Procurement Notice - GESI Specialist


Details / requirements:


Road Safety Management in Nepal (RSMN) (Project ID 01001286)


I. Position Information

Title: National Consultant (GESI Specialist)

Department/Unit: Road Safety Management in Nepal, UNDP, Rule of Law, and Governance Portfolio

Assignment: Comprehensive review of existing road safety regulations, guidelines, standards, documents, manuals, and codes of conduct in line with United Nations (UN) conventions.

Reports to: Team Leader, National Road Safety Council (NRSC) and Portfolio Manager, Governance and Rule of Law, UNDP

Duty Station: Kathmandu (Intermittent – for specialized skills, cost efficiency, and flexibility)

Duration of Assignment: 10 working days spread over the period of 90 days from the date of agreement (Mid-June to Mid-September)

II. Background

The Government of Nepal (GoN) has formulated a comprehensive policy for the transport sector, aimed at fostering a sustainable, reliable, cost-effective, and safe transport system contributing to environmental, social, and economic objectives. Despite the effort initiated by the government, road crash has caused huge loss of lives and hampered economic growth and sustainable development in Nepal. Each day eight people lose their life in road crashes. 2,376 people lost their life to road related crashes in the F/Y 2022/23. In 2017 alone, economic loss due to road crashes was estimated to be 122.88 million USD, around 1.5% of Country’s GDP, which underscore the urgent need to enhance road safety standards and elevate road safety to a national priority.

Nepal faces specific challenges in road safety due to its unique geographical features. However, the fundamental requirements for effective road safety management remain consistent globally: strong governance, safe infrastructure, responsible road user behavior, safer vehicles, and effective post crash care. Alignment with UN Conventions on road safety is not merely a strategic move but also a commitment to contributing to global efforts to reduce road crashes, injuries, and fatalities. This commitment emphasizes that road safety is a shared responsibility requiring collaborative efforts and a unified approach. By aligning with international conventions, Nepal aims not only to enhance its road safety standards but also to actively contribute to fostering safer road environments. Through this alignment, Nepal aims to create a robust and adaptable regulatory framework prioritizing citizen wellbeing and contributing to the broader global objective of building safer and resilient transport systems.

Comprehensive road safety regulations are essential for ensuring the safety of road users and facilitating effective road safety management. These regulations encompass various aspects, including infrastructure standards, vehicle safety requirements, driver behavior guidelines, and post-crash response protocols. In Nepal's context, updating and harmonizing road safety regulations in line with UN conventions has become essential. While conducting this activity it is equally important to look into issues of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) to foster a safer and more inclusive road environment.

Accordingly, the Road Safety Management in Nepal (RSMN) Project, UNDP, seeks the services of a qualified national consultants (Team Leader and Team Members) to conduct a comprehensive review of existing road safety regulations, guidelines, standards, documents, manuals, and codes of conduct in line with UN conventions, recommending needful adjustments to prepare revised and updated version of the following:

  • Road Safety Infrastructure Regulations and Guidelines
  • Vehicle Safety Regulations and Guidelines
  • Behavioral change Regulations and Guidelines.
  • Regulations and Guidelines in consideration of gender-differentiated needs.

Recruitment Qualifications

GESI Specialist


Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Social Sciences, Development Studies, or related field.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working on gender equality and social inclusion issues, preferably in the context of transport or road safety.
  • In-depth knowledge of GESI principles, policies, and best practices.
  • Familiarity with international legal frameworks and conventions related to road safety.
  • Strong analytical and research skills, with the ability to conduct thorough reviews and provide actionable recommendations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders.
  • Advocating on road safety awareness is highly desirable.
  • Experience in project management with team collaboration is desirable.


Excellent written and oral communication skills (in English and Nepali)

Click on the link below to download detailed TOR:

Terms of Reference- GESI Specialist

Deadline: 24 June, 2024, 5:00 PM (Nepal Time)

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Category Public Health, Social Science, Development and Project
Openings 1
Position Type Contract
Experience 5+ years
Education Master’s degree in development studies, Master’s degree in social sciences, Master's in Public Health, Gender or Equivalent
Posted Date 14 Jun, 2024
Apply Before 24 Jun, 2024
City Kathmandu