UN Women provides leadership on new and existing WPS accountability frameworks to Member States and regional bodies, supports Civil Society Organizations and works to ensure a place at the table where the contributions of women of all ages to conflict and crisis prevention, resolution and peacebuilding are recognized and valued equally.
Although the WPS Agenda achieved wide acceptance as an international policy framework, being integrated into various development and peace programs, women remain excluded or under-represented in most peace processes. While studies show that the role of women in preventing conflict in fragile contexts and in settlement negotiations is highly relevant, the efforts to involve women to meaningfully participate in all processes of decision making, including in conflict prevention and response, as well as in security matters has been very modest.
Under the Peacebuilding Fund, UN Women, in partnership with OHCHR and UNDP, is implementing a two-years project “Building sustainable and inclusive peace, strengthening trust and social cohesion in Moldova” (hereinafter – PBF project) on both banks of Nistru river. The project seeks to facilitate an enabling environment for improved cross-river cooperation, reduced social tensions and the continuation of the fragile Transnistrian region settlement process in the context of growing regional and domestic geopolitical tensions exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, through the advancement of, and cross-river collaboration on human rights, Women, Peace and Security, and the promotion of equal access to services and through ensuring early intervention to prevent deepening divisions between the populations on either side of the conflict divide which are currently being affected by highly divisive narratives and misinformation.
The project is aligned with the provisions under the draft of the second-generation National Program and Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) for the period 2023-2027 developed in Moldova with UN Women support. The new NAP, expected to be enacted in early 2023, is based on the four Pillars of the UNSCR 1325: Prevention, Participating, Protection, Relief, and Recovery and it addresses, among other aspects, actions aimed at enhancing women’s meaningful participation in the security and defense sector, including in the conflict settlement processes and peacebuilding efforts, primarily from a human security perspective and includes intervention at the local level to decentralize the WPS commitments.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under this announcement, the UN Women within the Peacebuilding Fund’s Project seeks to contract a National Consultant on Gender Responsive Peacebuilding to provide capacity building activities on human security aspects from gender perspective for governmental and non-governmental peace process actors.
In this sense, among governmental peace process actors are the Bureau of Reintegration Policies staff, representatives of sectoral Working groups from both banks of Nistru river, diplomatic staff, the members of the Delegation of Moldova to Joint Control Commission, other relevant state authorities’ delegates.
Non-governmental peace process actors: CSOs, women peacebuilders, gender and human rights activists and experts, community local actors from both banks of the Nistru river.
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Project Officer on Gender Equality in Peacebuilding, and overall guidance of the Programme Officer on Women, Peace and Security and Programme Analyst on Women in Leadership and Governance (WILG).
The consultant will be responsible for the following main tasks:
Task 1: Develop a detailed workplan, for a series of training courses for governmental and non-governmental peace process actors, including syllabus, timelines and brief description of activities to be undertaken and methodologies to be used.
Task 2: Provide at least 2 one day trainings on human security from gender perspective for governmental officials.
Task 3: Provide capacity development support (at least 4 one-day trainings/workshops) to local community actors along Security Zone, CSOs from both banks to enable their meaningful and inclusive contribution to the implementation of WPS Agenda, new NAP 1325 provisions at local level and advancing human security aspects.
Task 4: Facilitate at least 2 roundtables/joint dialogue spaces on human security issues and post-conflict reconstruction from a gender perspective in the peacebuilding context bringing together peace process actors with various backgrounds, in collaboration with an international consultant, assigned by UN Women.
Task 5: Provide support to UN Women project team on other ad-hoc project-related activities and peacebuilding initiatives aligning to the scope of work.
Task 6: Deliver 1 final report providing a summary on carried out activities, achievements, and lessons learned, as well as recommendations for the future integration of gender equality commitments into peace processes in Moldova.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- 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
- Mature judgment and initiative;
- Ability to think out-of-the-box;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women;
- Ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams;
- Ability to work under pressure against strict deadlines;
- Ability to present complex issues persuasively and simply;
- Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability.
- Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Gender Studies, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, International relations, International law, or related field.
- At least 5 (five) years of relevant professional experience in the area of human rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment, gender mainstreaming in human security and peace processes;
- At least 2 years’ experience in developing and delivery of various types of trainings and capacity building programs in human rights, gender equality, human security, conflict resolution;
- Specific experience related to the Transnistria settlement process is a strong advantage;
- Track record of cooperation with civil society organizations, local community actors is a strong advantage;
- Proven successful experience in working with international organizations, including UN agencies is an asset.
- Excellent verbal and written Romanian and Russian languages. Fluency in English is required;
Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site: jobs.undp.org.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
- All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-P11-Personal-History-Form.doc);
- Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment;
- Letter of Intent to include a brief overview of the consultant’s previous experiences makes the candidate the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. It should reflect the above-mentioned required skills and experience.
- Financial proposal – specifying a total lump sum amount for the task specified in Terms of References. The Financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (daily rate). Please see ANNEX I and ANNEX II. - https://sc.undp.md/jobs/2779/
- Applications received after the close date will not be accepted;
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.