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International Consultant to conduct a study on women’s meaningful participation and contribution to peace and security processes in Georgia
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Tbilisi, Georgia (with a possibility of travel to Abkhazia, Georgia), GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||21-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||25 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||25 working days in the period of 1 July 2019 – 30 September 2019|
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.
Since 2001, UN Women (UNIFEM) has been providing continues support to partners in Georgia to increase meaningful participation of women in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and sustainable peacebuilding processes. Under the current country programme and in line with UN Partnership for Sustainable Development (2016-2020), UN Women supports the government to develop and implement National Action Plans for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security #1325 et al. and to achieve targets of the nationalized SDG 5 and 16.
2020 will mark the 20-year anniversary of the ground-breaking UN Security Council Resolution #1325 — the first resolution to link women’s experiences of conflict to the international peace and security agenda. It focused on the disproportionate impact of conflict on women and girls and called for their engagement in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. The UN Security Council has passed 8 additional resolutions on women, peace and security since the adoption of resolution #1325.
UN Women, with generous support of the UK Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) has been implementing a project “Strengthening Women’s Meaningful Participation in Peacebuilding and Gender Mainstreaming in Security Sector in Georgia”, which aims at enhancing the women’s meaningful participation in peacebuilding, including the internally displaced and conflict-affected women and girls, as well as gender mainstreaming in the policies, procedures and operations of security sector in Georgia.
Throughout the history of Georgia’s protracted conflicts and prolonged peace process, women’s CSOs and women at grassroots level have always been at the center of the conflict transformation and played an important role in peace and confidence building. Therefore, it is important to examine their contribution to peace building, as well as their expertise, capacities and resources, and find innovative ways to connect the formal and informal tracks for the benefit of the peace process in Georgia. Further, there is an increasing evidence that when the linkages are fostered across the formal and informal peace tracks, stalled peace negotiations can see the positive transformation, where track II actors – including women’s rights groups and leaders –act as catalysts of change and contribute to conflict transformation and achieving sustainable peace.
Towards this end, UN Women plans to commission a study on women’s meaningful participation and contribution to peace processes in Georgia. The study will be conducted through a qualitative methodology with the help of the National Consultant.
The study will aim at reflecting and analyzing Georgian context vis-à-vis the seven key challenges for women’s meaningful participation in peace processes that were identified through UN Women global report on Women’s Meaningful Participation in Negotiating Peace and the Implementation of Peace Agreements released in 2018. These seven major challenges are:
The target audience of the study findings and recommendations will be Geneva International Discussions (GID) co-chairs and their support teams, partners from development sector and academia working on confidence building, people-to-people diplomacy and women, peace and security issues, decision makers in Georgia
(including Abkhazia) that are engaged in peace processes and civil society sector at large, and women’s NGOs in particular. The study shall contribute to the exploration of possible linkages across the track I and II processes, trends, challenges and interplays between the formal and informal peace platforms in the context of Georgia, current state and potentials to transform the peace process through inclusive and innovative approaches.
UN Women thinks the momentum is right for this study as the government of Georgia under the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and its commitment to ensure the increased participation of women in GID up to 50% for the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Thus, the study will come in the right time to shape policy-making and response in this direction.
In this context, it is expected that the international consultant will study women’s meaningful participation in peace processes and examine the extent to which women are involved in formal and informal levels of the peace process. Further, it will respond to the research question on how to enhance women’s meaningful participation in formal as well as informal peace processes and how to successfully bridge the gap between the formal and informal peace processes from the viewpoint of women’s direct and meaningful participation. More specifically, the quantitative study should allow for (but not limited to) improved understanding of:
The International Consultant will be supported by and is expected to work in a team with National Consultant to be also hired by the UN Women with regards to conduct the mentioned study.
Duties and Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the International Consultant are:
Required Skills and Experience
The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria; technical and financial evaluation.
The candidates must possess following minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation:
The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria followed by technical and financial evaluation.
Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):
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.