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The Project “Enhancing Access to Justice for Women in Asia and the Pacific: Bridging the gap between formal and informal systems through women’s empowerment and reduction of gender biases” is a five-year programme in the Asia Pacific region that began implementation in 2018, with the generous support of the Government of Sweden. The goal of the project is to enhance access to justice for women in Asia and the Pacific, bridging the gap between formal and informal systems through women’s empowerment and reduction of gender biases. In realising this goal, the programme partners – UN Women, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) focus on the following outputs: (1) Domestic laws adopted and court decisions are consistent with international human rights law and standards, including CEDAW; (2) Gender discriminatory attitudes and stereotyped behaviours towards women by formal and informal justice providers are addressed; and (3) Grassroots women’s organizations and community-based women’s organisations are empowered and well-positioned to document, monitor, liaise and facilitate interactions with formal and informal justice providers.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Programme Specialist, the Consultant will be responsible for supporting communication and advocacy strategies associated with the Access to Justice programme priorities. The Consultant is also expected to manage the communication aspects of a regional, governmental Women’s Access to Justice conference including preparation of communication material, facilitation of art exhibition and co-design of event outline, social media outreach and all matter related to press and media involvement. The Consultant will work closely with the Regional Office’s Access to Justice team including a national communication - and event planning consultant. The Consultant is expected to communicate with relevant UN Women country offices across Asia and the Pacific, and internal and external stakeholders, as necessary.
Role and responsibility
The Consultant will have the following roles and responsibilities:
Communication and Advocacy:
- Provide technical advice to the Programme Specialist and team members on advocacy and outreach using innovative methods designed to facilitate multi-stakeholder engagement, and multi-disciplinary collaboration to drive change.
- Collect web performance statistics for UN Women and donor reporting
- Analyze social media and web performance statistics and provide concrete recommendations on how to increase outreach.
- Propose methodologies for advocacy and outreach, identifying appropriate medium, target audience, and effective dissemination.
- Develop and maintain distribution and outreach list and regularly analyses engagement:
- Support campaign initiatives, spotlighting existing and innovative approaches to enhancing justice.
- Support the development, production and dissemination of knowledge products, including research, reports, briefs, and other materials.
- Translate technical information and analysis into plain language guidelines and factsheets for a non-specialized reader.
- Support collaboration and exchange of information with justice knowledge holders, including academics, non-governmental organizations, and data specialists.
- Assist in the planning, design and delivery of a regional Women’s Access to Justice conference scheduled for the end of April 2023.
- Support the implementation of a master plan for all events, and create event plans for each individual session and site event, identifying timelines and deadlines, budgets, logistics, and roles and responsibilities.
- Manage the development of information assets associated with the event, such as RSVPs, agendas, presentation materials, audio-visual materials, and materials for participants; as well as coordinate with other team members on press releases, feature articles, speeches, backgrounders and others.
- Execute on-site logistics and virtual technical aspects of events, including but not limited to digital platform management (e.g. Zoom) and presentation of materials (driving presentations, videos, etc);
- Coordinate with service providers, such as interpreters and translators to ensure inclusivity.
- Act as the primary point of contact for event-planning purposes.
- Provide recommendations to strengthen engagement and success of events.
Contract period and work location
The contract will be from 20 January – 30 June 2023
Tasks and deliverables
· Regularly update UN Women’s Access to Justice webpage and develop communication material in partnership with country offices and regional A2J team members.
· Collect web performance statistics for UN Women and donor reporting
· Analyze social media and web performance statistics and provide concrete recommendations on how to increase outreach.
· Propose methodologies for advocacy and outreach, identifying appropriate medium, target audience, and effective dissemination.
· Develop and coordinate the implementation of a master plan for the regional Women’s Access to Justice conference.
· Support all coordination and communication needs for the regional Women’s Access to Justice conference.
· Communication master plan for regional Women’s Access to Justice conference
· Progress report on the development of communication material for the regional conference.
· At least 2 new communication pieces for UN Women’s Access to Justice website
· Communication support for the development of annual donor report.
30 March 2023
· Progress report on the implementation of communication and event master plan as well a post-conference communication plan.
· Post conference communication and outcome package for conference participants
· Updated A2J knowledge portal/ website and social media outreach with conference content and analysis of related web data.
· Written input to the Women’s Access to Justice programme document to ensure sufficient consideration for communication, advocacy and knowledge management needs in the next programming phase.
20 June 2023
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Strong skills and experience in developing strategies and presenting ideas related to advocacy, outreach and knowledge management
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
- Strong communications skills in English (written and oral)
- Leadership and skills to work with autonomy and initiative
- Knowledge of gender equality and women’s human rights in the Asia-Pacific region
- Knowledge of the UN system
Required Skills and Experience
Required Skills and Qualifications
- Master’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in communications, public relations, media or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- Minimum of 7 years relevant experience in designing and implementing advocacy and outreach strategies and initiatives
- Proven experience in managing events
- Knowledge of women’s access to justice an asset
- Work experience in Asia or the Pacific is an advantage
- Work experience with the UN is an advantage
- Proficiency in English and report writing skills
Each payment will be issued upon acceptance and approval of a delivery report showing progress on deliverables stipulated in the table below by the Programme Specialist - Access to Justice - Governance, Peace and Security, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. The expected deliverables will be done in close collaboration/supervision of UN Women personnel.
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis.
- Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
- Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]
A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Technical Evaluation Criteria
B) Experience and knowledge
C) Language and report writing skills
Total Obtainable Score
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically qualified candidates who may be contacted for validation interview.
Submission of application
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their electronic application to email@example.com with cc to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 16 December 2022, midnight New York time. The submission package includes:
- Cover letter explaining your suitability for the work
- P11 Form, downloaded from https://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/about-us/jobs
- Financial proposal which shall specify a total lump sum amount based on deliverables
- Work portfolio, including example of advocacy and/or outreach strategy
Lump sum fee (equivalent to daily fee x no. of days)
Total Financial Proposal
The system only allows one attachment per application; please consolidate all documents into one file. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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