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 supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality and work with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and benefit women and girls worldwide. Against this background, and in response to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s call to leave no one behind, UN Women works to promote peace by supporting women of all backgrounds and ages to participate in processes to prevent conflict and build and sustain peace. In this regard, UN Women’s is guided by ten UN Security Council resolutions, bolstered by a number of related normative frameworks, which make up the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda.

Cybersecurity and digital security for women and girls have emerged as a critical area of work within the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. As societies are becoming increasingly digitized and technology-dependent, particularly following the COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity concerns are presenting novel human and national security challenges to countries in Southeast Asia and globally. While digital platforms are increasingly used by civil society to engage in rights-based activism, politics and peacebuilding initiatives, they are simultaneously used to facilitate the spread of violent, hateful and misogynistic narratives. As insecurity and curtailed civic and political rights impact women and girls disproportionately, women’s human rights online and the space for online engagement by women’s civil society and cyber defenders is shrinking. With few laws and policies addressing the gendered dynamics of online harms and cybercrimes, the means of recourse to counter these issues remain limited.

Within this context, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is undertaking a project on Women, Peace and Cybersecurity, under the broader Regional Framework for Peaceful, Inclusive Societies in Asia-Pacific, with the ambition to enhance conflict-sensitive and gender-responsive digital security initiatives and support a prosperous digital environment where the human and digital rights of women and girls are promoted and protected.

The first phase of the project ‘Women, Peace and Cybersecurity: Promoting Women’s Peace and Security in the Digital World’ underwent a light review in 2022. As the second phase of the project is now also coming to an end, on 30 June 2024, UN Women is seeking to conduct an external light review exercise of the entirety of the second phase of the project focusing on the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of key processes and outputs will foster reflection on this new area of work of UN Women and will inform possible future development on the same thematic area. In this context, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific will hire an International Consultant to support the Regional Office and relevant Country/Project Presence Offices by conducting a light review of the Women, Peace and Cybersecurity programme.

The consultant will be reporting to Regional Policy Advisor for Governance, Peace and Security, and will be supported Regional Specialist on Governance, Peace and Security, who will be the point of contact on the contract and payment issues.

Duties and Responsibilities

The International Consultant for the advertised External Light Review Exercise will be working under the supervision of the Regional Policy Adviser for Governance, Peace and Security, with a technical reporting line to the Regional Specialist on Governance, Peace and Security, of UN Women’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific to ensure the following:


Duties and responsibilities


Analyze the implementation and results of the programme ‘Women, Peace and Cybersecurity: Promoting Women’s Peace and Security in the Digital World’, implemented in Southeast Asia with national-level activities in Viet Nam, Thailand and the Philippines.

  • It is expected that the consultant will perform a desk review, reviewing key documents such as Programme Document, Annual Work Plan and Budget, the progress report of UN Women, progress reports of UN Women implementing partners, the research reports, advocacy and communication material, and outcome documents from conferences that have been conducted within the framework of the programme.
  • The review should compare and be done against the background of the light review which was conducted for Phase I of the project.
  • Interviews are also anticipated to be conducted with key stakeholders involved in the programme. UN Women will provide a list to the consultant, and the consultant will also be encouraged to engage with other relevant stakeholders.


The timeframe of the evaluation will cover from 1 August 2022 up until the duration of the light review, and take stock of the outcomes and recommendation from the light review which was conducted for Phase I of the project.


Assess the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the programme and its main results, reflecting key take-aways under the following questions:

Relevance: To what extent has the programme has contributed to address and meet the needs and problems identified in the design phase?

Specific questions could include:

  1. Is the programme design articulated following a coherent structure? Is the definition of goals, outcomes and outputs clearly articulated in the programme documents?
  2. To what extent is the programme design coherent with UN Women strategic plans and its priorities, including Women, Peace and Security commitments?
  3. How well does project approaches align with broader regional WPS strategies and frameworks, including the Regional Framework for Inclusive, Peaceful Societies?

Effectiveness: To what extent has the programme managed to implement and deliver target outputs to the targeted population, beneficiaries, participants -whether individuals, communities, institutions?

Specific questions could include:

  1. What progress has been made towards implementation of the outputs and outcomes?
  2. Were there any unexpected results /unintended effects (negative or positive) as a result of programme activities?
  3. What are the reasons for the achievement or non-achievement on programme targets and ambitions?
  4. To what extent are the targeted beneficiaries participating in and benefitting from the project?
  5. To what extent do the indented and unintended benefits of the programme meet the needs of women, girls and persons who identify as part of LGBTIQ communities?
  6. To what extent have capacities of duty-bearers and rights-holders have been strengthened as a result of the programme?

Organizational Efficiency: To what extent has the programme efficiently implemented and delivered quality outputs, in relation to what was originally planned, or subsequently revised?

Specific questions could include:

  1. Have the outputs been delivered in a timely manner?
  2. Has UN Women’s organizational structure, managerial support and coordination mechanisms effectively supported the delivery of the programme?
  3. To what extent are the inputs and outputs equally distributed between different groups of women, and have the potentials of disadvantaged women (along the lines of income, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities etc.) been fully utilized to realize the outcomes?
  4. How does the programme utilize existing local capacities of right-holders and duty-bearers?

UN Women will provide technical guidance where possible. The consultant shall be required to bear all the related costs and work independently to successfully achieve the end findings.

