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International Consultant to conduct study on women’s meaningful participation and contribution in decision-making and peace processes in Ukraine
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based (with potential travel depending on needs and security situation), UKRAINE|
|Application Deadline :||05-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||5d 20h 50m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||34 days (within period of 1 August and 30 November 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. Placing women’s rights at the centre 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.
UN Women’s work in Ukraine focuses on supporting the government and civil society in advancing gender equality and in implementing the national and international commitments on gender equality and women’s human rights. One of the key programmatic areas of the UN Women Ukraine Country Office is the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda. In 2021, UN Women launched the second phase of the project ‘Building democratic, peaceful and gender-equal society in Ukraine’, funded by the Government of Norway, to support the consolidated efforts of the Parliament, Government, women’s groups and civil society organizations (CSOs). The project’s goal is to build directly on the partnerships and results achieved and support implementation of the WPS agenda in Ukraine across all dimensions (policy, institutions and grassroots) and levels (national, regional and local). One of the expected results is the institutionalization of the dialogue between duty bearers and the right holders and the inclusion of women to meaningfully participate in decisions related to the WPS agenda.
The lives of people across Ukraine have been profoundly impacted by the humanitarian crisis brought on by the invasion on 24 February 2022. As of 13 June, there have been 7.5 million refugee movements out of Ukraine across international borders. Additionally, as of 23 May 2022, over 7.1 million individuals are estimated to be internally displaced within Ukraine. Pre-existing key barriers to women’s participation in decision-making processes due to the eight years of conflict in the east of the country and the COVID-19 restrictions escalated significantly in the context of the ongoing armed conflict. In order to support the humanitarian response to the crisis in Ukraine, UN Women and CARE International carried out a progressive Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) to provide information about the different needs, risks, capacities, and coping strategies of women, girls, men, and boys of all gender identities and of all diversities in this crisis.
The RGA reveals that women are performing vital roles in the immediate humanitarian response in local communities. Women’s CSOs and women volunteers are mobilizing quickly to ensure that their communities and IDPs receive the support they need to access critical services and humanitarian aid. Women’s leadership and their role in decision-making has increased at the family level and partially at the community level, with women reporting that they participate on equal terms in family decisions in response to the crisis.
However, at the formal decision-making level, the centralization of power and increased role of the military has made it more difficult for women to exert influence in formal political and administrative decision-making processes, thus decreasing women’s overall participation. Issues of social development and gender equality tend to be sidelined, and the voices of women are not included meaningfully in planning and decision-making around the humanitarian response or wider peace processes. Decisions are often made quickly and do not adequately reflect the needs and priorities of different groups of women and men, including those most vulnerable and marginalized. A survey conducted by UN Women with Ukrainian women’s CSOs in March 2022 also reveals the lack of recognition and decision-making that is offered to women actors and women’s organizations in response to the war.
As complementary to the data obtained in the course of Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) and in response to the question of how to ensure and measure women’s meaningful participation and inclusion in decision-making and peacebuilding processes in Ukraine, UN Women will conduct a research study to generate robust evidence on the barriers and opportunities for women’s meaningful participation through primary and secondary data review. More specifically, the study aims to:
Towards this end, UN Women is seeking the services of an international consultant to work alongside a national consultant to conduct a research study on women’s meaningful participation and contribution to peace process in Ukraine, which will build on the findings of the Rapid Gender Assessment (RGA).
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Project Manager and direct supervision of Programme Analyst, the international consultant will:
Contractor’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered. The evaluation will be carried out and cleared by the hiring manager which will also be the basis for payment on a delivery basis to the consultant.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf
Required Skills and Experience
Languages and other skills:
The candidate’s application should include:
Sample of Financial Proposal
The format shown in the following table is suggested for use as a guide in preparing the Financial Proposal.
Cost Breakdown per Deliverables
*Basis for payment tranches
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 the 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 the total evaluation. Total max 70 points:
p = 30 (µ/z)
Using the following values:
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.
If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.
UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)