National Consultant to Revise the Gender Equality Law of Georgia



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Location : Home-based, Tbilisi, GEORGIA
Application Deadline :30-Sep-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
10-Oct-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :20 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :20 working days in the period of 10 October 2022 – 30 January 2023

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.


Background

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. UN Women in Georgia supports state and non-state partners towards the achievement of substantive gender equality in Georgia. In line with national and international commitments, UN Women works on the levels of policy and legislation, institutions, and grassroots, to achieve transformative results for increased gender equality and greater protection of the rights of women and girls.

In September 2019 UN Women Georgia with the generous support of the Government of Norway launched a three-year project “Good Governance for Gender Equality in Georgia (GG4GEG). The project responds directly to gender equality and gender mainstreaming commitments undertaken by the Government of Georgia at the international and national levels and aims to strengthen governance systems for gender equality in Georgia. Within the framework of the GG4GEG project, UN Women provides robust support to

institutional mechanisms of Georgia, namely the Parliamentary Gender Equality Council.

Georgia has made significant strides in promoting gender equality and eliminating violence against women through changes in legislation or policy, including measures to implement the country’s international obligations. However, there are still significant gaps in legislation, policy, and practice that require complex, and continuous work on the part of the State.  In this regard, European Union has issued 12 recommendations as a part of Georgia's EU membership application process that Georgia is to implement and report back to EU before the end 2022. One of these 12 recommendations is to "notably consolidate efforts to enhance gender equality and fight violence against women". To fulfil this recommendation, national gender equality mechanisms (Gender Equality Council of the Parliament and Inter-Agency Commission for Gender Equality) have conducted number of meetings with CSOs and development partners and have come up with a draft roadmap of priority issues to be addressed before the end of 2022. This priority list includes revision of Georgia´s Gender Equality Law.

The Gender Equality Law (GEL) of Georgia, adopted in 2010, sets out the fundamental guarantees for equal rights, freedoms, and opportunities for women and men defined by the Constitution of Georgia and depicts the legal mechanisms and conditions for their implementation in the relevant areas of public life. Despite some positive changes introduced in 2018, the GEL needs further revisions to adequately emphasize the importance of gender mainstreaming, it also lacks enforcement mechanisms, hampering the effective implementation of the law and creating a substantial barrier for a) the effective implementation of gender equality goals and gender mainstreaming in practice and b) active coordination between relevant mechanisms/agencies.

UN Women plans to support Parliamentary Gender Equality Council to conduct an in-depth review of the GEL to expand its content, specify the constituent components of the rights listed there, regulate the functions and obligations of the national gender equality mechanisms to ensure their functionality and practicality. 

To support this initiative, UN Women will hire a national consultant to provide technical support to revise the GEL and enhance its compliance with Georgia’s current international and national commitments. The overall objective of this consultancy is to develop amendments indicating specific procedures / enforcement mechanisms to ensure effective implementation of the provisions of the Law. The consultant will work under the supervision of UN Women Georgia Country Office and in close coordination with the Parliamentary Gender Equality council and respective stakeholders and will be responsible for the tasks outlined below.


Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the National Consultant are:

  • Review and analyse relevant international and national legal/policy frameworks, including Georgia’s international and national commitments to gender equality and gender mainstreaming to identify issues / topics to be reflected, further emphasized in the GEL;
  • Review and analyse findings of surveys, of local legislation on gender equality;
  • Hold and participate in workshops, consultation meetings, discussions as required to ensure highly participatory approach to the revision of GEL;
  • Collect, process, and analyse inputs from stakeholders;
  • Develop draft legislative amendments’ package on the Georgia's Gender Equality Law;
  • Develop and present final legislative amendments’ package.

Deliverables:

  • Desk review conducted and detailed workplan submitted to UN Women (5 working days) – by 15 October 2022;
  • Based on the analysis of the desk review and outcomes of the consultation meetings, first draft of legislative amendments package developed and submitted to UN Women (10 working days) – by 20 December 2022;
  • In line with the feedback received from UN Women, Parliamentary Gender Equality Council and other stakeholders’ final legislative amendments’ package revised and submitted to UN Women (5 working days) – by 30 January 2023.


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

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

Education:

  • At least Master’s degree in law, human rights, gender/women’s studies, or related field

Experience: 

  • At least 3 years of experience working on issues related to gender, human rights, development issues and the sustainable development agenda
  • At least 2 years of experience in research and analysis, drafting policy documents, assessment reports and alike
  • Familiarity with gender legislation and methodologies will be an asset.
  • Experience in working with governmental stakeholders will be an asset.

Language:

  • Fluency in Georgian and English

Evaluation Procedure:

The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria; technical and financial evaluation.

The candidates must possess following minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation:

  • At least Master’s degree in law, human rights, gender/women’s studies, or related field
  • At least 3 years of experience working on issues related to gender, governance, public administration, human rights and/or development issues.
  • Fluency in Georgian and English

Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):

  • At least Master’s degree in law, human rights, gender/women’s studies, or related field (max 80 points)
  • At least 3 years of experience working on issues related to gender, governance, public administration, human rights, development issues and the sustainable development agenda (max 90 points)
  • At least 2 years of experience in research and analysis, drafting policy documents, assessment reports and alike (max 100 points)
  • Familiarity with gender mainstreaming tools (PGA) and methodologies will be an asset (max 30 points)
  • Experience in working with governmental stakeholders will be an asset (max 30 points)
  • Fluency in Georgian and English (max 20 points)

Maximum total technical score amounts to 350 points. Only candidates who have passed over the minimum qualification criteria and have accumulated at least 245 points out of maximum 350 under technical evaluation will qualify for the next stage i.e. evaluation of their financial proposals.

Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 150

S – score received on financial evaluation;

Fmin – the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;

F – financial offer under consideration.

The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).

Management arrangements:

The contractor will report to and work under direct supervision of UN Women GNP Programme Analyst.

Financial arrangements:

Payment will be disbursed upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by UN Women Programme Analyst that the services have been satisfactorily performed as specified below:

  • Deliverables 1 - 25 %
  • Deliverable 2, 3 – 75 %

Application submission package:

*The applicants are required to submit an aggregated financial offer: “aggregated financial offer” is the total sum of all financial claims of the candidate, including travel costs (ticket, DSA etc.) for accomplishment of all tasks spelled out in this ToR.

How to Submit the Application:

  • Download and complete the UN Women Personal History Form (P11)- https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment/application-process
  • Merge your UN Women Personal History Form (P11), CV and the Financial Proposal into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement).
  • Click 'Apply Now' button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click 'Submit Application;'
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above).
  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.

Notes:

  • UN Women retains the right to contact references directly. Due to the large numbers of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
  • Applications without the financial offer will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • The individual consultants should take the mandatory learning security course prior to commencement of assignment– details will follow before the issuance of contract.

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.



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