The consultant will be responsible for the following costs:

  • Indirect costs such as printing, stationeries, and communications concerning the scope of work or services.
  • All costs related to quality assurance, data collection (including through desk review and virtual interviews), data entry, data cleaning, and data processing.

Methodological Approach
The anticipated approaches to be used for data collection and analysis by the consultant include desk review, key informant interviews and interviews with other relevant stakeholders, and other participatory techniques as deemed fit by the consultant. The external light review must integrate gender and human rights-based approaches throughout each of the areas of analysis outlined above and throughout its methodology[1]. This is particularly important in order to give a full picture of the complex and intersectional nature of women’s human and digital rights touched upon by the programme. ([1] Please see “Integrating human rights and gender equality in Evaluation: towards UNEG guidance” available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic)



Expected completion time (due day)

Payment Schedule (optional)

1. Conduct a desk review of key programme documents, covering both regional-level and national-level activities.

Deliverable: A list of documents identified as relevant for the desk review will be submitted to the UN Women team for further inputs and guidance.

No later than

6 May 2024

15 June 2024

2. Remote interviews with key stakeholders and informants will be conducted.

Deliverable: A list of suggested of key stakeholders identified as relevant to the review will be submitted to the UN Women team, who can assist the consultant in attaining required contact details.

No later than

24 May 2024

3. Drafting of the light review, building on the outcomes from the desk review and interviews.

Deliverable: The consultant will submit a draft of the light review to the UN Women team for comments and inputs.

No later than

1 June 2024

4. Incorporating comments from UN Women and finalizing the External Light Review.

Deliverable: The consultant will incorporate and address UN Women’s feedback on the draft review and finalise the document. The final version of the External Light Review should contain the following elements:

  • Cover Page
  • Title page, table of contents, acronyms
  • Executive summary (maximum 2 pages)
  • Programme description
  • Assessment purpose and intended audience
  • Assessment objectives, scope and methodology (including constraints and limitations on the study conducted)
  • Findings and Analysis
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations (prioritized, structured and clear)
  • Lessons Learnt
  • Annexes, including interview list (without identifying names for the sake of confidentiality/anonymity) data collection instruments, key documents consulted, TOR)


  • The review should not exceed 20 pages excluding annexes.
  • An executive summary will include a brief description of the programme, its context and current situation, the purpose of the external light review, its intended audience, its methodology and its main findings, conclusions and recommendations. The Executive Summary should be stand-alone and will be translated to ensure access by all stakeholders if needed.

No later than

15 June 2024

Consultant’s Workplace and Official Travel
This is a home-based consultancy; no travel is expected.


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 

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  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and proactively solve problems;
  • Capacity to plan, prioritise and deliver tasks on time;
  • Capacity to engage with national and international staff, provide clear feedback and maintain effective rapport with different kinds of people;
  • Ability to research, analyse and present complex information;
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team to meet tight deadlines and produce high-quality work.

Ethical Code of Conduct[1]:
The light review of the programme is to be carried out according to ethical principles and standards established by the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG).

  • Anonymity and confidentiality. The evaluation must respect the rights of individuals who provide information, ensuring their anonymity and confidentiality.
  • Responsibility. The report must mention any dispute or difference of opinion that may have arisen among the consultants or between the consultant and the heads of the Programme in connection with the findings and/or recommendations. The team must corroborate all assertions, or disagreement with them noted.
  • Integrity. The evaluator will be responsible for highlighting issues not specifically mentioned in the TOR, if this is needed to obtain a more complete analysis of the intervention.
  • Independence. The consultant should ensure his or her independence from the intervention under review, and he or she must not be associated with its management or any element thereof.
  • Incidents. If problems arise during the fieldwork, or at any other stage of the evaluation, they must be reported immediately to the manager of the evaluation. If this is not done, the existence of such problems may in no case be used to justify the failure to obtain the results stipulated in these terms of reference.
  • Validation of information. The consultant will be responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the information collected while preparing the reports and will be ultimately responsible for the information presented in the evaluation report.
  • Intellectual property. In handling information sources, the consultant shall respect the intellectual property rights of the institutions and communities that are under review.
  • Delivery of reports. If delivery of the reports is delayed, or in the event that the quality of the reports delivered is clearly lower than what was agreed, the penalties stipulated in these terms of reference will be applicable.

[1] Please review

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certification:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in International Development Studies, Social Sciences, Politics, Law, Human Rights, Gender, Women Studies, Economics, Monitoring and Evaluation or a related field is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of 7 years relevant experience undertaking evaluations, assessments or reviews is required.
  • Substantive experience in assessing similar development projects in the area of Women Peace and Security.
  • Previous experience in the field of Gender and Cybersecurity would be considered an asset.
  • Substantive experience in evaluating or assessing projects with a strong gender focus is preferred.
  • Experience working in Asia and the Pacific is preferred. Previous experience in Viet Nam and the Philippines would be considered an asset.
  • Experience working on gender, particularly having expertise in undertaking gender-sensitive evaluations is preferred.
  • Excellent analytical skills with a strong drive for results and capacity to work independently.
  • Excellent English communication and writing skills; (Samples of previous work will be required.)


  • Fluency in English is required.

How to Apply
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit an electronic application to  with -cc to, no later than 25 April 2024, COB (GMT+7).

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