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UN Women Vacancy: National Consultant on Mainstreaming Gender in Climate Change - Jakarta

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National Consultant to Mainstreaming Gender into Climate Change Programme and Plans in Indonesia

Duty Station: Jakarta, Indonesia

1.       Background

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is guided by its mandates 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. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. 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 implement these standarts.

Climate change refers to a change in the state of the climate that can be identified (e.g., by using statistical tests) by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. The Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in its Article 1, defines climate change as: “a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.”[1]

Vulnerability defines as “the propensity or predisposition to be adversely affected. Vulnerability encompasses a variety of concepts and elements including sensitivity or susceptibility to harm and lack of capacity to cope and adapt.”[2]  Climate change affects differently on men and women. Women’s limited access to resources, restricted rights, limited mobility and muted voices in shaping decisions make them highly vulnerable to climate change.[3]

Further, people who are socially, economically, culturally, politically, institutionally, or otherwise marginalized are especially vulnerable to climate change and also to some adaptation and mitigation responses (medium evidence, high agreement). This heightened vulnerability is rarely due to a single cause. Rather, it is the product of intersecting social processes that result in inequalities in socio economic status and income, as well as in exposure. Such social processes include, for example, discrimination on the basis of gender, class, ethnicity, age, and (dis)ability[4]

In 2015, countries agreed to adopt a new sustainable development agenda; and they are expected to adopt a new global agreement on climate change. Concluding a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years and featured the unprecedented participation of civil society, on 2 August 2015, governments united behind an ambitious agenda that featured 17 new sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that aim to end poverty, combat inequalities and promote prosperity while protecting the environment by 2030. Including in the agenda, a stand-alone goal on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as well as gender sensitive targets in other goals.

The year 2015 is also critical for climate policy and the broader sustainable development agenda. Women are agents of change and leaders that play a crucial, yet often unrecognized, role in climate action. Women are key to the management of natural resources and to spearheading sustainable practices, including through the use and development of technology, at the household, community, national and global levels to respond to and find common solutions to climate-related crises.[5]

As a large number of the poor in communities that are highly dependent on local natural resources for the livelihood and are disproportionately vulnerable to an affected by climate change, women’s has limited access to resources and decision-making processes increases their vulnerability to climate change. But it was also recognized that women are also effective agents of change in relation to both mitigation and adaptation. Women have a strong body of knowledge and expertise that can be used in climate change mitigation, disaster reduction and adaptation strategies.

The key challenge today […] is to systematically incorporate gender equality and women’s empowerment into our operational responses to climate change at the local, national, and international levels. This will require a paradigm shift that puts women at the centre of our adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk-management efforts.[6]

Indonesia update. Responding to the impact of climate change is a global call for every country. Commitments are made by countries with the ratification of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) followed by The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali in December 2007. The Bali Action Plan confirmed that effectively addressing climate change requires both mitigation and adaptation action as well as technology and financing. 

Indonesia ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1994, followed by ratification of Kyoto Protocol in 2004, The Government Of Indonesia has shown its strong commitment to further translated into government roadmap on sectoral plan on climate change, inserted in the National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) of 2015-2019.

Integration gender dimension is important to realize Government commitment in responding to impact of climate change, especially by recognizing women’s vulnerability and potential as agents of change. In line with this effort, UN Women Indonesia is supporting the Government of Indonesia to mainstream gender equality principles into national climate change policy. As a result, in 2012, a policy paper on ‘Gender Mainstreaming in Climate Change Adaptation’ has developed. The paper outlining gender mainstreaming in Indonesia’s Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) through raising awareness about the need and practices and be source for new legal CCA policy documents, practices and its implementation. Two years later in 2014 a National Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation (RAN-API) has also developed identifying priority areas and consideration of integrating gender into CCA action programmes.

With the new global development goals framed as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Indonesia is undertaking process of linking the SDGs with the national sectoral plans, priorities and programmes including developing each indicators respectfully. The RPJMN approved last year yet to be synchronized with the SDGs. Thus, the opportunity to link SDG goal 5 ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ with the Goal 13 ‘take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts’ and with the RPJM focus of intervention that to increase people’s resilience to Climate Change.

