National Consultant on Coordination and Institutional Building to support the Office of the Vice-Prime Minister on EU and Euro-Atlantic Integration and the Commissioner on Gender Equality of Ukraine (Secretariat)



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Location : Kyiv, UKRAINE
Application Deadline :01-Oct-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :230 days (within period of 25 September 2017 to 25 September 2018)

Background

 

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.

The Ukrainian Constitution, policy and legal frameworks guarantee equality for men and women in Ukraine in all sectors. The country adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), joined the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action (BPfA) of the 4th World Conference for Women (1995) and ratified the main international instruments on gender equality and women’s rights, including the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Nevertheless, implementation and efficient mechanisms for enforcement, accountability, monitoring and evaluation are not fully in place. Gender equality and women’s rights have not yet become a priority under the Government’s comprehensive reform agenda that, while covering eighteen sectors, does not integrate gender equality perspectives at any level.

The adoption by the Government of the National Action Plan for Implementation of the UN Security Council’s Resolution 1325 (NAP 1325)[1] is a commendable step towards the integration of the women, peace and security agenda in the reform, recovery and peacebuilding processes. However, its actual implementation still requires strengthening cross-sectoral coordination, monitoring and oversight mechanisms, and the strengthening of capacities of line ministries and local authorities. It also requires better alignment of NAP 1325 with on-going reforms.

The new State Programme on Equal Opportunities for the period 2017 - 2020 (under finalization) looks at strengthening the institutional mechanism for gender equality and an integrated approach to addressing the institutional barriers faced by the state response to gender inequalities and discrimination. Further challenges will be presented by: integration of national priorities into the on-going reforms; the weak capacities of government institutions at the national and local levels to effectively enforce and implement the legislation; and unclear leadership in advancing gender equality in the government itself.

The decision of the Prime Minister to establish the position of Commissioner on Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women and Men under the Vice-Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration is a very promising measure aimed at strengthening the national institutional mechanism and stepping up accountability, oversight and coordination, which requires coordinated support by all stakeholders[2].

To further support the consolidated efforts of the government, parliament, women’s groups and civil society organisations (CSOs) to meet state commitments on gender equality and women’s rights, including CEDAW, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325) and SDGs through reforms and peace and security processes, UN Women in partnership with the Office of the Vice-Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration launched the project “Enhancing accountability for gender equality and women’s empowerment in national reforms, peace and security”, funded by the Government of Sweden.

The project goal is to achieve transformative results for gender equality and women’s empowerment in Ukraine by integrating gender equality and women’s human rights commitments into the national reforms and the peace and security processes, and by putting mechanisms in place for adequate financing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

The project aims to: consolidate the efforts of government, parliament and civil society to remove structural barriers to gender equality and women’s human rights; ensure accountability of national governance, reforms, planning and budgeting for commitments and priorities in the areas of gender equality and women, peace and security; strengthen cross-sectoral coordination and oversight for gender and women’s rights commitments; strengthen coalitions between government, parliament, media and civil society for evidence-based advocacy in Ukraine; strengthen the capacity of gender advocates and women’s groups to effectively demand gender equality in reforms and peacebuilding.

Therefore, UN Women seeks to hire the National Consultant to provide day-to-day support in coordination and institutional building to the Office of the Vice-Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and the Commissioner on Gender Equality of Ukraine to strengthen the existing structures and create a coordination mechanism between the Parliament, Government, civil society organizations and international development partners to ensure coherent government-wide mainstreaming of gender equality in policies, plans and budgets (230 days).

[1] National Action Plan on implementation of UN Security Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security adopted by Decree ? 113 of the Cabinet of Ministries of Ukraine dated 24 February, 2016

[2] Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine about Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy, #390 on 07.07.2017, http://zakon2.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/390-2017-%D0%BF


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Country Programme Manager, technical guidance by the Programme Analyst on Gender-Responsive Reforms and day-to-day supervision of the Vice-Prime Minister on EU and Euro-Atlantic Integration, the consultant will implement a set of tasks, including, but not limited to: 

Technical support to the Office of the Vice-Prime Minister on EU and Euro-Atlantic Integration and the Commissioner on Gender Equality and key national institutions to establish and maintain a sustainable coordination mechanisms between the Parliament, Government, civil society organizations and international development partners:

  • Ensure day-to-day coordination, management and oversight support to the work of the Office of the Vice-Prime Minister on EU and Euro-Atlantic Integration and the Commissioner on Gender Equality in gender-related work;

  • Establish cooperation and build synergies between the key Government institutions on mainstreaming gender to the policies and reforms;

  • Coordinate cooperation and build synergies between the Government, regional and local authorities in advancement of gender equality and women’s human rights;

  • Organize the engagement with the civil society and women’s groups

  • Organize regular multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral expert groups with diverse women’s group and inter-ministerial consultations;

  • Provide day-to-day management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation support to the Office of the Vice-Prime Minister on EU and Euro-Atlantic Integration and the Commissioner on Gender Equality on collaboration with the Parliament, women’s groups and CSOs for strengthening the national institutional mechanism on gender equality.

