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National Consultant on Coordinating “EU 4 Gender Equality: Together against gender-stereotypes and gender-based violence” joint project in Azerbaijan
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based with onsite work required in Baku or other regions in Azerbaijan|
|Application Deadline :||30-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 255 working days within the period from 10 October 2021 till 30 October 2022|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Since March 2020, UN Women and UNFPA are jointly implementing “EU 4 Gender Equality: Together against gender-stereotypes and gender-based violence” project, funded by the European Union. The project is operational in countries of Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) and has a regional component. The project is aimed at shifting harmful gender stereotypes and patriarchal norms limiting women’s rights, improving men’s participation in unpaid care work and father’s programmes, and increasing the knowledge and tools of social workers and civil society organizations on how to conduct evidence-based violence prevention programmes targeting perpetrators of domestic violence, including early intervention. Specifically, the regional component collates global and regional experiences to coordinate activities that will have an impact across all six countries within the project.
In the six countries included in the programme, a number of efforts have been undertaken in recent decades to advance gender equality and promote women’s rights. However, a broad range of challenges persist. All six countries show evidence that cultural beliefs around the roles of men and women persevere. Harmful social norms and stereotypes perpetuate gender inequalities that can be expressed through violence and discrimination against women. Recently, the region has also been characterized by a wave of conservative, nationalist and xenophobic sentiment and politics. Re-traditionalization, often supported by influential religious institutions, ties women’s primary value to their reproductive function, maternal care and the private sphere. Against this background, the impacts and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic are proven to be different for women and men, in most cases exacerbating existing gender inequalities.
In Azerbaijan, although several efforts have been made to address gender inequalities at political and institutional levels, structural barriers and deeply rooted social norms stil persist. According to Baseline Study conducted in 2020, more women than men believe that career advancement is more important for men than it is for women in Azerbaijan (68 vs. 39 percent). 52 percent of men agree that it is better for pre-school children if her or his mother does not work. The study also shows that dominant perception of women as homemakers and mothers remains prevalent. 92 percent of surveyed women stress that they are primarily responsible for performing unpaid domestic tasks. Many women and men (63 vs. 50 percent) believe that conflicts between a husband and wife, even when they lead to violence, are a private matter and others should not intervene.
Through grants to CSOs, the EU 4 Gender Equality joint project seeks to overcome these deeply rooted stereotypes by initiating set of tailored activities aimed at improving equality of opportunities and the realization of women’s rights, including increasing men’s responsibility for domestic work and child-care, and women’s employment and empowerment in general. In September 2020, the first round of the Call for Proposals for civil society organizations to implement actions aimed at shifting harmful social perceptions and gender stereotypes in six countries of Eastern Partnership was announced. As a result, 14 civil society organizations (including one in Azerbaijan) became responsible partners under the projects and launched creative solutions to address gender stereotypes. In August 2021, the second round of Call for Proposal is announced with the similar objective of tackling and combating gender stereotypes and adverse social norms as the underlying causes of gender inequality and violence against women as its most pervasive form.
Therefore, UN Women is seeking to recruit a National Consultant to coordinate and monitor activities of the selected Responsible Partners under EU4GE joint project in Azerbaijan.
Duties and Responsibilities
2. Scope of Work/ Duties and Responsibilities
Under direct supervision of the EU4GE Programme Manager and in coordination with the UNFPA EU4GE Project Coordinator, the National Consultant will implement a set of tasks, including, but not limited to:
a. Coordination, monitoring and reporting of the activities by the responsible parties of the project:
b. Provide support to implementation of the EU4GE joint project in Azerbaijan:
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
Required Skills and Experience
4. Required Skills and Experience
Languages and other skills:
5. Evaluation of Applicants
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of their qualifications and financial proposal. A two-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. The award of the contract should be made to the individuals whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical criteria - 70% of total evaluation. Total max 70 points:
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
6. Application procedure
The following documents should be submitted as part of the application:
This contract is announced/produced/implemented in the framework of the “EU4Gender Equality: Together against gender stereotypes and gender-based violence" programme, funded by European Union, implemented jointly by UN Women and UNFPA.
General disclaimer: “EU4Gender Equality: Together against gender stereotypes and gender-based violence" programme, funded by European Union, implemented jointly by UN Women and UNFPA.