To build upon the aforementioned efforts, and responding to the government need of a more practical guidance for capacity building and programme development on CCA in Indonesia while continuing good partnership with the Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), UN Women Indonesia is looking for a qualified national consultant to support the Ministry in mainstreaming gender into Climate Change Programme and Plans in selected sectors.

2.       Objectives of the assignment

To design a comprehensive guideline on mainstreaming gender in climate change adaptation programmes and plans that take into account the policy paper on Gender Mainstreaming in Climate Change Adaptation developed in cooperation between BAPPENAS and UN WOMEN. The guideline will be developed in consultation with relevant stakeholders and to validate for feedback to frame the final version for dissemination.

3.       Scope of Work and Specific Task

The National Consultant will work with UN Women Indonesia to support the Ministry of National Development Planning to do the following:
  • Using policy paper on Gender Mainstreaming into Climate Change Adaptation as one of the main references, identify key issues, explore and suggest key strategies to mainstream gender in climate change programmes and plans in selected sectors in Indonesia.  
  • Develop guidelines to mainstreaming gender in climate change adaptation programmes and plans that is user friendly and to higher extent, flexible for further adaptation and replicated by other sectors.

4.       Duration of the assignment and Location

The overall duration of the Consultancy covered by this TOR is a period of 6 months from 15 December 2015 to 31 May 2016 with total of 60 working days.

Jakarta with potential travel to selected sites, to be proposed by applicants and determined in consultation with UN Women

5.       Supervision, communication and reporting obligation

The national consultant shall report directly to the UN Women Indonesia office under the auspices from UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and will work closely with the office of the Deputy of Human Resource and Culture, Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS).

The selected consultant will report frequently to the Senior Gender Advisor in close consultation with UN Women Programme Specialist, and overall under the supervision of the Country Programme Manager a.i of the UN Women Indonesia office. Aside from the deliverables, the selected consultant must maintain regular phone and email contact with the Programme Specialist regarding the implementation of the consultancy work and must report and seek prior approval from UN Women for any changes in its design.

6.       Key Deliverables

All deliverables, including PPTs for presentations, must be submitted in both English and Bahasa Indonesia. UN Women will not be responsible for translating these documents. Periodic payments from UN Women to the selected institution will be tied to the timely submission and satisfactory acceptance of of the deliverables.

7.       Inputs

  • UN Women will provide the Consultant with background materials.
  • The consultant is expected to work using her/his own computer, accessing the UN Women office in Jakarta as required.

8.       Performance evaluation

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

9.       Required experience and qualifications

The consultant should fulfill the following requirements:
  • In-depth knowledge of the constraints to gender equality and the particular barriers women face in fully benefiting from and participating in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in developing countries.
  • Knowledge on International Conventions and National law on climate change and environment, to include also REDD and REDD+ schemes.
  • Substantial knowledge on current Indonesia policies related with gender equality issues, and regulations, programmes, plans available on climate change mitigation and adaptation at the national and the sub-national level.
  • Good knowledge on Government structure, functions and inter-ministerial linkages horizontally and vertically (national to sub-national) and key sectors dealing with issues on climate change.
Expertise and Qualifications
  • Minimum master’s degree in Gender and Development, Environment/Natural Resources, or other relevant field. 
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant working experience preferably  in partnering with government agencies and/or other civil society organization on gender mainstreaming and environment.
  • Familiar and experience working with UN agencies on climate change, sustainable development in programming and planning is preferred. 
  • At least 5 years experience organizing meeting, discussion and policy dialogue forums preferably on climate change and gender.
  • Proven track record on development of policy recommendation, reviews and collating inputs for report writings.
Language and other skills
§  Good command of English and Bahasa Indonesia both written and oral;
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.

10.   Submission of application

Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application to and or hardcopy to UN Women Indonesia, Menara Thamrin 3rd Fl, Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav.3 Jakarta Pusat, no later than 27 November 2015, 5:00pm WIB-Indonesia Western Time.
Submission package
  • CV 
  • Letter of Interest containing the statement on candidate’s experience in the field of recruitment 
  • Financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount breaking down a daily professional fee and travel cost to proposed sites.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the CV and the financial proposal. Applications without financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
11.   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 proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal 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
20 %
Experience and skills
60 %
Language and other skills
20 %
Total Obtainable Score
100 %
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidate.

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 technical qualified 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.