Assignment Deliverables:

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Deliverables

Approximate number of days

Timeframe

(September 2017 – September 2018)

1

Monthly time-sheets and brief progress reports (including events supporting documents) about implemented achievements, submitted

215

 25 September 2017 – 1 August 2018

2

Final report about the progress and achievements, lessons learnt and recommendations to strengthen a coordination mechanisms submitted

15

By 25 September 2018

 

  • All reports should be submitted according to the provided format in English language (the supporting documents, such as meeting minutes, agenda, etc. can be submitted in Ukrainian language).

  • The Consultant is expected to work in the Office of the Vice-Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration using her/his own computer, but may access the UN Women office for printing of relevant documents or should he/she be required to work on-site at any point during the assignment.

Performance evaluation:

  • Contractor’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered. The evaluation will be carried out and cleared by the hiring manager after receiving and accepting monthly reports which will also be the basis for payment on a monthly basis to the consultant.

Financial arrangements:  

  • Payments will be disbursed by monthly instalments based on time-sheets and brief monthly progress reports certified by the Vice-Prime Minister on EU and Euro-Atlantic Integration. Payment for deliverable 2 will be disbursed upon submission of the final report certificated by the Vice-Prime Minister on EU and Euro-Atlantic Integration and certification of the UN Women Programme Analyst on Gender-Responsive Reforms that the services have been satisfactorily performed.


Competencies

 

Core Values

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies

  • Excellent co-ordinational and managerial skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Accountability
  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf


Required Skills and Experience

 Education:

Advanced (Masters) degree in Civil Service Administration and Management, Political or Social Studies or related field.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in state institutions, civil service, management, or another relevant field;
  • Proved excellent organizational and managerial skills, ability to perform multifunctional tasks,
  • Proved excellent communication skills, ability to work in a team and under pressure.
  • Experience with the organization of high-level, multi-stakeholders and inter-ministerial meetings and consultations, including with the members of Parliament, Government, and civil society organizations;
  • Previous professional experience with development agencies and the United Nations would be considered an asset

Languages and other skills: 

  • Fluent Ukrainian and English; knowledge of Russian is an asset
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email

Evaluation of Applicants:

Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of their qualifications and financial proposal. A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. The award of the contract should be made to the individuals whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Technical criteria and interview, 70% of total evaluation – max 45 points for technical criteria and max 25 points for interview. Total max 70 points:

  1. The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 45. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on desk review and following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

 

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Maximum obtainable points

Criterion A – Relevant education

5

Criterion B – Language skills 

5

Criterion C – Relevant Experience

  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in state institutions, civil service, management, or another relevant field (10 points)
  • Proved excellent organizational and managerial skills, ability to perform multifunctional tasks (10 points)
  • Proved excellent communication skills, ability to work in a team and under pressure (5 points)
  • Experience with the organization of high-level, multi-stakeholders and inter-ministerial meetings and consultations, including with the members of Parliament, Government, and civil society organizations (5 points)
  • Previous professional experience with development agencies and the United Nations would be considered an asset (5 points)

35

Maximum obtainable score for the interview

25

 

Total Obtainable Score

 

70

 

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation will be further considered and evaluated.
  • The total number of points allocated for the financial/price component is 30.
  • The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 30

(S - score received on financial evaluation; Fmin - the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round; F - financial offer under the consideration).

Application and submission package:

The candidate’s application should include:

  • A brief Letter of Interest containing the statement on candidate’s experience in the field of recruitment. Completed and signed UN Women Personal History (P-11) form, that can be downloaded from: http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment.
  • Proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount with a breakdown of a daily professional rate per number of anticipated working days to include all costs (telephone etc.).
    • Interested candidates are requested to apply no later than 9 am 20 September 2017 by submitting 2 attachments: 1) technical (P-11 and a Letter of Interest) as well as 2) financial proposals to the following e-mail address: procurement.ukraine@unwomen.org with a subject “UN Women Ukraine – National Consultant on Coordination and Institutional Building.
    • Applications without financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

UN Women applies fair and transparent selection process that would take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals.

 


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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