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Background

UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of 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.

In Turkey, in line with its global Strategic Plan 2022-2025, UN Women works towards three overarching goals:

1) Women lead, participate in, and benefit equally from governance systems;

2) All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence;

3) 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.

Towards these goals, UN Women implements programmes and projects that aim to advance gender equality, improve women’s access to opportunities, rights and services in political, social and economic life and combat gender stereotypes, discrimination and violence, as required by international and national legal and policy commitments. UN Women collaborates with numerous partners – central and local level government authorities, civil society organizations (CSOs), including women’s organizations and platforms, academia, private sector companies, other UN agencies. It commits itself to the Leaving No One Behind principle, by supporting targeted actions to remove the obstacles that marginalized and vulnerable groups of women face in accessing their rights and to promote them as agents of change. Globally and in Turkey, UN Women engages with and supports CSOs, in particular women’s organizations, as key advocacy and knowledge partners, as well as implementing partners in operational activities in advancing women’s economic, political and social rights. UN Women’s work with civil society encompasses facilitating and expanding spaces for CSOs to come together for coordinated actions and to engage in dialogue with duty-bearers and decision-makers at local, national, regional and international levels, and in the context of inter-governmental processes. UN Women is focused on convening multi-stakeholder partnerships and engaging a wide variety of stakeholders, including men and boys and young people, to bring forth transformative change towards gender equality, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Under this framework, UN Women is implementing the three-year project `Strengthening civil society capacities and multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance women’s rights and gender equality in Turkey`, funded by the European Union. The overall objective of the project is to reduce gender inequalities by enhancing the ability of CSOs in Turkey to be agents of transformative change towards gender equality and women’s rights. The specific objective is “Women’s rights groups, women-led CSOs and other relevant rights based CSOs more effectively influence the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda at the national and local levels.” Under this project UN Women will work with civil society actors as knowledge partners, implementing partners, and advocates for normative advancements and accountability, and will support civil society through convening and networking, knowledge exchange, capacity development and funding. The intervention will address the challenges faced by CSOs and the women’s movement, especially in the context and aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will seek to foster strategic and innovative partnerships between organizations and individuals working to advance women’s empowerment with a wide range of stakeholders, youth groups, academia, disability rights activists, climate justice activists and other key constituencies, as well as across generations and sectors1 . The project will also facilitate dialogue between governmental and non-governmental actors pertaining to key policy areas and global themes, where the Covid-19 pandemic had disproportionate socioeconomic impacts on women and girls. Global evidence demonstrates the pandemic’s disproportionate burden on women with regards to unpaid care work. Due to the confinement measures, teleworking arrangements, closure of schools and daycare services, women’s unpaid care work burden has increased. Unpaid domestic workload of women providing care for sick, elderly and people with disabilities has also increased compared to the pre-pandemic period. As care work is primarily provided by women and girls who spend triple the amount of time on unpaid and domestic work than men and boys, the unequal division of labour in place has important implications for gender equality, hindering and interrupting women’s and girls’ life potential. The Covid-19 pandemic has also revealed the fragility of care work arrangements, and that the current economic and social model has proven ineffective in closing inequality gaps between women and men. The labour conditions of care workers have become more precarious, and at the same time their work has become even more essential.

As is the case globally, in Turkey, the Covid-19 pandemic has been dramatically transforming the labour market dynamics and working conditions, hence the care economy. Women as a group have served as the main absorber of the surge in care demand by increasing their paid and unpaid working hours, as revealed through time-use surveys. Furthermore, the fact that women’s care responsibilities exacerbated to a larger degree than those of men reflects the traditional gender roles and the gendered division of labour2 . As per UN Women’s Strategic Plan (SP) for 2022-2025, the organization will ‘work to transform the care economy by pushing for women to be recognized – and paid – for their work and by strengthening social protection’.

Furthermore, in March 2021 in the framework of the Generation Equality Forum, Mexico, as co-host and leader of the Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights, through the National Institute for Women (INMUJERES) of Mexico in partnership with UN Women launched the Global Alliance for Care. The Global Alliance for Care aims to mobilize global action towards care work and care economy, and calls on the governments, private sector, civil society organzations, academia and international organizations to make multi-stakeholder global and national commitments for valuing and recognizing care work.

Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities

In light of this framework, UN Women Turkey Country Office will organize the ‘National Policy Dialogue Series on Care Work and Care Economy in Turkey’ between January 2022 and July 2023. The Policy Dialogue Series will convene the relevant Government institutions, women’s CSOs, academia, private sector, local authorities and other relevant stakeholders, indicatively every two months starting from January 2022 until July 2023. Up to 10 Policy Dialogue Roundtables will be organized. The Roundtables will constitute an important platform to foster dialogue between the CSOs and policy-makers, as well as other relevant stakeholders regarding care work. The Roundtables will address the issues around care, care economy and women’s unpaid care work, encourage facilitated in-depth discussions among the participants, and bring in international perspectives and expertise to contribute to national and local policy-making and implementation processes.

The specific objectives of the Policy Dialogue Series are to:

– Reinvigorate discussions and a public debate on care work and economy,

– Bolster policy dialogue and contribute to policy making in the field of care work and care economy,

– Advocate for a gender-equal care perspective to ‘shift the unequal care paradigm’ towards better recognition, reduction and re-distribution of unpaid care work with overarching goal of ‘build back equal’.

The tentative topics of the Policy Dialogue Series are: rethinking care work and care economy through public investment and social policies including local authorities’ perspectives; genderresponsive Covid-19 recovery plans; measuring and monitoring care; men engagement in care work; models, policies and services on disability, elderly and child care; care work in rural contexts, which are open to include more themes and content. UN Women Turkey Office seeks to engage a local academic/research company based in Turkey to support the Office to co-lead, coordinate, facilitate, consolidate and report on the ‘National Policy Dialogue Series on Care Work and Care Economy in Turkey’; and to provide strategic and policy advice to the Office regarding care work and care economy.

Under the direct supervision of UN Women Programme Specialist and overall guidance of the Country Director and Programmes Manager, and in close collaboration with the Programme Analyst and UN Women staff, the Contractor will fulfil the following duties and responsibilities:

• Provide substantive inputs to design and preparation of the ‘National Policy Dialogue Series on Care Work and Care Economy in Turkey’ by drafting thematic concept notes, proposing academic papers, research papers, policy briefs, etc. to be presented and discussed at each roundtable.

• Reach out to national and/or international key-note speakers and discussants (at least one keynote speaker and one discussant at each roundtable) for their participation and contributions to the roundtables.

• Suggest list of participants for each roundtable on the basis of the selected theme and prepare guiding questions for the facilitation of the discussions in advance.

• Moderate the sessions in coordination with the representatives of UN Women by ensuring comprehensive coverage, networking and dialogue on each theme among different stakeholders to initiate a common ground to potentially translate into policy action.

• Prepare and submit outcome documents synthesizing the discussions at the end of each roundtable.

• Deliver written inputs to knowledge, policy, strategic and project/programme documents regarding care work and care economy that would enhance multi-stakeholder partnerships, build dialogue and transfer knowledge.

• Participate in and present the work done under the assignment at high-level events and experts meetings.

• Prepare a comprehensive final outcome report upon completion of the roundtables with recommendations for further action. The outcome report shall be public.

STATEMENT OF NEED: UN Women Turkey Office seeks to engage a local academic/research company based in Turkey to support the Office to co-lead, coordinate, facilitate, consolidate and report on the ‘National Policy Dialogue Series on Care Work and Care Economy in Turkey’; and to provide strategic and policy advice to the Office regarding care work and care economy. The duration of the services will be from December 2021 to July 2023.

Dear Madam/Sir,

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, hereinafter referred to as UN Women hereby invites prospective vendors to submit a quotation(s) in accordance with the Request for Quotation (RFQ) documents, including General Conditions of Contract (GCC) and the Schedule of Requirements/Terms of Reference as set out in this RFQ.

To enable you to submit a quotation, please read the following documents carefully:

• This Letter of Invitation

• Instructions to Vendors (“Tender Documents” tab)

• Terms of Reference

• UN Women General Conditions of Contract and Model Forms of Contract, available publicly on the UN Women website at: https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/procurement/contract-templates-and-general-conditions-of-contract

Your submission should include the following:

a) Quotation Submission Form (Online Form)

b) Technical and Financial Offer (to be uploaded using the format provided)

c) CVs of Key Personnel (where applicable, to be uploaded using the format provided)

Other Forms to be Submitted by the Vendor awarded the contract at the time of contract signature:

• Voluntary Agreement to Promote Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (using the standard format provided)

If you are interested in submitting a quotation in response to this RFQ, please prepare your quotation in accordance with the requirements and procedure as set out in this RFQ and submit it by the deadline for submission of quotations set out in the tender notice.

Should you require further clarifications, kindly communicate with UN Women procuring entity through the “Correspondence” function in the UN Women E-Procurement Portal.

Deadline on:01-Dec-2021 17:57 (GMT 3.00) Baghdad, Riyadh, Moscow, St. Petersburg

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