist of the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.
The midterm review is expected to use quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and gender analytical approaches to ensure participatory and inclusive data collection processes that are culturally appropriate.
The midterm review methodology should use the following:
Duties and Responsibilities of the International Consultant
Expected key deliverables and schedule of payment
|Deadline for submission
|Schedule of payment
|Inception report of the mid-term review: The inception report will be prepared by the consultant and capture relevant information including background, and proposed methods for data collection and analysis. The inception report should also include a mid-term review matrix, guiding questions, methodology, list of stakeholders to be engaged, and proposed schedule of tasks, activities and deliverables.
The inception report should be approved by the MTR Management Group (MTR-MR). The MTR Management Group will be chaired by the UN Women MTR manager. The MTR-MG comprised the MTR manager, UN Women Monitoring Specialist based at UN Women ROAP and three specialists of the Centre: External Relations Specialist, Research and Data Specialist, and Training Gender Specialist.
|Before 25 March 2024
|Before 15 April March 2024 (25% of the total contract)
|Presentation of preliminary findings to the MTR Management Group (MTR-MR)
Before this presentation, the consultant will share the initial findings and recommendations with the Centre’s team.
|Before 29 May 2024
|Before 10 June 2024 (25% of the total contract)
|Submission of interim MTR review Report. The report will be structured as follows:
|20 June 2024
|Before 7 July 2024 (25% of the total contract)
|Submission of a final mid-term review Report. Revise the draft report- in line with feedback provided by UN Women and other stakeholders.
Deliverable: Final report of no more than thirty pages. The report should be structured as follows:
|20 August 2024
|Before 22 August 2024 (25% of the total contract)
Key stakeholders and management of the mid-term review
The mid-term review manager is the Director of the Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality and will provide the final approval of the deliverables. The MTR-MG will be established to oversee the MTR process, make key decisions and quality assurance of deliverables. The MTR Management Group will be chaired by the UN Women MTR manager. The MTR-MG comprised the MTR manager, UN Women Monitoring Specialist based at UN Women ROAP and three specialists of the Centre: External Relations Specialist, Research and Data Specialist, and Gender Training Specialist.
To enhance the quality of this mid-term review, MTR-MG will provide:
The MTR Manager in close support from the UN Women Monitoring Specialist of UN Women ROAP:
The staff at the Centre will support the consultant in:
Duration of Assignment: The tentative contractual period is from 15 February to 20 August 2024 (approximately 35 working days within this period).
Duty Station: the consultant will be home-based and to participate in virtual meetings at times.
In addition to aforementioned requirements and qualifications, it is important that the selected consultant shares the core values and core competencies of the organization.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:
|Application Evaluation Criteria
|Education: At least a master’s degree in sociology, international development, gender/women studies or related areas
|At least 7 years of experience of conducting project review and project evaluation using gender-responsive and human rights-based approaches
|Demonstrate working experience with the UN agencies in conducting project review and project evaluation on gender equality is strongly preferred.
|Experience in conducting project review or evaluative systematizing and analysing the qualitative and quantitative data
|Previous working experience with the stakeholders in the Republic of Korea will be an advantage
|Excellent writing skills in English
Application Procedure and Deadline
Candidates are requested to send the following documents in one application:
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NOTE: Documents required before contract signing: