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National Consultant to conduct a study on women's meaningful participation and contribution to peace process in Ukraine
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Kyiv, UKRAINE|
|Application Deadline :||29-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||45 days (within period of 1 December 2021 to 15 April 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.
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.
One of the key programmatic areas of UN Women work in Ukraine is Women, Peace and Security (WPS). In 2021, UN Women launched the project “Building democratic, peaceful and gender equal society in Ukraine – Phase II”, funded by the Government of Norway. The project will build directly on the partnerships and results achieved and will support implementation of the WPS agenda in Ukraine across all dimensions (policy, institutions and grass-roots) and levels (national, regional and local). The project will facilitate platforms for dialogue between the duty bearers and the rights holders and will support women’s peace activists and women’s rights defenders, CSOs and mediators. One of the expected results is the institutionalization of such dialogue and the inclusion of women to meaningfully participate in decisions related to the WPS agenda.
Women’s meaningful participation in decision-making (at all levels) is essential for bringing about transformative changes in the lives of women and girls, strengthening justice and equity, advancing gender equality and empowering women. Without effectively and systematically addressing the many root causes of gender-based discrimination and the preconditions for women’s meaningful participation – such as their economic security and independence, community security and other human security dimensions – there will be little progress towards both gender equality and peace.
Women’s meaningful participation in peace negotiations, peacebuilding and economic recovery increases the quality and implementation rate of agreements and recovery plans: peace agreements signed by women have a higher number of agreement provisions aimed at political reform and a higher implementation rate for these provisions. Conflict-affected communities that experience the most rapid economic recovery and poverty reduction are those that have more women reporting higher levels of empowerment.
What “Meaningful Participation” Means and Why it Matters
The report of the Expert Group Meeting, convened by UN Women in preparation of the UN Secretary-General Report to the Security Council on Women, Peace and Security in 2018, discussed women’s “meaningful participation” in peace processes, a concept that has been increasingly used by experts to capture both the actual number of participants and the representation of women’s interests in peace processes and agreements. A response to the question of how to achieve and measure women’s meaningful participation appeared to be a complex one. It has reflected an intersection of various elements, including the review of negotiation proposals by women’s CSOs; regular interactions between women’s rights groups and negotiators; the exchange of good practices on how to influence peace processes and agreements among peers; gender-sensitive conflict analysis and evidence; and the physical presence of women at the negotiating table. The Group of Experts agreed that one way to measure women’s meaningful participation is through gender-sensitive provisions in outcome documents and the implementation process.
To ensure women’s active participation and inclusion in decision-making and peacebuilding processes, the project will generate robust evidence through a research study on the barriers to and opportunities for women’s meaningful participation and contribution to peace process in Ukraine, based on the methodology of the abovementioned Expert Group report The study will serve to develop a technical paper on the most suitable mechanisms for the meaningful inclusion and participation of women in the official peace talks. The study will be conducted through a qualitative methodology by the National Consultant.
The study will aim at reflecting and analyzing Ukrainian context vis-à-vis the seven key challenges for women’s meaningful participation in peace processes that were identified through UN Women global report on Women’s Meaningful Participation in Negotiating Peace and the Implementation of Peace Agreements released in 2018, as follow:
- Patriarchal systems and persistent gender inequality
- Nature of contemporary conflict
- Shrinking political space and threats against women’s human rights defenders
- Funding challenges and insufficient investment in gender expertise
- Limited recognition of women’s expertise and experience
- Tension between transformative and technocratic approaches
- Knowledge gaps
Towards this end, UN Women is looking for a National Consultant to conduct a study on women's meaningful participation and contribution to peace process in Ukraine, which will build on the report of the Expert Group Meeting on Women’s Meaningful Participation in Negotiating Peace and the Implementation of Peace Agreements, convened by UN Women in preparation for the UN Secretary-General’s report on Women and Peace and Security in 2018.
 UN Women, “Facts and figures: Women, peace, and security”. Available at https://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/peace-and-security/facts-and-figures.
 UN Women, Women’s meaningful participation in negotiating peace and the implementation of peace agreements: Report of the Expert Group Meeting (2018). Available at http://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2018/10/egm-report-womens-meaningful-participation-in-negotiating-peace.
 Report of the Secretary-General on Women and Peace and Security, 2018 (S/2018/900). Available at https://www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/%7B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%7D/s_2018_900.pdf
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Project Manager/a.i. and direct supervision by the Programme Analyst, the National Consultant will:
*All reports should be submitted in English language and include the full set of supporting documents, such as developed documents, elaborated propositions, organized events’ agendas and methodologies, handouts, lists of participants, etc. The supporting documents can be submitted in Ukrainian.
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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 utilised 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:
Application and submission package:
The candidate’s application should include:
Interested candidates are requested to apply no later than 11:59 pm 29 November, 2021 by submitting applications to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject “National Consultant to conduct a study on women's meaningful participation and contribution to peace process in Ukraine”.
Applications without financial proposal may be treated as incomplete and may not be considered for further assessment.
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