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Tajikistan’s commitment to gender equality can be traced back to its international obligations in global normative frameworks on gender equality and national obligations to implement UPR and CEDAW recommendations. Gender equality issues identified as an objective and mainstreamed throughout the strategies, policy, and action plans. Gender is a crosscutting issue in the four-year action agenda of the “Government of Tajikistan & United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework” (UNSDCF) (2023-2026). The UNSDCF contains standalone interventions of the Strategic Priority III. People-centred governance and rule of law, Outcome 4. People-centred governance and rule of law: “By 2026, governance is more inclusive, transparent and accountable, serving to protect human rights, empower women, and reduce violence and discrimination in alignment with the international commitments of Tajikistan”.
Importantly, the overall objective of the European Union in its Gender Action Plan III - 2021-2025 - Country Level Implementation Plan (CLIP) in Tajikistan for gender equality and women’s empowerment also envisages support of implementation of international commitments of Tajikistan on gender equality and women’s rights through engagement in policy dialogue with both the government and the civil society, outreach and implementation of programmes targeting directly and indirectly strategic and practical needs of women.
Having this said, it would be rather ambitious to achieve without enhanced coordination and the coherence of the work on gender at the country level. The Inter-Sectorial Gender Group (ISGG) is expected to support the Committee on women and family affairs under the Government of RT (CoWFA) to act as an interagency network on gender and development.
In 2023 in the framework of the Spotlight Initiative in Tajikistan – A Joint EU-UN Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls, the establishment of such an Inter-Sectorial Gender Group (ISGG) and to secure first steps towards its functioning and sustainability.
UN Women will hire an Expert to facilitate the establishment of the Inter-Sectoral Gender Group under coordination of the Committee on women and family affairs under the GoT (INTER-SECTORAL GENDER GROUP EXPERT).
 Universal Periodic Report
 The Convention on elimination of all forms of discrimination against women
- Goal and objectives
The main goal is to support the CoWFA in strengthening efforts to mainstream gender in all programmatic spheres of activity and to strengthen the capabilities of the state institutions as a whole in the area of gender.
The objective is to facilitate the process of establishment of the Inter-Sectoral Gender Group under coordination of the Committee on women and family affairs of the GoT, in order to:
- Contribute to strengthening the inter-sectorial performance on gender equality, including by providing support to the mainstreaming of gender into the national development priorities, national and sectoral policies, and their practical implementation.
- Create a venue for coordination and the regular sharing of information and experiences on actions, programming and normative support in pursuit of gender equality, including for the Government of Tajikistan & United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF)’ implementation.
- Create a venue for collaboration and exploring and pursuing possible joint actions and programmes, including joint communications and advocacy, aimed at achieving gender equality.
- The ISGG will also ensure that “gender” does not become a synonym for “women” rather than transformation of negative gender relations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the UN Women Programme Coordinator and in Coordination with the responsible staff of CoWFA, the Inter-Sectoral Gender Group Expert will be responsible for the following:
- To identify and engage gender focal points of the related state bodies, ministries, committees and agencies, responsible for promotion of women empowerment and gender equality agenda to become ISGG members (the Expert can refer to the UNSDCF);
- To offer the draft ToR of the ISGG to the ISGG members; and to adjust and validate the ToR of the ISGG with its members;
- To document the membership of the ISGG and create an e-mail group of ISGG;
- To arrange at least 2-day training on “Women empowerment and Gender equality” for ISGG members as the first capacity building step. The Expert will be responsible for all arrangements, including preparation of materials and handouts, logistics (meal, stationery, printing, translation);
- To arrange and facilitate at least 3 working meetings till 30 October, 2023.
The agenda points of the working meetings will cover:
- validation of ToR;
- development and validation of the Group Action Plan;
- monitoring of implementation of several NAPs including CEDAW NAP, UPR NAP, DVL NAP, NAP 1325.
The ISGG meetings can be conducted within 2 -2,5 hours at CoWFA premises. It is deemed that the meetings will continue taking place on a regular basis and under the leadership of the CoWFA upon the Consultancy is over.
