Consultant / Lawyer to support the Parliamentary Gender Equality Council of Georgia to revise Gender Equality Law


Location : Home-based, GEORGIA
Application Deadline :23-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Expected Duration of Assignment :up to 20 working days, during 20 September 2018 – 30 June 2019

Background

The UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality (UNJP) is the second phase of an intervention implemented from 20 November 2015 until 31 December 2020 jointly by UNDP, UNFPA and UN Women with the generous support of the Government of Sweden. The Programme continues to respond directly to the women’s rights and gender equality commitments undertaken by the Government of Georgia (GoG) on the international and national levels upscaling the results achieved by the first phase of the UNJP implemented in the period of 1 December 2011-30 April 2015.

The Joint Programme addresses gender inequality in a coherent and comprehensive manner, covering a wide range of issues, such as political and economic empowerment of women, reducing violence against women and girls and promotion of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Therefore, three UN agencies have unified efforts towards the achievement of its goals and objectives. 

The overall goal of the project is to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment by means of strengthening capacities of government at both central and local levels and across the executive, legislative and judicial branches, engaging civil society and raising public awareness about gender equality. This ambitious goal will be achieved by realization of the following outcomes:

  • Enhanced women’s political and economic empowerment (led by UNDP); Enabling environment to eliminate violence against women and girls, especially sexual and domestic violence, created in Georgia (led by UN Women);
  • Advanced gender equality and reproductive rights, including for the most vulnerable women, adolescents and   youth (led by UNFPA).

The project exercises a holistic approach by simultaneously targeting three interrelated levels (national, local and grassroots) and applying multi-tiered programming approaches:

To achieve the outcomes of the project, UNJP partners with the Gender Equality Council of the Parliament of Georgia (hereinafter “the GEC”). The GEC has approached UNJP with the request to support it in revision and fine-tuning of the 2010 Law of Georgia on Gender Equality (hereinafter “GE Law”) informed with international best practices and Georgia’s national and international commitments in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

To facilitate efficient working process towards preparation of the amendments to the GE Law, UNJP will recruit an International Consultant – Legal expert who will work closely with the GEC and its support staff. The International Consultant will be supported by and is expected to work in a team with National Consultant - Legal Expert to be also hired by the UNJP with regards to the preparation of the GE Law amendments’.


Duties and Responsibilities

The objective of this assignment is to support the Gender Equality Council of the Parliament of Georgia in drafting the respective revision of the GE law. The international consultant will work under the direct supervision of UNJP Program Managers in close coordination with the Coordinator of the Gender Equality Council of the Parliament of Georgia, and will be responsible:

  • To assist the GEC in preparation of a roadmap of participatory process of preparation of amendments to GE Law together with National Consultant and UNJP, with the engagement of the executive branch of the government / the Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and the GEC’s civil society advisory council; 
  • Based on (but not limited to) recommendations of the baseline study “Gender Equality in Georgia: Barriers and Recommendations” outline key revisions/changes necessary to the GE Law. Furthermore, ensure that proposed changes to the law are in line with international best practices and Georgia’s international and national commitments in the area of gender equality (jointly with National Consultant);
  • To provide long-distance support to the National Consultant while the latter will present the draft revisions/amendments to the GE Law at all stages with relevant partners and stakeholder from the GEC, government (Inter-Agency Commission) and civil society (the GEC Advisory Council) and collect and reflect on the remarks and suggestions expressed through this consultation process;
  • To support national consultant in the development of the final draft amendments to the GE Law and presentation of these to the GEC and UNJP (jointly with National Consultant) in Georgia;
  • To provide inputs to the national consultant while the latter will be developing explanatory notes to the draft amendments;
  • At all times, while implementing duties and responsibilities spelled out in this ToR work in a team with and support the GEC and national consultant by serving as a resource person to ensure high quality of all deliverables;
  • To perform other duties as necessary in relation to the package of GE Law amendments (such as further research, data collection, inquiries, etc.).

Deliverables: 

  • The roadmap of preparation of GE Law amendments prepared together with National Consultant and submitted to the GEC and UNJP (2 working days) – by 25 September 2018;
  • Support rendered to the National Consultant, while the latter will hold at least three consultations (initial to inform about the process and brainstorm on key areas from revision; second to present international best practices and elaborate on the areas to be amended further and third to present zero draft of the amendments) held with the engagement of all stakeholders around the GE Law amendments’ (4 working days) -  by 31 October 2018;
  • First draft amendments (reflecting comments from the consultation process) to the GE Law along with explanatory note elaborated in cooperation with National Consultant (10 working days) - by 30 November 2018;
  • Final draft amendments to the GE Law (reflecting also comments received through international expertise) along with the explanatory note elaborated and submitted to the UNJP and the GEC for initiation (2 working days) - by 28 February 2019;
  • Support rendered to the GEC to reflect comments received through committee and plenary hearings in the draft package as relevant (2 working days) – by 30 June 2019.

The payment schedule is given below and will be made upon satisfactory completion/submission and approval of the deliverables by the supervisor, UNDP Component Manager.

Payment schedule:

  • Deliverable 1, 2, 3 – 50% of the consultancy;
  • Deliverable 4, 5 - 50% of the consultancy


Competencies

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Understanding of the mandate and the role of UNDP would be an asset;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

Functional Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.


Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Master’s Degree or higher in Law (minimum qualification requirement: 100 points).

Experience

  • At least seven years of experience in legislative drafting and analysis in the area of women’s rights and gender equality (minimum qualification requirement: 100 points);
  • Knowledge and understanding of gender equality context in Georgia will be an asset (80 points);
  • Sound knowledge of international gender equality related legislation and instruments (25 points).

Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in English (minimum qualification requirement: 45 points). 

Evaluation:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis, against combination of technical and financial criteria. Maximum obtainable score is 500, out of which the total score for technical criteria equals to 350 and for financial criteria – to 150.  Technical criteria consist of desk review (maximum 350 points). Offerors not meeting any of minimum qualification requirements will be automatically disqualified. Only offerors obtaining minimum 245 points out of maximum 350 under technical evaluation will be longlisted and requested to provide financial proposals.

Financial Proposal:

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount (i.e. total sum of all financial claims of the candidate for accomplishment of all tasks spelled out in the ToR), and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are made based on delivery. The delivery has to be accepted and approved by the Project team prior to any payment. Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 150; 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 consideration. The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).


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