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 work in Ukraine focuses on supporting the government and civil society in advancing gender equality and implementation of the national and international commitments on gender equality and women’s human rights. UN Women Ukraine implements interventions on the following four thematic priorities: Peace and Security, Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction; Ending Violence Against Women and Girls and Women; Women’s Economic Empowerment; Governance and Participation in Public Life. UN Women works closely with the UN Country Team in integration of women’s rights and gender equality in all spheres of UN work. The 2024 Strategic Note is aligned with the UN Transitional Framework covering the following areas: Humanitarian Response; Humanitarian- Development- Peace Nexus and Early Recovery.

UN Women works in integration of women’s rights and gender equality in governance, in particular within its project “Women increased leadership for resilient and peaceful societies-Ukraine component” funded by Denmark. Verkhovna Rada Committee on Ukraine’s integration into EU is one of the UN Women strategic partners within this project to ensure gender mainstreaming to all processes of EU accession of Ukraine.

On 23 June 2022, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the immediate granting of candidate status for EU membership to Ukraine. On the same day, the European Council granted Ukraine the status of a candidate for accession to the EU. On 8 November 2023, the European Commission recommended opening accession negotiations with Ukraine. On 14 December 2023, European Council made historical decision to open negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the European Union. The ensuing process of opening of the first clusters of EU Chapters requires enhanced adherence to EU requirements, which includes approximation of EU gender equality law and policy, and the consistent application of gender mainstreaming across all sectors, policy areas, and levels of government. Accession negotiations are complex and require technical administrative expertise and resources for absorbing the EU Gender Equality acquis. Capacities, processes and procedures for consistent gender mainstreaming are to be put in place across sectors and levels of governance, posing a challenge to absorbing the EU Gender Equality acquis.[1]

To strengthen these efforts, UN Women is now seeking a National Consultant to provide expert support to the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Ukraine’s integration into EU in gender mainstreaming in European integration.

Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Representative in Ukraine and direct supervision by the Programme Specialist, the National Consultant will provide support to the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Ukraine’s integration into EU with expert and technical support on gender mainstreaming in EU integration.

The consultant will be reporting to Programme Specialist, who will be the point of contact on the contract and payment issues.

*All reports should be submitted in English language and include the full set of supporting documents, such as analytical briefs, meeting notes, concept notes and agendas, handouts and lists of participants, etc. The supporting documents can be submitted in Ukrainian.

[1] ‘Gender Equality acquis’ refers collectively to the body of EU laws, rules, resolutions, declarations, regulations, directives and treaties, which explicitly refer to gender equality and make up a subset within the ‘acquis communautaire’. The EU explicitly expects candidate countries and potential candidates, “to progressively align with [the] EU gender equality acquis and have the institutional framework to enforce it”. See: EU Gender Action Plan 2021-2025 (GAP III).

Duties and Responsibilities

Description of Responsibilities /Scope of Work

The assignment will include but not be limited to the following tasks developed in coordination with the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Ukraine’s integration into EU and UN Women:            

  • Developing a roadmap on making gender analysis of the Ukrainian legal framework within the Verkhovna Rada action plan.
  • Support with making gender analysis of the Ukrainian legal framework within the Verkhovna Rada action plan.
  • Support with Enlargement Package Reports.
  • Developing propositions on how to bring Ukrainian legislation, including sectoral legislation, in line with the EU gender equality acquis.
  • Providing policy advice on gender mainstreaming to the EU integration processes, including screening process of the Ukrainian legislation to be in line with EU acquis in all chapters of the negotiation process.
  • Preparing the presentations and analytical materials on the proposed amendments to the national legislation.
  • Facilitating public discussions and dialogues, as well as multistakeholder consultations on Gender Issues  
  • Providing other support as agreed in coordination with UN Women.

Consultant’s Workplace and Official Travel

This is a Kyiv based consultancy. This is a partial office-based consultancy.


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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  • partnership building
  • negotiation 
  • commitment to continuous improvement
  • business planning
  • reporting

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certification:

• Advanced (Masters) degree in Law, Public Policy and Administration, Economics, International Relations, Gender Studies, Social and Humanitarian Sciences, or related field is required.

  • BA degree with additional 2 years of experience can be accepted in lieu of MA degree.


  • At least 1 year of relevant work experience (after Master’s degree) in the field of human rights and/or gender equality, governance and public administration, civil service or other related fields;  
  • Proven experience of providing advisory/technical support to the government institutions on the issues of GEWE. Previous experience with the EU institutions and accession process will be considered an asset; 
  • Proven understanding of human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and national and international GEWE commitments in Ukraine; 
  • Proven experience with conducting gender analysis of legislation, gender mainstreaming in public policy and developing legal and policy gender-responsive recommendations;
  • Proven knowledge of EU acquis, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment frameworks.
  • Previous experience of providing advisory/technical support to the legislative and/or executive institutions; experience with UN Women and other UN agencies will be considered as an asset;
  • Experience with coordination and technical support of meetings and consultations with government authorities.


  • Fluency in verbal and written English and Ukrainian is required. 
  • Knowledge of any other UN official is an asset.

All applications must include a completed and signed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from

Applications without P11 may be treated as incomplete and may not be considered for further assessment.

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