Expert’s Training Report will contain summary (highlighting key results), the process of the training, lists of participants; conclusions, annexes (if any), photo report with credits.
Expert’s Final Report will contain summary (highlighting key results), the processes of the ISGG, top-line components on M&E of the indicated NAPs, lists of participants and special guests, if any; conclusions, annexes (if any), photo report with credits.
- Expected deliverables, timeframes, and payment procedures:
Tranche (% of the contract amount)
The validated ToR and Action Plan of ISGG is submitted to UN Women; List of ISGG members submitted to UN Women
The 1st meeting of ISGG is conducted
Till 30 July 2023
The 2nd meeting of ISGG is conducted.
Report on 2-day training on Women empowerment and Gender equality for ISGG is submitted to UN Women
By 20 September 2023
The 3rd meeting of ISGG is conducted.
Final Report is submitted to UN Women
By 30 October 2023
It is envisaged that UN Women’s supervisor of this contract will organise bi-weekly virtual meetings to facilitate the process and assess the progress made towards achieving agreed deliverables.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender and EVAW Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
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- Possesses the ability to work independently and meet deadlines;
- Good knowledge of technical area;
- Good organizational skills;
- Experience in facilitating public consultations;
- Experience in report writing;
- Proven excellent communication and facilitation skills;
- Ability to conduct gender trainings.
Required Skills and Experience
- University Diploma in the areas of Gender Studies, Human Rights and Law, Social Development, Economic, or an area that is relevant to the deliverables of this TOR;
- At least 3 sole assignments with proven results of their implementation in the sphere of Analysis and Review of NAPs and programmes (preferably on CEDAW agenda);
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience on facilitating inter-sectorial thematic working groups and public consultations;
- Prior experience with UN Women or UN agencies in relevant assignments.
Knowledge of languages:
- Proficiency in written and oral Tajik and Russian languages.
- Application Process
The application should include:
- Personal History Form (P-11 form) - including past experience in similar assignments; can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment, a signed copy should be submitted;
- Financial Proposal: Specify a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this Terms of Reference. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount per deliverable, including logistics costs for the training.
Candidates should have the ability to quickly produce degree certificates and medical certification (of good health) should they be short-listed in consideration of the consultancy post.
- Payment Schedule
Consultant will be paid by deliverables as per Expected Deliveries (see the table of Section V) upon submission and the acceptance of each deliverable by the time as specified in the financial offer in 3 tranches:
- Tranche 1 - payment of 20% of the contract amount upon submission of the deliverable 1.
- Tranche 2 - payment of 60% of the contract amount upon submission of the deliverables 2 .
- Tranche 3 – final payment of 20% of the contract amount upon submission of the deliverable 3.
Payment of abovementioned tranches for the services provided will be made upon achievement of expected results and approval of deliverables described in the sector IV and acceptance of services by the UN Women (PERF) that the services have been satisfactorily performed.
Bank charges related to any payment will be borne by the consultant. No statement of earnings will be issued by UN Women to the consultant. The service provider is responsible for any taxes levied on the monies received under this agreement.
- Evaluation process
Consultants will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
- Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
- Having received the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.
TECHNICAL EVALUATION (70%)
Knowledge of languages
Proficiency in written and oral Tajik language is a must, and Russian language is required.
0: without both language skills
15: possessing both languages skills
University Diploma in the areas of Gender Studies, Human Rights and Law, Social Development, Economic, or an area that is fully relevant to the deliverables of this TOR.
0: without relevant advanced degree
10: relevant advanced degree
At least 3 sole assignments with proven results of their implementation in the sphere of Analysis and Review of NAPs and programmes (preferably on CEDAW agenda)
0: no sole assignments
0-10: less than 3 sole assignments
10-15: 3 or more sole assignments
A minimum of 5 years’ experience on facilitating inter-sectorial thematic working groups and public consultations.
0: no required experience
0-10: less than 5 years of required experience
10: 5 or more years of required experience.
Prior experience with UN Women or UN agencies in relevant assignments.
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:
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
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