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UNICEF ESARO - Nairobi - Kenya
 
Expression of Interest (EOI)
 
For Consultancy of UNICEF ESARO Female Talent Initiative 
Background and Justification: UNICEF is committed to gender equality in accordance with its mission and its mandate. The organization recognizes that gender balance is a good business practice for achieving its mission.

UNICEF’s Gender Parity and Equality Policy supports an organizational and work culture where gender balance and diversity are valued and form the core of a positive work environment for women and men alike. 


The Policy and its accompanying Action Plan set objectives and goals for increasing women’s representation at all levels, but particularly at the senior levels where disparities are the greatest. 

UNICEF works for women’s rights not only as an inherent good for societies as a whole, and in recognition of women as agents of human development, but specifically because the empowerment of women facilitates the very environment in which gender-equal results can best be achieved for children. 

UNICEF works with partners –Governments, civil society, private sector, professional and other organizations - against discrimination of all kinds, and recognizes discrimination on grounds of sex as unacceptable. 

We acknowledge the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, together with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which are mutually reinforcing, and central to our mandate.

Despite these well-articulated policy statements, UNICEF ESAR recognizes that whilst we have made strides in trying to achieve Gender Parity in absolute numbers, there is need for more targeted work in improving the representation of women in leadership, management and specialized technical roles.

It is against this backdrop that ESAR seeks to create a Female Talent Initiative that targets women in the UNICEF workplace in a bid to not only reach gender parity but more specifically gender equality where women in our workplace have equal leadership and management roles and participate fully in all processes that impact our workplace.

This initiative therefore seeks to:
  • Augment the various policies and practices in contributing to UNICEF’s quest for Gender Parity at all levels of the organisation, starting from ESAR;
  • Facilitate the development and promotion of the female talent in ESAR and in turn impact the quality of engagement and collaboration with women and communities to ensure strategic and political support to important issues related to children’s and women’s wellbeing.
  • Provide opportunities for women at all levels to consider UNICEF as an Organization that provides them equitable opportunities to develop, grow and contribute as much as their male colleagues.
Scope of work: The overall objective of the consultancy is to provide Technical Assistance to the Regional Office in enhancing overall gender balance in UNICEF, specifically in leadership roles, and improving female staff capacity by identifying, promoting and supporting female talent.

The specific objectives of the consultancy are to:
 
1. Identify critical capacity gaps (through literature review and interviews with key informants) across levels and functions, that need to be addressed in the immediate and medium term (needs assessment);

2. Present clear recommendations to Regional Director/Regional HRDC general and specific actions that could be taken as part of the overall female talent initiative, with a costed menu of options (from strategic framework to a fully developed phased 3-4 year plan);

3. Develop a strategic framework and development plan for the Female Talent Initiative;
 
4. Define roles and responsibilities (RACI) of various personnel in the implementation of the programme and develop communication protocols at all levels of implementation;
 
5. Implement leadership development programs for women at junior, middle and senior levels and regular follow up learning opportunities to enhance development of talent and stimulate personal growth and development;
 
6. Assess the success of the programme based on individual and organizational improvements. This will include development of a log frame with key indicators to measure success and performance.
 
The Consultancy will be delivered in three phases:
 
Phase 1: Finalizing terms and work plan (2 weeks)
 
Phase 2: Initial Consultancy Implementation – desk and literature review and data gathering with initial findings, recommendations, drafting and presentation of a strategic framework and development plan for the female talent initiative programme to the Regional Director/Regional HRDC (8 weeks) 

Phase 3: Delivery of female leadership development programme with follow up and reports (starting March 2016, duration to be agreed based on the adopted framework and development plan).
 
The overall Consultancy will be awarded based on 

a) An accepted and approved proposal, overall framework and indicative budget for its delivery;
 
b) Detailed approach and methodology; 

c) Evidence of professional background in gender equity (gender audit, gender mainstreaming etc.) and capacity to carry out the 3 phases based on track record and profiles of Organization and/or individuals aligned and 

d) A detailed plan and budget for implementation of the first 2 phases.

Phase 3 of the Consultancy will be dependent on an accepted and approved detailed implementation plan.

Expected Deliverables and Reporting Requirements
 
Tangible and measurable outputs of the work assignment (e.g. end products). Time frame and tentative dates to be included in proposal:


Deliverables and timelines for phase 3 will be defined upon completion of phase 2.
 
Reporting: The day to day reporting line for the consultancy will be with the Regional HR Advisor of UNICEF ESAR, although s/he will interface with the Regional Director and Chair, Regional HRDC as and when required.

Desired competencies, technical background and experience
 
Institutional:
  • Experience in providing and managing long term Technical Assistance services of this nature
  • Contractual experience with UN and other development partners would be an added advantage
  • Proven capacity to produce timely and comprehensive Technical and Financial reports
  • Good track record in the areas of organizational change and institutional assessments
  • Proven professional background in gender equity initiatives
Deployed Consultants:
  • Strong experience in management of gender issues, including gender audits
  • At least 10 years’ experience in management of HR learning & development
  • Experience with HR development measurement and management support, including assessment surveys, training and support supervision
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision, and meet tight deadlines
A detailed criteria for evaluation will be outlined in the request for proposal document which will be made available to the interested bidders on written request to UNICEF email address nairobi@unicef.org to reach UNICEF not later than 16.30 hours (Kenya Standard time) on 18th November 2015. 

