UN Women: UN Trust Fund Consultant

Application Deadline :06-Feb-13 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :25 workings days


The UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (“UN Trust Fund”) was established through UN General Assembly Resolution 50/166 with UN Women as its Administrator on behalf of the UN system. The UN Trust Fund is a leading global multi-lateral mechanism supporting national efforts to end one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world.

The UN Trust Fund’s annual grant-making process, through its widely publicized Call for Proposals, operates on core principles of ensuring an open, fair, transparent, competitive and merit-based process. The UN Trust Fund focuses on supporting country and local implementation of laws, policies and action plans to address violence against women, while maintaining flexibility in terms of responsiveness to a wide range of forms of violence, national and emerging priorities and needs, and diverse approaches. By 2012, the UN Trust Fund had supported 351 programmes in 128 countries and territories with over US$ 86 million.

On 17 November 2012, the UN Trust Fund launched its annual Call for Proposals for a twelve-week period spanning 17 November 2012 – 12 February 2013 (see UN Trust Fund Call at grants.unwomen.org). Online applications for proposals will be accepted from governments, civil society organizations and United Nations Country Teams in English, French, and Spanish.

Duties and Responsibilities

The UN Trust Fund is seeking the services of a short-term consultant to screen incoming applications through an online system and make recommendations based on criteria set forth by the Fund. 

  • The consultant is expected to have sound knowledge of gender-based violence and will review applications submitted by governments, civil society organizations and UN Country Teams, which includes the following:
  • Verifying that each proposal complies with the elements stipulated in the 2012 Call document and cross-checking that all supporting documentation received is accurate. 
  • Providing an objective assessment of applications based on guidelines and criteria set by the UN Trust Fund.
  • Recommending the top applications (in collaboration with another consultant reviewing the same set of applications), and providing the necessary justifications for their selection;
  • Providing a summary of recommendations for each recommended application, based on the Fund’s criteria and and assessment of the needs, quality, and rationale of the proposal.


  • Knowledge of women’s rights and gender issues globally, expertise on violence against women programming.
  • Knowledge of women’s organizations and governmental agencies working on women’s rights and violence against women around the world.
  • Understanding of programme cycle and monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Ability to produce a high volume of quality content.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Either an advanced university degree in Gender, Development Studies or related field and a minimum of 5 years of experience in the field of women’s rights; or a Bachelor’s degree with over 10 years of experience in the field of women’s rights. 
  • Prior experience in grant-making and in the United Nations System and/or non-governmental organizations is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent written and spoken fluency in English.
  • Knowledge of French and/or Spanish desirable.

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