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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)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|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)|
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) 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.
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).
 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
 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:
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
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.