Request for Proposal (RFP) document will be sent by mail to those organizations who have sent their request in time. 

The interested bidders are advised to go through the institution/guidance provided in the RFP document.

Unicef ESARO - Nairobi - Kenya
 
Expression of Interest (EOI)
 
For Consultancy of UNICEF ESARO Southern Africa Representative Induction and Political Economy Training
 
Background and Justification: The purpose is to strengthen senior management understandings of the political economy and governance trends in Southern Africa and equip incoming UNICEF senior leaders in the region with country specific knowledge. 

This project will provide tailored inductions for incoming UNICEF Country Representatives in Southern Africa on the historical, social, economic, development and political knowledge they would need to better understand conditions and policy considerations in the countries in which they work in order to ensure effective results for children are achieved. 


A particular focus of the indication would be to equip UNICEF leaders with knowledge and understanding of the political economy in specific countries in order to support them in leveraging domestic resources for children.
 
Scope of Work: The project aims to institutionalize learning among senior UNICEF staff working in Southern Africa, by equipping them with historical, social, development, economic and political knowledge to better understand conditions and policy considerations in the region and the countries in which they work. 

A particular focus of the indication would be to equip UNICEF leaders with knowledge and understanding of the political economy in specific countries in order to support them in leveraging domestic resources for children.

It will prepare incoming representatives taking up new appointments.

The focus of the courses will be selected countries where there are incoming UNICEF Representatives in Southern Africa, namely Mozambique, Madagascar, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. 

It is envisaged that about 6 countries will be covered during the period 2016-2017 between January 2016 and December 2017.

In all instances possible, trainings will:
  • Draw from the expertise of global and regionally based experts, especially those based in Universities;
  • Use teaching staff with the greatest possible experience and seniority in their fields;
  • Ensure broad coverage of topics and geographical scope;
  • Include forward thinking analysis to prompt discussion of UNICEF future positioning;
  • Develop skills and competencies for sound socio-political analysis and leveraging of domestic resources based on the political economy of each context.
  • Address thematic issues such as urbanization, youth, marginalization, social exclusion or other areas identified as being learning priorities by the participating Country Offices when finalizing the country-by-country specific learning content.
Trainings will be designed in consultation with UNICEF to ensure the greatest possible policy relevance and utility for UNICEFprogramming for children.

Trainings
 
This project will deliver Country inductions for Country Representatives in Southern Africa. 

This will consist in three-day tailored country briefings designed to provide an in-depth induction for UNICEF representatives taking up assignments in countries in Southern Africa. 

Inductions will be taught by country specialists with deep historical, cultural, economic and practical knowledge of the country in question. 

They will cover the history, culture, geography, contemporary politics, regional politics, political economy and development of the countries in question. 

Participants will receive readings in advance of the course including a specific country background paper and a reading list and other reading resources during the course.

Expected Deliverables and Reporting Requirements
 
Deliverables Schedule:
 
Deliverables
 
For each country in Southern Africa where incoming Representatives have been appointed (envisaged about 6 countries between January 2016 and December 2017), develop and deliver 1 bespoke course for induction of incoming Representative:
  • Specialist teachers recruited and managed drawn from the Southern Africa region and international with appropriate seniority and academic/practitioner background (e.g. political scientists, anthropologists, environmentalists and economists);
  • Curriculum and course syllabus developed;
  • Background country papers for analysing key political, social and economic trends;
  • Learning resources and reading lists developed;
  • Provision of appropriate learning venue;
  • Provision of 3-day course
  • Country paper based on course syllabus developed, including political economy analysis
Dates (tentative): 2016-2017

The institution must regularly monitor the usefulness of the training courses through post-course evaluations and feedback from senior staff. 

Evaluation forms will be developed in consultation with UNICEF ESARO personnel and provided to UNICEF ESARO to evaluate the effectiveness of the training programme.

Desired competencies, technical background and experience
  • Proven experience in the political and economic situation of countries in Southern Africa;
  • Proven experience and up to date knowledge about the political economy of countries in Southern Africa, including profound knowledge of national State Budget process and domestic resources mobilization in countries in Southern Africa.
  • Evidence of strong successful training in the Southern Africa region.
  • Ability to organise and deliver courses on countries in the region for high level participants from civil society, diplomatic corps and aid organisations.
  • Advanced institutional knowledge and networks in the region.
  • Strong relationships with Southern Africa universities and research institutions
A detailed criteria for evaluation will be outlined in the request for proposal document which will be made available to the interested bidders on written request to UNICEF email address nairobi@unicef.org to reach UNICEF not later than 16.30 hours (Kenya Standard time) on 18th November 2015. 

Request for Proposal (RFP) document will be sent by mail to those organizations who have sent their request in time. 


The interested bidders are advised to go through the institution/guidance provided in the RFP document.

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