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National Consultant - Business Mentor/ Coach

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Last update: Aug 9, 2021 Last update: Aug 9, 2021

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Deadline: Aug 22, 2021 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Afghanistan Afghanistan
Sectors: SME & Private Sector SME & Private Sector
Job type: Contract, up to 4 months
Languages:
English, Pashto, Dari English, Pashto, Dari
Work experience: From 5 years
Date posted: Aug 9, 2021

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Description

Four positions.

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. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women is dedicated to advancing gender equality and women’s human rights in Afghanistan. Staff and consultants of UN Women Afghanistan are expected to contribute to a professional working environment in which the strengthening of national capacities and human potential is prioritized. Respect for diversity and human dignity is required, as is the active pursuit of a collaborative and inclusive approach to both internal and external stakeholders, including colleagues and partners.

UN Women Afghanistan Country Office (ACO) is structured to ensure greater cohesion between the programme areas through four thematic areas: Eliminating Violence Against Women Pillar (EVAW), Governance and Leadership (G&L), Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) and Women Peace and Security (WPS).

Organizational Context :

Women Economic Empowerment Unit of UN Women Afghanistan Country Office is seeking to recruit local consultants (Business Mentors/ Coaches) to support mentoring and coaching the selected young women entrepreneurs under the unit’s project on Young Women Entrepreneurs (YWEs) Innovation Challenge “Powering change”.

The Powering Change has been designed to tackle two critical barriers of young women to meaningfully engage in economic activities. Given the fact that 63% of Afghan population is youth with high unemployment rate at 31% and 42% of youth neither participate in education system nor receiving training. In addition, stereotypes of women’s role in the society and restriction of movement made young women in Afghanistan have limited opportunity, capacity, resources and experiences to participate in the economy and benefit from income generation activities.

In order to address the issues and capitalizing on the success of the pilot YWEs Women Economic Empowerment Unit of UN Women Afghanistan Country Office will roll out the 2nd phase of the Powering change to engage young women throughout Afghanistan who have innovative/ non-traditional business ideas but lack of skills and resources to bring their ideas to life. The Powering change will be offered a one-year package of capacity building, incubation, mentorship and seed grants to selected applicants to make their business ideas come to life.

With the aim of promoting participation of young women in economy and support young women to establish their own businesses, UN Women is looking for national consultants to facilitate the training delivery, mentor the implementation of the business plans of the selected participants through the Young Women Entrepreneurs Innovation Challenge “Powering change”. The Powering Change will engage approximately 100 participants in the bootcamps to be filtered 55 selected entrepreneurs who need to be mentored by 4 national consultants as mentors who will be undertaking the monitoring and mentoring process.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Women’s Economic empowerment (WEE) Unit is looking for national consultants to mentor and coach approximately 55 young women participants. Every consultant is expected to mentor up to 15 participants following the training for almost one year. Every consultant is expected to travel to locations of the participants twice during one year period where UN Women will be responsible for travel arrangements of the consultants. Rules and regulations of UN Women’s travel policy is applied.

Propose implementation plan, methodology for mentoring and monitoring and progress of implementation
Develop mentoring plan entailed mentoring approach and visit schedule for each assigned participant (approximately 15 participants/ consultant). Note: Each consultant will need to travel twice to the provinces of the entrepreneurs during one year period.
Provide ongoing mentoring to participants on business management and address challenges faced by participants
Conduct monitoring visits to participant’s locations according to the approved monitoring plan, as per needed and approved by WEE Program Manager.
Prepare weekly progress reports and attend weekly meetings with WEE Team to update on progress, issues, challenges and solutions.
Prepare progress report on monthly basis reflecting progress against milestones, challenges, lessons learnt and recommendations for each dedicated and responsible business.
Prepare final consultancy report reflecting results, challenges, lessons learnt, recommendations and success stories

The below deliverables are to be provided by every consultant:

Brief note on daily (virtual) mentorship for the targeted entrepreneurs to be submitted on weekly basis along with the weekly and monthly reporting (56 days)
Monitoring missions to selected businesses in the UN Approved provinces along mission reports and filled in monitoring tools after each visit; (14 days)
Final mentorship for selected entrepreneurs (to be decided and if needed) (7.5 days)
Submit Final report at the end of the consultancy, (5 days)

Activity

Actual duration of time (in weeks)

Considered No. of Working Days

Breakdown of days

Provision of mentorship - Phase 1

8 weeks

28

The consultants need to allocate 2 hours per business per week for provision of mentorship. It is estimated that one consultant will work with 13 businesses for 8 weeks at the first phase. (13*2 hours*8 weeks = 208 hours/ 8 = 26 days +2 days monthly report = 28 days)

Provision of monitoring - Phase 1

2 weeks

7

Total of 7 days are estimated for field missions/travel to the provinces of the businesses after phase 1 of mentorship.

Provision of mentorship - Phase 2

8 weeks

28

The consultant needs to allocate 2 hours per business per week for provision of mentorship. It is estimated that one consultant will work with 13 businesses for 8 weeks at the first phase. (13*2 hours*8 weeks = 208 hours/ 8 = 26 days +2 days monthly report = 28 days)

Provision of monitoring - Phase 2

2 weeks

7

Total of 7 days are estimated for field missions/travel to the provinces of the businesses after phase 2 of mentorship.

Provision of mentorship - Phase 2

4 weeks

7.5

The consultants need to allocate 1 hour per business per week for provision of mentorship after phase of 2 of field missions- only if needed and approved by WEE Program Manager. 13*1 hour*4 weeks = 52 hours/ 8 = 6.5 days + 1 day monthly report = 7.5 days)

Consultancy final report

1 week

5

Total of 5 days is allocated for writing, revising, and finalizing the final consultancy report.

25 weeks

82.5

Total consultancy days.

The Consultancy is home based with travel to provinces as per the locations of businesses
Security: The consultancy shall be governed within the security arrangements of the UN in general and UN Women in particular, and will be supported accordingly;
The contract payments will be based on the submission of quality deliverables certified by the WEE Programme Manager.

Competencies

Strong proven ability to work with senior officials
Strong and proven business mentorship skills.
Excellent inter-personal and general communication skills, written and oral;
Must be self-starter with excellent demonstrated teamwork skills;
Demonstrated sensitivity, discretion, tact and courtesy in relation to gender equality and women’s rights, development principles and projects.
Commitment to upholding the organizational values and principles of UN Women Afghanistan.
Essential computer skills – familiarity with Microsoft Word programs, internet, e-mail.
Ability to work under pressure, to follow deadlines and handle numerous tasks simultaneously.
Proven ability to liaise with myriad stakeholders and partners, including government, civil society, international organizations and grassroots organizations.
Commitment to upholding the organizational values and principles of UN Women.
Demonstrated sensitivity, discretion, tact and courtesy in relation to gender equality and women’s rights, development principles and projects.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

At least university degree in Business Administration, Economic, public policy, management, public administration business management or other related fields.

Experience:

A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in incubating entrepreneurs, business mentorship and business development for micro-businesses or youth capacity building.
Previous experience in a similar role with other organizations and/ or UN agencies
Experience in monitoring and evaluation of business progression are highly preferred.

Language requirement:

Fluency in professional written and speaking English and local languages (Pashto or Dari).