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National Consultant on Gender Equality, Justice & Legal Aid
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Kyiv, Ukraine with one field trip to the eastern part of Ukraine, UKRAINE|
|Application Deadline :||15-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20 days (within period till April 1, 2018)|
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (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 provides support to Member States’ efforts and priorities in meeting their gender equality goals and for building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
In support of this goal, UN Women Ukraine works in the following thematic areas:
In response to the expressed need and in line with the global UN Women mandate, UN Women Ukraine implements several initiatives aimed to support the justice system with a particular focus on the implementation of the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Over the last 30 years CEDAW has evolved from being just an international standard, to being a standard that is integrated into national constitutions, laws and policies. Through this process CEDAW’s provisions have become fully actionable and began to make real changes in women’s lives. As such, CEDAW has great significance as a statement of global commitment on gender equality. But its greatest importance is as a concrete, practical tool for advancing the gender equality agenda at national level. Ukraine ratified CEDAW in March 1981 and the Optional Protocol to the Convention in September 2003. The latest Eighth State Periodic Report was reviewed by the CEDAW Committee in February 2017 and since then the Government has been implementing the Concluding Observations.
UN Women Supports the process through the “CEDAW in Action!” project (2017 -2019). However, when considering CEDAW implementation and women’s access to justice it is important to look beyond the physical availability of a court but also consider:
As a part of its Country Strategy, UN Women Ukraine intends to further expand its support to the Government in enhancing the gender-responsiveness of the justice system through the ongoing judiciary reform, with a particular focus on the implementation of the CEDAW Concluding Observations (2017). Therefore, the CEDAW Committee recommended that Ukraine implements measures to “(a) Continue its efforts to combat corruption and reform and strengthen the judicial system including through the provision of systematic capacity-building to judges, prosecutors, lawyers, the police and other law enforcement officials on the Convention, as well as on the Committee’s general recommendations and its jurisprudence under the Optional Protocol; (b) Remove any possible barriers to women’s access to justice, including by ensuring free legal aid and waiving court costs for women without sufficient means; (c) Allocate sufficient resources to the legal assistance fund as well to non-governmental organizations facilitating women’s access to justice; (d) Enhance women’s awareness of their rights and their legal literacy in all areas covered by the Convention, to enable them to claim their rights.”
To address the gaps, UN Women will actively seek cooperation with civil society and donor organisations supporting judiciary reform to ensure alignment with the current project and advocate for the need to reform justice sector institutions to enhance their ability to promote and protect women’s human rights and fully implement the CEDAW and the other relevant human rights treaties.
UN Women Ukraine Office seeks the services of a qualified and experienced National Consultant to provide technical assistance in gathering the background information and organizing a series of the stakeholders consultations to support the formulation of the programmatic action for the country strategy’s Output “Justice actors have increased capacity to deliver gender-responsive justice and respond to the impunity for the violations of women’s rights in Ukraine”. The Consultant will work in partnership with the International Consultant on Gender Equality and Justice, and the team of the UN Women project “CEDAW in Action!” funded by the government of Canada.
 Concluding observations on the eighth periodic report of Ukraine, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, CEDAW/C/UKR/CO/8, 3 March 2017
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Country Programme Manager/Head of Office and Programme Coordinator, the National Consultant will support the development of the programme action, which will include, but will not be limited to the following tasks:
1. A draft plan of the activities submitted – 10 days, by 22 February 2018.
2. A draft project document and a brief summary report on the implementation of the related activities submitted – 10 days, by 1 April 2018.
TOTAL – 20 days
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
Languages and other skills:
Technical criteria 70% of total evaluation – max 70 points for technical criteria. Total max 70 points:
Criterion A – Relevant education:
Criterion B – Language skills:
Criterion C – Relevant Experience with total for all of the following criterion (50 pts) including:
A minimum of 3 years of experience in international law, human rights and gender equality – 10 pts
Experience in policy analysis in the area of justice, human rights and gender equality – 20 pts
Working experience with judiciary, development or government agency – 10 pts
Understanding of gender equality, human rights and justice – 10 pts
Total Obtainable Score – 70 points.
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
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).
The candidate’s application should include:
*Basis for payment tranches
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.