Consultancy to develop Options and Guidance on a Special Thematic Window to address violence against women and girls with disabilities

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Application Deadline :24-Mar-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
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(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 month ( 10 working days)
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 month


The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (UNTF) is a global multi-lateral grant making mechanism supporting national efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls. The UN Trust Fund was established through the UN General Assembly Resolution 50/166 in 1996 with UN Women as its Administrator on behalf of the UN system. The UN Trust Fund provides grants to advance the development of innovative models and strategic interventions in the area of ending violence against women and girls. Grantees –  comprising governments and non-governmental organizations -  have engaged diverse actors, such as women’s, men’s, adolescents and youth groups, indigenous communities, religious and traditional leaders, human rights organizations and the media. To date, the UN Trust Fund has awarded US $129 million to 462 initiatives in 139 countries and territories.

The UNTF is financed through voluntary contributions from UN Member States, partners in the private sector and civil society, and concerned individuals from around the world. It awards grants through an annual open and competitive process. Its governance is guided by consultative committees (Programme Advisory Committees – PACs) at global and regional levels comprised of UN agencies, leading experts and other key stakeholders. 

The UNTF has a unique opportunity to guide its investments in the most relevant and cost-effective ways to pursue joint knowledge generation opportunities, including through the issuance of special thematic windows as part of its annual Call for Proposals. Primarily, a special window involves grouping together grantees working on similar types of interventions. To date, the UNTF has established five special windows:  four thematic windows with a focus on conflict/ post-conflict contexts, HIV and violence against women and girls and violence against adolescent girls; and a Special Window, opened in 2014, for building the capacity of small organizations, with a specific focus on small women’s organizations through the allocation of grants of between US$50,000 and US$125,000.  As per its Strategic Plan 2015-2020 and its aim to focus on supporting specifically undeserved groups, in its 2017 Call for proposals the UN Trust Fund is planning to open a special thematic window on violence against women and girls with disabilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives and Outputs

By 24 April 2017, to produce a brief background paper on the funding and programmatic landscape on addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities; how the UNTF as a grant-giving mechanism with limited funds could add value and fill gaps in funding this area; a set of specific examples of the kind of interventions and/or organizations the UNTF may consider funding; and a list of resources that may be especially useful for applicants to consult when developing their proposals.

By 30 April 2017 to develop a set of criteria (operational and programmatic) by which applicants should be selected and be appraised and if granted funding, subsequently monitored


1. Home-based desk and literature review of the:

  1. UN Trust Fund’s 2016 Call for Proposals and previous internal memo on the special thematic windows by way of example of the kind of input requested.
  2. UN Trust Fund’s 2016 application form and the appraisal guidelines as an example of one approach the UNTF takes to selection (including example applications)
  3. UN Trust Fund’s guidelines (for example instructions on reporting and evaluation requirements) on operational and programmatic policies and procedures, as needed.
  4. Other UN Trust Fund’s related documents to inform the background paper and recommendations on the type of proposals to be funded.
  5. Own research and literature review of resources regarding funding projects or organizations focused on ending violence against women and girls with disabilities (please reference all sources).

2. Produce the first output: a draft short paper (no more than 4 pages, based on templates and examples provided) on the issue of violence against women with disabilities, including the funding and programmatic landscape on addressing VAW/G with disabilities; recommendations for how the UNTF as a grant-giving mechanism could add value / fill gaps; a set of specific examples of the kind of interventions the UN Trust Fund’s may consider funding; and a list of resources that may be especially useful for applicants to consult when developing their proposals. This should be completed by 28 April 2017.

  1. Following feedback from the UN Trust Fund’s team on the draft paper, to complete and submit the final short paper by 24 April 2017.
  2. To develop a draft set of criteria (operational and programmatic) by which applications should be selected for the consideration for the UN Trust Fund’s funding, including guidance for those applying as well as for appraisers reviewing these specific applications. The criteria and guidance for applicants and appraisers should be no more than 2 pages each and first draft should be ready by 30 April 2017.
  3.  Following feedback from the UNTF team on the draft paper, to complete and submit the final criteria and guidance by 12 May 2017.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s Values and ethical standards;
  • Plans, prioritizes, and delivers quality products according to schedule;
  • Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaborates and cooperates with others;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

  • Focuses on impact and results and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors, at the senior levels;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Proven track record in undertaking complex and comprehensive assessments
  • Proven ability to coordination with a team of international organizations and senior national stakeholders;
  • High level of communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills and working effectively within a multi-cultural environment;
  • Excellent report writing skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • A Masters or higher level degree in any social science, preferably including gender.


  • At least 7 years working experience in the field of ending violence against women and girls with disabilities;
  • Written reports and publications which have made a significant contribution to public policy, programmes or learning in the field of development practice and studies on women and girls with disabilities;
  • Proven experience in technical advice and delivering quality reports and publications on a tight schedule and in coordination with and input from project partners;
  • Proven experience in producing coherent, clear analytic reports and knowledge pieces is a requirement.


  • Excellent English writing and communication and analytical skills are required.

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